Apple’s confirmed an iOS 13.5.5 update and the firmware is in beta testing ahead of a release for iPhone.
There’s a chance iOS 13.5.5 serves as iOS 13.5.1’s successor, but we could also see the company release iOS 13.5.2, iOS 13.5.3, and/or iOS 13.5.4 before it arrives. It’s unclear.
The iOS 13.5.5 update is another point release (x.x.x) which means it will likely focus on fixing bugs left behind by previous versions of iOS 13. There’s also a chance it brings a new feature or two.
We don’t have an official iOS 13.5.5 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official release can try the update out right now via Apple’s beta program.
With iOS 13.5.5 on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about what very well could be the next version of iOS 13.
In this guide to the iOS 13.5.5 update we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 13.5.5 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 13.5.5 beta, and more.
iOS 13.5.5 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 13.5.5 to arrive, you don’t have to.
The iOS 13.5.5 beta is available to those in Apple’s developer program. The company will also push the iOS 13.5.5 beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, but it’s unclear when that will take place.
While a developer account requires you to pay money, Apple’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.
Before you download the iOS 13.5.5 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the final version of the update.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to an older version of iOS 13 though Apple is only signing on iOS 13.5.1 and iOS 13.5. The downgrade path back to other updates is closed.
In other words, if you were to move from iOS 13.4.1 to iOS 13.5.5 beta, there’s no way back. Keep that in mind before you jump to the beta.
iOS 13.5.5 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 13.5.5 release date for iPhone and it could stay in beta for several weeks at least.
iOS 13.5.5 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 13.5.5 release date to share yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.
The official version of iOS 13.5.5 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right when the clock strikes 10AM.
Apple will also release iOS 13.5.5 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version or new iOS 13.5.5 betas right away.
iOS 13.5.5 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x.x updates always under-the-hood improvements, but they sometimes bring new features as well.
We’ve been poking through the first iOS 13.5.5 beta and we haven’t found any significant changes yet. We’ll let you know if that changes.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the iOS 13.5.5 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
iOS 13 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 13.5.5 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 13 or iOS 12.
We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 13.5.5 beta.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 13.5.1 & 11 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 13.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 13.5.1 brings one security to iOS 13-powered iPhone models which you can read about on Apple’s website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.5.1 brings iOS 13.5’s 41 new security patches with it. Apple’s posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you’re interested.
Among them, patches for the company’s Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you’ll get iOS 13.4’s 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple’s website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple’s John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it’s worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that’s relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you’re running a really old version of iOS 13, you’ll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company’s outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple’s security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple’s website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you’re interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple’s website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.5.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you’re moving up from iOS 12, you’ll get iOS 13.0’s nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.5.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you’ll get their security patches with your iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple’s iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you’re interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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