Do Not Install iOS 13, United States Department of Defense Says

Apple has officially released iOS 13 to supported iPhone models, and while many rush to update their devices, the United States Department of Defense (US DoD) says you better not do it.

In an email sent to employees and contractors on the release of iOS 13, the US DoD says the new operating system comes with bugs that can only be avoided by not installing the update in the first place.

Instead, the DoD says, users should wait for iOS 13.1, whose release date was moved to September 24, most likely as Apple itself knows that it must fix bugs in the original version as soon as possible.

“Do NOT update”

“DOD Mobility strongly encourages you to NOT update, to avoid known Apple iOS 13 bugs. Apple is expected to release iOS 13.1 at the end of September 2019 to address bugs. DMUC users can expect follow-on messaging within the next two weeks with updated guidance,” the US DoD says in an email obtained by

“Do NOT update to iOS 13 and iPadOS until further notice due to known functional issues that may break enterprise services.”

The email doesn’t provide any specifics as to what bugs are so critical that users should avoid updating their devices, but the only security problem that was discovered recently is a lock screen glitch that makes it possible for unauthorized individuals to access contacts stored on the iPhone. iOS 13.1 will come with a fix for this security flaw.

While iOS 13 is clearly a major update for iPhone users, iOS 13.1 itself will bring a bunch of welcome new features, including automated Siri Shortcut actions and ETA sharing support in Apple Maps. Of course, there will be plenty of refinements under the hood, and given its release is just around the corner, delaying the update for a few more days could actually be the right way to go.

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