Apple iOS 13 to be released Sept. 19

The latest version of Apple's mobile OS will be available for the iPhone 6S and beyond, including the upcoming iPhone 11.

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You'll have to wait a little more than a week to try out iOS 13. 

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Apple iOS 13 will be released on Sept. 19, Apple announced during the company's iPhone 11 event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on Tuesday. As usual, iOS 13 will be a free software update. You'll be able to download it on the iPhone 6S and all later models. Additional software features will be coming on Sept. 30, with iOS 13.1, according to an Apple press release

Apple on Tuesday also announced the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max phones, which include upgraded cameras and some lower-than-usual price points, but no major changes in form or function.

iOS 13 includes new features such as a dark mode and the Sign in With Apple tool, which aims to improve user privacy when creating new accounts on other apps. It also features new camera and video editing tools, such as the ability to adjust portrait lighting. 

Meanwhile, the new iPadOS, announced in June at Apple's WWDC conference, will be available Sept. 30. iPadOS will include all the improvements coming to iOS 13, as well as new features and optimizations specific to the iPad, such as new multitasking abilities and user interface gestures.

In the meantime, you can still join the beta for iOS 13 and test out many of the new features. 

Originally published Sept. 10, 12.34 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:12 p.m.: Adds more details about iPadOS.

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