Like most maintenance upgrades, iOS 13.5.1 is a small upgrade with a short change log. It doesn’t come with any new features or any known bug fixes, but it does bring a security patch with it.
With that in mind, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s latest update for the iPhone and iOS 13.
In this guide to iOS 13.5.1 we’ll take you through the update’s performance, the current list of iOS 13.5.1 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iOS 13.5.1 jailbreak status, and more.
We’ll start with our impressions of iOS 13.5.1 update’s performance on iPhone.
If your iPhone is running iOS 13.5 right now you’ll see a tiny download when you go to install iOS 13.5.1. The iOS 13.5.1 update is a 77 MB download for the iPhone X. It should be around same size for other iPhone models though the exact size will vary.
If you’re running an older version of iOS 13 on your phone you’ll likely see a larger download size because your iOS 13.5.1 update includes the changes from iOS updates you skipped.
If your phone is running on iOS 13.5, the iOS 13.5.1 installation shouldn’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on the iPhone X.
The current list of iOS 13.5.1 problems includes some of the usual suspects: installation problems, lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, hotspot problems, weird battery drain, and issues with Touch ID and Face ID.
If you can’t handle the iOS 13.5.1 update’s performance, note that you can no longer downgrade to the previous version of iOS 13 in an effort to improve your device’s performance. Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.5.
If your phone is really struggling on iOS 13.5.1 you can try moving it to Apple’s beta software and see if performance improves. If it doesn’t, you can always drop back to iOS 13.5.1.
iOS 13.5.1 Update: What’s New
iOS 13.5.1 is much smaller than iOS 13.5 and it brings a solitary change to the iPhone: A patch for the exploit used by developers to create the latest iOS 13 jailbreak tool. You can read more about it on Apple’s security site.
iOS 13.5.1 Jailbreak
If you jailbreak, you’ll want to skip iOS 13.5.1 for now. That said, the current jailbreak tool supports iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS.
The developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool for iOS recently released a new version, 5.0.0, that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS going all the way down to iOS 11.0. iOS 12.3-12.3.2 and iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5 are excluded.
The jailbreak tool is also compatible with all iOS 13-powered devices including newer iPhone models.
Apple is prepping a new version of iOS 13.
iOS 13.5.1 might be followed by iOS 13.6, a new version of iOS 13 that Apple’s pushed into beta testing. The update will, at the very least, carry under-the-hood improvements, but we should see new features on board as well.
We don’t have a specific iOS 13.6 release date to look forward to right now. If you don’t want to wait, you can download the iOS 13.6 beta onto your iPhone right now.
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.