Current IOS Version Recommendation

This page contains the most current Senior Tech Club recommandations about IOS updates.  Look to this page for insight and our recommendations about the latest IOS updates.

The recommendations are simple:

  • Wait – Indicates that the recommendation is to wait before updating.  This recommendation can change with either a fix release or more information from the marketplace
  • Upgrade – Indicates that an upgrade or update is recommended.  Enjoy the new features and stability.

The tabs below identify our current recommendations on IOS and iPadOS updates.

 

IOS Upgrade Principles

The Senior Tech Club has two principles that guide our recommendations on IOS upgrades.

  1.  IOS Upgrades are good and will bring new features, bug and security fixes that are important.  We want to upgrade when possible.
  2. IOS Upgrades will occasionally bring bugs and other unintended flaws and interruptions.  We generally like the idea of letting the marketplace judge an upgrade before we upgrade.  It’s good to wait a few days before upgrading.  This means turn off Auto-Upgrade.   See How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates

IOS & iPadOS Recommendations

IOS 13.3.1 – Recommended

by | Feb 18, 2020

IOS 13.3.1 is recommended for iPhones 6s and later.   It was released on January 28, 2020 and is intended to fix a number of bugs and improvements.  No significant features were added to the release.  For a full list of fixes, click here for the Apple release notes.

I  found no issues with the update and the process took about 20 minutes.   I also found no issues in the week following the release. 

We recommend the update particularly to get the security fixes that come with the release.  For example, it fixes an issue where some contact information could be displayed from the devices lock screen.  It’s not likely that this would impact you but it is a good idea to update in order to get these security fixes.  

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

iPadOS 13.3.1 – Recommended

by | Feb 20, 2020

iPadOS 13.3.1 is recommended for newer iPads (see list below.) It was released on January 28, 2020 and is intended to fix a number of bugs.  No significant features were added to the release.  For a full list of fixes, click here for the Apple release notes.

I  found no issues with the update and the process took less than 20 minutes.   I also found no issues in the days  following the update. 

We recommend the update particularly to get the fixes that come with the release.  This is includes a number of security related fixes.  

Which iPads support iPadOS 13

12.9-inch iPad Pro
11-inch iPad Pro
10.5-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPad (7th generation)
iPad (6th generation)
iPad (5th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad Air 2

You can learn which iPad you use in the Setting app.  Tap General, About and look for the Model Name on the display.

 

IOS 12.4.6 – Recommended for older iPhones and iPads

by | Apr 6, 2020

IOS 12.4.6 – Recommended

This IOS update is for older devices and includes important security fixes that were not specifically identified by Apple.  This update is recommended on your older iPhone.

The devices that can support this update are:   iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Additional Information

Apple Support:  About IOS 13 Updates

Apple Support:  About iPadOS 13 Updates

 

 

The Senior Tech Club has extensively covered the topic of IOS Versions and upgrades.  The table below lists our Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

NumberTitle
How to Perform an IOS Software Update
014How to Perform an IOS Software Update
What Version of IOS am I running?
013What Version of IOS am I running?
How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
N36How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
Current IOS Version Recommendation
N32Current IOS Version Recommendation
.