There are also new Maps tools that are finally closing the gap with Android, security features such asand the ability to customize . New tools in iPadOS will also make your iPad .
With iOS 13, Apple is up againstin the never-ending battle to be the most powerful, private, and easy-to-use operating system. Sounds dramatic, but with Android on around 90% of & # 39; s world phones, Apple must do its job to maintain its status and reputation.
Apple's ability to engage buyers in iOS 13 is particularly important in 2019. The company has seenin line with competitors across the board.
Apple's latest iPhones are lagging behind Android rivals in key functions such as support for 5G speeds, but have overtakensuch as a stand-alone night mode for ultra-clear camera images. Over the years, Apple has proven that it can create indispensable software tools and apps such as FaceTime video and .
Here's everything you need to know about iOS 13, from getting it on your iPhone to the best features for your phone.
Install iOS 13
Apple released iOS 13 on September 19, followed by iOS 13.1 on September 24 and then iOS 13.1.1 on September 27. If you have not yet updated to iOS 13, don & # 39; no worries – you don't have to install three different updates. You can update directly to the latest version of iOS. But before updating, it is a good idea toby removing old apps and making a current backup of your phone. Then you are able to install .
See if your iPhone or iPad works with the new operating systems
Here is the official list of devices running iOS 13 and iPadOS 13:
Devices that support iOS 13, iPadOS 13
|iPhone XS||12.9-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone XS Max||11-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone XR||10.5-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone X||9.7-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone 8||iPad (6th generation)|
|iPhone 8 Plus||
iPad (5th gen)|
 iPhone 7
|iPad Mini (5th gen)|
|iPhone 7 Plus||
iPad Mini 4|
|iPad Air (3rd gen)|
|iPhone 6S Plus||
iPad Air 2|
|iPod Touch (7th generation)|
Stop unknown callers
With a single button you can effectively. If the feature is enabled, iOS 13 only allows calls through your contacts and numbers in Mail or Messages. All others go straight to voicemail.
Faster Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Selection
For years we thought it would be wise if there was a way to connect to Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices from the Control Center, instead of that we open the Settings app and tap multiple times.
With iOS 13, Apple has finally made it possible to viewwithout ever opening Settings. Hallelujah. For us this solves one of the most annoying oddities of the iPhone.
That swipey keyboard
Android users have been wiping on their keyboards for years, using a number of third-party apps such as Swype and SwiftKey. Finally, Apple has added the option to trace a word to spell it.
Apple calls it QuickPath typing. In theory, it's faster than pecking on the virtual keyboard and just as accurate – and you still get spelling suggestions as you continue.
The feature is especially useful for one-handed typing and is ready for use as soon as you install iOS 13. Here is. And we have found a solution that allows you to swear .
Dark mode for everyone
which replaces the usual light screen with a dark screen, is available in the most important apps in iOS 13, including the calendar, music and photo apps.
This seems to be system-wide, but we have to see if there are exceptions.is a popular trend with apps and will also come to . Here is .
Uninstalling apps is a bit different
Now that Apple 3D Touch has been completely dumped on the iPhone 11, the way weof our iPhones and iPads has changed.
Photo & # 39; s app adds video editing tools
The Photo & # 39; s app has undergone a major overhaul. Organizing and popping up photos is now easier and the editing tools have a new look. But the most impressive is the ability to use all the photo editing tools you are familiar with on videos in the Photos app.
Yes, that means you can apply filters, adjust the brightness and even crop a video in the Photo & # 39; s app. This is.
The iPad grows into its own computer platform, and with it come numerous new gestures to bypass apps and the home screen. From opening multiple apps or quickly switching between workspaces,.
One of the best things about using new software is finding features that have not been announced. Often these functions are the most striking in a major update, and.
Of course it can take time to discover hidden functions, so at the moment our current number of hidden functions that is worth mentioning is 11. As we discover more, that list is definitely growing.
The volume indicator gets out of the way
Do you know how iOS has always had an annoying volume indicator that has taken over the screen and disturbs what you were looking at? Well, on iOS 13 that is gone. The volume indicator is minimal and gets out of the way – there's even a.
Custom fonts in apps
Apple still limits the font selection for iOS as a whole. However, the company is opening iOS 13 to allow custom fonts in apps.
The added flexibility is perhaps an indication that Apple is losing its grip on controlling every aspect of the user experience. We haven't been able to see this yet, but rest assured, as soon as Apple starts publishing new fonts in the App Store, we're ready for it. This is all we know about.
Find My Phone and Find My Friends join forces
Apple combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in a single app. And in addition to combining the apps, Apple has added the ability to find lost devices for people you don't even know.
If you mark one of your Apple devices as lost, Apple will crowdsourcing the location of the device by asking all Apple devices to search for your device's Bluetooth signal. As soon as another Apple device finds your lost phone, tablet or computer, you will receive a notification. Apple says the free service is completely anonymous and encrypted.
Logging in with Apple does not share your email address
A newlogs you into accounts and apps without having to add your email address, according to Apple protects users against third-party apps they want to follow.
This is Apple & # 39; s version of logging in with Facebook and Google, with one major exception. Those tools can be used to track you online, but the version of Apple uses your iPhone or iPad to verify your login details when you log in. You tap to authenticate with Face ID without revealing personal information about yourself.
You can also choose to share or hide your email address, and you can ask Apple to create a random email for the app or service that is forwarding to your actual email address, which your real identity is masked without having to use an unwanted account.
Apple also blocks apps that track your location via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and lets you decide if you want apps to request your permission whenever they request your location information.
Memoji avatars come to Messages, stickers
Apple & # 39; s Messaging apps now getthat show a miniature of your Memoji (an emoji of your face) in the Messages app is posted. New controls let you go deep with adjustment, makeup – even add braces to your teeth. You also get a sticker package on all your iOS 13 devices.
iMessages will now also work on dual SIM phones (unfortunately we have no more detail than that).
Searching for messages is much smarter
With iOS 13, the ability to searchhas been greatly improved. You can now find links, photos & attachments, attachments and even text in a message thread that is a few months old.
Memories have a new look
and it is so much smarter. You can even tell it to remind you something the next time you talk to a contact in Messaging.
Apple Maps Enhancements
There is now a Google Street View-like feature called Look Around and a new feature that lets youwith a loved one so you'll never feel bad about it unexpectedly late again.
Share music or a movie with a second pair of AirPods
Instead of giving one of your AirPods to a friend or loved one so they can hear what you're listening to, you can now tell your iPhone to stream audio to two few AirPods thanks to Audio Sharing. And if you used Apple Pay to buy something, you are already a professional at.
Sharing photos and links is now different
Every time you tap the Share button to share a photo or link, you use the iOS sheet for sharing. And from iOS 13 that magazine has become smarter. Now contacts and apps are suggested to share with. It has also been re-organized in awhich can be a bit confusing.
Siri finds a new voice
Apple & # 39; s voice assistant. Instead of the clipped tones that are often associated with AI, Apple hopes that the new Siri will sound smoother and more natural to your ears. With the help of a neural talk-to-speak network, Siri speaks with fewer gaps and less inhuman sounding modulations.
Siri of iOS 13 also works better with AirPods ($ 144 at Amazon) the HomePod ($ 299 at Walmart) and Safari:
- You can create personalized shortcuts using a new shortcut app.
- Siri reads messages as they arrive and you can respond immediately.
- Deliver a phone call or music from your iPhone to your HomePod.
- CarPlay: Smart suggestions from Siri work here, such as suggesting that you open your garage door when you come close to home.
- Siri suggestions come to the Safari browser.
More app updates in iOS 13
- Mail : Get rich new fonts and an option to mute threads.
- Comments : A new gallery view and support for shared folders.
- Camera : Portrait mode gets new light effects and the ability to control the intensity and direction of light
- CarPlay: A whole with more information on the main screen and support for "Hé, Siri".
Subtle improvements in iOS 13
- Add attachments to Calendar events.
- Time synchronization texts for Apple Music.
- Support for coming to iOS 13 this summer.
- Unlocking Face ID is now 30% faster.
- Apps start twice as fast.
- Downloads are 50% smaller and updates are 60% smaller.
- Low data mode.  38 new language keyboards.
- Language selection per app.
Originally published earlier this year. Updated with new information.
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