Apple has announced iOS 13 onstage at WWDC 2019, giving a first look at the company’s latest software for the iPhone. Here’s a summary of all the features released, and when you can get the update.
iOS 13 Dark Mode confirmed
- Overdue Dark Mode is coming to iOS 13
- We saw macOS get a system-wide Dark Mode in 2018
- Shortcut to black-and-dark-gray UI to live in Control Center
Memoji makeup comes to iOS 13
Memoji is being enhanced for iOS 13 with makeup teeth with braces, earnings, eye shadow, and so forth. And, of course, an assorting of new glasses. There are even AirPods.
You’ll be able to share your personalized Memoji with contacts through iMessages. Your contacts can see your Memoji, but only when you grand access.
Memoji sticker packs are coming to the system keyboard so you can send them to friends without acting like a puppet. Best of all, if you don’t have a newer iPhone with a 3D TrueDepth camera, you can still customize and send Memoji stickers.
New video effects and Photos app
You’ll be able to rotate video for the first time with the default Photos app. Thee filters that you may or may not use on photos is also coming to videos.
Apple wants to create a diary of your life, with a brand new Photos tab design that documents your life by year. You have more pinch controls to zoom in and zoom out of the Photos gallery.
HomePod and CarPlay updates
You might not know this, but the HomePod and CarPlay are part of the iOS family and they’re getting updates today, too.
First, you’ll be able to transfer songs from your iPhone by simply holding your phone closer to the HomePod speaker. Before iOS 13, you had to tell Siri to do this, but now this handoff feature is a bit easier, and you don’t have to talk to do it.
The HomePod will also introduce Live Radio – ask Siri to play 100,000 stations from all around the world. And HomePod will allow you to recognize who in your family is talking, and personalize the response. Great with Apple Music – based on your taste and history. It goes beyond Music, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and more.
Sign-in with Apple
Apple is taking on Facebook Connect, Google and other platforms that allow you to conveniently sign into third-party accounts. Sign-in with Apple is poised to protect your privacy more than Facebook and Google do.
What’s neat is that if you don’t want to fork over your email to an app developer or website, Apple will actually create a unique random email for you. And the email will be unique to that site or app.
iOS 13 on the iPad
As we expected, the next update to your iPhone is going to let you stray from the grid of icons with a customizable home screen redesign. Swipe left to right, and have widgets pinned on the home screen.
You can go into multiple apps with a new Slide Over function. Drag and drop into the slide over bar, giving you a quick look at an app on top of another. Drag up from bottom to move between apps in slide over.
App Expose on iPad too. Works with third party apps as well. USB drives and SD card support, and the files show up in the Files app, like you’d want. Import directly from external camera to apps such as Adobe Lightroom.
Safari is going for desktop class browsing when it comes to the iPad. You’ll see the desktop site, sized for the iPad display and optimized for touch display. Works with the likes of Google Docs, which is important for millions of users. Download manager coming too to Safari on iPad too, and 30 new keyboard shortcuts are along for the ride.
Again, this technically won’t be iOS 13, but a dedicated iPadOS update.
New Find My app
Apple introduced this new iOS 13 feature as part of the Mac software update, but it’s also coming to iOS 13. It allows you to find your device (and likely Friends).
The iOS 13 Find My app is expected to be a union of of Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. It’ll even send an encrypted Bluetooth signal beacon from your Mac when it’s closed since your computer is so often in sleep mode when you lose it.
iOS 13 will make your old iPhone twice as fast
More people are holding onto their iPhones for longer, and that’s something that Apple seems to recognize. It’s speeding up iOS 13 to accommodate.
The most important iOS 13 stat: app launch speed is up to twice as fast, according to Apple. iOS 12 gave us a faster update, and iOS 13 looks to build upon that.
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7th generation)
iOS 13 release date starts with a beta
- Today, Monday, June 3: iOS 13 beta 1 and first look at WWDC 2019
- In July: iOS 13 public beta may launch for adventurous testers
- Early September 2019: iOS 13 Golden Master (final dev beta)
- Mid-September 2019: iOS 13 likely to launch with new 2019 iPhones
Credits: TechRadar.com (This is a summarised version of their article)