iOS 13 Release Date, Features, Rumors & News

iOS 13

iOS 13 is a massive release that packs tons of new features and enhancements. It is easily the biggest update that iOS has received in the last few years.

With iOS 13, Apple has added a number of much-requested features from iPhone users along with some new ones aimed at making the overall experience better. Apple even branched out iPadOS 13 from iOS 13 so that it is able to offer more device-specific features without creating too much confusion among users.

iOS 13 Features

iOS 13 comes with a plethora of new features and enhancements. Below are some of the major ones:

Dark Mode

iOS 13 adds a native system-wide Dark mode to the OS. The theme has been beautifully executed by Apple and looks stunning on iPhones with OLED displays like the iPhone X and iPhone XS. Apart from looking good, the Dark mode will also help improve the battery life on OLED iPhones.

Users have the option of manually enabling Dark mode or setting up a custom schedule. They can even set Dark mode to trigger automatically depending on the sunrise/sunset schedule.

Apple has also added a Dark mode API to iOS 13 which third-party apps can take advantage of. Depending on the system theme, third-party apps can also change between light and dark theme.

iOS 13 What's New Beta

New Reminders App, Improved Apple Maps

iOS 13 introduces a brand new Reminders app which is not only more functional but also smarter. With natural language input support, one can simply type in their reminder and the app will automatically figure out the time, day, location, and the reminder part automatically

Apple Maps is also getting a big upgrade as a part of iOS 13. Apart from improved and more detailed Maps data, it is also getting a Look Around which is Apple’s take on Street View and shows street-level imagery. Apple expects to roll out Look Around to the entirety of the United States and a few other popular cities across the world by the end of this year.

Sign In with Apple

Apple is going to launch its own SSO solution with iOS 13. Called ‘Sign In with Apple,’ the company’s approach is focused on privacy and security. Sign In with Apple will allow users to sign in to third-party apps without sharing their email ID, phone number, or any other personal detail.

Faster App Launch Times

Apple is promising faster app launch times with iOS 13 along with smaller app sizes. The company claims that app opening times under iOS 13 will be 2x fast, while app downloads and app updates will be about 50% and 60% smaller, respectively.

Faster Face ID

iOS 13 brings about major speed improvements to Face ID. Apple claims that Face ID under iOS 13 is 30% faster and the speed improvements are clearly visible when one will get around to trying out iOS 13 on their iPhone X/XS/XR.

New Photo and Video Editor

iOS 13 brings a more powerful and advanced photo editor and introduces a video editor as well. The new Photo editor gains control for highlights, variance, and an easier to use UI. As for the video editor, it allows one to crop, rotate, or add filters to their video.

iOS 13 Video Editor

Improved Safari

Safari in iOS 13 gains a download manager which means one can download any type of file on their device. Safari also gains a new start page which provides one with quick access to their favorites, frequently visited, and recently visited websites.

Improved Share Sheet

Share sheet in iOS 13 has one tap suggestions for sharing a photo or document with some who is in the photo. There’s a new actions bar that comes up based on the content.

Redesigned Volume HUD

The new Volume HUD appears in the top-left corner of the screen in an unintrusive manner. It first shows up as a full sized slide. But it immediately shrinks and becomes unintrusive.

iOS 13 Volume HUD Screenshot

New Animoji and Customizable Memoji

iOS 13 three new Animoji to iPhone X/XS and iPhone XR: Octopus, Cow, and Mouse.

Additionally, iOS 13 makes Memoji more customizable and allows them to be used as stickers in third-party apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and more.

Memoji New Customizations

Read: All New iOS 13 Features

iOS 13 Compatible Devices

Given the sheer number of features and changes that iOS 13 brings, it is not surprising to see that it drops support for a number of devices as well. While iOS 12 supported the iPhone 5s, iOS 13 drops support for not only the 4-inch iPhone but also the massively popular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

This means you need a minimum of iPhone 6s or higher to be able to enjoy iOS 13 when it drops later this year.

Below are the iPhones that are compatible with iOS 13:

  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone SE

iOS 13 Release Date

At WWDC 2019, Apple only unveiled iOS 13 and did not provide any release date. Like every year though, Apple is expected to release the final version of iOS 13 to the public in September. The OS should release a week or so ahead of the release of the 2019 iPhones in September.

iOS 13 Public Beta

While the final version of iOS 13 will land in September, Apple has already released the first public beta of the OS for advanced users to try. While buggy, if you cannot wait to try out the new features in iOS 13, you can consider installing the public beta.

Read: Install iOS 13 Public Beta on iPhone


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