When the huge WWDC developer conference kicked off in June, as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It brings a lot of major new features to the devices and provides developers with a host of tools to make even better apps.
A few Features expected later this fall
- AirPod audio sharing
- iCloud Drive folder sharing
- HomeKit Secure Video, for iCloud-stored video recordings
- HomeKit-enabled routers
- HomePod and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers integration for Home app scenes and automations
- Communication limits for kids through Screen Time parental control
With iOS 13, Apple is cutting off support for devices with 1GB of RAM or less. That means that, compared to iOS 11 and iOS 12, it’s dropping support for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. iPadOS 13 drops support for the iPad mini, mini 2, and mini 3, and the original iPad Air.
Here is the full list of supported devices for iOS 13:
- 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)
And here is the list of supported devices for iPadOS 13:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
OS 13 is finally bringing Dark Mode to Apple’s mobile OS. Apple showed new dark backgrounds, notifications, and widgets. All the Apple apps you rely on, from Messages to Mail to News and more, have new colors and dark backgrounds. The background is a true black, not a very dark gray, and it looks particularly great on the OLED panels of an iPhone X or XS device. Third-party developers will undoubtedly be quick to support this. There are basically two options to use it: a toggle that switches between the two modes and an automatic function that intelligently flips back and forth based on sunrise and sunset.
Create Memoji in Contacts
If you want to create a Memoji (and who doesn’t?) in iOS 12, you have to first open a new message in Messages and then tap on the Animoji/Memoji Messages app.
In iOS 13, there’s another way. In Contacts, when you Edit a contact and then Edit the portrait for that person, you are given the option of using Animoji or Memoji, including the ability to create a new one. This works for both your own contact card or any other contact.
The iPad gets all the changes you find in iOS 13 for the iPhone, but Apple has been adding so many features specific to the iPad, it has decided to give it its own name: iPadOS.
If you’ve been hoping that iOS 13 would make your iPad into a better laptop replacement, you’ll be thrilled with iPadOS 13. You can pin widgets to your home screen, and easily browse and swipe through multiple slideover apps.
New iPadOS lets you use a mouse to control your iPad and iPhone apps
Split view gets huge improvements, including multiple split-view desktops that you can see in a new App Expose view. You can even run multiple windows of the same app—Apple demonstrated multiple Mail windows and two Word windows side-by-side.
Photos and Camera improvements
The new Photos app is probably the best part. Apple made two big changes: it’s completely overhauled the design of the Photos app, making it easier to flip through your years of accumulated photos, and it added a serious set of editing tools for both pictures and videos that will probably put a bunch of third-party apps out of business.There’s lots of new stuff in the Photos app, though.
First, image editing is getting a lot more powerful. There are new adjustment dials for effects like brightness, contrast, exposure, warmth, tint, etc. And you’ll find a lot more effects than before, too.
You can compare your adjusted version to the original at any point in the editing process by tapping on the image preview. You can also toggle on or off any adjustments you’ve made to see the impact of, say, adjusting the vibrancy of the overall shot. Video editing is also available for the first time, and while it’s a little more limited than the photo editing tools, you can do basic tasks like rotating or cropping a video, which were previously impossible in the Photos app.
Scan documents directly to Files app
The Files app is better in lots of ways in iOS 13, but one of our favorites is the ability to scan a document to a PDF directly to any location in Files.
Previously, you had to go t0 the Notes app to scan a document, save it as a PDF, and share it to where you want to keep it. But the Files app gives you access to any location, from local iPhone/iPad storage, shared folders, iCloud Drive, even network drives.
In any Files location, just drag down a little to show the view options (sorting and view style). Tap the (…) button on the left, and you get the option to create a new folder, scan a document, or connect to a server. Capture those important forms or receipts as PDFs, directly to the cloud folder you want, and never be without copies of your important documents!
All-new Reminders app
Many apps are getting tweaked in iOS 13, but the Reminders app is completely revamped. A quick toolbar lets you add reminders using natural language, and Siri will parse the times, dates, and locations within what you type to create the right reminder for you.
When you discuss something in Messages, Siri might suggest a reminder with a notification pop-up. Smart lists will group your reminders based on your schedule, so you can see the reminders you need when you need them.
That swipey keyboard
Android users have been swiping on their keyboards to type for years, using a number of third-party apps, like Swype and SwiftKey. At long last, Apple has added the capability, letting you trace a word to spell it out.
Apple calls it QuickPath Typing. In theory, it’s faster than pecking away at the virtual keyboard, and just as accurate — and you still get spelling suggestions as you go along.
The feature is especially useful for one-handed typing and is ready for use as soon as you install iOS 13.
Find My Phone and Find My Friends join forces
Apple combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a single app called Find My. And on top of combining the apps, Apple added the capability to help find lost devices for people you don’t even know.
When you mark one of your Apple devices as lost, Apple will crowdsource the device’s location by asking all Apple devices to look for your device’s Bluetooth signal. Once another Apple device finds your lost phone, tablet or computer, you’ll receive an alert. Apple says the free service is completely anonymous and encrypted.
You can download large apps over cellular
If you wanted to download a particularly big app when not connected to Wi-Fi, iOS would pop up a message telling you that the app wouldn’t download until you connect to Wi-Fi.
With iOS 13, you can really put your unlimited data plan to the test with multi-gigabyte downloads. The new popup for apps over 200MB allows you to download later over Wi-Fi or right away over cellular.
In Settings > iTunes & App Store, you can set iOS to always allow app downloads over cellular, ask only when over 200MB, or always ask.
CarPlay in iOS 13 has been overhauledwith a new Dashboard view for music, maps, and more, a new Calendar app, and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps.