iOS 13 – Top 3 New Features


iOS 13 arrived on September 19, 2019.

Here are our top 3 new features –

1) Dark Mode

As we’ve been able to choose in macOS Mojave and Windows 10 on the desktop for a while now, iOS 13 brings a true dark mode across all of your iPhones apps and settings for the first time, inverting the default color scheme with white or light gray on dark gray or black backgrounds.

2) QuickPath Keyboard

Save your thumbs! Long available with third party keyboards such as SwiftKey and Gboard, you can now drag to type on the native iOS keyboard, sliding from key to key to form words and selecting when predicted. 

3) Sign in with Apple

When apps ask you to log in with a single-sign-on service like Facebook or Google, a new Sign in with Apple option can protect your privacy by using an anonymized email address that forwards messages to your actual address. However, it is still up to developers to implement this option in their apps.

Can I Upgrade?

iOS 13 is available for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, 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, and iPod Touch 7th Gen.

What Next?

Keep an eye out for the software update notification, or check manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone from September 19, 2019.

Find out more about the new features in iOS 13 on the official preview page.

iPad owners can look forward to the separate release of iPadOS 13 on September 24, 2019. This marks a new split from iOS on iPhone, bringing the experience on iPad closer to a desktop operating system – More details on iPadOS 13 in the Apple preview here.

UPDATE September 25, 2019 : In a fast turnaround, iOS 13.1 is now available. This fixes several issues found in the initial release of iOS 13 and adds some new features.

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