iOS 13 will soon be here to drastically change the way you use your iPhone every day, and we've been testing public beta since the end of June.
We've got the full list of iOS 13 below, so you can decide if you want to make iOS 13 a public beta now or wait for the final release. It will most likely release in September along with iPhone 11, iPhone 11r and Apple Watch 5.
Last leak: beta 7 for iOS 13 has now arrived and someone found a mention potential new iPhone release date in the program code. It says 'HoldForRelease from the date Sep 10' is said, so that might be when we hear when iOS 13 lands.
Dark Mode is our favorite new iOS 13 beta feature and it inverts those bright white backgrounds to make the display easier to read at night. To see all the changes that matter, check out our iOS 13 and iOS 12 comparison.
The new QuickSearch swipe keyboard is a big deal, and the new photo editing tool has made us less open to Lightroom. Plus, as we'll explain below, iPadOS has been spun off from iOS as a separate operating system for the iPad, which aims to make better use of the real estate tablet's screen.
We're here to explain all updates in full, and we'll start with many fangs release date schedule and compatibility list.
iOS 13 release date and beta schedule
- June 3: iOS 13 beta 1 and first look at WWDC 2019
- June 17: iOS 13 beta 2 launched for developers
- June 24: iOS 13 public beta release date for adventurous testers
- July 3: iOS 13 beta 3 launches with some new features
- July 8: iOS 13 Public Beta 2 Release Date
- July 17: iOS 13 beta 4 launched for developers with security bug fixes
- July 29: iOS 13 beta 5 comes with a series of fixes
- August 7th: iOS 13 6 beta arrives with Settings in the UI
- Aug 15: 13 ios 7 beta has landed and it's hinted at a release date
- Early September 2019: iOS 13 Golden Master (final development beta)
- Mid-September 2019: iOS 13 is scheduled to launch with new 2019 iPhones
The iOS 13 public beta was released on June 24, although Apple said it won't be released until July. He started earlier than promised, but this is not a giant surprise for us. iOS 12 beta arrived early also on June 25, 2018.
Here is the iOS 13 timeline as we see it:
1. iOS 13 beta: iOS 13 beta 2 is available today but limited to paid developers. The good news: Unlike iOS 13 beta 1, iOS 12 beta 2 can be installed both over the air (OTA), while beta 1 is required for Xcode and macOS 10.15 must be installed first. It's a bit easier to install, but you should probably wait for the open beta, which is always more stable, or upgrade to beta dev on your main device.
2. iOS 13 beta: The Apple Large Object Test started on June 24th and is now in version 2 from July 8th. Of course Apple сказал in July, but last year the iOS public beta launched on June 25th, and sure enough, it came in early 2019. This is the download version. may still be rough, and does not include all the features that are implemented in the final version of the software.
3. iOS 13 golden master: this will be the final version of iOS 13 software, released one week before the final release of iOS, intended for developers and public beta testers. At this point it is very stable and gives individuals the app seven days to adapt to the final software.
4. Official Firmware 13 Release Date: we'll get the new iOS 13 software in its final, stable form about a week after the next iPhone event, where we expect to see what we call (for now) the iPhone 11, maximum 11 for the iPhone and iPhone 11 XR. Date of? Probably in mid-September (last year it was September 17th) and a leak in iOS 13 beta 7 code suggested a software release date could be revealed on September 10th.
iOS 13 compatibility list
- iOS 13 requires iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, new iPad mini 4, and iPhone SE
- It won't come on older devices that support iOS 12: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and mini 3
for iOS 13, compatibility requires an iPhone or iPad from the last four years (depending on device type). This means phones like the iPhone 6 won't get iOS 13 – if you have one of these devices, you'll be stuck with iOS 12 forever.
Requires iPhone 6s or later, iPad 2 or later, new iPad mini 4 or later, or 7th generation iPod touch. Not surprisingly, the new 7th generation iPod Touch is the only device in its class that gets iOS 13 support.
The iPhone SE fits into a strange category, as it did with the iPhone 6 era specs but came out after the 6s. Don't worry, everyone's favorite iPhone will do in iOS 13.
iOS 13 dark mode
- Expired dark mode coming soon to iOS 13 and iPadOS
- We saw macOS get a system-wide dark mode in 2018
- Shortcut black and dark gray interface lives in the Control Center
Dark mode in iOS 13 will be system-wide, meaning it will change shades from bright white and light gray to black and dark gray across all supported apps.
This is a nice feature when you use your iPhone at night and want to avoid the bright whites shining in your face. It can also save battery life on OLED-equipped iPhones, from iPhone X onwards. Apple doesn't talk about it at all, but we do know that OLED displays essentially 'turn off' pixels when rendering blacks.
Turning on iOS 13 dark mode can be done in the Control Center inside the slider display (next to the Night Shift and True Tone switch), according to Apple, or you can set it to turn on automatically at night on a schedule or custom time.
The yellow-tinted night shift mode is finally getting a brightly dimmable companion light, and many people couldn't be happier.
- How to activate dark mode on iOS 13 and iPadOS
iOS 13 visual interface settings
Apple tweaks the visual interface for iOS 13. The app's home menu screen is smaller, for example, but there are new changes to the "long press" commands, too.
Instead of a long press on the toggle switch in apps-delete and rearrange mode, its now showing a menu with connect, save battery and rearrange apps' option to manually invoke this mode, as you can see in Twitter user @filipekids' tweet below:
13 iOS offers FaceTime attention correction app
It is interesting. There's now an option for FaceTime Attention Correction, according to iOS 13 developer betas registered, and it's wild.
What does he do exactly? It makes it look like you're looking straight into the front camera during a FaceTime video call, when you're actually looking at a nearby screen. What distracted the eye may be a thing of the past in the near future.
for iOS 13 to iPad iPadOS and it's a big change
Some of the biggest changes we've been anticipating for iOS 13 on the iPad are actually in an update called iPadOS. Apple points out that the iPad needs its own platform.
This means big improvements to the iPad workflow, starting with the home screen redesign. Pinned Widgets, as we predicted in our iOS 13 Roundup rumor, lets you add widgets to the "Today" screen (exactly left-handed screen mode on your iPhone and iPad). Until now, it is iPad exclusive, and not coming to iOS13 for iPhone.
Slide allows you to have multiple applications open and cycle through them like an organizer. You can also fan to view them all at once with a swipe gesture, sort of like the Recent menu on many phones and tablets. It's multitasking easier.
Split view has been expanded to allow you to open one app on both sides of the screen (which wasn't possible before), and Apple has shown samples showing side-by-side notes with notes. You can also pair an app with more than one app - so now Safari can be paired with Pages in one space and Safari can be paired with Mail in another.
The Substitute app is new to the iPad software, allowing you to see the entire space has been opened. There's an app icon that pops up in the dock, requiring only a single tap to get into the handy review mode.
New copy, paste and undo gestures are coming to iPadOS. Three fingers wiggled was shown to copy the text, three fingers extended (in the opposite direction) for the text on the page, and by moving three fingers across the screen, unfastened the last operation. We'll have to see how this happens when the software lands.
Apple's keyboard can float around the screen in a smaller way, and it debuted a keyboard gesture that it calls speed typing. There are also several keyboard shortcuts (lack of shortcuts was a complaint we had about previous versions of iOS).
Actually there are too many iPadOS changes to detail here in the iOS 13 explainer, so we've stuffed the full rundown into a separate iPadOS release date, news, and features article.
in iOS 13 with Quick Find Keyboard
With iOS 13, Apple's default keyboard typing assistance will include swipe to type, a popular way to swipe across the keyboard to form words. We used this in pre-iOS Gboard keyboard extensions, just like Google's SwiftKey.
You can use typing help and quickpath typing methods interchangeably, and the languages so far supported are English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and are now included.
for iOS 13 debuts a new 'Find app My
Apple is combining Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in iOS 13, and Union allows you to find your friends and missing gadgets in a faster, easier to use interface.
What's really cool is that it will use a crowdsourced encrypted Bluetooth signal to help you track devices that aren't connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. This is mostly a big help for Macs, but it can also help with iPhones in rare cases, too.
Best of all, while my friends don't always work for us, Apple may have made a big push to get location tracking right with this new iOS 13 app now in the spotlight.
for iOS 13 tooltips in apple product tag
The theory that Apple is adopting a tile tracker is supported in the iOS 13 beta, according to a new leak regarding what's already been dubbed 'Apple' tags.
While the redesigned Find My app is supposed to find your Apple devices as well as your iPhone and carry friends, the Apple tag is ostensibly meant for everything else. I think: keys, a bag, a bottle of water, or something else, a Bluetooth tracker can attach to itself.
The Apple tag is not included in iOS 13 to be revealed during WWDC 2019, but it could be announced along with the iPhone on September 11th. After all, it is mobile equipment.
iOS 13 makes your old iPhone faster, last longer
More people are holding on to their iPhones for longer, which is something Apple seems to recognize and the company is speeding up with iOS 13 to accommodate them.
The most important iOS 13 stat: App launch speed is twice as fast, according to Apple, and face unlock code will be 30% faster than before. Apple has also found a way to download apps less, up to 60% on average; iOS 12 gave us a faster update and iOS 13 looks to build on that.
Battery life is also something that Apple is struggling with this year. Its purpose is to slow down the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. for iOS 13 must learn from the daily charging of the household, so that it can wait to finish charging at 80% until you have to use it.
Reminders is getting a big overhaul
Of all the built-in apps, Reminders is getting the biggest revamp in iOS 13. It seems to be better organized, and includes shortcuts that make it easier to add reminders.
Large, color-coded buttons for today, schedule, everything and falls into categories to offer you a better overview of your immediate tasks, while the keyboard when you're in this app has a top Quick Toolbar that acts as a shortcut to Easily add time, date, places, flags, photos and scanned documents.
Make plans in messages? Siri will step in to Suggest Reminders, which can be set up like a personal assistant that intervenes at the right time.
Camera and portrait mode change
iOS 13 is about to offer important changes to camera features, starting with allowing you to change light intensity in portrait mode, which is something we've been wanting for a while. Portrait mode is also getting a new monochromatic effect called High Key Mono.
The photo gallery becomes what Apple calls a "life diary" in a new tab to document your best photos of the day, month, and year. You'll also have more pinch control to zoom in and out in your photo gallery.
Photo editing is refined with iOS 13, adding adjustments and filters, while video editing is part of the mirror it's almost completely: almost every photo tool and effects - including filters, rotate and crop - will do it on video. If you don't know how to make videos, there will be an "auto" adjustment button.
Siri's new voice sounds more natural
There are new Siri voices debuted with iOS 13, and it sounds more natural than before - we heard the pattern and the same tone, but sounds less robotic.
It uses advanced neural text-to-speech technology, according to Apple, and you'll especially notice this when Siri says more phrases like reading Apple news out loud and answering knowledge questions.
Timing is good, because also Siri can do a lot more if you're wearing AirPods - Siri can read incoming messages and relay them through your kidneys, which is handy.
Another new Siri perk: your HomePod voice assistant will understand the voices of different family members in your home. This should mean that, for example, asking "what's on my calendar?" do not cause unnecessary information to someone else.
Memoji puts on make-up, messages gets exchange information
Apple puts more "me" in Memoji, allowing one trillion configurations: new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, and piercings to name a few categories. Examples on the WWDC conference stage showed that these personalized Animoji masks allow for such grainy accessory detail as eye shadow, suspenders and even AirPods.
Memoji stickers are something completely new for iOS 13 will bring more iPhone and iPad users into Memoji times, TrueDepth camera or not. You can customize your Memoji and iOS 13 will automatically create a funny sticker pack that lives in a submenu on your keyboard that you can use in Messages, Mail, and third-party apps.
You will be able to share your personalized Memoji with contacts via iMessages, but only when you grant them access. The same applies to sharing your name and photo with your contacts, so you can choose how people see your name, for example. According to Apple, you can decide whether you want your profile to be available to everyone, just your contacts, or just not at all.
What's New in HomePod
You may not know this, but HomePod is part of the iOS family and it's getting too refreshing.
First, you will be able to transfer songs from your iPhone by simply holding your phone closer to your HomePod speaker. Previously you had to ask Siri to do this, but now this hand-off is a little easier and you don't have to be told to do it.
The HomePod also introduces live radio - you can ask Siri to play 100 stations from around the world. And HomePod lets you know who in your family is talking and personalize the response - with Apple Music, where the choice is based on your taste and history. It goes beyond music, messages, notes, reminders and more.
Sign-In with Apple
Apple has taken over Facebook connections, Google and other platforms that allow you to conveniently log into third-party accounts. Signing in with Apple is ready to protect your privacy more than Facebook and Google do.
What's interesting is that if you don't want to fork out your email as an app developer or website Apple will generate a unique random email for you and the email will be unique to that site or app.
Maps to you updated
for iOS 13 Maps looks a lot better, even if everyone loves to hate it. Will it ever get better than Google Maps? No, probably not. But for people who want Apple's pre-loaded Maps app on iOS 13, it'll be a lot better.
There by the way in more detail here is the way Apple restores the card from scratch. There is more realistic detail for roads, beaches, parks and buildings and now you can explore cities with a 3D 360 degree experience.
Favorites have been included in the map before, but iOS 13 makes these saved locations easier to navigate to with a single tap – they appear at the very top of the search menu. Sometimes Google Maps on iOS doesn't get it right (but better on Android). This is one reason to keep Apple Maps installed, even if you're using Google Maps person.
Formatting text in Mail
Mail is getting some changes when it comes to writing properly formatted email. You'll have more control over font style, size, color, alignment, indenting and outdenting of text, numbered and bulleted lists.
What we were really hoping to see in iOS 13 is the ability to insert a hyperlink into text in an email. On both iOS and Android devices, this is simply not possible in their default mail client (which we've seen) - you need to paste in a long URL and it's not a computer, no matter what you call your operating system.
Connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the Control Center
It's huge – and we've been asking for it for several years. You'll soon be able to select Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories right from the Control Center.
Android has had this for years, and it's always been handy to connect to a new Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth headset without having to navigate from your current app and dive into the five Settings submenus. Apple is finally coming to iOS 13.
Xbox One and PS4 game controller
If you're going to be playing games on your phone, you might as well do so with one of the two best controllers available (or maybe one you already own).
Enter PS4 and Xbox One Game Controller for iOS 13. Apple hasn't said if all games will support this or if it will have to be limited to Apple Arcade, but either way, we're happy to be able to put our PS4 controllers to use wherever we roam.
Silence Unknown Calls
The nuisance of spam calls drives us crazy every day, and iOS 13 wants to fix the problem with Siri, which scans your contacts, mail, and messages to see if you've already been in contact with the caller.
The silence of unknown calls sounds pretty smart if you don't expect businesses to call you for work. Those that don't call you and aren't on your personal VIP list will go straight to voicemail.
More iOS 13 features coming in September
And we're testing on iOS 13 government trials, but there may be more in this update that we haven't seen. Apple usually keeps features until the next iPhone launches.
We will continue to update iOS 13 news here, we will tell you what you need to know about its features and how it will change your iPhone. There may be separate iPadOS now, but iOS 13 is still mighty important to millions of people.
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