iOS 13: 13 Features Worth Upgrading For
September 15, 2019

iOS 13 arrives later this week.

Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 13, is scheduled to arrive by the end of this week and with it comes with a plethora of new features and improvements that should make your iOS device feel like brand new again.

Originally previewed last June during WWDC 2019, iOS 13 is now confirmed to arrive to mobile devices on September 19th, one day before the launch of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iOS 13 will be available on the following devices:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPod touch (7th-generation)
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

iOS 13 is also technically available on the iPad, though it has been rebranded as iPadOS to further distinguish its features from Apple’s smartphone lineup.

iOS 13 has more than 100 improvements and features, but we’re highlighting 13 of the best ones we’ve seen:

Dark Mode – One of the most user-requested features finally arrives on iOS. Dark Mode will turn the entire interface in a darker shade that should make it better to read, especially at night. It has also been proven that Dark Mode further conserves battery life which should be a welcome treat to existing iPhone users.

iOS 13 will include a toggle on the Control Center to turn on Dark Mode or you can even schedule it so it only turns on at night.

Sign-in with Apple – As part of its commitment to user privacy, Sign-in with Apple is a new feature that acts as an alternative way to sign in to websites. While it’s similar to what Facebook and Google, Sign-in with Apple will give you the option to give a fake email and name to sign-in so your real email won’t be part of the record. It’s an easier way to control and block spam emails as well.

High-Key Mono – We’re already loving the Portrait mode on the previous and current iPhones, especially Portrait Lighting that can mimic studio lighting on your images. A new option called High-Key Mono is being added, which should be another favorite for everyone who uses Portrait Mode.

Built-in Video Editing – The Photos app already has an easy to use editing option which has been vastly improved in iOS 13. But that’s not all, Photos can now also edit, crop and rotate videos from your Camera Roll – yes, even the 4K 60 fps video you shot with your iPhone.

Updated Photos Experience – iOS 13 updates the Photos app to highlight key moments from your Camera Roll. If you have multiple shots of one scene, it can intelligently choose the best and highlight it you don’t have to see multiple copies of each image. You can even easily view your images by day, month or year.

Share Bluetooth Audio – I used to have a headphone splitter so I can easily connect another headphone so my partner and I can listen to the same tunes. Since everything now is all about wireless, iOS 13 will let you stream the audio from your iPhone to two different AirPods at once – no extra wires needed.

Improved Memojis – Memojis now have more customization options (you can now add AirPods to your Memoji) and you can even use it as stickers and add them to messages when chatting with your friends.

Apple Maps Look Around Mode – Apple Maps now includes look around mode that uses street view images that you can pan around as if like you’re walking there. Unfortunately, this feature is rolling out on a few US cities initially so hopefully we’ll get to experience it here in the Middle East soon.

Performance – Apple promises significant performance improvements on iOS 13. Face ID can now unlock your smartphone up to 30 percent faster, with app launching twice as fast compared to iOS 12. We’ve been using the beta in the past few months and we can say that there’s a significant performance increase, which should be even better when the final version of iOS 13 rolls out.

Swipe away – Apple’s QuickType keyboard now supports swipes when you type a word. Third-party keyboards already support this, but it’s great that Apple is including it on its keyboard.

Reminders Get a Makeover – The Reminders app is one of the most-used apps on my iPhone, and it’s great that it is finally getting a makeover. There’s a new quick toolbar to add times, dates, locations, or even photos to make it easier to create reminders.

CarPlay Dashboard – The CarPlay interface has been significantly improved, and now features a new interface. It’s now easier to see a view of your whole day while still offering a way to access your other apps without distracting you from driving.

ARKit 3 – iOS 13 will come with ARKit 3 that can completely improve the way you use AR-based apps and games. With ARKIT 3, developers can now instruct apps to place objects in front or behind people that can give way to more immersive experiences.

iOS 13 launches on Thursday, September 19th. Make sure you make a backup of your iPhone either through iCloud or on your computer before updating.

What features of iOS 13 are you most looking forward to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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