IOS 13 is the next operating system for iPhone, iPad and updated iPod touch. At the moment, it is still under development. The official release will take place in September 2019. On June 3, 2019, as part of the WWDC presentation, Apple demonstrated, among other things, the capabilities of the new iOS 13 operating system. The mobile platform finally got the long-awaited dark mode, a keyboard with support for dialing gestures, improved maps, etc.
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IOS 13 update available on iPhone along the way Settings → The main → Software Update. If the update is not available, then all possible reasons for the solution are described here. In addition, you can install iOS 13 through iTunes on your computer (instructions), after downloading the IPSW firmware files on this page.
Which devices support iOS 13?
Contrary to forecasts, the release of iOS 13 did not leave owners of iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE overboard, but iPad tablet users got their own iPadOS platform and, accordingly, lost iOS support. Full list of supported devices:
- IPhone 6s / 6s Plus;
- IPhone 7/7 Plus;
- IPhone 8/8 Plus;
- IPhone SE
- IPhone X
- IPhone XS
- IPhone XS Max;
- IPhone XR;
- IPhone 11
- IPhone 11 Pro;
- IPhone 11 Pro Max;
- 7th generation iPod touch.
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation);
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation);
- IPad 5 (2017);
- IPad 6 (2018);
- IPad 7 (2019);
- IPad mini 5;
- IPad Air 3;
- IPad mini 4;
- IPad Air 2;
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro;
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation).
What’s New in iOS 13
An authoritative expert at Bloomberg, Mark Gourman, announced back in May 2019 that iOS 13 developers were focusing not only on new features. This operating system should significantly accelerate devices relative to its previous version. Gourmet believes that productivity gains will be comparable to what happened during the transition from iOS 11 to iOS 12.
So, according to the claims of Apple Vice President Craig Federigi, iOS 13 unlocks the device 30% faster using Face ID technology, and also launches applications twice as fast. By the way, games and programs in the App Store somehow “lose weight” and will occupy on average 50% (and updates for them. 60%) less space on the device.
In practice, Apple really noticeably accelerated the launch of applications and animations, as well as the work of Touch ID and Face ID.
Dark theme in iOS 13
The appearance of the dark mode in iOS was predicted in the past and even the year before last, however, the much-desired theme of designing the system interface and a number of regular applications (Photos, Maps, News, etc.) was implemented only by 2019 (in detail).
Nevertheless, the result of the work of the developers looks quite decent and will surely be enjoyed by many users. There are three ways to activate the dark mode: directly through “Command centre”By pressing and holding your finger on the screen brightness level indicator, in the application”Settings” in section “Screen and brightness»And at the stage of initial setup of the new iOS device. You can also configure so that the dark mode is turned on according to the automatic schedule.
The regular photo library has been significantly updated, a new tab “Photo”, On which several buttons are located:”All photos”,”Days”,”Months”And”Years”(In detail).
When the user switches to the masonry “Days”, A self-learning neural network will discard unsuccessful images, screenshots and other graphic garbage, and will present the best images in a digestible form in large sizes. The photo library can also be divided into months and years,s and Live Photos are launched automatically when focusing, and screencasts are saved in a separate album.
Photo and Editor
Separately, it is worth mentioning that in iOS 13 a full-fledged graphical editor appeared, in which there are many tools for processing photos. Thanks to this, you can adjust the exposure, brightness, contrast and much more without ever leaving the application “Photo”.
In addition to photos, you can also edit in a standard application for viewing media files. Now you can expand thes shot in vertical orientation, change the white balance, adjust the contrast, etc. The principle of processing is the same as the photo: you can simply apply the filter you like, or you can configure each parameter yourself.
Portrait Lighting Control
Added a few simple functions for editing portrait shots, thanks to which you can achieve even closer to studio quality. There is the possibility of changing the light intensity in the image, thus obtaining excellent results.
Mimoji (Memoji) can now be used on smartphones with the Apple A9 processor (iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE), and especially zealous animation lovers will appreciate the possibilities of customizing created virtual characters through makeup, piercing, glasses, hairstyles, etc. (in detail).
In addition, from the resulting characters, you can make stickers for communication in iMessage, and also use them as a subscriber avatar in the application Contacts.
The popularity of Mimoji is apparently quite high, because they even provided a special button on the virtual keyboard to add them.
The Mail application in the new version of the Apple operating system has acquired some small, but very necessary innovations (in detail). For example, a panel appeared with tools for adding scanned documents and photos, as well as a full-fledged text editor in which you can even select a font. The response menu has greatly expanded, additional items have appeared in it.
Ability to disable notifications for the email thread
Sometimes it’s very tiring to receive constantly updates in the thread of the “Mail” messages. IOS 13 introduced the ability to turn off these notifications. You can read an important message and forget about the rest. Extra notifications will not allow you to get confused in the long chains of emails.
Creating a blacklist in Mail
This feature will make it even easier to get rid of annoying spammers or unwanted interlocutors. IN “Settings”You need to open the”post office”. There, in the list of blocked users, you can see those senders whose email was previously blocked along with the phone number in “Contacts”.
The Safari application in iOS 13 also received a major update and gained a lot of useful “chips” (in detail).
Automatically close tabs in Safari
For many users, the Safari browser eventually turns into a real trash. A bunch of tabs are open, which seem to be needed, but for sure, you don’t remember. And there are more and more of them every day. But the iPhone was able to automatically clear the browser from old tabs. In the settings, you can select the frequency of removal of these unused elements, which will allow you to put order in Safari for a certain period.
Save a whole page screenshot in Safari to PDF
Now, to save the desired article, you do not have to take a few screenshots of it. When forming a screenshot, the user will be prompted to save a PDF version of the entire open page. At the same time, the user has the opportunity not only to edit the screenshot immediately, but also to share it with friends.
One of the most anticipated features of the standard browser of iOS devices. Now you can simply upload the to Safari and watch it right there. A useful feature allows you to download files from the Internet without restrictions on their size.
New volume slider and silent mode enable window
The volume control bar now appears not in the center of the screen, but on the left (in the vertical orientation) or on the top (in the horizontal orientation) and does not close the content displayed on the screen.
The new Apple operating system has a new window for turning on silent mode using the iPhone side lever. You can already forget about the huge crossed-out bell that appears in the middle of the screen when the silent mode is activated. The new window has received a laconic design that meets modern requirements.
Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch
In iOS 13, the 3D Touch function disappeared from all iPhones and its place was taken by the similar Haptic Touch technology, which was originally only on the iPhone XR (in detail).
Haptic Touch works on all devices running iOS 13 and iPadOS. Yes, even the iPhone SE, which previously did not have 3D Touch, now with the new version of the operating system has received many useful features.
The Find iPhone and Find Friends functions in iOS 13 are combined into one solution called Latitude (in detail). The program can not only find a lost iPhone, iPad or MacBook, but also help to find your family members.
One of the main features of the new application is that it allows you to search for devices on which there is currently no Internet connection. This is possible due to a special system, which using Bluetooth allows the device to send an encrypted signal about its location.
Now, when you open the App Store, a separate tab with the latest application updates will no longer be displayed. You can check them on your Apple ID profile page in the upper right part of the screen, in the section “Available Updates.”
The restriction on downloading programs larger than 200 mb has been removed
In the era of the widespread use of high-speed 4G / LTE networks and the expectation of the next 5G generation, Apple has abandoned the limit on the number of applications downloaded over the cellular network. That is, if earlier content with a weight of more than 200 MB could be downloaded only if there was a Wi-Fi connection, then in iOS 13 there are no such restrictions. For this in the application “Settings”, select item iTunes Store and App Store, and then in the section “Cellular Data” select “Applications” and indicate “Allow always.”
Also in the application there is support for the new game service Apple Arcade.
Ability to save mobile internet traffic
Now, right in the “Settings” you can set the options for the consumption of mobile Internet traffic. Follow the path: Settings → Cellular Data → Data Settings and activate the function there “Data Saving.”
The economy mode will reduce the amount of information transmitted via cellular communication.
Prohibition of incoming from absent in “Contacts” subscribers
This option will undoubtedly appeal to people avoiding excessive communication. Now the operating system allows you to ignore calls from unfamiliar numbers that are not in the contact list. You can not be afraid of strange calls and related troubles. To activate the option, go to Settings, section Telephone, and activate the switch opposite the item “Mute unknown subscribers”.
After that, the person who will call you from an unknown number will hear the corresponding beeps in the handset Busy. After a muffled call on the iPhone, a notification will come in the form of a missed call, and if necessary, you can always call this number back.
New iPhone Charging Features (Optimized Battery Charging)
IOS 13 introduced a feature for optimizing battery consumption (in detail). The new version of the operating system uses a special aLGorithm, thanks to which the iPhone will charge up to 80% at normal speed, and after that it will be slightly slower, which is much safer for the battery. Especially true for those who put charge their iPhone all night. You can activate the option along the path: Settings → Battery → Battery Status and changing the switch Optimized Battery Charging in position Included.
Messages and iMessage app
Finding data in iMessage is now even easier. You need to open the search menu and not only find messages by keywords there, but also find the last sent links and contacts with which you recently interacted.
Setting name and avatar
IMessage got the opportunity to set the profile picture and name regardless of the contact card (in detail). For example, you can see the name and profile photo from a new number even if it is not in the contact list. It is worth noting that as an avatar, you can create and use mimoji or animoji.
The regular “Reminders” application has been substantially rethought in iOS 13 (in detail). 4 categories of reminders appeared in it: Today, Scheduled, All and My listings.
New feature “Notifications today“
This option forms a small daily list (time can be configured) with a list of tasks that are relevant for the current day, which turns the standard application into a powerful organizer in its capabilities.
With this feature of the updated Reminder app, Spotlight appears in the Spotlight search bar. Ask Siri. Touch it (or use the cursor keys and the Enter key to select) and Siri will send the request immediately to the application along with the required notification time.
Also there was a useful feature to add attachments to reminders.
Innovations when working with text
For many years, third-party developers have been offering users virtual keyboards that allow you to type text without lifting your finger from the screen. The program almost accurately determines which word the user wanted to enter, while swipes can significantly increase the speed of typing. From now on, such functionality is supported by the native iOS 13 keyboard. Unfortunately, support for the Russian language, at the moment, is planned only in the future.
New control gestures
To select text, you no longer need to tap twice on the screen and use the magnifying glass to more accurately position the cursor; for this operation, just click on one word and drag your finger over the screen to select the entire text, and you can cancel entering the last fragment of the text by swiping with three fingers to the left, to the same time, swipe with three fingers to the right. Repeats the previous action. Copying and pasting takes place by pulling / pulling three fingers together (as if pinching).
Third-Party Font Support
From now on, Apple has provided all users with the download of their favorite fonts for great opportunities to personalize the operating system.
New menu for editing snapshots and screenshots
In iOS 13, the stationery icons when editing screenshots look much more natural. A trifle, but it looks beautiful.
In the new version of the Apple operating system in the application “Notes»Search has improved significantly: now you can search by notes with lists, attachments, as well as by locked files. A new mode of display in the format of small cards has appeared, when notes will be visible in miniature. Also, finally, you can create folders to better organize your files, to all this the folders have become common, that is, they can be easily shared with a friend for general interaction.
New Features in the Control Center
In the new operating system, it became possible to select a Wi-Fi network directly from “Control room”. You just need to hold your finger on the Wi-Fi icon, which will lead to a list of available networks.
Ability to connect to Bluetooth devices from the Control Center
Activation of this option is carried out according to the same principle as with Wi-Fi. Open “Command centre», Hold the Bluetooth icon, and then in the list of devices that appears, select the desired one.
In iOS 13, the application “Health»Decently for the better refreshed its interface, the main change is a large window with a detailed analysis of all your activity. Also “Health”Now allows you to predict and track menstrual cycles in women. Another application “Health»Now monitors the change in sound volume when using the application Music. If, over time, the music lover has a tendency to increase volume, this may indicate hearing impairment.
Starting with iOS 13 in the Files application, you can work with external media: memory cards, USB flash drives, and much more. You can easily connect even a camera and copy the necessary photos directly to a specific application.
Now, to work with archives, you don’t have to look for third-party applications and learn how to use them. An iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 can archive or unzip ZIP-format archives without third-party solutions.
Since Safari has its own download manager, it’s now possible to download files from the network to a special folder Downloads.
You can also create folders yourself and view file information.
Document scanner, a very convenient application tool Notes, now integrated in Files.
The Home application and the entire HomeKit smart home platform now support modern routers and speakers with AirPlay 2 support. Also, in iOS 13, HomeKit-enabled surveillance cameras can detect any movement in their area of visibility. By the way, you can configure the transfer of from them in the iCloud storage. Users will be able to store recordings from cameras on the company’s servers in encrypted form for up to 10 days (even Apple employees will not be able to view them), and devices integrated through HomeKit can be protected with a special firewall. You can watch these saveds directly in the Home application on your device.
To all this, users of smart home systems in iOS 13 can create their own home control scenariOS and set them using the “Teams”, For example, turn on the light in the bedroom or turn on the kettle directly from the gadget.
Application “Books”Noticeably transformed. Appearance has become more concise and understandable to the user. New fonts and a section with a list of books called “Read now”On the main screen. A useful option has appeared that is useful to anyone who wants to read more. This is a special timer “Reading goals”, Which considers how much time you read today, the limit on the minutes can be set independently based on your reading opportunities and motivation.
If you have AirPods, now you can share music with a friend simply by placing smartphones next to it. After automatically connecting devices, just select the desired track and confirm playback in other AirPods (in detail). Also, the Apple Music app has the ability to read lyrics during playback (works similar to karaoke).
If you move between the lines of a song, you will also scroll through the entire song.
Very useful for those who study foreign languages or want to sing along with them.
In iOS 13, developers paid much attention to the issue of security and privacy of user data. For example, now it will be possible to log in to applications, sites and services using Apple ID data similar to authorization through social networks, and you can choose a random E-Mail that will automatically register on Apple servers as a contact email address.
Another useful innovation concerns those who are worried about the device tracking its location. Previously, the user could allow or prohibit the use of geolocation data by the application (usually they choose the option in which data becomes available to the game or program only when it is active). Now another alternative has appeared. A one-time admission, which will prohibit the application from using geolocation as soon as the user closes it.
Many applications in iOS 13 also request access to Bluetooth, which was not seen in previous versions of the Apple mobile OS.
The CarPlay interface has been updated: it has become more user-friendly, Siri now does not crawl out to full screen, new applications have appearedSettings”And”The calendar”.
The sharing menu is visually and functionally changed in almost all regular applications.
The application “Teams”
It should be said right away that the Teams application has become standard and is present on the device by default. The number of proposed commands has increased, the options for settings have expanded, and the “Automation”, Thanks to which you can program certain actions that the smartphone will perform in the situations you need. For example, you can select the necessary places on the map using geolocation (at the entrance to work or study), where Airplane mode will automatically turn on.
You can add attachments to calendar events in iOS 13. A small but useful update for many.
In anticipation of the release of the game service Apple Arcade, full-fledged support for game controllers (from Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) is implemented. Gamepads can be connected to the iPhone via Bluetooth.
Apple’s voice assistant now speaks more naturally, which will be achieved by “rendering” the necessary phrases in real time, rather than playing passages (though, traditionally not for the Russian language).
Siri taught you to read incoming messages directly into the user’s ear through AirPods, and then decrypt the voice response and send its text version to the right person.
Another refinement is the creation of quick teams based on ready-made templates. Previously, the user had to design shortcuts on their own, which turned out to be an impossible task even for experienced users.
IPad will be the second display for Mac
IPadOS 13 has significantly improved the interaction of Apple tablets with Mac computers. In particular, mobile devices will be able to act as a full-fledged additional monitor. A detailed review of the iPadOS and all of its functions can be found here.