iOS 13 is Apple’s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads. Apple’s iOS 13 update is determined to change your old iPhone, so even if you don’t upgrade to the new iPhone, you’ll have plenty of new features to use. Some of these features include a Dark Mode, a Find My app, a revamped Photos app, new Siri voice, updated privacy features, new street-level view for Maps, and more.
NEW FEATURES FOR THE iOS 13
Dark Mode: It changes up the interface (except for some third-party apps), exchanging bright white and light gray colors for black and dark gray hues. Dark Mode changes the entire look of the operating system, darkening everything from the wallpaper to the built-in Apple apps.
Compatibility: iOS 13 is compatible with a lot of iPhones – as long as you have the iPhone 6S or iPhone SE or newer. Unfortunately, both the iPhone 5s and 6 are not included
Siri: Siri has an updated voice that’s designed to sound more natural, and it is noticeable when Siri is speaking longer phrases. Siri’s voice is now generated entirely by software. Siri Suggestions have been added to Podcasts, Maps, and Safari, and Siri is able to detect content to add to Reminders in Messages and events in third-party apps.
Quick Path keyboard: iOS 13 supports a new swipe-based keyboard called the Quick Path Keyboard, which lets you swipe a finger from one letter to the next to type without removing your finger from the iPhone’s display. Quick Path is on by default, but it can be disabled in the Settings app by turning off “Slide to Type” under General > Keyboards. There’s no real need to turn it off, though, as swipes and taps can be used interchangeably.
Find my: Apple combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in iOS 13, and the union lets you locate your friends and missing gadgets with a faster, easier-to-use interface. Find My works like the previous Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps, offering up your friends’ locations and your device locations, but there’s a useful new feature that lets you find a missing device even if it doesn’t have a WiFi or cellular connection.
Photos: The main Photos tab in the Photos app has a whole new look in iOS 13, putting your best photos front and center so you can relive your memories at a glance. In addition to viewing all your photos, there are now options to view images organized by day, month, and year. All of these options filter out clutter, such as screenshots, photos of receipts, and duplicate images, so you can see your most significant moments without the cruft. Viewing all photos is still an option if you need to find all your images like you could prior to iOS 13. In the new Photos tab, muted Live Photos and videos play as you scroll, which has the effect of bringing your photo library to life. The best of your photos is also shown larger, accompanied by smaller shots, making your photo library more dynamic. The Days view shows the photos you’ve taken that day, while the Months view presents your photos categorized into events so you can see the best of the month at a glance. The Years view surfaces photos taken around the current date on past years.
HOW TO UPDATE YOUR DEVICE TO iOS 13
Before you update and install the new iOS 13 on your iPhone, you should back up your device first. To install the new OS, you will have to run the installation through iTunes.
- With your iPhone plugged into your computer, launch iTunes.
- Click on the iPhone icon near the top of the application window to go to the screen where you can manage your device.
- Click either ‘Check for update’ or ‘Update’ if iOS 13 is already listed as available.
- Tap install when asked if you want to install the download.
- Agree to Apple’s terms of service. You may be required to enter a passcode on your iPhone or iPad. Once you’ve done this, the software will begin downloading and your device will reboot and start updating.