Apple releases iOS 13 – All the details

Apple has released iOS 13 for the iPhone, which packs a range of new features.

“iOS 13 introduces a dramatic new look for iPhone with Dark Mode, new ways to browse and edit photos, and a private new way to sign in to apps and websites with just a tap,” said Apple.

“iOS 13 is faster and more responsive with optimisations across the system that improve app launch, reduce app download sizes, and make Face ID even faster.”

When tested by MyBroadband, iOS 13 was available locally and measured in at 2.04GB on an iPhone X.

The new features in iOS 13 as described by Apple are listed below.

Dark Mode

  • A beautiful new dark colour scheme that delivers a great viewing experience especially in low-light environments
  • Can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset, at a certain time, or turned on from Control Centre
  • Four new system wallpapers that automatically switch appearances with Light and Dark Mode

Camera and Photos

  • An all-new Photos tab with a curated view of your library, making it easy to find, relive and share your photos and videos
  • Powerful new photo editing tools that make it easier to edit, adjust and review photos at a glance
  • Video editing with over 30 new tools, including Rotate, Crop and Enhance
  • The ability to increase or decrease Portrait Lighting intensity on iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • High-Key Light Mono, a new Portrait Lighting effect, for a monochromatic portrait with a white background on iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Sign in with Apple

  • A private way to sign in to participating apps and websites with the Apple ID you already have
  • Simple account setup with only your name and email address
  • Hide My Email to share a unique email address that is automatically forwarded to you
  • Built-in two-factor authentication to protect your account
  • No tracking or profiling by Apple as you use your favourite apps

App Store with Arcade

  • Unlimited access to groundbreaking new games with one subscription — no ads or additional purchases
  • An all-new Arcade tab in the App Store to browse the latest games, personalised recommendations and exclusive editorial content
  • Available to play across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
  • Option to download large apps over your mobile data connection
  • Ability to view available app updates or delete apps from the Account page
  • Support for Arabic and Hebrew

Maps

  • An all-new map rolling out in the US featuring wider road coverage, improved address precision, better support for pedestrians and more detailed land cover
  • Look Around to explore cities in a high-resolution, interactive 3D experience
  • Collections for the lists of places you love you can easily share with friends and family
  • Favourites for quick and easy navigation to the places you visit daily
  • Real-time public transport, real-time flight updates and more natural spoken turn-by-turn directions

Reminders

  • All-new design with more powerful and intelligent ways to create and organise reminders
  • Quick toolbar to add dates, locations, flags, attachments and more to reminders
  • New smart lists — Today, Scheduled, Flagged and All — to easily keep track of upcoming reminders
  • Subtasks and grouped lists to organise your reminders

Siri

  • Personalised Siri Suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari and Maps
  • Over 100,000 live radio stations from around the world available with Siri
  • Shortcuts app now built-in

Memoji and Messages

  • New Memoji customisation options including new hairstyles, headgear, makeup and piercings
  • Memoji sticker packs in Messages, Mail and third‑party apps available on all iPhone models
  • Your name and photo, or even Memoji, now optionally shared with your friends
  • Search enhancements to easily find messages with intelligent suggestions and categorisation of results

CarPlay

  • All-new CarPlay Dashboard with your tunes, turns and smart Siri suggestions on one screen
  • All-new Calendar app with a view of your day, option to drive to or dial in to meetings, and contact meeting organisers
  • Apple Maps redesign with Favourites, Collections and Junction View for China
  • Apple Music album art to easily find your favourite song
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving now available in CarPlay

Augmented Reality

  • People Occlusion for apps to place virtual objects naturally in front of or behind people using iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • Motion Capture for apps to understand the body position and movement of a person so you can animate a character or interact with virtual objects using iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • Multiple face tracking for AR content on up to three faces at a time so you can have fun with your friends using iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • AR Quick Look to view and interact with multiple AR objects at the same time

Mail

  • Block sender to move all email messages from a blocked sender directly to the Bin
  • Mute thread to stop notifications from an overly active email thread
  • Format bar with easy access to rich text formatting tools and attachments of all kinds
  • Font support for all system fonts, as well as new fonts you download from the App Store

Notes

  • Gallery view with your notes as visual thumbnails to help you find the note you need
  • Shared folders to collaborate with others, giving them access to entire folders of notes
  • More powerful search for visual recognition of images inside your notes and text in items you’ve scanned
  • New checklist options to easily reorder checklist items, indent them or move ticked items to the bottom of the list automatically

Safari

  • Updated start page with favourites, frequently visited and most recently visited websites, and Siri suggestions
  • View options in the Smart Search field for quick access to text size controls, Reader view and per‑site settings
  • Per‑site settings to choose Reader view, and enable content blockers, camera, microphone and location access for individual websites
  • Download manager

QuickPath

  • Slide to type on the keyboard for easier one-handed typing when you’re on the go
  • Slide or tap to type interchangeably, even mid‑sentence
  • Alternative word options in the predictive bar

Text Editing

  • Scrollbar scrubbing to directly drag the scrollbar for quickly navigating long documents, web pages and email conversations
  • Faster and more precise cursor navigation — just pick it up and move it to where you want
  • Text selection improvements for easier selection by just tapping and swiping on the text

Fonts

  • Custom fonts are available from the App Store for use in your favourite apps
  • Font management in Settings

Files

  • External drives supported in Files to access and manage files on a USB drive, SD card or hard drive
  • SMB support to connect to a server at work or a home PC
  • Local storage for creating folders on the local drive and adding your favourite files
  • Zip and Unzip support for creating and expanding Zip files

Health

  • New Summary view of personalised data, including alerts, favourites, and relevant highlights from frequently used apps and devices
  • Highlights of health data from frequently used apps and devices showing trends over time in helpful charts and graphs
  • Cycle Tracking feature to log information about your menstrual cycle including flow level, symptoms and fertility metrics
  • Hearing health data types for environmental audio levels from the Noise app on Apple Watch, headphone audio levels, and audiograms from hearing tests

Apple Music

  • Time-synced lyrics make listening more fun with perfectly timed lyrics
  • Over 100,000 live radio stations from around the world

Screen Time

  • 30-day usage data to compare Screen Time numbers over the previous weeks
  • Combined limits to include multiple app categories, specific apps or websites in one limit
  • “One more minute” option to quickly save your work or log out of a game when a Screen Time limit is met

Privacy and Security

  • Allow Once location permission with the option to share your locations with apps only once
  • Background tracking alerts now notify you when an app is using your location in the background
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enhancements help prevent apps from accessing your location without your consent
  • Location sharing controls give you the option to easily omit location data when sharing photos

System Experience

  • Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories selection in Control Centre
  • A redesigned, unobtrusive volume control in the upper-left corner
  • Full-page screenshots for web pages, Mail messages, iWork documents and Maps
  • Redesigned share sheet with intelligent suggestions to share content with just a few taps
  • Dolby Atmos playback for a thrilling surround sound experience from content with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks on iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Language support

  • Support for 38 new keyboard languages
  • Predictive input in Cantonese, Dutch, Hindi (Devanagari), Hindi (Latin), Najdi Arabic, Swedish and Vietnamese keyboards
  • Separate emoji and globe keys make it easier to quickly switch between languages and select emoji on iPhone X and later
  • Automatic language detection for dictation
  • Bilingual dictionary support in Thai and English and Vietnamese and English

China

  • A dedicated QR code mode in Camera, accessible from the Control Centre, for improved QR code performance, a torch option and enhanced privacy
  • Junction View in Maps for drivers in China to more easily navigate complex roadways
  • Adjustable handwriting area on the Chinese keyboard
  • Cantonese predictions on the Cangjie, Sucheng, Stroke and Handwriting keyboards

India

  • All‑new Indian English male and female Siri voices
  • Support for all 22 official Indian languages with the addition of 15 new keyboard languages
  • Bilingual keyboard for Hindi (Latin) and English keyboard, including typing predictions
  • Typing predictions on the Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard
  • New Indian language system fonts for Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada and Odia for greater clarity and ease when reading in apps
  • 30 new document fonts for Assamese, Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu
  • Contacts with hundreds of new relationship labels to help more accurately label your contacts

Performance

  • Up to 2x faster app launch
  • Up to 30 per cent faster Face ID unlocking on iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • 60 per cent smaller app updates on average
  • Up to 50 per cent smaller apps from the App Store

Other features and improvements

  • Silence unknown callers to get calls from known numbers in Contacts, Mail and Messages, while sending all other calls to voicemail
  • Optimised battery charging to slow the rate of battery ageing by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged
  • Low Data Mode to reduce your data usage over your mobile network or specific Wi-Fi networks you select
  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox Wireless Controller support
  • Find My iPhone and Find My Friends combined into a single app with the ability to locate a missing device even if it can’t connect to a Wi-Fi or mobile network
  • Apple Books reading goals help make reading a daily habit
  • Calendar supports adding attachments to events
  • Family sharing hotspot for your family’s devices to automatically connect to your nearby iPhone personal hotspot
  • Home app redesigned controls for HomeKit accessories with a combined view for ones with multiple services

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