News: 200+ Exciting New iOS 13 Features for iPhone

200+ Exciting New iOS 13 Features for iPhone

Apple revealed iOS 13 to developers and remote viewers worldwide at its WWDC 2019 event on June 3, and there are many new features to get excited about on iPhone. We've rounded up everything you'll want to know about iOS 13, whether a colossal feature, small settings change, interface update, or hidden improvement.

Right now, iOS 13 is in beta testing, and it won't be ready for prime time until September 2019, if history is any indicator. That means that some of the items below may not end up in the final version of iOS 13 that ships to everyone's devices in the fall. However, the vast majority of them will probably stick around.

The list below will be continually updated as the iOS 13 beta continues. Use these jump links to skip to a particular section: System-Wide & General Settings | Control Center | Mail | Messages | Photos & Camera | Music | Apple Maps | Reminders | Notes | Safari | Security | Home | Voice Control | Accessibility | Siri | Performance | Other

System-Wide & General Settings

  1. Dark Mode for native apps, available to app developers as well
  2. Dark Mode scheduling
  3. Eight new wallpapers optimized for Dark Mode
  4. There's an option when choosing wallpapers to dim them during Dark Mode
  5. Undistracting volume overlay, which is on the side now
  6. The Silent Mode overlay, which looked like the old volume overlay, is replaced by a pill-shaped banner notification when you use the Silent Mode switch on the side of the iPhone
  7. Slide to Type option in Keyboard (enabled by default)
  8. Better undo in Keyboard with a three-finger swipe gesture
  9. Fonts manager to store fonts downloaded from within apps
  10. Low data mode where apps reduce their network data usage
  11. There's an option in the Wi-Fi settings to "Auto-Join Hotspot" which can be set to ask, never, or automatic
  12. Will prompt you to switch to Mobile Data when the Wi-Fi you're using isn't connected to the internet
  13. Bluetooth computer mice work now
  14. There's a setting that helps make your battery last longer overall
  15. Simpler, rounded glyph design for menu icons across iOS 13
  16. While 3D Touch still exists, it's more like Haptic Touch now in most areas and doesn't work in other areas (will be getting fixed)
  17. Peek can be accessed on the iPhone XR and when 3D Touch is disabled in some areas, while Pop is an extra tap, not a smooth movement
  18. You can long-press the scroll bar, then move up or down to fast-scroll a page
  19. You can dim the lock screen during Do Not Disturb without needed Bedtime enabled in the Clock app
  20. Sheet and full-screen modals in Apple apps look like the Wallet ones from iOS 12.2, where the options in square white boxes appear in rounded white boxes with more padding overall (but it's still not everywhere)
  21. There's a new toggle in the Face ID & Passcode and Touch ID & Passcode settings to disable Wallet on the lock screen
  22. Some header tabs look different across apps such as in the Battery settings and in iTunes Store
  23. Some apps have changed the "Edit" button in the top right to an ellipsis (•••) that holds "Edit" and more options via an action sheet
  24. Dictation tool is now available in Search menus via the microphone button
  25. In apps where time shows, the digits are larger than the AM or PM
  26. Share sheet, aka activity view, is completely redesigned, with a header with basic info on what you're sharing
  27. AirDrop row in Share sheet is now for suggested items, such as AirDropping to your computer or sending a text to a frequently used contact
  28. AirDrop in Share sheet is now an app-style icon in the sharing options row
  29. The actions options in the Share sheet have moved from a bottom row to a vertical list of options
  30. The markup tool icons such as pencil and markers look like real ones now vs just outlines

Control Center Improvements

  1. Long-press the Wi-Fi icon in Control Center to select a different Wi-Fi network and get quick access to Wi-Fi in Settings
  2. Long-press the Bluetooth icon in Control Center to select another Bluetooth device and get quick access to Bluetooth in Settings
  3. There's a glyph icon in the Control Center's volume slider that shows an iPhone when you aren't using external headphones or speakers, and it shows a Bluetooth symbol for Bluetooth devices
  4. New "Appearance" option in the Control Center's brightness slider to go from Light to Dark Mode

Mail Improvements

  1. The Search box appears immediately in mailboxes and folders
  2. The toolbar when reading an email now only contains a Reply and Trash icon, but the Reply button houses the Flag and Move Message options
  3. Reply menu now has options for replies, mark as unread, move to junk, move to a different mailbox, and flag options
  4. Mute conversations either via the new Reply menu, from the "More" menu when swiping on emails in lists from a mailbox or folder view, or when long-pressing to bring up the contextual menu
  5. Settings are available to choose "Mark as Read" or "Archive or Delete" when muting threads
  6. You can chose when to include attachments with replies
  7. There are more options when long-pressing an email on all iPhone models vs. what was only available when Peeking and Popping with 3D Touch before
  8. When flagging in an email directly, you can choose different flag colors
  9. Block incoming emails from a specified sender
  10. New formatting bar above the keyboard for inserting media and attachments and performing other edits
  11. New text formatting for fonts, size, color, strikethrough, alignment, lists, and indents
  12. All system fonts and acquired fonts are supported
  13. Photo selector is smaller so you can view email and choose photo at the same time
  14. The old "Send" button when composing a draft is now an up arrow icon
  15. Emails and contact names in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields are now highlighted with a background when one of those fields is selected, to help separate them better
  16. Provides better email address auto-complete
  17. When composing a draft, the "New Message" header, which also shows the subject line when filled in, is HUGE now and below the "Cancel" button instead of beside it, though it can be hidden and reverted back to the old view by swiping up on the draft
  18. You can no longer create a new draft when reading an email, only Reply or Forward
  19. Multiple emails can be selected by dragging two fingers together down or up a list while in edit mode

Messages Improvements

  1. Profile pics, profile Memoji, or profile monograms for iMessage
  2. More Memoji customizations such as braces, piercings, makeup, hairdos, etc.
  3. Three new Animojis — mouse, octopus, and cow
  4. Smiley lets you capture the perfect expression to share
  5. Memoji stickers packs are created for each Memoji you make
  6. The details pane for each conversation is more organized
  7. Searching messages gives immediate suggestions
  8. Searches will have categorized results with terms highlighted
  9. You can search in specific conversations, not just the whole app
  10. All A9 and higher devices support Memoji and Animoji sticker packs

Photos & Camera Improvements

  1. Media is curated with on-device machine learning
  2. Automatically hides duplicate media, screenshots, documents, receipts, etc.
  3. Can view in days, months, and years in Photos tab
  4. Contextual transitions in the Photos tab so you keep your place when navigating time views
  5. Auto-play video and Live Photo previews show right in list views
  6. Live Photos can play back longer if other Live Photos were taken within 1.5 seconds of the one being played
  7. Smart photo previews help identify shots more easily
  8. Event titles display in Photos tab (ex. location, holiday, concert, etc.)
  9. The months view displays photos by significant events
  10. Birthday mode shows photos of someone's birthday in the People album
  11. An "On this Day" mode shows you pictures from previous years for the current date
  12. Zoom in or out in All Photos to scan more easily
  13. You can perform multi-keyword searches without having to tap each word individually
  14. Screen recordings have their own smart album
  15. Memories choose music based on your listening habits in the Music app
  16. Preview intensity shows for each adjustment
  17. Control a filter's intensity
  18. Individually review each effect applied in before-and-after views
  19. The intensity of the Enhance adjustment can be adjusted
  20. Video edits are nondestructive, so you can revert back to the original state
  21. Adjust the temperature of a photo and the tint
  22. Control the intensity of the Definition slider for clarity adjustments
  23. Strength, Radius, and Falloff vignette filters
  24. Pinch-to-zoom during edits
  25. High-Key Mono effect for monochromatic Portrait photos on a white background in Camera
  26. Adjust the position and intensity of Portrait Lighting effects in Camera (only for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max)

Music Improvements

  1. Time-synced lyrics
  2. It's only one tap to "Up Next"
  3. Lets you know when you already have a song in a playlist that you try to add

Maps Improvements

  1. More detailed maps with realistic views of roads, beaches, parks, buildings, etc.
  2. Favorites can be added in launch screen
  3. Collections for favorites that can be shared with friends an family
  4. Look Around for a 3D-style 360-degree street view you can navigate
  5. Junction View lines you up in the correct lane before turning
  6. You can share ETAs to other people
  7. The Maps feedback has been redesigned
  8. Siri navigation directions are improved to follow along more easily
  9. Flight departures, arrivals, gate locations, and terminal info with flight status
  10. Real-time transit information for public transportation
  11. MapKit gives developers more options such as putting overlays on the map
  12. CarPlay route planning, search, and navigation have improved, and there's Junction View, favorites, and collections.

Reminders Improvements

  1. Redesigned interface for Reminders
  2. Quick toolbar about the keyboard to add times, dates, locations, flags, or attachments
  3. Type longer, more descriptive sentences and Reminders will understand and give suggestions
  4. Siri will suggest you create a reminder from a Messages conversation
  5. Add photos, documents, scans, web links, etc. to reminders
  6. Tasks can be added to other reminders
  7. Can group multiple lists together
  8. There are smart lists that show reminders for the current day, flagged ones, or all reminders
  9. Tag people in reminders so when you chat with them next in Messages, a reminder will appear during the chat
  10. Customize list colors with 12 color options and 60 symbols

Notes Improvements

  1. You can hide sub-folders
  2. The swipe menu has a move to another folder option
  3. The swipe menu lets you share a folder with other users
  4. There's a new ellipsis (•••) menu when in a folder to add people, move, rename, select, and view attachments
  5. The full screen modal for viewing attachments in a folder is now a sheet modal
  6. You can set it so that new notes start with a subheading instead of a title, heading, or body
  7. When inside a folder, you can swipe down to reveal a new button — it looks like four boxes, the same icon that used to be the one to view attachments — to view notes as icons instead of a list
  8. You can share notes with collaborators in view-only mode instead of them being able to make changes
  9. In the drawing tools, there are no longer any default color options, only the color picker
  10. The import media button is no longer a (+) but a camera icon
  11. The "Add Sketch" option is gone from the import media button

Security Improvements

  1. Sign into apps and sites with "Sign in with Apple" which uses your Apple ID (two-factor authentication needed on your Apple account)
  2. Alias emails auto-created for apps and sites
  3. Sign in with Apple works on Android and Windows too
  4. Give location permissions to an app just once or anytime
  5. Receive alerts when apps are using location data in the background
  6. Prevent apps from getting your location via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without consent
  7. Turn on or off geotags for photos shared to social media
  8. Browser font protections in Safari to prevent fingerprinting devices

Safari Improvements

  1. You can take full-page screenshots of long webpages
  2. There's a new website view menu
  3. You can disable Content Blockers without having to go into Settings.
  4. The top and bottom toolbars can be hidden while scrolling
  5. Text size on webpages can be adjusted from 50% to 300%
  6. Requesting Desktop Websites moved from the refresh button to an actual menu
  7. When going back to the mobile view for a website, there's a Request Mobile Website option instead of a confusing Request Desktop Site option
  8. You can specify that specific sites use Desktop Website by default
  9. You can specify that specific sites use Reader Mode by default from the menu instead of a long-press
  10. You can manage sites that default to Reader Mode from Safari's settings
  11. Long-press the "AA" icon to enter and exit Reader Mode quickly (it was a tap before)
  12. Permissions are available per website to ask, deny, or allow access to Camera, Microphone, or Location
  13. There's a Download Manager in Safari
  14. Files can be downloaded via links
  15. You can pause and resume downloads when needed
  16. You can play or view downloads right in Safari
  17. And share downloads right from Safari
  18. The Download Manager lets you jump right to the folder when items download
  19. You can change the downloads location via Settings
  20. The list of downloads in Download Manager can be cleared manually or automatically every day or when downloads are successful
  21. There's an updated start page with bookmarks and frequently visited and Siri suggestions
  22. Folders and favicons in the start page have drop-shadows
  23. Folders in the start page have gray backgrounds instead of white
  24. You can save all open tabs as bookmarks at the same time
  25. Editing and deleting bookmark folders is easier
  26. You can open all bookmarks in a folder in new tabs in one go
  27. Tabs can be set to automatically close after a day, week, or month
  28. The Smart Search field (the URL bar) can be used to switch to open tabs for sites you search for
  29. Siri suggests popular links for a website you search for in the start page, not just the website itself
  30. You can choose different photos sizes when uploading to websites
  31. Private Browsing Mode has a HUGE notice on the start page so there is no confusion when in Dark Mode
  32. There's end-to-end encryption for bookmarks and browsing history that sync to iCloud
  33. A warning will appear whenever you try using a weak password for a new account

Home Improvements

  1. There are HomeKit-enabled security cameras available
  2. HomeKit Secure Video auto-stores clips in iCloud when people, pets, cars, etc. move
  3. Can control when cameras stream, record, or shut-off
  4. View security videos in Home
  5. HomeKit-enabled routers helps protect your IoT devices and home network
  6. Can play songs, playlists, and radio stations via Music with AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations
  7. Siri shortcuts work with automations now
  8. More accessory controls in Home

Voice Control

  1. Voice Control lets you use iPhone just with your voice
  2. All Voice Control processing happens on the device, not in servers
  3. Add custom words for Voice Control
  4. Use rich-text editing with Voice Control
  5. Ask to correct a word or emoji and get suggestions
  6. It knows when you want dictation and are speaking commands
  7. Can navigate an entire app entirely by voice
  8. Navigation commands make it easy to jump to certain areas or tasks
  9. Make numbers appear next to items in an app in case you don't know the name of the task
  10. You can superimpose a grid on the screen to tap, zoom, drag, and more
  11. Touch gestures still work with Voice Control
  12. Voice Control sleeps when you're not facing the TrueDepth camera
  13. There's a new toggle in the Face ID & Passcode and Touch ID & Passcode settings for "Voice Dial" that's enabled by default, which works with Voice Control

Accessibility Improvements

  1. The Accessibility menu is now in Settings, not Settings –> General
  2. The Accessibility menu has been revamped and organized better
  3. You can enable haptic feedback for successful authentication with Face ID
  4. Haptic feedback can be disabled for Face ID device-wide
  5. Can disable auto-playing videos not just in the App Store and iTunes but in other Apple apps, with third-party apps being able to use the public API to let you do the same
  6. Disabling iMessage effects from playing automatically is now easier

Siri Improvements

  1. Shortcuts app is preinstalled, no longer a download
  2. Suggested Shortcuts are no longer available in the Siri & Search settings and have been incorporated into the Shortcuts app
  3. There's a new Indian voice for Siri available

Performance Improvements

  1. Face unlock is 30% faster than in iOS 12
  2. App downloads are 50% smaller than in iOS 12
  3. App updates 60% smaller than in iOS 12
  4. App launch speed 2x as fast than in iOS 12

Other Improvements

  1. Daily Reading Goal in Books, where you can build streaks and reach achievements
  2. You can create a new folder for On My iPhone in the Files app
  3. You can send spam and unknown callers for Phone directly to voicemail
  4. Find My joins Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into one app
  5. There's a new Contacts app icon that looks smoother
  6. The Reminders app icon looks slightly different
  7. App Store's "Updates" tab is gone, replaced with new "Arcade" tab
  8. To view updates for apps in App Store, you need to tap your profile icon from any of the working tabs
  9. The subscriptions menu item is more noticeable, coupled with purchases now
  10. Voice Memos has a new splash screen
  11. You can pinch to zoom in Voice Memos
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I haven't seen Always-on display for OLED iPhones anywhere else. Is this a possible feature or do you have an option for this?

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