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
There are a lot of new features and changes that affect how you use your iPhone as a whole, from system-wide visual differences to how you share things.
After years of waiting, Apple finally delivered with its dark mode implementation. Way better than Smart Invert, the new Dark Appearance applies system-wide and works in every Apple app. Developers can also hook into Apple's API to bring the dark mode to their apps with minimal work.
- More Info: How to Enable & Schedule Dark Mode in iOS 13
What's even better than having a Dark Appearance you can change quickly from the Control Center? Scheduling that Dark Appearance to fit your light-to-dark schedule.
Apple's iOS 13 comes with default wallpapers that look great with Dark Appearance.
There's an option when choosing wallpapers to dim them during Dark Appearance.
The distracting volume overlay had always been a problem in iOS 12 and under, showing up right in the middle of the screen in most cases. Now, Apple's finally changes things up, with a smaller volume overlay indicator on the side or at the top.
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.
Joining the likes of Gboard, SwiftKey, and other swipe-typing keyboards, Apple's default QuickType keyboard now has a "QuickPath" swiping option. It's enabled right away, and there doesn't seem to be a way to disable it, but why would you want to?
There's a better undo in Apple's QuickType keyboard which uses a three-finger swipe gesture. Sure beats shaking your iPhone like a crazy person.
There's a new Fonts Manager to store fonts downloaded from within apps.
There's an option in the Wi-Fi settings to "Auto-Join Hotspot" which can be set to ask, never, or automatic.
You can view the data in the Cellular settings.
Apple will prompt you to switch to Mobile Data when the Wi-Fi you're using isn't connected to the internet. Sometimes you can connect to Wi-Fi networks that aren't actually connected to the web or that drop the connection.
You can use virtually any computer mouse, whether wireless or wired, to control pretty much everything on your iPhone. Great for people who have trouble swiping and tapping, but also fun for everyone else.
There's a setting that helps make your battery last longer overall. You'll notice it in action when your iPhone won't charge past 80% when plugged in or on a wireless charging hub.
There's a simpler, rounded glyph design for menu icons across iOS 13.
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.
You can long-press the scroll bar, then move up or down to fast-scroll a page.
You can dim the lock screen during Do Not Disturb without needed Bedtime enabled in the Clock app.
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).
There's a new toggle in the Face ID & Passcode and Touch ID & Passcode settings to disable Wallet on the lock screen.
Some header tabs look different across apps such as in the Battery settings and in the iTunes Store.
Some Apple apps have changed the "Edit" button in the top right to an ellipsis (•••) that holds "Edit" and more options via an action sheet.
The Dictation tool is now available in Search menus via the microphone button.
In apps where time shows, the digits are larger than the AM or PM.
Share sheet, aka activity view, is completely redesigned, with a header with basic info on what you're sharing.
The 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.
AirDrop in Share sheet is now an app-style icon in the sharing options row.
The actions options in the Share sheet have moved from a bottom row to a vertical list of options.
The markup tool icons such as pencil and markers look like real ones now vs just outlines.
When you tap the plus (+) icon in the markup tools, there's a new option for "Opacity," which gives a slider in which you can add a white overlay at different degrees of opacity. So if you need to draw more attention to your markups than the image, you can add a semi-transparent white layer over the image so that it's less distracting.
While Apple had a framework for cryptography before that developers could use, now there's a new CryptoKit for devs to utilize in Swift. New features include encryption algorithms such as SHA-256, as well as some other features, so you may see some improved cryptographic operations in apps. This framework does not mean iOS 13 has built-in support for cryptocurrency, though it's a step in that direction.
The Control Center, which you access from either a swipe down from the top right or a swipe up from the bottom, depending on your iPhone model, has a few more things that make it even more convenient.
After expanding the connectivity control panel in the Control Center, long-press the Wi-Fi icon to select a different Wi-Fi network right away.
After long-pressing the Wi-Fi icon, there's a new option for "Wi-Fi Settings" that jumps you right to them in the Settings app, something we've been wishing would happen for a long time.
After expanding the connectivity control panel in the Control Center, long-press the Bluetooth icon to select a different Bluetooth device right away. You won't be able to pair Bluetooth devices here, but you can select from any paired ones that are available to connect to.
After long-pressing the Bluetooth icon, there's a new option for "Bluetooth Settings" that jumps you right to them in the Settings app. If you need to pair a new set of headphones, a computer mouse, or other Bluetooth peripheral, this is a fast way to start doing it.
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 displays a Bluetooth symbol for Bluetooth devices.
There's a new "Appearance" option in the brightness slider to go from Light to Dark Mode quickly, so you don't always have to go into the Settings or reply on your Dark Mode schedule.
Mail has needed improvements for a while now, and iOS 13 is finally starting the process. While there is a lot of new stuff here, the thing I wanted the most — a "Select All" option during search queries — is noticeably absent. However, there is a new gesture to select multiple emails at once that fills that gap.
The Search box appears immediately in mailboxes and folders.
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.
In the Reply menu, there are options for replies, mark as unread, move to junk, move to a different mailbox, and flag options.
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.
Settings are available to choose "Mark as Read" or "Archive or Delete" when muting threads.
You can choose when to include attachments with replies.
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.
When flagging in an email directly, you can choose different flag colors.
There's an option to block incoming emails from a specified sender now. First, you choose whether you want emails from blocked senders to go to your trash folder or to just go to your inbox silently. Then, you block the contact or sender either from within an email directly or from within Mail's settings.
A new formatting bar above the keyboard lets you insert media and attachments and perform other edits.
There are new text formatting options for fonts, size, color, strikethrough, alignment, lists, and indents.
All system fonts and acquired fonts are supported.
The new photo selector is smaller so you can view email and choose photo at the same time.
The old "Send" button when composing a draft is now an up arrow icon.
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.
Not much to say about this one but the obvious: It provides better email address auto-complete.
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 to the old view by swiping up on the draft.
You can no longer create a new draft when reading an email, only Reply or Forward.
Multiple emails can be selected by dragging two fingers together down or up a list while in edit mode.
The Messages app got some love in iOS 13, too. There are some interesting features for iMessage, as well as Animoji and Memoji news to be excited about.
If there is no photo of you in the other person's contacts, you can add a profile photo and share it on a case-by-case basis. Profile pics, profile Memoji, or profile monograms all work.
We've got more Memoji customizations such as braces, piercings, makeup, hairdos, etc.
Three new ones, so have fun with the mouse, octopus, and cow heads.
The smiley lets you capture the perfect expression to share.
Memoji stickers packs are created for each Memoji you make.
The details pane for each conversation is more organized.
Searching messages gives immediate suggestions.
Searches will have categorized results with terms highlighted.
You can search in specific conversations, not just the whole app.
All A9 and higher devices support Memoji and Animoji sticker packs.
The Photos app in iOS 13 receives a lot of love, with a slightly better interface, better curation, more on-device machine learning to help show you only the important stuff, and so on. The Camera app also has a few goodies to know about.
You could view in days, months, and years in the "Photos" tab before, but it was a bit confusing. Now, it's very clear, with "Days," "Months," and "Years" getting their own tabs, as well as "All Photos."
In the new "Years" view, content is contextual so that you may see different results on different days. For the "Months" view, it curates photos and videos by events, which could be anything, such as a birthday party, family outing, concert performance, festival, social event, special trip, anniversary, and so on. When it comes to "Days," the feed is curated so that only your best shots show up; Pictures and videos are highlighted in bigger slots that may be interesting to you or may represent the day best — those highlights will playback in a live preview full of motion.
69. Duplicate Content Is Hidden in the 'Photos' Tab
In the "Photos" tab, the app automatically hides duplicate content in the time-based views, so that you see the best shots always and less clutter. However, you can view the rest in the "All Photos" view, as well as in albums directly in the "Albums" tab.
In the "Years" view, Photos may look back at images and videos from a significant event around today's date in past years, so you reminisce more accurately.
If it's the birthday of somebody found in your "People" album, you may see media that involves them over the years in the "Years" view of the "Photos" tab. These will remind you of past experiences and help jog your memory so you can send the appropriate birthday wishes, if any.
For the "Months" view in the "Photos" tab, it curates photos and videos by events. As mentioned before, that's birthday parties, family outings, concert performances, festivals, social events, special trips, anniversaries, and so on.
Months displays the location or event's name to help you discover past content more easily. You can see events such as a birthday party, family outing, concert performance, festival, social event, special trip, anniversary, etc.
Things that won't appear in the "Days" view in the "Photos" tab are screenshots, whiteboard photos, receipts, and other documents.
When navigating content in any of the "Photos" tab's views, there are animations and transitions that help you keep your place in the timeline. Switching between "Years," "Months," "Days," and "All Photos" is easy since you'll never lose your place.
There are new auto-play previews for highlighted videos and Live Photos in the "Photos" tab. By default, they are muted, but if you tap one to view it, the sound will play. Go back to the list view before it's done playing, and the audio will continue, but only for that particular video or Live Photo.
The "Photos" tab has a lot going on. As for smart photo previews, it varies the size of images and videos in the grid to help you better distinguish between media. And to make it even better, you may see a zoomed-in version of the real deal to show off the best part of the photo or video. Tap on it to view the full uncropped content.
If you want to view all of your content, you can in the "All Photos" view in the "Photos" tab. There's a new (+/-) button that lets you zoom in from a five-wide grid to a three-wide one. Zoom in one more time, and you're viewing the image or video in the center of the screen. You can also use the buttons to zoom back out. Pinching also will let you zoom in and out in a similar manner.
Live Photos can play longer if other Live Photos were taken within 1.5 seconds of the one being played. Since Live Photos already contain up to 1.5 seconds of footage before and after the shot, you can potentially have up to six seconds total now for a Live Photo playback. However, from what we've seen, this is only for your enjoyment. If you send a Live Photos you saw that seemed like six seconds to someone else, they will only get the three-second version.
You can perform multi-keyword searches without having to tap each word individually.
Why this wasn't a thing before, I have no idea, but we'll finally have a smart "Screen Recordings" album in the "Albums" tab. However, as of the latest beta, this album is missing. It may appear in future betas.
If you use the "Memories" option in the "For You" tab, whenever you view a memory, the music that plays was pulled from the Music app based on your listening history, so it's more in tune with the type of songs you enjoy.
Perhaps the biggest new feature in iOS 13, the majority of the edits you could perform on photos you can also perform on videos now.
Video edits are nondestructive, so you can revert back to the original state, just like you could before with photos.
When editing a photo or video, whenever you adjust the slider underneath an adjustment such as Brightness, Saturation, Sharpness, and so on, the circle surrounding the adjustment's icon in the toolbar will show the strength of the intensity you chose. This makes it easy to see which effects are increased or decreased at a glance.
Just like with the adjustments toolbar, the enhance feature, which is basically the new "Auto" option in the adjustments list, can also have its intensity adjusted. Works for both image and videos.
There were filters before, but now whenever you chose one, you can adjust its intensity via the slider underneath it, just like you can do on Instagram. Works for both image and videos.
For every icon in the adjustments toolbar that's highlighted with the intensity preview indicator, you can tap on it to toggle off the effect, to see what the image or video looked like before that adjustment. Tap it again to reapply the effect.
In edit mode, you can individually review each effect applied in before-and-after views. When on any tool section except cropping, tap the photo or video itself, and the original image will show you what it looked like before your edits.
In both photos and videos, there are new white balance adjustment tools for "Warmth" (temperature) and "Tint." The temperature one goes from blue to yellow, while tint goes from green to magenta.
Control the intensity of the new "Definition" slider for clarity adjustments in photos and videos. Also new are the "Sharpness" and "Noise Reduction" which also help with the quality of the image.
The last new adjustment for photos and videos is the "Vibrance" tool, which brings out the colors in vivid detail.
In both photos and videos, you can use the new "Vignette" tool to add shading to the edges. It's been said that there are options for Strength, Radius, and Falloff vignettes, but those options have not been discovered yet.
If people in your photos have the red-eye effect, you can tap the new "Red Eye" icon, then tap each red eye, to remove the redness. This does not work in videos.
Just like it sounds like, you can pinch-to-zoom during edits on photos and videos. Before, you were locked into the full frame.
There's a new "High-Key Light Mono" effect for monochromatic Portrait photos on a white background in the Camera app. Works on compatible iPhone models.
Adjust the position and intensity of Portrait Lighting effects in the Camera app. This only applies to iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
Apple's Music app didn't get a massive update this time, but there are some very welcomed features to use with your Apple Music subscription service and some for your personal music library too.
You could always view lyrics in Apple's subscription service, but now you can have an easier time singing along to music you haven't memorized the words for with time-synced lyrics. Not all songs that had lyrics before will have synchronized lyrics, but many do.
Before, to view the songs in the queue to play next, you'd swipe up on the Now Playing screen in Music. In iOS 13, the "Up Next" list has a tab at the bottom of the Now Playing screen you toggle on to view what's coming up. The play controls are still visible unless you swipe up on the list to view songs playing seven or so spots later, then it takes over the whole Now Playing screen. If you always want to see what's coming up, leave the tab highlighted. Otherwise, you can tap to go back to the current album view.
From now on, whenever you attempt to add a song to one of your playlists, if it's already in there, Music will prompt you with "This song is already in your playlist." You can "Skip" adding it or add it again if you want.
Maps has a decent amount of improvements in iOS 13, some of which may finally pull you over from Google Maps or Waze or whatever navigation app you were using if not Apple Maps.
Apple has rebuilt the map from the ground up. The map has more details with realistic views of roads, beaches, parks, buildings, and other objects. Satellite images are also more detailed. However, there's a catch: It's only available in select cities and states right now. By the end of 2019, the new map should be rolled out across the entire US, with other countries getting it in 2020.
Before, on the Maps pull-up launch screen, you could tap "Favorites" at the bottom of the list of recent searches to view locations you've hearted. Now, those favorite places are right at the top of the launch screen.
In earlier iOS versions, you could only view your list of favorites. Now, you can do that and rearrange them as well. Tap the "Edit' button, then drag and drop ones with lines next to them to where you want them. This comes in handy if you want something near the bottom of your list up at the top to show up on the launch screen right away.
New to iOS 13's Maps are Collections. You might already have one created from all the pins you've set in the past, but you can also make new ones and add any location to them you want. Better yet, your Collections are shareable, so you can share all your favorite restaurants in one go to anyone.
We've had access to "Flyover" cities and virtual city tours in Apple Maps, as well as satellite 3D views of most locations, but now we've got even more to help navigate places before arrival. The new "Look Around" feature gives an immersive 3D experience with 360-degree views. If you see the binoculars icon, tap that to get started. The transitions as you move around or amazingly seamless.
The US has had "Junction View" for some time now, which helps you get in the correct lane before a turn comes up. Now China has access, so they can be lined up "in the correct lane before they need to turn or enter an elevated road."
If you're meeting family, friends, coworkers, and the like but aren't sure when you'll make the meetup location, you can send your estimated time of arrival to them from Maps. The ETA you send will even update the recipient if you get stuck in traffic or if something else slows you down from the original estimate. Plus, whoever you share your ETA with will get an alert when you've finally reached the area.
Whenever you need to report an incorrect address, wrong business hours, wrong category, or a different issue, it's now a little bit easier. Instead of having to access different tabs from the feedback screen, it's all on the same page now.
According to Apple, Siri gives a "more natural language" experience for navigation in Maps, which should help you during directions.
So instead of saying "in 1,000 feet turn left," Siri says "turn left at the next traffic light." Improved navigation also guides you closer to your end-point destination, which is especially important for large venues.
Instead of installing a ton of airport and airline-related apps to help you on your journey, you can use Maps for most of the general information. While there are already a lot of airports that have indoor maps, iOS 13 also adds real-time info pertaining to your flight departure times, flight terminals, gate locations, delays, and terminal info, to name a few of the prominent features.
If real-time flight status information wasn't enough, we've now got real-time transit information too. You can view live details for public transportation, including departure and arrival times, bus and train locations, and outages and cancellations. There's also a more helpful schedule available for transit stops and connections.
Developers can now do more with Apple Maps integration in their apps. "Vector overlays, point-of-interest filtering, camera zoom and pan limits, and support for Dark Mode," according to Apple.
If you have a vehicle with CarPlay, iOS 13 provides you with easier router planning, better search tools, and improved navigation. And you can also view the Favorites and the new Collections. And for China, you've got access to the Junction View feature in CarPlay as well.
- Redesigned interface for Reminders
- Quick toolbar about the keyboard to add times, dates, locations, flags, or attachments
- Type longer, more descriptive sentences and Reminders will understand and give suggestions
- Siri will suggest you create a reminder from a Messages conversation
- Add photos, documents, scans, web links, etc. to reminders
- Tasks can be added to other reminders
- Can group multiple lists together
- There are smart lists that show reminders for the current day, flagged ones, or all reminders
- Tag people in reminders so when you chat with them next in Messages, a reminder will appear during the chat
- Customize list colors with 12 color options and 60 symbols
- You can hide sub-folders
- The swipe menu has a move to another folder option
- The swipe menu lets you share a folder with other users
- There's a new ellipsis (•••) menu when in a folder to add people, move, rename, select, and view attachments
- The full screen modal for viewing attachments in a folder is now a sheet modal
- You can set it so that new notes start with a subheading instead of a title, heading, or body
- 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
- You can share notes with collaborators in view-only mode instead of them being able to make changes
- In the drawing tools, there are no longer any default color options, only the color picker
- The import media button is no longer a (+) but a camera icon
- The "Add Sketch" option is gone from the import media button
- Sign into apps and sites with "Sign in with Apple" which uses your Apple ID (two-factor authentication needed on your Apple account)
- Alias emails auto-created for apps and sites
- Sign in with Apple works on Android and Windows too
- Give location permissions to an app just once or anytime
- Receive alerts when apps are using location data in the background
- Prevent apps from getting your location via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without consent
- Turn on or off geotags for photos shared to social media
- Browser font protections in Safari to prevent fingerprinting devices
- You can take full-page screenshots of long webpages
- There's a new website view menu
- You can disable Content Blockers without having to go into Settings.
- The top and bottom toolbars can be hidden while scrolling
- Text size on webpages can be adjusted from 50% to 300%
- Requesting Desktop Websites moved from the refresh button to an actual menu
- 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
- You can specify that specific sites use Desktop Website by default
- You can specify that specific sites use Reader Mode by default from the menu instead of a long-press
- You can manage sites that default to Reader Mode from Safari's settings
- Long-press the "AA" icon to enter and exit Reader Mode quickly (it was a tap before)
- Permissions are available per website to ask, deny, or allow access to Camera, Microphone, or Location
- There's a Download Manager in Safari
- Files can be downloaded via links
- You can pause and resume downloads when needed
- You can play or view downloads right in Safari
- And share downloads right from Safari
- The Download Manager lets you jump right to the folder when items download
- You can change the downloads location via Settings
- The list of downloads in Download Manager can be cleared manually or automatically every day or when downloads are successful
- There's an updated start page with bookmarks and frequently visited and Siri suggestions
- Folders and favicons in the start page have drop-shadows
- Folders in the start page have gray backgrounds instead of white
- You can save all open tabs as bookmarks at the same time
- Editing and deleting bookmark folders is easier
- You can open all bookmarks in a folder in new tabs in one go
- Tabs can be set to automatically close after a day, week, or month
- The Smart Search field (the URL bar) can be used to switch to open tabs for sites you search for
- Siri suggests popular links for a website you search for in the start page, not just the website itself
- You can choose different photos sizes when uploading to websites
- Private Browsing Mode has a HUGE notice on the start page so there is no confusion when in Dark Mode
- There's end-to-end encryption for bookmarks and browsing history that sync to iCloud
- A warning will appear whenever you try using a weak password for a new account
- There are HomeKit-enabled security cameras available
- HomeKit Secure Video auto-stores clips in iCloud when people, pets, cars, etc. move
- Can control when cameras stream, record, or shut-off
- View security videos in Home
- HomeKit-enabled routers helps protect your IoT devices and home network
- Can play songs, playlists, and radio stations via Music with AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations
- Siri shortcuts work with automations now
- More accessory controls in Home
- Voice Control lets you use iPhone just with your voice
- All Voice Control processing happens on the device, not in servers
- Add custom words for Voice Control
- Use rich-text editing with Voice Control
- Ask to correct a word or emoji and get suggestions
- It knows when you want dictation and are speaking commands
- Can navigate an entire app entirely by voice
- Navigation commands make it easy to jump to certain areas or tasks
- Make numbers appear next to items in an app in case you don't know the name of the task
- You can superimpose a grid on the screen to tap, zoom, drag, and more
- Touch gestures still work with Voice Control
- Voice Control sleeps when you're not facing the TrueDepth camera
- 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
- The Accessibility menu is now in Settings, not Settings –> General
- The Accessibility menu has been revamped and organized better
- You can enable haptic feedback for successful authentication with Face ID
- Haptic feedback can be disabled for Face ID device-wide
- 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
- Disabling iMessage effects from playing automatically is now easier
- Shortcuts app is preinstalled, no longer a download
- Suggested Shortcuts are no longer available in the Siri & Search settings and have been incorporated into the Shortcuts app
- There's a new Indian voice for Siri available
- Face unlock is 30% faster than in iOS 12
- App downloads are 50% smaller than in iOS 12
- App updates 60% smaller than in iOS 12
- App launch speed 2x as fast than in iOS 12
- Daily Reading Goal in Books, where you can build streaks and reach achievements
- You can create a new folder for On My iPhone in the Files app
- You can send spam and unknown callers for Phone directly to voicemail
- Caller verification will appear in the Phone app if the carrier supports SHAKEN/STIR
- Find My joins Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into one app
- There's a new Contacts app icon that looks smoother
- The Reminders app icon looks slightly different
- App Store's "Updates" tab is gone, replaced with new "Arcade" tab
- To view updates for apps in App Store, you need to tap your profile icon from any of the working tabs
- The subscriptions menu item is more noticeable, coupled with purchases now
- Voice Memos has a new splash screen
- You can pinch to zoom in Voice Memos
- Health will show you if the volume of your headphones is too loud