With every release of a new set of iPhone devices comes the inevitable next big operating system update with iOS 13 on its way on September 19th. Apple has revealed much of what we can expect from their new OS already with some much-needed love to dated apps like Maps, Photos, and Reminders along with some new dark mode features.
It’s the Maps interface that Apple has made the most progress in by finally bringing in features that Google has had for all these years like tracking more data for people’s favourite locations, like their home or work, real-time public transit estimates and a Google Street View-esque mode. It might be year’s late and not enough to likely convince people to move away from Google Maps, but for those who have to use all things Apple, it’s a welcome update indeed.
Other smaller features include a new Find My app that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends. It also includes a swiping keyboard for faster typing. Memoji can be turned into stickers, and the Health app now has a built-in period tracker to predict menstrual cycles and sync with the Apple Watch. Small features, but I guess something for everyone.
Perhaps the biggest news though comes that not all features will be available at launch. With Apple having already been rumoured to be working on a new beta for the next iteration iOS 13.1, it was revealed that this new version will be on its way soon after on September 30th, meaning that those who want to upgrade less often should only do so at the end of the month to gain access to the full features of the OS as Apple prefers them to be – with most of the bugs ironed out.
This new update, along with fixing bugs will also include many features that were supposed to be available in iOS 13 at launch like Siri being able to read incoming messages aloud; Siri shortcuts being able to be added to HomeKit automation; sharing an ETA with friends; and the ability to import photos directly into an app when a camera is connected to an iOS device.
Other features that Apple had teased like audio sharing between two sets of AirPods and HomePod and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers being able to access songs, playlists, and radio stations with Apple Music are still being worked on and will be released at a later time.
For a list of iOS 13 compatible devices, The Verge has provided a full list of phones that will be supported by the new OS:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod Touch (seventh generation)
Last Updated: September 11, 2019