iOS 13 is the latest current release of the iOS mobile operating system by Apple Inc for iPhone, iPod Touch, and HomePod lines. iOS 13 announcement was made on June 3, 2019, but was released on September 19, 2019. The second beta was available to recognized developers on June 18, 2019. Just like we all know, Apple is a company known for its top-notch quality when it comes to their products. And iOS 13 is not an exception, as it comes with amazing features that precede iOS 12. These features include:
iOS 13 guarantees the privacy of users by changing the handler of location data from automatic to giving the user ability to decide who and when to grant access whenever the app is in use. The user also receives similar prompts for background location access, and when an app requests access to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
One thing that makes an app worth using is the user interface. People consider how interactive and user-friendly and app is before downloading. In this case, Apple took their time to create something eligible for accolades. It comes with a dark system mode, which allows users to switch to a light-on-dark color scheme for the entire iOS user interface. In other words, it can be manually turned on or set it to automatically switch between light and dark based on the time of the day. Also, some other designs now look better to give users a satisfying experience while using iOS 13. The volume indicator, the overlay with a slim bar near the volume keys were all redesigned to provide the user with a new experience. This redesigning also implies that a user can manipulate the bar directly.
Siri is a software-related voice, which is installed by default. It uses HomePod to learn, recognize, and get acquainted with the voice of different people. Also, it sounds more natural now than previous versions that used clips of human voices. It comes with simple control and functionality. Siri also reads out incoming messages on AirPods. It comes with better modalities to give iPhone users premium assistance.
With this keyboard, users can swipe their finger across to complete words or phrases. However, this feature was also available in previous versions but via third-party keyboard applications such as Gboard, Swype, SwiftKey, etc. The keyboard also comes with a variety of emojis that can be used anywhere, just like regular emojis too.
This is another nice feature of iOS 13. It comes with a gesture interface for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo. With your fingers, you can swipe left or up to undo, swipe right or down to redo, and pinch to copy. Also, you can do a three-finger pinch to cut, a three-finger spread to paste, and a three-finger tap to bring the shortcut menu with all five options. Besides, you can also navigate the blue text cursor around text fields by pressing and holding to pick and move it. There are other new options for text selection, such as double-tapping a word for selection, triple-tapping to select a sentence, and quadruple-tapping to select a paragraph.
iOS 13 also comes with the Apple sign-in feature. It enables users to create accounts for additional services, but with a little amount of personal information. Users have the option to generate a disposable email address for each account, which will ensure privacy and anonymity. The iOS human interface also ensures that the Apple sign-in feature gathers enough prominence above any other login provider in application interfaces. Apple does not collect or monitor users’ data at all. But it minimizes your exposure to the app, service, or website you are signing in to from your phone.
Also, Apple won’t provide your name unless you first permit it (as some services request for a name). But if a service asks for an email address, you have the choice of providing the one associated with your Apple ID, or you can give a unique, new email address that Apple will generate for you on the spot. Then you can send a mail to your original email. So the site, app, or service never actually gets your actual email address, and you can delete the random temporary addresses whenever you don’t find it necessary again.
Furthermore, Apple is also reducing the number of abuses on location services. A new option allows you to give an app access to your location just once—the app will then prompt you again next time you run it as if it was the first time. You will receive a notification from Apple when an app uses background tracking, and it will prevent apps from using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth data to determine your location without your permission.
HomeKit Secure Video
So many home security cameras upload videos (unencrypted!) to the cloud, then it is processed to determine the objects that are in the video. Apple has created a system known as HomeKit Secure Video. This system transforms the video locally through your HomeKit Hub (an Apple TV, HomePod, or a plugged-in iPad). Afterward, it encrypts the footage and then saves it online in your iCloud account.With a 200GB iCloud account, you get storage for one camera, and with a 2TB plan, you get storage for up to five.
The unique thing is that the storage for the video won’t count against your iCloud storage limits.Also, Apple is not making a camera to use this technology. Instead, other companies will make cameras that give you the option to use HomeKit Secure Video. The first partners are Netatmo, Eufy, and Logitech.
It is safe to say that since there is an upgrade, it will affect the performance of this version of iOS. There is a Face ID that unlocks the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR faster than that of iOS 12. A new file format is also included to make downloads and app updates as small as possible. It also launches apps more quickly than regular iOS.
Just like some laptops, iOS 13 limits battery charging percentage to 80%. This makes the battery to be focused instead of complete charging and discharging that reduces the battery life. The fixed-rate also minimizes the aging of the lithium-ion battery and extends its lifespan.
The iOS 13 comes with a new Core Haptics framework. However, before the launch of iOS 13, apps could only provide the default haptic features. But Core Haptics enables developers to have better control over the iPhone’s Taptic Engine by allowing apps to give customized haptic and audio feedback. The limitation is that this feature is not available on all Apple devices like the iPod Touch due to the unavailability of the haptic motor. You can only find it on iPhone 8.
With iOS 13, you can connect to external USB drives, especially the thumb and hard drives. Other types of USB disk devices can work too. Native SCSI disk works as well, but when used with a SCSI to USB adapter.
The iOS 13 comes with the exposure notification API that gives access to the Apple/Google privacy and contact tracing system. This system is a joint production between Apple and Google to provide support to digital contact tracing since the beginning of the pandemic. Additionally featuresiOS for iPad devices is now iPadOS, which reflects the OS as an additional feature for tablet use. iOS 13 also supports Sony DualShock 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One controller. It supports wireless audio sharing for AirPods and specific Beats headphones. There is also a multi-select gesture for supporting applications such as Files, mails, and other items that can be easily picked by dragging two fingers over the desired items.
This new version of iOS comes with a revamped map data with new features too. You can mark your favorite places for easy access immediately you open the Maps app. You can also organize lists of places into collections that are shareable with friends. When arranging your list, you can organize by category: favorite, restaurants, or others.However, in most cases, you may see a pair of binoculars in some locations.
There is also a memoji feature that users can use as an iMessage profile picture. If your iOS device is an A9 processor or newer, it can create customized memojis. Also, memoji and animoji can serve the purpose of a sticker in iMessage and other apps. Like we mentioned earlier, you can also find them as regular emojis anywhere emoji keyboard is available.
The photos app comes with a friendly UI and uses machine learning to automatically hide images that clutter, such as screenshots and documents. Photos also have a new interface that shows users pictures as way back as the previous year, months, or weeks. RemindersIt comes with a new design and features that suggest when a user gets reminded of his/her schedule. It can tag contacts as well so that reminders can still resurface elsewhere.
PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH iOS 13
No matter how beneficial the iOS 13 version is, there are still underlying setbacks. These issues may not be detrimental to the user, but it is wise to identify them so you will know what to expect. Some of the issues following the launch of iOS 13 are battery drain, call-dropping, bad ringtones, and frequent software updates and patches. However, irrespective of the frequent bug issues, updates still come with new ones. Also, there is an issue of wrong artwork for user’s playlists.
iOS 13 SUPPORT
For support, iOS 13 needs 2 GB of RAM because Apple restricted support for all iPhones, and iPad touches using the Apple A7 and A8. However, some devices are still not upgradable to iOS 13. They include iPhones 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch. Meanwhile, iPadOS 13 supports A8 and A8X-based iPad Mini 4 and iPad Air 2 as they are 2GB RAM.
Devices that support iOS 13 include:
- iPhone 6,6S, 6S Plus
- SE (first generation)
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- 8, 8 Plus
- iPhone X, XS, XS Max,
- 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (second generation)
- iPod Touch (seventh generation)
How to install iOS 13
- Go to Apple’s Beta Software Program website via Safari on your iPhone. If you are a member already, click “Sign in.” If not, choose “Sign up,” enter your Apple ID information, and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click the “Enroll Your Devices” link and make sure that you are on the iOS tab of the interface.
- Apple will ask you to perform a backup using iTunes; this is not necessary, but it will not harm your device when you do.
- Scroll to the Install Profile section of the website and choose “Download Profile.”
- Immediately, you authorize the download, open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Along the top, you will a see message saying you have a profile ready to be installed; tap that and install the profile as seen in the screenshots above.
- Your iPhone will then restart to complete the profile installation.
- Immediately your iPhone starts, go to Settings > General > Software Update. You will now see the iOS 13 update ready for installation.
- Once the installation of the iOS 13 public beta is complete, you will receive updates over-the-air just like you would for any other iOS version.
How to Install iOS 13 from iTunes
If you don’t want to do the installation method, you can get the iOS 13 version from iTunes. It is straightforward to run the installation via iTunes, especially on Macs.
- Plug your iPhone to a computer, then launch iTunes.
- Click on the iPhone icon close to the top of the application window to navigate to the screen so you can manage your device.
- Pick either “Check for Update or Update if iOS 13 is on the list already.
- Then click “Install” when you want to download.
- Agree to the terms and conditions of service. You may need to input a password on your iPhone or iPad. After doing that, the software will begin to download, and your device will restart to reinstate the update.