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What’s new in iOS 13?
As expected, Apple has unveiled its next operating system iteration – iOS 13 – at WWDC 2019. Unlike iOS 12, which was just an overhauled version of iOS 11, iOS 13 brings several new features and enhancements, namely –
System-wide Dark Mode
A system-wide dark mode is easily the most requested feature of the past few years months. Thankfully, it’s now a part of the stock operating system.
All stock Apple applications such as Music and Messages are fully dark mode-ready. The share sheet also has a dark tint and automatically displays as suggestions the devices you regularly send files to.
Almost all popular apps already come with a built-in night mode. Beginning with iOS 13, you can apply dark color to everything in the system just like macOS Mojave that received this feature a year ago.
Sign in with Apple
Many online services and portals give users the option to log in using their Facebook or Google ID and password. In the same vein, Apple has launched a new privacy feature called “Sign in with Apple” that help you sign in using your Apple ID credentials.
As soon as you press this button to sign in, no location data is shared with any third-party. You will be in full control of your personal information whenever a website makes requests to access it.
iOS 13 can also create a temporary email ID for you if you don’t want a website to access or store your email. This “burner” email address will forward all received emails to your primary email address.
Improved editing features in the Photos app
The stock Photos app gets major improvements in the editing department. Photo editing options are now also available for videos allowing you to modify saturation, rotation, color balance, and other attributes without purchasing a separate editing application from App Store.
Apple has also rejigged the photo library on iOS 13. The same photos will be stacked on top of each other, ensuring that variations of the same photo don’t fill up your camera roll.
Enhanced app download and update speed
Beginning with iOS 13, users will have to wait less to install new apps and app updates from the App Store.
The latest operating system update by Apple boosts the download speed of app updates by a whopping 60% and enhances the download speed of new apps from App Store by 50%.
Any app you open on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 is now opened twice as fast as in iOS 12.
AirPods, CarPlay, HomePod, and other new features
Users can now set AirPods to automatically read incoming messages and immediately respond to them. You can also listen to the same music together with two different sets of AirPods with the all-new music sharing feature.
The HomePod supports Handoff, allowing you to transfer the music you listen to on the move directly to your HomePod by simply holding your iPhone next to the speaker.
CarPlay also gets a design refresh and better built-in support for Siri. The smart assistant also gets an improved voice thanks to Neural TTS (Text-To-Speech).
Although this update is available only for registered developers, you can get its IPSW firmware file using the download links given below. Once you have the requisite compatible file, fire up iTunes and upgrade your device using it.
iOS 13 Beta 1 Download
- iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2
- iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation)
- iPad Pro (9.7‑inch)
- iPad Pro (12.9‑inch)
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch)(2nd generation)
- iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch)(3rd generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation)
Is iOS 13 worth an upgrade?
iOS 13 comes with a lot of new features and enhancements but the current iteration is still a developer beta after all. These versions are known to have bugs, glitches, and vulnerabilities, which makes it unsuitable for use by the average user.
Even though you can download the developer beta, it will take a while before everyone can officially install it on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Developer versions are intended for use by developers only, so they can test and fine-tune their applications and games in accordance with the new software.
Therefore, we recommend waiting for the first public beta update, which Apple will hopefully release to the general public at the end of this month. Apple will then seed the subsequent versions until the final stable release takes place in September.