Apple iOS 13 release
iPhone fans are in for a treat as Apple has now officially released its blockbuster iOS 13 software update across the world.
The free upgrade was first announced earlier this year at Apple’s WWDC Developers Conference in San Joe, California. iOS 13 not only includes new features, but also a number of improvements under the bonnet to boost performance, especially on older iPhone models. Unfortunately, not every iPhone capable of running iOS 12 is able to upgrade to iOS 13, so you’ll want to check which iPhone models are compatible with iOS 13.
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll need to do a few things to make sure your iPhone is ready for iOS 13 before the update comes available. Apple has confirmed iOS 13 will launch today, but exactly when iOS 13 will be available is a little unsure. Based on last year, our best guess is that UK iPhone owners will be waiting until the end of the work day to get the all-new features.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about iOS 13 and how to make sure the update goes as smoothly as possible below…
WHEN WILL iOS 13 LAUNCH?
Apple has now released iOS 13 with users needing to head to their settings to download the 2.2GB update.
WILL MY iPHONE BE COMPATIBLE?
All of the latest devices will be compatible with iOS 13 but it’s worth noting that not everyone will be able to download it.
Anyone with an iPhone 6 or older will be left without access and will need to upgrade their device to access the new features.
Here’s a full list of devices that can access iOS 13:
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 (7th generation)
That means iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5S are no longer getting the latest mobile operating system upgrades from Apple and will be stuck on iOS 12 forever.
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WHAT NEW FEATURES ARE COMING TO MY iPHONE?
Here’s an idea of some of the extras you’ll see right now.
NEW DARK MODE
The new Dark Mode in iOS 13 is one of the most striking changes with it completely changing the on-screen look of your device.
Once iOS 13 is installed, users will be able to turn on Dark Mode as the default setting or have it switch over to the darker look at certain times of the day.
Apple says its Dark Mode will deliver a great viewing experience, especially in low-light environments.
All of Apple’s suite of apps will get access to this new appearance with the firm also opening up this option to developers.
There could be one finally bonus of Dark Mode and that’s the possibility of extra battery life.
SIGN IN WITH APPLE
Along with looking better, iOS 13 also looks set to boost the security of your iPhone.
During its WWDC event earlier this year, Apple revealed a clever new update called “Sign in with Apple”.
Currently, when you launch a new app or website there’s often the ability to sign in using social media accounts such as Facebook.
However, doing so can leave you open to being tracked with your personal data being used to target advertising.
Now Apple users will soon be able to use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID.
Even in cases where developers choose to ask for a name and email address, users have the option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead.
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YOUR IPHONE GETS FASTER
Once you install iOS 13 you may find your iPhone feels a little faster.
That’s because it’s not just new features that are coming in iOS 13 as Apple is boasting that performance will also be vastly improved.
This new OS should make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPhone apps on the App Store that reduces app download sizes by up to 50 per cent.
This makes app updates over 60 per cent smaller and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.
Apple iOS 13
If you love snapping photos on your iPhone then there’s good news.
iOS 13 features on-device machine learning which can curate the entire image library to highlight the best photos, automatically hiding clutter and similar pictures to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year.
Photos and videos are then intelligently organised, making it easier to browse and discover favourite memories.
Photo editing also much more comprehensive and intuitive with new tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review at a glance.
With just a swipe, effects can be increased or decreased to create the perfect look, providing photographers with more creative possibilities and control over their images.
And in iOS 13, most photo editing tools are now available for video editing, making it possible to rotate, crop or apply filters right within the Photos app.
BEST OF THE REST
There’s a number of other upgrades coming to iOS 13 including some changes to Messages.
This update automatically shares a user’s name and photo or customised Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread.
The popular Memoji characters are also automatically made into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so they can be used in Messages, Mail and other apps.
And these Memoji also now feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings and accessories.
Another new extra is something called QuickPath.
This new keyboard update brings easy one-hand typing by continuously swiping through the letters of a word.
Finally, Siri has a new, more natural voice, and Siri Shortcuts now supports Suggested Automations that provide personalised routines for things like heading to work or going to the gym.