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iOS 13 Beta Releases, Supported Devices, Features and Everything You Need to Know

Apple previewed its newest software for iPhones and iPod Touch – iOS 13. Notice we didn't say iPad? Because, Now iPad has its own operating system, dubbed iPadOS. The iOS 13 has a slew of new features like dedicated Dark Mode, Advanced Photo and Camera Features, Sign-In with Apple and an All-New Maps Experience.

The preview of iOS 13 at WWDC comes just weeks after Google, Apple's biggest software rival, revealed more details about Android Q. While Apple highlighted certain features, the company could reserve some other features to surprise users in September. So, it is expected that more features yet come. The iOS 13 developer beta is available now, with the final version coming to iPhones this fall. Here, we are listing some of the coolest features that are introduced in iOS 13 at WWDC 2019.

List of Updates and Features:
Dark Mode
The most-awaited Dark Mode feature has now arrived across core apps in iOS 13, including Calendar, Music, and Photos apps. The Dark Mode is also available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time.

Powerful Editing Tools for Photos
Apple adds some tools to the Photos tab. Using on-device machine learning, iOS can now highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year. Now, photos and videos are more organised, which makes it easier to browse, discover and relive favourite memories. Users get more options to edit photos and for the first time video editing has also been introduced and users can rotate videos using the new tool.

New camera feature
Portrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to virtually move the light closer to sharpen eyes and brighten and smooth facial features. A new High-Key Mono effect is also introduced in the camera app, which creates a beautiful, monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos.

with Apple
As privacy is the main concern these days, Apple introduced a new, more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and websites. Now, users can use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users' privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. In case if the developer asks for a name and email address, users have an option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead.

Siri gets Audio Update
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, finds an audio update in iOS 13. The Cupertino-based company claims that new Siri sounds are smoother and more natural to your ears. Now, Siri will speak with fewer gaps and non-human sounding modulations, thanks to AI.

Some Additional iOS 13 Features
Reminders has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders, with more ways to organise and keep track of them. The quick toolbar makes it easier to add times, dates, locations and flags, or add attachments. With deeper integration with Messages, it’s easy to tag someone in a reminder so that it surfaces when the user messages with that person.

Messages can automatically share a user’s name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread. Memoji are automatically made into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so they can be used in Messages, Mail and other apps. Memoji also feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings and accessories. 

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.

CarPlay gets its biggest update ever with a new Dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view, a new Calendar app and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps.

HomePod can distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more. Live radio gives Siri access to over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and a new sleep timer turns off music after a set amount of time. Handoff enables users to easily move music, podcasts or a phone call to HomePod when they arrive home.

With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit-enabled messaging app. A new audio sharing feature makes it easy to watch a movie or share a song with a friend by simply bringing a second pair close to iPhone or iPad.

Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. Using the latest Siri speech recognition technology, Voice Control gets even more accurate text transcription and editing.

Notes has a new Gallery View, more powerful collaboration with shared folders, new search tools and checklist options.

QuickPath brings easy one-hand typing to the iOS keyboard by continuously swiping through the letters of a word.

Text Editing is enhanced, making scrolling documents, moving the cursor and selecting text faster and more accurate.

Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives.

Health offers ways to monitor hearing health and brings new ways to track, visualise and predict a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Location Services controls give users more choices for how they share location data with apps, including a new one-time location option and more information on when apps are using location in the background.

Performance improvements 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 percent, makes app updates over 60 percent smaller and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

Currently, iOS 13 is only available for developers with a paid developer account, but Apple has said that the public beta will launch in July. Once the public beta is available, everyone can test the latest iOS.

How to install iOS 13
Right now, you'll need a paid Apple developer account in order to install iOS 13. A paid developer can visit Apple developer page to download iOS 13 beta. There isn't an OTA file available for the first beta, so you'll have to manually install it.  The subscription cost for developers to get early access to Apple's latest software is $99 per year and they can upload an app for sale in the App Store.

Which devices are supported by iOS 13
According to Apple, devices which are eligible to install iOS 13 are listed below.

  • iPhone 6s & newer
  • iPad Air 2 & newer
  • All iPad Pro models
  • iPad 5th generation & newer
  • iPad Mini 4 & newer


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