iOS 13

iOS 13: What are the new features on your iPhone?

Along with the launch of the iPhone 11, Apple presented iOS 13 during the 2019 Keynote. Available since September 19th on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod, this iOS version was quickly followed by version 13.1 and more recently by version 13.2. As it’s really easy to get lost in all of this, we have prepared a short article with a few selected features to help you get the most out of this update.

Is your device compatible?

Firstly, here is a quick reminder of the compatible devices. Have a quick look to make sure that your smartphone or tablet is on the list:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S/6S Plus
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad 5
  • iPad 6
  • iPad mini 5
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air 3
  • iPod Touch 7

New features in iOS 13

1. Performance boost

For starters, Apple has made iOS 13 quicker and more efficient than ever, with faster app launch, faster downloading times and faster Face ID unlock.

2. Dark Mode

Eagerly awaited since the dawn of time, which is just a slight exaggeration, the Dark Mode is finally making an appearance in iOS 13. It is optimised for night display, it enables energy saving and you simply need to go to Settings > Display and Brightness to turn on this sophisticated scheme. You can of course configure the feature so that it automatically turns on at a fixed time or at sunset. 

3. Photo and video: the major winners of the update.

The Photos application was extensively reviewed as it now offers the option of taking 3D photos and automatically ranks photos by date and location. But it’s the video which is coming out on top, since all the photo editing tools are now available as video editing tools. Yes, you can finally crop a video, change the exposure, adjust its brightness or apply filters! And if you don’t like the result, you can easily go back.

4. Long live the battery

To increase the battery life, you can now optimise your smartphone’s battery by going to “Settings > Battery > Battery Health”. There’s not much else to say on the subject. Let’s move on.

iphone battery

5. Screenshot of entire webpages

Its great news for Safari users, as you can now save a whole browser page when you take a screenshot. It’s so much more practical than taking a screenshot, scrolling down a bit, taking another screenshot…

6. Drawing words

This is nothing new as this feature has been available on Android for a while, but now you can type by sliding your finger over the keyboard, saving time and allowing you to use your phone in one hand.

iOS 13.1 and iOS 13.2

7. Audio sharing

With iOS 13.1, you can now play the same music on multiple devices synced by Bluetooth (multiple AirPods or PowerBeats Pro headphones for example).  You no longer need to remember to take your jack splitter on holiday (or even to buy it, for that matter).

8. Deep Fusion

As for the 13.2 update, it introduced a new feature called Deep Fusion. What does it do? Well, it combines several photos into one single image to optimise the details. Contrary to the other features listed above, Deep Fusion is exclusively available on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, as it requires the A13 Bionic chip to work.

All of this information should help you to see clearly through this bunch of new features. It might even convince you to buy a compatible iPhone. Refurbished, of course.

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