iOS 13 and iPadOS: Dark Mode, Redesigned Apps, Swipey Keyboard, and Much More

September was the big and important month for all Apple users and fans. It was a month when new iOS 13 for iPhones and iPadOS13 were released. Both of them came up with exciting features related to performance, design, privacy, and so on. Which features? What devices these systems support? In this article, we will answer all these and not only these questions. Let’s start!

What device models can I install new operating systems on?

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It is the first must-have question. This should not come as a surprise to you if we say that not all phones and iPads support new operating systems. Indeed, many phone models have long been discontinued, and, as a result, are not supported by Apple. So, here are the iPhones that should have received the updates (in order of novelty of models): 

  • iPhone SE;
  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus;
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus;
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus;
  • iPhone X;
  • iPhone XR;
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max;
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

If you have an iPhone 5 or older, then you will not get the update. It means that you will remain with the installed iOS 12 forever. All the bugs and security issues will be unfixed. 

Below, there is a list of all iPads models that will support iPadOS13. If you do not know it yet, then this is a new name for iOS for the iPads. The compatible devices are (in order of novelty of models): 

  • iPad Air 2;
  • iPad Air (3rd-generation);
  • iPad mini 4;
  • iPad mini (5th-generation);
  • iPad (5th-generation);
  • iPad (6th-generation);
  • iPad (7th-generation);
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro;
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro;
  • 11-inch iPad Pro;
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro. 

As you can see, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air or older models will not receive the iPadOS13.

What are the official release dates? 

Ok, if you checked both lists, and your device supports the new operating systems, let’s move on. The next important question is when to actually wait for the updates. Apple released updates gradually, and it depended on the device. For example, the owners of watchOS 6 were the first to test iOS 13. The full list of release dates is below:

  • iOS 13 for watchOS 6 — September 19th. For Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 the updates will come in the future;
  • iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13 — September 24th.

Our recommendation is to update the device immediately. As you know, old systems are very vulnerable as they accumulate privacy issues and bugs. Therefore, as you get the update — install it. 

Functional feature: how to stop the callers from the unknowns

This new feature allows users to stop the unknown callers with a single button. As such, you can eliminate different spam calls, solicitors, and robocalls. Your iPhone will accept only the calls from your Phone book. In Apple, this options was named ‘Silence Unknown Callers’. The feature is off by default, so you need to switch it on manually. Follow the instructions below to activate the ‘Silence Unknown Callers’ mode:

  • Open the Settings tab on your iPhone;
  • Find and press Phone;
  • Scroll down and find Silence Unknown Callers;
  • The last step is to switch to the On position. 

Please note that this feature blocks ALL the unknown callers, not only spams but also the callers from the teacher of your children or online shop. First, the iPhone tries to find the number in your Mail, Messages, or Phone book. If it did not find the number there, then the device sends it to voicemail. Therefore, check the voicemail more often because the important information could be there. 

Functional feature: the swipey keyboard

Earlier, this feature was available in the number of third-party applications such as Swype or SwiftKey. But it is the first time the operating system for iPhones contains this feature as an in-built one. It lets you trace the words to spell them out. Apple developers named this feature QuickPath Typing. Some people said that it is a faster way of typing the messages than pecking away at the virtual keyboard.

Once you installed iOS 13, QuickPath will be activated automatically. When you open the keyboard, you will see the alert that let you know you can swipe across the keyboards to type. So you do not need anything except placing the finger on the keyboard and starting to swipe. For example, you want to type the ‘Hello’ word. So, you need to place the finger on the ‘H’ letter, and, after that, draw a line to ‘E’ letter, followed by ‘L’ and ‘O’. During the typing, you don't need to take your finger from the screen. Also, you may not be precise with your gestures — iOs 13, like all of the previous versions, predicts what you want to type and correct the word.

If you want to switch this feature off, you need to open the ‘Settings’ tab, then, go to General. There you can find a ‘Keyboard’ menu item. Tap on it. The last step is to press Slide to Type. 

Functional feature: new options for Apple Map

If you are waiting for some new and unusual options added to the Map app, then we are ready to upset you: Google maps are still much better. However, Apple is working to match Google’s standard. The new Street-view feature allows users to view real-world locations. In addition, Apple changed the standards for its maps: now, it has more precise data for things like parks, beaches, roads, and buildings. Also, you can save the favorite locations, and enjoy a whole new UI. Who knows, maybe in the future, Apple maps will overtake Google in terms of performance and more accurate database? 

Design feature: how about dark mode

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The new dark mode is one of the most noticeable things as soon as you start using iOS 13. It is a visual reskin of every app installed on your device. Not so long ago, the new Android 10 also introduced a dark mode, and it gained a lot of hype. But unlike Google, the Apple corporation made it possible to support dark mode in all of its first-party applications. 

There are two variants of using the dark mode: the first is just switching the whole device to the black background, and the second is to enable the automatic option that flips back and forth based on the sun activity (sunset and sunrise). Maybe it will be better to make more granular control. For example, if I do not want Slack to change the background color, I can toggle it off. Unfortunately, for now, we did not find this feature. But what we noticed during the review is that Apple dark mode is a true black, not dark grey like the most applications and devices do. Also, the device will dim the existing phone’s background when it is in dark mode. 

To switch the iPhone to a new mode:

  • Open the ‘Settings’ tab in the main menu;
  • Scroll down and find the ‘Display & Brightness’ option. Press on it;
  • On the top of a just-opened screen, you will notice the ‘Appearance’ section. Check the ‘Dark’ option;
  • If you prefer the phone switching automatically between Light and Dark modes, then toggle the ‘Automatic’ option on;
  • Underneath ‘Automatic’ option, find and tap Options. Here you can adjust the Appearance Schedule: from sunset to sunrise, custom schedule, light appearance, and dark appearance. 

Design feature: start to use the custom fonts

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Apple continues to delight us with improvements in phone design. And now it's the font turn. If you have been using Apple products for a long time, you probably noticed that there is a limit in a font selection. In a new iOS 13, the developers tried to fix this problem by adding the option for allowing custom fonts inside applications. This may indicate that the company is gradually decreasing control over the user experience. But in spite of this, users are still not able to customize system-wide font. 

To download the new fonts, you need to go to the ‘Settings’ tab and tap the ‘General’ menu item. And there you can find the option for managing the fonts. 

Design feature: the overhauled Photo app

In fact, the design features are one of the flashiest additions. Except for the new Dark mode, the developers redesigned a Photo app. Now, it is easier to flip through the years and edit photos and videos. The new Photo app does not show zoomed-out photos divided into days, months, and years anymore. Instead of it, the application curates the best shots of a certain period of time. So, you can see fewer photos but get more useful information. If you want to see more, you just need to press the defined month, year or day and see all the photos and videos made in this period of time. As you can see, everything works intuitively and sequentially. 

Now that we’ve figured out the new look of the app, let's take a closer look at edit tools. They are very similar to Instagram. Therefore, if you are an active Instagram user, you can quickly understand all the nuances and subtleties in a new edit menu. Tap on the shot, you want to change, and you will see a list of adjustments you can make: shadows, black point, contrast, and much more. 

Privacy feature: login into accounts without email

Wonder how? Of course, it can be a little bit confusing because we used to type the email as the main information for login and registration. With a new iOS 13, things are slightly changed. Sign in with Apple, a new privacy feature, allows users to log in without email. As they said in Apple, this option will protect people from third-party applications that can use this information for tracking. You can consider Sign in with Apple as the logging with Google or Facebook, but there is one exception: Apple uses your device for the authentication, not the email. You choose to log in with Face ID or ask Apple to hide the email address by generating a random email. 

Moreover, a new iOS 13 can automatically block the external applications that are trying to track the location from Bluetooth or Wi-Fi without permission. 

More, more, and more new features

In this article, we focused on the most hype and exciting features in the new operating systems. But there are many more options. Share with us in the comments below, what do you like the most? Why?