Open main menu

iOS 13 is the thirteenth major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc., being the successor to iOS 12. It was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3, 2019, and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2019.

iOS 13
A version of the iOS operating system
IOS 13 logo.svg
IOS 13 Homescreen iPhone X.png
iOS 13 developer beta 1 in dark mode, running on an iPhone X.
DeveloperApple Inc.
Source modelClosed with open-source components
Initial releaseScheduled for September 2019
Latest preview13.0 developer beta 4[1] (17A5534f)[2] (July 17, 2019; 1 day ago (2019-07-17)) [±]
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
LicenseProprietary software with open-source components
Preceded byiOS 12
Support status
In public beta stage
Articles in the series



Introduction and initial releaseEdit

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 were introduced by software engineering director Craig Federighi at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address on June 3, 2019.[3][4][5] The first beta was made available to registered developers following the keynote.[6] As of mid-June the second beta is available to registered developers with the first public beta released on June 24, 2019.[7] The public releases of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are expected to be made available in the fall of 2019.[8]

System featuresEdit

Dark ModeEdit

A system-wide dark mode was implemented, allowing users to enable a system-wide light-on-dark color scheme for the entire iOS and iPadOS user interface and all native applications, as well as all supported third-party apps.[9]


Siri uses a software-generated voice called "Neural TTS" instead of using clips of human voices which will allow Siri to sound more natural. Siri will also become more functional and new sound control will be available. The Siri Shortcuts app is now installed by default. Siri will also use HomePods to learn and recognize voices of different people. It will also be possible for Siri to read messages aloud.[10][11]


The QuickType virtual keyboard now features QuickPath, allowing the user to swipe their finger across the keyboard to complete words and phrases. This functionality was previously exclusively available via certain third-party keyboard applications such as SwiftKey or Gboard.[12] Emoji stickers have been included on the emoji keyboard and so are available for use anywhere regular emoji can be input.[13]

Text manipulationEdit

A new systemwide gesture interface was added for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. A three finger swipe left or up will undo and three fingers right or down will redo. A single three finger pinch will copy, a second three finger pinch will cut, and a three finger spread pastes. A three finger single tap will bring up a shortcut menu with all five options.[14]

Sign in with AppleEdit

A new single sign-on implementation known as "Sign in with Apple" was implemented, allowing users to create accounts with third-party services with a minimal amount of information. Users have the option to generate a disposable email address for each site, improving privacy, anonymity, and further reduces the amount of information that can be associated with a single email address. All iOS applications that support third-party login methods, such as Facebook and Google, must support the "Sign in with Apple" system,[15][16] and the iOS human interface guidelines recommend that developers place the "Sign in with Apple" option above other login methods.[17][18]


Several improvements to performance in iOS 13 were implemented. Face ID on the iPhone X, XS / XS Max, and iPhone XR now unlocks the devices up to 30 percent faster than it does on iOS 12. App downloads will be up to 50 percent smaller due to a new format, and app updates will be up to 60 percent smaller.[12]

Other changesEdit

The version of iOS available for iPad devices was renamed to iPadOS, noting the platform and functionality differences compared to iOS for iPhone and iPod touch.[19]

iOS 13 also adds official support for the Sony DualShock 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One controller.[20]

iOS 13 adds support for audio sharing with AirPods.[21]

App featuresEdit

Messages & MemojiEdit

User profiles can now be created and Memoji can be used as an iMessage profile picture. All iOS devices with an A9 processor or newer can now create custom Memoji. Memoji and Animoji can now be used as a sticker in iMessage and other apps; they are also available as regular emoji for use anywhere the emoji keyboard is available. There are a variety of new customization options for Memoji.[13]


The Maps app features a redesigned maps UI, featuring more detailed maps, and a street level imagery implementation similar to Google Street View named 'Look Around'.[9]


Redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up with new features such as the ability to suggest when a reminder should be delivered to the user, and the ability to tag contacts so that references to reminders can be surfaced elsewhere, such as in Messages.[9][22]


The Photos app uses machine learning to auto-hide "clutter" images such as screenshots and documents, among other features.[23]

Supported devicesEdit

iOS 13 drops support for several devices, including all devices with an Apple A8 chip or earlier, and devices with only 1 GB of RAM. This also marks the first time any 64-bit devices were dropped. Devices no longer supported by iOS 13 include the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, and the sixth-generation iPod touch. Despite many rumors to the contrary, the iPhone SE is supported by iOS 13. [24]

To further differentiate features between iPhones and iPads, iOS 13 is now specific to the iPhone and iPod touch, and Apple has rebranded the tablet oriented platform with its own operating system, iPadOS.


  1. ^ Juli Clover (July 17, 2019). "Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to Developers". MacRumors. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "iOS 13 beta 4 (17A5534f) - Releases - Apple Developer". Apple Developer. Apple Inc. July 17, 2019. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (June 3, 2019). "Apple iOS 13: the biggest new features coming to the iPhone". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Apple Special Event. June 3, 2019. Apple Inc. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Apple previews iOS 13" (Press release). Apple Inc. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Clover, Juli (June 3, 2019). "First Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS Now Available for Registered Developers With Dark Mode, New Find My App, Performance Optimizations and More". MacRumors. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Beta 2 Release Notes".
  8. ^ "iOS 13 Preview". Apple Inc.
  9. ^ a b c "Apple Unveils iOS 13 Featuring Dark Mode, Swipe Keyboard, and Faster Performance". MacRumors. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (June 3, 2019). "Siri is getting a new voice in iOS 13". The Verge. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (June 26, 2019). "Siri is getting a new voice in iOS 13 and other features". Apple. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Hardwick, Tim. "Apple Unveils iOS 13 Featuring Dark Mode, Swipe Keyboard, and Faster Performance". MacRumors. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Broussard, Mitchel (June 3, 2019). "Apple Updating Messages in iOS 13 With User Profiles and Memoji Stickers". MacRumors. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  14. ^ Potuck, Michael (June 12, 2019). "iOS 13: How to use the new gestures for cut, copy, paste, and undo on iPhone and iPad". 9 to 5 Mac. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Brandom, Russell (June 3, 2019). "Apple announces new sign-in tool to compete with Facebook and Google". The Verge. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin. "WWDC 2019: 'Sign in with Apple' will be mandatory for all apps using third-party login systems". ZDNet. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Apple asks developers to place its login button above Google, Facebook". Reuters. June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  18. ^ Perez, Sarah. "Answers to your burning questions about how 'Sign In with Apple' works". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Morse, Jack (June 3, 2019). "Apple gives iOS for iPad a fancy new name, and some updates". Mashable. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Siegal, Jacob (June 4, 2019). "Better late than never: PS4 and Xbox One controller support in iOS 13 is a game-changer". BGR. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  21. ^ Hollister, Sean (June 3, 2019). "Remember sharing earbuds with a friend? Apple's AirPods audio sharing means less earwax". The Verge. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  22. ^ Broussard, Mitchel (June 3, 2019). "iOS 13 Gaining Revamped Reminders App and Enhanced Apple Maps". MacRumors. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  23. ^ Villas-Boas, Antonio. "Apple just announced some major new features coming to the iPhone's Camera and Photos apps — here's everything that's new". Business Insider. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  24. ^ Clover, Juli. "iOS 13 is Compatible With iPhone SE and Later, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Not Supported". MacRumors. Retrieved June 4, 2019.

External linksEdit