The newest improve to the iOS working system is right here, after having been teased for months. iOS 13 provides a variety of options customers have been asking for, and whereas it’s not essentially the most meaty improve Apple’s ever launched, it does have just a few nifty options value mentioning for these on the fence.

Be mindful this isn’t an exhaustive assessment of each new factor in iOS 13 — only a rundown of a few of our favourite new issues (and one factor that’s not fairly so welcome).

Darkish mode

Most likely essentially the most aesthetically interesting characteristic is Darkish Mode. Whether or not you’re a charcoal purist or not (we’ve actually obtained our Darkish Mode haters right here within the workplace at TNW), it’s good to lastly have the choice. And in the event you prefer it very darkish, then I’ve excellent news for you: for essentially the most half, this Darkish Mode isn’t simply grey however pure black. We’re speaking black backgrounds on most default apps, and it’s a delight in the event you’re like me and use your telephone at night time far more than it is best to.

Darkish Mode can be personalized to modify on and off at explicit instances. Should you’re conversant in Evening Shift — which makes you iPhone display screen hotter at sunset to assist your mind wind down earlier than mattress — it really works a lot the identical means. It’s also possible to add a Darkish Mode toggle to your Management Heart, so you’ll be able to flip it on and off at a second’s discover.

I solely have one quibble in opposition to the Darkish/Mild mode juxtaposition: previous to this, I may differentiate between a daily Safari tab and a non-public one by the truth that non-public was in darkish mode by default. Now there’s no fast visible indicator. It’s a really minor grievance within the grand scheme, however nonetheless one I felt was value mentioning.


The brand new keyboard additionally helps swiping to sort. As somebody who makes use of tapping thumbs with the alacrity of a Mavis Beacon graduate, it took a bit bit for me to get used to, but it surely works simply nice. It’s additionally a bit unusual to should swipe the entire phrase earlier than it seems on display screen (I assume some AI black magic fuckery is at work to make the phrases seem so superbly out of my haphazard key-tripping), however I don’t hate it by any means.

There are some hiccups: for instance, in the event you swipe and the phrase is just not fairly what you wished, urgent the delete key deletes the entire phrase. However, as with Darkish Mode, it’s undoubtedly good to lastly have the choice. I’m positive in the event you desire one-handed typing, this may change all the pieces for you.

Pictures rejiggered

Your images are actually sorted by years, months, and days within the Pictures app. The images are additionally specified by a extra interesting means, not being crammed collectively in same-sized tiles. It’s exhausting to explain how a lot better it’s: suffice to say it appears to be like extra like an album and fewer like a submitting system.