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iOS 13 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 219
Article Title = iOS 13 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 4th June 2018
Article Last Updated = 24th June 2019
Article URL =

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about Apple's iOS 13


  • The newer Notes format is not compatible with iOS 9/OS X 10.11 or earlier - once you have upgraded your device to iOS 13 and you open the Notes app you will be required to "Upgrade Notes" or you can close the app, which will not upgrade the Notes but means you cannot use the new Notes app!
  • iOS 13 no longer trusts TLS certificates signed with the SHA-1 hash algorithm
  • iOS 13 authenticates USB cables so if you are using a non-Apple cable it's best to use the original Apple cable for upgrading and syncing and don't have a third-party USB hub in-between your iOS device and the computer!
  • If your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch is critical to your life in some way, e.g. for work, it's probably best to check that the apps that are critical to you have been updated/are compatible with iOS before you upgrade

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iOS 13 Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will iOS 13 be released?
A. iOS 13 was announced at Apple's 2019 World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) on the 3rd June 2019 - it will be released to the public in the autumn of 2019.
Q. How much will iOS 13 cost?
A. It will be free, as in, a free download via the internet.
Q. What do I need to run/upgrade to iOS 13?
A. The following iOS devices are compatible with iOS 13 : All other iPhones and iPod touches including the iPhone 5s, 6/6+ and the iPod touch 6th generation are not supported.
Q. What new features does iOS 13 have?
A. See Apple's iOS 13 preview web page. MacStrategy's recommended features to note are:
  • Faster performance even in older hardware
  • Dark Mode
  • (Menstrual) Cycle tracking in the Health app
  • Location tracking privacy enhancements:
    • Allow just once - apps will need to re-request access the next time they are used
    • Background tracking alerts
    • Protection from nearby Wi-Fi / Bluetooth location tracking
  • Voice control - control your iOS device with your voice (initially US English only) - all audio processing occurs on your device
  • Use a mouse/trackpad to control your iOS device (setup via Accessibility settings)
  • More advanced Files app
    • More detailed view with rich metadata
    • File Servers - requires SMB server
    • External drive support - USB drive, SD card, or hard drive (requires them to be formatted as APFS)
    • Local storage - folders and favourites
    • Search suggestions
    • Downloads folder
    • iCloud Drive folder sharing
    • Zip and unzip
    • Keyboard shortcuts for file navigation
    • Document scanner - photo physical documents and store them locally
  • Safari history and open tabs that have synced with iCloud are now protected with end‑to‑end encryption
  • Option to download large apps over cellular
  • Silence unknown callers - calls not from your Contacts can be sent automatically to voicemail
  • Optimised battery charging
  • Data separation for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Manage multiple Apple IDs for business
  • New game controller support - specifically: Xbox One S + PlayStation 4 DualShock
  • New, more discrete, volume control interface graphics + new Mute switch interface
  • New text editing features
    • Gestures
    • Cursor Navigation
    • Multi-select
    • Intelligent text selection
  • QuickPath - swipe style keyboard (English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese supported at launch)
  • New Reminders app
  • Notes - new Gallery view
  • Notes - shared folders
  • Notes - folder management
  • Text formatting tools in Mail
  • Sign In With Apple - requires your Apple ID to be using Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
  • Apple News+ availability in the United Kingdom and Australia
  • Camera - portrait lighting control
  • New Photos browser
  • New photo/video editing features - all features on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, older devices may not have all features
  • HomeKit secure video via iCloud - 10 days of "free" iCloud storage that doesn't count against iCloud data plan limits (however, one video camera requires the 200GB iCloud storage plan and 2-5 video cameras requires the 2TB iCloud storage plan)
  • Maps - Favourites and Collections
  • Font management
  • Smarter sharing
  • New smoother Siri voice (initially, English only)
  • Siri can read out incoming messages on AirPods
  • Easy shared listening via AirPods
  • Apple Music includes live lyric display sync
  • Memoji customisation
  • Memoji stickers
  • New Animoji - cow, octopus, and mouse
  • Contacts - hundreds of new relationship labels
  • Safari download manager
  • One single Find My app now incorporates iPhone/iPad/iPod/Mac/Friends
  • Low data mode
  • WPA3 Wi-Fi support
  • Reading goals in Books
  • Automatic Safari tab closing - manually, one day, one week or one month
  • Personal Hotspot Sharing - requires Family Sharing to be enabled so family members can automatically join your personal hotspot
  • New iPadOS specific operating system with iPad only features
Q. What new features does iPadOS 13 have?
A. See Apple's iPadOS 13 preview web page. MacStrategy's recommended features to note are:
  • Slide Over and Split View work with multiple apps at the same time
  • Apps work in Multiple Spaces
  • App Exposé - to see where the app is open in which Spaces
  • New Home Screen with pinned widgets
  • Apple Pencil Tool Palette
  • Apple Pencil lower latency
  • Full-page markup
  • Sidecar feature with a Mac - use your iPad as an additional screen/tablet with your Mac (wired or wirelessly) running macOS 10.15 Catalina or later [a modern Mac model required]
  • Floating keyboard
  • Keyboard shortcuts - requires physical keyboard
  • Safari desktop-class browsing
Q. What do I need to run/upgrade to iPadOS 13?
A. The following iPads are compatible with iPadOS 13 : All other iPads including the original iPad Air and iPad minis 2 + 3 are not supported.
Q. Can I set the new "ask every time" option for Location services system wide?
A. Yes. Go to the Settings app > App Store > tap "Ask Next Time" from the 'ALLOW LOCATION ACCESS" section.
Q. How do I update Apps as the Updates button has gone (replaced with "Apple Arcade")?
A. Go to the App Store app > tap on your profile > choose Apps from the "Pending Updates" section.

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