iOS 13: The 5 Biggest New Features Coming to Your iPhone

Apple announced iOS 13 at its WWDC 2019 keynote address, offering users and developers a first look at what’s coming to the company’s most significant operating system right now. Apple wasted no time getting into the nitty-gritty details of the new mobile operating system like: It should make your iPhone, even an aging one, faster and more efficient. It will also add privacy and security enhancements. Most importantly, iOS 13 is compatible with iPhone 6S and above. The public beta is available now to try, alongside the developer preview, check for more iGaming play. On the stage, the company showed off some brand-new features including dark mode, Sign in with Apple, and the new Apple Maps. In this article, we’ll try and sum up 5 biggest new features coming to your iPhone in the fall.

Dark Mode

The headlining new feature, and perhaps the most apparent visual change made to iOS since iOS 7, is the addition of a true, system-wide dark mode. It’s been a feature that many an Apple fan has longed for, for quite some time. Apple showed off its own apps supporting dark mode at the WWDC 2019 keynote. The dark colour scheme is easier on the eyes and seems like a great way to use your iPhone, especially in low-light conditions. Dark mode can be turned on manually via the Control Center. Users can also schedule dark mode to turn on at sunset and then automatically turn off at sunrise. Eventually, third-party apps can support the new look as well, so developers of your favourite apps will be able to make use of the new theme changing within their own user interfaces.

Find My

Apple has merged its Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single app called Find My. All of Apple’s tracking tools are in one place, so you can locate both missing devices and loved ones using the same interface. The new app can also locate devices that are offline – by sending a secure Bluetooth beacon to other Apple devices, then relaying it back to Apple, and to you.

Apple Maps

Apple is also totally revamping Apple Maps, so it’ll be rebuilt from the ground up. It looks more 3D-like and is loaded with detailed map data that’ll make the service comparable to Google Street View. Apple said it used thousands of LIDAR-equipped cars to gather this data. The new maps will be available in select locations at launch, but it should roll out in the US in 2019 and globally in 2020.

Family Hotspot Sharing

With iOS 13, your family members can automatically connect to your iPhone’s hotspot when there’s no internet connection. Plus, your devices like Mac or iPod can automatically be connected to the hotspot when there’s connectivity. This even works when devices are asleep.


The Reminders app has been completely rewritten and includes the ability for text detection to detect the reminder, location, and time and automatically configures the reminder with the appropriate information. Also, there’s the ability to tag people in a reminder and create outline style reminders for a more powerful task list.