Apple launches iOS 13 and watchOS 6 updates

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After months of beta testing, iOS 13 is ready to go.

Apple today launched the iOS 13 update to the public. It’s available for the iPhone SE as well as the iPhone 6s and later. If you’ve got a compatible device, you can download the update by going into Settings > General > Software Update.

As for what’s included, Apple has added a system-wide Dark Mode to iOS 13 so that you can use your phone at night without being blinded by a bright white interface. Dark Mode can be toggled in Control Center or set to activate automatically at night.

The update also brings swiping support to Apple’s keyboard, more Memoji customization options like hairstyles and makeup, and an improved reminders app. The upgraded CarPlay Dashboard will give you a simplified view, which should make it easier to use while you’re driving, and the updated Apple Maps will be more detailed and will include Look Around, a feature that’ll let you travel down streets and pan around 360 degrees.

The updated Photos app will give you a curated view of your best moments from a certain day, month, or year, and redesigned photo editing tools as well as video editing are included, too. Sign In with Apple will help you sign into apps and services more securely, and Siri is getting a new voice using advanced neural text-to-speech technology.

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And then there’s watchOS 6. This update is now rolling out to the Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 models, and Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 owners can expect to get it later this fall. The update to watchOS 6 can be downloaded by launching the Watch app on your iPhone and selecting General > Software Update.

The update brings with it an independent App Store, meaning you can download apps directly on your watch rather than installing them using your phone. There are some new watch faces in there, too, as well as new apps like Calculator and Voice Memos. Apple is also adding Activity Trends to give you a better idea of your fitness over a period of time, and menstrual cycle tracking is being added with the update as well.

Once you’ve updated your iPhone or Apple Watch, be sure to share your first impressions with us!

 

UPDATE: Apple also revealed today that it’s moving up its releases of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS. The updates were previously scheduled to launch on September 30, but Apple has told Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that they’ll now be released on September 24.

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  • Sharti24

    iOS 13.1 comes out in 5 days… Is this some kind of joke apple is pulling?

    • Alex Pilaia

      No Clue. Why not just wait the 5 days and just release 13.1? Its like a mechanic saying “I have brand new tires coming in, in 5 days, but for now, Im gonna put this tire on which has a hole in it… Should be OK for 5 days…” LOL

      • Iphart

        LOL….

      • Who doesn’t like an OS update? THe more the better amirite

    • Shane

      They had to code freeze iOS 13 in order to load it on the 11 models. And since they release tomorrow if only the 11s got iOS 13 and they made everyone else wait 5 days for iOS 13.1 there would be riots in the streets.

  • Joe2050

    Would it be better just to wait for iOS 13.1 if it’s coming out in another week?

    • Sharti24

      Yes

  • Phil

    After 8 years of Samsung Galaxy use , I’m glad I made move to iPhone XR on release.
    Yes hardware lacks in comparison to some Android device but man oh man ,IOS simplicity and smoothness can’t be beat..
    IOS13 added features were long over due great update

    • Linx

      Totally disagree. Samsung trumps apple in every category, but to each his own. The world would be a dull place if we all had the same opinion.

      • Phil

        Hardware – Samsung.
        Operating System – Apple
        IOS runs smoother , more secure & faster – Zero lag , no freeze , no reboots , unlike Samsung-touchwiz-Android.

        IOS simplicity makes for easy use which I’ve been digging for close to year..
        After 8 years of Samsung , It was time for stable device performance with polished 3rd party app support.
        Apple wins for now

        • you mean “advertised as more secure”

        • Phil

          You must not be familiar with Google lol

        • Do you have a cite for security metrics? Wait you think Privacy is Security LoL

        • Phil

          Google violates both , they are evil.
          From OS , bias search result & YouTube censorship.

          Privacy and security are related. Privacy relates to any rights you have to control your personal information and how it’s used. Think about those privacy policies you’re asked to read and agree to when you download new smartphone apps. Security, on the other hand, refers to how your personal information is protected.
          Norton-

        • spartanjet

          Iphones processors are a generation ahead of all ADroid phones. Not sure what hardware you are talking about maybe camera but other than that Apple has the superior CPU and GPU.

        • Phil

          Camera, radio chip & display are step behind.
          That notch must go

    • Martyy

      Yes, I agree. I’ve tried Samsung as well. did not like it. iOS is very reliable and stable. and the frequent updates keep it running smooth. Samsung is great for personalization and the amoled screens are great but i cant with the android software. i am currently using the XS Max. runs like new.

    • Fan_Atl77

      Yes, I am a Samsung Note fan. However, truth be told, if you Want several years of software support Rather than two years, the iphone is the way to go.

      Likewise, I purchased an iPhone X…and enjoying the unique difference.