New features available with iOS 13.

iOS 13 is designed to give your iPhone a whole new look. And take it to a whole new level.

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Key Features and Enhancements

Dark Mode

Beautiful new look

A new Dark Mode option gives iOS and apps a beautiful dark colour scheme. Perfect for low-light environments, Dark Mode is easier on your eyes and won’t disturb people around you.

Turn on manually

Tap the new button in Control Centre to quickly turn Dark Mode on and off, such as when you enter a dark room or cinema.


Have Dark Mode turn on and off at a certain time or based on sunrise and sunset, which is great when you’re outside at night or using your iPhone before you go to bed.


New wallpapers optimised for Dark Mode automatically change as you switch between light and dark.

System integration

Dark Mode is beautifully integrated throughout iOS, from built-in apps and settings to system-level views.

Works with your favourite apps

An API lets third‑party developers implement Dark Mode in their apps.


Learn more

All-new Photos tab

The all-new Photos tab lets you browse your photo library with different levels of curation, so it’s easy to find, relive and share your photos and videos. You can view everything in All Photos, focus on your unique photos in Days, relive your significant moments in Months or rediscover your highlights in Years.

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Auto-playing Live Photos and videos

Throughout the Photos tab, muted Live Photos and videos begin playing as you scroll, bringing your photo library to life.

Smart photo previews

In Days, Months and Years, photo previews are larger to help you distinguish between shots. Photos uses intelligence to find the best part of your photo in photo previews, which means you get to see the uncropped version of your photo when you tap to view it.

Contextual transitions

Animations and transitions keep your place in the Photos tab, so you can switch between views — like Days and All Photos — without losing your place.

Removes similar shots and clutter

Duplicate photos, screenshots, whiteboard photos, documents and receipts are identified and hidden, so you see only your best shots.

Significant events

Months presents your photos by events, so you can rediscover the moments that matter most.

Event titles

The Photos tab displays the name of the location, holiday or concert performer to provide helpful context for your significant events.

On this Day

Years is contextual, so it shows you photos taken on or around today’s date in past years.

Birthday mode

If you have birthdays assigned to people in your People album, the Photos tab will highlight your photos of them on their birthday.

Zoom in and zoom out

View your library in All Photos however you’d like. Zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to quickly scan through your library and see all your shots at once.

Screen recordings smart album

All your new screen recordings are now in one place.

Search enhancements

You can combine multiple search terms — like “beach” and “selfies” — without tapping each word in search.

Music for Memories

Soundtracks for Memory movies are selected based on what you listen to in the Apple Music app.

Extended Live Photos playback

When you press and hold to play a Live Photo, Photos will automatically extend the video when you have Live Photos taken within 1.5 seconds of each other.

Preview intensity

As you apply an edit, each adjustment displays its intensity, so you can see at a glance which effects have been increased or decreased.

Individually review each effect

Tap each effect icon to see what your photo looked like before and after the effect was applied.

Filter control

Control the intensity of any filter, like Vivid or Noir, to fine‑tune your look.

Enhance control

Enhance now lets you control the intensity of your automatic adjustments. As you increase or decrease Enhance, you’ll see other adjustments — including Exposure, Brilliance, Highlights, Shadows, Contrast, Brightness, Black Point, Saturation and Vibrance — intelligently change with it.

Video editing support

Adjustments, filters and crop support video editing, so you can rotate, increase exposure or even apply filters to your videos. Video editing supports all video formats captured on iPhone, including video in 4K at 60 fps and slow-motion video in 1080p at 240 fps.1

Non-destructive video edits

Video edits are now non-destructive, so you can remove an effect like a filter or undo a trim to return to your original video.


Boost muted colours to make your photo richer without affecting skin tones and saturated colours.

White Balance

Balance the warmth of an image by adjusting temperature (blue to yellow) and tint (green to magenta).


Change photos by making edges crisper and better defined.


Increase image clarity by adjusting the definition slider.

Noise reduction

Reduce or eliminate noise such as graininess or speckles in photos.


Add shading to the edges of your photo to highlight a powerful moment using Strength, Radius and Falloff.

Updates to auto adjustments

Straighten, crop and adjust the perspective of your photos automatically.

Pinch-to-zoom support

You can pinch to zoom while editing to review your changes on a specific area of your photo.

Image Capture API

The Image Capture API lets you import photos directly into an app when a camera is connected to your iOS device.


Adjust Portrait Lighting intensity

Virtually adjust the position and intensity of your studio lighting. Increase the intensity of each Portrait Lighting effect — moving the light closer to your subject — to smooth skin, sharpen eyes and brighten facial features. Or decrease the intensity of the light — moving it away from your subject — for a subtle, refined look.2

High-Key Mono

A new Portrait Lighting effect, High‑Key Mono, creates a beautiful, classic look with a monochromatic subject on a white background.2

Updates to Portrait Segmentation API

The Portrait Segmentation API now supports skin, hair and teeth segmentation, so developers can create new effects for Portrait mode photos.2

Privacy and Security

App location permissions

Control the location data that you pass to apps with new, fine-grained controls. You can choose to grant an app access to your location once or anytime you use it.

App location transparency

Receive notifications when an app is using your location in the background, so you can decide whether to update your permission.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth location privacy enhancements

API changes and new controls help prevent apps from accessing your location without your consent while you’re using Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth.

Location controls for shared photos

Now you can control whether you share your location when you share a photo.


Content previews are only displayed from known senders in your contacts.

Sign in with Apple

Sign in with Apple ID

Sign in to apps and websites quickly and easily using the Apple ID you already have. No filling out forms or creating new passwords. Just tap “Sign in with Apple”, use Face ID or Touch ID, and you’re all set.

Respect for your privacy

Apple will never track or profile you when you sign in with Apple. The most information you’ll have to share with an app or a website is your name and email address.

Hide My Email

Not sure you want to share your email address with a particular app? You’re in control. You can choose to share or hide your email address. You can also choose to have Apple create a unique email address for you that forwards to your real address.

Built-in security

Sign in with Apple requires your Apple ID to be protected with two‑factor authentication. That way, access to the accounts in your favourite apps is protected as well — automatically.

Works everywhere

Sign in with Apple works on all your Apple devices as well as the web and apps on Android or Windows. No matter where you need to sign in to your favourite app, you can use Sign in with Apple.


HomeKit Secure Video

HomeKit‑enabled cameras can now detect and record specific activity like people, animals or vehicles. These recordings are stored securely in iCloud. And new privacy settings allow you to control when your cameras stream and record.3

HomeKit-enabled routers

Enabled routers bring an extra layer of security to your smart home. Use the Home app to control which services your HomeKit accessories can communicate with in your network and on the Internet.

AirPlay 2–enabled speakers in scenes and automations

Access songs, playlists and radio stations with Apple Music.

Refreshed Home app accessory controls

There are more robust accessory controls in the Home app.

Siri shortcuts

Siri shortcuts can now be added to automations.


Learn more

New map

Rebuilt from the ground up, the brand‑new map features significantly improved and more realistic details for roads, beaches, parks, buildings and more.4

Look Around

Explore where you’re going before you get there with an immersive 3D experience that gives you a 360‑degree view of a place. And enjoy smooth and seamless transitions as you navigate your way around.5


Build collections of your favourite and soon‑to‑be‑favourite locations, and share them with friends and family.


Whether it’s home, work, the gym or your kid’s school, create a list of places you visit often for quick, one‑tap navigation.

Junction View

Junction View helps drivers in China eliminate wrong turns and directional misses by lining them up in the correct lane before they need to turn or enter an elevated road.

Share ETA

Share your estimated time of arrival with family, friends and co-workers. Your ETA even updates should a significant delay occur.

Customer feedback

A redesigned customer feedback experience makes submitting incorrect addresses, business locations or operating hours that much easier.

Flight status

Up-to-the-moment information about your flight terminals, gate locations, departure times and more is now available.

Place cards

Place cards are more helpful and easier to use with dynamically updated information for things like cinema show times, restaurant opening hours and more.


Updates include vector overlays, point‑of‑interest filtering, camera zoom and pan limits, and support for Dark Mode.

Improved CarPlay experience

CarPlay provides easier route planning, search and navigation, as well as Junction View in China. Favourites and Collections features are also available in CarPlay.


Conversational shortcuts

Shortcuts are even more powerful, enabling you to interact with your apps in a conversational way.

Built-in Shortcuts app

The Shortcuts app is now built in and is home to all your shortcuts.

Suggested automations

Get started with the Shortcuts app by adding a personalised daily routine to help streamline your day.


Set up triggers to run any shortcut automatically.


Audio Sharing

Pair two sets of AirPods to one iPhone and enjoy the same song or movie along with a friend.6

Memoji and Messages

Share name and photo

Automatically share your name and photo when you start a conversation or when the other person responds in a message. Decide whether you share with everyone, just your contacts, or not at all. You can even choose to use an Animoji, image or monogram for your photo.

Memoji stickers

Automatically generate sticker packs based on your Memoji and Animoji characters that allow you to express a range of emotions in Messages.

Improved search

Search in Messages makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. Even before you type a character, you can see recent messages, people, photos, links and locations you might be looking for. When you type in a search, Messages categorises the results and highlights matching terms.

Improved details pane

The details pane organises links, locations and attachments that have been shared in the conversation so they’re easy to find at a glance.

Improved Memoji customisation

Makeup lets you customise blush and eyeshadow, and includes editing tools that make it easy to get just the right look. Customise your teeth with braces and add piercings to your nose, eyebrows, eyelids and around your mouth. There are also 30 new hairstyles, over 15 new pieces of headwear, and more earrings and glasses.

New Animoji

Three new Animoji characters — mouse, octopus and cow — give you more options to express yourself.

Animoji hardware support

All devices with an A9 chip or later support Memoji and Animoji sticker packs.



The QuickType keyboard now includes QuickPath, so you can type a word by swiping your finger from one letter to the next without lifting it from the keyboard.

Swipe or tap to type

You can swipe or tap to type interchangeably, so you can choose what’s most convenient even if you’re mid‑sentence.

Alternate word options

Alternate word options appear in the predictive bar, so you can quickly choose a different option.

QuickPath language support

Support for English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese is now included.

Automatic language selection in Dictation

Dictation automatically detects which language a user is speaking. The language will be chosen from the keyboard languages enabled on the device, up to a maximum of four.


All‑new design

The redesigned Reminders app features more powerful and intelligent ways to create, organise and keep track of your reminders.

New quick toolbar

With the new quick toolbar just above the keyboard, it’s easier than ever to add dates, times, locations, flags or even helpful attachments to reminders. All without having to go to another screen.

Enhanced Siri intelligence

Now you can type longer, more descriptive sentences. Reminders will automatically understand and provide relevant suggestions.

Siri suggested reminders

When you’re chatting with someone in Messages, Siri recognises possible reminders and makes suggestions for you to create them.


Add photos, document scans and even web links to your reminders to make them more informative and useful.

Subtasks and grouped lists

Now there are even more useful ways to organise your reminders. Just drag and drop to add subtasks under a single reminder. You can also group multiple lists together.

Smart lists

Keep track of your upcoming reminders with smart lists that automatically organise and display them. See only your reminders scheduled for today, reminders flagged as important or all your reminders across every list in one place.

Messages integration

Tag someone in a reminder and the next time you’re chatting with that person in Messages, a reminder will appear then and there.

Customise list appearance

Customise the appearance of your personal or shared iCloud lists, choosing from 12 beautiful colours and 60 expressive symbols.


CarPlay Dashboard

An all-new view gives you a single place to keep track of maps, audio controls and smart Siri suggestions.

Calendar app

A redesigned Calendar app gives you a quick view of the day while you’re on the go. Just tap to get directions or dial in to a meeting.

Third-party navigation apps in Dashboard

CarPlay Dashboard, designed to show you navigation, music and proactive suggestions on one screen, now supports third-party navigation apps.

Home screen redesign

The CarPlay Home screen is refreshed with a modern look that features rounded corners, new table views and a redesigned status bar.

Apple Music redesign

A redesigned Apple Music app makes it easier to discover new music and old favourites.

Album art in Now Playing

Car manufacturers can choose to showcase album art so it’s easier to find the perfect song, album or playlist for your drive.

Bluetooth album art

iOS supports the AVRCP 1.6 standard, which includes album art when connected to a supported car kit or speaker.

Apple Maps updates

Apple Maps always appears on the dashboard, even when different points of interest pop up.

Junction View in Apple Maps

Apple Maps in CarPlay features a more detailed view of intersections.

Adjustable screen size

Car manufacturers can develop CarPlay systems that change the size of the display dynamically.

Second video stream support

Car manufacturers can develop CarPlay systems that show information on a second screen, such as in a cluster or HUD.

Irregular screen size support

Car manufacturers can develop CarPlay systems that display edge to edge in non-rectangular screens.

Do Not Disturb While Driving

You can enable Do Not Disturb While Driving in CarPlay so notifications won’t come through.

Light mode

An alternative, easy-on-the-eyes light view for CarPlay.


Now there’s a place to change display and Do Not Disturb settings.

Independent app views

An app open on iPhone doesn’t affect what is open on the CarPlay screen, so passengers can pick a song on the device while the driver can keep looking at Maps.


Faster app launch

Apps launch up to two times faster in iOS 13.7

Faster Face ID unlock

Unlocking iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR is up to 30 per cent faster.8

Smaller app downloads

Apps from the App Store will be packaged in a new way that makes them up to 50 per cent smaller.7

Smaller app updates

App updates will be up to 60 per cent smaller on average.7

Augmented Reality

Support for Motion Capture

Motion Capture lets developers integrate people’s movement into their apps.9

People Occlusion

AR content appears naturally in front of or behind people, enabling more immersive AR experiences and fun green screen–style applications.9


Voice Control

Introducing a new way to control your iOS devices, entirely with your voice.10

Accurate dictation

Voice Control uses the Siri speech recognition engine to give you the latest advances in machine learning for audio‑to‑text transcription.11

Add custom words

Whether you’re writing a biology report, filling out a legal document or emailing about a favourite topic, you can add custom words to ensure that Voice Control recognises the words you commonly use.

On‑device processing

All audio processing for Voice Control happens on your device, ensuring that your personal data is kept private.

Rich text editing

Thanks to rich text editing commands, you don’t have to rehearse before you speak. Making corrections is quick and easy. You can replace phrases by name. Try saying, “Replace I’m almost there with I just arrived.” Fine-grained editing also makes it simple to select text. Try saying, “Move up two lines. Select previous word. Capitalise that.”

Word and emoji suggestions

If you need to correct a word, simply ask and you’ll be presented with a list of suggested replacements.

Seamless transitions from dictation to commands

Voice Control understands contextual cues, so you can seamlessly transition between text dictation and commands. For example, say “Happy Birthday. Tap send.” in Messages, and Voice Control sends “Happy Birthday” — just as you intended. You can also say “Delete that”, and Voice Control knows to delete what you just typed.

Comprehensive navigation

You can rely entirely on your voice to navigate an app. Comprehensive navigation is provided by navigation commands, names of accessibility labels, numbers, grids, voice gestures and recorded commands.

Navigation commands

Navigation commands give you quick ways to open apps, search the web, press the Home button and more.


You can easily navigate by telling Voice Control to select the name of an accessibility label for buttons, links and more.


Say “show numbers” to see numbers appear next to all clickable items onscreen. Use this to quickly navigate complex or unfamiliar apps. Numbers automatically appear in menus and whenever you need to disambiguate between items with same name. Just say a number to click it.


Saying “show grid” superimposes a grid on your screen and allows you to precisely do things like tap, zoom, drag and more.

Gesture with your voice

Use your voice to perform gestures, such as tap, swipe, pinch, zoom, press the Home button and more.

Recorded commands

You can record multi-step gestures for apps on your iOS device. So if you love to send messages with fireworks, you can record the gestures to do this and use the recording to quickly send messages with fireworks.

Attention Awareness

With Attention Awareness, Voice Control goes to sleep when you turn your head away from the TrueDepth camera on an iPhone. It doesn’t activate until you look back at the screen — so you can talk to a friend nearby without affecting your device.

Even More

App Store

Apple Arcade

A game subscription service with over 100 amazing new games, all with no ads or additional purchases. A single subscription allows you to download and play any Apple Arcade game from the App Store, and games will be added regularly. You can play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, and every game is playable offline.

Support for Arabic and Hebrew

The App Store now supports Arabic and Hebrew languages across stories, collections and lists, product pages and search.

Option to download large apps using mobile data

You can choose to download apps and games using your mobile data connection.


Optimised battery charging

A new option helps slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iPhone uses on-device machine learning to understand your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80 percent until you need to use it.


Reading goals

Read a book for five minutes while queuing for coffee, on your commute or before bed to achieve your Daily Reading Goal. Build streaks to celebrate your achievements and share books you’ve finished with the Books Read this Year collection.


Add attachments to events

iOS 13 supports adding attachments to events in Calendar.


Adjustable handwriting keyboard height

Give yourself more space to write in the handwriting keyboard by pulling up on the tab.

Typing predictions for Cantonese

New predictions for Cangjie, Stroke, Sucheng and Handwriting keyboards bring more relevant character and emoji predictions for Cantonese users.


New relationship labels

Hundreds of new, more specific relationship labels in Contacts help users manage their growing contact lists.

Create Memoji

Create a Memoji for yourself and your other contacts directly inside Contacts.

Do Not Disturb While Driving

Public transport detection

Do Not Disturb While Driving does not turn on when you’re using public transport.


Data separation for Bring Your Own Device

A new form of management called User Enrolment, built specifically for Bring Your Own Device, maintains user privacy while keeping corporate data protected.

Modern authentication for device enrolment

Deliver custom content during Automated Device Enrolment to enhance security and show users tailored information.

Managed Apple IDs for business

Create and manage Apple IDs used by employees, giving them access to services like iCloud Notes.

Single sign‑on extension

APIs for identity providers and app developers enable users to seamlessly log in to apps and websites using the security of Face ID and Touch ID.


FaceTime prominence preference

You can now control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks.


Rich metadata

Column View displays a rich set of metadata, so you can see the details for each file as you browse.

Downloads folder

A new Downloads folder gives you a central place to access your web downloads and attachments from Safari and Mail.

External drive support

Access files on a USB drive, SD card or hard drive.

iCloud Drive folder sharing

Share folders with friends, family and colleagues in iCloud Drive. You can even give them access for adding their own files.

Local storage

Create folders on the local drive and add your favourite files.

Zip and unzip

Select files and zip them for easy sharing via email. Tap a zip file to expand it into a folder and access the files.

File servers

Connect to a file server at work or to a home PC using SMB from Files.

Keyboard shortcuts

A host of new keyboard shortcuts make navigating Files even easier.

Search suggestions

Search suggestions make it simple to find what you’re looking for. Just tap the suggestion to quickly filter your results.

Document Scanner

Create digital copies of physical documents and put them directly in the location where you want to store them.

Find My

Learn more

Two apps in one

Find My iPhone and Find My Friends are now combined in a single, easy‑to‑use app to help you locate the people and devices that are important to you.

Find offline devices

Locate a missing device even if it’s not connected to Wi‑Fi or a mobile network using crowd‑sourced location. When you mark your device as missing and another Apple user’s device is nearby, it can detect your device’s Bluetooth signal and report its location to you. It’s completely anonymous and encrypted end‑to‑end, so everyone’s privacy is protected.


Custom fonts

You can now install custom fonts and use them in your favourite apps.

Manage fonts

Easily see and manage the fonts you’ve installed directly in Settings.

App Store

Fonts will be available from the App Store, making it easy to find and install them.

Game Controllers

PlayStation 4 controller support

Use your PlayStation 4 game controller with iPhone.

Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth

Connect your Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth to iPhone.


Cycle tracking

Track important data about your menstrual cycle. Log your period, including flow level, symptoms like cramps and headaches, and whether or not you experienced spotting. And log key fertility metrics, including basal body temperature and ovulation test results.

Period prediction

View a prediction for when your period is likely to begin and end each cycle for the next three cycles.

Fertile window prediction

View a prediction for when your fertile window is likely to begin and end each cycle for the next three cycles.

Period notifications

Receive notifications to remind you to log your period and to let you know when your next period is approaching.

Fertile window notification

Receive a notification when your fertile window is approaching.

Cycle history

View your entire cycle history with glanceable views of each cycle’s logged period, symptoms, fertile window and length.

Cycle statistics

View the date of your last menstrual period, your typical period length, your period length variation, your typical cycle length and your cycle length variation.

Cycle visualisation

Scroll through the daily log to see your period, noted symptoms and fertile window at a glance — in the past and future.

New Summary view

A new Summary view dynamically presents the information that matters to you most, including alerts, recent entries from your favourites, highlights and new features to enable.


Using data from apps and devices you use most, you can see automatically generated charts and graphics, including comparison bar charts and line graphs.

Search and browse

Find what you need more easily with a new categorisation of data types and improved search of all health data.

Interactive charts and filters

View historical data by hour, day, week, month or year and filter with overlays including historical average, daily average, latest, range and alerts.


Learn more about your menstrual cycle and hearing health.

New profile page

Track your personal health in a profile that includes medical ID, and connected apps and devices.

Environmental audio level

View notifications and the environmental audio levels from the Noise app on Apple Watch, with the decibel levels categorised in two ranges — OK or Loud.

Headphone audio level

View audio levels from headphones you use, with the decibel levels categorised in two ranges — OK or Loud.


Track audiograms from hearing tests.

Oral Health

Use the new Oral Health data type to track your toothbrushing time.

Activity Trends

Get a view of your long‑term progress with key activity metrics, comparing the last 90 days with the last 365 days. If you’re starting to trend down, you’ll get personalised coaching to get back on track. See trend data for active calories, exercise minutes, stand hours, stand minutes, distance, flights climbed, workout walk pace, workout run pace and cardio fitness level measured by VO2 max.


Enhanced language setup

When you set up a new device, iOS 13 presents enhanced options if it detects that you may speak more than one language. It offers to add relevant languages to your keyboard, dictation languages and preferred languages.

Support for more Indian languages

iOS 13 now supports all 22 official Indian languages, with the addition of 15 new Indian language keyboards: Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri (Arabic, Devanagari), Konkani (Devanagari), Manipuri (Bengali, Meetei Mayek), Maithili, Nepali, Sanskrit, Santali (Devanagari, Ol Chiki) and Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic).

Hindi–English bilingual keyboard

A bilingual Hindi (Latin) and English keyboard is supported, including typing predictions.

Typing prediction for Hindi

The Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard includes typing predictions that suggest the next word as you type and learn from your typing over time.

New Indian language system fonts

Four new system fonts for Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada and Odia help deliver greater clarity and ease when reading in apps like Safari, typing in Messages and Mail, or swiping through Contacts.

New Indian language document fonts

There are 30 new document fonts for Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Video downloads optimised for congestion

Video streaming apps like Hotstar and Netflix can optimise the time of day to download your content, helping to avoid congested networks and peak mobile-data prices.


38 new keyboard languages

iOS 13 includes 38 new keyboard languages for Albanian, Assamese, Bodo, Burmese, Cantonese, Dhivehi, Dogri, Faroese, Kashmiri (Arabic, Devanagari), Kazakh, Khmer, Konkani, Kurdish (Arabic, Latin), Kyrgyz, Lao, Malay (Jawi), Manipuri (Bengali, Meetei Mayek), Maithili, Maltese, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Nepali, Pashto, Sanskrit, Santali (Devanagari, Ol Chiki), Sindhi (Arabic, Devanagari), Sinhala, Tajik, Tongan, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek (Arabic, Cyrillic, Latin).

Typing prediction languages

Next-word predictions are now available on the Swedish, Dutch, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Hindi (Devanagari), Hindi (Latin), Arabic and Najdi Arabic keyboards. The keyboard learns as you type over time and predicts the word or emoji you’re most likely to use.


A Thai–English bilingual dictionary and a Vietnamese–English bilingual dictionary are now available.

Separate emoji and globe keys

Multilingual users can switch languages with greater ease, with dedicated keys for switching between languages and selecting emoji.

Language selection per app

Use third‑party apps in a different language from your system language.

Braille tables

iOS 13 includes support for over 50 new international braille tables.


Multicoloured flags

Choose from a variety of colours when you flag an email message. Coloured flags are synced via iCloud to Mail on all your Apple devices, and they can be changed or removed at any time.

Block sender

Have all email from a specified sender blocked and move the messages directly to the Trash. Blocking a sender works across all your Apple devices.

Extended Reply menu

In addition to reply, reply all, forward and print, the Reply menu adds convenient access to notify me of replies, mark as unread, move to junk, move to different mailbox and flag options, as well as the new Mute Thread option.

Mute Thread

Easily mute notifications from an overly active email thread across all your Apple devices.

New format bar

A convenient new format bar appears above the keyboard when you type text, providing comprehensive formatting and attachment options including the ability to scan, insert a photo or video, add attachments and insert drawings.

Desktop‑class text formatting

A new menu adds comprehensive text formatting tools that let you compose professional‑looking email. Formatting includes new font style, size and colour selections, strikethrough, alignment, numbered and bulleted lists, and indenting and outdenting options.

Updated photo selector

The new photo selector occupies the lower portion of the screen so you can see your email while choosing the photo.

Updated address autocomplete

When adding a recipient to an email, Mail lists email address choices under each recipient.


Time‑synced lyrics

Turn on lyrics to follow along with your favourite music as it plays. Each line appears in step with the music, so you always know where you are and what’s coming next. Scroll and tap any line to jump to your favourite verse. Beautiful animations make following along with your favourite songs fun.

Up Next

With one tap, see the queue of songs playing next and the playlist, album or station it’s playing from. You’ll always know what song is coming up, and you can change the order easily.


Gallery view

Now you can see your notes as visual thumbnails, making it easier than ever to quickly find the note you’re looking for. It’s especially great for notes with images, sketches or Apple Pencil handwriting.

Shared folders

Collaborate on folders with other people by giving them access to a folder’s contents where they can add their own notes, attachments or subfolders.

More powerful search

Search can visually recognise images inside your notes and can help you find specific text in the items you’ve scanned, like receipts or bills. In addition, you’ll receive single‑tap search suggestions.

New checklist options

Quickly reorder checklist items using drag and drop, swipe to indent them or move checked items to the bottom of the list automatically. If you’ve completed the checklist and want to use it again, you can tap to uncheck all the items and start over.

Folders and notes management

Organise your notes by creating folders and subfolders and select your preferred sorting option for each of your folders.

View‑only collaboration

Share notes and entire folders as view only so you’re the only one who can make changes.


Silence unknown callers

A new setting protects users from unknown and spam callers. When the setting is turned on, iOS uses Siri intelligence to allow calls to ring your phone from numbers in Contacts, Mail and Messages. All other calls are automatically sent to voicemail.

Carrier Verified Calls

A tick is displayed next to calls in the recents list when they are verified by the carrier, so you can be sure that a calling number is accurate and has not been spoofed. Supports the STIR and SHAKEN standards.

Reality Composer

New iOS 13 app for creating AR experiences

The new Reality Composer app for iOS developers lets you quickly and easily prototype and produce augmented reality experiences with no previous 3D experience.


Updated start page

An updated start page design includes favourites, frequently visited and most recently visited websites so you can quickly get to the site you want. Siri suggestions bring up relevant websites in your browsing history, frequently visited sites, links sent to you in Messages and more.

Download Manager

Check the status of a file you’re downloading, access downloaded files quickly, and drag and drop them into a file or email you’re working on. You can even download files in the background while you get work done.

Photo upload resize

Choose to resize your photo to small, medium, large or actual size before you upload it.

Website View menu

The new View menu in the Smart Search field gives you quick access to text size controls, Reader view and per‑site settings.

Per‑site settings

Choose to enable camera, microphone and location access depending on the website you’re visiting. You can also decide whether to view a website in its desktop or mobile version, use Reader view and enable content blockers on a per‑site basis.

Page zoom

Quickly zoom in and out on a website’s text.

Save open tabs as bookmarks

Save a set of open tabs to Bookmarks so you can quickly reopen them later.

Jump to an open tab from the Smart Search field

If you start to type the address of a website that’s already open, Safari directs you to the open tab.

Expanded email sharing options

New options let you email a web page as a link, as a PDF or in Reader view from the share sheet.

Weak password warnings

If you try to use a weak password when signing up for a new website account, Safari warns you.

iCloud end‑to‑end encryption

Your Safari history and open tabs that have synced with iCloud are now protected with end‑to‑end encryption.

Screen Time

Combined app limits

Create combined limits with a combination of app categories, specific apps or websites.

Usage data

Usage data now spans 30 days so you can compare the previous week’s Screen Time numbers.

Communication limits

Control who your children can communicate with — and who can communicate with them — throughout the day and during downtime.

Contact list for children

Parents can use Screen Time to manage the contacts that appear on their children’s devices.

One more minute

When a Screen Time limit is met, you can tap “one more minute”, giving you time to quickly save your work or log out of a game.


Low Data Mode

Low Data Mode helps reduce your data usage over your mobile network or specific Wi‑Fi networks you select. When enabled, a number of automatic updates are paused unless manually selected. For example, Photos pauses syncing photos with iCloud; the App Store pauses automatic video playback, automatic updates and automatic downloads; Music pauses automatic downloads and optimises music streaming for low bandwidth; Podcasts pauses automatic downloads and limits feed updates; FaceTime optimises video for low bandwidth. Apps are prevented from using network data when working in the background and a developer API lets apps build in further optimisations to use less network data.

Share Sheet

Smarter share sheet

The most popular way to quickly share content is smarter and faster.

One‑tap suggestions

When you share a photo or document, receive a suggestion about who you might want to share it with and which app you may want to use, so you can share with just a tap.

Sharing row

Easily see how many people around you are available for AirDrop. Apps are even intelligently sorted based on the content you’re sharing.

New actions

You can customise options for the content you’re sharing, like removing the Live Photo action or location information from a picture you’re sending to a friend.

System Experience

Control Centre

You can now select Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories directly from Control Centre.

Redesigned volume control

The redesigned volume control appears in the upper-left corner, so it doesn’t interfere with your content.

Content preview

Preview email messages, web links and more simply by pressing and holding to see a hint of the content.

Quick actions

Press and hold an app icon to quickly perform actions specific to the app.

Dolby Atmos playback

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Enhanced QR code scanning

A new QR code scanner, accessible from Control Centre, offers improved QR code performance, a torch option and enhanced privacy.

Full‑page markup

Capture a screenshot of an entire web page, iWork document, email or map and mark it up.

Text Editing

Scroll bar scrubbing

Instantly navigate long documents, web pages and conversations by dragging the scroll bar.

Cursor navigation

Moving the cursor is even faster and more precise — just pick it up and drag it to where you want. It will automatically snap to lines and between words.

Text selection

Select text just by tapping and swiping. For quick sentence and paragraph selection, triple‑ or quadruple‑tap.

Intelligent selection

Double-tap to quickly select addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and more.

Cut, copy and paste gestures

New gestures make cut, copy and paste a snap. Pinch up with three fingers to quickly copy, pinch up with three fingers two times to cut, and pinch down with three fingers to paste.

Undo and redo gestures

Undo with a simple three‑finger swipe to the left or redo by swiping three fingers to the right.


Quickly select email messages, files and folders by tapping with two fingers and dragging.

Voice Memos

Pinch to zoom

Edit your recordings with more precision with pinch to zoom on the waveform.


WPA3 Wi-Fi support

iOS supports the latest standard from Wi‑Fi Alliance to provide you with a more secure browsing experience.

Automatic personal hotspot

Automatically connect to your nearby iPhone personal hotspot when there’s no Internet connection available.

Persistent personal hotspot

Remain connected to your nearby iPhone personal hotspot even when your device sleeps, so you can receive incoming messages and push notifications.

Family sharing hotspot

Your family’s devices can automatically connect to your nearby iPhone personal hotspot when there’s no Internet connection available.

Popular Wi-Fi networks

Your iPhone determines which Wi-Fi networks at your location are being used and notifies you if one is available.