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iOS 13: release date, beta and feature list

Here are the big changes in ios ,Apple launched with iOS 13 beta

The iOS 13 beta launched last week, and we got our first look at the features coming to your iPhone at Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote. It is changing things for the better.

iOS 13 beta is not for everyone – yet. Apple advises that this developer beta should be used by it is paid developer community. The iOS 13 public beta arrives in July.

In the mean time, we will explain (and show) what it is all about, including Dark Mode, a long-awaited UI tweak allowing you invert those bright white-screen backgrounds. 

We also have details surrounding the new QuickPath swipe keyboard and iPadOS, essentially a special iPad version of iOS 13, and explain how you can get iOS 13 beta today if you are an adventurous developer.

There are so many iOS 13 features we have pored over in the last week, but we will start with the iOS 13 release date schedule and all-important compatibility list first.

iOS 13 release date schedule

i. june 3: iOS 13 beta 1 and first7 look in the WWDC 2019.
ii. july : iOS 13 public beta release date for adventurous testers.
iii. Early september  2019: iOS 13 golden master (final dev beta).
iv. Mid-september 2019: iOS 13 likely to launch with 2019  iPhones.

1. iOs 13 developer beta: The iOS 13 beta 1is available now , but it is condition to paid  Apple developers. You should probably wait for the public beta , which is always more stable , or upgrade to the beta on a non-primary device. Plus, installing this iOS 13 beta requires Xcode or macOS 10.15 to be installed first. It is  a bit more complicated this year than the over-the-air installation process we had before.

2. iOS 13 public beta:  This is Apple's way of testing features on a larger scale, and it will roll out in July – last year the iOS public beta release date was June 25, so it is a bit later in 2019. It will be worth the wait, though – it is typically a more refined version of the iOS developer beta, although it can still be rough, and never includes all of the features implemented in the final version of the software.

3. iOS 13 golden master: This will be the final version of the iOS 13 software, released one week before the final release, meant for developers and public beta testers.  At this point it is very stable, and gives app makers seven days to adapt to the final software.

4. The official iOS 13 release date: We will get the new iOS 13 software in its final, stable form about one week after the next iPhone launch event, at which we expect to see what we're calling (for now) the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11 XR. The date? Probably mid-September (last year it was September 17).

iOS 13 compatibility list

iOS 13 requires iPhone 6S or later, iPad Air 2 or later, the new iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE
It won't come to older devices that support up to iOS 12: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and mini 3

iOS 13 compatibility requires an iPhone or iPad from the last four years (depending on the device category). That means phones like the iPhone 6 won't be getting iOS 13 – if you have got one of those devices you'll be stuck with iOS 12 forever.

You will need an iPhone 6S or later, the iPad Air 2 or later, and the new iPad mini 4 or later, or the iPod touch 7th generation. No surprise, the new iPod Touch 7th gen is the only devices of its class that gets iOS 13 support.

The iPhone SE fits into an odd category, as it has iPhone 6 era specs, but came out after the iPhone 6S. Do not worry, everyone's favorite little iPhone will get iOS 13.

iOS 13 Dark Mode

Overdue Dark Mode is coming to iOS 13 and iPadOS
We saw macOS get a system-wide Dark Mode in 2018
Shortcut to black-and-dark-gray UI lives in Control Center

Dark Mode in iOS 13 is going to be system-wide, meaning it will change the hues from bright white and light grey to black and dark gray on all supported apps.

That is going to be a nice feature when you are using your iPhone at night and want to avoid bright white color. It may also save battery life on the OLED-equipped iPhones, from the iPhone X onward. Apple did not talk about this at all, but we know that OLED displays essentially 'turn off' pixels when rendering blacks.

Turning on iOS 13 Dark Mode can be done in Control Center, according to Apple, or you can set it automatically to turn on at night. Night Shift finally gets a companion, and a lot of people couldn't be happier.

iOS 13 hints at Apple Tag product

The theory that Apple is taking on the Tile tracker is backed up in the iOS 13 beta, according to a new leak regarding what has been dubbed the 'Apple Tag'.

While the redesigned Find My app is supposed to locate your Apple devices and also your iPhone-carry friends, the Apple Tag is allegedly designed for everything else. Think: keys, bag, water bottle, or anything else a Bluetooth tracker could attach to.

The Apple Tag was not a part of the iOS 13 reveal during WWDC 2019, but it could be an announced alongside the iPhone 11 in September. After all, it is mobile hardware.

iOS 13 on iPad is iPadOS, and it is a big change

Some of the biggest changes we expected for iOS 13 on the iPad are actually coming in an update called iPadOS. Apple is signaling that the iPad needs its own platform.

That means big improvements to your iPad workflow, starting with the home screen redesign. Pinned Widgets, as we predicted in our iOS 13 rumors roundup, lets you add widgets from the Today View screen (that left-mode screen on your iPhone and iPad). So far, it is iPad-exclusive, and not coming to iOS13 for the iPhone.

Slide Over lets you have multiple apps open and cycle through them like rolodex. You can also fan to preview them all at once with a swipe gesture, kind of like the recents menu on many phones and tablets. It is multi-tasking made easier.

Split View has been enhanced to let you open one app on both sides of the screen (it was not possible before), and Apple demoed this by showing Notes side-by-side with Notes. You can also pair an app with more than one app – so now Safari can be paired with Pages in one space and Safari can be paired with Mail in another. 

App Expose is new to the iPad software, letting you see all of the space you have open. There is an App Expose icon on the Dock, requiring only a single press to get into the convenient overview mode.

New copy, paste and undo gestures are coming to iPadOS. Three fingers scrunched down was shown to copy text, three fingers expanding (in the opposite direction) dropped the text on the page, and sliding three fingers across the screen undid the last action. We will have to see how this performs when the software lands.

Apple's keyboard can float around the screen in a smaller form, and it is debuting a swiping gesture keyboard, which it calls QuickPath Typing. There are also more keyboard shortcuts (a lack of shortcuts was a complaint we had about previous iOS versions).

There are actually too many iPadOS changes to detail here in the iOS 13 explainer, so we have spun the full rundown off into a separate iPadOS release date, news and features article.

iOS 13 features a QuickPath keyboard

With iOS 13, Apple's default QuickType keyboard will be incorporating swipe-to-type, a popular way of sliding across the keyboard to form words. We've used this in prior iOS keyboard extensions like Google's Gboard and SwiftKey.

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