iOS 13 Public beta has been out for a while and the internet is full of tips, tricks, and hidden features. Instead of giving you a list of items that you can do on your newly updated iPhone, I will list features that you’ll actually use daily. I installed the public beta on iPhone Xs Max and iPhone SE. These two phones are on the ends of the spectrum and would give you a clear idea of how well iOS 13 performs on all those devices. Let’s begin.
I tested these features on the iPhone SE and iPhone Xs Max so that we can get an idea of which features are exclusive to flagships. Unless stated otherwise, you can assume these features are available across all the devices which support iOS 13.
iOS 13 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features
1. Long Press
One of the features of iPhone Xs Max which I wanted on iPhone SE was the 3D touch. It is not as snappy as 3D touch but you can now long press to peek and pop just like 3D touch. Weirdly you can do that on iPhone Xs Max as well. Long Press on an app icon to reveal a set of quick actions, long press a link in Safari to load a preview, and more cool things like that. This is one of my favorite features on iOS13.
2. Smart Screenshots
If you’ve ever used an Android phone, you know the dread of taking a screenshot on those devices. Apple with iOS 13 fixed this problem entirely so even if you accidentally press the volume button while taking a screenshot, it will automatically hide when a screenshot is captured. Android can really learn from them.
3. Smart Share sheet
I can not stress enough how much the Share Sheet has improved on iOS13. For instance, you no longer get Airdrop recipients on the top, instead of that you get an Airdrop icon along with all the other apps. Share Sheet also suggests you downloaded Shortcuts in the Share Sheet depending upon the context. If you try to share an image with faces in it, it can match and show those contacts as options in the Sheet. It’s highly intuitive.
Siri Shortcuts is one of the most underrated features on iOS 13, if you’ve never used one then you should check out this list. iOS 13 brings Automations to the Shortcuts which would let you run scripts made in Shortcuts app automatically. The triggers can be events like Time of Day, Alarm, etc or GPS based locations, or even NFC based triggers. These events will vary depending on your iPhone model which means iPhone SE misses out on triggers like NFC.
The cherry on top, these automation scripts are not just limited to your iPhone, you would be able to create scripts that would control your Home appliances that support HomeKit.
Update: It seems like iOS 13 Public Beta 4 has temporarily disabled Automation feature. You can expect this on later iterations or the public release.
5. Dark Mode
iOS 13 brings a system-wide dark mode which works consistently across the system including the system apps. Apple also released an API so that third-party developers can integrate the Dark mode on their apps. You can toggle it from the Control Center or set it based on the time of the day.
6. Volume Bar
Apple has finally decided to do away with the ugly HUD volume bar that took a major chunk of the screen whenever you tried to adjust the volume. On iOS13 it comes as a sleek bar on the side of the screen. After it appears on the screen you can tap and slide to adjust the volume. They have added more granularity to the sound levels, you get 34 now instead of previous 16 which means smoother transition while adjusting volume. Also, The Ringer switch animation is a lot less intrusive.
7. Control Center
With iOS 13, you can change the Wifi Access point, and Bluetooth devices from the Control Center. Just Long Press or 3D touch the Wifi icon or Bluetooth icon to reveal the settings.
8. Connect Two AirPods at once
Getting ready for a movie night? iOS13 lets you connect two sets of AirPods to the iPhone and plays the music simultaneously o both of them. It would only work on iPhone 8 and above.
9. Support for Bluetooth accessories.
Apple is bringing support for Bluetooth accessories to iOS, finally. Now you can connect Bluetooth Mouse, PS4 Controller, and Xbox Controller to navigate around the iOS and play games. You have to connect the accessories by going into Accessibility> Touch> Assistive Touch> Pointer Devices> Devices> Bluetooth Devices> “Accessory Name”. Even though it is not the easiest solution right now but you can expect a simpler method with the public release.
10. Save Webpages on Safari
Safari can now let you share entire webpages as PDFs or web archives. Not only that, you can save it to Files, print or edit using the native Markup tools. Tap the share button on a webpage to reveal the options.
11. Full Page Screenshot in Safari
Capturing Screenshots of a webpage has never been easier. You can now take full-page screenshots in the Safari web browser natively. Just capture a screenshot, tap the preview, and select full-page screenshot. Sweet. However, you can’t take full page screenshots on other apps, you’d have to download third-party full page screenshot apps for that.
12. Downloads folder for Safari
All your downloaded files are directly stored in one place, in the Downloads folder. You can access all the files in the Files app under the Downloads.
13. Scroll using the bar
Another cool feature on iOS 13 is fast scrolling on a webpage. You can long-press or 3D touch the scroll bar to scroll the webpage quickly. It works on both the phones similarly and actually comes in handy when you have to quickly navigate to the bottom of the page.
14. Apps with active subscriptions
On iOS 13, you’ll get a notification while deleting an app with an active subscription so that you can choose to keep the subscription or cancel it. Nice.
15. Emoji Keyboard
There are a few additions to the Emojis on the iOS 13, now you can send memoji stickers to anyone on any app. It even works on the iPhone SE, just enable the emoji keyboard in the settings and you’re good to go. Also, you can assign a memoji to a Contact on your iPhone.
16. Intelligent Siri
Who doesn’t like sleeping in on holidays? Siri can now suggest you to disable your alarm for the day if a holiday is coming up. Thanks, Siri.
17. Uncompress Zip Files
iOS has had support for Zip files for a while but it has never been easy to extract the contents. iOS 13 makes it super easy to uncompress the Zip within the Files app. Better late than never.
18. Optimized Battery Charging
Batteries are the only component on a phone that is still considered consumable. It means as the battery ages, it loses its capacity. To help alleviate the problem, Apple implements Optimized Battery Charging which learns from your charging behaviors and adjusts accordingly. I’ll have to wait and see how much it actually improves the life of the battery.
19. Sent By Siri
Replying to messages with Siri is great but more often than not, Siri doesn’t get all the words right and you end up sending a potentially meme-worthy text. Now, every message sent using Siri will be labeled as such so that you can clear the typo afterward.
20. Add Favorites in Apple Maps
You can quickly navigate to your favorite places by saving the location on the Apple Maps. If you’re planning a trip somewhere then instead of writing down the places to visit, you can add them to a collection and easily navigate.
21. Estimated Time of Arrival
It’s really a hidden gem which would come in handy when you’re on your way to a friends house and they ask you how long will it take you to reach them. You can just type “ETA is “ and you’ll get the arrival time right on the keyboard.
22. Reminder about Stuff
You can customize reminders to trigger based on day, location, or while messaging someone. Reminder app would show you a notification whenever any of the event parameters are fulfilled.
23. Edit Photos and Videos
The Photos app lets you do light editing on photos and Videos. For example, you can apply a filter, set exposure, adjust saturation, and rotate photos as well as videos. Plus, you can trim videos directly which can come in handy while recording the screen and you wish to trim the last two seconds.
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iOS 13 Tips, Tricks, and hidden features
These were some of the features that I found are really interesting and helpful for the masses. This list still doesn’t cover all the features because there are just so many. however, if you feel like I missed an important feature or trick, let me know in the comments below. also, which is your iOS 13 feature?