Apple iOS 13
Apple’s latest iOS update packs plenty of important changes to device usability and privacy, though a buggy initial launch caught many users off guard. A dark mode, helpfully redesigned apps and Voice Control add offer more flexibility out of the box, and now that iOS 13.1 has filed down a lot of the initial release’s rough edges, it’s finally worth installing.
- Dark mode is easy on the eyes
- Helpful app updates
- Voice Control could be a game-changer
- Improved file management
- iOS 13 was very buggy
- New AirDrop is confusing
- Sign in with Apple is limited
- Critic Reviews (5)
- User Reviews (4)
- 84AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE5 ReviewsTom's Guide80The Biggest Update in YearsThe improvements to Photos and Maps would be enough to justify an update to iOS 13. But Apple seals the deal with welcome enhancements like its more private approach to app sign ins and a well-implemented dark mode.Ars Technica90There's a lot more to this update than Dark ModeiOS 13 has a general focus on introducing new, more efficient ways for power users to get stuff done on their mobile devices — or at least on making methods that existed before more intuitive. This may be a byproduct of all the work being done on iPadOS: in some cases, Apple may have conceptualized a power user feature for iPadOS and thought, "well, might as well bring that to iPhones, too."TechCrunch80iOS 13 pushes the envelope across the boardIn many ways, iOS 13 feels like a quality-of-life update. In developer lingo, quality-of-life updates are all about refining things that already work. It helps you save a second here, do something more easily there.Mashable90The iPhone goes dark and the iPad breaks freeIf iOS 12 was about stability and performance, this year's release is about getting a lot of small details right. Some of the best additions in iOS 13 are subtle tweaks that might be easy to miss on your first pass.The Verge80Join the Dark SideApple is improving its apps because, to use iOS 13 to the fullest, you have to use them. The end result is more of a grab bag of minor updates and improvements than a full-fledged overhaul. Think of it almost like iOS 12S.
- 35AVERAGE USER SCORE4 ReviewsJeremy20October 8, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Huge battery drain today from full. Added suggestions before being able to access message or photos. Really annoying and unnecessary crap like when accessing photos.."would you like to send these to your friends?" or something to that affect. Same with the message feature. Do Not Need these suggestions. Wish I hadn't uploaded the ios 13.1 to my phone. The battery drain was amazingly fast...like sucked dry in less than 4 hours. Really bad when receiving timeing intensive text messages. Hopefully the next update will get rid of the happy-horse-shit suggestions that delay being able to access what I'm used to getting up on my screen when I click on it.jane10September 30, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have lost my Exchange calendar on my iPhone with the upgrade. All my events disappear or a birthday reappears hundreds of times. It’s a complete mess.ClockworkNinja70September 28, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Mostly fine, but I'd like Apple to fix the bug that keeps having my Beats connection dialog randomly pop up and ask me to connect even if I'm actively listening to something on my headphones.Charlie40September 28, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!To be honest, apart from the dark mode (which could have been included in iOS 12.2 before was kept to be a major function for iOS 13) nothing else stood out. The bugs were shocking when the gold master version was out for testing way before it’s released. iOS 13.1 was better and how the major update should be but the battery life became an issue for most so iOS 13.1.1 had to be released on Friday, just few days after 13.1 was released. Updates are no longer a joy but a 50/50 chance on heaven or hell.