What’s new in iOS13

Available since 19 September 2019, the update iOS 13 is deployed on iPhones all over the world (from the 6s model). What does iOS13 bring to the user? Pell mell: appearance of dark mode, improvement of camera functions, evolution of the touch keyboard, some changes to protect the user’s privacy….

All iOS 13 new features

Dark mode

Functionality present on the different Android versions for ages, original on Windows Phone and Windows Mobile, the dark or dark mode theme is finally appearing on iOS. The latest generation iPhone and iPod Touch can now use an inverted color mode to have white text on a black background. In addition to the style, the dark mode is appreciated to lower the brightness returned by the device and to suit people with visual impairments.

ios 13 theme sombre


The Apple camera is enhanced with new features: changing the intensity of light on portraits, converting a photo to black and white (high-key mono), redesigning photo and video editing tools.

Sliding keyboard

Another new iOS feature that has been around for ages on Android is the sliding writing feature. The pioneer SwiftKey Flow finally has its native equivalent on iPhone and iPod Touch. No need to type on each letter of the keyboard, the thumb slide on the touch screen allows the device to guess the words you want to write. Very useful for writing a message with one hand.

Sign in with Apple

“Login with Apple” eliminates the need to create a specific account for each application. Of course, the editors of these applications must add this functionality and existing accounts will not be modified. This is the principle of “Connect with Google” or “with Facebook” on some sites and apps.


This was not the case for most iPhone owners, but it is now possible to pair two pairs of AirPods on a single Apple device, for example to watch a movie together on the train, without having to share headphones.

Apple Plans

Google Maps’ competitor offers more detailed mapping and a more immersive 3D experience to navigate the streets (equivalent to Google Street View). Favorite places (home, work, school) are more easily accessible.

Apple Arcade

Paid platform ($5 per month) to access a catalogue of video games.

iPhone models compatible with iOS 13

Not all Apple devices can benefit from the iOS13 update.

  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Xr, X
  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE

No iPad in the compatibility list because the iPad tablet does not have iOS13. It is the separate iPadOS system, born on 24 September 2019, that marks the separation of ergonomics and features between iPhone and iPad. Among other things, we note the optimization of the home screen for these very large screens, a better multitasking (two different applications side by side), improvement of the Apple Pencil, new gestures for shortcuts…