iOS 13 Review

iOS 13 Review

Apple releases big (or less than big, depending on your opinion) updates for iOS on an annual basis. Here’s this year’s update, and it’s leaning on the less-than-big end of the spectrum. 

Whilst the iPhone 11 is great, the new software is less than perfect. Bugs galore mean that if you depend on your device for reliability, you may want to hold out for iOS 13.2.

I find it hard not to sing the praises of any dark mode in design. Black backgrounds and sleek lines are super appealing, and in iOS 13, the design really pops. 

Not only does it look great, but on the iPhone X, XS and 11 Pro series phones, dark mode saves battery too because these phones have OLED displays. These types of screens don’t have a backlight, every pixel produces its own light, so all black pixels just don’t turn on. Neat!

The Photos app has seen a huge improvement, allowing you to scroll through the dates and see the highlights from that date, month or year. It allows you much more control over your photo viewing experience.

Now, let’s look at iPadOS. I am a regular iPad user, using it as a more portable alternative to my laptop complete with a Bluetooth keyboard. Therefore, I take it seriously. 

You’ll be pleased to know that iPadOS is a little more reliable than iOS, from what I can tell, with less bugs. The update has more advanced multitasking with features like Slide Over - where you can slide a mini selection of apps in an iPhone-sized dialog box. You can write messages and check a website whilst writing! Not only that, but you can see websites in their desktop format rather than the cramped mobile versions. 

As the proud owner of an iPhone 7 which is still holding out, I was very disappointed to learn that iOS 13 would be the death knell for my battery. My battery would quite comfortably last me a whole day, now I’m lucky to get 6 hours. Even the recent bug fixes found in iOS 13.1 didn’t solve the issue, so here I’m waiting.

So, iOS 13. A funny beast. The design is more polished than ever, yet reliability is at an all time low. Will you risk it?

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