The rumors are true – iPads will no longer run on iOS.
Today at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 (WWDC19), Apple unveiled iOS 13 for iPhones and iPads. Other Apple operating systems, including macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, tvOS13, and the all-new iPadOS were previewed as well.
|UPDATE: iOS 13 officially launched in September 2019.|
What’s new in iOS 13? Let’s run down a list of the best features coming soon to your Apple devices.
Previewed at WWDC19 in early June, iOS 13 will officially be released along with the new iPhones in Fall 2019. Developers and public beta testers will get early access to the update.
According to testers, it seems like things are going well so far with the iOS 13 beta.
iOS 13 has to be the most stable iOS Beta I’ve ever used.— Brandon Butch (@BrandonButch) June 21, 2019
iOS 13 will be only available for iPhone 6s and later models, including iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and 7th gen iPod touch. iOS 13 will not support older iPhone and iPad models.
Incompatible devices include iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and 6th gen iPod touch.
iPad is getting its own operating system to better support the device as it becomes more like a computer and less like a mobile device.
The new iPadOS introduces multitasking features like split screen and enhanced drag and drop capabilities. The OS supports external devices like thumb drives and cameras to be plugged directly into the iPad. Safari will get a facelift too with Desktop-class browsing, a download manager, and more.
There are a ton of new features coming to iOS 13, with plenty more to come! We’ll keep this post updated as more features and additional details are announced.
Bridget Poetker is a former senior content marketing specialist at G2, who focused on app development and design. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I-L-L! In her free time, you'll find Bridget in the bleachers at Wrigley Field or posted up at the nearest rooftop patio. During the 8 months of Chicago winter, she hibernates. (she/her/hers)
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