The best iPhone 8 plans and prices in Australia compared

The best iPhone 8 plans and prices in Australia compared

Although there have been a few iPhones released since the iPhone 8 first landed, Apple continues to sell the device for those that aren’t too fond of the new notch-toting format. Of course, there’s always its bigger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus if you happen to like this handset but are looking for something a little larger.On this page, we’ve dug deep into all the networks and carriers and compared them to shreds, providing you with the best possible value, the biggest data, and the cheapest plans you can get bundled with your new Apple handset.If you’re not too sure if this is indeed the handset for you, you can check out our iPhone 8 review for the full lowdown. Otherwise, read on for our top picks from all the carriers.
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Best gaming phones in India for October 2019

Best gaming phones in India for October 2019

With the increasing popularity of games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, smartphone manufacturers are cashing in on the trend with their take on gaming smartphones. While it is not true that normal smartphones can’t run games, largely the experience differs when you play a game on a dedicated smartphone that’s made for gaming. Having said that, there’s still a dearth of good gaming titles for phones which is why gaming smartphones target a very niche audience. Currently, PUBG Mobile is all rage in India and you’ll need a high-quality device for the best gaming experience. Some of the highest-rated phones in our top 10 list are simply the best devices on the market with top-tier specs, sharp displays and long battery life. Our recommendations consider processor and GPU speeds, RAM size and other odds and ends.The top gaming phones don’t just play the best smartphone games without a hitch, they’ll also maintain the best visuals and performance for games coming over the next few years. Think about the phones below as future-proofing your next device into the year 2020.We’ve examined all the options and chosen the best phones for gaming based on the factors above. Here’s our top ten list:

 Asus recently surprised everyone by pricing the new ROG Phone II at Rs 37,999 in India (base variant), making it one of the best-specced devices for the price. It houses a monster 6,000 mAh battery, has a smooth 120Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED panel along with the latest specifications such as a Snapdragon 855+ and a minimum of 8GB of RAM.It comes with a host of hardware additions as well, including additional shoulder buttons, vents for better air circulation and an expansion port to connect accessories such as a gamepad or an extra display.Read the full review: ASUS ROG Phone 2 Review 

Backed by Xiaomi, Black Shark has come to India only recently with its second flagship. Launched earlier this year, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855. It scores points for low touch latency and improved cooling, along with an iconic gamer design that combines glass and metal.There’s also an additional gamepad joystick that can be equipped for a better gaming experience, and can be bought for Rs 2 as a part of an ongoing offer.Read the full review: Black Shark 2 review

Nubia’s gaming arm has been an underdog in the gaming smartphone space, but the Red Magic 3 truly one of the most enjoyable phones one can have. It has respectable internals such as the Snapdragon 855, 8GB of RAM and a large 90Hz AMOLED display. Gamers are sure to appreciate the additional customisable shoulder buttons and the RGB strip across the spine.The 5,000 mAh battery ensures that gaming sessions last for many hours, and the included fast charger is a boon. The dual front-firing speakers are pretty loud, and the powerful “4D” vibration motor makes gaming very immersive.The company has also unveiled the Red Magic 3S which opts for the Snapdragon 855 Plus and is expected to come to India in the near future.Read our full review: Nubia Red Magic 3 Review

While gaming smartphones have one main objective (provide a good gaming experience), it’s great when they excel as a conventional phone as well. That is the main reason why the just-launched OnePlus 7T makes it to our list. Not only does it have the latest specifications and one of the best high refresh rate displays on a smartphone, but also offers a great flagship experience thanks to its high-quality design, extremely fast charging, and versatile triple camera setup. It may not be as well designed as the 7 Pro, but some may prefer the taller yet flat display over a curved one. The wider display makes gaming very immersive.Read the full review: OnePlus 7T Review

The POCO F1 is the most talked-about budget flagship around the globe since its launch last year. It brought the flagship-level hardware to the budget segment. The phone not just offers a powerful chipset, but also has a good screen for gaming.A vapour-cooling chamber inside helps to keep the device going even when tasked with graphics-intensive titles like PUBG Mobile. The technology, which Xiaomi calls ‘LiquidCool’, uses dedicated copper pipes that are looped around the inside of the phone.  There are murmurs of a Poco F2 which could launch in the coming months, but if you can’t wait or want to save a lot, the Poco F1 should serve you well.Read the full review: POCO F1 review
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New Zealand vs Namibia live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

New Zealand vs Namibia live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

All ready looking imperious after soundly beating South Africa and Canada in their opening 2019 Rugby World Cup matches, New Zealand are set to flex their might today against the tournament’s rank outsiders. You can watch all the action as it happens no matter where you are in the world with our New Zealand vs Namibia live stream guide below.Can Namibia cast aside their whipping boys tag and avert a cricket score scenario, or will the All Blacks be their ruthless selves and run up a World Cup record score?
Looking every inch the defending champs in their 63-0 win over Canada in their last outing, New Zealand will be looking to make two games on the bounce without conceding in Tokyo today.Today’s match provides another opportunity for fringe players to make a claim for a place in the All Blacks starting line up. Its also an opportunity to ease back in lock Brodie Retallick from injury, who has now recovered from the disclosed shoulder he sustained against South Africa back in July.Namibia have crashed to defeat against Italy and South Africa in the first two World Cup matches, scoring just 25 points across both games. With one eye on next weekend’s clash with Italy, coach Steve Hansen has rotated his squad and will be sending his side out today with the key goal of keeping things respectable.You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup New Zealand vs Namibia live stream guide below.
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How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country
If you’re abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you’ll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don’t sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit. And best of all, it’s really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA).

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How to stream New Zealand vs Namibia live in the UK 

How to watch the New Zealand vs Namibia in Australia

How to live stream New Zealand vs Namibia in the US
Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Australia vs Uruguay live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Australia vs Uruguay live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

While there were few positives to take from their stinging 2019 Rugby World Cup defeat against Wales, Australia head coach Michael Cheika will no doubt draw inspiration from his side’s second-half comeback in his pep talk ahead of today’s clash with Uruguay. You can watch all the action live and in full no matter where you are in the world by following our Australia vs Uruguay Rugby World Cup live stream guide below.It’s a match where both teams have plenty to prove. After impressing so much in their opening win over Fiji, the South Americans now look to nab third spot in Pool D after their defeat to Georgia.
As has been the way for many teams approaching their third game, Australia look set to rotate their starting line-up in a big way for today’s game. The most significant change sees 19-year-old winger Jordan Petaia drafted in, a move that will see the teenager become the first Australian player to make his international debut in a Rugby World Cup.Uruguay will have to make do without hooker Facundo Gattas who is serving a three-match suspension following a nasty shoulder head challenge, while head coach Esteban Meneses  has made a number of unforced changes to freshen up his squad, with centre Andres Vilaseca set to skipper his country for only the third time.You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup Australia vs Uruguay live stream guide below.
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How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country
If you’re abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you’ll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don’t sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit. And best of all, it’s really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA).

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How to stream Australia vs Uruguay live in the UK 

How to watch Australia vs Uruguay live in New Zealand

How to live stream Australia vs Uruguay in the US
Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold finally launched in India; pre-orders now open

Samsung Galaxy Fold finally launched in India; pre-orders now open

The new and improved Samsung Galaxy Fold has finally come to India, and takes the crown for the first foldable device in the country.The Galaxy Fold was originally slated to launch in India much earlier, but a few defects were later discovered which made Samsung recall all the devices and fix them before eventually launching again.
Samsung Galaxy Fold pricing and availability
In India, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at Rs 1,64,999, and comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds, a carbon fibre case and added services such as white glove delivery, 24×7 concierge assistance and a year of accidental damage protection.Pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold have opened, and can be booked from Samsung India’s website. For those wanting to try out the phone, it will be available offline in 35 cities across 315 outlets, such as the flagship Samsung Opera House in Bangalore. Deliveries will commence on October 20. 
Samsung Galaxy Fold specifications
The Galaxy Fold has two displays— 4.6-inch HD+ display on the outside for when the phone is folded and an Infinity Flex 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED with a resolution of 1536 x 2152. It needs to be noted that this is a plastic display and is a little more prone to scratches than glass.Under the hood, the Galaxy Fold is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, making it one of the most powerful flagships around.This is also the first Samsung device with a hexa-camera setup, with a 10MP selfie camera on the cover, another 10MP selfie camera on the inside along with a depth sensor and a triple camera array on the back consisting of a 12MP primary shooter, a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP 2x telephoto camera.Powering all of that is a 4,380 mAh battery which is split into two cells, one on each side, which supports 15W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging as well.This one has a few hardware changes compared to the original Galaxy Fold. The topmost layer of the display now stretches to the edges of the front, the hinge mechanism has been made more robust and tiny covers have been added to the top and the bottom of the crease to prevent dust particles from entering inside.
Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Fold 

The first third-party gamepads for Nintendo Switch Lite have arrived

The first third-party gamepads for Nintendo Switch Lite have arrived

Devised as a portable handheld-only alternative to the original Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite lacks the detachable Joy Con controllers that made the modular console so unique in the first place, making it less than ideal for multiplayer.That said, the Switch Lite does support Bluetooth controllers, meaning you can prop the portable console up and use it as a screen while you sit back with a pair of gamepads and duke it out with a friend – why you would want to do this instead of buying an original Nintendo Switch is beyond us, but at least the option is there.
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Available from October 30, 2019 on Amazon from October 30, 2019 for $25 (around £20 / AU$37), the 8BitDo Lite Bluetooth Gamepad for Nintendo Switch Lite has a USB-C port for easy charging via the Switch Lite’s existing power cable. Additionally, the Switch Lite-styled third-party controller is also compatible with Windows, Steam and Rasperry Pi.Bafflingly, 8Bitdo’s Bluetooth Gamepad for Switch Lite forgoes the handheld’s thumbsticks in favor of dual d-pads, which seems like an especially awkward way to play 3D games if you ask us.Of course, if money isn’t an issue and you’re the type who values practicality over aesthetics, you could opt for a Nintendo Switch Pro controller instead. [source: 8Bitdo]
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Australia vs Wales rugby live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

Australia vs Wales rugby live stream: how to watch today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 match from anywhere

It’s one of the most eagerly awaited Pool matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with the recently dethroned world No.1 ranked Wales set to take on two-time winners Australia.
The Welsh have named an unchanged team from their 43-14 win over Georgia for today’s crucial match, while Australia have made a host of changes to the team that beat Fiji last Saturday.It’s set to be a fascinating game, and one you can watch live in full, no matter where you are in the world with our Australia vs Wales live stream guide.
Despite many pundits predicting Warren Gatland would draft Ross Moriarty into the back-row along with Nicky Smith at prop, the Welsh boss has kept faith with the starting XV that impressed so much in their World Cup opener.Michael Cheika, on the other hand, has made a number of surprise selections for the Wallabies, changing up his backline wholesale.Following Fiji’s unexpected defeat to Uruguay, this match looks likely to be the pool decider. Who will run out winners? Read on to find out all your Australia vs Wales live stream options, no matter where you are in the world
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How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country
If you’re abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you’ll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don’t sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit. And best of all, it’s really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA).

How to stream Australia vs Wales live in the UK 

How to watch Australia vs Wales: live stream in Australia

How to watch Australia vs Wales live in New Zealand

How to live stream Australia vs Wales in the US
Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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Canon EOS R and RP get improved autofocus with new firmware update

Canon EOS R and RP get improved autofocus with new firmware update

Both of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras arrived with face tracking and eye detect autofocus (AF) capabilities. However, in use, the AF systems in the EOS R and the EOS RP weren’t quite class-leading, and were unable to keep up with the performance from a Sony or Panasonic full-frame mirrorless shooter.Thankfully, Canon recognized this and has released firmware updates 1.4.0 and 1.3.0 for the EOS R and RP respectively, giving face tracking and eye detect AF on the two cameras a significant performance boost.With the new update, both cameras will be able to lock onto a subject’s face and eye from further away than previously, although no specific details have been provided on how much this has improved. The cameras will also now be able to focus on and track smaller subjects, so keeping up with your playful puppy or tracking an antelope on your safari trip will be easier.The biggest issue we faced during testing the two full-frame snappers was the significant lag between the AF system locking onto a subject and the appearance of the blue focus box on the viewfinder (or the rear display when using Live View). This update also takes care of that problem, with Canon promising that the lag has now been reduced.
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The above video, although shared publicly back in August, demonstrates how the AF system on the Canon full-frame mirrorless cameras have improved, and that is when the software was still being developed.In the case of the EOS R, a bug that saw the AF frame size remain static in Servo AF mode has now been fixed, and users should now be able to change the AF frame from small to ‘normal’, depending on the situation.An EOS RP-specific update on version 1.3.0 sees a fix for “a phenomenon in which the main dial icon is not displayed when pressing the zoom in/out button while the image is playing”. So that would be in the review pane on the rear LCD, in case anyone missed earlier.We haven’t tested the new firmware yet, and we’re unsure whether it can beat Sony’s topnotch AF performance, but we’re sure this will put Canon on par with the eye detect AF on the Nikon Z7 and Z6 that was rolled out as a firmware update in May.The Canon firmware update for the two full-frame mirrorless cameras is available to download in some regions already – Canon websites for Australia, Japan, Mexico and France have links for download – although, at the time of writing, Canon UK and Canon USA had still not released the firmware. If you can be patient, it shouldn’t be too long before the update is rolled out globally.
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Need a printer that can go the distance? Choose Canon Endurance

Need a printer that can go the distance? Choose Canon Endurance

Let’s face it: the bane of the inkjet printer world has always been the ink. We tend not to remember all the great print jobs a device has managed to produce throughout its life, but rather the frustrations of going to print something and finding that you’ve run out of one colour or another. The good news is that with Canon’s Endurance range of devices, that age-old problem has finally been addressed – and this capable family of printers has also brought some compelling cloud, social media and support features to the table too.The ink tanks are conveniently – and attractively – housed inside the printers’ chassis, which both protects them, lets you see levels at a glance and even improves the printer’s appearance. They’re simple to top-up thanks to the special, spill-resistant nozzles, which help ensure that re-filling is a clean and easy process.
Canon’s PIXMA Endurance G3610 includes enough ink in the box for around 6,000 prints.Using the home- or office-friendly PIXMA Endurance G3610 multi-function device (MFD) as an example, the black ink tank lasts for a whopping 6,000 prints, while each of the three colour cartridges lasts for 7,000! If your office needs even more, the new SMB-oriented Endurance G6065 includes three black refills in the box, letting you accommodate 18,000-pages worth of black-and-white printing before you even need to consider purchasing more ink.*The hybrid pigment and dye inks ensure that print output will be durable. The G3610’s combination of 320 black print nozzles and 384 colour nozzles and Canon’s FINE technology means it’s capable of producing a resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dots per inch, which generates prints that are extraordinarily detailed.
Like all Canon 2019 printers, the Endurance range makes it easy to print from just about any device, including a smartphone or tablet.More than just office docs
If you add Canon’s specialised, glossy photo paper to the mix, edge-to-edge printing means high-quality photos can be produced. It’s no slouch either, as the G3610 is capable of producing a borderless 4-inch x 6-inch photo print in around 60 seconds. Meanwhile, A4 pages consisting of sharp, black text can be created at a speedy rate of up to 8.8 pages per minute.**An onboard scanner makes the G3610 a true multi-function device which can scan and copy. It can scan up to 20 pages in one job, or copy at a rate of 3.5 pages per minute, with a ‘first copy out’ time of just 24 seconds.Prints can be up to A4 in size, but the Endurance range is capable of printing business cards too. Custom-size media is also allowed from 55 – 216mm (width) by 89 x 676mm (height). A generous range of paper weights are supported but, when using Canon’s Speciality papers, they can cope with thick 275gsm stock.
The Endurance G6065’s sharp, clean design means it’ll look great in any home or office environment.Easy to use
Canon printers are simple to operate thanks to intuitive controls and clear LCD displays, and the company’s recently gone even further by adding an integrated support feature called Print Assist. This technology helps you setup and maintain your printer using easy-to-follow guides, which are displayed on the device’s screen. This includes elements like step-by-step tips and instructions, as well as video tutorials for using features or diagnosing and fixing any problems. If you’d prefer the human touch, Canon’s dedicated printer support team is just a phone call away.What that ultimately means is that you can purchase a PIXMA Endurance device with peace of mind, being assured that there’ll be minimal future distractions regarding maintenance and consumables! You don’t need to worry about powering it on and off either: the automatic Power Off feature will ensure it’s only consuming energy when it needs to and that it’s keeping your power bills down – and minimising environmental impact – when it’s not.So if you’re after a printer or MFD that can go the distance, check out Canon’s Endurance range. With multiple models that are tailored to home and small office requirements, there’s a model that will suite your exact needs. Find out more at the Canon Australia website by clicking here.

* Page yield of ink bottle used for initial setup is lower than a replacement, as a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head during setup. Page yield is the estimated value based on Canon’s individual test method using the ISO/IEC 24712 colour chart and continuous printing simulation with the replacement ink bottles after initial setup. Black and colour page yields are not to be combined. Page yield varies significantly depending on contents printed and other factors.** Measured by international standard, in default mode. During successive printing, the printer may slow down the operation to prevent the internal temperature from rising.

iOS 13 update and features list

iOS 13 update and features list

The iOS 13 update is here to introduce new features to your old iPhone, offering new software perks even if you haven’t upgraded to Apple’s brand new iPhone.Dark Mode is the best iOS 13 feature and the most visual change. It inverts white and light gray colors for less eye-straining black and dark grays – at least in major apps.In case you need to know how to get iOS 13, we have a step-by-step guide for that, although the update comes pre-installed on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.What’s new in iOS 13? What devices are compatible with iOS 13? We have all of those answers – and a mini iOS 13 review – below, as we await the iOS 13.1 update.

The two-minute iOS 13 review
Dark Mode: We’ve been getting the most use out of this iOS 13 feature. It changes up the interface (except for some third-party apps), exchanging bright white and light gray colors for black and dark gray hues. That’s more pleasant on the eyes, especially at night. iOS 13 pro tip: You can schedule iOS 13 Dark Mode to turn on and off at particular times, and add it as a Control Center menu shortcut.iOS 13 compatibility: iOS 13 is compatible with a lot of iPhones – as long you have the iPhone 6S or iPhone SE or newer. Yes, that means both iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 don’t make the list and are forever stuck with iOS 12.4.1, but Apple didn’t make any cuts for iOS 12, so it’s just catching up in 2019. Fair.
Dark mode makes everything, well, darker. In a good way.Photo editing tools get advanced: You can now change up photos in 15 different ways, tweaking highlights, contrast and shadows. It’s more robust to the point where we’re opening Adobe Lightroom less. iOS 13 pro tip: Edits also work for video, and you can edit photos without destroying the Live Photo properties.A new QuickPath keyboard: Want to swipe on the keyboard rather than tap? It’s now in there. There’s no line that follows your finger’s movement, and it’s a little tricky to get used to at first, but it’s closer to what we liked about Gboard. iOS 13 pro tip: We found this most useful on any large Max or Plus phone.FaceTime correction: You know that thing in a FaceTime call where you look at your screen and therefore aren’t looking at the camera? Apple will use AI to move the direction of your gaze. A bit creepy in principle, but hugely useful.Face ID is much better: We love this feature – the field of view for unlocking your phone with your face is wider, so looking at the phone on the desk will open your iPhone up without needing to lift the handset.iOS 13 is not coming to the iPad: Tricked you. iOS 13 is strictly for the iPhone (and iPod Touch). iPadOS is debuting for iPad with exclusive productivity features for the bigger tablet screen on September 24.
The QuickPath keyboard is slick to use in our testing.’Find my iPhone’ and ‘Find my Friends’ are fused: The two apps are now in one ‘Find My’ app, and Apple’s added in functionality that can find offline devices from other iPhones or iPads. Best of all, we got fewer timed out tracking errors.iOS 13 improves battery life: By that we mean ‘lifetime of the battery’ not ‘time between charges’ – the new iOS 13 platform is smarter at charging and will curtail the power input at the right times. Dark mode should help too on iPhone OLED displays, though we’re testing that.Reminders gets a huge (and useful) overhaul: A clear new design, Reminders now allows for attachments and better sorting. Might not sound massive, but a big jump for those that use it.The camera is getting a big upgrade: Portrait mode (if your phone supports it) will offer more customizable lighting and a new ‘High Key Mono’ mode for when you want to look like you’re in a Calvin Klein advert.Siri sounds better: A refined voice with more natural diction, Siri is much nicer to talk to now. You might not notice it without a side-by-side comparison, but it’s here.All new Memoji to play with: You can add make-up, throw in Memoji stickers from the keyboard – if you’re into your own cartoon face there’s a lot to try here. iOS 13 pro tip: Stickers works on iPhone 8 and older iPhones, even if you don’t have the TrueDepth camera for moving Memoji.
Look for this logo to get a secret email address.Control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth more simply: We love this: long-press (or 3D Touch for certain iPhone models) on the Wi-Fi / Bluetooth buttons in the Control Center and you can access all your connections in one simple place.Use your PS4 controller on your phone: Does what it says… now you can pair your console controller to play games in a more immersive way. PS4 support is here today, while Xbox One support is coming. Perfect for Apple Arcade, right?OK, that’s the key stuff out of the way – but if you want to know more about the smaller features, or just a bit more depth on what your iPhone or iPad can do, read on:
Video: How to download iOS 13 right now (without having to wait):
iOS 13 release date and time
iOS 13 release date: It launched on Thursday, September 19iPadOS comes out later: Tuesday, September 24iOS 13.1 release date: We expect it in late OctoberThe iOS 13 update launched on September 19, meaning everyone now has access to Apple’s new iPhone software – if your iPhone is compatible (more on that soon).We first got the iOS 13 beta in early June, so there’s been three months of testing by developers and public beta testers. The iOS 13.1 release, which we estimate for late October, is going through the same process.Here’s the iOS 13.1 update timeline:
1. iOS 13 developer beta: Monday, June 3 – first launched at the Apple WWDC 2019 keynote, this a version restricted to paid Apple developers and, simply put, was not meant for average consumers. You couldn’t even install it over-the-air (OTA) at first.2. iOS 13 public beta: Monday, June 24 – Apple expanded testing to all willing testers through eight versions of the iOS 13 update before it officially came out. Plot twist: some of the tests were for IOS 13.1 before iOS 13 even came out.3. iOS 13 golden master: Monday, September 10 – Just after the iPhone 11 launch event, Apple seeded iOS 13 golden master, the final version of the update meant for beta testers.give app developers time to tweak.4. The official iOS 13 update: Thursday September 19 – Just one day ahead of the iPhone 11 release date, Apple issued the software for all other iPhones.5. iOS 13.1 release date: We don’t have a firm release date for the iOS 13.1 update, but Apple has been testing an iOS 13.1 beta since August and we know that past iOS .1 updates have launched in late October, usually coinciding with a new iPad and Mac launch event.
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iOS 13 compatibility list
iOS 13 is compatible with iPhone 6S / iPhone SE or lateriOS 13 isn’t compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PlusiOS 13 compatibility requires an iPhone from the last four years. That means phones like the iPhone 6 won’t be getting iOS 13 – if you’ve got one of those devices you’ll be stuck with iOS 12.4.1 forever.
iOS 13 sheds several old devices (Image credit: Apple)You’ll need an iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone SE or later to install iOS 13. With iPadOS, while different, you’ll need an iPhone Air 2 or iPad mini 4 or later.The iPhone SE fits into an odd category, as it has iPhone 6 era specs, but came out after the iPhone 6S. Don’t worry, everyone’s favorite little iPhone will get iOS 13.iOS 13 is compatible with just one iPod – the newest version. No surprise, the new iPod Touch 7th gen is the only devices of its class that gets iOS 13 support.
iOS 13 Dark Mode
Overdue Dark Mode is coming to iOS 13 and iPadOSWe saw macOS get a system-wide Dark Mode in 2018Shortcut to black-and-dark-gray UI lives in Control CenterDark Mode in iOS 13 a system-wide, meaning it changes the hues from bright white and light grey to black and dark gray on all supported apps.
It’s a nice feature when you’re using your iPhone at night and want to avoid bright white hues shining in your face. It may also save battery life on the OLED-equipped iPhones, from the iPhone X onward. Apple didn’t talk about this at all, but we know that OLED displays essentially ‘turn off’ pixels when rendering blacks.Turning on iOS 13 Dark Mode can be done in Control Center inside the Display slider (right next to the Night Shift and True Tone toggle), according to Apple, or you can set it automatically to turn on at night through a schedule or custom time.The yellow-tinting Night Shift mode finally gets a bright-light dimming companion, and a lot of people couldn’t be happier.
How to enable Dark Mode on iOS 13 and iPadOSiOS 13 offers ‘FaceTime attention correction’
This is an interesting one. There’s now an option for FaceTime Attention Correction, and it’s as wild as it sounds.What does it do exactly? It makes it so that it appears as if you’re looking straight into the front-facing camera during a FaceTime video call, when you’re actually looking at the adjacent screen. That distracted look could be a thing of the past soon.
iOS 13 on iPad is iPadOS, and it’s a big change
Some of the biggest changes for iOS 13 on the iPad are actually coming in an update called iPadOS. Apple is signaling that the iPad needs its own platform.That means big improvements to your iPad workflow, starting with the home screen redesign. Pinned Widgets, as we predicted in our iOS 13 rumors roundup, lets you add widgets from the Today View screen (that left-mode screen on your iPhone and iPad). So far, it’s iPad-exclusive, and not coming to iOS13 for the iPhone.Slide Over lets you have multiple apps open and cycle through them like rolodex. You can also fan to preview them all at once with a swipe gesture, kind of like the recents menu on many phones and tablets. It’s multi-tasking made easier.

Split View has been enhanced to let you open one app on both sides of the screen (it wasn’t possible before), and Apple demoed this by showing Notes side-by-side with Notes. You can also pair an app with more than one app – so now Safari can be paired with Pages in one space and Safari can be paired with Mail in another. App Expose is new to the iPad software, letting you see all of the space you have open. There’s an App Expose icon on the Dock, requiring only a single press to get into the convenient overview mode.New copy, paste and undo gestures are coming to iPadOS. Three fingers scrunched down was shown to copy text, three fingers expanding (in the opposite direction) dropped the text on the page, and sliding three fingers across the screen undid the last action. We’ll have to see how this performs when the software lands.Apple’s keyboard can float around the screen in a smaller form, and it’s debuting a swiping gesture keyboard, which it calls QuickPath Typing. There are also more keyboard shortcuts (a lack of shortcuts was a complaint we had about previous iOS versions).There are actually too many iPadOS changes to detail here in the iOS 13 explainer, so we’ve spun the full rundown off into a separate iPadOS release date, news and features article.
iOS 13 features a QuickPath keyboard
With iOS 13, Apple’s default QuickType keyboard will be incorporating swipe-to-type, a popular way of sliding across the keyboard to form words. We’ve used this in prior iOS keyboard extensions like Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey.
Here’s QuickPath keyboard in action (Image credit: Apple)You can use the QuickType and QuickPath methods of typing interchangeably, and so far supported languages include English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese is now included.
iOS 13 debuts new ‘Find My’ app
Apple combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in iOS 13, and the union lets you locate your friends and missing gadgets with a faster, easier-to-use interface.
Find My iPhone and Find My Friends come together in one app (Image credit: Apple)What’s really neat is that it use a crowd-sourced encrypted Bluetooth signal to help you track down devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. That’s mostly a big help for Macs, but it could also help with an iPhone in rare cases, too.Best of all, while Find My Friends didn’t always work for us, Apple seems to be making a bigger push to get location tracking right with this new iOS 13 app now in the limelight.
iOS 13 makes your old iPhone faster, last longer
More people are holding onto their iPhones for longer, and that’s something Apple seems to recognize – and the company is speeding up iOS 13 to accommodate them.The most important iOS 13 stats: app launch speed is up to twice as fast according to Apple, and Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster than before. Apple also found a way to make app downloads smaller, up to 60% on average; iOS 12 gave us a faster update, and iOS 13 looks to build upon that.Battery life is also something Apple is tackling this year. Its aim is to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iOS 13 is supposed to learn from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it.
Reminders gets a big overhaul
Of all the built-in apps, Reminders has gotten the biggest iOS revamp. It’s better organized, and includes shortcuts that make it easier to add reminders.
Reminders has gotten the freshest reimagining among iOS 13 apps (Image credit: Apple)Big, color-coded buttons for Today, Scheduled, All and Flagged categories offer you a better oversight of your pressing tasks, while the keyboard when you’re in this app has a top-line Quick Toolbar that acts as a shortcut to easily add times, dates, locations, flags, photos and scanned documents.Making plans in Messages? Siri will step in to suggest reminders that can be created, like a personal assistant who chimes in at all the right times.
Camera and Portrait Mode changes
The iOS 13 offers important changes to camera features, starting with enabling you to change the intensity of light in Portrait Mode, which is something we’ve wanted for a while. Portrait mode is also getting a new monochromatic effect called High‑Key Mono.
The new Photos tab in the iOS 13 Photos app – Apple sees it as becoming your photo diary (Image credit: Apple)The Photos gallery is becoming what Apple called “a diary of your life”, with a new tab designed to document your best photos by day, month and year. You’ll also have more pinch controls to zoom in and out of the Photos gallery.You can now do something that most people have been crying out for on an iPhone – change the aspect ratio of the picture you take in the camera app. That means square options, or 16:9 even, are there in the settings – although when you export the pictures off the phone the files are still in the original 4:3 format.Photo editing is refined with iOS 13, adding adjustment controls and filters, while the video editing portion mirrors this almost entirely: nearly every photo tool and effect – including filters, rotating and cropping – makes it over to video. If you’re not good at tinkering with video, there’ll even be an ‘Auto’ adjustment button. 
New Siri voice sounds more natural
A new Siri voice debuts with iOS 13, and it sounds more natural than before – we’ve heard a sample and the tone is the same, but it sounds less robotic. It uses advanced neural text‑to‑speech technology, according to Apple, and you’ll particularly notice this when Siri says longer phrases, like reading the Apple News aloud or answering knowledge questions.The timing is good, because Siri can also do a lot more talking if you wear AirPods – Siri can read incoming messages and pipe them through the buds, which is convenient. One more new Siri perk: your voice assistant on HomePod will understand the voices of the various family members in your home. This should mean, for example, that asking “What’s on my Calendar?” won’t bring up someone else’s irrelevant information.
Memoji gets makeup, Messages gets info sharing
Apple has put more of ‘Me’ in Memoji, allowing one trillion configurations: new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, and piercings to name a few categories. Examples on the WWDC stage showed that these personalized Animoji masks allow for such granular accessory detail as eyeshadow, braces and even AirPods.
Memoji gets better in year two (Image credit: Apple)Memoji Stickers are something entirely new – iOS 13 brings more iPhone and iPad users into the Memoji fold, TrueDepth camera or not. You can customize a Memoji and iOS 13 will automatically create a fun-looking sticker pack that lives in a sub-menu on the keyboard, which you can use in Messages, Mail, and third‑party apps.You can share your personalized Memoji with contacts through iMessages, but only when you grant them access. The same applies to sharing your name and photo with contacts, so you can chose how people see your name, for example. According to Apple, you can decide whether you want your profile shared with everyone, with only your contacts, or just once.
New HomePod features
You might not know this, but the HomePod is part of the iOS family, and it has gotten iOS 13 updates too.First, you can transfer songs from your iPhone by simply holding your phone closer to the HomePod speaker. Previously, you had to tell Siri to do this, but now this hand-off feature is a bit easier, and you don’t have to talk to do it.The HomePod also introduce Live Radio – you can ask Siri to play 100,000 stations from all around the world. And HomePod will allow you to recognize who in your family is talking, and personalize the response – great with Apple Music, where selections will be based on your taste and history. It goes beyond Music, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and more. 
Sign-in with Apple
Apple wants app developers and sites to use its sign-in feature, and there are some perks for user privacy, too (Image credit: Apple)Apple is taking on Facebook Connect, Google and other platforms that allow you to conveniently sign in to third-party accounts. Sign-in with Apple is poised to protect your privacy more than Facebook and Google do.What’s neat is that if you don’t want to fork over your email to an app developer or website, Apple will create a unique random email for you, and the email will be unique to that site or app.We’re still waiting for this to roll out through developers, but over time you’ll start seeing it more regularly.
Maps get revamped
iOS 13 Maps looks a lot better, even if everyone likes to hate on it. Will it ever be better than Google Maps? No, probably not. But for people who want Apple’s pre-loaded maps app on iOS 13, it’s much better.
360-degree city tours are coming to Apple Maps (Image credit: Apple)There’s way more detail here by way of Apple rebuilding maps from the ground up. There’s more realistic detail for roads, beaches, parks, and buildings, and you can now explore cities with a 3D 360-degree experience.Favorites were a part of Maps before, but iOS 13 makes these saved locations easier to navigate to with one tap – they appear at the very top of a search menu. Sometimes Google Maps on iOS doesn’t get this right (but does better on Android). That’s one reason to keep Apple Maps installed, even if you’re a Google Maps person.
Text formatting in Mail
Mail is getting some changes when it comes to writing out properly formatted email. You’ll have more control over font style, size, color, alignment, indenting and outdenting text, and numbered and bulleted lists.What we’re really hoping to see one day in iOS 13.1 or iOS 14 is the ability to insert a hyperlink into some text in an email. On both iOS and Android devices, that’s just not possible in their default mail clients (that we’ve seen) – you have to paste long URLs, and that’s not a computer, no matter what you call your operating system.
Connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center
This is huge – and we’ve been asking for it for several years. You can now select Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories right from Control Center.Android has had this for years, and it was always convenient to connect to new Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth earbuds without having to navigate away from your current app and dive into five Settings submenus. Apple is finally coming around in iOS 13.
Xbox One and PS4 game controller support
If you’re going to play games on your phone, you might as well do it with one of the two best controllers available (and maybe something you already own).Enter PS4 and Xbox One game controller support for iOS 13. Apple didn’t say if all games will support this or if it’ll be limited to Apple Arcade, but whatever the case may be, we’re happy to be able to put our PS4 controller to use everywhere we roam.
Silence Unknown Calls
Nuisance spam calls drive us crazy every day, and iOS 13 wants to fix the issue with the help of Siri, which scans your Contacts, Mail and Messages to see if you’ve previously been in contact with the caller.Silence Unknown Calls sounds fairly smart, if you’re not expecting business numbers cold-calling you for work. Those that do call you and aren’t on your personal ‘VIP list’ will go straight to voicemail.
iOS 13 features exclusive to iPhone 11 phones
Camera UI buttons / wheel toggle between ultra-wide and telephotoHolding photo shutter button captures video (no longer for burst photos)Front camera takes wide-angle selfies in landscape, 4K60fps video and ‘Slofies’We thought we knew all about iOS 13 in June, but it turns out there were a few new features geared toward the newly announced iPhone 11 phones. 

Since the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are almost all about the new cameras, the iOS 13 software lends itself to the new ultra-wide lens and special night mode.Switching between the cameras lenses (two lenses on the iPhone 11 and three on the iPhone 11 Pro series) is supposed to be seamless, with quick taps or a wheel to transition between zoomed-in and zoomed-out perspectives. Holding down on the familiar shutter button in iOS 13 start recording video, akin to the Snapchat and Instagram UI. Apple claims it’s new handsets offer the highest-quality video ever in a smartphone, so it’s putting a big emphasis on how easy it is to shoot video. On any other iPhone running iOS 13, holding down the same shutter button captures burst photos.The front TrueDepth camera on a iPhone 11 phones can capture wide-angle selfies when held in the landscape orientation, and record up to 4K60fps video. Before, we were all deprived with 1080p60fps selfie videos.Sure to be the ire of everyone older than millennial age, you’re going to starting to see ‘Slofies’. Love it or hate it (because of the name), this iPhone 11-exclusive iOS 13 feature captures epic-looking slo-mo video from the front camera. It works best when you have long hair to capture in motion.