Apple is announcing the release dates for its upcoming software updates today. The company announced iOS 13, iPadOS, and watchOS 6 back at WWDC earlier this year. It’s been continuously testing these new updates with developer and public betas over the past few weeks, but they are now ready for the public.
iPhone users will get iOS 13 on September 19. The new update to the OS brings a system-wide dark mode, introducing a really sleek look for all of iOS. The update also introduces new Portrait Lighting Control and a High-Key Mono mode for the camera, as well as redesigned Photos app with new editing features, both for photos and videos. iOS 13 also introduces new privacy options, a more powerful Apple Maps app, Audio Sharing with AirPods, new Memoji customisation, QuickPath Typing for the keyboard, Memoji Stickers, new Reminders app, Cycle Tracking for keeping track of your menstrual cycle, improved performance, and a lot more. Oh, iOS 13.1 will be released just a few days later on September 30.
Mac owners will get macOS Catalina in October. The new update introduces native new apps for Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. The new update also enables iOS app developers to bring their iOS apps to the Mac, meaning you will soon start being able to use some iOS apps on your Mac. The updated OS also brings a new Photos app, improved Notes, new Reminders app, new Safari features, the ability to let you extend your desktop to the iPad using Sidecar, Screen Time, new privacy options, Voice Control, and a lot more
And now that iPad has its own OS separate from iOS, Apple has something in store for iPad owners, coming September 30. iPadOS now lets you keep all your favourite apps in Slide Over, adds support for multi-instance apps, and there’s also a new App Expose screen, making multi-tasking on the iPad much easier. iPadOS also introduces a brand-new home screen where you can have pinned widgets, and even control the app grid sizing. Apple’s also revamped the Tool Palette for the Apple Pencil with iPadOS, and it’s introducing new text editing gestures. You can also now install fonts from the App Store, and the Files app is getting redesigned to be more powerful, too. There’s also the dark mode from iOS here, and Safari is getting a download manager, combined with an improved “desktop-class” browsing experience. iPadOS also comes with the same new apps as iOS 13, and a lot more.
Apple Watch owners will also get watchOS 6 on September 19. The new update introduces new watch faces anew complications for those watch faces, improved Sirir support, but more importantly: the App Store. With watchOS 6, you will now be able to access the App Store for the Apple Watch on your wrist and install those apps on your watch without needing an iPhone. watchOS 6 also brings a new Audiobooks app, Calculator, Voice Memos, and a redesigned Reminders app. It also comes with new Activity Trends for fitness tracking, Cycle Tracking for keeping track of your menstrual cycle, and it can even now help you with your Hearing Health. Apple is also launching an improved Health app on iOS along with watchOS 6, and a couple of other features. It will be available for Apple Watch Series 3 and later on September 19 and for Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 later this fall.
Apple’s new operating systems will also launch with Sign in with Apple, the company’s new secure and privacy-focused system for logging in to all your apps.