Apple reveals iOS 13 and iPadOS launch dates—however macOS Catalina stays a thriller

The just-announced iPhone 11 running iOS 13.Enlarge / The just-announced iPhone 11 working iOS 13.

Samuel Axon

CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple’s annual main public releases of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS will arrive by the tip of this month, Apple revealed on its web site because it unveiled new hardware merchandise in a live-streamed occasion immediately.

iOS 13 will hit iPhones and watchOS 6 will attain Apple Watches on September 19. iPadOS will ship a couple of days in a while September 30. macOS Catalina remains to be due at an as-yet unspecified date in October.

Since Apple already made its announcement detailing options of the brand new working programs at its developer convention again in June, immediately’s occasion was centered on new hardware just like the iPhone. However Apple typically launches its main working system releases alongside new hardware—particularly once they contain cellular units.

iOS 13 provides Darkish Mode to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod contact. It may be toggled on and off from throughout the Management Middle. The replace additionally provides a plethora of latest picture and video options, together with extra sturdy modifying capabilities. iOS 13 additionally provides a extra natural-sounding voice for Siri, a variety of up to date Maps options, and a complete overhaul of the oft-criticized Reminders app. However maybe probably the most vital change in iOS 13 is the introduction of iPadOS, a brand new, tablet-specific model of the working system that provides improved multitasking capabilities and different options for energy customers—all supposed to make the iPad extra viable as a laptop computer substitute.

On the coronary heart of Apple’s pitch for macOS Catalina is a developer-focused characteristic referred to as Catalyst. Catalyst permits app builders to comparatively simply port iPad apps to the Mac. Amongst different issues, the aim is to carry an abundance of single- or focused-used apps to the Mac App Retailer, which has not gained as a lot traction as Apple’s App Retailer for cellular units. Catalina additionally splits iTunes into a number of purposes with extra specialised features: Music, TV, and Podcasts. Customers will see new methods for his or her Macs to work together with the iPad and Apple Pencil, in addition to a variety of minor enhancements to varied apps.

Much less on the optimistic aspect for some customers, Catalina will deprecate assist for 32-bit purposes, making many elderly video games and different apps unplayable after the OS is put in.

So far as watchOS 6 goes, customers will get menstrual-cycle monitoring options, a brand new characteristic that permits monitoring health efficiency over time, and an on-Watch App Retailer so customers can obtain Watch apps with out searching on their iPhones—together with assist for brand new options within the Apple Watch sequence 5.

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