iOS 13.1 Features: What’s New

iOS 13.1 What's New

Later today, Apple will release iOS 13.1 for all compatible iPhones. This major point release of the OS 13 comes less than a week after Apple had seeded iOS 13 to the public.

iOS 13.1 was initially scheduled to release on September 30 but Apple pushed forward the release date to September 24 due to the sheer number of bugs in iOS 13. In comparison, iOS 13.1 is a relatively stable release and packs a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. Apart from that, iOS 13.1 also comes with a number of minor new features and changes. Below is a look at everything that’s new in iOS 13.1.

What’s New in iOS 13.1

Shortcut Automation

Automation is a cool feature that lets you automate tasks on iOS. It also lets you create home automation and automation that are triggered when certain conditions are met. This feature was a part of the initial iOS 13 beta build but was removed later on.

Icon for Connected Audio Devices

The volume slider will show the icon for any Bluetooth device that’s connected to the device and whose volume is being adjusted.

Share ETA in Apple Maps

There is a new Share ETA option in Apple Maps that you can use to quickly share your trip status and estimated time of arrival with your family or friends.

New Photo Deletion Animation

There’s a new animation while deleting photos from within the Photos app in iOS 13.1.

New HomeKit Icons

The Home app has new detailed icons for devices connected to it.

Reading Goals in Books

A new Reading Goals toggle is now available in the Books app in iOS 13.

Improved HEVC Encoding

Apple has improved the HEVC encoding by adding support for alpha channels.

Updated Font Settings Page

Apple has updated the Font settings page in iOS 13.1.

Orange Icon for Beta Apps

If you have beta apps installed on your iPhone, an orange dot will now be shown beside their name.

iOS 13.1 Official Release Notes

iOS 13.1 includes bug fixes and improvements, including AirDrop with Ultra Wideband technology on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, suggested automations in the Shortcuts app, and the ability to share ETA in Maps.

AirDrop
– Ability to select who you want to AirDrop to by pointing from one iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max to another using the new U1 chip with Ultra Wideband technology for spatial awareness

Shortcuts
– Suggested automations in the Gallery personalized to your daily routine
– Personal and home automations for automatically running shortcuts based on triggers
– Home app support for shortcuts as advanced actions in the Automation tab

Maps
– Share ETA to send your estimated time of arrival while your route is in progress

Battery Health
– Optimized battery charging to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged
– Performance management feature for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs
– Notifications for when Battery Health is unable to verify if a new, genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and later

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:
– Adds a link to the Me tab in Find My to allow a guest to sign in and locate a missing device
– Includes notifications for when the display on your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple display in iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
– Addresses issues in Mail that could cause incorrect download counts, missing senders and subjects, difficulty selecting or flagging threads, duplicate notifications or overlapping fields
– Fixes an issue in Mail that may prevent background downloading of email messages
– Addresses an issue that could prevent Memoji from correctly tracking facial expressions in Messages
– Fixes an issue where photos might not display in the Messages details view
– Fixes an issue in Reminders that prevented some users from sharing iCloud lists
– Resolves an issue in Notes where Exchange notes may not show up in search results
– Addresses an issue in Calendar where birthday events could appear multiple times
– Addresses an issue that could prevent third-party sign in screens from appearing in the Files app
– Fixes an issue that could cause Camera orientation to appear rotated when swiping to it from the Lock screen
– Addresses an issue that could cause the display to sleep while interacting with the Lock screen
– Resolves issues where app icons could appear as blank or as a different app on the Home screen
– Resolves an issue that could prevent supported wallpapers from switching appearances when – changing between Light and Dark modes
– Addresses stability issues when signing out of iCloud from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
– Fixes an issue where signing in to update Apple ID settings could fail repeatedly
– Fixes an issue that could prevent the device from vibrating when connecting to a charger
– Addresses an issue that could cause people and groups in the Share Sheet to appear blurred
– Fixes an issue that could prevent alternate words from displaying when tapping on a misspelled word
– Resolves an issue where multilingual typing could stop working
– Addresses an issue that could prevent switching back to the QuickType keyboard after using a third-party keyboard
– Fixes an issue that could prevent the edit menu from appearing when selecting text
– Fixes an issue where Siri may not read Messages in CarPlay
– Addresses an issue that could prevent sending a message using third party messaging apps in CarPlay


While not mentioned above, iOS 13.1 will fix all the performance issues, random camera app bugs, and plenty of other bugs that iPhone users have reported since the release of iOS 13 last week.

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