Apple released the iOS 13.1 beta weeks before iOS 13 even came out. It looks like iOS 13.1 will ship weeks after iOS 13 public release in September. That’s not a good thing because Apple is not including a lot of useful features out in the iOS 13 release.
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Features Not Available on Release Day
Somewhere in mid-September, Apple will officially release iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 for all supported devices. This will be the stable version of the OS. But it seems like history is repeating itself. Just like iOS 12 release, a couple of key features are just not ready to see the light of the public release.
While Apple has added them in iOS 13.1 beta, features related to Shortcuts automation and Maps ETA won’t make it to the public release this fall. Thankfully this doesn’t include core features like Dark mode, Safari download manager and so on. Here are all the features that won’t be in the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 public release.
1. Shortcuts Automation
One of the most hyped features in the geek community was Shortcuts automation. And it looks like it’s not ready to be shipped yet. Using the new Automation feature in Shortcuts you can create shortcuts that trigger automatically at a given time, using another action, or by tapping on an NFC tag.
While Shortcuts was a good automation app, it was fully manual. You’d have to tap a button to start an automation. This sometimes defeated the purpose of a fully-automated solution. While this feature won’t be available on day one public release, it will ship with iOS 13.1. If you’re too impatient, you can run the iOS 13.1 public or dev beta to start using it. Although you should know that iOS 13 betas are quite bad this time around.
2. Shortcut Action Can Write to Files
Shortcuts app is getting a new action where it can directly write to a directory in the Files app. This would help a lot in automation workflows for people who use the iPad to get work done. iPadOS is already shaping up to be a great desktop replacement. This feature that will now ship in iOS 13.1 will only make this faster.
3. Siri Parameters
Yohoo!! Siri with parameters works in iOS 13.1 beta 👍 pic.twitter.com/MiufU9514O
— Kriss Smolka (@ksmolka) August 27, 2019
Siri Parameters was a feature announced back at WWDC and it’s finally going to ship in iOS 13.1. This is a developer feature that adds context to Siri requests for third-party apps. For example, if you tell your water reminder app via Siri that you’ve just had a glass of water, Siri can now present a list of glass options right in the Siri view. You can tap on one and the data will be saved to your app.
This feature will let developers create simple option based queries right in Siri.
4. New Dynamic Wallpapers
Usually, new wallpapers ship with the new major OS update. This time Apple is adding a bunch of new dynamic wallpapers with a dark background and colorful lights and bubbles to the iOS 13.1 release.
5. Share ETA in Maps
The new feature in Maps that allowed you to share an ETA from your navigation directly to a contact in Messages, won’t ship in iOS 13 final release. You’ll now have to wait till iOS 13.1.
Your Thoughts on iOS 13 So Far?
Have you been running the iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 beta so far? What do you think of the new features this year? Are you excited by the new dark mode or the Safari download manager? Will the new multitasking features in iPadOS 13 finally make you switch to an iPad? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.