13 small but cool new iOS features, from faster scrolling to permanent hotspot

We round up a few of those new iOS 13 features that remained somewhat hidden from the public eyes and ears during the WWDC presentation, yet they would spark joy of the level only Marie Kondo can to tidy iPhone and iPad users.
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51 Comments

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

YOU need numbers, I don't. Next.

36. wickedwilly

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Leo most need numbers, you struggle with numbers so maybe you hate looking at them. It has been a real pain in the rear for years, yet so, so easy to fix. Stop trying to excuse Apple's lazy attitude to provide basic features for its users.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's what you think. I had my sk keyboard show me the number row and I was amazed to see how little I really need of it.

51. wickedwilly

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

You Leo, not the world. You can judge a product on what you think is good for you and what you need. The problem is you use that as the basis for what everyone else seeks and that is just stupid and arrogant.

12. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Finally, fast browser web scrolling. This has been on Android for years. On my phone, one flick and 75% of the screen will scroll if I don't stop it. I never understood why Safari has slow scrolling. especially on pages that are very long and filled with media. Finally being able to use a mouse. With a tablet, this should have been available from the very beginning. Even if the only support was for BT mice. Yet apple criticized the Surface. At least the surface worked with a mouse. Sure your finger can be a mouse, but when you can use a mouse with a smaller pointer, that means you can make some elements on the screen smaller, so that you have room to add morefeatures, which means an app needs less app pages. Even though the Windows UI isn't designed for touch, touch works perfect and yet you still have access to a mouse. Apple could have made a built-in mouse capability just in the UI, where on the keyboard there is a mouse-pad with 2 click buttons. I don't get the hype on Dark Mode. And maybe it's because on windows and Android, there have been ways to darken the UI from a long time and maybe I just take it for granted, I could pretty much always darken something on the UI. But I guess when you haven't had an available capability for 20 years, while others have had it; i guess it is a big deal. Windows has had high contrast settings where the backgrounds were darkened and the other elements were made lighter, as part of the Accessibility features for those who may have a visual handicap. Android also has provided the same. even though it didn't darken all the 3rd party apps, it did darken the UI. Nice improvements though and it nice to see Apple really catching up to where others have been. Should make iOS a bit more enjoyable to use. Shouldn't have taken this long though.

17. Zylam

Posts: 1808; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow I have to say this is an awesome update. The files app, mouse and Xbox/PS support alone are huge for me. Still won't go back to an iPhone but can't wait to pick up an iPad Pro.

18. civicsr2cool

Posts: 257; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Bruh, the iOS13 jailbreak is going to be insane! I cannot wait!

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

Do we really need an "Android had it first" comment on EVERY iOS article?

23. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes we do. Unfortunately you are in a minority as one of the more pragmatic ios users. Your fellow users on here believe Apple invented everything.

31. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't see anyone claiming Apple invented everything...they do, however, seem to think Apple perfects everything. Blind allegiance to a company that wants your money is a sad thing.

42. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

I use the term invent loosely and in the context that most iPhone users only become aware of features that have been on Android for years once it's introduced to the iPhone. Then they start gushing about it like it's just been "invented" and so "innovative". That's now reinforced by people who follow tech and claim that the Apple version is superior. It's a pathetic case of brainwashing which leads people to blindly accept ridiculous things like a $999 computer stand.

46. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

That stand may turn out to be one of the worst PR things ever, LOL. What were they thinking?

24. toukale

Posts: 611; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Actually, some users on here have pledged their allegiance to some companies. For instance, some feel the need to attack anything Apple does as a way to combat the fact everyone in the mobile world is using the iPhone template. They point out anything they can find as a negative, they forget that Apple has been in the OS business for over 30 years and have all those things in their other OS. Apple figured out mobile and shaped everything everyone and every business has done since. Some can't handle that and must do their part in bringing down Apple for figuring out mobile. Like every business, Apple does make some questionable decisions, but I am glad they are part of the mobile market. The last thing we need is to have one mobile OS around.

33. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're correct up to a point. What you fail to mention is that as in all industries others will continously improve, modify and enhance that template. In this case independent developers, Android OEM's and Google did it and Android is the most popular software platform ever. That success wasn't a fluke.

38. toukale

Posts: 611; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Android is the most popular software because it's open and free. Had Apple made iOS open and available when they introduced the iPhone, iOS would hold that title since Android like you mentioned is using an iPhone template with a different coat of paint.

41. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well Apple didn't so your point is speculative and moot.

22. JCASS889

Posts: 465; Member since: May 18, 2018

Looks like a dark Grey mode not a true black

37. wickedwilly

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I find it funny how so many tech commentators, praise Apple for features that should have been there many years ago, some from the beginning. Major IOS updates should be bringing new functionality to the market first, but in reality, are just catch up to the industry editions.

40. japkoslav

Posts: 1447; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

AirPods sharing .. that's just gross.

48. SpencerO

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

If they are saying that the automatic updates will no longer limit size on mobile data that is a win that I haven't figured out on Android. I have tried everything I can for my phone to just update all apps every night at 2am, but it ignores it if I'm not on wifi. I have unlimited data and wifi is flakey and annoying. So I never have it on. Just use the data connection! Also I would love to have native support to connect multiple bluetooth speakers/headphones to my Android phone. I mean don't get me wrong iOS is still eons behind Android. But they got a couple decent features here that Android should pick up soon hopefully so long as there aren't stupid patents involved.

50. Vega007

Posts: 69; Member since: May 18, 2017

I just want dark mode airpods.
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