Favorite bits in iOS 13

Highlighting some of my favorite small details that may prove to be big boons.

With so many big and small improvements in iOS 13, Apple has resolved lots of deficiencies and complaints. To me, this is the year that iPhones and iPads graduate, from amazing gadgets that clever people have figured out how to use as business devices, to real productivity workhorses.

You can read about the big headlines here: iOS 13 – Apple. I just want to highlight some of my favorite small details that may prove to be big boons:


Long press is more relaxing than 3D Touch. It will become as natural as right-click. Best to standardize on it and move on.


Once again being able to triple-tap to select a whole paragraph. (Doesn’t work in all apps.)


This revised menu is great in general, but the font-size buttons in Safari are especially welcome:


This has been around but I just rediscovered it: Long press on the square at the bottom right of Safari:


A little shortcuts bar for adding and formatting content in email. A huge improvement from the old white-on-black contextual menu.

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And iOS Mail becomes a real modern email client.


Swipe-to-type has been around in third-party keyboards for a while, but Apple gave those short shrift, so having it native with the QuickPath keyboard is really huge:


The new Siri voices are really smooth and natural.


Voice Control is going to be incredible for differently abled people, but even while I am lucky enough to I have average use of my limbs in digits, I think I will probably be using it to dictate naturally without having to press the microphone button. Selecting and replacing text is as easy as it ever was with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.


This very convenient menu pops up when you tap-and-hold three fingers anywhere on the screen when you’re editing text.


How about this mini keyboard on the iPad that behaves more like the iPhone keyboard?


I’m a little surprised that this matters to me, but buttons with icons instead of words is welcome. In voicemail, the red delete button stands out better.

Author: jjmarcus

Mac Whisperer, Cloud Integrator, Gadget Wrangler, Content Beautifier

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