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Digital Subscriptions > Stuff > October 2019 > BETA YOURSELF iOS 13 & iPadOS 13

BETA YOURSELF iOS 13 & iPadOS 13

Apple’s iPhone operating system hits its teens, and spawns a tablet-specific version… Craig Grannell tells you how to make the most of its fab new features and little-known tricks

THE BASICS

Back up first

Unless starting afresh, back up your existing device to iCloud. Then plug the thing into a Mac or PC, fire up iTunes and take a full local backup. Chances are, nothing will go wrong when you update to iOS 13… but if your device turns into a brick, you’ll be glad your data’s safe.

Adjust the Home screen

Apple has embraced the dark side. During setup, you can opt for the new Dark Mode, which can also be toggled using Control Centre’s Brightness slider (long-press and tap Appearance). Long presses on the Home screen now give you a contextual menu rather than jiggling apps. And the iPad gets widgets, but only on one Home screen. Baby steps

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