Apple has added the ability to shoot photos in ProRAW on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with the iOS 14.3 update. ProRAW offers one more flexibility in editing photos as it retains more details while also offering all the benefits of Apple’s computational magic. Read: How to Shoot Photos in ProRAW on iPhone 12 Pro
With App Clips support in iOS 14, you can simply scan an App Clips-compatible QR code to directly launch a part of an app. Many retailers have added App Clips support to their app which allows users to scan a code, add items to their cart, make a payment, and checkout from their store all within a few seconds.
You can turn your iPhone and other Apple products like HomePod, Apple Watch, and AirPods into an intercom. Just tell “Hey Siri, intercom, <insert message>.”
Your iPhone isn't going to look too much different when you install iOS 13, with one exception - a new dark theme that's available if you enable it. Apple will ask you if you want to turn on Dark Mode when you first update your iPhone to iOS 13, and if you do opt to turn it on, prepare for everything from apps to the Home screen to shift to a darker shade. Dark Mode is one of those features that iOS users have wanted for ages, and it's great if you have eyes sensitive to light or want a darker theme for your apps at night. Most Apple apps, like Mail, Messages, Health, Reminders, the App Store, Apple Music, and more have dark themes that activate whenever you turn on Dark Mode, and third-party developers are also able to develop darker themes to swap to when Dark Mode is activated. You can turn Dark Mode on permanently, toggle it on when you need it, or set it to come on at a set schedule, such as sunset to sunrise, all of which can be controlled via Settings or the Control Center. The opposite of Dark Mode is Light Mode, which is the same old mode that's been available on your iPhone for years, so that's an option too if you don't like the darker display. For more on Dark Mode, including how to access it and how it looks, make sure to check out our Dark Mode guide.
Some of the gestures on your iPhone (and iPad) are a little bit different in iOS 13, but they're easy to adjust to. Here's a quick list of what's been tweaked:
When you open up Messages for the first time after installing iOS 13, it's going to prompt you to set up your profile. Your profile is basically just a name and a photo that's shared with people when you converse with them. Your profile can be customized with an image you took, an Animoji, or just a letter, and you can choose to share it with your contacts, everyone, or no one at all. For more on Messages, make sure to check out our Messages guide.
iOS 13 has a new "QuickPath" keyboard, which is Apple's fancy way of saying that it's added swipe gestures for typing. You can now slide to type, dragging your fingers over letters instead of picking them up to type as you normally do. If you've ever used a swipe-based keyboard, this is the same thing. Just swipe from letter to letter to form words. If you hate it, don't worry, you can still tap, or use swipes and taps interchangeably.
Memoji and Animoji have been available on all devices with a Face ID camera, but in iOS 13, Animoji and Memoji are expanding to stickers that everyone can use. There's a new Animoji Stickers app in the app drawer in Messages, where you can choose from already-available Animoji characters in a variety of poses or create new Memoji stickers that look just like you. Animoji and Memoji stickers are available on all iOS devices that run iOS 13 and work like all other stickers so you can send them to people in Messages. You can also access your Animoji/Memoji stickers in other apps through the "Recently Used" menu. Learn how to create and use Animoji/Memoji stickers in our how to.
Sound Recognition is another new accessibility setting that identifies and notifies you of a range of sounds. This has multiple use cases — for example, you may want to be notified if someone knocks on the door while wearing headphones. Head into Settings > Accessibility > Sound Recognition to set up the feature. You can also choose to add a Sound Recognition toggle to the Control Center.