It’s that time of the year again – Apple releasing it’s latest version of the iOS mobile operating system. iOS 13 appeared on my iPhone Xr back on Friday (2019-09-20), and I took the plunge and installed it on my phone yesterday.

It’s also the time of year (for me) to do a clean-up of my phone. I install A LOT of apps, plus there are a ton of photos, podcasts, and music files which I’ve gathered throughout the past year. I always like starting fresh when a new OS drops, so, after copying all of the files which I hadn’t backed up to my home media server off of my phone, I hit the magic “Erase All Content and Settings” button and restored my phone to its out of the box factory default settings.

I hit this button once a year.

With the phone now fresh and clean, I plugged it into my MacBook Air and downloaded and installed the iOS 13 update via iTunes. Like that erase button, it is the one time each year I open iTunes. With the upcoming break-up of iTunes into separate applications, it is very possible that this was also the last time I open iTunes ever. I can’t say I’ll shed any tears over that fact.

I didn’t even open iTunes to get this screen shot. That’s how much I hate it.

Now that I have a clean and current iPhone, I can start playing with all of the new and improved features iOS 13 offers, and there are a lot! Apple provides a full list of these features, but they don’t really go into details. If you saw Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in June, you saw a lot of these features demonstrated, but that’s an over two hour video to go through and isn’t JUST iOS 13, so that’s a lot of video to scan through.

Of course, if you WANT to watch the video, you can!

Apple lists FORTY-EIGHT areas of iOS which sport new and/or improved features. Who has time to go through all of those???

As I play with the toy, I’ll post articles showing how to access these features and how these features make the iPhone even better. As you read along, feel free to reach out and let me know what else you’d like to learn or of any features I may have missed!

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