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What to know about new iOS 13 features

Posted November 5, 2019 1:32 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2019 1:34 p.m. EST

Just when you figured out how to use emojis, Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 13, offers new ways to communicate with customizable memojis.

Memojis are animated emojis that you can personalize to look like you with all kinds of hairstyles and glasses – even braces and piercings. But the require an iPhoneX or newer phone.

Apple's new operating system also includes new camera features, such as providing more control over the position and intensity of lighting. Consumer Reports testers say photo quality is excellent.

iOS 13 also comes with important new privacy and security features designed to give you more control over the information you share. Apple’s new sign-on service lets you sign into different apps through Apple, instead of creating new logins and passwords.

Another new feature: randomly generated email addresses.

"What this will let you do is sign up for mailing lists or provide an email address to a website that isn’t necessarily your email, but it will forward to your email," Consumer Reports tech editor Bree Fowler said. "So, if you ever get sick of hearing from that app or website, you can just delete it or move on."

If you don’t like the idea of apps tracking your every move, Fowler said iOS 13 offers location tracking limits. "This will grant an app one-time access to your location. If that app wants to know where you are again, it’s going have to ask you again."

So, don’t be surprised if you see privacy messages from Apple popping up more often.

Plenty of apple users applaud the new features the update offers. But there are complaints, including issues with dropped calls and shorter battery life.

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