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Apple Software Update

September 23, 2019

Apple has begun pushing out its latest upgrade, iOS 13, to compatible iOS devices; it is the newest major release of Apple’s OS for iPhones.

iOS 13 has begun pushing out to compatible iOS devices. iOS 13 is the newest major release of Apple’s OS for iPhones.  This is a feature-rich update, with some significant overhauls to core apps and the look of the OS.  iOS 13 will be compatible with iPhone 6s and SE or newer, iPod Touch 7thgen. For iPads, Apple will release the all-new iPadOS on September 30th with significant, new features, focused specifically on the iPad.  While iOS 13 is available for a wide range of devices, not all iOS 13 features and improvements will be available on all devices.

Key Features:

  • New Look – Dark Mode
  • Photos & Video
    • Overhauled Photos app
    • Updated options for camera and portrait mode
    • New and improved video editing tools
  • Privacy and Security
    • Sign in to sites and services with Apple ID
    • New location controls and permissions transparency features
    • Allow app access to location one time
  • Maps
    • Look Around – street view access to rival Google Maps Street View
    • Improved map details
    • Favorites
    • Collections – save locations for trip itinerary in Maps
  • Siri
    • Newly improved voice
    • Shortcuts app to create Siri shortcuts
  • AirPods
    • Siri reads new messages
    • Connect two pairs to one iPhone simultaneously
  • Memoji additions and Memoji Stickers
  • QuickPath Typing – swipe typing
  • Share your name and photo with everyone via iMessage
  • Overhauled Reminders app with robust, new features
  • New CarPlay Dashboard
  • New Calendar and Apple Music apps
  • Faster unlock and app launch
  • ARKit3

For a full list of features see https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-13/features/.

Upgrading to iOS 13 on Your Device:

Information Systems & Computing (ISC) strongly recommends that all University users considering upgrading their devices to iOS 13 adopt a “wait and see” approach and continue to use earlier versions of iOS for at least a few days following the release of the latest version of iOS. This will allow time for any initial bugs and compatibility issues in iOS 13 to be identified and fixed.

ISC and others across campus have tested iOS 13 and have not discovered any compatibility issues with various University systems and many current University apps, including the apps and services listed here:

  • Penn O365 and many associated Microsoft Office apps
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Penn+Box
  • AirPennNet
  • Duo Mobile
  • BlueJeans
  • Zoom
  • Junos Pulse VPN
  • PennMobile
  • Canvas
  • Slack

The iOS 13 upgrade should not affect any data on the device being upgraded, but as with any operating system change, ISC strongly recommends performing a backup with iTunes or iCloud before upgrading the device. ISC also recommends connecting devices to a power source for the duration of the upgrade process. Lastly, ISC recommends updating all apps via the App Store before upgrading to iOS 13.

Should you have any questions about upgrading your device (s), please contact the ITS Service Desk - servicedesk@nursing.upenn.edu or 215-898-5981.