A list of features introduced in iOS 13

iOS & iPadOS

Qk notes

Before diving deeper into this post, there are a few things I must say.

  1. This post covers features only. No bugs will be discussed in this post. As you may know, iOS 13 is still in the beta testing stages of its release. Bugs are bound to be present, and features may not work as promised.
  2. I'm not going to go in-depth about the features discussed here, as iOS 13 is still in the works. Things are probably going to move.


Voice Control

As AnnonyMouse and Dean discussed in the AppleVis Extra, the Voice Control feature has got everyone excited. It seems that most of it, as Sarah Herlinger discussed, will be based off of VoiceOver labels. You'll just have to wait and try it out once the official release is out.

Now you can change where VoiceOverand its sounds play, the left, right, or the center.

This is useful for people who want to distinguish VoiceOver from other sounds.

Customize Sounds

Sometimes you may get so savvy with VoiceOver, it may be time to adjust the sounds you hear. You can now turn off the sounds you don't want to hear, like volume adjustment, and keep on others.

The VoiceOver sounds, especially with navigation, seem dryer and tighter, giving it a nice solid sound.

Some of the Mac sounds, like unname command, have cnme to iOS 13 as well.


VoiceOver can now be customized to your liking. You can now change touch gestures, keyboard shortcuts, etc and customize VoiceOver to your own liking.


This feature can be useful if you want to, for example, read an AppleVis blog anytime you open the app you use for it, like Safari. When you use Activities, you can set how you want VoiceOver to behave when an app or action is performed. For example, maybe if you open Safari, you want VoiceOver to switch to Daniel as your voice.


Before, you only had a limited customization of punctuation. Now, that's going to change. You can now customize VoiceOver's punctuation and make VoiceOver your own on your device.


List items

When viewing lists, your braille display will now show the number out of how long the list is. For example, 5/15.

In-page links

Braille displays once again display In-page links. I'm not absolutely sure if it was a bug, but I'd assume not because they could of fixed it ages ago. Still, if it is, AppleVis has the right to remove this line from the post.


There's probably a lot more features, and I'll try to implement them. However, I'm very cautious to do so, as some features may be bug fixes or improvements.

If you have any questions, please comment, although do take in mind knowing that my answers will be very limited. As you have probably figured out by now, Sm a beta tester, and don't want to spread false leads.




Submitted by Nikola Jovic on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Yeah I assume the toggle is there for those who find themselves often going into it accidentally, and fortunately those of us who are fine with it can get rid of it in the rotor. I always like configurability and am very happy how customizable VO became in i,OS 13

Submitted by Bingo Little on Friday, August 9, 2019

I'm not a beta tester, so I wondered whether any of you can try/have tried the following: UEB is on the whole very well implemented when using Braille screen input at the moment, but it is no good with fractions. I was wondering whether any of you might try fractions and report any problems you get? at the moment it doesn't appear to recognise the new fraction line symbol in UEB, represented by dots 3-4, and fractions are therefore not correctly produced.

As I know some of you might not yet use UEB, here's a brief summary of how to write fractions:

(A) for one half, dots 3-4-5-6, dot 1, dots 3-4, dots 1-2.
(B) for two and three quarters, dots 3-4-5-6, dots 1-2, dots 3-4-5-6, dots 1-4, dots 3-4, dots 1-4-5.

Apologies to anyone who listened to the above using a speech synethesiser. It must have been hard work! Thanks for your assistance, folks.

Submitted by Bingo Little on Friday, August 9, 2019

Please do not answer my question if to do so would infringe the guidelines about beta discussions.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, August 9, 2019

FYI. youtube puts videos about what is new in iOS 13 beta as soon they come out. Check it out to avoid issues with this list to avoid been send to your room without dinner for talking about bugs.

Submitted by jcdjmac (not verified) on Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hi, I'm enjoying the beta so far. I especially love it when you receive haptic feedback whenever you type on the software keyboard.

Submitted by BlackCat on Saturday, August 10, 2019

I just signed in to the Public Beta program and so far loves what I encountered. Where do I find the new Siri voice? Thanks in advance