Here Are 7 Most Disappointing Features In iOS 13

iOS 13 is finally here. But it’s not all sunshine and roses.

Apple’s latest operating system update for the iPhone brings some major improvements, like a system-wide Dark Mode, a handful of updates to Apple-made applications, a swipe-to-type keyboard, and more.

In some ways, it felt like Apple could have done more; in other ways, it felt like Apple made unnecessary changes that actually feel like a step backwards.

While there’s a lot to love about iOS 13, here are the 7 most disappointing features from the new iPhone update.

1. Apple should have done more with Apple Mail, which received a minor update but still lacks basic features that other email apps have.

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Apple Mail is nice and clean, but it still lacks a lot of the features that are needed in an email app.

Apple Mail now has rich text, but it still has no ability to label your emails in different ways other than to flag them.

Apple’s Mail app also doesn’t sort your emails in ways that other email apps do like when it detects an email contains a plane ticket or a receipt.

Also, if you want to tweak your Mail settings, you can’t do it in the Mail app; you have to visit the Settings app and scroll down to Mail.

Overall, Apple could have done much more with Mail.

2. You still can’t make text messages “unread.”

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Sometimes, you want to treat messages like emails and mark them as “unread” so it’s easier to come back to them later. There’s still no way to do this in iOS 13.

3. The main new feature in Apple Maps the “Look Around” feature, which rivals Google’s Street View is only in one city that I can find.

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The new Look Around feature, which is smoother and easier to use than Google’s Street View, where you need to drop a little icon onto the area you want to see at street level.

However, ‘Look Around’ is only available in three cities at the moment: San Francisco (of course), Las Vegas, and Honolulu. This means…this feature wouldn’t work in Ghana too!!

4. The Clock app still won’t let you change the snooze function: It is set at 9 minutes.

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As long as Apple’s Clock app has existed, the “Snooze” function will only go off every nine minutes. Not 10 minutes. Not eight minutes. Just nine minutes. And you can’t tweak it at all, in case you want your snooze to be shorter like five minutes, or longer like 15 minutes.

It’s apparently a tradition to have clocks set their snooze to nine minutes, which is why Apple does this, but it’s a dumb tradition that has little merit.

5. There’s no way to toggle Dark Mode in specific apps. Changes can only be made system-wide.

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In iOS 13, you can have Light Mode, Dark Mode, or have Apple automatically transition the look of your phone based on the time of day.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to have certain apps default to Light Mode or Dark Mode. For instance, if you prefer Dark Mode across the entire system, but you want to keep Apple Maps in Light Mode for the sake of legibility. But there’s currently no way to do this.

6. You can’t delete the new Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app.

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iOS 12 introduced a feature called Bedtime Mode, which let you know the ideal time to go to sleep to get the most rest before waking up the next day.

In iOS 13, Bedtime Mode is still its own tab, but there’s a new Bedtime Alarm in your Alarms tab that you simply can’t delete.

As some tried Bedtime Mode last year, and didn’t like it, being unable to remove this feature from Alarms tab is going to drive people’s OCD off the charts.

7. Some don’t like how you make new reminders in the overhauled Reminders app.

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In the old version of Reminders, adding a new reminder was as simple as writing some text and then choosing the day and time to be reminded.

In iOS 13, where Reminders has been completely overhauled, the day and time are now separate. And when you click “Remind me on a day,” it won’t tell you which day is “Today” or “Tomorrow,” like it did in iOS 12. Now, you need to know, off-hand, the specific date.

There are a bunch of other letdowns in iOS 13.

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Apple’s Calendar app didn’t change at all. The Siri Shortcuts app still feels totally unnecessary, and it’s puzzling why Apple made it a default in iOS 13 instead of giving people the option to download it from the App Store.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this is that Apple likely won’t change any of these features until iOS 14, given how the company seems to save any significant software changes for its annual update.

Source: Business Insider

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