By: Nick Gambino

While everyone is oohing and aahing over the latest iPhones and iPads, let’s not forget that Apple just dropped iOS 13 with some brand-new features you’re going to have to get used to.

It’s not that we didn’t expect a new OS for our phones, but it’s really easy to overlook it when there’s so much hardware hype. Let’s go over some of the features that you’ll see when you upgrade to iOS 13, some of which are lesser-known.

Dark Mode

With the dark mode trend in full effect, it’s no surprise that Apple would eventually offer a display option that’s easier on the eyes.

Not only will your eyes thank you, but your battery will too.

Photos Upgrade

Trust me when I say, the Photos app is different – like complete-overhaul different. There’s more of a focus on calling up memories from the past (my favorite part of the app) and the ability to edit videos. Lest I spend the entire article covering the new app, here’s an article that covers what you’ll need to know to navigate Photos.

Call Control

iOS 13 offers a number of new features that put you in control over who can call you. There’s a new setting “Silence Unknown Callers” that sends any unknown numbers (robocallers) directly to voicemail without ringing your phone.

Speaking of being sent right to voicemail, you can now be more selective on who DND (Do Not Disturb) is intended for. There’s an option to “Allow Calls” from a favorites list or other contact preset. This is a great way to drown out the world but still hear from those you’ve deemed worthy.

New Volume Display

The horizontal volume display that appears in the middle of the screen when you adjust your volume has gone bye-bye. It’s been replaced by a less intrusive volume display up in the top left near the actual volume buttons. It’s thinner and less obvious but still effective.

Three-Finger Gestures

There’s a whole new world of goodies available to anyone brave enough to use three fingers instead of one or two. Double-tapping the screen with three digits allows you to undo, which seems a lot simpler than “Shake to Undo.”

You can also cut, copy and paste by using three fingers – pinching, pinching twice and spreading your fingers respectively.

We’re only scratching the surface here on upgrades to your iPhone operating system. There’s no shortage of iOS 13 features – too many to list in this article – but this should at least give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into when you inevitably upgrade.