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Best Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus Deals in June 2019

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If you’re due for a phone upgrade and want to buy best phones of 2019, chances are, you’re considering the Samsung Galaxy S10. The Galaxy S10 lineup includes the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10e, the 6.1-inch Galaxy S10, and the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 Plus. Although there’s a Galaxy S10 for every budget, with prices starting at $749.99, these phones don’t come cheap. 

When it comes to offering the best Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus deals, eBay is leading the charge this week. Currently, you can grab a Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB Unlocked for $499.99 form eBay which is $250 off its regular price.

It’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this phone and the best price we could find. By comparison, it’s $120 cheaper than Amazon’s current sale price for the same phone. 

Alternatively, eBay also has the larger factory 128GB factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10+ for $749.90 ($250 off).  

It’s worth noting that Amazon Prime Day is just a few weeks off. Premium Android phones are generally not discounted on Prime Day, but 2019 might be different. So there’s a chance these  deals may resurface again on Prime Day. (Although it’s unlikely they’ll come from Amazon). 

Not sure which Galaxy S10 is right for you, check out our Galaxy S10 vs S10 Plus vs S10e vs S10 5G face-off

Galaxy S10 Deals and Pricing

Carrier Unlocked Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10e (w/ contract) Unlocked Galaxy S10  Galaxy S10 (w/ contract) Unlocked Galaxy S10 Plus Galaxy S10 Plus (w/ contract) Trade-In Rebates?
Samsung $749.99 $31.25/24 months $899.99 $37.50/24 months $999.99 $41.67/24 months Up to $300
Verizon $749.99 $31.24/24 months $899.99 $37.49/24 months $999.99 $41.66/24 months Up to $450
AT&T $749.99 $25/30 months $899.99 $30/30 months $999.99 $33.34/30 months Up to $600
T-Mobile $749.99 $31.25/24 months
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$899.99 $37.50/24 months
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Sprint $749.99 $10/18
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$899.99 $20/18 months $999.99 $25/18 months Up to $400

Samsung

For a limited time, when you buy the S10e, S10, S10+ or S10 5G direct from Samsung, you’ll get a free one-year subscription of YouTube Premium. Normally, this service costs $11.99/mo., so that’s $143.88 in savings. Alternatively, if you have an eligible device to trade-in, you can get up to $300 off your new Galaxy device. Just remember to document the serial number, condition, and tracking number of the device you’re sending to Samsung’s trade-in program

Phones that will get you the highest credit are more recent releases, such as the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9, Note 8, iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, LV V40, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

That said, Samsung’s unlocked models are all $100 off right now: 

  • Galaxy S10e 128GB for $649.99 ($100 off)
  • Galaxy S10e 256GB for $749.99 ($100 off)
  • Galaxy S10 128GB for $799.99 ($100 off)
  • Galaxy S10 512GB for $1,049.99 ($100 off)
  • Galaxy S10+ 128GB for $899.99 ($100 off)
  • Galaxy S10+ 512GB for $1,149.99 ($100 off)
  • Galaxy S10+ 1TB for $1,499.99 ($100 off)

If you don’t want to pay upfront for your new phone, Samsung’s Device Payment Program lets you finance any unlocked or carrier-tied Galaxy S10 with prices starting at $20.83/month over a span of 24 months.

Ebay

Currently, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB Unlocked for $499.99 form eBay. That’s $250 off its $749.99 list price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this phone and the best price we could find. By comparison, it’s $120 cheaper than Amazon’s current sale price for the same phone. 

If you want the larger model, eBay also offers the 128GB model Samsung Galaxy S10+ Unlocked  for $749.90 ($250 off).  

Amazon

If you don’t want a carrier tied Galaxy S10 phone, Amazon currently has the 128GB model Unlocked Galaxy S10e on sale for $619.99 which is $130 off. Alternatively, you can get the 128GB Unlocked Galaxy S10 for $799.99 ($100 off) or the Unlocked Galaxy S10 Plus for $899.99 ($100 off). 

Best Buy

If you prefer to buy your phone from a retailer instead of a wireless carrier, Best Buy currently offers the some of the best Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus deals.

For a limited time, you can get from $100 to $450 off when you buy a Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10 Plus at Best Buy. You must activate it on the same day with a select carrier on the same day to get certain discounts. 

Verizon

For Galaxy Day, Verizon is offering one of the best Galaxy S10 deals we’ve seen this month. For a limited time, when you buy the latest Samsung Galaxy phone: the Samsung Galaxy S10eGalaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus, you’ll get a Galaxy S10e free. 

If you don’t want the S10e, you can opt to get $750 off the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 5G or Galaxy Note9. Best of all, no trade-in phone is required.

AT&T

AT&T also offers one of the best Galaxy S10 deals we’ve seen. For a limited time, the carrier will give you a free S10e 128GB when you buy a Galaxy S10e, S10, or S10 Plus on contract. To qualify for this deal, you must open a new line, activate both devices on AT&T’s Next plan and have DirecTV. Even better, if you have an eligible device to trade-in, you can get up to $200 off.

Your free phone and trade-in discounts show up your bill over the course of your 30-month contract plan.

MORE: Samsung Foldable Phone Has a Name: The Galaxy Fold

Sprint

Currently, Sprint will let you lease the Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10 Plus for less money per month than other carriers. Under Sprint’s Flex leasing plan, you can get the Galaxy S10e for $0 down and pay $10 a month for 18 months. If you want to the S10 or S10 Plus, you’ll pay no money up front and $15 or $25 per month, respectively. 

All deals require that you sign an 18-month Sprint Flex lease plan, which means after 18 months you can either choose to keep your phone and pay it off with additional payments or return it for a newer model.

Sprint’s Flex 18-month lease option includes Galaxy Forever which lets you swap and upgrade your existing Galaxy phone to the latest Galaxy phone after 12 lease payments. 

T-Mobile

Not to be outdone, T-Mobile is also tossing its best Galaxy S10 deals into the ring. For a limited time, you can get up to $300 off the Galaxy S10e when you trade in an eligible device. Alternatively, T-Mobile will take up to $400 off the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus with a qualifying trade-in device.

You must buy an activate a Galaxy S10 or S10+ on T-Mobile’s network under a monthly leasing plan to qualify for this deal. 

Make sure to check back often as we update our story with the latest deals. 

Pixel 4 Rumors: Release Date, Features, Design and More

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The Pixel 3 was our favorite Android smartphone to come out last year, thanks to its clever software, class-leading camera and understated design. That has us plenty excited to find out what Google is planning for the Pixel 4 later this year.

Credit: Shaun Lucas/Tom's GuideCredit: Shaun Lucas/Tom’s Guide

Fortunately, the rumor mill is finally starting to churn in earnest now. In the last three days, we’ve been treated to renders reportedly based on actual schematics, a pair of CNC-machined mockups of the regular and XL models for case-making purposes and rumblings about a complex front-facing camera array that will be used for iPhone-style depth-aware facial identification.

And yet, none of those tidbits are as wild as what’s making the rounds most recently: a report that the Pixel 4 will utilize an advanced radar sensor to read hand gestures in the air with incredible precision, and without you needing to touch the display. Oh, and then Google decided to just skip the leaks and give us all a photo of the back of the phone anyway.

Here’s everything we know to date about Google’s next flagship, which will certainly face stiff competition from the Galaxy S10 lineup of phones and Apple’s yet-unnamed 2019 iPhones.

Latest Pixel 4 rumors: June 2019

Pixel 4 release date

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were unveiled on October 9, 2018 and the phones went on sale in the U.S. Oct. 18. The handsets were released elsewhere Nov. 1. If Google followed a similar timeframe for the Pixel 4, we might expect the phones to be announced Tuesday Oct. 8 and hit store shelves Oct. 17, which would be the following Thursday.

Leaker Evan Blass tweeted out an image of what’s reportedly Verizon marketing material which lists launch dates for major smartphones for the rest of the year. While the focus is on the iPhone 11’s late-September launch, there’s a listing for the Pixel 4 around the middle of October.

Design

Well that was fast. Mere days after a new render of the Pixel 4 emerged, which included a prominent, rectangular camera bump on the back (much like the one the iPhone XS successor has been rumored to have), Google went out and confirmed the design on its Made by Google Twitter page.

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While Google’s given us a good look at the rear of the phone, the front is still shrouded in mystery. The possibility of a secure Face ID-style system for biometric authentication may explain the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the back, though Google could also elect to embed an optical or ultrasonic scanner beneath the display. Either way, receiving an official design confirmation likely four months before the handset’s eventual launch is unprecedented; perhaps Mountain View was spooked by last year’s debacle?

Advanced gesture features

So far, most of the rumors surrounding the Pixel 4 to date have dealt with the device’s design. But Google may also be looking to seriously revolutionize smartphone interaction, thanks to its Project Soli initiative.

Introduced at Google I/O 2015 and developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Products division, Soli incorporates a new-fangled radar sensor that can interpret motion at a distance with incredible precision, such that you’ll be able to make gestures in the air — like turning an imaginary knob, for example to raise the volume of music — and the device will respond appropriately in real time.

Soli was first linked to the Pixel 4 by a pair of reports from 9to5Google and XDA Developers. The report from the former simply states that the website has heard the technology will debut in the Pixel 4, but doesn’t name sources. However, XDA has uncovered code within the Android Q beta that refers to a new feature labeled “Aware,” mentioned in tandem with specific gestures, like “Skip” and “Silence.” Essentially, this suggests that Aware could be the blanket name Google will use for Soli-related functionality. 

If Google can really pull off Soli in a reliable way, it’ll be a breakthrough for technological interaction. LG tried to achieve a similar goal through the use of a time-of-flight sensor in the G8 ThinQ, though the results were inconsistent, and the phone was often unable to read gestures unless the user was extremely precise in the placement and visibility of their hand in relation to the front-facing camera. Radar may allow Google to get around that limitation, but of course we won’t know for sure until we get to test the feature in the flesh — if it even sees the light of day to begin with.

Android Q

The developer beta of Google’s Android Q software packs a lot of improvements, including better control over how you share your location, an estimate of remaining battery life, contextually aware settings menus and a faster-performing sharing sheet. Google is also seriously rethinking navigation for the second year in a row, with a new gesture-based system that more closely emulates Apple’s philosophy starting with the iPhone X.

Other highlights of Android Q include easier sharing of Wi-Fi passwords and camera enhancements. Plus, call screening has been improved. The Pixel 4 is all but certain to run Android Q out of the box, while the update will arrive for all previous Pixel handsets, including the just-released midrange Pixel 3a and even the first generation Pixel, late this summer or early in the fall.

What we want to see

Of course, we expect the next-generation Pixel to implement Qualcomm’s premium system-on-chip, the Snapdragon 855, as well as even better cameras. But such improvements are really table stakes for the Pixel 4, so we’re more interested in the ways Google could further differentiate the handset from its opposition.

One way to do that is through new forms of biometric authentication — either an in-display optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, or 3D facial scanning akin to Apple’s Face ID. The Pixel 3’s existing rear-mounted fingerprint scanner works perfectly well, but it is one of the more dated aspects of the phone, and makes unlocking more difficult when the device is lying flat on a surface. Fortunately, it seems Google is planning to do something about that, if the latest rumors are any indication.

The Pixel 3 is no slouch, but as Android phone makers are continually beefing up their products with increasingly larger amounts of RAM, the Pixel 3’s 4GB of memory feels a bit pedestrian. We hope this is raised to at least 6GB with the next model, as it would provide a nice boost to multitasking and launching apps from memory. Additionally, it’s about time Google follow the lead of some other manufactures, like OnePlus, and make 128 GB of storage standard.

Credit: Shaun Lucas/Tom's GuideCredit: Shaun Lucas/Tom’s GuideDesign is a subjective thing, and the Pixel 3’s is admittedly polarizing. Personally, I like the symmetry of the smaller model and find it very simple and clean, though others contend that the bezels — and especially the massive notch on the Pixel 3 XL — make Google’s latest flagships rather ugly and dated-looking. It would be great to see the company shake that perception with a slimmer, tighter aesthetic and perhaps even more exotic surfaces beyond glossy, painted aluminum and glass.

Some manufacturers are experimenting with stainless steel, ceramic, premium polycarbonates and new finishing procedures that allow glass to emulate the textural properties of other materials. Google has already exhibited a penchant for the unusual, with the Really Blue first-generation Pixel, the penguin-like Pixel 2 XL and the blush Not Pink option for the Pixel 3, so we’re holding out for even more bold colorways and novel exterior touches.

Finally, if there’s one particular area where the Pixel 3 could really use some help, it’s in the battery life department. The 2,915-mAh power pack in the 5.5-inch model is just a bit too small to accommodate stress-free everyday use. For that reason, we’d really like to see a bigger battery closer in size to the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL’s 3,430-mAh unit.

Galaxy Note 10 Rumors: Release Date, Price, Specs and More

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So far, 2019 has been a big year for Samsung smartphones, with multiple Galaxy S10 phones arriving on the scene and a mid-tier Galaxy A50 about to join them. (The less said about the Galaxy Fold, the better.) But the year is far from over. Samsung is readying a big launch this summer for the Galaxy Note 10. And, based on the rumors, you can expect more than one model.

Read on through our rumor roundup and be sure to check back often to find out what Samsung could ultimately deliver when it’s time to showcase the Galaxy Note 10.

Galaxy Note 10 price and availability

According to most reports, the Galaxy Note 10 will be unveiled sometime in August and make its way to store shelves in September. That certainly fits Samsung’s recent release pattern for the Galaxy Note 8 and 9, which both appeared in August allowing the company to get the jump on the September debut of Apple’s new iPhones.

Galaxy Note 9Galaxy Note 9Considering that the Galaxy S10 Plus — arguably the best comparison to the Galaxy Note 10 — costs $999, and the Galaxy Note 9 also cost $999 at launch, there’s a good chance the device will be on a similarly pricey side. This said, a recent rumor has suggested that the price will actually be bumped up by $100 or $200, with the basic price now being more than $1,000.

Two Versions: Extra large and large

A report from Korea’s The Bell says that Samsung is working on two versions of the Galaxy Note 10. One of the phone would have a large 6.7-inch display, while another model would have a smaller 6.4-inch screen. However, the report indicates that the smaller Note 10 may be slated for release in Europe only. (ETNews, in its report on Samsung’s plans, places the screen sizes at 6.3 and 6.8 inches.)

However, a SamMobile report followed that and pointed to two model numbers Samsung have been assigned to the Galaxy Note 10. Those model numbers, SM-N970 and SM-N975, haven’t been confirmed by Samsung. However, they follow the syntax Samsung has used in the past. And if accurate, the model numbers all but point to two models.

Interestingly, SamMobile also tipped two other models — SM-N971 and SM-N976. Those won’t actually be distinct models, according to the report. Instead, they’ll be 5G versions of the 970 and 975.

So, for now, it appears Samsung will be planning one large and one extra large model and then 5G variants for each, for a total of four versions. A subsequent report from leaker Ice Universe suggests that Samsung will call the larger of the two models the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. In a follow-up tweet, Ice Universe claimed the Note 10 Pro would sport a 4,500 mAh battery, which is the same size as the power pack in the Galaxy S10 5G.

The standard Note 10 however is claimed to have a significantly smaller power source. Galaxy Club, a Dutch website, has published claims that the lower tier version of the Note 10 will only have 3,400mAh to play with. It’s a disappointingly small capacity, and a step back from the Note 9, but we can hope that Samsung’s got some other tricks up its sleeve to make sure that the overall battery life hasn’t got worse as well.

Galaxy Note 9Galaxy Note 9In terms of color choices, a source who spoke to MySmartPrice claims that there will be black, white, silver, red, and pink to choose from, with the Note 10 Pro getting a few exclusive colors of its own too. Twitter user and smartphone leaker Ice Universe has suggested that there will be a “gradient, blue and silver gradient”, which could indicate one of these special Pro-version-only colors, or be referring to the silver color from the other leak, which invites the question of what other gradients might be on offer.

Credit: PhoneArenaCredit: PhoneArenaThe battery might charge quite quickly too. Ice Universe had predicted 25-watt fast charging for the Note 10, but has now dismissed that idea. After initially stating that their new belief was that the charger was going to be more powerful than 25W, they are now suggesting the Note 10’s charger might be capable of 45W charging. This is based on a recent picture Ice Universe posted of Leonardo da Vinci and the text ‘101101’. If you’re scratching your head as to how this relates to charging speed, then keep in mind that the internal code name for the Note 10 at Samsung is ‘Da Vinci’, and that in binary, 101101 translates to 45 in base 10 (our normal counting system).

A new kind of Infinity Display

Samsung’s Infinity-O display technology, which allows for a cutout for the front facing camera within an OLED screen, debuted in earnest with the Galaxy S10. For that reason, it’s not surprising that rumors have suggested the company will utilize that same design in the Galaxy Note 10. However, what we’ve heard so far suggests the implementation could be a bit different.

Credit: Onleaks/91mobilesCredit: Onleaks/91mobilesFor one, that hole punch might be shifted over to the center. (That’s where the front camera will be on the new Galaxy A50, though that cheaper model is using Samsung’s Infinity-U display which has a teardrop-shaped cutout.) To be honest, it’s difficult to track down exactly where this rumor began — PhoneArena suggested it in a mockup, and T3 reported it alongside a new story that mentioned the Note 10 will feature a 19:9 display, based on a leaked benchmark from html5test discovered by Dutch blog Mobielkopen. It’s also been repeated by Twitter user OnLeaks, and 91 Mobiles (with whom OnLeaks helped create the above render) but he doesn’t cite a specific source.

For those keeping track, the aspect ratio of the Note 9’s panel was 18.5:9, so it appears Samsung’s next-gen phablet could carry a screen that’s a bit taller than the current iteration. As for that center-mounted selfie camera — like all rumors, take it with a grain of salt.

If you compare the latest OnLeaks renders of the Note 10 and Note 10 Pro (below), you can see the differences between the two handsets, which are in summary the size, the materials (the Pro is expected to be available with a ceramic back, like the high end S10s) and the fourth camera on the Pro.

Ice Universe passed judgement on these renders in a tweet, saying that the renders were ‘a bit exaggerated’, particularly the Pro’s chin, which they claim is only slightly smaller than that of the S10+. So take these renders with an additional pinch of salt compared to usual, as the real thing might be a little chunkier than the renderers are showing!

Credit: Onleaks/PricebabaCredit: Onleaks/PricebabaButtons or no buttons?

Samsung could have ditched the buttons in its Galaxy Note 10 and gone with a buttonless design, but it seems now that this isn’t going to be the case.

The buttonless claim came from ETNews, one of the more reliable sources out of Samsung’s home base in South Korea. The site’s sources said that Samsung was mulling the possibility of ditching the volume, power and Bixby keys, replacing them with gestures.

However, Ice Universe, frequent leaker of Samsung information via their Twitter account, has said that this buttonless direction was only investigated initially by Samsung. After testing, they continue, Samsung found that having no buttons was too unreliable, and that the release version of the Note 10 will still have buttons. This is what the most recent unofficial renders now reflect, as you can see here.

Credit: Onleaks/PricebabaCredit: Onleaks/PricebabaMORE: Galaxy Note 10 Could Have This Huge Design Change

Interestingly, Samsung has patented technology that places sensors on the sides of the device to activate certain features. It’s also possible that the way you touch or squeeze the Galaxy Note 10’s sides could prompt an action.

Plenty of cameras

Samsung could try to top its Galaxy S10 models with a Galaxy Note 10 that offers not three, but four cameras on the rear. That would match the number that Huawei has on its flagship P30 Pro phone, and that the Galaxy S10 5G has too.

Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G sports four rear cameras. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G sports four rear cameras.

It’s now believed that only the Note 10 Pro will get all four cameras, while the Note 10 will have three. According to SamMobile, the quad-camera setup would pave the way for Samsung to offer a standard camera, a telephoto lens, like the 5x optical zoom lens Samsung is just putting into production, and an ultrawide snapper like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. It’s unclear what the fourth camera would offer, but it could be similar to the rear-facing depth sensor Samsung has bundled with the Galaxy S10 5G.

However, the primary sensor might not be as powerful as we initially hoped. Samsung’s new 64-megapixel ISOCELL sensor will not appear in the Galaxy Note 10, according to a tweet from well-known leaker Ice Universe, and a source speaking to Forbes.

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Ice Universe more recently commented that the primary camera will not be getting an upgraded sensor at all. This means that the hardware the camera uses will be the same as the Galaxy S10, and as all of Samsung’s flagship devices since the Galaxy S7, with next year’s S11 moving to a better version. It’s still a solid piece of camera tech, but it will be annoying for people looking to upgrade to the Note 10 after skipping a few generations that they’re missing out on a significant photography improvement by a single model.

This could prove to be something of a setback for the handset’s camera, as other companies like Huawei and OnePlus have been employing sensors with astronomically high megapixel counts in recent years. 

The layout of the cameras was initially a point of contention, but rumors seem to have now settled on two sections arranged on the top left corner of the Ice Universe tweeted an image of what was claimed to be the Note 10’s rear sensor block, plus an illustration to show how these indicate that the cameras will be split: the main, zoom and wide lenses on one side and the flash, ToF camera and flood illuminator on the other.

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5G versions

There might 4G and 5G Galaxy Note 10 versions in the works, if a recent XDA Developers leak is any indication.

The site recently discovered some code baked into Samsung’s kernel that points to a “davinci5G.” At first blush, that might not mean much, but Da Vinci is believed to be the code-name for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10. And the 5G mention is obviously a reference to a 5G version.

MORE: Hands-on Galaxy S10 5G Review: Now This Is Big

Snapdragon 855

Samsung is expected to deliver the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 you can find in the Galaxy S10 lineup in the Galaxy Note 10. But there also looks to be an Exynos 9825 version too.Galaxy Note 9Galaxy Note 9

We have seen what look to be benchmarks for the Note 10 5G versions, which show that there is also the Samsung-made Exynos chip available alongside the Snapdragon, depending on who you buy the phone from. The test results show the Snapdragon processor is more powerful though, beating even the 855-equipped Galaxy S10+. The Exynos processor is still plenty powerful enough according to the Geekbench 4 tests, but users seeking true phablet power will want to look for the Note 10 containing the Qualcomm processor.

These results do not apply to the normal Note 10s, which will be released first, but we would hope for at least similar performance.

In-display fingerprint sensor

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Again, this one hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung, but all signs point to the company bringing the same in-display fingerprint sensor it offered in the Galaxy S10 to the Galaxy Note 10. The feature is one of the biggest upgrades in the Galaxy S10, and since the Galaxy Note 10 will aim for the same high-end market segment, it makes sense to look for it in Samsung’s next flagship.

The S Pen gets a refresh

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Some people believe that Samsung’s use of the “Da Vinci” code-name points to some big upgrades for the S Pen and its performance with drawing and art. There’s not much else to go on in a Softpedia report on the Da Vinci name and the S Pen, but the Galaxy Note does deliver S Pen upgrades each year — with the Note 9, Samsung added Bluetooth connectivity — so clearly something big could be in the works for artists.

So long, headphone jack?

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This one might not go over so well, but the Galaxy Note 10 could be the first Samsung smartphone not to ship with a headphone jack, according to a report from ETNews that’s been amplified in subsequent Note 10 renders. The move could mean that future Samsung devices could similarly ship without a headphone jack. Bring on the adapters!

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Essential Phone 2 May Actually Happen After All

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Inventory for the much-hyped and much-troubled Essential Phone whittled away in the final days of 2018. For months, rumors of a new model have sporadically emerged, only to be struck down almost as quickly as they crop up. The startup, led by one of Android’s founding fathers, Andy Rubin, reportedly cancelled the new handset it was planning to release last year, according to Bloomberg, and has remained mostly quiet ever since.

Credit: Tom's GuideCredit: Tom’s GuideIt seemed that the tale of Essential was over and done with — at least until Rubin cryptically responded to a tweet from Droid Life’s Kellen Barranger today (June 11) asking for a successor. “Thanks. We’ll make an announcement. Hang tight,” Rubin’s reply reads.

This isn’t the first time Essential’s founder has teased something new on the the horizon. Back in early April, Rubin told a Twitter user asking if his company was going to “have a second act” by saying, in a similar fashion to today’s message, that it was only a matter of time.

Hah. What do you think we’re doing over here? We’re a consumer products company. We engineer cool stuff. Eventually, cool stuff gets launched. You’ll see,” Rubin responded at the time.

It’s unclear if Rubin was referring specifically to a phone or a different type of product, as Essential’s original guiding philosophy was to create an ecosystem of like-minded devices. (Out of that ecosystem, we only got a modular 360-degree camera in addition to the phone.) Either way, the dialogue breathed more life into the prospect of a new handset.

Still, we’re not entirely sure what that phone would look like, even if it did exist. The original PH-1 eventually found some footing as a bargain among Android flagships, but it didn’t debut that way. The device’s $699 launch price was cut to $499 after a few short months, due to low demand. Essential had no choice but to slash the cost to move units. Should the company release another smartphone at that reduced price, chances are it wouldn’t be quite as premium.

In fact, it might not resemble any phone we’ve ever seen, at all. Back in August 2017, Rubin fantasized about a handset that could be operated entirely through voice and even be trusted to respond to people and messages for you. He opined it could be a solution to smartphone addiction and the increasing impersonality of our digital lives — though something about the idea of a communications device that does most of the communicating for you seems contrary to that goal.

Regardless, it seems Essential has something cooking. What, exactly, we have no clue. One thing’s for sure, though — it will definitely get people talking.

New Pixel 4 Renders Reveal a Big Camera Surprise

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In their relatively short time as flagship phones, Google’s Pixels have made a mark with their superior cameras and computational photography. But Google has stuck to a single rear lens, choosing instead to rely on AI and computer learning to handle features such as zooming and background blurs.

That could very well be changing. 

Credit: @OnLeaks/PricebabaCredit: @OnLeaks/PricebabaFor the Pixel 4, Google may be looking to bolster the hardware side of things by adding multiple lenses to the back of its flagship device.

That’s one of the big takeaways from new renders produced by prolific phone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, also known as OnLeaks. Website Pricebaba has posted OnLeaks’ latest effort, which feature renders reportedly of the Pixel 4 Google plans to release this fall.

We’ve seen renders of the Pixel 4 before, but those were speculative fan art for the phone. This effort from OnLeaks is apparently based on early prototyping schematics. While that means a lot could change between now and when the Pixel 4 arrives, it also suggests these renders reflect Google’s intent for this fall’s smartphone release.

MORE: Galaxy Note 10 Leak Reveals Battery Disappointment

And that intent apparently includes multiple cameras. The OnLeaks renders feature a square camera module sticking out of the back of the phone. It’s not dissimilar to the rumored module for the iPhone 11 that’s causing so much agita among iPhone fans.

Because that module is too big to house just one lens, that’s going to lead to speculation that Google plans to feature multiple cameras on the Pixel 4. In the Pricebaba report, OnLeaks says that the new phone will feature at least two lenses and possibly a third.

But the change in strategy makes sense in light of the recent release of the Pixel 3a. That phone also features a single rear camera while relying on the same AI-powered features as the Pixel 3. But at $399, the Pixel 3a costs hundreds of dollars less than Google’s flagship phone. Adding additional lenses to the back of the Pixel 4 could be one way that Google differentiates its pricier Pixels from the 3a and 3a XL models.

New Pixel 4 Renders Reveal a Big Camera Surprise 8The back of OnLeaks’ Pixel 4 render contains other clues about possibilities for Google’s upcoming phone. There’s no fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, another departure from previous Pixel models. That could mean an in-display sensor for the next Pixel, similar to what you’ll find on rival Android devices like the OnePlus 7 and Galaxy S10.

The front of the Pixel 4 in the OnLeaks render features an earpiece in the top center, which could mean the return of the notch Google introduced with the Pixel 3 XL last year. The renders also show speaker grills on either side of the USB-C port.

There haven’t been many solid rumors about the Pixel 4 to date, though that figures to change now that the Pixel 3a has arrived and we’re getting closer to the flagship Pixel’s traditional fall release. Google’s upcoming phone is all but certain to run on a Snapdragon 855 processor and feature the forthcoming Android Q update to the Android operating system.

Check out our Pixel 4 rumor hub page for all of the latest info on the alleged specs, release date and design of Google’s next phones.

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try

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Apple’s preview of this fall’s iOS 13 update has grabbed a lot of attention since its debut at the company’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference 2019 – and it’s easy to see why. This is a big update, packing in a lot of enhancements and new features like an iOS-wide Dark Mode, better privacy features, and performance boosts for current iPhones.

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 9But those aren’t the only changes coming with iOS 13.

We’re still working our way through the iOS 13 beta — the developer version is available now, and a public beta will arrive in July. But we’ve spotted several iOS 13 changes that have us excited about the update’s fall arrival. Here are the most interesting under-the-radar iOS 13 improvements.

Select your Wi-Fi network from the Control Center

At last. Ever since Apple introduced a redesigned Control Center with iOS 11, it’s provided one-tap access for turning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off. What it hasn’t offered, though, is the ability to jump on a specific Wi-Fi network or connect to a specific Bluetooth-enabled accessory.

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 10That changes in iOS 13, which is adding the ability to select Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories from within Control Center. This access will save you a lot of unnecessary trips into the Settings app every time you want to hop on a new Wi-Fi network.

Smarter battery charging

Keeping your phone’s battery fully charged at all times isn’t that great for its long-term health. With iOS 13, your phone is going to get smarter, with optimized battery charging tailored to how you use your phone.

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 11Turn on Optimized Battery Charging — you’ll find it in the Battery section of iOS 13’s Settings — and your plugged-in iPhone will hold at an 80% charge, until the iOS determines that you’ll need a fully charged phone.

If you charge your phone overnight, for example, the Optimized Battery Charging feature waits until about an hour before you typically wake up to completely charge your phone. That means that this feature that will depend heavily on your iPhone learning your charging and usage habits.

Better searches in Messages

Apple has detailed a number of improvements for Messages, including the ability to share your name and photo in a chat or generate Memoji and Animoji stickers that you can use in a conversation. But the change that seems the most useful is a new approach to search that should help you to more easily comb through your chats to find what you’re looking for.

Messages will display recent messages, along with people, photos and links. Type in a search term and the results will be categorized with exact matches highlighted for easy reference. Search features work within individual conversations as well.

Siri gives better directions

Nothing throws me off my navigation game quite like using directions in maps and having Siri tell me to turn left in 1,000 feet. I do not have a sextant with me to help me visually calculate distances, Siri!

Apple says that Siri’s directions in iOS 13 will feature more natural language. Instead of forcing you to mentally calculate distances based on Siri’s directions, the digital assistant will instead use more natural phrases like “turn left at the next traffic light.”

Siri-suggested Reminders

Siri already suggests apps and tasks based on the time of day and how you use your iPhone. iOS 13 extends that behavior into other areas, like creating reminders. For example, when you’re having a conversation in Messages, Siri might recognize an upcoming event or to-do; it will then prompt you to create a reminder about that activity so you don’t forget.

Reminders quick toolbar

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 12Speaking of Reminders, it’s one of the apps Apple is sprucing up for iOS 13, and at least one change is more than cosmetic. Apple is adding a quick toolbar to Reminders that will live just above the on-screen keyboard. From the toolbar, you’ll be able to add times, flags, attachments, locations and other information to your reminder with just a few quick taps.

A better look for Photos

Apple spent some time talking up the changes to Photos in iOS 13, but seeing is believing. When you’re browsing through the redesign Photos tab, all those Live Photos and videos you have on your phone will start playing as you scroll by. (Don’t worry: audio’s muted.) It adds a dynamic feel to Photos and also makes it easier to see which images are still and which have some element of motion to them.

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 13If you’re like me, you take a lot of duplicate photos (I like capturing multiple shots just to make sure my thumb hasn’t inadvertently snuck into the frame) and find your photo roll is filled with screenshots. Photos in iOS 13 is going to hide those from view, so you only see your top shots.

Mail tweaks

Some of the changes Apple has planned for the Mail app in iOS 13 aren’t life-altering, but they should make managing your incoming and outgoing messages a little bit easier. For example, Apple is extending the Reply menu beyond just Reply, Reply All, Forward and Print to include quick access to options such as marking a message as unread, moving it to junk or a different mailbox, getting notifications of any replies, and adding flag options.

From the extended Reply menu, you’ll also be able to access a new Mute Thread feature that mutes notifications from active email threads that you’ve long since lost interest in following. That mute works across all your Apple devices.

Create a Memoji in Contacts

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 14Don’t file this feature under earth-shattering, but it does add an element of fun and personalization to your iPhone. Within the Contacts app, you’ll be able to create Memojis, either for yourself or your contacts, to give the contact card a little personality.

Integration between News+ and Stocks

If you subscribe to News+, Apple’s $9.99-a-month subscription news service, the News app isn’t the only place where you’ll find the latest headlines. In iOS 13, relevant business news will also appear in the Stocks app for News+ subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, meaning less jumping between apps to see how the news is affecting stock prices.

Safari password warnings

Your days of using “password” as your password are numbered, at least when browsing in Safari on iOS 13. Apple’s built-in web browser will now warn you if you use a weak password when signing up for a new website account. And it sounds from the beta release notes as if Safari might raise an eyebrow whenever you try to use an existing weak password.

Screen Time tweaks

Screen Time, added in last year’s iOS overhaul, has been a welcome addition for the most part, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t stand for some fine-tuning. Let’s say you’ve set a Time Limit on an app, and you’ve run out of time for the day. Your current options are to beg iOS for another 15 minutes or just to ditch that time entirely for the rest of the day. iOS 13 adds a One More Minute option to give you just enough time to wrap things up while still adhering to the Time Limit you’ve set for yourself.

Smarter Share Sheet suggestions

When it’s time to share a photo or file, iPhone users will tap the Share icon — that’s the square with the arrow pointing out of it — to see a host of sharing options. iOS 13 wants to streamline the process a little bit by offering suggestions on which people or apps you might want to share this particular photo or document with. The idea behind this feature is to reduce the sharing process to just a single tap, instead of having you search and scroll.

Low Data mode

iOS 9 introduced a Lower Power mode that helps you squeeze more life out of your iPhone’s battery by turning off background app refreshing, disabling features like mail fetching and automatic downloads and dimming your iPhone’s display more quickly. It’s been a welcome addition for those times when your iPhone is running low on power and you won’t have a chance to charge it any time soon. iOS 13 is looking to do something similar for data.

Apple says iOS 13’s Low Data mode will reduce the amount of network data that the apps on your phone use when it’s enabled. You’ll have to dig into the Settings app to turn it on, but if your monthly data allotment is running low, Low Data mode could be a welcome addition to your iOS toolkit.

Sign In with Apple is mandatory for app makers

15 Hidden iOS 13 Features You’ll Want to Try 15You may have heard about Sign In with Apple during the WWDC keynote. That’s Apple’s single sign-on feature that rivals similar services from Google and Facebook that let you use your credentials from those services to log in with apps. The difference with Apple’s implementation is that the company says it won’t use your sign-on info to sell ads or track you, and you’ll have the option of using unique, disposable email addresses to keep your true email private.

What you might not have heard is that Sign In with Apple will be a requirement for any iOS app offering third-party sign in options. In other words, if an app offers you the option of using your Google or Facebook information to sign in, it will need to support Sign In with Apple, too.

Best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Deals

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Two years ago, the Galaxy S8 made its debut as Samsung’s flagship phone. To this day, it’s still one of the best Android phones you can own. The Editor’s Choice Galaxy S8 is worth considering and is now at its lowest price ever which makes it an even greater value.

So if you’re looking for the best Galaxy S8 deals, you’ve come to the right place. 

Samsung is currently selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $499.99 ($100 off) and the unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $589.99 ($100 off). Trade in your old device and Samsung will take $50 to $300 off the cost of your new Galaxy phone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Credit: Tom's GuideSamsung Galaxy S8 Credit: Tom’s GuideAlternatively, if you purchase either phone from Samsung with a contract from a major carrier like AT&T, you’ll pay their regular price.

Outside of Samsung, various retailer and carriers are offering S8 and S8+ deals. To help you navigate the buying process, we’ve compiled the best carrier and retailer deals below. 

MORE: Galaxy S8 Review: The Best Phone Will Only Get Better

Amazon

The online giant has the Galaxy S8 unlocked for $364 ($136 off), whereas the S8+ is selling for $389 ($200 off). Both are significantly cheaper than Samsung’s direct price, so Amazon’s your best bet for an unlocked Galaxy S phone. 

T-Mobile

The Un-carrier network no longer offers the S8 or the S8+, however it’s running one Samsung phone deal–the S8 Active for $600. Financing is available for $25/month for 24 months with no money down. 

Keep in mind that S8 Active is pricier than the S9 and S9+, which are now priced at $599.99 and $699.99, respectively. 

Best Buy

Best Buy also has some Samsung phone deals you can take advantage of. For a limited time, you can get the unlocked Galaxy S8 on sale for $399.99 with activation on the Sprint network.

If you choose to activate your device on the AT&T or Verizon network, you’ll pay $449.99 for the Galaxy S9 and $489.99 for the Galaxy S8+. 

The Galaxy S8 Active is not currently available. 

Samsung

Currently, Sprint sells the unlocked Galaxy S8 is priced at $499.99 ($100 off) whereas the unlocked Galaxy S8+ is now $589.99 ($100 off). If you trade in an old device, you’ll get up to $300 toward your new S8. 

Verizon

Big Red is currently slashing $100 off the list price of Samsung’s previous-gen S8 phone. You can now lease the Galaxy S8 for $20.83/mo. over the course 24 months, which amounts to $499.92. Verizon also lets buy the phone outright for $499.99. 

The carrier no longer has the S8+ in stock. 

AT&T

Verizon isn’t the only carrier that offers Samsung Galaxy S8 phone deals. Currently, AT&T will let you lease the Samsung Galaxy S8 for $16.67/mo. over the course of 30 months. You can also purchase it outright with no contract for $499.99. 
 
Meanwhile, you can lease the Galaxy S8+ for $25.17/mo. under the same 30-month AT&T Next plan or buy it outright for $754.99.

Sprint

Sprint offers the Galaxy S8 for $20.84/month with the option to upgrade after 18 monthly payments. Alternatively, you can purchase it outright for $499.99, which is the same price as Samsung’s unlocked price.

The S8+ is no longer in stock at Sprint. 

Boost Mobile

The Galaxy S8 is available on prepaid carriers too, and Boost Mobile, which is a Sprint-owned carrier is selling it for $499.99

Boost doesn’t offer installment plans, though, so you’ll have to cough up full payment outright.

Straight Talk

Straight Talk has the Galaxy S8 for $499.99 and is one of the few prepaid carriers that lets you lease phones. You’ll pay $25.59/mo. for the S8 over the course of 24 months. 

One warning about Straight Talk: it didn’t fare very well in our recent rankings of the best and worst wireless carriers.

Best Galaxy Note 9 Deals in June 2019

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Rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 10 will feature faster charging and a huge 4,500mAh battery. Samsung next massive release, in the literal sense, is destined to be among one of best Android phones you can get. 

However, if you don’t want to to wait for Samsung’s upcoming phablet or just want to get the most value for your dollar,  the Note 9 is a solid choice. Luckily, retailers are offering generous Note 9 freebies and discounts to make your phone purchase a tad cheaper. 

In fact, we’re currently seeing some of the best Galaxy Note 9 deals we’ve ever seen. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Credit: Tom's GuideSamsung Galaxy Note 9 Credit: Tom’s GuideIn honor of June 4, 2010, the Galaxy S phone’s ninth anniversary, Samsung is offering one of the best Note 9 bonus deals we’ve ever seen. For a limited time, when you buy the unlocked Galaxy Note 9 for $999.99 direct from Samsung, you’ll get a free pair of Galaxy Buds (a $130 value). This deals ends June 8.

Even better, you’ll also score a free one-year subscription of YouTube Premium. Normally, this service costs $11.99/mo., so that’s $143.88 in savings. This deal ends June 30. 

Here’s a look at other ways you can get the Galaxy Note 9 on the cheap on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon

Currently, Amazon has the Unlocked 128GB Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on sale for $669 ($331 off). That’s under Samsung’s price and the best price we’ve ever seen for Samsung’s phablet.  

Samsung

June 4, 2019 marks the Galaxy S phone’s ninth anniversary and Samsung is honoring Galaxy Day with one of the best Note 9 bonus deals we’ve ever seen. For a limited time, when you buy the unlocked Galaxy Note 9 for $999.99 direct from Samsung, you’ll get a free pair of Galaxy Buds (a $130 value). Plus, you’ll also score a free one-year subscription of YouTube Premium. Normally, this service costs $11.99/mo., so that’s $143.88 in savings.

As an alternative, for a limited time, you can get up to $300 off the purchase of the unlocked Note 9 when you trade in an eligible device (Newer device fetch a bigger return).

If you don’t want to pay for the phone outright, Samsung also has a couple of monthly leasing options available. You can finance the Note 9 for $16.67/mo. for 36 month until the phone is paid off. Alternatively, you can pay $25/mo. for 24 months with the option of upgrading to a new Galaxy device after 12 months. 

Samsung also offers financing on carrier tied Note 9 devices including the latest carrier discounts. 

Best Buy

Best Buy is currently selling the unlocked Note 9 for $899.99, which undercuts Samsung’s current price by $100. It’s also offering bigger savings when you buy a carrier-tied version of the phone and pay for it in monthly installments. 

For instance, you’ll save a whopping $400 if you the Sprint-tied 128GB Note 9 from Best Buy. That breaks down to monthly lease payments of $25/mo. for 24 months. 

Sprint

Although Sprint is selling the Galaxy Note 9 at its regular $999.999 list price, the carrier will let you lease the Galaxy Note 9 at the rate of $25/mo. under its 18-month Flex plan. This wireless plan lets you upgrade to a new phone after 18 months or purchase the Note 9 outright if you want to keep it. 

You can also trade in an eligible device and get up to $350 in monthly billing credits to help offset the cost of the Note 9. 

AT&T

Although this deal was supposed to end on May 27, AT&T continues to offer its Galaxy Phone deal that nets you a free Galaxy S10e when you buy a second Galaxy phone. To get this deal, you must open a new line and activate both phones under AT&T’s Next leasing program.

Verizon

If you buy the Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S10 from Verizon, for a limited time, you can a free Galaxy S10e or $750 off a second Note 9, S10, or S10+. 

Alternatively, you can get up to $450 off when you trade-in an eligible device and open a new line with Verizon. What’s more, existing customers who upgrade their device under Verizon’s Unlimited plan can get up to $200 back. 

T-Mobile

You can purchase the Galaxy Note 9 outright for $899.99 or lease it for $149.99 down and $31.25/mo. for 24 months. The Un-carrier will also put up to $520 back into your pocket when you trade in an eligible device like the iPhone XS.

For a limited time, you’ll get free 2-day shipping with your new activation when you use the code, “2DAY” at checkout. 

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More

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At WWDC 2019, Apple unveiled the new version of iOS 13. The focus is on much improved performance, a new Dark Mode and a completely overhauled Maps app.iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 32But there’s a lot more to this new release, including a new Photos app that makes it more fun to browse through your images, a smarter Reminders app, much improved Maps and a new way to sign into apps called Sign in With Apple. (This is going to make Google and Facebook mad.)

iOS 13 Cheat Sheet

  • iOS 13 will load apps up to 2x faster, thanks to improvements to how apps are architected.
  • A new Dark Mode can help save battery life while making your photos, messages and other content pop.
  • You finally get swipe typing with a Quick Path keyboard option.
  • Reminders are getting smarter, as they can automatically recognize dates and times.
  • A new Sign in With Apple feature lets you sign into apps easily without sacrificing your privacy.
  • The revamped Maps app offers a lot more detail and new features like Collections.
  • The Photos app is getting new browsing options that removes clutter, including Month and Year views that highlight your best photos.
  • Siri is going to sound less like a robot thanks to a big text-to-speech improvement.
  • Memoji are getting more personal and customizable, complete with makeup and accessory options.
  • You finally get the ability to select a Wi-Fi network in Control Center.

iOS 13 Beta

For those daring enough to test unfinished versions of iOS, Apple makes beta versions available to developers on the same day as the keynote (which require a Developer Account, which costs $99). So it’s available today, June 3th.

The public beta of iOS 13 will launch in July. You’ll go to beta.apple.com to get it.

iOS 13 Release Date and availability

Final Release: Sept. 2019. For most of iOS’s history — the last seven years — Apple has released the official finished build of its major updates midway through September during the same year as its WWDC announcement. During this run, the earliest it’s come out was Sept. 13 (iOS 10 in 2016) and the latest was Sept. 19 (iOS 6 in 2012 and iOS 11 in 2017). We’ll find out the exact release date at the same time Apple unveils all the new iPhones it’s been working for a fall release.

Apple says iOS 13 will run on the iPhone 6s and later. That includes the iPhone SE. iPhone released in 2015 and earlier — the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s — didn’t make the cut.

iOS 13 Performance: A big boost

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 33Apple says it has focused on faster performance once again. For example, unlocking your iPhone with Face ID is 30 percent faster. Downloading apps are getting sped up, too. That’s because Apple worked to make apps 50 percent smaller. Updates are also 60 percent smaller. The result: launch speed for apps is now 2x faster.

Dark Mode

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 34Dark Mode in iOS 13 makes your content look more immersive, with a dark background for the home screen and in all sorts of apps, from messages to photos. The idea is to make your content pop more, though the company didn’t say anything about potential battery life savings on iPhones with OLED screens.

Apple says that Dark Mode can be scheduled to be turned on automatically at sunset, which is neat. The company is making the feature available for developers so they can give their apps a Dark Mode makeover.

QuickPath Keyboard

There’s not much news here, other than the fact that you can now swipe to type in iOS 13 with the stock keyboard. Android phones have had this for years.

Reminders

Rewrote from the round up. The app can automatically recognize daays and times to set reminders. If you tag a person in a reminder, you’ll automatically get a notification the next time you send them a message in Messages. Apple also made it easier to add locations and flags, as well as attachments.

Maps

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 35Apple says it has driven over 4 million miles to rebuild its Maps app from the ground up. The overhaul, which includes broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover, will be completed by the end of 2019 in the US and roll out to other countries in 2020.

There’s a new binoculars button with a look-around window. This gives you a 3D view of your surroundings, making it easier to explore. If you turn your phone to landscape mode, you can zoom down the street, and you can also tap on labels to learn more about nearby landmarks and businesses.

Other features in Maps include collections so you can group things you like in the cities you visit most or live in. A Favorites feature lets you store the places you frequently visit, so you can call up directions with a tap.

Privacy: Sign in with Apple

Apple is building in protections for privacy, such as having apps ask you just once for your location. You can also get background tracking alerts. Plus, Apple is trying lock down side doors that use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 36But the most noteworthy privacy change in iOS 13 involves anew sign-in option to bypass Google and Facebook. It’s called Sign in with Apple. This simple API allows you to log in without revealing any personal info. If an app requests your name and email address, Apple will let you create an anonymous random email address that forwards to your real email. And each app can have their own random email address, making it easier to weed out the apps you don’t want troubling your inbox.

With Sign in with Apple, it will work on devices with Touch ID and Face ID, so you don’t have to have a newer iPhone or iPad. See our Sign in with Apple guide for more.

HomeKit

HomeKit in iOS 13 rolls out HomeKit Secure Video analyzes the video in your home instead of sending your footage up to the cloud. Storage for 10 days will be included in your existing iCloud subscription. Netatmo and Logitech will be among the first vendors to support this standard.

Apple is also bringing HomeKit to routers, so it will “firewall” off all of your connected devices. Linsksys and Eero will be bringing these routers to market, including ISPs like Spectrum.

Messages and Memoji Stickers

Messages are getting more personal in iOS 13. You can choose to share your name and picture. There’s a lot new options in Animoji, too, including makeup options like eye shadow, eyeglasses and sunglasses and (yes) even AirPods.

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 37Memoji Stickers are coming to iOS 13, which give you a lot more options to personalize your messages. And those stickers will be integrated directly into the emoji keyboard, so you can use them in apps beyond just iOS’s built-in Messages.

Photos

Apple is making it easier to tweak lighting effects with the Photos app in iOS 13. You can now change the intensity and direction of portrait lighting. iOS 13 is also adding a ton of editing effects to both photos and videos. For example, you can rotate a video and apply all sorts of effects.

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 38Apple is also introducing a new way to browse through your photos. Apple is removing duplicates and clutter via machine learning.Thee are now Days and Months tabs for browsing through your pics, and there’s also Years. The option is smart enough to know what day it is and flash back to the same day on previous years. This can come in really handy when looking through previous birthdays for a loved one.

AirPods

In iOS 13, you can now quickly respond to incoming messages with your voice without lifting a finger. This is handy when you’re working out. You can also share music with other nearby AirPod wearers.

CarPlay

iOS 13 Unveiled: New Features, Release Date, Beta and More 39Apple is revamping the interface for CarPlay with iOS 13, so you can see your Music and Maps at once. Siri will also do a better job of staying out of your way visually while also offering support for third-party navigation and audio apps (maybe Spotify? Please!).

Siri

Siri shortcuts is getting smarter with suggested routines. Siri is also going to sound more natural with neural TTS (text to speech). Apple showed off a quick demo, and it sounded a lot more human-like.

iOS 13: Release Date, Beta, New Features and More

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It’s time to see how Apple will upgrade the quality of life for iPhone and iPad users with iOS 13. Last year’s iOS 12 focused on under-the-hood improvements that helped the OS run smoothly on older devices, while also streamlining notifications and adding tools to measure screen-time management.

So how does Apple follow that up with iOS 13? We’re about to find out as WWDC 2019 kicks off June 3 at 1pm ET.

iOS 13: Release Date, Beta, New Features and More 40We have a pretty good idea of the iOS 13 release date, and a few huge leaks have revealed what to expect for its top new features, including interface updates and long overdue improvements for Apple’s own apps. As far as what we want, we’re hoping for Apple’s camera software to catch up to Google’s, and for necessary updates to Safari and other key iOS apps.

iOS 13 cheat sheet: Top features expected

  • Cursor control for iPad: It appears mouse support will be coming to the iPad, though it won’t be enabled by default.
  • Dark Mode: iOS gets this recent macOS feature, where you’ll get the option for a black and grey interface for nighttime usage.
  • New swipe-based keyboard: Apple’s working on a SwiftKey style keyboard, where you drag your finger across the keyboard to spell a word in a gesture.
  • Parental controls added to Screen Time: Parents will be able to control who their kids can chat with, and at what times of the day.
  • Revamped Health app: Hearing health and menstrual cycle tracking are two new focuses for Apple’s app.
  • Sleep Mode: Apple’s pushing its Bedtime feature further, with a new feature that won’t just track sleep patterns, but let you schedule do not disturb, muted notification and more.
  • iPad as secondary display: You’ll now get to turn your Apple tablet as a touch-friendly extension of your Mac.
  • Home security: Apple’s Home app will gain support for security camera support.
  • iPad multitasking enhancements: Apps will get the option for a multi-window interface, a revolution for iOS.

iOS 13 Release Date: What We Expect

The Reveal: June 3, 2019 Apple sent WWDC 2019 Keynote invitations to the press on May 22, confirming what we’ve expected: the event will take place on June 3 at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific. This speech, which starts the Worldwide Developers Conference, is the annual space for Apple execs to hype the new features in its operating systems.

Final Release: Sept. 2019. For most of iOS’s history — the last seven years — Apple has released the official finished build of its major updates midway through September during the same year as its WWDC announcement. During this run, the earliest it’s come out was Sept. 13 (iOS 10 in 2016) and the latest was Sept. 19 (iOS 6 in 2012 and iOS 11 in 2017). We’ll find out the exact release date at the same time Apple unveils all the new iPhones it’s been working for a fall release.

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iOS 13 Beta

iOS 13 Beta: Early (Developer) and Late (Public) June 2019. For those daring enough to test unfinished versions of iOS, Apple makes beta versions available to developers on the same day as the keynote (which require a Developer Account, which costs $99). Apple has been offering public betas, which are slightly more stable, since 2016. Those typically launch three weeks after the keynote, in either late June or early July, and are updated repeatedly throughout the summer.

iOS 13 Top Features (Rumored)

iOS features tend to make their way to the Mac, but for iOS 13, it could be a two-way street. According to Bloomberg, iOS 13 is adding a dark mode aimed at making it easier to see your phone’s screen at night and reducing battery consumption. That’s a feature Apple added to the Mac last year with macOS Mojave. That same report stated that CarPlay will get improvements, but didn’t give any specifics.

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That Dark Mode (and the new Reminders app) were leaked in screenshots published on May 28, which show that Apple may be using a True Black for efficient OLED screen usage.

Bloomberg also reported that iOS 13 (just like iOS 12) will deliver performance improvements, alongside tweaks to the user interface that include “a new animation when launching multitasking and closing apps.” Apple’s also redesigning the look of the widgets you find to the left of the home and lock screens.

Leaked screenshots teased Dark Mode's dock, Dark Mode in the Music app and the updated Screenshots mode. Credit: 9to5MacLeaked screenshots teased Dark Mode’s dock, Dark Mode in the Music app and the updated Screenshots mode. Credit: 9to5MacApple’s also improving a bunch of its existing apps. For example, the Reminders will get app more features, which will give it a chance to compete with the plethora of third party options. Said report also notes that Apple’s looking into a new keyboard option that’s swipe-based, similar to SwiftKey. Health will gain tools for tracking your hearing, based around the volume levels of what you listen to, and menstrual cycle-tracking.

Oh, and Apple’s Home app is getting a much needed upgrade to integrate it with smart home security cams, including the ability to review past recordings. Parents frustrated by the death of many parental control apps will be happy to hear that iOS 13 will be adding Screen Time controls to control who kids can talk to, and during which times of day.

iMessage will become more like a regular chat app, with the option for display names and profile photos — though you’ll be able to select who can see yours. The Safari rumors aren’t as major as we hope, so far, with just a downloads manager teased. More on what we want, below.

Maps is getting refinements for the ways in which you set favorite locations, the places you always go to. This is intended to bring the long-beleaguered app closer to Google Maps and Waze, at least in terms of how you use the app. Find my Friends and Find my iPhone will become one, in a new app, that also supports beacon tracking, similar to Tile.

Mail’s getting some tricks from popular competitors, including thread muting, contact blocking and improved folder management. The Share Sheet, where you select the apps and options for sending content between apps, will proactively suggest persons based on your activity.

Even Books is getting a new feature, as Apple looks to gameify reading, with a new rewards system and progress tracking.

Big iPad News with iOS 13

The biggest news about the iPad and iOS 13 came from Federico Viticci on the Connected podcast, where he dropped the much-awaited bombshell that the iPad will be getting mouse support. It won’t be enabled by default, though, as pro users will need to open the Accessibility section of Settings to enable it.

A report from 9to5Mac, based on insights regarding potential features from “people familiar” with its development, revealed a tab-based multitasking solution, appear to be special to the iPad at this stage. That said, the story does shine light on an upgraded and much more intelligent Mail app, that will be better at grouping emails based on their nature, as well as new gestures to expedite batch selection and file management. Other iPad enhancements include a display option for turning your tablet into an extension of your Mac,

A new home screen, for iOS on both the iPhone and iPad, was expected in iOS 12, but was reportedly pushed back so that Apple could instead focus on system stability and performance. Expect interface changes to be a focus this time around.

We’ve been expecting a original video service to launch in the TV app in 2019. Other subscription services, such as a to-be-announced magazine subscription feature, could also land somewhere in iOS 13.

Other New Features

In another 9to5Mac report focused on improvements for developers, we learned about a couple of long-overdue features, including an API that will allow apps to pull “photos from external devices such as cameras and SD cards, without having to go through the Photos app.” Third-party apps will get more access to Siri, inlcuding commands for media playback, travel and voice calling.

The report also noted that augmented reality should be gaining major improvements this year, including “the ability to detect human poses” and support for stereo AR headsets and controllers with touch pads. Also, expect Apple Pay to soon support more transit services, as Apple’s NFC is adding support for multiple new tag formats, including ISO7816, FeliCa and MiFare.

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On the goofier side of things, developer Steve Troughton-Smith (who’s got a strong reputation for reliable leaks) tweeted that “It looks like iOS 13 might get some new Animoji: a cow, octopus, mouse, and an emoji face. That last one sounds like it has potential for shenanigans.” Don’t look for more augmented reality beyond that, as a Bloomberg report tipped that Apple’s next big AR functions are scheduled for iOS 14 in 2020.

Also, expect that iOS 13 will increase the duration of the length of the video captured by Live Photos, as the current 3-second duration may be too short for some. You’ll also get the option to mute email conversations, for when you’re on a thread you don’t care about — a feature already available in Messages.  

The Features We Want in iOS 13

That’s what we’ve heard, anyway, but what about our hopes and dreams for iOS 13? Here are the features we hope Tim Cook announces in June.

iOS 13: Release Date, Beta, New Features and More 43A Smarter Camera: One of the biggest, most substantial software change Apple can add to iOS 13 would be a major retooling of its image processing, akin to Google’s Night Sight. Right now, if you take photos with an iPhone XS and a Pixel 3 in a dark bar, the images shot on Google’s phone look dramatically better, making the iPhone seem already out of date.

Apple should also allow the Lock button on iOS devices to unlock the camera. A triple click of the lock button (on the side of the phone) can already trigger the iPhone’s magnifying glass mode (great for reading small text to identify iPhone chargers), so why can’t a double click be mapped to open the camera? It would make opening the shutter a lot easier if you never needed to wake the screen.

Let Us Make GIFs: Right now, you need to pay $10 per month for a good way to turn iOS Live Photos to GIFs, or suffer through the Giphy app’s lossy, low-grade method. You can perform such a feat in the macOS Photos app, so please, Apple, bring this feature to iOS, so we can save money and perform this trick on the road. Options for custom annotation and watermarking, would be especially slick.

Control Center Improvements: It’s so odd that Apple’s Control Center (found by swiping down from the top right corner on newer iPhones and swiping up on older models) offers so many granular settings, but puts a roadblock between some of the most important involving connectivity. While you can enable and disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center, you can’t select a network or device, as you need to open the Settings app to find those options. Oh, and can Apple change the way Bluetooth works with Control Center, so turning that button to off actually disables Bluetooth?

iOS 13: Release Date, Beta, New Features and More 44Apple Music Needs to Catch Up: Have you used Spotify recently? While I’m a paying Apple Music subscriber, I spent some time with the streaming king recently, and was shocked by how much it’s improved in neat, little ways. Not only does Spotify look better than ever — while Apple Music adopted the rather bland overall style of iOS — there are now swipe gestures to skip tracks and rewind. Also, its three-tab design (Home, Search, Your Library) is clearer to understand than Apple’s five tabs (Library, For You, Browse, Radio, Search) structure. Apple would do well to crib some of these features for its own Music offering.

An AirPods App: If AirPods are about to get a bunch of new features, including those enabled by new biometric sensors coming in the 2nd gen model, it would make sense for Apple to make an AirPods app. This would make it a lot easier to adjust AirPods options, which are currently buried in Settings. It also makes sense, as the Apple Watch has its own app. too.

Full Safari: As I tried to use the iPad Pro as my work computer, I hit a ton of walls exploring the limitations of mobile Safari. So, as the iPad is about to get a real version of Adobe Photoshop, 2019 is a perfect time for it to also get a real version of Safari, or for Apple to allow full versions of Chrome or Firefox onto the iPad.

This will allow for more complicated sites, like those that we at Tom’s Guide use to produce articles such as this one, to work on an iPad. Not everyone can get an app for their work; some of us just need to use the websites that already exist.

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