If you own an iPhone from Apple, you may have noticed that there is a new operating system available for the phone. (Apple calls this an "iOS," as opposed to just "OS" for their Mac computers.) The latest is iOS 13, and before you upgrade to it, there are a few things to know first.
Apple touts this iOS as their best yet--and it eventually may be. However, since its launch, users are reporting many bugs. One of the worst quirks is dropping calls. I'm of the generation that bought a phone to use as a phone. You know, to talk to people. If I can't call someone, then the device isn't much use to me.
As a result, Apple is releasing a lot of updates to fix them. The most recent is iOS 13.1.2. While I haven't actually experienced these dropped calls with the upgrade, I have noticed, though, that Apple apps, such as Mail and Photos function a little differently. So there's a small learning curve involved. Some of the changes seem like change for change sake, like when you "flag" an email, the little flag is now on the right-hand side of the message instead of the left--where it's always been. Why? (Maybe some programmer in California needed to make his mark. I dunno.)
I will say, however, that I am LOVING a new feature that sends unknown callers straight to voicemail. I get about 5 robocalls per day that tell me the IRS is coming to arrest me, or that there's something wrong with my student loans. (I didn't know I had any!) So this new fix is a godsend to me. No more stopping what I'm doing to check my phone, only to find out it's some scammer trying to trick me into giving them my social security number.
Overall, I do like most of the upgrades that Apple has made to this operating system. It did take me a little time, though, to notice and figure some of them out, including an enhanced Apple CarPlay screen that surprised me when I plugged it in while driving one day. I was so excited, I had to pull over to explore it, just like any tech geek would do--even if it made him late for the dentist.
For a rundown of all of the new features of iOS 13, click here: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-13/