Everything new in iOS 13 beta 5

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Windows, next to a window.
Windows, next to a window.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

The big news in iOS 13 developer beta 5 is that the share sheet has finally been fixed up. Previously, it has been almost impossible to use in the iOS 13 beta, thanks to pretty much every share option being lumped into one never-ending list.

We have a post all about the new share sheet in iOS 13. Check it out to see what’s new on that front. For everything else, keep reading here.

Reopen closed app windows

Reopen one or more just-closed windows.
Reopen one or more just-closed windows.
Screenshot: Cult of Mac

This one is great. iOS 13 now has app windows, letting you open multiple windows of the same app using the new App Exposé view. Now, when you close one of these windows (via an upward swipe), you get the option to Reopen Closed Window

Major share sheet tweaks

Customize the list.
Customize the list.
Photo: Cult of Mac

The Share Sheet has been fixed up, and you can now customize what appears in the various sections. It’s still confusing, but much less so.

Icon-grid size settings on iPad

New icon-grid settings panel.
New icon-grid settings panel.
Photo: Cult of Mac

There’s now a setting to choose the icon size and spacing on iPadOS. Pick between an old-school four-by-five grid, or the new six-by-five layout. The icons in the denser grid are smaller, and the app icons do not reflow when switching from portrait to landscape. You get six icons per row, for five rows, in both orientations.

New per-app settings and privacy panel

Toggles. Lots and lots of toggles.
Toggles. Lots and lots of toggles.
Photo: Cult of Mac

In the Settings app, each app now has its own long list of privacy access options. Imagine going through them all if you have hundreds of installed apps.

Automations removed from Shortcuts

The great new automation feature has been temporarily removed from the Shortcuts app.

No mouse changes

I’ve read a few reports of changes to mouse support in this beta, but it all looks the same to me. The new, smaller mouse cursor appeared in a previous beta. And the bug that jumps the cursor to the center of the screen when you right-click the mouse persists. It doesn’t look like much has changed here. Cult of Mac’s Killian Bell says the mouse scroll wheel feels faster, so that’s one possible tweak.

More changes in iOS 13 beta 5

Here’s a list of the other small tweaks in the latest iOS developer beta.

  • New Move goals in the Activity app.
  • Haptic feedback for volume slider.
  • New wallpapers in the Home app.
  • Bigger cellular status icons in status bar.
  • HomePod Siri for everyone, if you’re also running HomePod OS 13.