Check out the next-level photo editing tools in iOS 13

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In iOS 13, Photos is now an image-editing powerhouse
In iOS 13, Photos is now an image-editing powerhouse
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The Photos app in iOS 13 is now good enough that you may never need another app to edit your photos, for regular edits at least. Somehow Apple made the app even easier to use, and added some new features, while making existing features far easier to find.

For instance, Portrait Mode now gets its own tab; the automatic magic wand tool can now be fine-tuned (as can the built-in filters); and the crop tool now fixes perspective, and mirror-flips your photos.

Everything you need to know about iOS 13

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iOS 13 lets you plug almost any USB device into your iPhone or iPad.
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iOS 13, which launches today, is less about a grand, orchestrated new direction, and more about lots of really, really useful little features and tweaks. For instance, one of the best changes is that Safari on iPad is now a proper desktop browser, just like you have on you Mac. And then there’s the new top row of the share sheet, which gives one-tap buttons to share to friends via iMessage.

Or, in iPadOS 13, which ships at the end of the month, you can plug in pretty much any USB device and it will work. Hard drives, SD cards full of movies, anything.

So, while you’re waiting for the new version of iOS to install on your device(s), check out all the new iOS 13 features right here.

Fortnite update adds new Party Hub, Split View support on iPad

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Chatting with friends couldn't be easier.
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Fortnite’s brand new Party Hub makes it easier than ever for mobile players to stay in touch with friends.

You can use it to chat to other players both inside and outside of the game. It will tell you which of your friends are online and let you start a party before jumping into a match on any platform.

How to control what your iPhone backs up to iCloud

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Keep things safe with iCloud backup.
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Are you getting ready for a new iPhone? Running out of iCloud storage space? Living with a slow internet connection? Worried about privacy? In any of these cases, you might want to exclude some apps from your iCloud backups. Doing so will save iCloud storage space, conserve bandwidth and make sure your data does not go to Apple’s servers, where it may or may not be vulnerable to decryption.

The good news is that it’s easy to exclude pretty much anything you like from your iCloud backups in iOS. Here’s how.

iOS 13 flaw exposes all your contacts data

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Keep your iPhone close by.
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A newly-discovered flaw in iOS 13 lets anyone access your contacts without your passcode.

It takes just a few simple steps to bypass your iPhone’s lockscreen and see every phone number, email address, and physical address you have saved. But a fix is already on the way.

3D Touch disappears, and that’s great for people who love it [Opinion]

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Without the sacrifice of 3D Touch, this wouldn't be possible on iPad.
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I love 3D Touch. I use it all the time. It’s one of the handiest shortcuts on the iPhone. And now, with the iPhone 11, it’s gone. But I don’t care. Why? Because Haptic Touch is almost as good. Even better, thanks to Apple’s switch to Haptic Touch, you can use all those 3D Touch features on the iPad.

Flash through Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote in 2 frenzied minutes

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Take a deep breath and dive into the new features with us.
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Apple’s big event today lasted for an action-packed 105 minutes but if you don’t have time to watch the entire presentation, Apple’s got the perfect video for you.

Along with publishing all the new product videos it showed off today, Apple also created its own summary video of the entire keynote. In less than two minutes the video manages to cram in all the new features on the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5, iPad, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ and more at a frenzied pace.

Catch up on the entire keynote right here:

Fast and furious: Everything we saw at Apple’s whipsaw iPhone 11 event

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Tim Cook was in a hurry to reveal Apple's new goodies.
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Tim Cook promised a “huge” morning full of “big” announcements, and boy was he not kidding.

Apple kicked off its 2019 iPhone keynote by diving straight into Apple Arcade. Cook and his colleagues didn’t let off the gas until they squeezed all the juice possible out of Apple’s product lineup 105 minutes later. After promising attendees that innovation would be on full display, Apple revealed it’s coming for your wrist, your pocket, living room, TV, gaming console, DSLR and much more.