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Consumer Reports: New iPhone iOS features

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Posted at 4:00 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 09:28:43-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Just when you figured out how to use emojis, Apple’s latest operating system offers a bunch of new ways to communicate with customizable memoji. That’s an animated emoji that you can personalize to look like you with braces, piercings, hairstyles and lots more.

And new camera features give you more control over both the position and intensity of the lighting, producing excellent quality pictures based on Consumer Reports extensive lab testing.

But it’s not all fun and improved photos. Apple has also added important new privacy and security features in iOS 13 —designed to give you more control over the information you share. Take Apple’s new sign-on service, which lets you sign into different apps through Apple, instead of creating new logins and passwords.

Another useful new feature: iOS 13 also offers randomly generated email addresses.

“Now what this will let you do is sign up for mailing lists or provide an email address to a website that isn’t necessarily your email," says Consumer Reports Tech Editor, Bree Fowler. "But it will forward to your email. So, if you ever get sick of hearing from that app or website, you can just delete it or move on.”

And if you don’t like the idea of apps tracking your every move, the new iOS offers location tracking limits.

“This will grant an app one-time access to your location," says Fowler. "If that app wants to know where you are again, it’s going have to ask you again.”

So, don’t be surprised if you see privacy messages from Apple popping up more often.

While some Apple users are enjoying the new features this software update has to offer, others have some complaints, including issues such as dropped calls and a shorter battery life.