Two changes iOS 13 will bring to the table

The upcoming iOS 13 will have a bunch of super sweet features, and here’s a couple of interesting ones.


Namely, a “Silence Unknown Callers” feature, which silences incoming phone calls from numbers that are not in your contacts list. Oh hey you spammy spammerson, how bout you do a little bit of shush?



So what does ‘Silenced’ specifically mean? These calls will be sent straight to voicemail without the phone ringing at all, and without the caller knowing. They will simply hear the standard number of rings before voicemail picks up, and they’re given a chance to leave a message.



Does this interest you? When you get IOS 13, go to the Settings app, select the Phone section, scroll down to “Call Silencing and Blocked Contacts” and toggle the Silence Unknown Callers option to the on position.


Another new feature to know about is a change in the iOS that will limit data collection practices.


Apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp allow users to make calls over the internet, and to listen for those calls, the apps run in the background of an iPhone or iPad so that calls can connect quickly. Whilst doing so, the apps are also able to collect data.


But in iOS 13, background access for apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will be restricted solely to internet calls going forward, with no background data collection available.


iOS 13 will be available for free in the Fall.