Apple Arcade Launches Along With iOS 13 and watchOS 6
Apple Arcade officially launched on Thursday after the company released its latest version of the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 13. The $4.99 per month service gives users access to 100+ games without ads or in-app purchases. All games are premium titles from names like Lego, Konami, Unisoft, and more.
Apple Arcade is here. An all-new way to enjoy groundbreaking games without limits.
— Apple Arcade (@AppleArcade) September 19, 2019
Upon updating to iOS 13, users will find the Apple Arcade tab on the bottom of the App Store app. They’ll also notice several other changes along with the iOS 13 update unrelated to the Apple Arcade.
Announced at the WWDC this past June, iOS 13 includes a lot of exciting changes across Photos, Maps, privacy, and more. Photos will now be organized more cohesively with intelligent thumbnails and improved navigation; Maps now includes a street view feature called Look Around; an Apple ID can now be used to sign in to various websites and apps offering a secure way to sign up for a new service; Dark Mode is now available; and you can also swipe to text, just like an Android.
iOS 13 is now available for the following devices: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPod touch (7th generation), and obviously the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be running the software right out of the box. Though the new operating system sounds fun, it’s best to wait around a few days for the Apple team to make their usual bug fixes.
Then there’s the watchOS 6, which is dependent on iOS 13. The update is available now for Series 3 or 4 Apple Watch owners, and is coming to Series 1 and 2 later in the fall. watchOS 6 provides an on-watch App Store, notifies you of dangerous noise volumes, tracks your menstrual cycle, and tracks other activity trends in a new way.
With the launch of the new iPhones, Apple Arcade, iOS 13, and the forthcoming iPad OS, Apple TV+, Mac Pro, macOS Catalina, and more, the Apple team is sure to be pretty busy this fall.