An icon in the latest beta of iOS 13, released on July 2nd, has shown off what looks like a new way to share and transfer data between devices. The icon, found in the Setup app by 9to5Mac, suggests that Apple is working on transferring data between two iOS devices, via a cable connection.
Currently, Apple does not offer a Lightning to Lightning cable, which could mean that either an official cable may be releasing in the future, or this is being built around new devices that are rumoured to feature USB-C instead of a Lightning port.
Currently, you can only restore from an iCloud backup, or use a computer, when setting up a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This works wirelessly with another device that contains your data on if it’s nearby.
In iOS 13 Beta 2, EverythingApplePro spotted a new option in the iPhone setup menu that says ‘Transfer Directly from iPhone’ showing that Apple is working on this feature again, but the functionality is limited at the moment, to the point where it doesn’t even work.
Apple will either remove these giveaways of the upcoming transfer feature or include full support by the time iOS 13 is released to the public. The company has just a few months to take action on this.