WWDC 19 concluded just a few hours ago and as expected, iOS 13 was announced on stage giving the attendees of the event the first look of the new iPhone software. According to Craig Federighi who is Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, iOS 13 is the next big release for iOS and it will offer a variety of improvements to the operating system (OS).
Among the new and interesting announcements made for iOS, what definitely would have stolen the audience attention is the most awaited “Dark Mode”! Yes, iOS 13 will finally include a dark mode, so you can give your eyes a bit of ease when looking at your iPhone.
Here are the top 11 biggest announcements for iOS 13
1. Improve Performance
This year, Apple is putting a larger weight into focusing on the performance of the OS, especially on older iPhones. Let’s just hope that the company has learned from its past where new versions of iOS resulted in older iPhones becoming slow. However, we will have to wait till iOS 13 is released to actually see if the company succeeded this time or not.
Apple promises that iOS will feature improvements in performance such as Face ID will be 30% faster and apps will load twice as fast in iOS 13.
2. Dark Mode
This is probably the (single) most awaited and expected change. This is change is the biggest UI (visual) change that the company has done to iOS ever since it introduced the current design in iOS 7. So yes, iOS 13 will finally offer a system-wide dark mode like how the latest version of Mac OS X Sierra does or better.
Even notifications and the doc will be getting dark hues to suit the dark mode.
in iOS 13, the company is finally redoing the Reminders app. This app will feature new “Today”, “Scheduled”, “Flagged” and “All” filtering options which will help you sort out your tasks along with a new visual look to the app. The company is also pushing an AI (Artificial Intelligence) integration here, where you can type and Reminders will automatically suggest you a time on when you would like to be reminded. You will also be able to tag your contacts and will be reminded when you open up their message thread on Messages.
Moreover, the company has removed the weird… weird paper-like texture that had been a mainstay in the iOS design ever since the OS was introduced.
4. Apple Maps
The company says that they are redoing the entire Apple Maps app from the ground up. The new Maps will contain more comprehensive map data and a new mode that’s basically Google Street View. The new Maps will be available in selected cities and states to begin with and then the company will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and in 2020 the company plans of rolling it out worldwide.
5. New Swiping Keyboard
This announcement is actually not something new for Android users who have been using GBoard, SwiftKey and Swype. The company finally is updating its default keyboard to support swiping through the keyboard letters to make words, Apple is calling this feature “Quick Path”. It’s not something new but overall it’s good to see that the company is finally including this feature to their default keyboard.
Apart from the “Dark Mode”, Privacy was also one of the highlights of WWDC. Starting off with iOS 13, when it comes to certain applications you can give access to your location “Just Once”, which will prevent it from constantly being able to ping your location when you’re using the app.
The company is also launching a new “Sign with Apple” feature which will be available for developers when logging into apps and services. Users will be able to log into Applications using Face ID and create an account. When you’re creating the account via this method, Apple says that “no personal data will be revealed“.
Apple accounts will be able to automatically create new private email addresses on a per-app basis that will forward all emails to your real email, this will prevent applications from getting access to your real email or spamming you.
7. Updates to Apple Mail, Safari and Notes
Apple is tweaking its core apps in iOS 13. Apple Mail will be getting a new desktop formatting, Safari will be getting a per-website preference feature and Notes will be getting a new gallery view for looking at all your notes at once.
8. iMessage Profile Pictures
iMessage on iOS 13 will be getting a WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger styled profile picture and display names that will let you share your name and photo with your friends and other users who are using iMessage. In other words, the company will be making your iPhone look like their product demos where all contacts have proper images and names.
And of course, you will be able to use Memoji as your profile picture as well. Apple is also adding quite a few new customizing options for Memoji. On iOS 13, you will be able to use your Memoji as iMessage stickers (pretty interesting right?) and these sticker packs will be able to be used as custom emojis in apps like Mail and even third-party apps like WeChat.
9. Find My
From iOS 13, the old “Find My Friends” and “Find My iPhone” apps are going to be merged into one single app which will be simply known as “Find My”. This new app puts all of Apple’s tracking in one place, letting you track your missing device and friends and family all at the same time.
This new application can also locate your device if it’s not being connected to the internet. This is done by sending a secure Bluetooth beacon to other Apple devices, relaying it back to Apple and ultimately, back to you. This whole process is done via end-to-end encryption and any data use, battery life or privacy.
10. New Photo and Editing Tool
The company is adding a new interface to Photos and for the very first time, for Videos. You will be able to edit brilliance, highlights, shadows, contrast, saturation, white balance, sharpness, definition, vignette, and noise reduction on to your content.
And when it comes to videos, you can finally rotate them directly in your iPhone itself. The photos app will be getting a new UI, which (as the company says) will be using machine learning to remove duplicates and weird clutter like screenshots from the app for an easy browse.
11. External Storage
FINALLY, in iOS 13 you will be able to pull data from external storage such as an SD Card and a flash drive into the Files app.
The above announcements are quite interesting and most of them were long awaited for right? Apple says that iOS 13 will be supporting iPhones from iPhone 6s and above. This means that iPhone 6 users and iPhone 5s users would be left behind. A developer preview for this new iPhone OS will be going live today following the keynote and the initial public beta will begin at the end of this month.
Oh and let’s just hope that iPhone SE users will be getting this update as this device came after the iPhone 6.
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