Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2019 felt like another typical Apple event — introducing new updates, particularly iOS 13, that’s set to make its user-friendly devices more efficient, smarter, and friendlier.
Apple’s 2-hour keynote passed by like a snap — with Apple introducing new additions to its latest OS. Hence, here’s the complete roundup of Apple’s iOS 13 that’s coming this Fall.
Confirming speculation, iOS 13 will come with a system-wide Dark Mode feature for all iOS devices.
The Dark Mode feature can be turned on or off via settings or through a new control center toggle. Once enabled, Dark Mode will immediately invert all colors on your iPhone. Apple’s first-party apps will all support the feature—including Apple Music, Notes, Messages, Photos, Calendar, Music, and more.
Also, Apple iOS developers will be able to customize their apps for Dark Mode through Apple’s newly announced framework, SwiftUI.
Dark themes have been a growing trend in smartphones that allows extending your device’s battery life by saving power consumed by OLED screens to project brighter displays like the typical white background. Mainly, this is visually the most noticeable change coming to with the iOS 13.
Apple Apps Updates
Apple’s apps only get updated annually or sometimes, bi-annually. However, updates coming to iOS 13 aren’t merely performance and bug fixes — Apple is introducing a ton of new things in individual applications that should allow more versatility among its first-party apps.
- Mail is set to get new desktop formatting with richer text editing.
- Safari is getting per-website preferences settings—allowing you to adjust things like font size.
- The Notes app is getting folders and a new gallery view for looking at all your notes at once.
- The Music app brings a lyric mode that shows the words live alongside the song.
Apple is introducing new features to its Apple Maps app that should function like Google Street View — Look Around provides 360-degree street view visuals on chosen locations. You can zoom in and out on any locations.
But unlike Google Street View, Apple Maps allows you to share your locations to friends, your ETA, or favorite places to your friends.
Reminders have been completely redesigned that should make the app functional in terms of actually reminding you of impending tasks.
There’s a new quick type bar to add a task. You can indent tasks below bigger tasks. You can also involve other people with your reminders, and they will receive a notification via iMessage.
iMessage is set to become a more personal and more enjoyable experience for messaging. With iOS 13, you will be able to set a profile picture and share it with your contacts — much like WhatsApp — but you’ll get to control who can see it.
In typical Apple fashion, you can use Memojis as your profile picture. Apple is also using this opportunity to introduce improvements in the face-altering feature through more customization options. There are a ton of beauty and customization tools — elaborated in the video above.
Apple is adding a new portrait lighting effect — and portrait lighting will become more customizable. The camera app is getting more pro features with buttons to control saturation, highlights, shadows, etc. All of this will be available for videos, as well.
Finally, there’s also a rotate feature coming to videos.
When it comes to your photo library, iOS automatically hides duplicate photos to keep the best shots. There’s also a new tab to explore your photo library. Navigating your library feels more fluid with auto-playing video vignettes. There’s a new tab bar so that you can see highlights from the past years, months, and days.
Apple is known for implementing security features way ahead of its competitors, like Google and Facebook. Today, during the WWDC, Apple wants to take it farther.
Apple is putting an end to location tracking in apps that continuously becomes a controversy starter. Apple will only allow users to share their locations once. Third-party developers soon won’t be able to share details about your Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth signal.
Also, quite interestingly, Apple is implementing its version of “Sign in with Facebook” or “Sign in with Google” with “Sign in with Apple.” Users will no longer have to succumb to lazy account making — by allowing third-party applications to access your personal information. You can even share a randomly generated email address that relays emails to your real email address.
There are extended security protocols for HomeKit, too, including a new Secure Video mode that encrypts video footages locally before sending that information to the cloud and will store them there for a maximum of 10 days without consuming memory space. Apple will not be able to see footage stored in your cloud — as they do not have the keys to access them.
To make HomeKit devices more secure, Apple is bringing HomeKit to routers, so that connected devices don’t always have to talk to the internet directly.
The voice that started the conversation on automated smart assistance is getting a revamp. It is now generated entirely by a neural text-to-speech technology rather than a human-based recording.
Siri will also be more functional with other Apple hardware such as the AirPods — where it will be able to read text messages for you and lets you respond immediately.
Moreover, CarPlay support is now compatible with more third-party apps like Waze. Siri can formulate suggestions based on your activities, connected apps, and smart home devices.