09 December 2019
Apple has officially announced iOS 13, the latest iteration of the operating system meant for Apple iPhones, iPads, and a lonely iPod Touch. The new software version comes with a number of improvements including under the hood performance improvements. And yes, iOS 13 is indeed bringing the recently rumored native Dark mode which will be available for a number of apps including native ones.
The all-new iOS 13 brings a number of significant improvements over the predecessor. The Face ID performance has received a 30% boost this time around. Apple says that app updates will be up to 60% smaller with app launch time increasing by twice. And yes, there is finally swiping input support available for native keyboard application which is something users were asking for years now.
The default Reminds app is receiving a major overhaul which is exactly what we heard about in recent leaks. The new app has sections called Today, Scheduled, Flagged, and All. One can tag friends to reminders and with the help of AI, the app can now suggest times when a user would like to get reminded. There is also a new design introduced to the app.
Apple Maps is another app that is getting a major overhaul. The new app has been rebuilt entirely from scratch with more detailed data that has been captured for more accurate and relevant results. There is a new mode which is similar to Google Street View on Google Maps but is appearing to be cleaner in the first impression. The new app will be released for everyone in the United States by late 2019 followed by a few select other countries.
Like every time, Apple has added a bunch of new privacy features that will make iOS 13 more safe and secure. One major addition is the ability to grant location tracking permission only once so that the app cannot ping you repeatedly. Similarly, Apple has added protections to ensure that apps can't abuse WiFi and Bluetooth to infer one's location.
With iOS 13, Apple is introducing a new way to sign into apps and websites called Sign in with Apple. It is aimed at making it possible for users to sign into their desired apps/websites without having to worry about data tracking. It has been announced as an alternative to widely used Sign in with Google and Sign in with Facebook options.
Apple's solution will allow users to create a new account by using Face ID and without having to share any private information. It will even create a random email address that will be shared with apps and websites. All the emails received on this random email will be forwarded to the user's personal email. This way, they will be able to receive all emails without having to share their personal email address. This will also prevent users from getting spammed.
The Messages application now automatically shows name and profile picture for received messages. It should make it easier for users to identify who is texting them as well as to share their name and photo. As far as profile pictures are concerned, users can set Memoji avatars for the same. To make one's Memoji profile pic unique and personalized, there are tons of customization features including lipsticks, eyelid colors, piercings, hairstyles, sunglasses, hats, and much more. That's not it, there are Memoji Stickers too which can be used on any messaging application.
There are numerous photo and video editing features that will be coming with iOS 13. The Studio Lighting effect intensity can now be adjusted like you are moving the light source near or far from the subject. Some of the other edition aspects include brilliance, highlights, shadows, contrast, saturation, brilliance, white balance, sharpen, definition, vignette, and noise reduction. It is now also possible to rotate videos now which is a first.
As for the native Photos app, Apple has added AI integration which will help clear duplicate photos and clutter. There are also improvements to the way you browse through older photos and videos. Depending on the photo/video you are seeing, it will start showing related one straightaway. For example, if you visit Disneyland every year or regularly and you look at any of the photos from there, it will automatically show all the photos from previous visits.
Apple says that there still plenty of new iOS 13 features that users will be seeing as they will be using it. The developer preview edition for iOS 13 has already been released. For those who love to be a part of public beta testing, it will be started sometime next month. The team is planning to make the public stable version available this fall.