Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose and threw a lot of new stuff at us, but what has excited us and caught our attention the most is the company’s latest software for iPhone-iOS 13. The newest software is poised to change your phone as it will bring a slew of features big and small to your device.
iOS 13 brings with it the most anticipated change and the biggest visual update Apple has ever made- the dark mode. The software is finally offering a true, system-wide dark mode that also included the calendar, music and photo apps. Further it seems Apple has learnt from its past issues where new versions of iOS resulted in slowed-down phones as the company is focusing big time this time on improvement to devices. iPhone 13 is expected to be compatible with iPhone iPhone XS and XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhoneX, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Even though anyone still using the iPhone 6 or older will not get the iOS 13 update, the new iPod touch (7th generation) is compatible with the software. However, we’ll have to wait until iOS 13 makes its way into the world before we can know for sure if Apple’s succeeded a second time.
Apple also got done an update that was long overdue! The Reminders app is re-done entirely in iOS 13, adding various new features with an ‘All’ filtering option that lets you sort your task in a whole new visual look. The company also pushed big AI integration here so you can type and Reminders will automatically suggest when you’d like to be reminded. Not only this, you’ll also be able to tag contacts and be reminded when you open up their thread in Messages.
Apple also tweaked a few of its core application in iOS 13. Apple Mail is all set to get new desktop formatting, Safari is getting per-website preferences, and Notes is getting a new gallery view for looking at all your notes at once. That’s not all! The old ‘Find My Friends’ and ‘Find My iPhone’ apps are being merged together into a single app and is simply called ‘Find My’. The new app brings all of Apple’s tracking features in one place and can also locate devices that are offline by sending a secure Bluetooth beacon to other Apple devices, sending it back to Apple, and then, ultimately, to you. The whole procedure is thing is end-to-end encrypted and shouldn’t affect data use, battery life, or privacy.
Now, when it comes to privacy, Apple makes sure you trust them and they haven’t failed us this time either. With iOS 13, comes a new ‘Sign in with Apple’ feature that’ll allow you to log into Face ID and create a new account for a service without revealing any personal information. Further if you have an Apple account, you will also be able to automatically create new, private email addresses on every app that’ll forward to your real email, thus preventing apps from getting access to your email or spamming your account.
At last but not the least, Apple has added a new editing interface to iOS 13 for photos and for the first time, videos. You’ll not only be able to edit visuals but also adjust noise on your content. And the best part? The photo’s app is getting a new UI that will use machine learning to delete duplicates and clutter like screenshots for easy browsing.
The iOS 13 is set to release later this year.