Apple introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 13, on June 3 at the keynote event of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 13 is a next big release for iOS, with a long list of new features.
Below are the features in iOS13👇🏻
Probably the single most anticipated change, and the biggest visual update Apple’s made to iOS since it introduced the current software design in iOS 7, iOS 13 is finally offering a true, system-wide dark mode.
All of Apple’s first-party apps are supported, and even notifications and the dock get new dark hues to go with it.
NEW SWIPING KEYBOARD
While Apple has offered support for third-party keyboards on iOS for years, it’s updating its own default keyboard with a new feature: a swiping function that should be familiar to anyone who’s used SwiftKey, Swype, or Gboard over the years, which Apple’s calling the “Quick Path” keyboard. It’s not a huge upgrade, but it’s nice to see Apple finally getting with the times.
Long overdue for an update, Apple is redoing the Reminders app entirely in iOS 13, adding new “Today,” “Scheduled,” “Flagged,” and “All” filtering options for sorting your tasks, along with a whole new visual look. Apple’s also pushing big AI integration here — you can type and Reminders will automatically suggest when you’d like to be reminded, and you’ll be able to tag contacts and be reminded when you open up their thread in Messages.
Also gone is the weird, paper-like texture that had been a mainstay of the old skeuomorphic iOS design since the original version of iOS.
UPDATES TO APPLE MAIL, NOTES, AND SAFARI
Apple’s also tweaking a few of its core applications on iOS 13. Apple Mail is 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.
Apple is completely redoing Apple Maps with iOS 13. The company says that it’s rebuilt the app from the ground up, with more comprehensive map data and a new mode that’s… basically just Google Street View(right image). The new map will be available in select cities and states to start (left image), and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and internationally in 2020.
As is expected for Apple, privacy is a big part of the announcement here: now, you can choose to give your location data to an app “just once,” preventing it from constantly being able to ping your location when you’re using it.
Apple is also launching a new “Sign in with Apple” privacy feature, that gives you a convenient and data safe way to sign into apps and websites. Your Apple ID will be able to authenticate your account via Touch ID or Face ID, and developers will see a unique random ID rather than your real info.
Apple accounts will also be able to automatically create new, private email addresses on a per-app basis that forward to your real email, preventing apps from getting access to your email or spamming you.
IMESSAGE PROFILE PICTURES
iOS is getting WhatsApp- and Facebook Messenger-style profile pictures and display names that let users share their name and photos with other users for Messages — in other words, Apple will make your phone look like its product demos where all the contacts have proper names and pictures. It lets you share your name and photo with people, and Apple has added a ton of new Memoji options along with three new Animoji, the octopus, cow, and mouse. Memoji stickers, another new feature, turns your Memoji into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard so you can use them in Messages, Mail, and more.
NEW PHOTO AND VIDEO EDITING TOOLS
Apple’s adding a new editing interface to iOS for photos — and for the first time, videos. You’ll be able to edit brilliance, highlights, shadows, contrast, saturation, white balance, sharpness, definition, vignette, and noise reduction on your content. And for videos in particular, you’ll finally be able to rotate them directly on the device. The Photos app is also getting a new UI, which will use machine learning to remove duplicates and weird clutter like screenshots for easy browsing.
Apple is combining Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in iOS 13, and the union lets you locate your friends and missing gadgets with a faster, easier-to-use interface. What’s really neat is that it’ll use a crowd-sourced encrypted Bluetooth signal to help you track down devices that are not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. That’s mostly a big help for Macs, but it could also help with an iPhone in rare cases, too.
Finally, iOS will be able to pull files from SD cards and USB flash drives to import into the Files app. iOS 13 will be available to iPhone devices (starting with the iPhone 6S, meaning that iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 users will be left behind). A developer preview will go live today following the keynote, with a public beta program later this month.