iOS 13 was revelead at Apple’s WWDC 2019 event, and it seems that this is a ‘big one’. Apple showed off the company’s latest software for the iPhone, and according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, iOS 13 is the ‘next big release for iOS’. The update seems to touch up on a variety of improvements to the operating system.
Some of the bigger updates are dark mode (oh how revolutionary), performance improvements, and a swiping keyboard (again, very original).
Apple has taken basically a pledge to bring better improvements to their devices. In particular, older devices. Let’s see if their ‘commitment’ to older devices, rather than slowing them down to force users to upgrade. They also mention that Face ID will unlock 30% faster, and apps will launch twice as fast in iOS 13.
An integration that has probably been long time coming. If you didn’t know, Apple only let people users use third party keyboards, relatively recently. But now they’re upgrading their own keyboard, with a swipe function similar to those in SwiftKey or Gboard. They’re of course, turning it into their own, and calling it the “Quick Path”. Guess it was about time to for Apple to catch up to 2019.
Dark Mode (oooo, exciting)
Contrary to my sarcasm, Dark mode has been a highly sought out feature for everyone. Considering it’s a huge visual update, it’s a pretty big deal. iOS 13 will feature a system-wide dark mode, and that’s pretty cool. Black usually uses less power than a white screen, and not to mention it just looks better. Congrats for finally getting a dark mode, Apple.
Privacy of course is one of the most talked about topics in tech right now. And Apple is trying to take it seriously, as they’ve take some precautions to make their devices ‘safer’. Users will now be able to choose to provide location data to an app “just once” so your location isn’t always available to these apps. There’s also a new “Sign in with Apple” feature which will make available to developers to log into apps and services. You’ll be able to log into Face ID and create a new account for services, so that’s pretty nifty.
Seems like we’re headed to a Cyberpunk future faster than we thought.
iMessage Profile Pics
iOS is now going to display profile pictures and display names like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger. This will display to other users of Messages, so you won’t be staring at a blank, grey, default picture. Hopefully it makes things a little more interactive. Also, you’ll also be able to use Memoji’s as a profile pic too, if you wanted.
Oh by the way, iOS will now be able to take files from SD cards and USB flash drives which import into the Files app. I mean, there isn’t a SD slot on iPhones, but I guess it’s an improvement.