iOS 13 Features: What’s New?

Apple has announced at WWDC in June, iOS 13 is Apple’s next operating system for iPhones and iPads. It is going to be launched in September. So let’s see what’s new in it in short.

  1. Dark Mode
  2. A new Dark Mode option gives iOS and apps a beautiful dark colour scheme. Perfect for low-light environments, Dark Mode is easier on your eyes and won’t disturb people around you.

    • User can turn on/off dark mode manually from setting
    • User can also schedule dark mode for certain time or based on sunrise and sunset.
    • An API lets third‑party developers implement Dark Mode in their apps.
  3. Photos
    • The main Photos tab in the Photos app has a whole new look in iOS 13, putting your best photos front and center so you can relive your memories at a glance. In addition to viewing all your photos, there are now options to view images organized by day, month, and year.
    • All of these options filter out clutter, such as screenshots, photos of receipts, and duplicate images, so you can see your most significant moments without the cruft. Viewing all photos is still an option if you need to find all your images like you could prior to iOS 13.
    • In the new Photos tab, muted Live Photos and videos play as you scroll, which has the effect of bringing your photo library to life. The best of your photos are also shown larger, accompanied by smaller shots, making your photo library more dynamic.
    • The Days view shows the photos you’ve taken that day, while the Months view presents your photos categorized into events so you can see the best of the month at a glance. The Years view surfaces photos taken around the current date on past years.
    • Apple highlights titles like location, concert performer, holiday, and more, and under the “All” view, you can zoom in or zoom out to see more or less of your entire photo library at one time.
    • There’s a neat little feature that lets you see photos of a person on their birthday if you have their birthdays assigned to them in the People album, and there’s a new album dedicated to screen recordings.
    • Apple has added soundtracks for Memory movies based on what you like to listen to in the Music app, and there’s a new Live Photos feature that will extend your video if you have multiple Live Photos taken within 1.5 seconds of one another.
    • There’s a handy feature that lets you tap each edit you apply to see what the photo looks like before and after, so it’s clear what each adjustment is doing. Intensity is also applied on a numerical basis so you can see exactly what your settings are at.
    • For the first time, you can adjust the intensity of the pre-set filters like Vivid or Noir, for a more subtle but still filtered look. You can also adjust the intensity of the Auto Enhance feature (applied with the magic wand) using a new slider.
    • There are new editing tools for vibrance, white balance, sharpness, definition, and noise level, plus a new vignette tool for adding shadows to the edges of your image. Auto crop, straighten, and perspective have been enhanced, and there’s support for pinch-to-zoom so you can see how an edit impacts a particular area of a photo.
  4. Camera
  5. Adjust Portrait Lighting intensity

    • Virtually adjust the position and intensity of your studio lighting. Increase the intensity of each Portrait Lighting effect - moving the light closer to your subject - to smoothen skin, sharpen eyes and brighten facial features. Or decrease the intensity of the light - moving it away from your subject - for a subtle, refined look.
  6. Privacy and Security
  7. Apple has made changes in Privacy and Security API that is used in iOS app development. Lets see it in detail:

    App location permissions

    • In iOS 13, users have more control over how and when apps access their location data. There’s a new option to allow an app to use a person’s location just one time, with a requirement to ask again when the next time it wants to use location data.

    App location transparency

    • Apple is also now sending notifications when apps are using location data in the background, so you can choose to turn off location tracking for that app if desired. When you receive these notifications, you’ll see just how much location data has been collected, and where it was collected.

    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth location privacy enhancements

    • Apple has implemented new APIs and controls designed to prevent apps from accessing your location using WiFi and Bluetooth without your consent. When apps share data using Bluetooth or WiFi in the background, you will get a notification and can go into the settings to turn off access.

    Location controls for shared photos

    • For social media, Apple is now letting you control whether you share location data when sharing a photo. When sharing a photo via the Share Sheet, tapping the “Options” button will let you toggle off “Location,” which removes location metadata from your photos.
  8. Sign in with Apple
  9. Sign In with Apple is a new privacy-focused alternative to existing sign-in options from companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook, which are designed to let you use your existing accounts to  quickly and easily sign in to other apps and services.

    Sign In with Apple works like Google, Twitter, and Facebook sign-in options, but with an important distinction - Apple does not track or profile you when you use the feature.

    Respect for your privacy

    • Apple will never track or profile you when you sign in with Apple.
    • Works everywhere

    • Sign in with Apple works on all your Apple devices as well as the web and apps on Android or Windows.
      So now Mobile App developers can integrate sign in with Apple too in their apps.

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  10. Maps
    • iOS 13 brings a Junction View, designed to help drivers avoid wrong turns and directional misses by lining them up in the correct lane before a turn or an elevated road, and Siri guidance has been improved with more natural language.
    • As an example, Apple says that instead of saying “in 1,000 feet turn left,” Siri will instead say “turn left at the next traffic light.” There are also navigation improvements designed to get you closer to your end-point destination at large venues like concerts.
    • Real-time transit schedules are now available in the Maps app, including arrival times, network stops, and connections for improved route planning. Real-time information like outages and cancellations is also listed in the Maps app.
    • Apple has added flight status information to maps, with information about flight terminals, gate locations, and departure times.
    • Look Around

    • New in iOS 13 is a Look Around feature in Maps, which is Apple’s equivalent to Google’s Street View. Look Around offers up a street-level view of what’s around you or what you search for in the Maps app.
    • Look Around in the main Apple Maps view can be used wherever a pair of binoculars are shown. Tapping that delves into a close-up street level view of the location in a little card, which you can tap again to use the feature full screen.
    • Tapping around on the display lets you move through the Look Around area, and tapping on an area far in the distance does a neat zooming maneuver that’s fun to watch. Notable points of interest, such as restaurants and businesses, are highlighted with identifying icons.
    • Look Around is limited to areas where a car can go because it’s using data captured from a 360-degree camera on a vehicle. That means you can’t zoom into areas like parks or beaches, for example, but you can see what’s visible from the street.
    • Collections and Favorites

    • There’s an updated Favorites option in Maps, which lets you search for specific locations and add them to a favorites list. Favorites are Home and Work by default, but any location can be added to the list.
    • Tapping a favorite location brings up directions to that spot, making the Favorites list a good option for places that you travel to regularly. Siri Suggestions is also able to suggest places that you might want to add to the Favorites List.
    • Maps also has a Collections feature for aggregating different locations, such as restaurants you want to try or places you might want to visit while on vacation. Your list of Collections can be shared, so you can make up lists of places for friends and family and then share them.
  11. Siri
  12. Siri intelligence

    • Siri offers personalised suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari and Maps. Siri . can even detect reminders in messages and events in third‑party apps.
    • Siri Kit for Audio

    • Siri can now play music, podcasts, audiobooks and radio with third‑party apps.
    • Radio

    • Ask Siri to tune in to your favorite radio station.
    • Indian English voice

    • Siri has a new Indian English voice.
  13. Shortcuts
  14. Conversational shortcuts

    • Shortcuts are even more powerful, enabling you to interact with your apps in a conversational way.
    • Built-in Shortcuts app

    • The Shortcuts app is now built in and home for all your shortcuts.
    • Suggested automation

    • Get started with the Shortcuts app by adding a personalised daily routine to help streamline your day.
  15. Memoji and Messages
  16. Share name and photo

    • Automatically share your name and photo when you start a conversation or when the other person responds in a message. Decide whether you share with everyone, just your contacts or not at all. You can even choose to use an Animoji, image or monogram for your photo.
    • Memoji stickers

    • Automatically generate sticker packs based on your Memoji and Animoji characters that allow you to express a range of emotions in Messages.
    • Improved search

    • Search in Messages makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. Even before you type a character, you can see recent messages, people, photos, links and locations you might be looking for. When you type in a search, Messages categorises the results and highlights matching terms.
    • Improved details pane

    • The details pane organises links, locations and attachments that have been shared in the conversation so they’re easy to find at a glance.
    • Improved Memoji customization

    • Makeup lets you customise blush and eyeshadow and includes editing tools that make it easy to get just the right look. Customise your teeth with braces and add piercings to your nose, eyebrows, eyelids and around your mouth. There are also 30 new hairstyles, over 15 new pieces of headwear and more earrings and glasses.
    • New Animoji

    • Three new Animoji characters - mouse, octopus and cow - give you more options to express yourself.
    • Animoji hardware support

    • All devices with an A9 chip or later support Memoji and Animoji sticker packs.
  17. Keyword
  18. QuickPath

    • The QuickType keyboard now includes QuickPath, so you can swipe your finger from one letter to the next to enter a word without removing your finger from the keyboard.
    • Swipe or tap to type

    • You can swipe or tap to type interchangeably, so you can choose what’s most convenient even if you’re mid‑sentence.
    • Alternate word options

    • Alternate word options appear in the predictive bar, so you can quickly choose a different option.
    • QuickPath language support

    • Support for English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese is now included.
    • Automatic language selection in Dictation

    • Dictation automatically detects which language a user is speaking. The language will be chosen from the keyboard languages enabled on the device, up to a maximum of four.
  19. Reminder
    • Apple overhauled the Reminders app in iOS 13 to make it more useful and more competitive with third-party to-do apps. The new Reminders app features an updated design organized into four sections: Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged.
    • Reminders are organized into different lists, with customizable colors and icons. Under each reminder entry, you can create additional nested reminders, and multiple lists can be grouped together.
    • When creating a new Reminder, there’s a toolbar at the top that lets you schedule specific times for the task, arrange to get a reminder in the car, when arriving home, or at another location, flag a reminder as important so it shows up in the Flagged list, or add a photo or scanned document. Reminders support photos, documents, and web links in iOS 13.
    • Apple says that when you type longer, more descriptive sentences in the Reminders app, it will automatically understand and provide relevant suggestions to you.
    • When you’re chatting with someone in Messages, Siri can recognize possible reminders and make suggestions, such as when someone asks if you want to go somewhere or asks you to get something from the store. You can also tag someone in one of your reminders to get a reminder about a specific task when chatting with them the next time.
  20. Performance
  21. Faster app launch

    • Apps launch up to two times faster in iOS 13.
    • Faster Face ID unlock

    • Unlocking iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR is up to 30 per cent faster.
    • Smaller app downloads

    • Apps from the App Store will be packaged in a new way that makes them up to 50 per cent smaller.
    • Smaller app updates

    • App updates will be up to 60 per cent smaller on average.
  22. Augmented Reality
  23. Support for Motion Capture

    • Motion Capture lets developers integrate people’s movement into their apps.
    • People Occlusion

    • AR content appears naturally in front of or behind people, enabling more immersive AR experiences and fun green-screen-like applications.
    • So, In this article I have highlighted the main features of iOS 13.
      Apple’s list of compatible devices confirms that iOS 13 is compatible with all of these iPhone and iPod:

    • iPhone XS
    • iPhone XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
    • iPod touch (7th-generation)
    • The new iPad OS, which is basically iOS 13 but for the iPad, is also compatible with a wide range of older devices.

    • All iPad Pros
    • iPad (6th generation)
    • iPad (5th generation)
    • iPad mini (5th generation)
    • iPad mini 4
    • iPad Air (3rd generation)
    • iPad Air 2

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