Apple introduced us to iOS 13 yesterday and the company promised numerous innovations, including a completely dark mode.
During WWDC 2019 a lot of Apple news came our way and in addition to the announcement of a new Mac Pro and iPadOS, iPhone users could look forward to a whole series of updates using iOS 13. Dark mode, anyone?
It was Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of software at Apple who came to present iOS 13 on the big stage. A lot of information had already been leaked in recent months, which meant that expectations were extra high. In the meantime, we were 100% sure that we would welcome a dark mode, since the addition of such a mode is one of the major trends that we encounter this year in terms of software, and Apple simply couldn’t be left behind. There is not much to say about it, except that “dark mode” will be supported in all official Apple apps and will also have an effect on smaller elements of the system, such as notifications.
The Reminders app could undoubtedly use an upgrade and Apple does so by adding a series of new filters, such as “Today”, “Scheduled”, “Flagged” and “All”, so that the overview can be saved a little better. We also saw a visual upgrade and you can now link notes to your contacts so that your reminders appear when you open a chat with them.
Swipe to type
Android users have long been enjoying the ability to swap words together while typing, but the Apple keyboard unfortunately lagged a bit behind in this area and you had to rely on other software if you wanted that experience on iOS. Thanks to the “Quick Path” keyboard, that is finally a thing of the past.
Updates of popular apps
If the above dark mode is not enough for you, you will be happy to read that Apple is going to make some other updates to its standard apps. Apple Mail will receive “desktop formatting” for a better writing experience, Safari will be able to remember your preferences for each website, Notes will receive a visual upgrade and Apple Maps has been completely rebuilt to make better maps available in the United States in the coming years. For us Europeans, Google Maps is therefore probably the better solution.
All-in one privacy
Privacy is one of the most important issues for Apple and the company has once again emphasized it this time. From iOS 13, you can choose to give an app access to your location only once, instead of permanently. In addition, “Sign in with Apple” gives you the option to create an account with Face ID and log in without sharing personal data. Those who prefer not to share their email address can now also create a specific address per app that is then forwarded to your real mail. So you can easily see where the spam comes from.
Other announcements were the addition of profile images to iMessage, better photo and video editing modes (such as image rotation) in combination with a new layout for the Photos app. Find My Friends and Find My iPhone are merged in the “Find My” app.
iOS will also FINALLY have the option to retrieve files from a USB stick or memory card and import them to the Files app. Finally, we can also expect a lot of performance improvements, which means that iOS 13 has to make our iPhones faster rather than slower, as is the case with many major updates. Apps would load twice as fast and Face ID should be up to 30 percent faster.
We are already looking forward to the public beta phase, which is due to start this month.