iOS 13: Every new feature coming to your Apple iPhone and iPad soon (Pic: TechRadar)
Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last night, and there's plenty of juicy upgrades coming to iOS users – both on iPhone and iPad.
For those not in the know, WWDC is an event attended by app developers from around the globe. This year's event was held in San Jose and went into some detail on upgrades for iOS, MacOS, WatchOS and even tvOS.
Read on for our rundown of the key upgrades coming to your phone or tablet in the near future.
Right off the bat, let's go over one of the most long-awaited additions to the iOS platform – Dark Mode. Finally, iOS 13 will bring Dark Mode to your iPhone and this is proven to extend battery life on OLED devices (such as the iPhone X or later). It looks great, but one wonders how it took this long to arrive.
Safari, Mail and Notes are getting some upgrades and while that may sound a bit dull, the headline feature is that the iPhone can now request desktop versions of webpages and Mail will support Rich Text. Hopefully, this will help both feel more like modern apps as they've lagged behind the competition in recent years, and you can now use a swipe keyboard to quickly enter text. Reminders has been completely rebuilt, too.
You know those sites that let you sign in with Google or Facebook? Apple will offer login using your Apple ID. Benefits include increased privacy, while also being able to hide your email address from the app or page in question – so all emails from it are sent to a randomly generated dummy email which forwards to your real one until you tell it not to.
The camera is getting new portrait lighting effects, and the cumbersome editing options have been streamlined and now apply to videos, too. For shutterbugs like myself, the iOS Photos app will now organise your library, even hiding duplicates using machine learning.
If you've got AirPods, Siri will be able to read messages directly in your ear – and he/she has a new, more natural sounding voice too. If your car uses CarPlay, it'll now support more third-party applications and Siri will work across them. Whether this will extend to Spotify or not, I can't wait to find out.
iPhone users have been waiting a long time for Dark Mode (Pic: Apple)
One of Apple's biggest surprises is for the iPad. Last year's iPad Pro lineup featured exceptional computers hamstrung by a "one size fits all" commitment to running iOS. This year, Apple has spun off the device's OS into iPadOS. Catchy title, no?
Multitasking has been redesigned, while widgets can now be pinned to the home screen. Apps can now open multiple windows, too – so you can copy text from one document to another.
Perhaps most excitingly to anyone opting to use the iPad Pro as their main computer is the addition of USB thumb drive support and the option to import photos straight from a camera. This could be huge, and whether it'll lead to being able to extend the device's storage could be an interesting notion. Thankfully the Files app has been redesigned with a column view to facilitate easier management of users'Read More – Source