iOS 13 Beta

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Late Last Week, Apple’s newest interesting products were unveiled, the new iOS 13 beta was somewhere around the center of the event.

It’s that time of the year when tech brands are either unveiling their newest products or announcing the release of new software updates to their catalog of devices.

Each new update builds on the features of its predecessor to give users a new interface, Innovative features to play around with or enhance their day to day use of the device or to just fix something that wasn’t just good in the previous update.

While Google is getting Android phone owners prepped up for the final release of Android Q on August, Apple are giving iPhone owners the big threat of their lives with their latest iOS update; iOS 13.

In this post we are going to take a good look at the plans Apple have instuck for this new update. We are going to drill into its features and break them down one after the other so that even if you are not technologically savvy, but you find this type of things interesting, you can always go with the flow and keep yourself updated.

Last week, Apple gave us a glimpse of the future during Apple’s WWDC event, which took place in San Jose California and while most of Apple’s newest interesting products were unveiled, the new iOS 13 update was somewhere around the center of the event.

This new iOS update will replace its predecessor, iOS 12 later this year and it’s packed with features that should make it worth upgrading to for any iPhone user.

iOS SUPPORTED PHONES

iOS 13 will be available on iPhone 6s or later (including iPhone SE).

  • DARK MODE

Dark mode feature is one of the new trends that device manufacturers are taking serious this year. While It has always been available on the Mac for almost a year, Apple just deemed it fit to implement it into the iPhone.

So, users are getting access to a striking new Dark Mode with the new iOS 13.

The dark mode just a few advantages. Apart from giving your phone an opportunity to save more on battery (especially the phones running on OLED screens) as OLEDs work by lighting up pixels. Dark parts of a display mean less energy used because the display won’t be lightening up the pixels around the dark areas of your display.

It also gives your screen this matured dark themed look that stands out from everything you’ve already known.

Apple strongly believe that the new option will transform the appearance of your smartphone with a much darker and more dramatic colour scheme and deliver a great viewing experience, especially in low-light environments.

Once iOS 13 is installed, users will have the option to turn on Dark Mode as the default setting or have it switch over to a dark mode automatically at certain times of the day.

Ones the option is on, all of Apple’s suite of apps will get access to this new appearance immediately but other apps won’t. It now depends on individual app developers to implement the feature on their apps which I am sure it won’t take them long to do so.

  • SIGN IN WITH APPLE

One thing Apple is known for is Security and they already have innovative features to keep their devices and secure. With the new iOS update, things are only going to get better security-wise.

During the WWDC keynote, Apple revealed something called Sign in with Apple which is a feature Apple is introducing a better way for users to log in and authenticate with certain services online.

When you want to access a website or mobile app and you are asked to either login or signup. We all know how some platforms have made the authentication process easier by adding a means to sign in using social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter or even the obsolete Google Plus that went to Google’s graveyard earlier this year.

While this process makes it easier to login and sign-up to these websites or mobile apps, there’s a downside to it.  Doing so most times will give the platforms the details to follow you around the internet, tracking you with the information you provided them and using your personal data to target advertisements to show you.

While most of us won’t care about this stuff, some of us are bothered. So, instead of using this method, Apple users will soon be able to use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users’ privacy by providing the platforms with only a unique random ID.

This gets even more interesting in cases where the platforms you are signing up to choose to ask for a name and email address, with the new feature Apple is providing, users still have the option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead.

Also, Sign In with Apple makes it easy for users to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID and has two-factor authentication built in for another added layer of security.

  • IMPROVED PHOTOS

The concept of mobile photography has always been among the driving forces of mobile tech innovations.

Apple takes its photography game so serious. Studies have it that millions of photos are snapped every day on iPhones.

Hence, in addition to the features being introduced by iOS 13, Apple also added new options to make it easier for users to find and edit their best images.

There is a new on-device machine learning which curates the photos inside your image library then highlights the best photos for you; automatically hiding clutter or similar pictures to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year.

Furthermore, photos and videos are then intelligently organised, making it easier to browse and discover favourite memories.

Photo editing is more comprehensive and intuitive with new tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review at a glance.

With just a swipe, users have the ability to give their photos a new look. Increasing or decreasing effects to  create the perfect look as driven by their creative imagination.

This feature provides photographers with an extended creative possibilities and control over their images.

Also, in iOS 13, it’s not only in photos that you can flex this super powers, videos was added to the mix too. Most of the power photo editing tools are now available for video editing, making it possible to rotate, crop or apply filters on the fly to your photos and videos.

  • REMINDERS WILL GET BETTER

The popular Reminders app is getting an update which should make it far more useful.

Apple has given this service a new look and it will also offer more intelligent ways to create and edit alerts.

The quick toolbar makes it easier to add times, dates, locations and flags, or add attachments. With deeper integration with Messages, it’s also easy to tag someone in a reminder so that it surfaces when the user messages with that person.

  • iOS 13 WILL MAKE YOUR IPHONE FASTER

Apple iPhones are not known to be slow. Even their smallest devices have a way of optimizing its RAM usage and giving users the necessary performance they need to run their day to day activities with their smartphones.

But, there’s always room for improvement. Among the new features coming to iPhones with iOS 13, Apple will also be boasting performance too.

This improvement should make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and also, greatly affect the way iPhone apps are packaged on the App Store so as to reduces app download sizes by up to 50%.

Apple promised app updates will come with over 60% reduction in size, which will result in apps launching up to twice as fast.

  • NEW APPLE MAPS

Recently, Apple launched their own Maps platform called Apple Maps. The platform got off on a disastrous start but despite that, Apple Maps continues to improve and with iOS 13 Apple will be making the platform a lot better.

To see the effort Apple has put into making the map platform better, they stated that they’ve driven four million miles in a bid to rebuild the basemap from the ground up.

This means Apple is now delivering a new Maps experience with broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover.

Unfortunately, the update on the map platform will only be available in select cities and states but with time it will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to more countries in 2020.

Along with that general improvement, iOS 13 will bring additional new features to the Apple Maps app, this features include, collections to easily share favourite restaurants, travel destinations or places to shop with friends, and Favourites for navigating to frequent destinations, such as home, work, the gym or school, with a simple tap from the launch screen.

  • iOS 13 MISCELLANEOUS FEATURES

Finally, there’s a good number of miscellaneous features coming to iPhones with iOS 13, this updates are miscellaneous so we have to group them together. They include

Changes on Messages

This update automatically shares a user’s name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread.

The Animoji and Memoji might just be the most interesting feature coming with this update.

Meanwhile, the popular Memoji characters are also automatically added into the sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so users can use them in Messages, Mails and other apps for fun.

Do you know what’s more interesting? These Memoji also feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings, and accessories. Writing about it won’t show you how interesting it’s. Wait till it’s finally out with its iOS 13 beta updates.

Swipe Typing

Another new miscellaneous feature is something Apple called QuickPath.

iOS 13 Beta

This new keyboard brings easy one-hand typing by continuously swiping through the letters of a word. Something similar is a feature on most Android keyboards. It’s called swipe typing.

AirPod

Thirdly, Apple also have some amazing plans slated for their wireless earbud, AirPod.

When you update your iPhone to iOS 13, Siri will read you incoming messages and, with with a secondary feature called Announce Messages, it will allow you reply without using any SIRI trigger words.

This feature will not only be available for Apple’s messaging App but also for third party messaging apps too.

Also, with just a tap, you’ll able to share audio between iOS 13 devices ; playing audio to two pairs of AirPods.

A feature for Apple’s HomePod too:

iOS 13 on iPhone will let you HandOff audio to your HomePod and vice versa. This feature will work for all audio including phone calls.

UPDATE ON SIRI’S ABILITIES:

Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, now has a new voice that’s more natural.

There are shortcuts created for SIRI to support Suggested Automations that provide personalised routines for things like heading to work or going to the gym.

  • iOS UPDATE AVAILABILITY

Unlike Google Android that made it clear that Android Q final release date is sometime around August, Apple is yet to announce an official release date for iOS 13 but we expect it to arrive around September, the same time Apple has scheduled for

the unveiling of their new iPhones.

However, Apple is launching iOS 13 beta which allows anyone to give this software update a try before its final release.

With the iOS 13 beta updates comes further changes and modifications which will continue to the final release, so, more features might be added as the iOS 13 beta updates drop ahead of the final release.

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If you are interested in being among the first to have a test of iOS 13 beta before its final release,  sign up here beta.apple.com you will get notified when the beta launches in July.

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