iOS 13 beta 1 just released to developers and Apple announced a bunch of new iOS 13 features today at WWDC. Different software for the watch, iPad, iPad OS, and all-new operating system but in this article, we’re going to focus on the biggest features that have actually changed in iOS 13. Obviously, there’s a dark mode and there’s a lot of things that they’ve announced at their events but there are so many tiny subtleties in iOS 13 as well. So without any further ado, let’s get started with the biggest iOS 13 features.
The first one that We’d like to start with is speed. Apple made pretty bold claims about iOS 13 speed versus already really fast iOS 12. iOS 13 is actually quite fast even from the onset with iOS 13 beta 1 we’re noticing a considerable speed increase.
Apple actually advertised 30% faster Face ID unlocking, 50% smaller packages for app downloads, and 60% smaller app updates. So, there should be much faster downloads and installing apps. Especially, the bigger ones and 2 times faster launch speeds.
Overall, iOS 12 is already faster than previous versions, especially on older devices. So, we welcome another free speed upgrade.
2. SHARED WIRELESS AUDIO
Next up, is Shared Wireless Audio. This is like a headphone splitter but for AirPods. It works by holding two different iPhones near each other and then enabling audio sharing. This basically lets you hear the same thing from one source.
This could be fun for two people next to each other on a plane watching the same movie together but both with wireless headphones or maybe going for a run with someone and both listening to the same music at the same time. Things like that.
Its a solid new audio feature that of course takes advantage of having Bluetooth 5.0.
Next up, is the — “New” Keyboard. The stock keyboard in iOS 13 has swipe typing now. Androids had this feature for at least a decade now.
This feature was available with third-party keyboards like Swipe or the Google Keyboard if you install them on your iPhone in the past but now it will be built-in so now you can have all your keyboard suggestions and everything you’re used to in one place with swipe typing.
I personally love it for typing longer sentences on bigger screens. I am not sure if this is also coming to iPad OS but it’s welcome on the iPhone.
4. PHOTOS APP
We got a pretty good demo of the Photos App at WWDC. Basically, the UI is organized bit differently and it gets a bunch of new features that I like.
At the bottom of the app, you get a couple of different photo modes. You have –
ALL PHOTOS MODE — which is literally just a grid of everything.
DAYS MODE — which lets you scroll through the best photos you’ve taken each day with a sort of highlights of certain photos that it thinks you’ll like.
MONTHS MODE — Zooms a bit out and gives you the best photos of each month.
YEARS MODE — Again Zooms out giving you a throwback of some of the best stuff from previous years – 2018,2017,2016, etc. Sort of rewind of what happened around that day each year.
Finally, when you’re actually in a photo the editing controls are pretty sweet. They got an upgrade. They’re much more extensive and smartly laid out and fluid. You can do auto adjustment if you want or really dig deep down into manual corrections with contrast, color sharpening, noise reduction and there’s also red-eye correction built-in and yet can still mess with the same filters as before.
The best part to me anyway is that this also applies to videos. So you can mess with the same edits to color, contrast, sharpness even noise reduction for videos which is really amazing.
Moreover, you can now also rotate a video that you literally could not do in the iOS 12 Photos app along with flipping and there is tilting and warping and perspective changes for every single clip. You can even change the aspect ratio, so there’s a lot going on.
5. DARK MODE
One of the most anticipated feature of iOS and that is — DARK MODE in iOS 13.
Love or hate it, people have been wishing for this and asking for it for a few years now. The default all-white colors of iOS can be blinding. So, now there’s a system-wide dark mode. You can enable it from the control center and it turns all your stock apps, menus, notifications, widgets, and everything dark.
Quick toggle for the UI is now super simple and easy to switch everything black.
All third-party apps like YouTube, Twitter and all the rest you’ll have to toggle to dark mode manually.
This mode will come in handy to save a little bit of battery since the iPhones, of course, all use OLED displays that don’t use power when the color black is displayed.