WWDC 2019 is one of the most important events in the world by Apple. As every year, the Cupertino kids have taken advantage of their developer conference to publicize the news that will reach their ecosystem of products, an ecosystem in which iOS has a privileged position. It is precisely iOS that interests us right now, since its latest version, iOS 13, is already official.
Therefore, we will see all the news of iOS 13 and, of course, which devices will be compatible. First of all, it should be noted that although the beta version should not take long to arrive, the stable version still has a bit left and, possibly, we will not see it until September.
Better performance and lighter apps
We start with the performance. Apple has retouched the software of its iPhone and iPad to get 30% faster facial unlocking compared to iOS. To this, we must add that iOS 13 is, according to Apple, twice as fast as iOS 12, which is already a significant increase.
There are also improvements in the size of the downloads, and that is that in iOS 13 updates will be 60% lighter and applications downloaded from the App Store will be 50% less heavy. An interesting point if we add is that applications will open double of fast. It will touch to test the beta to leave doubts.
Native dark mode
Over the last few months, we have seen applications begin to add to the dark mode. This mode, designed to use the phone when the light is less abundant and avoid the sparkle of white colors, comes to iOS 13 natively, as well as the ecosystem of Apple’s own applications.
Thus, this mode is applied to the system interface, attenuating the brightness and blackening the widgets, for example. We will see it better in applications, such as Messages, Reminders or Notes, which are stained black when this mode is activated. Something that, by the way, we can do from the control panel or the device settings. Note that the dark mode is available to developers, so they can program their apps to be activated or deactivated automatically with the operating system.
QuickPath: swipe on the keyboard to write
This is a feature that was already available on Android for a long time and now Apple takes it to its default keyboard. As we can do in GBoard, users can slide their finger across the keyboard to write words, which should make writing sentences and short words easier.
“Sign in with Apple”
In terms of privacy, Apple has developed its own web login system. This login protects from trackers offering the possibility of hiding our true mail when registering in a web or application.
In this way, the user can choose between displaying the mail to the service in which it is registering or “Hide my mail“. By doing so, the device will create a random email that will redirect all emails received in that email to the original account. In this way, true mail is always hidden. Logging in will be as simple as pressing “Sign in with Apple” and verify identity with Touch ID or Face ID.
HomeKit privacy improvements
And speaking of privacy, HomeKit has received Secure Video, a function that encrypts videos recorded by connected security cameras. That way, neither the Internet provider nor Apple or anyone else will be able to access them. You can only see them on your devices.
To this is added “Homekit to Routers“, a function designed so that when a device is compromised, access to the rest is blocked. In this way, the infected device cannot harm the rest of the network.
More features in Messages, including the new Memojis
Turning to the messages, now you can share your name and your photo (or an Animoji) to appear with that name and photo in the list of messages of your contacts. This is optional, so only the users that you decide will be able to see it.
And speaking of Animojis, the Memoji Stickers arrive. As the name suggests, they are static Memojis based on your face that is exported as stickers and can be imported into the iOS keyboard and used in other apps.
New photo editing features
There are also new features in the camera. Now, when we use the “studio lighting” mode we can increase the intensity of the light, simulating that the subject is closer or away from the spotlights. A small novelty to get more natural results.
Also, in iOS 13 we can edit the photos captured in the Lightroom style. That is, we can touch the contrast, saturation, high lights and shadows and other elements of the image without the need for an additional program. Last but not least, you can now rotate the videos from the gallery.
Redesign of some applications, Maps included
Applications such as Reminders and Maps have received a redesign. Starting with the first, now the content has been placed in a kind of modules in the upper area, so that it will be, at least in appearance, easier to access the reminders. In the same way, they have become “smarter, being able to recognize what we want them to remember us and when, for example.
Maps have also been improved, mainly in the United States, where the information will be more detailed thanks to a larger database. There will be a wider coverage of roads, buildings and terrain gradients. In general, you can add quick access to those sites that we visit often or that we need to locate more frequently. it will be launched in the United States by the end of 2019 and in more countries by 2020.
Maps are also updated with a new base map and 3D photography, as well as with the “Look Around” function, which allows you to see images at street level, as Google Street View already allows. The collections also make an appearance, which serves to share locations easily.
Siri reads you the messages when you use the AirPods
Siri has also had his part of prominence in the WWDC 2019 and is that Apple has added in iOS 13 the possibility that your assistant will read incoming messages through the AirPods.
And now that we talk about the AirPods, we should highlight the Share Audio function, which allows us to share what we are listening to with another person, bringing our device closer to theirs. Share Audio works between iPhones and also with the Home Pod, a Home Pod that, by the way, is now able to recognize who speaks to you and personalize the answer.
Following with Siri, Apple has implemented Neural Text to Speech (TTS). The purpose of this function is to make the reading of texts more natural and not so robotic. For this, the assistant will use cuts by Artificial Intelligence.
Release date of iOS 13
As always, wait a bit to install iOS 13. The company is used to take advantage of the launch of the new generation of iPhone, so surely we can not access the stable version until mid-September. The public beta will be deployed throughout July.