Another year, another jam-packed new iOS release from Apple.
The upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 13 — is a faster, more privacy-focused mobile operating system, with new features and improvements across most of its core functionality.
Onstage at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced that the updated OS is significantly faster and more data-conscious, with a new app download packaging format that makes downloads 50 percent smaller and updates 60 percent smaller.
Apps will also launch twice as fast, with 30 percent faster Face ID unlock. A new low data mode can be enabled in settings, too, while a QuickPath keyboard enables swipe-to-type functionality and Apple Music supports time-synced lyrics.
Here’s what else you can expect from iOS 13, which will arrive this fall.
One of iOS 13’s headlining features is dark mode at an OS level rather than app level. The setting will darken the background across iOS, from Messages to Reminders to the home screen.
Privacy, Privacy, Privacy
If iOS 13 has another big theme, it’s privacy. The company is doubling down on its reputation for privacy in the latest mobile OS release by building in more data controls across the experience.
For the first time, you can share your location with an app just once and then require permission the next time it wants it. Apple will also give you regular reports showing which apps are tracking you, and shut down loopholes like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi scanning. Oh, and iOS 13 will send unknown spam calls directly to voicemail.
Apple is also taking aim once again at Facebook with Sign In with Apple, which gives users a fast, easy way to sign into apps without third-party social tracking. The sign-in button is authenticated with Face ID to log users in without revealing any new personal info.
Going even further, Apple will also give users the option to hide their email and create a unique random address for each app that Apple will forward to your real email address.
New privacy features extend to HomeKit, where a new service called HomeKit Secure Video will analyze security camera footage on-premises in an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV device before encrypting and uploading footage privately to iCloud, where it will be stored for 10 days for users to review. Home security footage won’t count against iCloud data caps.
Finally, Apple is working with partners inlcuding Linksys, Eero, and ISPs like Spectrum to release HomeKit-enabled home routers that will automatically firewall off smart home accessories for an additional layer of security.
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