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Apple offers a first glimpse of iOS 13 at WWDC 2019

Dark Mode, Maps refinements and more are coming to iOS

Apple has lifted the lid on iOS 13 at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

A bunch of new features make their way into the world’s most advanced smartphone operating system, such as Dark Mode, a new way to edit photos, the ability to sign into apps and websites using your Apple ID, and much more.

“iOS 13 brings new capabilities to the apps you use every day, with rich updates to Photos and Maps, and privacy-protecting features like Sign In with Apple, all while delivering faster performance,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

“We’re excited for customers to experience what’s coming to iPhone this fall and can’t wait for them to see how great everything looks in Dark Mode.”

Dark Mode is coming

One of the longest-awaited features on iOS was Dark Mode, and the latest iOS release will finally address these concerns. Photos, on the other hand, has been given some improvements, with a Google Photos-style interface that allows users to bunch together moments and memories in Years, Days, and other categories to better organize their photographs and share with their loved ones.

Apple also shocked developers by announcing an all-new Apple Maps experience, overhauling the company’s mapping technology. The company announced it had driven more than four million miles to “rebuild the base map from the ground up, delivering a new Maps experience with broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover.”

Reminders has also been overhauled, whilst Messages introduces WhatsApp-style profile images and names. Siri has been refined with a new more natural voice, whilst CarPlay introduces a new Dashboard, HomePod adds radio stations, and AirPods introduces a new audio sharing feature that “makes it easy to watch a movie or share a song with a friend by simply bringing a second pair close to iPhone or iPad.”

Notes has been given a new look, Text Editing introduces some new features, and the Files app now allows users to share folders and access content from external hard drives and more.

Health has been given some new features, allowing users to track, visualize and predict a woman’s menstrual cycle, whilst Location Services has been improved to allow for a “new one-time location option and more information on when apps are using location in the background.”

When can you get your hands on iOS 13?

iOS is available for developers today, whilst a beta will launch in the coming hours for consumers. A full release is expected this fall, although you’ll need an iPhone 6s or later to take advantage of the new functionality coming with iOS.

AppleMagazine will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage on WWDC 2019 – stay tuned for more fresh content from the event, as and when we get it. This week, we’ll publish a special edition of AppleMagazine offering an in-depth look at everything coming this fall – make sure you subscribe to the magazine now to be the first to read.

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