APPLE is handing iPhone fans a bunch of new features for their mobiles next week – and we’ve got the lowdown on how to get them before anyone else.
The tools, including a revamped Maps and a “Dark Mode” that makes your phone easier on the eyes at night, are part of iOS 13, the latest major upgrade to Apple’s mobile software.
It’s most like to roll out on September 20 to iPhone users across the globe.
iOS 13 features – what’s new?
Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the addition of Dark Mode.
This is a black theme for your iPhone that makes it easier on your eyes in the dark.
It’s a long-awaited (and widely rumoured) feature that is already offered by a number of apps, including Facebook Messenger and Twitter.
Also added is a new “swipe to type” function for texting. This lets you drag your finger around the keyboard to type words, just like the SwiftKey keyboard or Android phones.
Apple Maps is also getting some much-needed love, with 3D terrain mapping (courtesy of Apple flying and driving across the USA with scanning tech).
Other countries will get this eventually, but it’s US-only for now.
Apple is introducing a new ‘Sign In With Apple’ feature that offers an alternative to ‘Log In With Facebook’ buttons you see on websites.
It means you’ll be able to sign up easily (and privately) for websites using your Apple, with an option to share a fake email that reroutes emails to your actual account.
Each app gets a unique random email address, so you can disable them at any time when you’re “tired of hearing from that app”, Apple exec Craig Federighi explained earlier this year.
It’ll be available across all of Apple’s platforms, and across the web.
Your iPhone camera roll is getting a major upgrade too, thanks to artificial intelligence.
There’ll be an option to hide duplicate photos, boring screenshots and photos of receipts, so you see a streamlined album of your best snaps.
It should make looking through your camera roll much more enjoyable.
You can split your camera roll into ‘Days’, ‘Months’ and ‘Years’ to see attractive highlights over those time periods, with the AI tech applied to make it look “beautiful”, according to Apple.
Upgrades to Siri’s text-to speech function will apparently make her sound less robotic, while Memoji are getting more customisable with the addition of new makeup and accessory options.
Spam calls will also become easier to deal with: iOS 13 can automatically silence unknown callers.
As well as tonnes of new tools to play with, Apple is adding a number of performance upgrades.
We’ve summed up some of the most exciting below.
- Face ID will unlock your phone 30% faster
- App Store downloads are 50% smaller, due to a re-jig of how apps are package
- App updates are now 60% smaller than before
- App launch speed is up to twice as fast as before
Speeds will vary depending on the iPhone model you have, but it’s going to be super beneficial to any iPhone owner that can access iOS 13.
iOS 13 release date and availability
We know iOS 13 is coming this month, but Apple has kept tight-lipped on the exact release date.
If previous versions are anything to go by, all will be revealed during Apple’s September press event, which this year is scheduled for September 10.
A big gadget launch takes place on a similar date every single year, and is always Apple’s most high-profile event.
This year, we’re expecting to see the new iPhone – also rumoured as the iPhone 11 or iPhone Pro.
Typically, Apple runs over some of iOS 13’s key features at the event before announcing a release date.
The software will likely launch alongside the release of the new iPhone around September 20.
How to get iOS 13
If you want to try iOS 13 beta then you can sign up on the Apple Beta page and register with your Apple ID.
Then you’ll need to log in to the Beta Software Program and click on “Enrol” to sign up your iOS device.
Then you need to download and install the configuration profile.
The beta version of iOS will then be available in “Settings”, under “General” and then “Software Update”.
The official iOS 13 update should be available for everyone on September 20 and it is likely to launch alongside or just after the new 2019 iPhones.
Don’t expect your phone to work perfectly with the beta version of any software as there will still be glitches that need to be resolved before the software is available to everyone.
How to get a FAKE Dark Mode early
Here’s what you need to do…
- There is a very similar feature called Smart Invert, which is classified as an Accessibility tool.
- The Classic Invert feature will invert all colours on your iPhone, which turns black into white and white into black.
- This makes pages full of text much easier to read at night, but it also means images will look extremely weird.
- However, there’s a similar feature called Smart Invert, which will invert white pages to black (and black text to white), but ignore already-dark areas of the page.
- It’s not perfect, and will often get it wrong – but it’s very effective, and as close to Dark Mode as you can get right now.
- To turn it on, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colours, and turn Smart Invert on.
- Once that’s done, you can toggle it on or off by tapping the Home button three times – or the Power button three times, if you don’t have a Home button.
iOS 13 supported devices revealed – which iPhone models can upgrade?
Here’s the full list of iPhone models that can upgrade to iOS 13:
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Any other iPhone models won’t be eligible to download the iOS 13 update.
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You can read more about the iOS 13 update here.
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