September 3, 2019, Google made the first move, launching Android 10, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. Days later, on September 19, 2019, arch-rival Apple responded with the launch of iOS 13, the newest iteration of the iOS mobile operating system for iPhones and iPod Touch devices. And that wasn’t all, on September 24, 2019, Apple presented its loyal iPad and tablet user base with the multitasking marvel known as iPadOS.
Google and Apple have been at it for years, each company trying to outdo the other with better, faster devices and innovative features. It’s no different this time around. Both iOS 13 and iPadOS bring an assortment of wonderful features to the customers. While some of these are just answers to existing Android features, others will leave Android users red with envy. Let’s take a look at some of the most impressive features of Apple’s newest software releases.
In Apple’s own words, iOS 13 has been designed to provide a distinctive new look and feel to the iPhone, improve personalization and privacy, and to drive operating speed and performance to a whole new level. Here are the key features –
Apple users had been asking for it for a while, and Apple’s finally answered their demands with a systemwide (almost) Dark Mode that gives the iOS and all the core apps a stunning dark color scheme. iOS 13’s Dark Mode allows for easy viewing in low light conditions by reducing the stress on the eyes. It’s available for all built-in apps, including music, photos, and music.
Users can switch Dark Mode on and off manually or schedule its activation and deactivation at the desired hour. iOS 13 also brings some cool Dark Mode optimized wallpapers that automatically switch from light to dark when the dark mode is activated and vice versa.
iPhone users can now sign in to websites and apps without needing to create or use different credentials. All they need is an Apple ID and they can select the ‘sign in with Apple’ option to use Touch ID or Face ID for logins. Sign in with Apple is available on all websites across the world wide net, including Windows and Android apps. Apple will not be tracking user activity. In addition, Users won’t have to share any other information apart from their name and email address with any of the sites or apps they visit.
Users that don’t want to share their email id with a website or app can hide their email and even have Apple create a new email address that forwards to their existing email address. Apple ID is highly secure, with a 2-factor authentication process to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.
With iOS 13, unlocking devices like iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max using Facial recognition is up to 30 percent faster. Launching an app takes half as much time as it does with older versions of iOS.
According to Apple, App Store apps are now packaged to make them almost half in size and app updates are approximately 60 percent smaller in size.
Android users have enjoyed it for years – the ability to swipe across keys on the keypad to type a word. Android Apps like SwiftKey and Swype have mastered the nuances of the swipe-to-type process and are quite popular with Android users across the globe. Apple’s QuickPath Typing feature is on par with these acclaimed apps.
Apple sources report that QuickPath typing is equally as accurate as regular typing. It’s also faster and works seamlessly with the spelling suggestion feature. An excellent tool for one-handed typing!
iOS 13’s new Silence Unknown Callers feature all but end the nuisance of spammers, solicitors, and all other unwanted callers. Once turned on, this feature will ensure that your phone only rings when a caller is a person from your contact list, including numbers present in your messages and emails. Every call from sources other than these will be forwarded to the voicemail.
That’s right, Siri has received some solid upgrades too! There’s a new Neural text to Speech feature that employs a neural network to generate voice. This makes Siri sound more natural and makes even the most complex words easy to comprehend. All of Siri’s shortcuts are built into the operating system itself, taking away the need to download them from the App Store.
iPadOS shares plenty of similarities with iOS 13. The Dark Mode works like a charm and is integrated seamlessly with every element of the system. Sign in with Apple, faster facial recognition, enhanced overall speed, and a better Siri is all part of the parcel. But there are plenty of other features tailor-made for the device’s large multi-touch display.
The first thing you’ll notice with iPadOS is a beautifully designed home screen that lets you see a greater number of apps upfront. Users can pin preferred widgets to the home screen and view them at a glance.
iPadOS has been designed with an enhanced focus on multitasking. The Slide Over and Split View modes make working on multiple apps easier than ever. Users can work with a single app at several different spaces and view all open spaces by tapping on the app icon in the Dock.
With iPadOS, using Apple Pencil to draw or write feels similar to working on a sheet of paper! The redesigned palette comes with several new tools and can be moved across the screen or shrunk down. iPadOS noticeably reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency making it even more precise and fun than before.
iPadOS introduces some handy new gestures that make functions like opening and working on multiple apps, switching between screens or workspaces quicker and simpler. Users can force close the apps, view them in the Slide Over and mover the Slide Over to either side with simple movements of their finger.
A new look, a bunch of new features and a marked improvement in the working of the targeted devices make both iOS 13 and iPad OS welcome upgrades to Apple’s devices. If you own a compatible device and have yet to get these new iOS versions, you can upgrade right away by tapping ‘Settings’, selecting ‘General’ and then ‘Software Update’.
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