Apple Previews iOS 13, iPad OS, and watchOS 6

Christine Persaud

Published: 06/03/2019 04:15:29 PM EST in Mobile

Apple Previews iOS 13, iPad OS, and watchOS 6

Apple has made several software announcements at its Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) currently taking place. In addition to the new tvOS 13 for Apple TV 4K, the company showed what's new with iOS 13, its iPad OS, and watchOS 6.

What's New With iOS 13

iOS 13 now includes a dramatic new look for iPhone with Dark Mode and new ways to browse and edit photos, sign in to apps and websites, and navigate with a new map. Also said to be faster and more responsive, it offers optimizations across the system that improve app launch, reduce app download sizes, and make Face ID even faster.

Dark Mode is a new dark colour scheme that works system-wide and across all native apps to deliver a favourable viewing experience, especially in low-light environments. It is available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps, and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time.

Using on-device machine learning, Photos curates the entire library to highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month, or year. Photos and videos are intelligently organized, making it easier to browse, discover and relive favourite memories, with auto play videos to bring the library to life.

New photo editing tools are easier to apply, adjust, and review at a glance, says Apple. With a swipe, effects can be increased or decreased to create the perfect look, providing photographers with more creative possibilities and control over their images. Most photo editing tools are now available for video editing as well, allowing iPhone users to rotate, crop, or apply filters from within the Photos app.

Portrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to virtually move the light closer to sharpen eyes and brighten and smooth facial features, or push the light farther away to create a subtle, refined look. A new High-Key Mono effect creates a monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos.

Apple is also introducing a new, more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and websites. Instead of using a social account or filling out forms, verifying e-mail addresses or choosing passwords, customers can simply use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users' privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Even in cases where developers choose to ask for a name and e-mail address, users have the option to keep their e-mail address private and share a unique random e-mail address instead. Sign In with Apple makes it easy for users to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID and has two-factor authentication built in for an added layer of security. Apple does not use Sign In with Apple to profile users or their activity in apps.

Apple Maps, depicted on screen above, now offers broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and more detailed landcover. The new map is available now in select cities and states, and will roll out across the U.S. by the end of 2019 and to more countries in 2020.

Powered by the new basemap and high-resolution 3D photography, a new Look Around feature delivers street-level imagery of a city with smooth and seamless transitions. iOS 13 brings additional new features to the Maps app, including Collections to easily share favourite restaurants, travel destinations, or places to shop with friends, and Favourites for navigating to frequent destinations, such as home, work, the gym, or school, with a simple tap from the launch screen.

Reminders has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders, with more ways to organize and keep track of them. The quick toolbar makes it easier to add times, dates, locations, and flags, or add attachments. With deeper integration with Messages, you can tag someone in a reminder so that it surfaces when the user messages with that person.

Messages can automatically share a user's name and photo, or customized Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread. Memoji are automatically made into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so they can be used in Messages, Mail and other apps. Memoji also feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings and accessories.

Siri has a new, more natural voice, and Siri Shortcuts now supports Suggested Automations that provide personalized routines for things like heading to work or going to the gym.

CarPlay gets its biggest update ever with a new Dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view, a new Calendar app and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps.

HomePod can distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music, and more. Live radio gives Siri access to over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio,, and TuneIn, and a new sleep timer turns off music after a set amount of time. Handoff enables users to easily move music, podcasts, or a phone call to HomePod when they arrive home.

With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit-enabled messaging app. A new audio sharing feature makes it easy to watch a movie or share a song with a friend by bringing a second pair close to iPhone or iPad.

Voice Control provides now enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad, or Mac entirely by their voice. Using the latest Siri speech recognition technology, Voice Control gets even more accurate text transcription and editing.

Notes has a new Gallery View, more powerful collaboration with shared folders, new search tools, and checklist options.

QuickPath brings easy one-hand typing to the iOS keyboard by continuously swiping through the letters of a word. Text Editing is also enhanced, making scrolling documents, moving the cursor, and selecting text faster and more accurate.

The Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives.

Health offers ways to monitor hearing health and brings new ways to track, visualize and predict a woman's menstrual cycle.

Location Services controls give users more choices for how they share location data with apps, including a new one-time location option and more information on when apps are using location in the background.

And finally, overall, performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPhone apps on the App Store that reduces app download sizes by up to 50%, makes app updates over 60% smaller, and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

The developer preview of iOS 13 is available to Apple Developer Program members at starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later and will be available with iPadOS for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

What's New With iPadOS

The new iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad. Introducing new ways to work with apps in multiple windows, more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil, iPadOS also benefits from the new updates in iOS 13.

The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps on each page. Today View can now be added to the Home screen, allowing quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information, including headlines, weather, calendar, events, tips and more.

iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to Split View or quickly view and switch among multiple apps in Slide Over. For example, customers can compose an e-mail while viewing another e-mail side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with a swipe. App Exposé provides a quick view of just the open windows for any one app with a tap.

Using Apple Pencil, users can now mark up and send entire webpages, documents, or e-mails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the corner of the screen. A redesigned tool palette gives quick access to tools, colour palettes, shapes, object eraser, a new pixel eraser for removing any part of a stroke, and a ruler for drawing perfectly straight lines. Apple Pencil feels more natural, says Apple, using advanced prediction algorithms and optimizations to reduce its latency to as low as nine milliseconds.

The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents, and with iPadOS, it now offers iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version. iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF make it easy to be more productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.

iPadOS automatically presents the desktop version of Safari, scaled appropriately for the iPad display, and optimizes it for touch, so web apps like Google Docs, Squarespace, and Wordpress work great. Safari also supports significant new features such as a download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts, and enhancements to tab management.

Text editing on iPad receives a major update with iPadOS, making it easier and faster to point with even more precision and speed, select text with just a swipe and use new gestures to cut, copy, paste and undo.

Additional features in iPadOS include Dark Mode; custom fonts; a new floating keyboard that saves space and includes support for QuickPath; a curated Photos library; easier photo editing with new tools; faster sign-in with Apple using an Apple ID; and the same performance improvements noted with iOS 13.

The developer preview of iPadOS is available to Apple Developer Program members at starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iPadOS users later this month at iPadOS will be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later and iPad mini 4 and later.

What's New With watchOS 6?

Boasting advanced health and fitness capabilities, watchOS 6 also includes a new Cycle Tracking app that gives women the ability to log important information related to their menstrual cycles and see predicted timing for their next period and fertile window. The daily log function enables the quick addition of information related to the menstrual cycle, including current period, flow, symptoms, results from ovulation prediction kits, and other elements of fertility tracking. The new Cycle Tracking feature is also available in the Health app on iPhone with iOS 13.

The Noise app helps users understand the sound levels in environments such as concerts and sporting events that could negatively impact hearing. As the sound levels change, the app's decibel meter moves in real time. The watch can send a notification if the decibel level reaches 90 decibels, which can begin to impact hearing after four hours per week of exposure at this level, according to the World Health Organization.

Customers are passionate about closing their Activity rings and the new Trends tab in the Activity app on iPhone now gives users a long-term view of their activity behaviour to help them understand their progress. At a glance, the tab shows whether the trends are up or down for key metrics such as active calories, exercise minutes, walking pace, and others. If the last 90 days of activity shows a downward trend relative to the last 365 days, the Activity app offers coaching to help the user get back on track.

Users can easily install third-party apps, search for apps using Siri, dictation or Scribble and view app product pages from the App Store, right from the wrist. Developers can build Apple Watch-only apps, created to work independently on Apple Watch without an iOS app.

Additional watchOS 6 updates include new watch faces and customization options; new develop tools including an audio API to stream music, radio, and podcasts; availability of the voice memos app; the ability to access purchased Apple Books from the Audiobooks app on the watch; calculator app for tip calculations and splitting cheques; Siri search queries; and Apple GymKit compatibility for connecting to more cardio equipment in clubs around the world.

To complement the wristworn device, Apple has also launched new colours of its sport bands and sport loops, including canary yellow, dragon fruit, and cornflower. There's also a new Pride Edition Sport Loop with a donation being made to various LGBTQ advocacy organizations for every one purchased.

The developer preview of watchOS 6 is available to Apple Developer Program members at starting today. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 1 or later paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 13 or later.

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