iOS 13

Apple pushes a major iOS update every year along with its new iPhone. Prior to that, the company previews the software at its developer’s conference in the month of June. With Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 nearing, we take a look at three big changes that are expected to come with the next version of iOS, iOS 13. iOS 13 is expected to come with some great features and some of them are listed below.

Great design change

Could Apple actually change the way iOS works? Maybe but it will definitely be risky because iOS’ grid of apps home screen has been the same since the first version of the same. However, considering the fact that, phones keep getting bigger and bigger, it would be nice if Apple could actually upgrade the UI/UX as well.

Keeping the bigger changes aside, Apple does need to fix some quirks immediately like the volume dialog. The popup volume dialog covers a significant portion of the screen making it difficult to focus on the content; its just very obtrusive. Also, it takes a second or two before it disappears which is further frustrating.

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Smarter Siri

Every year before the WWDC, reports start flooding the internet with news of Apple finally fixing Siri, its virtual voice-based assistant. However, it never actually happened, well, Apple does update it every single year but it hasn’t been able to keep up with its competitors. Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa are far ahead of Siri and it’s funny because Siri was born first.

Apple did “shake up” its Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning departments which could mean improved Siri. The company hired John Giannandrea from Google to steer its AI/ML efforts and recently made him part of company’s executive team. All of which hint at Apple finally turning serious about AI; Apple’s approach is still unclear as it doesn’t have the data that Google does.

Much awaited Dark Mode

Moving to rumours and leaks that actually sound legit: iOS 13 is reported to be integrating a system wide “dark mode”. It’s a feature that has been turning popular with many apps and users have been asking for every software to offer the same. Apple unveiled dark mode in macOS last year with its “High Sierra” release and it’s very likely that, it will do the same with iOS.

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The default mail app on iOS and Mac has been under fire for a long time now. Users and tech journalists have been ripping it apart for its backwardness. The app is far behind with features when compared to Google’s Gmail app, Microsoft’s Outlook app, and Spark email app (popular among iOS users). For a few years now, the “Mail” app upgradation has been on users wishlist; let’s hope it happens this year.

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