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WWDC19 | iOS 13 officially lives: Dark Mode, 30% faster Face ID, new keyboard, it's all here

iOS 13 introduces Dark Mode for iPhones. (Source: YouTube)
iOS 13 introduces Dark Mode for iPhones. (Source: YouTube)
The next upcoming version of Apple's mobile device OS has finally been released at WWDC 2019. It brings the long-awaited Dark Mode, in addition to improvements for many other iOS features and functions. They include a 'new' swipe keyboard, faster app launch times and Sign in with Apple.

One of Apple's usual marquee events at WWDC is the official unveiling of the latest iOS version. 2019 was no different; in fact, those with iPhone X- or XS-series devices will have a particular reason to thank iOS 13's presenters. Dark Mode has finally been made official in this update, which will save OLED screens worldwide and give the system a fresh new look.

This new theme applies to various aspects of iOS 13, from the home screen to Apple Music. The Cupertino company had even more tricks to perform; one, however, was the rather older number in the repetroire of pretending to pioneer things that Google has had down for some time. On this occasion, it is a system-wide swipe keyboard known as QuickPath.

iOS 13 also had a range of performance and UI benefits to show off, however. It is claimed that app-launching latency will be cut in half after this update. In addition, app download sizes will reportedly be 50% smaller, and app updates 60% smaller, in iOS 13. Apple also asserts that Face ID unlock will get 30% quicker. 

iPhone UX may also improve after installing this new version. Apple promises that Memojis will exhibit the improved reproduction of facial decorations or modifications; in other words, your piercings or make-up will show up more reliably than ever before. Memoji stickers wil also show up in the system keyboard for third-party apps, and become usable in iPhones of the 6 series or newer. 

iOS 13 also introduces Sign in with Apple, in which the company's systems generate a disposable, fake email for logins. This interesting new option is intended to provide an alternative to signing in with (for example) Facebook or Google. The update also includes HomeKit Secure Video, in which Apple servers act as 'private security cameras' for video data recorded using HomePods, iPads or Apple TVs. On that note, the update's FindMy app's code reportedly contains references to a “Tag1,1”. This may be a new product that may have arisen from a rumored collaboration with (or buyout of, even) the company Tile.

So, how can those with iPhones get their hands on all these new features? The company has stated that those with paid developer accounts may be able to access its beta now. However, those unwilling to shell out for this option could wait for the first public iOS 13 beta, which will become available sometime around July 2019.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06- 4 (Update: 2019-06- 4)