#TechBytes: Six useful features your iPhone will get this yearLast updated on Jun 17, 2019, 11:56 am
Your iPhone is set to receive a big software upgrade, dubbed iOS 13, by the end of this year.
The platform will come with a stunning dark mode as well as overhauled Health, Mail, Notes, Reminders, and Safari apps.
But, the best part is, iOS 13 would include features that will improve your daily usage significantly.
Let us take a look at them.
App launches will be faster than ever
With iOS 13, your iPhone will perform better than it ever did.
Apple says that the new operating system will make app launches two times faster and Face ID unlocks 30% faster than they were in iOS 12.
Plus, the update will also compress the size of apps, with downloads being 50% smaller and updates being 60% smaller than before.
Using iPhone at night would be a treat
The biggest change you will see on iOS 13 is the dark mode.
It applies across the system, including the settings pages and Apple's default apps like Maps, Apple Music and Notes.
You would be able to configure the dark mode to work automatically with sunrise and sunset, which would make using apps at night easier on your eyes.
Apple Maps show street view, just like Google
Apple has also redesigned its native Maps app, bringing more details for roads, buildings, beaches, and parks, as well as the ability to "Look Around".
You can use this option to explore the real view of a place in 3D, much like how Google's very own street view works.
The app will also let you share your estimated time of arrival with friends, family.
Type by swiping on the keyboard, Mail app improved
Apple has borrowed swipe-to-type gestures from Android to offer what it calls Quick Path.
The capability would let you type full words and sentences by swiping a finger from one alphabet to another on the default keyboard.
Plus, Apple has also improved the Mail app to let users adjust font style, size, color, and alignment of text or add bullets.
Way to dodge spammers effectively
Apple has also built a feature called 'Silence unknown callers' into iOS 13.
The capability, when enabled, would automatically scan incoming calls and silence those from unknown and spam callers.
It would scan the caller's number against the numbers in your contacts, messages, and emails and redirect the unknown ones to your voicemail (after silencing), thereby saving the callers' message for follow-up access.
Finally, secure 'sign in with Apple'
You will also find a new 'Sign in with Apple' button inside iOS 13 apps.
The option will let you log in by authenticating your Apple ID via Face ID instead of connecting your Google or Facebook account and risking data sharing.
The feature will also generate a dummy email for you if an app/website asks for an email (and forward received emails).