iOS 13 Features iPhone Users Can Look Forward To

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This year’s WWDC Conference showcased Apple’s newest features for the upcoming iOS 13 update set for release this Fall. A bunch of new tools are on the way, including a dark mode, swipe-able keyboard for easy texting, photos application redesign and plenty more.

Here are some updates all iPhone users can look forward to with the new iOS 13 software:

DARK MODE

One exciting feature – dark mode for iPhone – will allow users to switch to a visually appealing dark aesthetic that’ll be great for using your phone during nighttime. Dark mode appears to be implemented across the entire iOS system as demonstrated in apps such as music, photos, maps, and calendar.

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SWIPE-TO-TEXT KEYBOARD

iPhone users are well aware that swiping for text writing was essentially nonexistent…until now. Apple unveiled the swipe-able keyboard, calling it “QuickPath Typing”, which is said to work just as well as regular keyboard tapping. The QuickPath typing feature also comes with spelling suggestions as well.

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PHOTOS AND CAMERA APPLICATIONS

Apple’s iOS update also brings new features of photo editing to its photos application, allowing iPhone users to change light intensity in portrait lighting, for example. Other editing features include vignette, vibrance, and noise reduction. Users can also change video orientation if a video was shot incorrectly.

Photos will also organize your images in a more easy-to-find design: by sorting photos by year, month, and date. As you scroll through your photos, live photo captures and videos also play.

FIND MY

Apple has combined two of its applications – Find My Friends and Find My Phone – into its new application named Find My. If a user loses his/her offline device, a secure Bluetooth beacon may be used to locate a missing or stolen phone.

SIGN IN WITH APPLE

Apple is adding a privacy feature – Sign-in with Apple – for apps that ask you to log in using an account. The purpose of this feature is to block any third party applications from accessing or tracking user data. Authentication of user credentials during app logins will be done through Face ID check through using Sign-in with Apple. Users also have the option of hiding their email address and instead using Apple’s randomly generated email that will forward information to your actual email address, thereby limiting any application’s access to your real email.

Apple also added a feature to block location tracking via WiFi and Bluetooth.

SIRI VOICE UPDATE

The newest iOS promises a more natural sounding Siri voice assistant, as Apple has used AI to smooth out Siri’s voice responses with less speech gaps.

To view more iOS 13 features, check out Apple’s iOS 13 preview page here.

New and Exciting Updates to Google Lens That Will Help on Your Next Outing

On Tuesday, May 7th, during a Google I/O event, Google revealed that they will be updating their Lens technology. This new update to the Lens technology will use artificial intelligence, which would give you the ability to actually “see” what you see when looking through the app on your phone.

One such update that Google revealed was adapted towards people who enjoy the experience of eating at restaurants. Users will have the ability to point their phone’s camera at the bill in a restaurant, and the update will be able to determine how much to split with friends and how much to leave as a tip. This update was said to be released later this month and would help out with any difficulties that might come along with a dining experience.

Some other updates that the Lens will have are:

  • People will be able to point their phones at a text in foreign language and the Lens will be able to translate it and read it out loud in whichever language they choose.
  • Users will be able to point their phone camera at a restaurant menu and the update will let the user know which dishes are popular. In addition, if you tap on the highlighted dish, it will show pictures of that particular dish that others have tried.
  • People will have the ability to learn how to prepare a dish. If you were to point the camera at a recipe, it will show a video of how the food is prepared.

Apple Apologized for Their Bug that Allowed Others to Overhear on Group FaceTime

This past week, Apple notified the public that their Group FaceTime application had issues when people were added into a FaceTime call. Due to this issue, users were able to overhear and see others while the call was still going through, even if the the call had not been accepted yet.

The bug affected many people, and the consequences of this seem to be quite severe, as investigations were called upon Apple’s significant privacy flaw. This comes at a relatively humiliating time, especially after Apple had recently lobbied their privacy credentials.

Soon after the bug was discovered, the company released a statement saying:”We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.”

Apple officials announced a new software update release for iPhones, which will enable the Group FaceTime feature again. The iOS update–version 12.1.4–was released today, and can easily be downloaded through the General tab under the Settings application.

When the bug was first publicized, Apple removed FaceTime’s Group feature until the issue was resolved. According to the public, the bug was there long before the issue was announced.

Apple lastly stated, “We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.”

YouTube Can Help You Track the Time You Spend Watching Videos

So you found yourself on an endless spiral of adorable animal videos on YouTube. It seems like it’s become the point of no return. Lucky for you, YouTube has come up with a new tool to help you combat those video-watching habits.

On Monday, the company announced a string of new updates to its application that could make people more conscientious of the time that passes while watching videos — this as part of a wellness movement for users.

The digital well-being trend has recently been a focus for large tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. Back in June, for example, Google introduced an update to its app Datally — a tool to assist in users’ data saving habits and to discourage smartphone addiction.

YouTube released its own update to its app that now keeps track of the amount of time one spends watching content. Users can see the breakdown of time by day or by week. The update even allows one to limit the amount of notifications received, silence such notifications, or set a reminder to take a break.

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“It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re having fun,” a blog post by YouTube explains. And what can be more fun than watching a video of baby pandas rolling down a hill?

While watching YouTube videos grants us access to a world of entertainment, the company explains how their new update is meant to “help people better understand their tech usage, focus on what matters most and disconnect when needed.”

In a time when there’s strict reliance on technology use for leisure, it’s nice to know tech companies are assisting users through means of application updates (such as this) that are ultimately beneficial for one’s well-being.

As Chris Welch from TheVerge puts it:

“[A]cting on the information [and updates provided] is up to you, but at least it’s now readily accessible.”