The new iPod Touch isn’t the only thing Apple is treating us to this year. At its 2019 WWDC developer conference on Monday, the tech giant announced a slew of other exciting products and updates that it will be rolling out over the next few months—like iOS 13.
Compatible with iPhone 6S and higher, the new operating system, which Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed will be released sometime this fall, will come with a lot of what are expected to be significant improvements. And because iPhone FOMO is a real thing, we’ve rounded up the top 6 features we’re looking forward to below so you know exactly what to expect when you get that “upgrade now” notification.
1. Faster speeds
As with past iOS releases, Apple is promising improved performance with its latest operating system. Not only will apps launch twice as fast but smaller apps will also upgrade and download in less than half the current time. Additionally, Face ID will be 30 percent faster so you can get back to Instagramming your green smoothie ASAP.
2. Dark mode
If you’re tired of uber-bright screens (So. Much. Blue. Light), you’ll likely want to take advantage of the new dark mode coming to iPhones. Because with all-black everything, it looks super sleek, yes, but even more than that, it can reduce that irritating eye strain that comes from staring at your screen all day.
3. An updated Siri
Everyone’s favorite personal assistant is getting a lot more, well, personal. Using new artificial intelligence technology, Apple says that iOS 13 Siri will have a more natural voice and will be able to pronounce words better. Aka she’ll actually sound like a human instead of a robot.
4. New photo tools
More portrait lighting options? Check. The ability to rotate videos? Check. There are a lot of changes coming to the photo and camera apps on your iPhone—like how for the first time, you’ll be able to edit videos the same way that you can edit photos. And for the aesthetic-obsessed, you’ll appreciate Apple’s new photo display, which will curate your pictures into customized collections based on dates and themes. Aka your camera roll will look a whole lot cleaner and a whole lot cooler.
5. Improved privacy
With many major tech companies dealing with data security issues (looking at you, Facebook), privacy is more important than ever for users. That’s why Apple proudly revealed that iOS 13 will come with more ways for you to control who has access to your personal information, namely through its new “Sign in with Apple” option, which will let you log into apps and websites with your secure Apple ID instead of your social media accounts.
6. A swipe-able keyboard
One-handed texters rejoice! Swipe-to-type, which is something that has long been exclusive to Android users, will now be available on iOS 13. Rather than tap out individual letters, you can drag your finger across the screen to iMessage your kids that no, they cannot play Fortnite before finishing their homework.
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