Apple will release its next iOS iteration – iOS 13 – on September 19 for the iPhone 6S and later, the company announced today. iOS 13.1 is available on September 30. The update gives the much needed love for dated apps on the iPhone, including Maps, Photos & Reminders, and it gives people what they really want: the dark mode.
The update for the Apple Maps app is probably one of the most radical changes my colleague Chaim Gartenberg tried in June. The map interface has been completely redesigned with more data and a row of icons for people's favorite locations, such as their home or work. It also offers real-time public transport estimates and a Google Street View-like mode, which is years late, but finally here. It may not help the company catch up with the dominance of Google Maps, but loyal Apple Maps users will certainly notice the improvements.
Other smaller but useful functions are a new Find My app that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends. It also includes a swipe keyboard for faster typing. Memoji can be converted to stickers and the Health app now has a built-in period tracker to predict and synchronize the menstrual cycle with the Apple Watch.
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