iOS 13 public beta: dark mode, Apple Maps, Reminders

iOS 13 public beta: dark mode, Apple Maps, Reminders

– Hey, it’s Chaim with
The Verge and we’re here with an early first look at iOS 13, Apple’s latest new
software for the iPhone. Now, this year Apple’s doing something a little differently with its software. It’s actually splitting it into two. We have iOS, which is coming to the iPhone and an iPod Touch if you still have one, and a new one called iPadOS, which will be coming to the iPad. Dieter’s gonna be covering
iPadOS in another video. You should definitely
go and check that out and see what’s new there. But this is iOS 13 for the iPhone and it’s actually available
now as a beta today that you can download on
your device, if you want to. But if you don’t want to
risk your phone just yet, here’s everything that’s new. First off, dark mode. It’s here, it makes everything dark. Or rather, it makes
Apple’s pre-installed apps and the operating system look dark, because third party apps
haven’t really been updated yet. Apple’s taking a similar approach to Google here with Android Q. It’s introducing an API for
developers to add to their apps so that they’ll work with dark mode. When you hit that toggle, they’ll
all flip at the same time. But that’s just not here yet. Apple’s also being
pretty smart about this, it’s not just a light switch, you’ll be able to schedule it up, you can time it to the sunrise and sunset so that it automatically goes on. It’s good, it’s dark,
it’ll probably save you some battery life on an OLED iPhone. Next, Apple Maps. And I know what you’re
thinking, who uses Apple Maps? Well, Apple’s hoping the answer is you with these changes it’s making in iOS 13. Specifically, Apple’s
looking to fix the maps part. They’re ruling out a whole new map for Apple Maps that
adds a lot more detail. More detailed roads,
buildings, parks, et cetera. The company’s also adding a new Google Street View-like feature that’ll let you look
around the actual street. And yeah, a lot of this is
playing catch-up to Google, but it’s catch-up that Apple
really needs to make here. There’s also some new features with favorites and collections. You can now set different locations or your home or office’s favorites, which will show up right
when you open the apps. You can just tap on
them and get directions. You can make collections
of your favorite places, like your favorite bars or
your favorite restaurants. You can put those all in a list, they’re in a folder, and
you can even share that so you can send them to friends or family. Now, is all the enough
to overcome Google Maps’, quite frankly, ridiculous lead? We’ll have to wait and see. Especially because Apple’s
rolling this out gradually. The new maps are only gonna be available across the United States
by the end of 2019 and internationally won’t
even be available until 2020. Next up is privacy, which Apple’s putting a big push on in iOS 13. Apple’s making it harder for apps to continuously ping your location in the background with some
new permissions that let you just grant permission for
a single location ping or require that the app ask every time. There’s also a huge new
sign in with Apple feature that, in theory, will let
you sign up for services without giving them your
personal information. It sounds pretty neat, but
until apps update to support it, there’s no way to know how
well it will work just yet. Apple is pushing this pretty hard, though. It’s gonna require that
developers offer this as an option if they offer any third party login thing, like Facebook or Google, on their apps. So it has the potential
to be a really big deal. Next up is Reminders,
which Apple has really given a big update to in iOS 13. The old Reminders app was really
a bare bones kind of thing. It was basically only
useful for asking Siri to remind you about something, and the only reason it was useful for that was because it was the default option. But Apple’s overhauled
it to try and turn it into a real, full-fledged reminders app and there’s some really nice stuff here. First of all, there’s
some new group filtering, which will let you by
everything that’s due today, everything that you have
scheduled up for the future, or any reminders from
across all your lists that you’ve flagged as important. There’s also some new smart features when you’re typing out a reminder. So you can type out to be reminded about something every
week and the app will know that you want to be reminded
about something every week. There’s also a smart
toolbar that’ll pop up when you’re typing things out that’ll let you add things like due dates, locations, geo fences, et cetera. There’s also a neat new feature where you can actually tag
contacts on your reminders. So say, if you need to reminded about your Fourth of July
plans with your brother, you can tag him to your reminder, and then the next time you
message him in iMessage, that reminder will pop down on the screen that you need to bother him about that. There’s a new Health app,
which Apple’s redesigned to try and be a little smarter. So instead of just shoving all
your metrics at you at once, Apple’s adding some new
intelligent trend analysis, so it’ll show you trends in your health and fitness over time, which just seems more useful than hard numbers. Apple’s also finally
added a period tracker directly to the health app,
which will let you track cycles and it’ll sync with the
upcoming Apple Watch app that it’s launched for this too. It’s really great that Apple’s build this right into the Health
app, instead of requiring that users have to turn to
third party solutions for it. The next update is kind of interesting because I think it means Apple’s trying to make its own tile tracker. Okay, so hear me out. There’s a new app called Find My, which combines the old Find My Friends and Find My iPhone app into one app. So you can track your phone and you can weirdly track
your friends all in one place. But it’s the technology behind the new app that’s interesting, because Apple’s using Bluetooth technology to find your missing devices. When you lose your phone
now, instead of just pinging the phone for its location, it’ll ping all the nearby iPhones to help you pinpoint it and track it down. Which works because, and this is true, there’s a lot of iPhones out there. And it’s that same
technology and all the effort that Apple put into here
that kind of makes me think that they’d use it for a tile tracker too. Plus there’s a whole
bunch of hardware rumors that Apple’s working on exactly that. But we’ll have to wait
and see until the fall if that actually happens. In both iOS 13 and iPadOS, the Photos app is getting a big update. Apple’s really overhauling
how you view photos, how you manage photos, and honestly, if you want to learn more about this, again, check out Dieter’s video. He’s gonna do a much deeper dive here. But, safe to say just quickly, they’re adding a really deep photo editor, some new management tools,
and it all looks great. Now, none of this matters if
iOS 13 just doesn’t run well, which historically speaking, has been a bit of an issue for iOS updates. Last year’s iOS 12
mostly broke that trend. It ran really well,
especially on older devices. And Apple’s looking to
keep that momentum forward with additional performance improvements. Says that apps should launch faster, that downloads should take up less space, things like Face ID should
launch up to twice as fast. But it’s kind of hard
to see that right now. Again, this is beta software,
and I’ve been testing on Apple’s latest XS hardware, so any speed improvements
are just really hard to tell. Okay, some small stuff. There’s a new volume indicator. If you’ve used iOS you know the
old volume indicator sucked. I can go into a lot more
detail about why that is, I’ve been told that I cannot
do that so here’s a quick one. It’s smaller, it’s better, it’s good. There’s a new keyboard,
keyboard finally has an update for the first time in a few years and Apple’s adding a
swiping gesture mechanic, which has been on basically every other third party keyboard for years. Now it’s on the Apple one. Siri has a new voice that’s less robotic, which is great for Siri. Why aren’t you helpful, Siri? – [Siri] I don’t know what that means. If you like, I can search the web for why aren’t you helpful, Siri. – Well, that kind of
says it all, actually. Also Memoji are getting an update. There’s a lot more
customization options now, which is great if you wanted
to customize your Memoji more, make them look more like you. There’s new piercing options,
et cetera, it’s great. And you can also now
automatically turn them into sticker packs, kind
of like custom emojis. So now you can send those to your friends. So that’s iOS 13. It’s not the biggest update ever, although the stuff that
is here is pretty nice. Dark mode looks great, Reminders
looks surprisingly good, even Apple Maps, I’m shocked to say, is something I might
consider using in the future. But none of this is gonna
really dramatically change how you use your iPhone in the way some of the stuff we had last year, like screen time or new
notifications, will. But that’s not inherently a bad things. Apple’s been refining the iOS formula for the last, you know, decade. And the fact that it just
has run out of things to improve on in huge ways is
not the worst place to be in. Now, you really should check
out Dieter’s video, too. He’s looking at the iPad stuff. And Apple’s taking a lot
bigger changes with iPadOS, with things like multitasking
and a new home screen, and there’s some really
fascinating stuff going on there. So definitely make sure to check that out. And both iOS 13 and iPadOS will be out in the fall for most devices, so you won’t have to wait long
to try it on your phone, too. I’m just gonna say this
again as a reminder. This is beta software. It’s a public beta, so
Apple’s pretty confident. The version I used is pretty stable. But again, beta, that means that stuff can go wrong, you could lose your data. Make sure to back up all your stuff, follow all of Apple’s directions, and think really hard
about whether it’s worth risking your phone just to get
dark mode a few weeks early.

100 thoughts on “iOS 13 public beta: dark mode, Apple Maps, Reminders

  1. Couple new things also worth mentioning:

    1) Ability to connect to wifi/bluetooth from control center
    2) New sharing window (I love this one)

  2. Does anyone know why iPadOS is asking me for access to Bluetooth on a bunch of my apps? I've watched a bunch of reviews on iOS13, but no one has mentioned that so far. Why do apps now need access to Bluetooth? Anyone know?

  3. “Who uses Apple Maps?”
    Me. I use it exclusively. Got me all the way to Arkansas from my house (took a bit over 9 hours) with absolutely no issues.

  4. WHO uses iMessage? I can’t understand why apple isn’t working harder in iMessage. It’s awful to use.

  5. pretty much just use apple maps cause it works with apple watch and nothing is wrong enough to make it not work. Only wish it had more traffic stuff.

  6. Question: On my IPhone in Setting I get a notification that IOS 13 came out but when It says my iPhone is up to date. What is going on?

  7. Does anyone else have a problem with iMessage on iPhone XR after upgrading. iMessage doesn’t turn on nor does face time, thank you

  8. Apple maps is the only nav app that allows the screen to turn on automatically when a command is upcoming and then turn off after you complete the command. Until other map apps do that Apple maps is the way to go on iPhone, IMO.

  9. Hey I have a new video idea for u and it’s a bug that keeps happening when I try to livestream mobile games on iOS 13.( audio button indicator is buggy,)

  10. Let’s not forget ps4 and Xbox one controller Bluetooth compatibility. I’ve been using it to play Fortnite on the go!

  11. hi guy question please.. would dark mode consumed less battery power so my phone can last longer than before?

  12. Did everyone hear the good news????? IOS 13 will introduce 2 new features!!!!! 1 is it's now 100% waterproof!!!! 13 will install a new water detector and turn the phone off and disconnect the battery and that will make it fully waterproof!!!! Number 2 is a brand new microwave charging!!! This also includes your iwatch!!!! You can put a completely dead iPhone and watch the for 3 minutes and it will charge both to full!!!! This was tested on iOS 7 but Apple did not get it right, BUT APPLE PERFECTED IT!!!! Microwave charging!!! Just throw your iPhone in the microwave and it's good to go!!!! Make sure to use your 1,600.00 iPhone XS max and good to go!!!! Only iPhone's get these features…so enjoy Apple fans!!!

  13. Please don't refer to "fall". You are a global channel… We, the rest of the world, do not track seasons on your continent.

  14. When are they going to add a hide call option so I’m not being held ransom with every call I get and don’t want to answer and just have to wait until they stop calling for me to be able to use my phone again

  15. I appreciated the information, but the tone and perspective of the review suggest he's not a fan of anything Apple iOS. Seems, more like an iPhone nay-sayer and a Google Android lover. @The Verge choose a more optimistic reviewer next time.

  16. Really, iOS 13 runs entirely smooth except iOS 13.1 but that was to be expected it had issues with quick reply, I use this as a daily driver and have very little to ANY issues. Its just a smooth as iOS 12 was if not more.

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