One thing is missing from the keynote show’n tells, though. Details. Apple’s presenters just don’t have enough time to walk everyone through all that is to be expected in a new iOS or macOS release, let alone the changes elsewhere in iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, et al. What’s new? It’s a secret.
Not. So. Secret.
The real details to what new features and functionality are coming down the OS pipeline start to dribble out almost immediately and some are subject to change even when released to customers. I have the privilege of having a co-worker who doubles as an app developer and he sent me a list of items to look for when the iOS public beta is released in July.
Dark Mode – Duh. Everyone knew about this a year in advance, but what we didn’t know is that Dark Mode can be scheduled to show up when you want it to activate.
More Smart Charging – iOS 13 carried a new feature to keep your iPhone’s battery from staying at 100-percent for too long while it’s being charged. That will improve battery life cycle.
Control Center – I remain surprised at how many iPhone and iPad users don’t know about Control Center, but for those who do you’ll be able to press and choose nearby Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices. Nice.
Instant HotSpot – What’s not to like? Well, good grief, it takes seconds to connect to an iPhone’s HotSpot, but iOS 13 can make that automatic for certain family members who are register in the Family Sharing feature.
New Animoji – More duh. Betcha didn’t know there was a cow, a mouse, and an octopus included in the new ones. Now it’s not a secret.
Photo Sharing – iPhone, iPad, and Mac already share photos, but now you can customize the photo before you send it but while you’re sending it.
Safari Tab Jumping – I like this. Safari’s tabs on iPhone are a mess, and I keep about 100 open most of the time, which makes finding the one I want a challenge. No more. Or, rather, less of a challenge. Just type the address of the website that is already open in Safari.
Teeth Brushing – What made the keynote show’n tell was how Health can tack a woman’s menstrual cycle– presented by a woman– but I’m sure someone at Apple has buck teeth, and would it have taken more than a minute to show how Health can log oral health. Tooth brushing on a graph. Who knew?
Flight Status – There are apps that do this but Apple plans to put it into Maps later this year, including flight details– gate, terminal, departure times, etc. Look at the apps that just got Sherlocked.
Apple can only squeeze so many minutes of show’n tell into so many minutes of show time, but there is more. As we get some hands-on time with iOS 13 and iPad 13 and macOS Catalina, we’ll drop you a list of the secrets that just won’t remain secrets.