3 Features I Am Looking Forward To In iOS 13
September is the time of year in which apple announces a new iPhone. Shortly after the announcement of a new iPhone comes the public availability of the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. This year’s iPhone announcement has been scheduled for September 10 which means iOS 13 is just around the corner. Every iteration of iOS brings a set of enhancements that I can’t wait to use and these are 3 of the enhancements that I am looking forward to.
For years I have unsuccessfully tried numerous task managers like Todoist, Any.Do, Remember the Milk and even Trello and Asana. While each service has its own strengths, none of them made my task management experience feel complete. Recently I have been using iOS reminders because it available on all of my devices at the expense of features. Yes I know that the services I listed above have cross-platform apps available, but sometimes the seamlessness of a native app is easier than keeping up with another app. The enhancements I am looking forward will hopefully encourage me to keep track of more tasks using the app.
The update introduces 4 smart lists that are appropriately named for the tasks it contains. The Today list contains tasks that are due today. The Scheduled list contains tasks that contain a due date. The Flagged list contains tasks that have been flagged. The All list, you guessed it, contains all of the tasks separated by list.
Quick Access Toolbar and Siri integration
The ability to add contextual notifications in the current reminders app isnt necessarily bad but the new version introduces the quick access toolbar which in my opinion creates a smoother experience. Siri integration allows you to input more descriptive tasks and Siri will suggest the contextual information it perceives. Both of these features makes the process of creating new tasks easier which will hopefully encourage me to add more tasks in the app.
The new hands-free law in my state and an hour each way daily commute was the main reason Car Play was a must have in recent vehicle purchase. Being able to control my media from my cars head-unit has be great. The new Car Play features should add to an already great experience. The enhancements that I am looking forward to address some minor annoyances.
I usually listen to podcast while also monitoring traffic conditions on my daily commute. The current version of Car Play only allows one visible app at a time and because of this I sometimes have to switch back and forth between two apps. The new dashboard view displays information for up to 3 apps simultaneously. Dashboard view should reduce app-switching by keeping relevant information available at a glance.
In the current iteration of CarPlay whatever app that is open on your phone is displayed on your car’s head which is a hassle if you are trying to keeps your navigation displayed while trying to view some other information on your phone. In the next version of CarPlay opening a different app on the phone will not change the app that is open on your car’s head-unit.
Sign-in With Apple
With this being a brand new feature, I don’t have a backstory as to how this will help my everyday use. To be quite honest I have a guilty pleasure with trying out new apps and services which means either creating new accounts or tying my email address to some service I’m not sure I will even want to use. While Sign in With Apple offers many tools such as seamless login and two factor authentication, the one tool that I am looking forward to the most is private email addresses.
Private email address
Sign-in with Apple will allow for users the ability to use a randomly generated email address that is linked to their iCloud email address. This allows you to sign-up for an app without giving them your email address. Also you will have the ability to disable the randomly generated email address for a particular app and no longer receive emails from that app. This means I can try out apps without having to create a “real account” and no longer receive communications from the app if I no longer want to use their service.
These are 3 features that I am looking forward to in iOS 13. Tell me what things you are looking forward to in iOS 13 below.