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WWDC 2019 - Apple unveils iOS 13

04 Jun 2019


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After months of speculation; iOS 13 has officially been unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose.

at a glance: what you need to know

  • Dark mode has been made official and will debut with iOS 13 #yassss
  • Speedy Gonzales; app launch speed is set to be twice as fast, while Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster than before
  • Apple Maps is in for a serious upgrade, featuring an immersive 3D experience
  • Apple News+ will become available in the UK and Australia
  • Some snazzy personalisation upgrades for Memoji
  • Improved portrait lighting, plus a beautiful new way of automatic organisation for the Camera Roll.
  • The ability for Siri to read and reply to messages via your AirPods

release details

  • WWDC June 4 2019 - iOS 13 beta release
  • July 2019 - iOS 13 public beta will launch for eager tech heads
  • Early September 2019 - iOS 13 Final Dev version
  • Mid-September 2019 - A public release of iOS 13 will launch to coincide with Apple's 2019 iPhone range
Image Courtesy of Apple

dark mode

iOS 13 will include a system-wide dark mode for the first time, a feature iOS users have been asking for over the years.

Dark mode will match the dark mode feature that was first introduced on macOS Mojave, helping optimise viewing for users at night. It's a great feature when you're scrolling on your iPhone at night and want to avoid those bright, bluish hues.

It should also help also save on battery life on newer OLED-equipped iPhones.

need for speed

People are holding onto their iPhones for longer, and it's something that Apple seems to be acknowledging, with iOS13 set to bring some legitimate speed enhancements.

The most important iOS 13 speed improvement stats: app launch speed up to twice as fast, while Face ID unlocking is set to be 30% faster than before.

Apple has also found a way to make app downloads smaller, up to 60% on average.

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maps revamp

Apple Maps is getting its own version of Google Maps Street View, with an immersive 3D experience letting you tap into a spot on the map and look around at a 360-degree photo of what’s in that location.

You'll also be able to build lists and collections of local favourites, allowing you to easily share your favourite hotspots with friends.

Apple said its updated maps will be available across the US and in “select other” countries by the end of the year, so fingers crossed Australia is part of the launch group.

making siri less robotic

There's a new Siri voice debuting with iOS 13 and it sounds a lot more natural than before.

You'll likely notice a difference when Siri says longer phrases, like reading News reports aloud or answering long-winded questions.

Good timing, because with the arrival of iOS 13, Siri will be able to read incoming messages and pipe them through your buds.


memoji makeover

Memoji is set for a makeover for iOS 13 with new hairstyles, headwear, makeup and, of course, a range of new accessories (featuring AirPods of course).

You'll be able to share your own personalized Memoji with contacts through iMessages.

Your own contacts can see your Memoji, but only if you grant permission.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.