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A true robocall solution
Robocall blocking is the best new feature in iOS 13. The Mute Uncalled Callers option fixes the biggest hassles of ever owning a phone. When enabled, your iPhone compares the incoming call with the numbers in your contacts, emails, and messages. If a match is found, your phone rings. If this is not the case, the call is forwarded directly to the voicemail.
Robocalls are a modern technological plague that seems to affect everyone. The best advice for dealing with them is not answering the answering machine anymore. One of the main problems with this advice is that you are still interrupted by the ringing of your phone, and your attention is focused on a call that you do not need. It also takes up the entire screen of your iPhone.
If the only new function for iPhones is the function "mute unknown callers", this is a sufficient reason for a change. However, this is not the only function. There is much more.
Apple offers privacy features that Google does not offer.
It seems like you are constantly being followed by everyone. Sometimes apps request location tracking, regardless of whether the app needs them or not. And even apps that have a legitimate use for your location, such as providing weather reports, often track you when you're not actively using the app, and sell your data later.
Also preventing this behavior is a challenge. You can turn off location tracking, but some of your apps will be unusable (for example, weather apps). You can also manually enable and disable location tracking each time you use an app. However, this requires searching a long list of settings, and that's just awkward.
If you disrupt site tracking, Apple has provided the information to you. In the near future, you can give an app permission to review your location only once. You can let an app track your location while it's in use. If you have granted and will allow an app to track your location, you will be notified by your iPhone – along with a map of the locations tracked by the app – and an option will be added to change this permission offered.
And apps that you track via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi without telling you? Apple also puts an end to this. Android does not provide comparable site security.
It's not uncommon for websites and apps to show the "Sign in with Google" or "Sign in with Facebook" buttons. They are simple – you do not have to create a new account with a different password. But they are not very private. By using this option, you agree to share information with a company that you know will be from your accounts. Google or Facebook will also learn more about your activities.
Apple's solution is its own sign-in service: Sign in to Apple. However, this does not track you and does not pass on your data. Apple does not collect much data about you at first. This is not the business model of the company.
When you sign in to Apple, you may submit either your name and email associated with Apple or, for privacy reasons, a randomly generated email that will be forwarded to you. When you sign up for Apple, you have the ability to quickly create an account while maintaining confidentiality. Both Apple and companies asking for accounts.
Features for Android Power Users On iPhone
The competition between Android and iPhone sometimes feels like the fight between Coke and Pepsi. Both are excellent and much of it is just a personal preference. However, Android and iPhone are more similar than some admit – and they are similar to every release of iOS and Android operating systems.
Despite the similarities between the two operating systems, there are some differences. It took forever for the iPhone to receive third-party keyboard support and be honest. It's still not as seamless as Android's keyboard options.
If you like wiping your keyboard, Apple adds a new QuickPath option that lets you swipe to tap. This is one less reason to even use a third-party keyboard.
You can not customize the look of an iPhone as much as Android, and that can always be true. However, if you find that you are removing all of your widgets and placing your most used apps in easy-to-access places and folders, the look is not much different from an iPhone. And Apple adds a new option to iOS 13 for the beautiful dark mode. The dark mode may not be better for your eyes than a bright subject, but looks good anyway. (Android also gets dark mode this year with Android Q – see how similar these operating systems are?)
And although it took too long to get proper Near-Field Communication (NFC) support, it does Apple accepted wholeheartedly now. If you are using an iPhone XR or XS, you can start shortcuts through an NFC tag. Joins are a great way to automate tasks, and combined with NFC tags, the possibilities seem endless. In the past, we used NFC tags in a car to play music from a playlist and get directions for Android home. Now you can do the same thing with an iPhone.
Like the iPad, the iPhone is also properly supported by external drives. In the near future, you can connect a USB drive to an iPhone (with adapter) and access files and photos. It's a small thing, but that's what it's about. The sum of all these small changes is more than the individual parts.
iOS 13 cuts off so many small issues
There's a lot to love for anyone who's stuck in the iPhone camp too. This update fixes so many small issues. For example, Safari automatically closes tabs for you based on the time settings. If you've ever opened the tabbed view of your mobile browser to find just dozens of tabs from earlier times, you'll appreciate the concept of tabs that close after a day or a week of no use. Hopefully every browser borrows this idea.
With iOS 13, similar to Android, you can delete apps directly from the App Store update list. This is important for iPhones (for which there is no app drawer), as they currently need to search their positions on the home screens of your iPhone.
Any iPhone user who relies on the reminder app will appreciate better support in natural language. If you enter something like "Ophthalmologist at 6 pm", a properly scheduled reminder will be created. Previously, the reminder app has created an appointment with this title.
Lost and stolen phones are another issue that we all face, regardless of the operating system. Apple has a great solution to this problem that came from another product: Bluetooth Tracker. Products like Tile and Trackr promise to help you find your stuff through crowdsourcing. The idea is that your tracker can contact you by passing it on to other closer trackers. The problem is that the crowd does not exist.
Well, Apple definitely has a crowd to work with. That's why iOS 13 brings this crowd-sourcing into the "Find My" (formerly "Find My Phone") feature for iPhones. Your phone will contact you via Bluetooth through other people's iPhones and iPads. No matter where your device is located, it is likely that there is a nearby device that can be used. And so you do not think this violates the promise of privacy, Apple has integrated a really clever cryptography so only you can track your phone and not even Apple can access the data. At the Developers' Conference (WWDC), Apple introduced them and other features, demonstrating the future of iPhones along with a new iPad that makes iPads much more powerful. They hurried. From the speeches to the demonstrations everything felt fast.
At the end of the presentation it was clear why the speakers of the WWDC felt so rushed. Apple had a lot to announce – and Apple did not even have time to handle all the features of iOS 13. This update seems to be the best new version of iOS for years.
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