iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 have finally landed in our shores. Both operating systems are now available in developer betas, which is Apple’s traditional way of collecting feedback ahead of a public release. In reality, developers contribute positively to the software, making it better and smarter. And iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are no different.
Both iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 include a lot of potential for developers or those who like to code, thus making developing apps much easier. With that in mind, we made a list of the best iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 features for developers.
Also read: 5 Things to Look Forward to With iOS 13
Keep in mind that both iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are now in the early stages, meaning that they may include bugs and errors. The current betas are mainly targeted at developers who want to test out new features ahead of its official release.
Apple is making developing apps for iPhone and iPad much easier thanks to a handy tool called SwiftUI. Basically, SwiftUI is a framework that allows you to code the UI of your apps. The best part is that you are able to make some adjustments to the UI, including the ability to resize the elements or features to make them compatible with future OS updates.
One main point of SwiftUI is that it reduces hundreds of lines to code and provides support for common iOS features. Apple says that developers can code the macOS apps using SwiftUI and then port them to the iPad and iPhone. This suggests that more iOS exclusives are coming to macOS in future updates.
Apple is opening up its operating system to developers, encouraging them to integrate their apps into Apple’s services. If you are a developer, then it’s time to make some iOS and iPadOS apps.
Augmented Reality is now one of Apple’s main focuses. At 2019 WWDC, the Cupertino firm announced ARKit 3, a handy tool that adds more support for AR features like motion capture, people occlusion, and multiple face tracking.
With ARKit 3, developers can easily integrate iPhone and iPad users with virtual objects and set up 3D scenes. At this year’s WWDC, Apple says that ARKit 3 features will only be supported on recent iPhones and iPads that are refueled by an A12 chip or later. That means that iPhone X or older won’t get ARKit 3.0 support. That sounds fair considering the power required by these ARKit 3.0 features.
Siri is Apple’s personal assistant that was first integrated into iPhone 4s back in 2011. Siri received mostly negative reviews at launch, with most users criticizing its lack of features. However, Apple has been improving Siri since then, expanding its usefulness beyond just being able to set a reminder or look up sports scores.
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 include Siri support in third-party media apps like Spotify, Pandora, Overcast, Audible, and many more. This is thanks to iOS 13’s new Sirikit, a handy tool that allows developers to deeply integrate their audio apps with Siri.
Also read: iOS 13 hands-on review
In reality, Siri only works with Apple’s own audio apps, like Apple Music or Apple Podcasts. If you want to use Siri in third-party media apps, it only offers basic audio controls like pause, next, or volume up.
Project Catalyst is not something new as it was first announced at WWDC 2018. At this year’s WWDC, Apple gave us some details regarding its upcoming project. Catalyst serves as Apple’s latest effort to bring iPad apps to the Mac.
Sources say that Apple is planning to merge iPadOS and MacOS into one and Catalyst is a big part of making that possible. At 2019 WWDC, Apple released the Xcode SDK that allows developers to create universal apps for both Mac and iPad. That makes sense seeing how Apple made its Music, Podcast, and TV apps available in macOS Catalina.
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are still in beta stages and Apple still has a lot of work to do ahead of a final release. However, the first betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 show great potential for developers.
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