Apple has an iPadOS preview page that highlights most of the features mentioned on stage at the WWDC 2019 keynote. It also has a comprehensive page that goes far more in-depth. Here are some of my favorites that I don’t think were mentioned on stage.

Note: While this page is specifically about iPadOS, I imagine that most of the features which make sense on the iPhone will come to iOS as well. We’ll probably hear about those at the fall event.

  • Redesigned volume control – The redesigned volume control appears in the upper-left corner, so it doesn’t interfere with your content.
  • Photo upload resize – Choose to resize your photo to small, medium, large, or actual size before you upload it.
  • Auto-playing Live Photos and videos – Throughout the Photos tab, muted Live Photos and videos begin playing as you scroll, bringing your photo library to life.
  • Control Center – You can now select Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories right from Control Center.
  • Birthday mode – If you have birthdays assigned to people in your People album, the Photos tab will highlight your photos of them on their birthday.
  • New Share Sheet actions – You can customize options for the content you’re sharing, like removing the Live Photo action or location information from a picture you’re sending to a friend.
  • Apple Maps Collections – Build collections of your favorite and soon‑to‑be‑favorite locations and share them with friends and family.
  • Apple Mail, mute thread – Easily mute notifications from an overly active email thread across all your Apple devices.
  • Apple Books, reading goals – Read a book or listen to an audiobook for five minutes while in line for coffee, on your commute, or before bed to achieve your Daily Reading Goal. Build streaks to celebrate your achievements and share books you’ve finished with the Books Read this Year collection.
  • Business Chat suggestions – When you call supported businesses, iPadOS offers to start a Business Chat instead, so you can interact with a business from a text instead of waiting on hold.
  • Add attachments to events – iPadOS supports adding attachments to events in Calendar.
  • Contacts (hey, remember Contacts? Apparently Apple just did!), new relationship labels – Hundreds of new, more specific relationship labels in Contacts help users manage their growing contact lists.
  • Find my iPhone/Friends becomes a new app, gets Find Offline Devices feature – Locate a missing device even if it’s not connected to Wi‑Fi or cellular using crowd‑sourced location. When you mark your device as missing and another Apple user’s device is nearby, it can detect your device’s Bluetooth signal and report its location to you. It’s completely anonymous and encrypted end‑to‑end, so everyone’s privacy is protected.
  • Language selection per app – Use third‑party apps in a different language from your system language.
  • Persistent personal hotspot – Remain connected to your nearby iPad personal hotspot even when your device sleeps, so you can receive incoming messages and push notifications.

That’s about all I found for now. Did I miss any other gems? Let me know on Mastodon, Tumblr, or Twitter.

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