iOS 13 Has Several New Features For Users in India. Here Are 8 of the Best.

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iOS 13 Has Several New Features For Users in India. Here Are 8 of the Best.

iOS 13 has several features targeted at India

Highlights
  • iOS 13 is available for iPhone 6S and newer devices
  • It supports multiple Indian language keyboards now
  • Typing predictions have been added to some Indian language keyboards

iOS 13 is here and with it, Apple appears to be reaffirming its commitment to India. Of late we have seen a few moves that make us believe Apple wants a bigger slice of the Indian smartphone market. The most notable of these was a big price cut on the iPhone XR and more recently, decent pricing on the iPhone 11. Another of these moves is the addition of lots of India-specific features to iOS 13. Here's a quick round-up of the best of these features.

1. Siri has an Indian English voice

With iOS 13, Siri gets a new voice — Indian English. This available in the standard male and female versions, so you could pick whichever you like. This is the only new Siri voice and the others, which were present in iOS 12, are: American, Australian, British, Irish, and South African. You can change this via Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice.

2. No app download size limit for mobile data

Until very recently iOS limited app downloads on mobile data to just 100MB. Apps above that couldn't be download via mobile data. Apple had recently raised that to 200MB but it still was inconvenient in a country where Wi-Fi isn't very widespread and mobile data is cheap. With iOS 13, this limit has been removed. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > App Downloads and then select Always Allow.

3. Typing predictions for Hindi

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Typing predictions in Hindi is one of the best iOS 13 features

We used the Devanagari (Hindi) keyboard quite sparingly on iOS 12 because it didn't have typing predictions and our preference was always the English to Hindi transliteration keyboard. With iOS 13 that is about to change as we now have typing predictions for the Devanagari keyboard too. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tap Add New Keyboard. Now select Hindi and then Hindi. Now whenever you type in Hindi, you will see suggested predictions. In our limited experience so far, the predictions have proved to be pretty good.

4. A new bilingual Hindi (Latin) keyboard

The Hinglish keyboard on iOS 12 has been replaced with Hindi (Latin) on iOS 13. If you like typing Hindi messages in the Roman (English) script, this keyboard is perfect for you. You might want to use this because the Hindi (Latin) keyboard has typing predictions which makes it a lot easier to type, instead of having to constantly fight autocorrect. You can enable it by going to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tapping Add New Keyboard. Now select Hindi (Latin).

 

5. More Indian language keyboards

iOS 13 has 15 new Indian language keyboards, and it now supports all of India's 22 official languages. The new ones include Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri (Arabic, Devanagari), Konkani (Devanagari), Manipuri (Bangla, Meetei Mayek), Maithili, Nepali, Sanskrit, Santali (Devanagari, Ol Chiki), and Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic). You can check these out by heading to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tapping Add New Keyboard.

6. Improved language setup

When you upgrade your iOS device to iOS 13 or when you set up a new iOS 13 device you'll see an option that allows you to add the languages you speak to keyboard, dictation languages, and preferred languages.

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There are 15 new Indian language keyboards on iOS 13

 

7. New Indian language system and document fonts

iOS 13 brings four new system fonts for Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, and Odia. It also adds 30 new document fonts for languages such as Assamese, Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

8. Video streaming apps can optimise download times

Apple says that with iOS 13, apps such as Hotstar and Netflix can optimise when to download the shows and movies you want to watch. Netflix already has a Smart Downloads feature that begins downloading new episodes of shows you're watching. With iOS 13, these apps can avoid downloading content when the mobile data network is congested and prioritise it when the network is better.

Which is your favourite India-specific iOS 13 feature? Let us know via the comments.

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