APPLE announced a new way of hammering out text messages for your iPhone: swipe to type, or ‘QuickPath’.
The feature is only available with the iOS 13 update (out September), but you can get a different version of the feature right now.
Your iPhone lets you install third-party keyboards, which are keyboards created by people other than Apple.
Google’s Gboard keyboard has swipe-to-type texting already – and other handy features, like language translations.
First, download and install the Gboard app for iOS on the Apple App Store here.
Then go into Setting and scroll down to find Gboard.
Tap into it and select Keyboards, then switch the Gboard toggle to on.
A new option called Allow Full Access will appear, which you’ll also need to toggle to on.
Next, a pop-up will appear warning you about privacy risks – press ‘Allow’ if you want to go ahead.
Now whenever you go into a chat app, you’ll be able to swipe around the keyboard to type messages.
It’s also possible to download iOS 13 early, if you’re willing.
How to get iOS 13
The beta version of iOS 13 is available for paying Apple developers right now and then will be ready for the public who want to try the beta version in late June.
If you want to try iOS 13 beta then you can sign up on the Apple Beta page and register with your Apple ID.
iOS 13 supported devices revealed – which iPhone models can upgrade?
Here's the full list of iPhone models that can upgrade to iOS 13:
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Then you’ll need to log in to the Beta Software Program and click on “Enrol” to sign up your iOS device.
Then you need to download and install the configuration profile.
The beta version of iOS will then be available in”Settings”, under “General” and then “Software Update”.
The official iOS 13 update should be available for everyone in September and it is likely to launch alongside or just after the new 2019 iPhones.
Don’t expect your phone to work perfectly with the beta version of any software as there will still be glitches that need to be resolved before the software is available to everyone.
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Apple’s new iOS 13 update will also make your old iPhone up to “twice as fast”.
The event also saw the announcement that iTunes is being split up into three apps.
And Apple showed off the first trailer for original TV series For All Mankind, which imagines life if Soviet Russia had beat Nasa to putting man on the Moon.
But the firm also attracted criticism after announcing a computer monitor stand…that costs £999!
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