New Delhi: As Apple iOS 13 is set to reach India this fall, the new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like desi English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak to you in a more natural and expressive way — in both male and female voices. The users will be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style. Siri will also allow users to play their favourite Bollywood music just as easily as an English rap or rock number.
Multi-lingual interactions that define the Indian vernacular would also seamlessly co-exist with English interaction in iOS 13. On Siri, content from several Indian languages would be accessible by voice but with a simple English phrases like find or play. Siri will also support When/Where’ queries for local events in India like sports, awards, music/literature festivals, exhibitions, summits or exams. With iOS 13, users will be able to keep track of the dates and locations for popular local events happening in the country.
There is now support for events found in Apps and Safari for flights, restaurants, hotels, car reservations and ticketed events. Users in India will be able to track their online reservations in calendar with iOS 13. iOS 13 would also come with an enhanced language setup. During the setup of a new device, users can choose their languages, including those for keyboard and dictation, and customize their language preferences from the start.
The keyboard would now support all 22 Indian languages, with the addition of 15 new Indian language Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic), Konkani (Devanagari), Manipuri (Bangla, Meetei Mayek), Maithili, Nepali, Sanskrit, Santali (Devanagari, Ol Chiki), and Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic). The Devanagari Hindi keyboard includes typing predictions that suggest the next word as you type and learn from your typing over time.
Four new system fonts for Gurmukhi, Kannada, Odia, and Gujarati are also there that would help deliver greater clarity and ease when reading in apps like Safari, typing in Messages and Mail, or swiping through Contacts. There are 30 new document fonts in iOS 13 for Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Gurmukhi, Malayalam, Odia, and Urdu. For app downloads above 150MB, the App Store team has updated the policy to allow large applications to be downloaded over cellular if the user wants to. Large apps previously required Wi-Fi to complete the download. (IANS)