iOS13 rumors and expectations

April 30, 2019

As Apple inches ever-closer to the planned unveiling of iOS 13 in June, more and more rumors are circulating as to what the software upgrade will feature.

From Dark Mode to new gestures and an improved iPad interface, there is a wealth of credible information being leaked about what’s likely to be included.

So, let’s dive in to the expected upgrades that will come with iOS 13.

A major upgrade

iOS 13 is tipped to be a major upgrade to Apple’s flagship operating system, which runs across mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.
That’s partly attributed to a new development policy launched with iOS 12 last year.

As MacRumors explains, now Apple works on two years of software upgrades at the same time, which gives them the freedom to push back planned features that aren’t ready for release, while still offering an annual update.

“For that reason, iOS 13 is potentially more developed already than prior updates, while at the same time, leaving open the possibility that any rumored feature could be postponed,” MacRumors notes.

So, what’s expected this year?

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Dark Mode

Apple users have been calling for Dark Mode for some time, and 2019 is the year Apple is expected to deliver this feature to the iPad and iPhone via its software.

Dark Mode allows for easier night-time viewing and 9to5 Mac explains it will be enabled in Settings, “including a high contrast version, similar to what’s already available on macOS”.

Major iPad focus

The iPad is tipped to receive special attention in this year’s software update. This includes a focus on multitasking using multiple windows.

“Each window will also be able to contain sheets that are initially attached to a portion of the screen, but can be detached with a drag gesture, becoming a card that can be moved around freely, similar to what an open-source project called ‘PanelKit’ could do,” 9to5 Mac says.

“These cards can also be stacked on top of each other, and use a depth effect to indicate which cards are on top and which are on the bottom. Cards can be flung away to dismiss them.”

A standard ‘undo’ function

We all make mistakes, and now Apple is set to help us fix them more readily courtesy of a new gesture that allows text input to be undone.

The gesture kicks off with a triple tap on the keyboard area of the screen, then users slide right or left to undo or redo actions.

Safari improvement

As part of the update, Safari on iPad will automatically seek a desktop version of websites when necessary, rather than instantly opting for the mobile-friendly option.

This has previously been a bit of a user bugbear as even on big-screen iPads, websites are often rendered in iPhone mode.

Easier font access

Apple is also making it easier to access additional fonts, with users no longer required to have a profile in order to explore extra ones.

“Instead there will be a new font management panel in Settings,” 9to5 Mac says.” A new standard font picker component will be available for developers and the system will notify the user when they open a document that has missing fonts.”

Improved email

MacRumors also anticipates the email system will get an upgrade, offering users the opportunity to mute incoming mail notificatons from relevant email threads.

Extra Emojis

By the time the software update is ready for public release, there will also likely be new Emojis available. MacRumors says: “The Unicode Consortium has finalized the characters that are being added to the emoji standard, and some of them include flamingo, otter, waffle, sloth, white heart, people holding hands, ice cube, snorkel, orangutan, juice box, falafel, and more.”

A timeline

iOS 13 is expected to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developer’s Congress (WWDC) in San Jose, which is slated to run from June 3 to June 7 this year.

Following its big reveal, the software will then be offered to developers for testing purposes. Once this is complete, iOS 13 will be handed over to the greater Apple community for further Beta testing, and will then be released to the general public at about the time of the next iPhone and iPad in the US fall.

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