Straight from the tech grapevine, here’s everything we know so far about the iOS 13.
In this article:
- What is iOS 13?
- When is iOS 13 Coming Out?
- Who Can Download the Beta Version of the iOS 13?
- What are the Rumored New Features of iOS 13
iOS 13 Rumors: Features, Release Dates, And More
What is iOS 13?
iOS 13 is Apple’s latest system update for its mobile operating system following last year’s iOS 12. While Apple hasn’t made any official announcements about it, tech insiders are predicting it will be released this year.
When is iOS 13 Coming Out?
Apple has the reputation of unveiling major iOS updates during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) so insiders assume the iOS 13 will be unveiled at this year’s WWDC, which takes place on June 3-7 in San Jose, California.
if Apple will follow through with its pattern of iOS releases in recent years, we can expect this timeline for the release iOS13:
- Beta Releases: June 2019
- Final Release: September 2019
Who Can Download the Beta Version of the iOS 13?
Apple also makes beta versions for developers to test the unfinished iOS through the Apple Developer Program. This allows developers to create and test their products on the new iOS. The iOs 13 beta will be available during the conference for $99 and will require a Developer Account.
The company also gives out public betas through the Apple Beta Software Program. Through this program, the company gathers feedback that can help them identify and fix any issues prior to the release of the new product.
What are the Rumored New Features of iOS 13
1. Dark Mode
The official 2019 Apple WWDC artwork features a darker theme, which some interpret as a clue that the company will introduce “dark mode” in iOS 13. This is a long-wished-for capability for many iOS users, and will potentially be similar to the dark mode launched on macOS Mojave that makes for easier nighttime viewing.
2. Sleep Mode
Apple is said to introduce a “sleep mode” in the Control Center that will switch on the “Do Not Disturb” function, darken the screen, and mute all incoming notifications. It will also improve the Clock app’s “Bedtime” feature.
3. Updated Volume HUD
Rumors say that iOS 13 will include a less obtrusive new volume HUD.
4. iPad Adjustments
A number of new features in iOS 13 will be centered on the iPad. Apple is rumored to be giving the iPad the capability to display multiple windows in one single iPad app with a tab view.
The iPad’s multitasking capabilities is also said to get a major improvement — users will be able to enjoy stackable cards within apps and multiple windows. The apps will come with sheets initially attached to a part of the screen, which transforms to cards users can detach and manipulate by dragging.
Users can stack cards with a depth effect to indicate the positions of the cards while flinging a card will close it.
iPads are also expected to have new standard gestures:
- Three Finger Tap and Slide — This will allow users to undo or redo text inputs by tapping three fingers on the keyboard area and sliding to the right or left.
- Multiple Finger Dragging — Users will be able to select multiple items in table and collection view by dragging multiple fingers, similar to clicking and dragging on a Mac’s Finder.
5. Expanded Mac and iOS Cross-Platform Apps
Apple introduced a new test cross-platform that allows users to bring iOS apps to a Mac with the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. So far, only a few iOS Apple apps like Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos can be ported to macOS.
In iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, Apple is rumored to expand this functionally to developers, making it easier to tweak iOS apps for Mac porting.
6. Updated Messages App
The iOS 13 Messages app will follow a WhatsApp-style, giving users the capability to create a display name and profile picture and select who can see it. The app will also have a dedicated menu for Memoji stickers and Animoji.
7. More Organized Mail App
The new Mail app will organize emails into easily searchable categories, like travel, purchases, marketing, and more. There will also be a “read later” queue, mute option for incoming Mail notifications for specific email threads, and a feature to block contacts.
The iOS 13 Reminders app will have default quadrants that will let users categorize their tasks easier, such as:
- Daily Tasks
- Flagged Tasks
- Scheduled Tasks
The new Books app will include a progress tracker and an encouraging rewards system.
Maps will have a feature that makes setting and navigating to frequent locations (home or work addresses) much easier. These frequent locations will be efficiently grouped with photos.
11. All-New Home
iOS 13’s revamped Home app will be integrated better with security cameras. Users can also view past recordings even without the need for third-party apps.
New features for the Health app include an improved daily activity, a more comprehensive menstrual cycle tracker, and a hearing health section that measures how loud you play music on your headphones.
13. Improved Find My iPhone App
Rumor has it that Apple is working on a new app combining Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into one. There’s a possibility Apple will release this in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15.
On top of the existing “Lost Mode” and the option to wipe a device, this app will have a new “Find Network” capability that lets users track Apple devices even without an Internet connection or cellular network by leveraging other devices nearby. Location-dependent sharing options from Find My Friends are also available.
14. New Emojis
New emojis will most likely be available from iOS 13 later this year. The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization aiming to develop, maintain, and promote, software standards and data internationalization, has already finalized the characters to be added including the following:
- White heart
- People holding hands
- Ice cube
- Juice box
15. Other Features to Expect
- Keyboard — A default swipe-based keyboard like SwiftKey will be available.
- Better Font Management — The settings app will have a new menu to better manage fonts.
- Speed Performance and Bug Fixes — Like every new iOS version, iOS 13 could offer device speed improvement and decrease bugs.
- Better Siri — “Hey Siri” can now better filter out ambient noises.
- Screen Time — This feature will get a new capability allowing parents to set the contacts their kids can and can’t contact at specific hours.
- Safari — iPad iOS 13 Safari will load a website’s desktop version when necessary. Apple is also developing a Safari download manager that lets users see downloads in a single folder.
- Live Photo Updates — Live photo duration will go from three seconds to six.
- Interface Updates — Apple will introduce a new multitasking pane launching animation and the iPad’s Home screen will get some changes.
Where and How to Download iOS 13 After It’s Released?
Once officially released, iPhone users may update their current iOS to iOS 13 by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Make sure to have a reliable Internet connection and choose to “download and install.”
Watch these iOS 13 concepts of in this video from ConceptsiPhone:
iOS 13’s predecessor focused on improvements that made the OS run more smoothly on older iPhones. If the rumored features are true, then iOS 13 will deliver the system improvements that iOS also brought, along with a few new cool features that will take the users’ experience on mobile even further.
The iOS 13 rumors seem promising and exciting but until the official release, we won’t know for certain how legitimate these are. Until then, speculating is the best thing we can do.
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