With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) set for June 3, there’s less than a month to go until Apple will spill the beans on their next generation operating system; iOS 13.
With last year’s iOS 12 primarily focusing on under the hood improvements to streamline performance and help older devices run more smoothly - can we expect this year’s release to pack a bit more punch?
at a glance: what you need to know
- iOS 13 will be announced at WWDC on June 3 2019 (June 4 Australia time)
- A developer version of iOS 13 will be released shortly after the developer’s conference, with a public beta to follow in late June, or early July
- The final release of iOS 13 will happen in September, alongside the release of new iPhones
- Expected new features include a Dark Mode and a redesigned homescreen
iOS 13 is set to be announced on Monday, June 3 (June 4 in Australia) at Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote event. Shortly after the conference takes place, a beta release will become available for paid developers.
public beta release
A public beta will be rolled out after the developer version and should arrive in late June, or early July. If you're interested in downloading the beta software, be sure to sign-up to Apple's beta program.
We'll get the new iOS 13 software in its final form at the iPhone launch event, which we expect to happen in mid-to-late September.
key rumoured features
While we know a limited amount of information around the software itself, it's expected the new OS will help speed up devices and reduce bugs.
There are also some interesting rumors that shed light on some of the key features we can expect to see with the release of iOS 13.
iOS 13 will include a system wide dark mode for the first time, a feature iOS users have been asking for over the past few years.
Dark mode will match the dark mode feature that was first introduced on macOS Mojave, helping optimise viewing for users at night. Apple's WWDC art direction for 2019, coincidentally has a darker theme, hinting at the upcoming dark mode we can expect to see in iOS 13.
home screen redesign
iOS 13 may bring the first-ever major changes to the iOS home screen, and to be frank, its long overdue.
We've virtually had the same home screen app layout since the iPhone launched in 2007. Yes alot of us are use to it and yes it works, but it's definitely become bit stale and would be a welcome step-change.
split view/multi-window for iPhone
After Apple introduced a multi-window feature for iPads back in 2015, many insiders are picking split-view (the ability to display two apps side-by-side), to be a key feature of the iPhone 11 and iOS 13.
The arrival of iOS 13 should see a more refined undo gesture that no longer involves having to shake your device. It's expected you'll be able to undo and redo actions by sliding three fingers left or right on the keyboard area.
iMessage is set to get an upgrade with a WhatsApp-like enhancements allowing you to set a profile picture, and display name, while also being able control who sees what.
We expect to see a new system-wide sleep mode feature that tracks sleeping patterns and allows users to toggle on a Do Not Disturb mode that will keep the lock screen dark, and mute all incoming notifications #yesPlease
upgraded home app
An upgraded Home app is set to arrrive as part of iOS 13 to align with the company’s smart home push and is rumoured to include integration with home security systems.