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iOS 13 rumours - everything you need to know

12 May 2019


amaysim's tech geek

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

release details

developer release

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.

official release

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.

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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.

iOS13 Dark Mode

dark mode

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.

improved undo-gesture

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 refresh

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.

sleep mode

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.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.