iOS 13: Release Date, New Features, Rumors & News

Apple primarily focused on speed improvements with iOS 12. But that was last year. This year, iOS 13 is going to be a major release packing ton of features. Apple cannot afford to release another major iOS release without any major new features.

Plenty of leaks and reports have already given us a good idea of what to expect from iOS 13 in terms of features and upgrades. This will be a major release that will focus on improving productivity on the iPad Pro with new features and gestures, add some much-requested features to the iPhone, and more.

Read below to find out all the features that iOS 13 is going to pack.

Dark mode

Apple is finally going to introduce a system-wide dark mode in iOS 13. After years of wishing for a proper dark mode, the company will introduce one with iOS 13. This dark mode will be similar to the one that Apple debuted in macOS Mojave last year.

A native dark mode in iOS will look really good on iPhones with OLED displays and it will also help reduce eye strain.

iPhone X - Dark Mode - Eclipse X

New Undo Gesture

One can already undo any task or action in iOS by shaking their device. With iOS 13, Apple will be introducing a new three-finger gesture for quick undo/redo purposes.

Users can swipe left or right with their three fingers to undo or redo an action on their iPad. Apple will introduce users to this new gesture with a tutorial when they first open the keyboard.

New Gestures

Apart from a new undo/redo gesture, Apple will also be debuting other gestures aimed at improving overall user productivity. Users will be able to drag items in a list with multiple fingers or select multiple files at once by dragging their fingers across them.

Improved Multitasking

iOS 13 will focus on improving the overall multitasking experience on the iPad Pro. Apps can have multiple windows and can contain sheets which can be pinned to a part of the screen. These cards can be moved around the display to allow for free-form multitasking. They can be dismissed when not needed by a flick of the finger.

To make certain workflow easier on the iPad, Apple will also add USB mouse support with iOS 13 to the iPad Pro. It will be added as an accessibility feature which means one will have to first enable it from Settings before connecting a USB mouse to their iPad Pro.

iOS 13 Concept

Volume HUD

Yes, another much-requested feature is finally making its way to iOS 13. Apple is giving the volume HUD a revamp in the next major release of iOS. There’s no word on how it would look like but one can at least hope that it would be less intrusive than the existing HUD.

Enhanced Safari

To enhance the overall browsing experience on the iPad, Apple will improve Safari in iOS 13. The browser will automatically show a confirmation prompt for loading the desktop version of a website instead of its iPhone version.

Many websites end up rendering their iPhone version on the iPad which leads to a sub-par experience. With iOS 13 and this change in Safari, Apple is hoping to put this issue to and end.

Improved Mail App

The Mail app is getting an upgrade in iOS 13 as well. It will allow users to sort emails into different categories similar to many other third-party mail clients. Additionally, it will gain a Read Later option as well which will work in a similar fashion as Safari’s Read Later feature.

New System Apps

With iOS 12, Apple revamped the Stocks and Voice Recorder app. As a part of iOS 13, the company is expected to revamp more system apps including the Reminders app. All the new system apps will be Marzipan apps and also make it to macOS and iPad.

New Animoji

This should not be surprising but Apple has been adding new Animoji with every relatively major iOS release after the launch of the iPhone X. With iOS 13, the company is going to introduce more new Animojis including that of a cow, octopus, emoji face, and more.

iOS 13 Compatible Devices

iOS 13 will likely drop support for the iPhone 5s. Apple was widely expected to drop support for the iPhone 5s with iOS 12 last year. However, with the update focusing on speed and performance improvements, it ended up breathing a new lease of life in the device. This year though, the iPhone 5s is expected to reach the end of its life. Unlike iOS 12, iOS 13 will pack plenty of new features and the iPhone 5s clearly lack the resources to run them all.

Below is a list of devices which we expect will receive the iOS 13 update:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS Max

iOS 13 Release Date

When will iOS 13 be released? Apple will officially unveil iOS 13 at the opening keynote of WWDC 2019. The event will take place from June 3-7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

The first developer beta of iOS 13 will drop right after Apple’s opening keynote at WWDC 2019 ends. After that, over the next few months, we will see Apple release iOS 13 developer and public beta updates with bug fixes and other improvements.

The final public release of iOS 13 will take place in September right around the time Apple releases the 2019 iPhone lineup.

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