Apple is likely to reveal the next version of its mobile operating system at the annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in the summer.
This would be iOS 13 and will bring a bunch of new features to the millions of iPhones and iPads out in the world and eligible for the upgrade.
Apple makes its software updates free to all users and historically sees the vast majority upgrade within weeks.
While there can occasionally be missteps, Apple mostly provides useful new features to breathe life into older devices.
Last year’s was in the first week of June, so it makes sense to assume similar timing for 2019. That’s when we’ll get our first peek at iOS 13 – but it won’t actually drop until September, which is when Apple routinely releases its newest models.
They’ll come pre-packaged with iOS 13 but the public release will also be made available around then.
iOS 12 was released to the public on September 17, 2018 so you can expect a similar release date for iOS 13.
Meanwhile, here are some of the expected features that could arrive with it Dark Mode.
MacOS already has dark mode (Apple) The inclusion of a dark mode seems pretty likely, given that Apple has already added it to its desktop operating system: macOS.
Apple isn’t the only tech company to go dark – both Google and Facebook have introduced the feature into their products.
All it really does is make the screen easier to look at in the darkness by switching up things like wallpapers and font colours.
According to an exhaustive feature in Bloomberg, iOS 13 will include ‘improvements to CarPlay’ – although it doesn’t specify what they might be.
CarPlay is Apple’s in-car system that allows you to hook your iPhone up to the infotainment centre. You can send and receive messages, get directions and listen to music with it.
The program was due to be given an overhaul for iOS 12, but this was pushed back. Which is a good indicator it may get some love in the iOS 13 upgrade.
Well, there’s a rumour floating round that the next version of iOS will extend the length of a video clip from a Live Photo from three to six seconds.
A number of tech sites are reporting that iOS 13 will have plenty of iPad-specific features. Not entirely surprising given the recent release of a brand new pair of iPad Pros.
According to MacRumors, we’ll see a new feature for displaying multiple windows in a single iPad app for better multitasking.
Also according to MacRumors, the revamped Mail app will allow you to mute incoming notifications from specific email threads.