iOS 12 has just been launched but as it has always been the case with Apple, people are already talking about iOS 13 that is not going to see the light of the day until a year and a half. However, it doesn’t stop the pundits and users from speculations and expectations. A major leak just in the beginning of 2018 has also set the course for iOS 13 or Yukon – as claimed by the Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman.
The honchos at the tech giant are religiously tight-lipped about the developments and iOS and all of us are left to deal with rumours until the actual unveiling at WWDC. However, since Gurman is a veteran tech journalist and knows the inside out of Apple’ methodology. So, if he has a reason to believe so, you better scroll down to know what to expect from iOS 13.
iOS 13 Features
According to Mark Gurman, The biggest highlight of the iOS 13 will be its totally redefined home screen. It would bring a whole new home screen with improvements to major apps like Mail and updates to the photo editing, clicking, and sharing pictures. The home screen of iPad looks just the way like the latest iPhone.
Other rumored feature is provision for using multiple windows of the app in Split View side-by-side multitasking mode, along with redefined Files app. Apple’s iOS 11 brought Files app. So, it wouldn’t be a surprise to have an update next year.
The iOS 13 is all set to get in-app tabs like the tabs in MacOS apps. Apple is also speculated to improve Apple Pencil.
iOS 11 was also focused on iPad last year. It unveiled a revamped iPad dock, an App Switcher, Files app, Drag & Drop support, redefined QuickType keyboard, and some new features of Apple Pencil, including Instant Markup and Instant Notes.
Apple’s iOS 12 will bring macOS 10.14, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 on June 4, Monday at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). iOS 12 will be launched in September with new iPhones.
iOS 11 brought a lot of bugs and was a chaotic update. Reportedly, Apple has chosen to address stability and performance bugs with iOS 12 instead of loads of exciting features. The iOS 12 will just bring small features like new Digital Health Tool for parental control, enhanced DND, new Animoji characters, support for multiplayer AR games, new Animoji interface for iPads, as well as upgraded Stocks app.
The rumors have been persistent that Apple would combine the API of its mobile and desktop operating systems so iOS apps can work on Mac. Another update is the official ‘Marzipan’ project will let developers create one app to run on iPads, iPhones, and Macs.
iOS 13 Release Date
According to the recent reports, iOS 13 will be released next year. It is true that iOS 12 is just around the corner. In 2019, iOS 13 Yukon will bring more exciting features to iPads.
The iOS 12 was launched at Steve Jobs theatre, during Apple’s launch event on September 12. Going by the track record of the tech giant, we can expect the release date of iOS 13 Yukon somewhat around this time in the year 2019.
- iOS 13 Release Date – September 16, 2019
- iOS 13 Beta Release Date – June, 2019
- iOS 13 Beta 2 Release Date
- iOS 13 Beta 3 Release Date
- iOS 13 Beta 4 Release Date
- iOS 13 Beta 5 Release Date
- iOS 13 Beta 6 Release Date
Because Apple is fond of keeping code name of its iOS releases based on the names of ski resort towns, this is why. So, we can safely assume that this prediction might very well be true and not just a rumour.
iOS Release History
|iOS Versions||Release Date|
|iOS 3||June 17, 2009|
|iOS 4||June 21, 2010|
|iOS 5||October 4, 2011|
|iOS 6||September 19, 2012|
|iOS 7||September 18, 2013|
|iOS 8||September 17, 2014|
|iOS 9||September 16, 2015|
|iOS 10||September 13, 2016|
|iOS 11||September 16, 2017|
|iOS 12||September 10, 2018|
iOS 13 Compatibility
Gurman also speculates that maybe this time, Apple might announce the support for cross-platform apps with the macOS 10.14. This new functionality will definitely be something to watch out for as it will let the apps to run on both macOS and iOS. This has also been confirmed by John Gruber of Daring Fireball as he expects to see it up and running too in the next update of iOS 2019.
Gurman has been surprisingly bang on about Apple’s software updates ahead of the release and it was he who predicted about cross-platform API being pushed to the next year and for an iOS 13 release.
Why do we believe so?
The prediction of many pundits could also be true because of one very obvious trend. Apple has followed an unimaginative and traditional strategy to work on so far when it comes to iOS. iOS 11 focused on iPads whereas iOS 12 is more focused on smartphone improvements and there is almost nothing for iPads, leaving a lot to be desired for iPad users. This is why there is a solid chance that the year 2019 is going to be of iPads with minimal features for iPhones.
Apple Pencil saw the last of its glory days in 2015. With Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s rave reviews and S-Pen being back in trend, we are hoping that Apple might want to cover this front too sensing the new-found interest of users in a stylus-based device.
The project Apple Marzipan lets the developers write an app that can run across Apple devices. A user can now use apps on Mac, iPad and iPhone, pick where he left on another device. This will result in a smoother UI across the Apple device.
According to the inside sources, Apple would bring iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 with cross-platform support. Earlier this year, Tim Crook, Apple CEO, mocked the concept of merging macOS and iOS.
Cross platform apps could be helpful to provide smoother UI in multiple devices. Microsoft had also launched Windows Universal Platform to do something like that and Google has already done it with Android and Chrome OS.
In its existing form, the iPad home screen works good but screen space could be utilized better. This is the reason redesigned iOS 13 will focus mostly on iPad and iPhone users would also see the change. According to Mark Gurman, new home screen was planned for iOS 12. But Apple has rolled back several new features to release in 2019 to work on performance issues, bugs, and stability this year.
iOS 13 Features
The iOS 13 Yukon is rumoured to focus on iPad-specific features such as
- macOS like tabs within apps
- Improvements in Apple Pencil and new features
- Beefed up security
- Better user experience
- Revamped and improved Files app
- Split View mode for iPad to let you run two apps simultaneously side by side
The redesigned home screen
The revamped home screen design on the iPad will be called ‘Springboard.’ The experts feel that if it happens, it will be a long-due change that was eagerly awaited. The present design on iPad home screen leaves a lot to be desired. Lots of screen space remains unused and can be used better. The new Springboard, however, will increase and improve its functionality by making it more productive. It is to be noted that if even one of the rumours about iOS 13 features come to the realisation, it is going to be the most revolutionary in terms of design.
The File App
The File app that was introduced at the time of iOS 11, is also expected to go through a makeover.
Thanks to the Marzipan project of Apple, the cross-platform apps can see the light of day in the year 2019. After paying a fortune for the Apple devices, a streamlined, smooth and seamless user experience is something that we all deserve. However, it is interesting that how Apple lags behind in terms of such simple innovations, err… things. Apple has just launched its password autofill feature with iOS 12 whereas Android users are using it for years now. It is on the same lines of Microsoft Windows Universal Platform. Google is also in the same league with its Android and Chrome OS functionality. Thiscross-platform support allows for a seamless transition between Android and Chrome OS.
The stylus is also expected to get some update.
The iOS 13 can also roll in a series of new emojis. Since Apple is working actively with the Unicode Working Group and Emoji Consortium, things can get really vibrant in this department. Over 77 emojis were rolled out with Apple iOS 12 too.
The rumours of some features of iOS 12 being pushed to the successor iOS 13 are also rife. While this keeps the massive buzz around the future iOS alive, it also gives Apple some major head start to improve the performance and fix the issues.
iOS 13 Wishlist
Apple has been surprisingly mum at the front for the support of touchpads and mice. This year and in 2019, there even not much as slightest of the rumours about the improved support and functionality for mouse and touchpads, either.
- Updated Parental controls and stability improvements
- Digital health tools
- Revamped apps
- Support for multi-player games
- Redesigned CarPlay
- Improved apps
- Revamped Mail app
Now that iPhone has been released with OLED display, it’s the right time to bring always-on display. OLEDs use power only for pixels which are lit up. Lighting up a fraction of screen uses only a part of battery.
Ignore DND and Grouping Notifications
On iOS, notifications are a kind of mess. You either needs to turn app notification apps on or you end up with a deluge that makes it hard for you to know the things which need action and are important. On iOS, notifications are a kind of mess. In each app, they must add a toggle in notification settings to ignore Do Not Disturb.
Improvements in Portrait Mode
With the launch of iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has brought the faux-bokeh effect which is popular on premium devices. Portrait mode has just got better with time. Google crushes the same with Pixel 2. It has more precise in-depth effects with better edges and they do it on both back and front cameras, despite having only one lens to do this. If Google is doing the same, why can’t Apple, at least with latest devices with A11?
Endless photo storage
You know what’s interesting about Google Photos? It is unlimited, free, and it doesn’t impose cloud storage limits from Google.
It would be great if Apple brings same things to its devices. Currently, you have only 5GB of space available for free in iCloud. If you pay for extra storage, videos and photos taken with iPad and iPhone won’t count over the storage limit.
There are still hundreds of thousands of users who would happily pay $0.99 per month for iCloud storage of additional 50GB, if they get unlimited video and photo storage and use 50GB for documents and backups.
iOS 13 Concept
According to Gurman, Apple would bring in-app tabs, just like on MacOS. It means users would be able to work on multiple screens side by side on same app by turning on Split View. He also said that iPhone will get iPad-like Springboard redesign. Also Check apple watch stainless steel band
All of this is in the pipeline and are plans in the offing. Since Apple iOS 13 is going to release in 2019, a lot can change and happen in between. As we eagerly await for WWDC 2019, we are anxiously waiting for how many of these iOS 13 predictions is going to be true or if the Cupertino giant is going to take us all by surprise.
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