APPLE’S next major iPhone update has been leaked – revealing new features potentially coming to your handset.
Alleged details of the iOS 13 upgrade were posted online by a specialist Apple blog, giving us an early look at what to expect from the iPhone in 2019.
iOS 13 release date – what is it and when can you get it?
Apple hasn’t actually announced iOS 13 yet, and likely won’t until the beginning of June.
That’s when Apple’s annual WWDC conference takes place – the usual launchpad for new versions of the iPhone iOS software.
Once announced, iOS 13 will enter beta testing – where developers and beta-test users can try out the new update.
However, regular users won’t be able to access the proper iOS 13 update until September, when the rumoured iPhone 11 comes out.
iOS 13 features revealed – all the new changes
Specialist tech site 9to5Mac has leaked alleged details of the iOS 13 update.
The site – which is generally extremely reliable when it comes to Apple tip-offs – cites insiders “familiar with the development” of iOS 13.
So what’s rumoured to be coming?
The big change is the expected introduction of a system-wide Dark Mode.
It’s likely to be similar to the macOS Dark Mode, which turns everything on your phone to a dark colour – to improve night-time browsing.
Using a glaringly bright phone in the dark is horrible – that’s why so many apps now have Dark Mode, switching apps to a black theme that’s easier on the eyes.
For instance, Twitter already offers a darker theme for users who regularly browse in the night.
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- Apple has Dark Mode on MacBooks, but there’s no true Dark Mode on iPhone yet
- However, there is a very similar feature called Smart Invert, which is classified as an Accessibility tool
- The Classic Invert feature will invert all colours on your iPhone, which turns black into white and white into black
- This makes pages full of text much easier to read at night, but it also means images will look extremely weird
- However, there’s a similar feature called Smart Invert, which will invert white pages to black (and black text to white), but ignore already-dark areas of the page
- It’s not perfect, and will often get it wrong – but it’s very effective, and as close to Dark Mode as you can get right now
- To turn it on, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colours, and turn Smart Invert on
- Once that’s done, you can toggle it on or off by tapping the Home button three times – or the Power button three times, if you don’t have a Home button
Your iPad is also seemingly getting a nice upgrade, where apps can have multiple windows open at once.
One of the more exciting iPhone upgrades is the overhauling of the undo system.
Currently, to undo text input on your iPhone, you’d need to physically shake the device.
It’s a strange and awkward gesture that has long jarred with Apple’s otherwise-simple iPhone software.
With iOS 13, we’re expecting to see this replaced with a three-finger tap on the keyboard area, with a slide “left and right” to undo and redo your actions.
Apple is supposedly upgrading the Mail app, letting you organise your messages into categories like “purchases” and “travel”.
You’ll also be able to add messages to a “read later” queue.
And Apple is seemingly finally set to fix the volume badge, which has long been a problem with iOS design.
When you change volume on an iPhone, a giant badge blocks the middle of the screen.
Apple is reportedly going to change this – although it’s not clear what the new design will look like.
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