iOS 13 to Reportedly Include Dark Mode, Multitasking Improvements

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in iOS with 21 Comments

A new report claims that iOS 13 will be a major release with numerous new features that include a system-wide Dark Mode.

9to5Mac, citing “people familiar with the development of the operating system,” says that iOS 13, which Apple will unveil at WWDC 2019 in June and then release in September, will include the following new features:

Dark Mode. A system-wide Dark Mode will be configurable in Settings, and it will come in a high-contrast version similar to how it works today in macOS. (Mac users running iOS apps will be able to take advantage of this support on that platform as well.)

Multiple app windows. In a first for iOS, the platform will now support multiple floating windows with apps. Each of these windows can also include a detachable sheet that can likewise float and be moved around on-screen, stacked, or flung away using a dismissal gesture.

Undo gesture. A new system gesture will formalize Undo across all apps that use a keyboard. “The gesture starts as a three-finger tap on the keyboard area, sliding left and right allows the user to undo and redo actions interactively,” the report notes.

Safari improvements. In iOS 13, Safari will automatically get the desktop version of websites when on an iPad.

Font management improvements. A new Font management panel in Settings will help users install and manage fonts.

Mail improvements. In iOS 13, the Mail app is being updated with category (marketing, purchases, travel, “not important” and more) filtering and a new Read Later queue.

Multi-select gesture. A new system-wide gesture will let users multi-select items in table and collection views. “Users will be able to drag with multiple fingers on a list or collection of items to draw a selection, similar to clicking and dragging in Finder on the Mac,” the report claims.

New Volume HUD. A new heads-up display for volume controls is coming and will appear whenever the volume is adjusted.

But wait, there’s more. iOS 13 will also feature a redesigned Reminders app, better “Hey Siri” rejection, better multilingual support for keyboards and dictation, and expanded in-app printing controls, 9to5Mac explains.

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