iOS 13 dark mode leaks and more WWDC 2019 predictions
The interface changes that could be coming to your iPhone with iOS 13, a new Apple Watch app store and the most important updates we’re expecting at WWDC 2019.
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Rumor has it, iOS 13 is bringing big design changes this year, with a brand new home screen, alternate color scheme and potentially some fresh fonts to choose from.
This week 9to5mac got hold of some screenshots of what the rumored dark mode would look like on the
. According to the publication, you'll have two options to activate dark mode: toggling a switch from Settings, or pressing a new button in your control center for easy access. Apple's MacOS Mojave brought dark mode to Macs last year, and just a few weeks ago at its developers conference,
also announced a new dark mode for
It's not just the interface that's getting changes. According to a recent Bloomberg report, a lot of Apple's native apps are getting an overhaul too. The Messages app is rumored to be getting a WhatsApp style makeover with profile pictures and status updates, a new Swype-style keyboard similar to Google's Gboard, along with an undo feature that would allow you to go back in time and revert changes when typing. And it wouldn't be an iOS update without some new Animoji and Memoji features, which Apple is also rumored to be beefing up in iOS 13.
The Maps, Mail and Reminders apps are all said to get some minor refreshes as well. And the Find My iPhone and Find Friends apps could be merging into one, according to the 9to5mac report.
Apple pushes health features in iOS and WatchOS
is another one that could see a major overhaul. The app is rumored to be getting a new homepage that would float your most relevant health data to the top, giving you a more comprehensive look at your daily stats and progress over time. It may also bring new tracking features like hearing health, which factors in how loud you're playing your music and the ambient noise volume you're exposed to, and a eriod tracking feature, which keeps tabs on a woman's menstrual cycle. Period tracking is also said to be coming to the
as a standalone app called Cycle. Fitbit and
already have this feature natively on some of their wearable devices.
iOS 13 could introduce a better bedtime mode as part of this health push, which would combine the new dark mode, the existing do-not-disturb feature and the clock app to optimize sleep time and maybe usher in a new sleep tracking era for the next-generation Apple Watch in September. These software updates can usually clue us in on what Apple has planned in terms of hardware, according to CNET Senior Reporter Shara Tibken.
And it's not just physical health Apple's investing in. Expect Apple to continue to make a push for digital wellbeing with iOS 13 and include a few more controls that would allow parents to limit screen time for their kids. This after the company recently removed or imposed restrictions on 11 third-party screen-time and parental control apps in the App Store.
Watch this: Apple purges parental control apps it says pose a security risk
The iPad could get more computerlike
iPads are rumored to get better multitasking support with iOS 13, plus second-screen compatibility to turn your iPad into an external monitor alongside your MacBook, complete with mouse input support.
iPhone users asking for more multitasking features may be disappointed in this round of updates. The only hint of a rumor out there talks about picture-in-picture viewing for videos, but that's it.
You can expect MacOS and iOS to have a bit more synergy at
Will MacOS 10.15 bring universal apps?
If the rumors are true, WWDC 2019 could bring us one step closer to full integration between iOS and MacOS. We've already seen more native iOS apps pop up on Apple's computers, and we expect this trend to continue.
But perhaps the most important change is one that most of us average users won't see immediately. Apple is rumored to be opening up its cross-party framework to third-party developers so they can't start working toward migrating their iPhone apps to Macs, a move that would require them to work with either a touchscreen or mouse.
Apple Watch could finally get its own app store
Perhaps the most important WatchOS 6 feature could be a standalone app store for the Watch, if the rumors are true. Apple Watch users currently have to download an app to their iPhones first before it can appear on the Watch. This move would help make the Watch even more independent from the iPhone and could eventually live on its own.
The Apple Watch Series 4 -- down to the tiniest detail
We already went over a few of the health updates we can expect on the Apple Watch with the update to WatchOS 6, but there could be more. We could see a new app called Dose that would remind users to take their medications.
We're also looking forward to new watchfaces with this update, and new complications to choose from as with previous iterations.
New iPod Touch and other products Apple may have in the works
Hardware is not a given at Apple's developer conference, but if we were to get something it would most likely be a new Mac Pro. Apple had promised an update to this machine in 2019, and this would be a good time to show it off. The next event is the iPhone event in September, which seems less likely, and then maybe an October event.
Or it could come as a surprise release with no launch event, like what Apple recently did with its new MacBook Pros and iPod Touch.
After a four-year hiatus, this week Apple finally refreshed its iPod Touch line. The seventh-generation device looks very similar to the last one with a four-inch screen, those old-school wider bezels and that physical home button with no Touch ID
The new iPod Touch looks just like the old one and it's kind of nice
The difference with these iPod Touch models is found under the hood. They've got Apple's newer A10 Fusion chip, which means they're now powerful enough to support ARkit and Group Facetime. And there's a 258GB option, which is a first for an iPod.
And while the lack of new features may seem like somewhat of a letdown, at least the price remained the same. The cheapest 32GB model costs $199 and goes up to $399 for the 256GB version.
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