The next major iOS update, dubbed iOS 13, will introduce a much-anticipated aesthetic revamp in the form of a system-wide dark mode.
Apart from that, it is also believed to include a handful of productivity enhancements for the iPad, claims 9to5Mac in a new report.
This dark mode option, missing in the current iteration of iOS, will span across Apple's default apps and implement a darker overhaul to the entire operating system. Most users prefer this mode because it's less straining on the eyes, especially when turning the phone on in the dark. Research also suggests darker backgrounds and elements make the battery last longer.
As for iPad users, iOS 13 will introduce a new multi-window support for apps, which could be a major boost to the multitasking capabilities of Apple's tablet. The report adds that each of those windows will be able to have their own "sheets," which, while anchored to the main window, can be moved around the screen freely as a card. Users can stack these cards and rapidly switch between them. It's a bit confusing put this way, certainly, but perhaps the mechanism will make more sense when Apple gives a live demo at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.
In addition to dark mode and multi-window support, Apple is also said to make it easier for users to select multiple items in a list. Exactly how this might look like remains to be determined, though.
Other reported changes in iOS 13 include a new undo gesture that's much more intuitive and won't require users to actually shake their device. Instead, Apple will implement a three-finger swipe gesture — swiping left will undo and swiping right will redo.
Apple is said to introduce a number of interface and design changes, among them a less obtrusive volume level indicator. Mail is also getting some enhancements, including the ability to manage fonts and set up collaboration when multiple people are working on a document in the same app. Safari for iPad will automatically ask for the desktop version of websites when necessary, which prevents a common scenario in which a mobile version of a site is rendered even when running on an iPad with a large screen.
For a full breakdown of the reported changes, make sure to check out 9to5Mac's report.
Apple's next WWDC takes place June 3 to June 7, and chances are iOS 13 will make its debut there. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.