iOS 13: Apple’s Next Update Will Include A Dark Mode And Updates To Screen Time

08 May 2019
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iOS 13 will also see improvements to the mail app and a three-finger swipe gesture

There’s never a dull moment at Apple headquarters, with the tech giant already putting their latest release of iPhones behind them and looked towards the future: iOS 13.

One thing that becomes apparent when reading the report of iOS 13 updates published on 9to5Mac, is that Apple seems intently focused on productivity. This is evident with the inclusion of new gestures to allow for the selection of multiple items in table views and collection views. Users will also be able to drag with multiple fingers on a list or collection of items to draw a selection.

But of course, what’s really creating buzz is news that iOS 13 will see dark mode introduced to iPhones and iPads. To keep you in the loop of the latest software upgrade, we’ve broken down the upgrades that will soon be introduced.

Dark mode

According to reports from 9to5Mac, iOS 13 will see the long-awaited Dark Mode introduced to the iPhone and iPad. The system-wide Dark Mode will be accessible via Settings, allowing users to select it with easy. There will also be a high contrast version available, similar to what is already available on the macOS.


The link about iOS 13, which has since been given the codename "Yukon," suggests that iOS 13 will speed up iPhones and iPads. It's also believed that the new software update will reduce bugs.

Multitasking capabilities

For many Apple fans, the main cause for celebration in the long list of iOS 13 updates is this: the ability for apps to have multiple windows. Each window will also be able to contain sheets that are initially attached to a portion of the screen, but can be detached with a drag gesture, becoming a card that can be moved around freely. The cards can even be stacked on top of each other or flung away to dismiss them.

Safari improvements and font management

Safari on iOS 13 for the iPad will automatically ask for a desktop version of websites when necessary, which rules out the problem that commonly occurs where websites will render their iPhone version even when running on an iPad with a big screen.

Font management will also receive a big upgrade on iOS 13. Rather than needing to install a profile to get new fonts into the system, there will be a new font management panel in Settings.

Undo gesture

Currently, to undo something on the iPhone or iPad, the users needs to violently shake the device which, depending on the context you find yourself in, is a somewhat bizarre gesture.

With iOS 13, Apple will introduce a new standard undo gesture for text input on the iPad. The gesture starts as a three-finger tap on the keyboard area, sliding left and right allows the users to undo and redo actions interactively.

Improved Mail app

The Mail app is getting a significant upgrade, which many will concur is long overdue. The upgraded app will be able to organise messages into categories such as marketing, purchases, travel, “not important” and more, with the categories being searchable. Similar to other email apps, users will be able to add messages to a “read later” queue.

App Updates

Other apps to receive an update under the new software include the Reminders app. According to the report, "The new app has a main screen with four default sections laid out in a grid: tasks to be done today, all tasks, scheduled tasks, and flagged tasks. Each section has its own different-coloured page that users can add items to."

Screen Time will also receive an update that allows parents to block their children from communicating with specific contacts, while Apple Books will offer a reward system to encourage reading.

iMessage will also support profile pictures and display names, as well as new Animoji and Memoji features. Find My Friends and Find My Phone will also be combined into a single app.

Via GQ Australia