Biggest iOS 13 leak yet reveals every new feature arriving with iPhone 11

Biggest iOS 13 leak yet reveals every new feature arriving with iPhone 11
Concept render of iOS 13 running on iPhone 11

The introduction of iOS 13 is now less than one month away, and today Bloomberg has published a new report which details the version of Apple’s mobile operating system that'll arrive alongside the iPhone 11 lineup.

Dark Mode, new animations, speed improvements for old iPhones


Codenamed “Yukon” and expected to reach consumers this September, the updated version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system is set to introduce a range of tweaks and new features, including some that were originally planned for last year’s iOS 12 release.

Jumping in at the deep end, today’s report lists a native Dark Mode as one of the biggest aesthetic changes. Apparently, it can be enabled from the Control Center directly and introduces a “black and grey-heavy interface” which is optimized for viewing at night, as expected. This will be joined by a cleaner widgets panel towards the left of the home screen and a range of new animations that include closing apps and launching multitasking. 

As an added bonus for iPad users, iOS 13 will reportedly bring a tweaked home screen and a revamped multitasking interface. Also expected is the ability to use different versions of the same app on iPads, a feature that should work like tabs on macOS and Windows 10.

The majority of iOS 13’s other improvements arrive as part of existing apps or features, but like last year’s release, Bloomberg believes that the update will also reduce the number of bugs and speed up both old and new iPhones.

Big iMessage upgrades, improved keyboard, updated Maps app


According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is preparing a range of WhatsApp-inspired upgrades to iMessage. The messaging platform should finally allow users to set profile pictures and display names, as well as choose who gets to see that information. To make the most of Animojis and Memojis, Apple is preparing a dedicated menu in the conversation view that’ll send sticker versions of these. 

While on the topic of conversations, it’s worth pointing out that Apple is also preparing an upgrade to its keyboard. Like third-party alternatives, a new keyboard option should be available to iOS 13 users that allows them to swipe across letters to type out words, rather than pressing the keys individually. 

Accompanying the new keyboard app will apparently be an upgraded version of Safari. In this case, the focus will be on a new downloads manager that’ll allow users to access their downloads history. Paired with this will be an improved Files app that works seamlessly with third-party software and a new “share sheet” interface that makes sharing Safari web links and photos easier.

Another app that is being updated is Maps. As part of the changes, users will be able to set frequent locations and navigate to them with ease. Moreover, the ability to create groups of frequent places and pair them with a photo will be added, thus making them easier to see on the navigation interface.

Helping you remember everywhere you need to go and everything you need to do should be a revamped Reminders app. This will be separated into four sub-sections dubbed ‘Tasks to be Done Today,’ ‘All Tasks,’ ‘Scheduled Tasks,’ and ‘Flagged Tasks’ and should compete more directly with popular to-do lists apps.

Upgrades to Health, Screen Time, Home, Apple Books, more


Joining everything mentioned above looks set to be a new version of Apple’s Health app that’ll include an all-new homepage that outlines daily activity. Improved menstrual cycle tracking is to be expected too alongside a feature called “hearing health” which will measure external environment noise levels and track how loud music is played through AirPods and other headphones.

Speaking of music, a software upgrade to Apple’s HomePod speaker should allow it to respond to different voices. This will arrive in combination with an all-new Home app that can be better integrated with security cameras.

Apple is also said to be readying a new feature in Screen Time that’ll allow parents to limit who their kids can contact at certain points throughout the day. Also to be expected is a small improvement to the Mail app that’ll allow individual threads to be muted and incoming emails to be blocked from specific contacts.

Completing the iOS 13 release looks set to be a new app that combines Find my Friends and Find my iPhone into one, a refreshed Apple Books app that encourages users to read more through a new rewards system, and a new feature that’ll allow iPads to be used as secondary displays for Mac computers.

Improved hearing aid support will also form part of iOS 13 along with a system-wide Sleep Mode that’ll work closely with an upgraded version of the Bedtime app inside the Clock app. When activated, this will turn on Do Not Disturb, darken the Lock Screen, and mute all notifications. 

Apple is already developing iOS 14!


Although this is what Apple is currently working on for iOS 13, the people who revealed the information also warned that plans can still change between now and the software’s announcement at WWDC next month. 

Like last year, the Cupertino giant could choose to reserve certain features at the last minute for next year’s iOS release. Speaking of which, iOS 14 is currently codenamed “Azul” and should improve upon existing AR functionalities and introduce support for 5G networks.

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71 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1664; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

nice upgrades.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow, sound like some pretty sweet upgrades. Can't wait to see the dark mode and iPad specific improvements!

3. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

No proper file system yet !

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The file system of iOS is called APFS and it's also used by the Mac, tvOS and watchOS.

11. eelpout

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 13, 2016

yep. the file system is fine, it's the artificial walls built-up around the apps and OS that's the hindrance. for which Apple has its reasons.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I buy iPhones BECAUSE of those walls.

69. sixline

Posts: 17; Member since: May 25, 2015

The only reason I am reluctant to use an iPhone.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4191; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Will never come.

37. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Could/should happen, if they really want the iPad to be able to replace a computer. But then again, that's what macs are for I guess.

42. Vokilam

Posts: 1183; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You want a file system on iOS - download one!!!

46. slashas

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Are you sure that you have file system in mind? I would say Apple is having one of the best file systems around :) Maybe you at talking about file manager?

54. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Pretty sure you meant a proper file manager. The File system itself is perfectly fine

61. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

It's not perfect. But yeah they probably mean that. Apple isn't gonna open part of the file system to use because then hackers can more easily jailbreak iPhones, if they could could upload files directly to the file system. Even though many Android usres do root their phones, theer are far and away more benefits to the fact Android has an open file system. I love having the ability to store my personal data. Apple wants you to pay them for iCloud instead. DUMB for customers, GOOD for Apple.

4. User123456789

Posts: 906; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Full BT still nothing ....

5. AllMyXsLiveInTX

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 10, 2019

Can we just move icons where we want them and put widgets on the home screen already

26. Vokilam

Posts: 1183; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

There might be a patent preventing Apple from doing that. That’s why Apple handles widgets differently.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't know why I think I'll be installing it from the first beta... :)

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4191; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yawwwwwn

10. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 145; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

WOW!!.... apple still trailing behind android with year old features! I can not wait to see them on our crummy work iPads. LOL!!!

14. chris2k5

Posts: 247; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

At least it doesn’t lag/crash/have security loopholes like Android

15. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Stay correct, are you poor to get high end android?

18. User123456789

Posts: 906; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

My ipad lags sometimes. Mainly with crappy Safary. CPU is A10

21. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm pretty sure Apple is still facing tens of action lawsuits that was filed against them after they were found slowing down older iPhones to force their costumers to upgrade their iPhones. Apple fanboys have the shortest memory.

33. mackan84

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I was reminded today that it still isn’t allowed to bring a note 7 to my upcoming flight :)

38. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Cause it doesn't exist !

57. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Is it 2016 again or did you also use the Quantum Realm machine to recycle that old comment?

64. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

At least a Note 7 never cause a plane to crash and kill people. But an apple product did. And Apple product caught fire in the cockpit of an airplane. The plane crashed and killed everyone onboard. https://observer.com/2018/05/iphone-caught-fire-caused-2016-egyptian-plane-crash-lawsuit/ In fact how many Note 7's killed anyone? NONE. How many iPhone's have killed people? LOTS -https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-china/ap​ple-to-probe-death-of-chinese-woman-who-used-iphon​e-when-it-was-charging-idUSBRE96E08P20130715 In fact this female was not the only person ever killed by an iPhone. Last I check, Samsung has zero kills from all their phones combined. Please get new material.

40. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Im pretty sure that if android fans with older OS sued google for not giving updates and not supporting cheap junks google will be in chaos.

65. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Older Android phones don't need updates. I can go and get a 5 year old Android right now, and there are things it can do that still iPhone to this day can't do. The galaxy S5 is almost 5 years old. Yet it has a higher resolution display, split-screen apps, floating windows, the keyboard has the numbers row on the same screen, settings for apps is in the apps, has a headphone jack, IP67, better cameras consider the rear is 16MP and takes better low light photos then even today's iPhone, it has HDR recording back then, Apple is only doing that recently, and it has longer battery-life than the XR too, and the battery was 2800MAH 4 years ago and the XR is only 2940...only slightly bigger, 5 years later. 5 years later and the S10 battery is almost 50% larger than that. While Apple's batteries are still small compared to competition. Explain how a phone with a 6.1" display, only has a sub 3000MaH battery, while Samsung phones like the S6 edge has a 3500Mah battery on a 5.7" display? Samsung phones with 6.4" display, have 4000Mah batteries or larger, Apple has a phone nearly as big and yet only has 3100Mah battery. Android phones are cheap junks? Really? Compare the S10 to the XS Max bruh. For the same price the S10 blows the doors off the iPhone. In fact the iPhone hasn't even really been a challenge to the Galaxy S since the S4. Since the S4, Apple's iPhone has not taken pictures batter than any galaxy since. In fact several Android phone snow take better pictures, not just Samsung. Here apply the butthurt creme!! You don't have to hate on Android, because you like Apple. And many cheap Android phones are better than phones, that is why they are selling more There are now 3 Android OEM's selling more phones than Apple. Keep on hating Android, while Apple continues to fall to the bottom. I rather have cheap junk than overpriced expensive junk.

63. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

No they don't. They just ignore their BS to attack yours. That's all. They are classically hypocritical. I'm sure you know that by now. It's not some dark internet secret.

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