While we are still in the middle of the lifecycle of iOS 12, attention is already starting to turn to the next major version, iOS 13. Version 13 is not expected to be announced until WWDC this summer but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu have cited several people who are familiar with Apple’s plans for 2019 and 2020.
For iOS 13, the report suggests that a new macOS Mojave-like dark mode is coming to the platform. The idea behind is to make easier nighttime viewing. There will also be improvements to CarPlay and, as expected, the new magazine subscription service and new Apple TV Streaming service will be integrated at a platform level too.
Gurman and Wu are also reporting that a new Home screen experience is coming but it looks like it will only be for the iPad. At least for now. The updated Home experience will allow users to tab through multiple versions of a single app and will also improve file management. The later of these is critical for the iPad Pro lineup as users are turning more to those devices than laptops and it is a significant limitation to iOS right now.
Dark mode is something that many have expressed a desire for in iOS 13. Indeed, some developers are already putting a dark mode feature in their apps, notably Twitter who has a night mode for their app. Microsoft is also working on a dark mode for the Outlook app as well.