A system-wide dark mode may be coming to the iPhone (and iPad) with iOS 13, reports Bloomberg. Come to think of it, it comes as no surprise, even more so since Apple has already introduced dark mode on the Mac with macOS Mojave last year, and a feature like that is the collective need of the hour. Even Google is said to be planning a system-wide dark mode for its next major Android release, aka Android Q.
A dedicated dark mode helps in easier night time viewing and is also a big boon for battery saving by turning the background black and text white. In macOS Mojave, dark mode is accessed/turned on and off by going into System Preferences > General > Appearance. In iOS 13, it could be as simple as hitting a dedicated toggle, like how you turn FaceTime on and off in the iPhone (and iPad).
The report also suggests that iOS 13 will bring a new home screen layout to the iPad. The iOS 11 update brought big changes to the iPad including Files and Dock, and a new home screen was expected in its successor, aka iOS 12. Apple chose to go with performance improvements however, leaving visual changes for future updates. It won’t be surprising if Apple goes ahead with this in iOS 13.
Going by how services are turning out (so profitable) for Apple, it won’t be surprising if Cupertino tags along new experiences in this regard. A magazine subscription service is said to be in the works, and Apple is also gearing to announce its long-rumoured Netflix-rival streaming service in the days to come. Possibly in April.
Apple will formally kickstart all things iOS 13 at its annual WWDC developer event in June. That is when we will get more clarity on things with respect to the next major iOS update. For now, Apple is scrambling to fix a serious flaw in FaceTime that allows users to eavesdrop on the people they call with the new Group FaceTime feature.