With Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) barely a month away, where the company regularly unveils the first developer previews of its iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS platforms, more details are now starting to emerge on exactly what we can expect to see in Apple’s next major operating system updates.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to “unleash a slew of new apps, features, and development tools,” and while we’ve already heard about a few of these changes — such as the coming of Apple’s unifying ‘Marzipan’ framework and core OS changes like dark mode — today’s report focuses more specifically on the changes and improvements that will be coming to Apple’s first-party apps, both on the iPhone/iPad and the Apple Watch.
The report notes that Apple is working on upgrades to Maps and Messages, as well as some significant improvements to the generally neglected Reminders app. On the wearable side, Apple is also expected to continue its efforts to make the Apple Watch more independent by bringing more of its first-party apps to users’ wrists as well.
iOS 13, which is codenamed “Yukon” will also apparently include some new features that Apple had pushed off from iOS 12 in favour of focusing on stability improvements. Apple is also said to already be working on iOS 14, codenamed, “Azul,” for next year, which will naturally add 5G wireless support as well as new AR capabilities.
The Bloomberg reports confirms some of the system-wide features we’ve already heard about, such as a Dark Mode, but provides the first deeper look at what Apple is doing with its first-party apps. Read on to see which apps are going to see big improvements in iOS 13.