While we’re almost certainly going to see iOS 13 take the stage later today, we’re still seeing last-minute screenshots leak out ahead of the event, and it’s looking more and more like one of the biggest highlights of the app updates coming to iOS 13 will be an overhauled Reminders app.
Ben Geskin has shared a screenshot that he claims is from the “iOS 13.0 March build” that shows off both the new Reminders app on an iPhone as well as giving us another look at the stunning Dark Mode that will be coming to iOS 13.
As we reported last month, the Reminders app is expected to get its first ever major redesign in iOS 13, adding new ways to categorize reminders into Today, Scheduled, and Flagged groups — a significant improvement on the current design which only allows tasks to have an actual reminder date and time set in order to appear in a daily “Scheduled” list. Geskin’s screenshot only shows the main screen, with the same four-button design that we saw last week in 9to5Mac’s leaked iPad screenshots, so there’s nothing significantly new here, although it does provide our first insight into what the UI will look like on the iPhone, with a single-pane full-screen interface rather than the more typically spread out iPad design. The screenshot however doesn’t provide any indication of how the new app will look in landscape mode.
It’s also worth noting that since the screenshot came from a March build of iOS 13, it’s possible that the final version of the Reminders app may not end up looking exactly like this, but we suspect the overall concept has been locked in for a while now, so any differences would likely be smaller design tweaks.
Apple’s Reminders has been one of the most underrated apps on iOS ever since it was introduced back in iOS 5. Part of the reason for this is that Apple has never really done much with the app — other than being part of the wholesale iOS 7 redesign, it’s remained functionally unchanged since its inception. Further, with a huge collection of third-party task management apps available on the App Store, Reminders regularly gets eclipsed by considerably more popular and advanced apps like OmniFocus and Things.
There’s always been an elegant simplicity to Reminders, plus a few tricks that are unique to Apple’s own task management app that has given it a certain appeal, but it’s hard to argue that the app is a little too basic, so it’s very welcome news to hear that Apple will finally be improving it. While we don’t expect it to even come close to challenging apps like the wildly popular Things, we do think it’s going to become a much better alternative for users who are looking for the sweet spot between the complexity of a serious task management app and the simplicity that the existing Reminders app has always offered.
We’ll surely be seeing more about the new Reminders app, iOS 13’s new Dark Mode, and everything else new and exciting in iOS 13 later today when Apple holds its annual WWDC Keynote, beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET.