These new additions to iOS 13 would make Apple’s iOS platform so much better.
Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system is set to hit its thirteenth version this year.
In that time, it’s become arguably the best mobile OS on the market thanks to its stability, the number of quality apps, user-friendliness, and security.
After having come so far, iOS is now considered a mature operating system by most. Yet there are strong rumors that iOS 13 will completely upend the dozen-plus year’s only OS.
Many people theorize iOS 13 could get a radically revamped user interface in iOS 13 or, at least on the iPad, gain the ability to run some desktop-level apps.
Of course, we won’t know exactly what iOS 13 will entail until Apple shows it off at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Until then, we’ve got some suggestions about features we hope Apple will include in iOS 13.
iOS 13 Wishlist: A “Files App” To Rival Dropbox
iOS’s Files app is the front end file navigation system for files stored in a user’s iCloud Drive. Like Dropbox, you can drag any file into a folder in the Files app and it will be available on all your Mac, iOS, and Windows PC devices–as well as accessible through any web browser.
Sounds pretty Dropbox-like already, doesn’t it? The problem is, the Files app isn’t a good enough solution yet for those who want to ditch Dropbox and solely use Apple’s cloud storage solution for all their cloud file management.
Dropbox’s iOS app still has a better feature set. I’m specifically talking about two things: first, the ability to marking a file for offline support. This means the latest version of that file is always downloaded on all your devices so you can access it even when you don’t have an Internet connection.
Second, the Dropbox app has a nice scanner function. Click the scan button and the Dropbox app lets you take a picture of a document that then gets scanned into the app as a PDF. It’s an incredibly useful tool for receipts and such–and one the Files app should adopt.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Dark Mode
With macOS High Sierra, Apple finally added Dark Mode to the operating system. This allows users to replace the white menu bar, windows, dock, and other UI elements with a darker version. Professionals love this because if they are editing video, photos, and doing other graphics work, the dark elements of macOS allow them to focus more on their work.
While the iPhone and iPad aren’t as big of productivity devices for professionals as the Mac (though that is changing with the iPad Pro) we still think it’d be awesome to see a dark mode on iOS 13.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Nested And Smart Folders In Mail
iOS’s Mail app gets better each year, but one thing still really bugs many users: the app shows all nested folders in your account, which means you have to do a lot of swiping down to get to a folder you want. Apple should enable Mail to expand or collapse nested folders at will. It would make navigating the app much quicker.
Also, Smart Mailboxes have been around in macOS’s email client for almost 20 years now. But they still aren’t creatable or sync-able on iOS. We’d love to see Smart Mailboxes comes to Mail in iOS 13.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Lock Any App With Face ID Or Touch ID
Any app developer can code a passcode screen into their app which locks others out of it if they don’t know your pin. This is handy because it allows you to lend your device to people and still restrict access to certain apps (like your financial apps).
But many developers don’t add passcode capabilities to their apps (nor, by extension Touch ID or Face ID support). We’d love it in iOS 13 if you could go to a new screen in the Settings app and toggle passcodes/Touch ID/Face ID login on or off for any app on your iOS device.
iOS 13 Wishlist: The Ability To Merge Apple IDs
This isn’t a feature specific to iOS 13, although it would benefit every iOS user. When Apple introduced Apple ID’s over 15 years ago they started out as membership IDs for people paying for their iTools and .Mac services. However, when the iTunes Store came into being in 2003, Apple started using Apple ID’s for that.
Then for the App Store as well. The problem is over the last 15 years many people accumulated more than one Apple ID, leading them to make some purchases under one and some purchases under another. Needless to say, having one digital ID is best and leads to a lot less confusion, so here’s hoping this year is finally the year Apple allows users to merge Apple ID’s into one.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Auto-save Photos And Videos Received In Messages
It baffles me that Apple has not implemented automatically saving photos and videos received via Messages to the iPhone’s camera roll. One of the main ways people share photos and videos with their friends and family is by texting them.
Right now iPhone users must manually save a photo or video they receive in an iMessage to their iPhone’s camera roll. It’s an extra step which is unnecessary and can lead to people actually losing media they want to keep if they later decide to delete an old Messages thread.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Save Latest News Stories Offline
The News app is one of my favorite iOS apps. It’s got a clean UI and it’s a pleasure reading all the content you love in one beautifully-designed app. Needless to say, News requires an Internet connection to work. This is a bummer when you are on long flights and just wish you had something to read.
It would be great if Apple allowed users to set an auto-download cache for News so the app would automatically download the top 20 or 50 stories in your feed so you could read them without an Internet connection.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Offline Apple Maps
As someone who wants to de-Google their life as much as possible, I’d love to see more improvements to Apple’s Maps app. A new more logical interface would be a big plus, but also another big feature that people want to see is the ability to download maps for offline use. Offline maps are incredibly useful when traveling and you don’t want to spend a fortune on foreign data roaming charges. We’re sure this isn’t complicated to pull off, Apple, so let’s see it.
iOS 13 Wishlist: Contacts Security
iOS already has privacy protections built in for your contacts. Any app that asks for access your contact won’t get them unless you manually approve the app to have access. However, once an app is granted access to your contacts, the app and its developers gain access to absolutely every bit of information in your contacts whether it’s home or work addresses, phone numbers, emails—you name it.
The developer will also be able to read all the comments and notes you’ve added on the “notes” field on a contact’s card. As many people store PIN numbers, social security numbers, and other highly personal information there, this is a major privacy and security nightmare.
We want Apple to let users restrict access to just names, emails, and phone numbers when a third-party app requests access to your contacts. There is never any reason a third-party app should be able to read your contact’s birthdays or see the notes you have written about them.
Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.