You watched the keynote and read the recaps, but it’s probably a good idea to assume that Apple is holding back some of its iOS 13 announcements for the rumored iPhone 11, or whatever its marquee phone for 2019 winds up being called. We know that dark mode, a keyboard you can swipe to type on, new photo features and customizable Memoji avatars are coming to iPhones that are compatible with iOS 13. But Apple being Apple, there are likely more details that the mega-brand will announce this fall when iOS 13 officially lands on the iPhone 11. Consider it a bonus round. That’s exciting for anyone who wants to make the most of their device, though it might mean that some of these future tools only work in Apple’s newest phones. We’ll find out.
Apple — and Google, too — often holds back some announcements that could give away too many secrets about its next device, one that’s still a full three months away, assuming Apple sticks to its September update cycle. Developers often find intriguing nuggets hidden away in the iOS developer beta that could hint at future iPhonefeatures.
Even without poring over the developer code, there’s plenty of potential software in store that could support an overhauled iPhone 11 design. Although the thoughts below are based on rumors and guesswork, Apple has pulled enough features out of its hat last minute to make the speculation worthwhile. With Apple, anything can happen.