iOS 13 leak reveals Apple’s plans for new volume indicator


iOS 13 volume indicator
One of Apple’s designs for a less intrusive indicator.
Photo: Ben Geskin

iOS 13 will finally bring a revamped volume indicator to iPhone and iPad.

One of Apple’s designs for the less intrusive overlay has been revealed in a new leak — but the final result will likely be a little different.

We first heard iOS 13 would include a new volume indicator back in April. Its existing design, which takes over a large portion of the center of the screen, hasn’t changed since iOS made its debut.

Now hard evidence of the change has surfaced for the first time. The photo below, published by leaker Benjamin Geskin, is said to have been taken from an early iOS 13 beta built in March.

iOS 13’s new volume indicator

This particular design looks like it was ripped right from Control Center. It’s certainly an improvement over what we have today, but still takes up a lot of room in the top corner of the screen.

It is believed this is just one of many designs Apple will have tested internally in recent months. The final result is likely to be a little different, and should take up even less space.

Some reports claim the new overlay will actually sit on the left side of the screen and will be a lot narrower. Others have hinted that the indicator could actually be moved to the left side of the notch.

Apple could copy third-party apps

A number of third-party apps have their own volume indicators that don’t invade your screen. YouTube’s appears across the top edge of the display when you’re watching a video in landscape.

Instagram is one that has taken advantage of the space in the left side of the notch. It’s one of the least intrusive implementations, and could be a lot like Apple’s final choice for iOS 13.

Could iOS 13’s volume indicator look more like this?
Could iOS 13’s volume indicator look more like this?
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Could iOS 13’s volume indicator look more like this?

We’ll find out more later today, of course, when Apple previews iOS 13 for the first time at WWDC. Its keynote kicks off at 10 a.m. PT, and you can follow all the news as it breaks here on Cult of Mac.


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