The development of WordPress 3.6 has already started and the new version comes with some pretty neat features. If all goes well, then WordPress 3.6 will launch on April 22, 2013, which is set as a launch date as per their project schedule page.
Steph Yiu has shed some light on new features that are coming with WordPress 3.6, however she also says these features are tentative and are under development.
The focus of WordPress 3.6 is “content editing”, which means paying special attention to editing, editorial workflows, revisions, autosave, etc.
Post Formats UI is getting a major update with 3.6. The admin user interface for post formats is going to get a redesign and the goal is to make post formats much more user friendly.
The revision tool (which mostly goes unnoticed) is going to get bug fixes, better UI, and adding visual representation of what was added/removed in each revision. The aim is to improve the user experience while using the revision tool.
Users have found the custom menus feature to be confusing and that’s why 3.6 will come with a better user interface for managing custom menus.
How many times have you lost your precious posts (and wasted time) because of loss of connection, expired cookies, browser crashes, plugin or core error on save, navigation to different area by mistake and other such events. Hopefully with 3.6, you’ll never lose your post because the post will be saved to your browser’s local storage and it will also display login expiration warnings when your session has expired.
3.6 will come with the ability to add custom statuses like pitch, assigned, in-progress, etc. Users will also be able to edit already published posts and save it as drafts. There’s no such feature in the current version of WordPress, and no doubt many users are missing such an option.
That’s all for now. Since all these features are tentative, we’re not certain which of them really makes it to 3.6.