Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2019, kicked off on Monday in San Jose, California. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other top executives took to the stage to introduce the latest updates to iOS, tvOS, macOS, watchOS and much more. It also introduced the all-new new Mac Pro as well as a 32-inch 6K external monitor.
If you didn’t time to catch Apple’s opening keynote, worry not. Here are the most important announcements Apple made at its WWDC 2019.
Apple WWDC 2019: tvOS 13
Apple has introduced multi-user support for tvOS. This allows everyone in your house to get their own “Up Next” list and recommendations. Interestingly, Xbox and PlayStation 4 controllers will now work with Apple TV too. The new tvOS is “more personal and more entertaining than ever,” Cook says.
Apple WWDC 2019: watchOS 6
Apple unveiled watchOS 6 on Monday, the newest version of the operating system for the Apple Watch. It features new watch faces such as Gradient face, Numerals face, Digital face, California dial, etc. Perhaps the highlight of the new watchOS is the App store and that’s huge. Apps will run independently on the watch, not needing a companion iPhone app. You will also be able to search the App Store through your voice, using scribble or via Siri. New apps for watchOS include Apple Books, Calculator and Voice Memos.
WatchOS 6 also offers new health features, Activity Trends. It is essentially a new way to show your previous fitness data and give you a snapshot of how your last 90 days compared to the previous year. And there’s something called Cycle Tracking which allows women to track their menstrual cycle on their watch.
Apple WWDC 2019: iOS 13
As was expected, Apple’s iOS 13 is getting a system-wide dark mode which can be turned off and on from iOS’s Settings or through a new Control Center toggle. According to Apple, all of its first-party apps (Apple Music, Notes, Messages, Photos, Calendar, Music and more) will support a dark mode. The big takeaway here is improvements to performance. Apple claims that apps will launch twice as fast in iOS 13, while Face ID will unlock 30 per cent faster.
Apple also unveiled a revamped Reminders app as well as updated Apple Maps. This new map will gradually expand to the United States by the end of 2019, followed by other countries next year. Another big change is the new video effects. So essentially, you will be able to rotate video for the first time with the default Photos app. And that’s not all.
The HomePod has gained Handoff support, allowing users to place your iPhone near the HomePod to transfer music, podcast, or a phone call. The smart speaker is also getting Live Radio support. All you need to ask Siri to play 100,000 stations from all around the world. Apple also announced that AirPods are getting a brand new Audio Sharing feature, allowing users to share a song or movie with a friend with just a tap. Apple’s iOS 13 will launch later this year as the free update.
Apple WWDC 2019: iPad OS
Apple has announced a new operating system called iPad OS for its tablet. The new iPad OS brings new features to the iPad including a customisable home page, better file management, full desktop-class browsing, and even the ability to plug in external disks.
Apple WWDC 2019: New Mac Pro
Apple showed the new Mac Pro, alongside a new Apple Pro display at WWDC 2019. Targeted at pro users and professionals, the all-new Mac Pro has a rectangular design and is made for upgradability. Inside, it supports up to a 28-core Intel Xeon CPU, 300 watts of power, and up to 1.5TB of system memory. Its MPX expansion module supports a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card and two high-end Radeon Pro Vega II cards.
Alongside the Mac Pro, Apple also announced new Pro Display XDR, which sports a 6K Retina display. The 32-inch, screen HDR support in addition to an anti-reflective coating. The Mac Pro starts at $5,999, while the Pro Display XDR will sell for $4,999.
Apple WWDC 2019: macOS 10.15 Catalina
Apple also shared the latest version of macOS, dubbed macOS Catalina. As rumoured before, Apple’s head of software Craig Federighi confirmed that the new macOS will iTunes in favour of three standalone apps: Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. This new version of macOS also brings a new tool for using an iPad as a secondary display for your Mac or MacBook, forth Sidecar, and a new feature made for developers called as “Project Catalyst,” which allows them to seamlessly port their iOS 13 and iPadOS apps to the macOS.
Apple has also introduced a new accessibility feature called ‘Voice Control’ to macOS and iOS, allowing users to control the OS by speaking commands. Users can edit text, open apps and files, share photos and so on. Meanwhile,‘Find My’ app combines Find My iPhone with Find my Friends. Screen Time is also coming to the macOS. Apple will roll out the free update sometime this fall.
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