5 Exciting Announcements At Apple’s WWDC 2019
iPad OS, iOS 13, Siri, MacOS Catalina, the death of iTunes & a surprise Cheese Grater!
The Worldwide Developers Conference( WWDC), Apple’s annual conference kicked off in San Jose McEnery Convention Center, California and a lot of exciting stuff was announced by Apple for the iPad, Mac desktops, laptops, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Apple also made an astonishing announcement of the new Mac Pro, a powerful computing device that hasn’t been refreshed since 2013.
Apple officially confirmed that the iTunes app is dead with the announcement of the new macOS 10.15 Catalina as the new dawn. The next versions of iOS, iPad OS & watchOS were unveiled too. The iPhone is going to get faster with iOS 13, and the iPad is getting its own operating system dubbed the iPadOS.
Here are 5 exciting announcements at the WWDC 2019;
Apple now has given more priority to the iPad and now has it’s own OS different from that of the iPhone. The iPad specific system now has app switching on Slide Over mode can be accessed by just dragging up and to the side or easily split screen by dragging apps side by side. There is support for USB thumb drives or camera imports from USB cables directly between the two devices.
The iPad OS has more ways to browse through column view and share folders on iCloud. There’s are some new text editing gestures, too, such as a three-finger pinch/spread to copy, cut, and paste or a three-finger swipe left and right to undo and redo.
The new iOS 13 was announced and is coming with exciting features for iPhone users. Dark Mode is now official and the new iOS will reduce app sizes by 50%, app updates by 60% and make them launch up to twice as fast. Memojis are getting more personalization tools, like new makeup options, hairstyles, and accessories. iOS 13 is also coming with swipeable texting in Messages and suggested contacts for when you share things with those you message most frequently.
The new update is also coming with a more refined Siri; There’s extended support for Siri on other Apple devices like the AirPod. On the Bluetooth earbuds, Siri can read your incoming messages and let you respond immediately. Face ID has also been sped up, unlocking the iPhone up to 30% faster.
Watch OS 6
Hola Apple Watch Freaks! The WWDC gave the Apple Watch more independence from the iPhone itself. The new WatchOS 6 is coming with its own on-watch App Store and the ability for developers to create apps that no longer need iPhone app companions. A voice memo app, audiobooks and a calculator will also be added to the Apple Watch, alongside some new watch faces.
Apple welcomed it’s new MacOS Catalina, the new version of MacOS or version 10.15. It is a replacement of iTunes but in a more broader and interesting perspective. MacOS Catalina is breaking up iTunes into three separate apps for Music, Podcasts, and TV.
“The future of iTunes is not one app but three: Apple Music, Podcasts and Apple TV,” — Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi.
The new OS promises to be less-intrusive iPhone integration, a Podcast app with indexing for easy finding, and Apple TV with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support. Apple also introduced full voice control for the whole of macOS and iOS as part of its accessibility tools.
The developer beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina is available now, with a public beta available in July. A final release is expected in the autumn.
The last we heard about the Mac from Apple was in 2013 when they launched the trash can aesthetic and Apple has once again breathed life into its computing hardware with the newly cheese grater like designed MacPro.
The Mac Pro supports Intel Xeon processor up with up to 28 cores and up to 1.5TB of memory. It has six slots for memory expansion and eight PCI slots, three Thunderbolt ports, two USB-C, and two USB-A ports.
The monitor is a 32-inch LCD screen with a Retina 6K display and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Apple calls its display “Extreme Dynamic Range,” or XDR, and it can connect six displays for up to 120 million pixels of the display.
WIth a machine this huge and aggressive, it isn’t cheap either. The Mac Pro starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon Xeon, 32GB of memory, and a 512MB SSD for $5,999, while the Pro Display XDR is $4,999. The stand is sold separately for another $999.