What WWDC19 method for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off on June 3 using its keynote speech. This year, we got more than 2 hours of announcements about new features and updates.
A big slice of them were geared toward developers , but many of the operating system updates announced could revolutionize how you make use of your Apple devices just a couple months from now.
Why Apple's powerful new hardware probably isn't for you
First, though, a new Mac Pro finally arrived.
It's a beast – many people wouldn't need even a fraction of its power. That's because this Mac is aimed at creatives crafting gargantuan Logic projects, throwing around 8K video, and who demand instant responses from Maya, instead of having to get a coffee while a complex 3D scene renders.
But if you are prepared to spend six grand or more on the Mac, the brand new Mac Pro is insanely powerful, configurable, and expansible: as much as 28 cores; up to 1.5 TB of RAM; eight PCI Express expansion slots. It even helps make the iMac Pro look old hat.
Apple also unveiled the dazzling Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch 6K screen packed with breakthrough technology. There's a price to complement – it starts at $4999. Even the separately sold stand costs $999, over a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
What's new in macOS Catalina
Fortunately, if you have a Mac 'for the remainder of us', Apple had plenty to announce in macOS Catalina.
Although named after an island, much of this update builds bridges to iPads. Catalyst is a technology that makes it easier for developers to change iOS creations for macOS, and appears set to bring a slew of new apps and games towards the Mac. Apple reckons it's refined things since last year's divisive Mojave apps like News.
Elsewhere, Sidebar lets you make use of an iPad as a second screen for your Mac, and Screen Time has hopped across to macOS. As have Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts, meaning iTunes for Mac is on borrowed time; its sync capabilities will survive in Finder.
Security was big on Apple's mind, too. Macs with a T2 chip get Activation Lock; and also the new Find My app can cleverly – and anonymously – relay a Mac's place to its owner, even if offline, by utilizing its Bluetooth beacon along with other people's Apple devices. Apple claims this won’t impact the battery life or privacy of these nearby devices.
How iOS 13 can give your iPhone a boost
With iOS 13, Apple brings meaningful improvements to performance, usability, and privacy. The OS halves app launch speeds, makes Face ID 30% faster, and significantly reduces app download sizes. Reminders continues to be reinvented and it is now much more intelligent and useful, Maps gets a 'street view' system, and you may swipe to type around the iOS keyboard.
Fans of Photos will love its new editing features, along with a diary-like browser that attempts to dynamically serve up relevant images. For example, if Year view realizes it is your child's birthday, it'll surface photos from birthdays past. To make that browsing better still, you can engage iOS 13's moody new Dark Mode.
On security, Apple's created its own sign-in system to counter those made by Facebook and Google. Naturally, Apple's doubles recorded on privacy, instead of doing whatever it pleases with your data.
Why iPadOS will make iPad work for you
Having decided the iPad's take on iOS has diverged considerably from the iPhone's, Apple gave it a new name. Additionally, it receives a selection of productivity-focussed features. Today view Widgets optionally arrived at the house screen, multiple instances of apps could be opened to check documents, and Split View becomes much more powerful.
Three-finger gestures have been introduced for undo/redo and cut/copy/paste. Safari gets to be more just like a desktop-grade web browser. Files, too, more than ever before apes its Mac equivalent, Finder, borrowing that app's column view, and gaining its ability to create zips, share folders, and access USB drives and network shares.
What's new in watchOS and tvOS
Apple's 'other' os's also got their chance to shine at WWDC. The new watchOS can now run apps separate from iPhone, and thus Apple Watch gets its very own App Store – along with new watchOS versions of Apple’s Audiobooks, Calculator, and Voice Memos apps. It increases the Apple Watch's health capabilities, too, with menstrual cycle tracking, and a noise level warning system.
On Apple TV, tvOS 13 makes things personal, with user accounts that allow each user to gain access to their very own Up Next list, and favorite playlists in Apple Music. Further attempts to solidify Apple's black box as your entertainment hub come in the form of support for Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 game controllers, as well as live lyrics sync in Music. So once you're done binge-watching Game of Thrones, you can play some games, and then perform karaoke until dawn – or until other people demand you stop.
All Apple's new os's will be in public beta later come july 1st, and can ship within the fall.
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