WWDC 2019: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS, new Mac Pro and everything Apple unveiled last night
Apple's annual developer conference is underway and as expected, it revealed a lot of new software products that Apple has in store for its customers. At the WWDC 2019, the most prominent announcements revolved around iOS 13, the new iPadOS and the 2019 Mac Pro. Apart from these, every Apple service got some kind of an update or overhaul this year.
As usual, most of the new announcements Apple made at the WWDC 2019 will be made available globally by Fall, which means most of the new software will be released by the time the new iPhones come out. Nonetheless, if you are an Apple customer and are excited to grasp on whatever the Cupertino giant announced last night, here's a brief of all the important stuff you need to know.
With iOS 13, Apple is focusing on a slight UI overhaul and introduces the much-hyped Dark Mode for iPhones. The Dark Mode will be applicable to all Apple apps and iOS interfaces. Moving aside the cosmetic changes, iOS 13 also promises performance enhancements with 30 per cent faster FaceID verification, 50 per cent faster app downloads and 60 per cent faster app updates.
iOS also gains an updated keyboard that can let you use swipe gestures for typing. As the rumours earlier suggested, iOS 13 gets an updated Reminders app as well as a completely new Maps infused with several AR features. If you are into Memojis, then good news for you -- iOS 13 will let you perform makeup on your Memoji and you can even create stickers of your Memoji for sharing it with other people.
iOS 13 also gets an improved Camera pp that will now allow for realistic portrait lighting effects. Also, users will get more existing video editing tools. The new Photos app also goes for a more revamped UI. For secure logins to third-party services, iOS 13 now supports 'Sign in with AppleID'.
iOS 13 will come to iPhone 6S and newer iPhones later this fall. This means that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 won't get further software support.
In what may seem as long overdue, the iPad finally gets its own OS. Called the iPadOS, it is based on iOS but offers an experience that's suited to the bigger display of the iPad. The biggest changes to the iPad is the inclusion of support for removable external storage and extensive multitasking capabilities.
For starters, the iPad desktop now gets tighter grid icons and users can pin widgets on homescreen as well. Slide Over is a new feature that allows the user to have one preset app set as a shortcut when swiped from the edge. Slide Over also lets users customise their apps for this function.
iPadOS now also gets split multitasking in the same app, i.e. you can work on two notes simultaneously in Note app, 2 MS Word documents stacked side-by-side, and compose window and inbox side-by-side in mail app.
iPadOS will now load desktop-class websites in Safari by default. The new Files app now offers Column view in Files, File Preview and Quick Action. For document editing, iPadOS 13 supports easy cursor movements, including three-finger gestures to undo and do long-tap functions.
Apple has also reduced Apple Pencil latency to 9ms here.
Apple says the Mac Pro most powerful Mac it has ever created. The 2019 model starts from $5999 and the special Pro Display XDR starts from $4999. Here are some specifications in brief.
--Intel Xeon 28-core processor
--300Ws power supply
--up to 1.5TB RAM
--It gets an MPX Module that can hold all the graphical processing components The Masc Pro will be offered with Radeon Pro 580X or even the Radeon Pro Vega with 32GB VRAM. The Module also gets to use dual GPU power.
--Afterburner card can process 6 billion pixels per second -- ProRes and ProRes RAW codes. The card supports 3 streams of 8K and 12 streams of 4K.
--The Pro Display XDR features 32-inch LCD display 6K retina display 1000nits brightness, 1600 nits peak
Along with the new Mac Pro, Apple also announced the next macOS update. The new macOS will be called Catalina and brings in a couple of changes to the OS. macOS now finally gives up on iTunes and relies on Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Podcast. The Apple TV+ service gets support for 4K HDR+ and Dolby Atmos.
As the rumours have been suggesting, Apple announced SideCar. SideCar allows an iPad to function as a second display for your Mac, both wired and wirelessly. The FindMy service can help users can locate their devices, The search will involve other nearby Apple products that be used to relay to the location of the switched off Mac, macOS will also support activation lock for more secure verification. It too gets updated photos, notes, reminders and Screen Time.
The new version of tvOS 13 comes with a redesigned home screen that offers fullscreen previews of TV shows and movies. Apple introduced multi-user support for tvOS so everyone in the family can have their own profiles with their personal suggestions and personalised music experience. To promote the new Arcade gaming experience, Apple also announced that tvOS now supports Xbox and PS4 controllers.
Apple Watch is getting more independent by getting its own dedicated App Store with watchOS 6. Apps can now be installed directly on the Apple Watch without the having to install them via the iPhone. Apple also announced Calculator, Audio Books and Voice Memo for the Apple Watch along with more enhanced health features. Plus, there are new watch faces for users to download.
--Siri will now announce messages and the user can make commands on the move to send smart replies to the sender.
--Users will be able to share music with other AirPod users as well.
-- If the user brings an iPhone near a HomePod, it will transfer music playback or call to the speaker effortlessly.
-- It will also offer personalised suggestions.
-- CarPlay gets a redesigned dash layout with new UI meant to cause lesser disruption during driving.
Siri now gets Neural TTS engine. This generates AI generated voice to get natural sentences than before.