June 3, 2019, was an interesting day for igeeks out there. Just like the special event of September, Apple has brought a lot of advancements in the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019. Apple rolled out certain amazing updates to its apps and smartwatch at WWDC 2019. Here are the key highlights to take away from WWDC 2019 keynote.
iOS 13 — The Most Awaited Update
- Dark Mode is official with this update
- Messages are enabled with swipeable texting. Also comes with suggested contact of the frequently contacted people
- Music brings a real-time lyric mode which shows the words alongside the song
- Memojis have become even more personalized, .i.e. new makeup options, hairstyles, and accessories.
- Reminders refreshed greatly. .i.e. When you tag someone in a reminder, you will also receive a reminder next time you message the contact.
- Maps now offer a 360-degree view. iOS 13 brings a more detailed map and a shortcut on the launch page which shows the spots you look for. By just a tap, you can get a street view photo which can be enlarged and will let you look around in the 360-degree view. When you tap again, you can travel down the road to have a detailed view.
- Photos app has all new sorting mode which divides the pictures into days, months and years, making it easy to browse the images.
- The update comes with assistive voice control.
The beta version is available for developers and will be available for the public in July. The final version will be made available in the fall.
Siri got New Features on CarPlay and AirPods
- Siri is now generated by neural text-to-speech technology, instead of human-based recording
- Siri can now read your incoming messages and lets you respond immediately
- AirPods can be split if you need to share music with a friend
- Speaker on the HomePod can now recognize between different voices and come up with personalized responses
- CarPlay support is now compatible with third-party apps like Pandora, Siri can suggest automated shortcuts based on the activities and connected apps
Updated Security Protocols for HomeKit and App Permissions
- You can now choose to let apps ask you every time if you want to share your location. All the other times, iOS will cut the access to that data until an app needs that to function
- Apple has also brought a single sign-on feature which will use Face ID authentication to log-in to different apps and services
- You can also choose to share or hide your email address. If you want to hide it, Apple will create a random email account which forwards information to your actual email id
- Apple HomeKit comes up with adding support for certain new types of devices which includes home security cameras and routers. A new secure video mode is introduced which encrypts video footage locally before sending it to the cloud
iPad Has its Own OS
- The new OS offers Multi-window capability to the iPad
- File view looks like that of macOS, with ways to browse through column view
- Sharing on iCloud made easier as it allows folder sharing
- iPads can now support USB thumb drives or camera imports from USB cables directly between two devices
- New text editing gestures introduced. .i.e. three-finger pinch/spread to copy, cut and paste and three-finger swipe left and right to undo and redo
macOS Catalina v10.15 — Bid Adieu to iTunes
- Apple will break the iTunes app into three apps such as Music, Podcasts and TV for respective requirements
- Mac will also support the iPad as a second display, to offer a workaround. This feature is named SideCar. It lets you connect iPad in both wired as well as a wireless connection
- The new update comes with assistive voice control which includes controlling everything from opening apps to adjusting the volume and editing text
- The update comes with Project Catalyst, through which, developers can now port iPad apps to the Mac
The Apple Watch gets its Own App Store
- The watchOS update 6 comes with its’ own App Store which can be found through Siri, scribble or voice dictation.
- It brings Apple calculator which can quickly split bills and tip to the device. A voice memo app is also brought to the device to make recordings on to go.
- WatchOS also brings certain health and fitness update with long-term activity trends which shows your fitness level change over the months and a year. Apple brings menstrual cycle tracking to the Watch for female health to receive alerts on the upcoming periods.
TvOS enables Multi-User Support
- Along with the multi-user support, the TvOS also show personalized recommendations on shows and music on the basis of the content watched by the user.
- The all-new TvOS brings a redesigned homepage, which shows previews of TV shows and movies.
- Apple Tv will now support third-party game accessories like Xbox One and PS4 controllers.
- Just like iOS 13, the music playback UI also shows live lyrics that follow the song.
The New Mac Pro is here
- Unlike the round trash can looking Mac Pro from 2013, the new Mac Pro looks like a bulky tower and is totally different in functions.
- It includes a 28-core processor and up to 1.5 TB of memory.
- It contains six slots for memory expansion and eight PCI slots, three Thunderbolt ports, two USB-C and two USB-A ports.
- The module supports AMD Radeon Pro 580X or the Radeon Pro Vega II, and can be configured to add up to two Vega Iis.
- The new processing card supports up to 3 streams of 8K or 12 streams of 4k.
- The monitor of Mac Pro is a 32-inch LCD screen with a Retina 6K display.
- The display is named “Extreme Dynamic Range” (XDR) which can connect six displays for up to 120 million pixels of a display.
The Mac Pro starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon, 32GB memory and a 512GBSSD for $5999, the Pro Display XDR is for $4999. The stand is sold separately for $999.
These are the highlights and key announcements from Apple WWDC on 3rd June 2019.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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