WWDC 2019: Apple Highlights iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and More

Apple has just finished its livestream at the annual conference for developers WWDC 2019. While we all expected to see more updates on their devices, OS and apps, we weren’t prepared for the new Mac or the huge updates that will come to iOS 13!

Let’s check the updates below.

The New Mac Pro

Apple has unveiled the new Mac Pro which, although its tower looks like a big cheese grater, it does pack some great specs inside: 1.4 kW power supply, three fans, 1.5 terabytes of system memory, and it also has… wheels! Apple is calling this Mac the most powerful consumer Mac ever created by them. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how it does “in the wild.”

iOS 13 – The Highlight of WWDC

Among the most important announcements today, we have some major improvements that will come to iPhones‘ iOS 13, which will have apps launch twice as fast compared to iOS 12, and Face ID opens 30% faster. Apps will also take less space, and so will their updates. What’s new in iOS 13? Here are more updates:

  • there’s a Dark Mode in iOS 13
  • swipe to type in the system keyboard
  • apps come with new features: Apple Music, Mail app, Notes, Reminders
  • Apple Maps improved, get new features, and Google Street-View style view in different cities.
  • new privacy features
  • Messages app let you set a name and a profile photo
  • Camera an Photos apps got upgraded – there are new photo editing features
  • Audio Sharing comes to iOS 13.

iPad OS Is Real

The leaked iPad OS was actually true. iPads do get their own operating system for multitasking and multi-window capability, split-screen view, and more. The iPad will focus on productivity, and you can plug a USB drive in it and even use it as a second screen for your MacBook. Together with a pen, you can use the iPad as a graphic tablet.

Other Updates:

HomeKit Secure Video is a new private home security app that analyzes footage on the spot in the house, without sending it in the cloud. After analyzing it, it encrypts the data, sending it to a secured iCloud, explained Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, concluding that “Not even Apple can see it.”

You can sign-in with Apple ID, just like Facebook and Google did for various apps or programs. The feature will use Face ID as authentication and limit the information that is sent to third-party apps by making a random email address that will forward the emails from third-party app devs to you so that the devs don’t have your email, name or other personal information.

Apple Watch can detect noise levels around it, notifying you about the dangers of the noise and telling you to not stand there for too long. Apple watch also gets a period-tracking app called Cycle Tracking, which is included in the iPhone’s Health App. The app comes with various handy features and informs the user on the next menstrual cycle or fertile period.

tvOS 12 gets a new homescreen, multiuser support, Apple Music integration, supports both Xbox One S and the PlayStation DualShock 4 game controllers through Apple Arcade. Apple CEO Tim Cook also showed the trailer of the first original TV series that will come to Apple TV+ called ‘For All Mankind’ which is produced by the executive producer of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, Ronald Moore.

Check back here for more WWCD19 news!

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