Apple had us hooked throughout the WWDC 2019 keynote. The company announced several new software features, alongside new hardware comprising of the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. It is worth mentioning that this is the first update Mac Pro has gotten since 2013. Apple also surprised us with iPadOS, a custom operating system for iPad. Let us walk you through some of the major announcements at the WWDC 2019.
iOS 13 arrives with Dark Mode, Performance boost and better security features
The much-awaited Dark Mode has finally arrived on iOS 13. It is available for all native apps like Apple Music, Notes, Reminders and others. The Music app has now been revamped and features a lyric mode. That apart, Apple has equipped Memoji with better personalisation tools like the ability to add makeup options, hairstyles, and accessories.
Apple has finally worked on Apple Maps. The updated Apple Map now curates and shows you all the favorite spots and offers a street view mode. Meanwhile, the Photos app now divides your pictures into days and months while each section is separated by a highlight reel.
New Security Features across iOS 13
Apple has announced its very own single login feature. “Sign-in with Apple” lets the user sign in to any app. The best part is that Apple masks the user’s email address, adding an extra layer of privacy and saving you from spam.
HomeKit now comes with a Secure Video Mode. The new security feature works by locally analysing the security footage and encrypting it before sending it to iCloud. Apple is also offering unlimited iCloud storage for recordings of up to 10 days. Apple has also extended the encryption support to routers and has partnered with Linksys, Eero and Charter Spectrum in the US.
iPadOS is born!
Apple has been positioning the iPad Pro as a mobile workstation. However, iOS on the iPad has been limiting. Apple has finally created a dedicated operating system for iPad and calls it iPadOS. The new OS looks somewhat similar to macOS and comes laden with a new homescreen with widgets, desktop-class browsing, multi-tasking gestures like sliding between apps and dragging and dropping apps, plus a new Files app with support for USB drives and SD cards.
Apple has finally killed the iTunes and replaced it with three separate apps – Music, Podcasts, and TV. The TV and Music apps come with redesigned icons and a new menu that lets you browse content by genre and recommendations.
The Mac now supports the iPad as a secondary display. This is a great workaround for folks who prefer mobility and don’t want to spend on a separate monitor. Apple has worked on a new Find My App to thwart off potential thefts. The feature will let you search for your Mac even when it is offline. It works by using Bluetooth beacon that will create a mesh with the other Apple devices in the vicinity.
Mac Pro, faster and better in every possible sense
Apple had been taking flak for not updating its Mac Pro lineup. The company has finally listened to users and has pulled the wraps from the new Mac Pro. The device supports the Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores and 1.5TB of memory. On the communication front, the Mac Pro offers three Thunderbolt ports, two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports.
Graphics are managed by AMD Radeon Pro 580X or the Radeon Pro Vega II. The top of the line configuration is capable of supporting three streams of 8K or 12 streams of 4K. Apple has also unveiled a Retina 6K 32-inch Display and calls it Apple Pro Display XDR.
tvOS gets multiuser support
The tvOS gets a redesigned homepage which features TV shows and movies. Apple has also announced that Arcade will now support PS4 and Xbox One controllers. tvOS now also offers multi-user support, showing personalised recommendations for diferent users.
WatchOS gets Dedicated App Store, Cycle Tracking and Noise app
watchOS 6 gets its very own App Store. Apple showcased a couple of new apps like the calculator app and the voice memo app. Apple has also added a menstrual cycle tracking that tracks your period and offers alerts on your fertile window. The Noise app is essentially a decibel meter that warns the user when noise levels are high. All of the features will also be available on the iOS 13 Health App.