As per the normal, WWDC started with its video a minute late at 1:01 P.M. Eastern Time. The video shows developers working from home. After the video finishes Tim Cook comes onto the stage and welcomes everyone to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2019.
After the video, Tim Cook announces the new version of tvOS. The new version introduces a completely redesigned Home Screen. It also adds multi-user support to the TV. You can switch accounts using the all new control center. The new Apple Music app can show lyrics in real-time, synced with the music. Apple Arcade also brings XBOX One S and PS4 controller support. Finally, new screen savers for the TV are coming from under the sea.
Tim Cook then goes onto the Apple Watch and invites Kevin Lynch to the stage to talk more about it. Kevin introduces more new watches than ever. He highlights the Gradient, Numeral, Digital, California Dial, and Solar Faces.
The new version of watchOS brings Audiobooks, voice memos and calculator apps to the watch. Along with this Apple is now allowing full independent watch apps, which also brings the App Store to the Apple Watch.
New health and fitness features include improved Activities view including trends; Hearing Health, and Cycle Tracking. The Health app on the iPhone now include a Summary view the highlights data and uses machine learning to determine what data you may be interested in.
Tim Cook come back on stage and says that iOS has a 97% satisfaction rate and 85% of iOS users are on iOS 12 compared to the 10% adoption of Android 9. Tim now invites Craig Federighi onto the stage.
Craig starts off by saying that iOS 13 is a huge release. They focused on performance to begin with. FaceID is now 30% faster and app downloads are 50% smaller and updates are 60% smaller and up to 2x faster app launching speed.
A video shows off Dark Mode on iOS. Craig comes back and gives us a demo. He shows Apple News, Calendar, then Notes. Next up with Messages and built in swipe keyboard (called QuickPath Keyboard). Finally looking at Photos and Music showing time sync lyrics.
Now with login, introducing sign-in with Apple. It is a fast, easy sign-in with the tracking that comes with FaceBook or Google sign-in without revealing personal info. You can keep your e-mail private and use a randomly generated address that forwards to your real address with a different address for each app that requests and e-mail.
Now there are more features in iOS, but we do not have the time to discuss those today, more on those later.
Now Apple is separating iPad from iOS. They are now calling iPadOS. In a live demo Craig showcases a tighter grid array of icons and even pin widgets on the Home Screen. Multitasking introduces slide-over improvements including its own multitasking menu. Split-view also introduces multi-view within the same app. For the first time you can open two Notes side-by-side on iPad. The iPad now supports external storage, both SMB file sharing and physical USB drives or cameras. Safari also brings desktop pages to the iPad, no more mobile pages. Finally, you can shrink the keyboard and move it around for easy single-finger typing.
To a surprise to us, Apple introduced the modular Mac Pro. They started off by showing a video.
The new machine reminds us of the old Mac Pro (Cheese Grater). The Mac Pro supports up to a 28-core Xeon with 1.5 Terabytes of RAM and 8 PCIe slots. In the graphics department, Apple is releasing a new MPX module, which is a 4 slot card that is fanless and has a huge heatsink. The card is not ordinary it is built to support a Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (a dual GPU card) with 64GB of HBM2 memory. The Mac Pro can support two of these cards. They also announced a new card called Afterburner for video editing. The card allows for Hardware accelerating video editing. It allows for 3 simultaneous streams of 8K ProRes RAW or 12 4K streams. The computer runs off of a 1.4 kW power supply.
Along side the machine, Apple also shows us a new display. This display is called the Pro Display XDR. It is a 32” 6K display with support for HDR, 10-bit color, and P3 color with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The display can sustain 1,000 nits and has a peak brightness of 1,600 nits.
The base model of the Mac Pro will have a 8-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, AMD Pro 580X, and a 256GB SSD for $5999 this Fall. Apple will also have a rack mount version. The Pro Display XDR is $4999 for the display and $999 for the stand.
Craig is back to introduce macOS Catalina. He jokes about “Can iTunes Do Even More?” And announces that the app is being broken up into three apps: Apple Music, Podcasts, and TV. Syncing for your phone is now found in the sidebar of Finder. macOS Catalina introduces Sidecar which allows you to use your iPad as an external display with support for the Apple Pencil. Finally, the new Find My app allows you to locate offline device using BlueTooth low energy to piggyback off nearby devices and activation lock on Macs using the T2 chip.
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