When it comes to large scale tech events, there are only three worth tuning in for. First would be the annual Samsung and Google conferences where both showcase their latest flagship smartphones and devices. Another would be Apple‘s very own conference, which usually falls on the month of September, a month before both Samsung’s and Google’s. This is to satiate the palette of the consumer tech industry but if you delve deeper, the more ardent of fanatics will pay closer attention to the likes of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2019, also known as Apple WWDC 2019.
Much like Google I/O, the Apple WWDC 2019 is a yearly tech event that focuses on all things that make Apple tick. Its biggest focus during WWDC would be its software, which involves large-scale changes. These updates are made to benefit users and developers alike on what to expect with the latest Apple ecosystem.
As usual, these tech events usually have plenty of talking points to go through from its latest operating system (OS) updates to new features and functions that make your everyday life better. Scroll on down below to read up on the latest updates from Apple WWDC 2019 and what you can expect in the months to come. (All images: Apple)
One of the biggest talking points by far at the Apple WWDC 2019 is iOS 13, the brand’s latest and greatest OS update. Much like Google’s very own Dark Mode feature, it will now be present in iOS 13 and will work on all of Apple’s native apps. Apple is also working to allow third-party devs to integrate Dark Mode into its own apps. The Photos app will also be receiving a revamp, which includes more editing tools as well as easier categorising. Another nifty update is Quickpath, which is essentially Apple’s answer to the Android’s swiping motion for the keyboard. Other new inclusions to iOS 13 comprise Apple Maps that’s going through a total revamp; AirPods will be receiving an update where it can read and reply messages as well as share songs through device mirroring; and even Siri will sound a lot more natural as her voice is now completely computer generated. While it may not be available now, iOS 13 will be making its way into your devices this Fall for all iPhone 6s users and later.
For the longest time, the Apple iPad shared the very same naming convention for its OS with the Apple iPhone. It’ll now carry its very own name to recognise its distinctive experience, iPadOS. It builds from the same foundation as the iOS and the first noticeable change you’ll see is its new home screen layout, which will now have more apps on each page. Multitasking is also made easier thanks to a more fluid and intuitive Split View and Slide Over functions. The Apple Pencil will also benefit from the all-new iPadOS as it allows for greater integration as you can now mark-up and send full webpages, documents, or emails easily and seamlessly. Creative and design work is also much easier now with a redesigned tool palette that gives quicker access to tools. The built-in Safari web browser app will now offer desktop-class browsing as it will be optimised and scaled just for the iPad. Other notable inclusions are the more powerful Files app, improved text editing, as well as a floating keyboard to name a few. The iPadOS comes out this fall for the iPad Air 2 and later, the iPad Mini 4 and its newer iterations, the iPad 5th gen. onwards, as well as all iPad Pro models.
macOS Catalina is the latest version for the wide range of Mac devices for Apple. The biggest change that will reshape how music is viewed through the eyes of Apple users is the death of iTunes, which will now be replaced with other entertainment apps like Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. A new feature known as Sidecar now allows any Mac with the macOS Catalina to support the iPad as a second display. Voice control will also play a huge part in Apple’s plans for greater accessibility with macOS Catalina. New and improved additions to the macOS Catalina include security features as well as screen time measurements and more great apps to come for the latest generation of Macs.
If you’re looking to better manage your overall health and fitness regime, the Apple Watch will be your new best friend with the watchOS 6. This is especially useful for women with its new Cycle Tracking app, which allows you to keep log any and all important information related to your menstrual cycle. It also has predictive timing for your next cycle and will even notify you when you’re ovulating. You can also keep track of your hearing health with the Noise app as it’ll notify you if noise levels of 90 decibels or above can affect your hearing in the long run, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The watchOS 6 will also have its very own Apple App Store along with a host of new apps, including the Calculator, Voice Memos, and even Audiobooks. The watchOS 6 will be coming out this fall and is available for the Apple Watch Series 1 and later.
It’s not always a hardware event for the Apple WWDC 2019 and this year didn’t seem to be the case. Make way for the all-new redesigned Mac Pro alongside what Apple considers to be the world’s best pro display, the Pro Display XDR. The Mac Pro is the latest and greatest to come out from Apple as it houses the workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores. It also comes with a high-performance memory system up to 1.5TB storage capacity as well as eight PCIe expansion slots and even a graphics architecture. The Mac Pro is designed for performance, configurability, and expansion while the Apple Afterburner is a game-changing accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously. As for the Pro Display XDR, it’s a 32-inch Retina 6K display with an extreme 1,600 nits of peak brightness to boot. There is also an ultra-high 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio with a superwide angle. To sweeten the deal, a Pro Stand can also be thrown in at US$999 while the Pro Display XDR is selling for US$4,999 and the Mac Pro goes for US$5,999 — all of which will be available this fall as well.