Apple held its yearly Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) of 2019 in San Jose on 3rd June and showcased a lot of new stuff, including a Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 13 with a dark mode, MacOS Catalina and iPad’s own operating system called iPadOS.
At the start of that conference, Tim Cook gave us:
- A preview of the new Apple TV Plus show, called “For All Mankind”.
- News that Apple TV’s tvOS is will get multi-user support.
- Update that there will be native support for Xbox One S and DualShock controllers.
Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR
- Well, the modernized cheese grater is back for 2019. It’s powerful, and there are specs to prove it.
- Apple also unveiled a custom video accelerator card, called Afterburner, designed particularly for video editing acceleration to support native ProRes and ProRes Raw in 8K. Hello, 1.4 kilowatt power supply.
- The much-talked about 32-inch HDR display (that Apple calls “XDR”) is real as the Pro Display XDR; Apple wants it to replace both reference and regular-use monitors for video editors. It’s got a matching cheese grater back that’s also a huge heat sink. The panel has a 6K resolution. It is true 10-bit and features a polarizer for better viewing angles, etched glass and a wide array of blue LEDs with lenses and local dimming, which supports 1,600 nits peak and 1,000 nits sustained and high contrast.
- Apple’s new Mac Pro with monitor costs approximately $12,000.
- The latest version of MacOS, version 10.15 or “Catalina” has an iTunes replacement called Music, less-intrusive iPhone integration, a Podcast app with indexing for easy search, and Apple TV app with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support features.
- There’s a new app named Sidecar that allows you to use the iPad as a second display.
- The upgrade adds an assistive voice control.
- There is an Activation Lock and a Find My feature to MacOS, for locking access to your MacBook if it gets stolen or misplaced.
- Project Catalyst (earlier known as Marzipan) is only for iPad apps. It allows developers to easily port their iPad apps to macOS.
- Also for developers, it is possible that RealityKit and Reality Composer update to ARKit-made Minecraft (which has built-in motion capture) in the real world.
- Swift programming language gets a new framework that will make programming easier.
iPad now runs iPadOS
- By splitting the operating systems, Apple can take better advantage of the bigger screen size.
- iPasOS permits you to pin widgets to the home screen, provides a better multitasking interface, allows multiple windows in apps with split screen, and comes with the App Expose.
- There is a column view in Files, more metadata and quick actions.
- You have the folder sharing option to iCloud Drive, and you will also be able to attach with the network servers.
- It attaches support for USB thumb drives and the capability to import photos directly from a camera.
- Safari on iPad will pull the desktop website, resize its display, and optimize it for touch inputs.
- There is support for custom fonts from the big foundries as well as better text selection.
- Apple Pencil has lesser latency and has been improved for doing markup.
- Apple has turned on the programming interface for other software developers too.
Dark mode is coming to the iPhone
- Safari, Mail and Notes come with some updates, but the big change is in Reminders. Also more detailed maps will come by the end of 2019.
- Apple has tried to restrict some privacy tracking of users, including Apple tracking-free single-sign on, and random email addresses with forwarding.
- The HomeKit security has also been improved, and Apple now has a HomeKit-in-routers partner program.
- There are of course some Memoji upgrades for more personalization, like automatic sticker packs of your Memoji.
- The phone comes with portrait lighting effects and an improved editing interface in Photos.
- Also added is the ability to rotate and filter videos. Plus, there is a new automatic organization of your Camera Roll.
- Siri can now read and reply to messages via your AirPods.
- CarPlay now will have a new dashboard, along with expanded partner apps.
- Siri’s voice has been made to sound a lot more natural, since it’s completely procedural, and better than pieced-together recorded syllables.
Apple Watch and watchOS 6
- Apple Watch is finally free from iPhone dependency. It will have its own app store!
- Apple Watch app store will be coming to the device, which lets you browse, purchase and install apps on the watch itself.
- Voice memo and calculator will be on your wrist.
- New watch faces have been introduced for Apple Watch: Gradient, Pride, Digital, California Dial and Solar face.
- A redesigned Health app is also there with fitness-tracking updates as well as a new hearing-monitoring app called Noise.
- Also, menstrual cycle tracking will be coming to both the Watch and the iPhone.
Apple also unveiled the new SwiftUI Framework that allows developers to build app interfaces using less code. Developers, using SwiftUI’s declarative code, can create full-feature user interfaces along with smooth animations. It will save development time by providing automatic functions such as: Interface Layout, Dark Mode, Accessibility, Right-to-left Language Support as well as Internationalization. Also, a new graphical UI design tool that’s built into Xcode 11 makes it easier to assemble a user interface quickly, without the need to write any code. The changes to this UI can instantly appear in the visual design tool. So, the developers can visualize automatic, real-time previews of the UI.
iOS apps to be run on macOS with Project Catalyst
During the WWDC keynote address, Apple announced that iOS apps will run on macOS, starting with the next release of macOS Catalina, which will be debuting this year. With this, the third party developers can release their iOS apps on Mac as well. Leading apps like Gameloft, Twitter and Atlassian already have their apps ported to macOS.
Getting ready for ARKit3
The latest version of Apple’s augmented reality platform – ARKit 3 – offers a powerful new way of showing AR content either in front or behind a person by using People Occlusion. It can track 3 faes at a time and support collaborative sessions. Developers can now integrate human movements into the apps.
Developers can now build real-time, personalized experiences using on-device machine learning with Core ML 3, Create ML, Neural Engine, and A-series chips. It supports much more advanced machine learning models and also allows developers to build machine learning models without writing any code!
Siri for Developers
The world-famous intelligent assistant comes with Shortcuts and SiriKit, so that you can also build apps that allow users to get things done just by using their voice! iOS 13 comes with new conversation shortcuts, deeper customization, and new media playback experiences to make the platform even more powerful. Siri also performs the function of pairing the daily routines of the users with the apps, to suggest shortcuts on the screen, when they are needed the most.