All The Highlights From Apple WWDC 2019

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Apple’s 2-hour keynote in WWDC wrapped up with flying colors, and the company announced a slew of exciting software innovations for all the Apple devices like your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac desktops and laptops, and even the Apple TV.

We’re giving the rundown on the biggest highlights from this year’s WWDC:

IOS 13: DARK MODE AND UPDATED APPS

As previously said, Apple will officially join the trend of implementing a system-wide dark mode feature that will help your iPhone extend its battery life while becoming a dark and sleek aesthetic.

Along with the new dark mode, Apple’s first-party apps will also be getting a few updates and tweaks that should make your iPhone experience more relaxed and seamless.

The update includes apps like Safari, Mail, and Notes that has new settings in terms of how and what you would like to see. Moreover, the Reminders app gets a whole new redesign to remind you of impending tasks efficiently.

Also, Apple Maps will become more functional and interpersonal with sharable features through iMessage. Apple’s SMS application will also get smarter by adjusting with your frequent conversations and become more personal with improved Memoji features that would be similar to the bitmoji. It will support tools like new makeup options, hairstyles, and accessories. The Music app also brings a lyric mode to add to your listening experience.

Developers can access beta for iOS 13 today, and the public can try it in July. The final consumer version will arrive for everyone in Fall.

Security

Apple is known for implementing security features way ahead of its competitors, like Google and Facebook. Today, during the WWDC, Apple wants to take it farther.

Apple is putting an end to location tracking in apps that continuously becomes a controversy starter. Apple will only allow users to share their locations once. Third-party developers soon won’t be able to share details about your Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth signal.

Also, quite interestingly, Apple is implementing its version of “Sign in with Facebook” or “Sign in with Google” with “Sign in with Apple.” Users will no longer have to succumb to lazy account making by allowing third-party applications to access your personal information. You can even share a randomly generated email address that relays emails to your real email address.

There are extended security protocols for HomeKit too, including a new Secure Video mode that encrypts video footages locally before sending that information to the cloud and will store them for a maximum of 10 days without consuming memory space. Apple will not be able to see these footages stored in your cloud as they do not have the keys to access them.

Siri

The voice that started the conversation on automated smart assistance is getting a new sound. It is now generated entirely by a neural text-to-speech technology rather than a human-based recording.

Siri will also be more functional with other Apple hardware such as the AirPods — where it will be able to read text messages for you and lets you respond immediately.

Moreover, CarPlay support is now compatible with more third-party apps like Waze. Siri can formulate suggestions based on your activities, connected apps, and smart home devices.

WatchOS

WatchOS 6 comes with new Health and Fitness updates such as recording your activities and create trends that cater to your fitness over some time.

Moreover, Apple is putting women’s reproductive health in focus with the new menstrual cycle tracking feature to the Watch. Women will now get alerts on periods and reminders regarding their fertile windows.

Also, there’s a new feature for noise levels. The update adds indication by determining noise level, and warn you if you need to leave the room or place to avoid damaging your hearing. That feature will also be made available on the iPhone Health app.

But quite interestingly, Apple Watches will get new exclusive applications catered for the hardware from its new dedicated App Store. Watch apps include a calculator that can calculate a tip and split bills with friends and a voice memo app for recordings on the fly.

MacOS Catalina

As we have reported, Apple will break up iTunes to its respective Music, Podcasts, and TV apps.

Also, Mac will start supporting iPads to function as a secondary display monitor called sidecar — which can be connected wired or wirelessly. The feature should be able to extend possibilities for creatives or attach a touch screen feature to your Mac.

In terms of Mac applications, Screen Time is coming to the Mac to provide detailed information on length and specifications of use in the hardware. It should be able to restrict more limitations, too.

Lastly, Apple announced Project Catalyst, a framework that lets developers port iPad apps to the Mac — which, as of last week, was called Project Marzipan. Developers can access Catalyst today through allowing Xcode to extend support over to the desktop OS.

Both iOS and macOS will soon have voice-automated features that would let users control everything from opening apps and adjusting the volume to other actions. Voice dictations are processed locally on the device without sending any voice information to the cloud.

iPad

Apple is now making the iPad a stand-alone platform with an introduction of a new operating system specific to it.

There are also new navigation features that should resemble a MacBook laptop’s trackpad: App switching on Slide Over mode can be accessed by dragging up and to the side or easily split screen by dragging apps side by side. You can split screen using the same app, such as viewing two notes at once or two emails at once to reference each other, for example. There’s are some new text editing gestures, too, such as a three-finger pinch/spread to copy, cut, and paste or a three-finger swipe left and right to undo and redo — The Verge states.

Mac Pro

Probably the most awaited announcement from this year’s WWDC event is the new Mac Pro.

Today, Apple announced a more powerful, efficient and better looking Mac Pro from its 2013 trashcan aesthetic.

The monitor is a 32-inch LCD screen with a Retina 6K display and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Apple calls its display “Extreme Dynamic Range,” or XDR, and it can connect six displays for up to 120 million pixels of a display.

The Mac Pro starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon, 32GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD for $5,999, while the Pro Display XDR is $4,999. The stand is sold separately for another $999. All will be available later this fall.

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