WWDC 2019: Apple’s new products and software updates

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On Monday, Apple kicked off its 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address hosted by CEO Tim Cook. The company’s presentation featured announcements regarding several key software updates and one major product reveal. Admittedly, it wasn’t the most captivating presentation, but it did suggest the firm is well on its way to becoming a services-centric brand provider.

iOS Updates

Apple revealed that iOS 13 brings with it a host of small and large updates. The firm noted the mobile operating system update would include dark mode. The new interface offers a darker color scheme for the company’s signature apps and more efficient battery usage.

Additionally, the update allows for customizable Memoji, and will make Reminders more intuitive. The program will now analyze user activities to offer more personalized event prompts. Apple has also revamped its Photos app. The feature’s sorting process will now resemble a social media site by segmenting user images by date and popularity.

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The firm is also rolling out a redesigned version of Maps. The new iteration of the program offers a greater level of detail as well as navigable 360-degree street views. Apple has made iOS 13 available to developers now and will release it to the public in the fall.

New Operating Systems and App Stores

The Big Tech firm announced that its iPad series of products is getting its own operating system. The new iPadOS will give owners the ability to split the screen to view two different apps at the same time. The new system will also give the iPad the ability to connect with USB thumb drives, SD cards, and external hard drives. As such, the corporation’s popular tablet is now closer than ever to serving as a laptop replacement.

Furthermore, Apple announced it would be launching an app store specifically for the iWatch line. In it, consumers will be able to download watchOS versions of their favorite programs to their wearable without using another device. Additionally, the company is releasing an update to its smartwatch system that will include advanced health monitoring, a menstruation tracker, and a hearing damage warning program.

The tech multinational is releasing iPadOS and the new version of watchOS next season.

Goodbye iTunes

Notably, Apple is getting rid of its iconic iTunes media platform with its next big desktop software update. The company will be splitting its functions into three new MacOS apps called Music, Podcasts, and TV. With the new programs, users will be able to perform more refined searches and will receive personalized content recommendations. Apple will end iTunes support when its latest desktop operating system is released this autumn.

The corporation is also using the launch of MacOS Catalina to interpolate its various products better. The Sidecar feature will allow users to transform their iPads into secondary MacBook displays. Moreover, the corporation is releasing a new framework called Project Catalyst that will enable developers to port their iPad apps to the desktop.

The electronics manufacturer is also making it easier for consumers to find their misplaced devices. The Find My application uses a Bluetooth beacon to help consumers locate their iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, even if they’re depowered.

Hello Siri 2.0

Apple also announced its popular digital assistant Siri will be getting significant upgrades with iOS 13. The firm has developed new neural text-to-speech technology to give the virtual assistant a much more natural sounding voice. The program is also gaining AirPod support, so Siri will be able to read users their messages and allow them to dictate their responses.

The firm is also making Siri interpretable with more applications like music streaming service Pandora and navigation app Waze. Apple will roll out an upgrade for Siri on all compatible products later this year.

Enhanced SVOD and Gaming Support

The California-based corporation is releasing an improved user interface for its tvOS ahead of the launch of its subscription video on demand service (SVOD). The new and improved operating system will offer dashboard previews of its new film and television content. Furthermore, the interface will feature multiuser support that comes with personalized content recommendations.

Apple has also refined tvOS so that gamers will be able to use their preferred controllers with its new Arcade subscription games service. With the update, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners can users their controllers to play the platform’s titles.

The tech giant also debuted a trailer for its forthcoming science-fiction drama “For All Mankind.” Like all other Apple original programming, the series looks stunningly bland.

New Incredibly Expensive Hardware

Lastly, Apple used WWDC 2019 to introduce the world to its first new Mac Pro since 2013. The 2019 iteration of the iconic workstation boasts an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores and 1.5 TB of memory. The company revealed its new modular computer has a processor capable of supporting 4K and 8K streams. Most notable of all? It looks like grandma’s cheese grater.

The professional grade computer also boasts 8 PCI slots, three Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, and two USB-C ports. As such, consumers can outfit the machine with AMD Radeon Pro 580X or Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards. The firm will also offer a 32 inch LCD monitor to go with the Mac Pro that features an eye-popping 6K Retina display.

Apple will sell the standard edition of the new Mac Pro, which comes with an 8-core processor, 32GB of memory, and a 512 SSD for $5,999. The corporation will sell its Pro Display XDR for the low, low price of $4,999. Moreover, the firm aims to further empty its customers’ wallets by charging them an additional $999 for the XDR’s stand.