WWDC 2019 Recap
The big highlights include updates to the next version of iOS - iOS 13 will bring with it a system-wide dark mode, a swype based keyboard, 30% faster face id unlocking, brand new Apple Maps app, and a whole lot more. The update mainly focuses on stability and security but also brings some fun stuff like new Memoji stickers, Airpods Audio Sharing, and a safe secure and easy way to sign into apps and services with your Apple Account.
Important to note is that Apple’s iPad line will now be running a special version of iOS made just for the tablet line. The iPad line now runs iPadOS, giving it special features like widgets on the home screen, enhanced multi-window support, the ability to open multiple instances of an app, and a pretty full-fledged file manager that transfer files to and from SD cards and portable USB drives.
Small updates are coming to macOS Catalina - the ability to use your iPad as an external display was a rumored feature that now has been confirmed, alongside the split of iTunes into separate apps for Podcasts, Music, and Apple TV. And some fan favorite iOS features are making their way to the mac, including screen time and a new Find My app that combines find my friends and find my iPhone and will help you track down your stolen Apple devices, even if they are off.
But the big stars of the show were two new pieces of hardware, the new Apple Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR. The long-rumored update to the Mac Pro line is finally here, bringing with it a design that is kind of a mix of the old G4 Cube and the cheese grader mac pro of year’s past. It’s beefy, it’s powerful, and expensive - starting at $6K and can be optioned up to 28 cores of processing power. It also features expandability via PCI-E and supports up to 1.5 TB of RAM. Last but not least, Apple is back in the display business with a 32-inch 6K display that has extreme HDR support, can sustain 1000 knits of brightness, and cost $5K, stand not included. If you want apple’s pro stand for the monitor or an anti-glare model, that will cost extra.
New versions of software for your Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac will be launching this fall, alongside the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.