Apple launches iOS 13 - New OS for iPads and MacPro and more at WWDC 2019


Apple has just announced what can be called as the biggest software push in past many years across platforms in the form of iOS 13, macOS 10.15 Catalina, tvOS 13 and watchOS 6. All these operating systems bring in several new features, including and some much-awaited ones.

While the tvOS 13 comes with a couple of highlighted features including Apple Music support and the much-required multi-user support for personalised recommendations, the watchOS will soon make Apple Watches more independent with a dedicated App Store.

Apple’s watchOS 6 gets new watch faces including California dial, Solar Face, Taptic Chimes watch Face and more. The company has also introduced more Apple apps to Watch including Audiobooks, Voice Memos and Calculator. The highlight, however, is the dedicated App Store for the Apple Watch through which you can see different apps, screenshots and purchase them to directly download and install on your the wearable device. Health and fitness section in watchOS 6 gets Activity Trends. It also has Environmental voice support that alerts you whenever the noise level around you reaches more than 90 decibels. Some other features include Summary view, Noise complications on watches, ability to mute Mail threads from watch and more.

Apple’s iOS 13 not only aims to make the iPhone faster but more feature rich as well. As mentioned on stage, iOS 13 brings 30% faster faceID unlock, 50% smaller app downloads, 60% smaller app updates and two times faster app launch. Finally, iOS 13 also gets Dark Mode, which has new Dark-themed wallpapers, widgets and notifications. Several apps have also been optimised including the News app, Calendar, Notes, stock keyboard, Messages, Photos, Apple Music and more. The stock keyboard will also support swipe gestures, something that has been present in third-party keyboards since years.

The Reminders app will now understand when and where to remind you of tasks as users type it while the Maps app will show you a more detailed layout and a new high-definition 3D view to explore places. This is something similar to Google’s Street View. Users will also be able to see real-time transit in Maps as a part of iOS 13.

Apple has made location sharing more granular this time with Background tracking alerts, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protections among others.

Another ‘new’ element this time is the ‘Sign in with Apple’ feature which is Apple’s take on sign-in with Facebook and Google logins for different apps. The feature requires FaceID login. In addition to HomeKit upgrades for devices and HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi routers.

As a part of iOS 13, the Messages app will now show the name and photo for the unknown number when a text message arrives. Also, Memoji brings some new customisations including eye shadows, lipstick, piercings, teeth customisations and earings, new hairstyles, hats, new glasses and AirPods. Memoji Stickers have also been introduced along with sticker pack for your Memojis in Messages, which is also included in system keyboard. This is available for available on iPad as well for devices running A9 chip or later.

Apple showcased some new photos editing options as well along with some video editing filters and new Photo UI that will show content day, months and year-wise in a timeline design.

In the case of AirPods, Siri will be able to read incoming messages and send messages as well. What’s new is that users will be able to easily share audio with just a touch between phones. Also introduced is Handoff to HomePod, Live Radio, updated CarPlay Dashboard, redesigned Apple Music and more.

Apple also announced a brand new operating system for iPads called iPadOS. In addition to all the iOS 13 features, iPad‘s split view gets better, Home Screen widgets are included, Files app is updated with Column View, Quick actions to make PDFand much more as a part of iPadOS.

As a part of macOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple killed iTunes and split this between Apple Music, Podcasts and Apple TV. The Podcast app gets updated in addition to a new Sidecar feature that lets you convert iPad into a secondary display for the Mac.

Voice Control lets you control your Mac and iOS using voice commands only. Voice-based editing of texts, selecting options and more are also included. The new Find My app, which is available in macOS and iOS can now find MacBooks as well.

Some other features include new photo browsing UI, updated Safari app, new Notes and redesigned Reminders app and ScreenTime feature introduced for Mac.

The developer beta versions of all the platforms will be available today with the final versions coming later this year.

In addition to software advancements, Apple showcased its hardware prowess too in the form of MacPro at WWDC 2019 conference.

Apple MacPro comes with a new design that gives easy access to internal components. It is not as slim as we have seen with other Mac PCs but has stainless steel handles and a special grille design that adds to the looks. It can be configured with up to Intel Xeon processors with 28-cores and massive 1.5TB RAM. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack, USB-A ports, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x Gigabit ports, three fans and one blower to control heat along with wheels to make it easy to move around.

There is a new monitor as well that has a 32-inch LCD 6K Retina panel with P3 wide colour, 10-bit, super wide viewing angle, anti-reflective coating and 1000nits full-screen brightness. It also has 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1-cable connectivity, a stand with tilt and height adjustment and rotation support for portrait mode.

The starting price of the MacPro is $5999, while the Pro Display XDR is priced at $4999. The stand will cost $999.

 

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