Today, during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, and other top executives announced the software and features to power iDevices in the next year. Some of the big Apple announcements included the Apple watch molting into a health tracking device and iPad turning into a viable laptop replacement.
The expectation of most people from the Apple event at WWDC was that iTunes would end. Well, it only molted into three new apps. However, the more remarkable things at the WWDC were the new features and updates. If you missed the great event, here is everything that Apple announced in the conference.
After years of giving it less focus, Mac Pro now has a unique uplift that makes it one of the most impressive iDevices. Here are some of the features of Mac Pro brought out at the WWDC 2019 Apple Event:
- Eighth generation Intel Xeon Processors with up to eight cores.
- An impressive 1,400 Watt power supply.
- Memory of up to 1.5 terabytes (TB).
Pro Display XDR
This is a new 32-inch Retina 6K display. During the WWDC 2019, it was announced that the display can handle up to 1,000 nits of brightness because of its impressive heat sink on the rear. Besides, the display comes with an optional stand that allows the screen to swivel into portrait mode.
Note that the display is sold separately at $6,000 while the stand is tagged $1,000.
When making the Apple announcements at WWDC, the management downplayed the argument of killing iTunes. Instead, iTunes was replaced by three standalone apps: Podcasts, TV, and Music. The three apps are aimed at handling different types of media. You can still access all that iTunes used to provide. Impressive!
To make Apple computers more robust and intuitive, the company announced that it was replacing the macOS Mojave with macOS Catalina. The new OS comes with features such as the Sidecar that allows the iPad to be used as a secondary display. Other features of macOS Catalina include the Screen Time and Project Catalyst apps.
When designing this iPhone OS, Apple appeared to play catch-up by adding some features such as the dark mode that are already available in competitors’ operating systems like Android. Besides, the Apple event also revealed that apps such as Mail, Safari, and Notes are getting some upgrades on their user interfaces. The new OS is also more secure by providing users greater control over how their data is used by third parties. iOS 13 will be available this falls.
Unlike in the past, Apple has moved to make its smartwatches more independent using the new watchOS. After launching the Watch App Store, it will be possible to use the watch for browsing, downloading apps, and streaming music directly from music providers like Spotify. This is not all.
watchOS also turns the Apple smartwatches into health apps that allow users to track their fitness activities. Further, Apple announced the Noise App and Cycles App for monitoring hearing ability and period tracking respectively.
The WWCD 2019 Apple Event was also used to announce the updates to the tvOS. Apple decided to give the tvOS a facelift by making it easy to promptly start watching when the app loads. Other impressive additions to tvOS that were announced in the WWDC include support for PS4 Dual Shock and Xbox game controllers.
Other Apple Announcements
- Apple announced the iPadOS update that helps iPads operate like laptops. For example, it has a robust files app and capability to plug external hard drives and cameras.
- The company also used the WWDC 2019 event to announce the new Swift Framework that would be used for creating app interfaces with less coding.
- The company’s executive finally unveiled the ARKit 3 that has impressive features such as RealityKit and People Occlusion Feature.
The 2019 WWDC Apple event has gone into history because of the many Apple announcements that touched virtually every company’s device. The company used the WWCD 2019 to not only add enhancements to its devices, but to also catch-up with others by adding high-value features already in the market. With the Apple announcements at WWDC, you can now get more from iDevices.