The new version of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS announced.
WWDC kicked off with a keynote that revealed new versions of Apple’s software lineup. This includes new features coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Here’s a rundown of everything that was announced:
tvOS 13 will bring a new redesigned home screen to your Apple TV. Apps can now play full-screen videos on the Home screen so you can easily see previews of the content you want to see. Multi-user support is now being introduced, which lets you switch between different accounts for a more personalized experience.
Apple Arcade will also be a new feature, where you can sign up for a subscription and get access to over 100 games with no extra purchases. Any game that you play will also sync across all your devices so you can continue playing no matter what you’re using. Along with that, tvOS 13 will also add support to Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers so you can use them for playing your games.
Apple is also including new underwater screensavers that will all play in 4K HDR (on the Apple TV 4K).
tvOS 13 will come as a free update to Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K this fall.
Aside from introducing a plethora of new watch faces, watchOS 6 will bring a new Cycle Tracking app to your Apple Watch. This is intended for females who would want to monitor their menstrual cycle.
A new Noise app will let users know if the sound in their surroundings is too loud. A meter that displays decibel readings will alert you if its reaching levels that can impact your hearing. The Trends tab on the Apple Watch will also let you see a long-term view of your activity to have a better understanding of your health progress.
watchOS 6 will also bring the App Store directly to the Apple Watch so you can install third-party apps. Developers can now make native Apple Watch-only app that will work independently without an iOS app.
We would have liked if watchOS 6 introduced native sleep tracking, but I’m guessing we would have to wait until next year for that.
watchOS 6 will comes as a free update this fall. It will be compatible with the Apple Watch Series 1 or later paired with iPhone 6S or later running iOS 13 or later.
Probably the highlight of WWDC’s keynote is iOS 13, where Apple finally gave us native support for Dark Mode. Nearly the entire system will support it including all of the native apps. Developers can also take advantage of Dark Mode where it can be turned on automatically during sunset or a scheduled time.
Your photos and videos are more intelligently organized and will even auto-play videos to bring them to life. Additionally, native editing tools on photos have been improved, including new ways to edit Portrait Lighting. You can also edit videos natively on the Photos app, where you rotate, crop and even add filters without the need for a third party app.
A new Sign In with Apple is being introduced as an alternative way to sign in on any app or website. Apple can protect your privacy by choosing randomly generated email addresses and is protected by two-factor authentication.
Maps have also been built from the ground up and now features improved road data including Look Around, which is Apple’s version of Google Street View. The new Maps app will launch first on select cities and states and will roll out across the US by the end of this year and to more countries in 2020.
iPadOS has also been introduced, which now has more distinct features that should suit iPad users. There’s a new Home screen that shows more apps on each page along with a Today View that can be added to the Home screen so you can access widgets quickly.
There’s also improved Apple Pencil support along with native support for USB drives and SD cards that you can manage using the Files app. A new text editing update is also arriving on the iPad, where you can easily cut, copy, paste and undo by just using gestures.
iOS 13 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later, and will be available with iPadOS for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.
Macs get a new refresh with this new macOS update. First off is iTunes, which will now be separated into three main apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. Each will cater to separate areas of interest, and it’s also where you can manage music, podcasts, and movies that you sync on your device.
Speaking of synching, you can now find your iPhone or iPad on the Finder tab when you plug it into your Mac. This is the new place where you can back up, restore or update your device.
A new feature called Sidecar will instantly turn your iPad as an extended display. This means you can preview stuff you’re doing on your Mac on the iPad, or simply use the tablet as an input device when used for drawing or productivity apps.
macOS Catalina will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later.
A new Mac Pro
Apple surprised the audience by introducing a new Mac Pro that’s paired with a crazy new Apple Pro Display XDR, dubbed as one of the best monitors for professional users.
The new Mac Pro goes back to the familiar aluminum design, but its internals has been beefed up to support Intel Xeon processors of up to 28 core along with a 1.5 TB memory capacity. There are also eight PCIe expansion slots and a new graphics architecture that Apple calls as the world’s most powerful graphics card.
The Mac Pro also includes Apple Afterburner, which is an accelerator card that enables playback of three 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.
The new Apple Pro Display XDR, on the other hand, is a Retina 6K monitor with support for P3 wide and 10-but color. It supports 1,600 nits of peak brightness and a crazy 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It also comes with a Pro Stand that offers tilt and height adjustment – the only downside? It’s sold separately.
The all-new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 and will be available to order in the fall. Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999, the Pro Stand is $999 and the VESA Mount Adapter is $199. All will be available to order in the fall with local pricing to follow.
Well, that was one exhaustive list. We’re particularly interested in checking out the new updates, even the crazy Mac Pro. What about you? Tell us what you think about Apple’s recent announcements in the comments below!