WWDC 2019: Everything Apple announced

The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is over and in over the two hours that they were presenting, the tech giant revealed quite a bit of announcements that will get Apple users excited. Here are the things they announced.

Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

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The newest Mac desktop was revealed to release this fall for $5,999 and the Pro Display XDR for $4,999.The desktop contains an Intel Xeon processor with 8, 12, 16, 24, or 28 cores and 12 DIMM slots that allow for a maximum of 1.5 terabytes of ECC DDR4 system memory and is powered by 1.4-kilowatt power supply. The desktop also features Afterburner, a hardware accelerator card that has a FPGA chip that is optimized to process ProRes and ProRes RAW video.

As for the Pro Display XDR, it is a 32-inch LCD with a 6K resolution of 6016 x 3384. According to Macworld, it touts “true 10-bit color and DCI-P3 color gamut, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a sustained full-screen brightness of up to 1,000 nits, with a limited peak of up to 1,600 nits.”

macOS Catalina

The biggest new feature for macOS 10.15 is the ability for developers to easily deploy apps made for iOS to mac using the new Project Catalyst. The other updates are listed below.

iPads can be used as a secondary display for your Mac.

Macs not feature voice control.

Activation Lock was added and works the same way here as it does on iPad and iPhone.

iTunes is being disbanded into three apps. These are Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.

tvOS Updates

tvOS Updates

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tvOS is the operating system that runs the Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K products. The Apple TV app lets the user have access to over 150 streaming apps both on Apple and Samsung Smart TVs across over 100 countries.

A new home screen will now play full screen preview of videos you may want to watch, and now multiple users can have their own accounts and personalized suggestions. They also have access to their own Apple Music playlists. The right side of the screen also has a new control center that slides in and out. This control center allows for quick user changes, screen dim, and more.

Apple Music’s lyrics now perfectly line up with the song playing.

Along with iPhone and iPad, Apple TV will have compatibility with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 DualShock controllers.

Finally, a new underwater screensaver is available that boasts 4K HDR.

Apple Watch Updates

Apple Watch Updates

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The Apple Watch’s newest update allows you to install apps straight on your watch. You no longer need your iPhone for installing apps because of their new dedicated Apple Watch app store. New built-in apps include Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator. Adding to the Apple Watch’s individuality, users can now log into their accounts straight from the watch and the watch will automatically update itself.

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WatchOS 6 also has new health benefits. It has several new health apps and features to monitor things like hearing, cardio fitness, and menstruation.

The Apple Watch also had six new watch faces shown off. They all have new customization options including colors and the choice to show full-screen or circular faces.

iOS 13

iOS 13

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iOS got a huge amount of new updates. According to Senior VP Craig Federighi, Apple worked “worked “top to bottom…making everything faster that you do the most.” Updates are 60% smaller, FaceID will open 30% faster, and apps load twice as fast.

A dark mode has been added that extends to all apps, wallpapers. widgets, and notifications.

Like the Apple TV update, lyrics for songs will move in correlation with the song playing.

A new Quickpath keyboard allows you to drag your finger across the keyboard to type faster.

Safari has new quick font sizing options with per-website preferences.

Reminders have a complete makeover. Intelligent text recognition for dates, times, and places has been developed and the Quickpath keyboard is compatible. You can set top-level reminders for to-do lists, and if you tag a person for a reminder, when you text them, you will be notified of your reminder.

Maps will allow you to assign favorite locations to your home screen and a new “Look Around” mode features 3D environments to see the location. Maps also gets real-time transit info, the ability to share your ETA with people, and flight status for airports.

New privacy protections were added along with the way to set up apps to ask you for your permission every time to use your location.

The user will have access to sign into social accounts with their AppleID. If the app requires an email address, you can give your real one, or Apple will generate a fake one that forwards to your real one, so the app developer won’t even get a real email address.

Messages will allow you to add your name and an image to share with people so they can recognize who is talking to them beside just seeing a phone number.

Memoji are receiving a bunch of new customization options and also sticker packs that will set your memoji as a popular emoji.

Photos received new updates to editing your pictures and videos now. The camera can now adjust the strength of portrait lighting.

AirPods will now share music with a second person’s pair of AirPods by tapping your phones together.

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Siri received a new voice that will use new technology to deliver more natural cadence and smoother-sounding complex words.



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For the first time, iPad has received its own operating system. It carries all of the upgrades in iOS13 but has received some of its own enhancements.

The new home screen packs all of your icons on a tighter grid. This leaves room for more icons and now widgets can be posted as well.

Split View can now run two of the same app at the same time, side by side.

Safari will display desktop version of websites in a smaller condensed view. It also has a download manager and 30 new keyboard shortcuts.

Fonts can be downloaded from the App Store.

Apple Pencils latency was reduced by more than half of what it was before.

New AR and Swift Tools for Developers

Developers were shown a bunch of new toys they can take advantage of during the conference as well.

RealityKit is for developers not familiar with 3D rendering. It incorporates rendering, camera effects, audio, physics, and more.

Reality Composer is an easy to use, drag and drop interface to create AR scenes using a big library of already-made 3D objects and animations.

ARKit 3 features new object and image detection, motion capture, and People Occlusion to integrate real people into AR scenes with automatic compositing.

And finally, SwiftUI makes it easier for developers to build

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