WWDC 2019: Apple Announces New Mac Pro, iOS 13, and Much More

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Today, in San Jose, Apple kicked off its yearly World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Per usual, the event began with a keynote from Tim Cook and company. In the address, we got a preview of several exciting technologies, including the next iteration of iOS, a revamped tvOS, and the all-new Mac Pro. Here's the rundown of everything Apple unveiled.

tvOS

First up, Apple previewed tvOS 13, the latest update of the operating system behind Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. This new OS, which will be available this fall as a free update for Apple TV users, adds an immersive new Home screen, multi-user support, Apple Arcade access—with support for both the Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers!—and brand-new under-the-sea screen savers in glorious 4K. The updates go a long way in making Apple TV even more accessible and customizable, and new features like the full-screen previews will open up new worlds of entertainment to users.

watchOS

Next, we got a look at watchOS 6, which looks to expand and enhance the already deep feature-set of the Apple Watch. Starting with aesthetics: watchOS 6 introduces new dynamic watch faces, which can be personalized with your favorite complications and shortcuts to preferred apps. Speaking of apps: Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and the Calculator app will all be available with the new watchOS—finally! Even better, users can download any of those applications from the App Store, which will now be available on the Apple Watch.

Of course, one of the big reasons users adore the Apple Watch is for its health and fitness functions, and the new OS expands upon those capabilities with all new features and insights. In terms of fitness, watchOS 6 provides users with a new long-term feature, which tracks your activity progress over long periods of time and monitors any change in trends. If you're trending up: good job, keep at it. If you're trending down, the Activity app will provide personalized coaching to get you back on track.

Another great health enhancement is the new Cycle Tracking app, which enables women to monitor and log important data related to their menstrual cycles. This app, which is also available on the latest iPhone OS, could provide helpful information about users' fertility windows, as well as predictive timing for when periods will begin.

iOS

The preview of Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 13, showed off a ton of new highlights and enhancements, most of them geared at improving the applications we use every day. Of those enhancements, one of the biggest is the introduction of Dark Mode on mobile, which, thanks to an all-new, system-wide darker color scheme, will boost users' viewing experience, especially in low-light situations and environments.

The Photos app, too, got a big-time boost. Leveraging machine learning tech, the Photos app now acts as a curator to highlight the best images in a gallery, intelligently organizes photos into albums, and provides overall better access to the images in your library. Photo editing tools have also been enhanced, including effects, portrait lighting adjustment, and more. The result is better browsing, easier editing, and an overall better camera experience.

Alongside iOS 13, Apple also introduced a new Maps experience. Updated with improved data, better road coverage, and more precise address information, the new Apple Maps will enhance the experience of the millions of users who rely on it. Although the new Maps is available in limited markets now, it will be fully rolled out across the US by the end of the year.

Of course, those were just a few of the many updates on the way. With iOS 13, you'll also get upgrades to HomePod, AirPods, Voice Control, Messages, CarPlay, Sign in with Apple, and much, much more.

iPadOS

One of the biggest announcements at WWDC was the introduction of a brand new OS for the iPad. Aptly named iPadOS, the iPad-specific operating system leverages the intuitive framework of iOS and adds to its capabilities and features that enhance the overall experience for iPad users. This transformation goes a long way to quell any pushback against the iPad being an all-in-one machine, potentially making it the only device you'll ever need.

Specific to iPadOS is the look of the new Home Screen, which is designed to better fit the way people work. What this means is you get more apps on screen, quicker access to widgets, and useful tools like Split View and Slide Over that make it so much easier to multi-task. And speaking of multi-task: iPadOS provides several key enhancements to the functions most commonly used to get things done, including improved performance of text editing, lowered latency with the Apple Pencil, desktop-class browsing with Safari—just to name a few.

Of course, arguably the biggest iPad news is that with the new OS comes support for external drives. Users can now plug USB drives directly into their iPad and manage all their files in the Files app. Previous restriction of USB access was one of the few knocks against the iPad, and lifting it essentially obliterates any argument against the iPad being an all-in-one machine.

In addition to those features, the new iPadOS also comes with Dark Mode, Custom Fonts, improved Photos and Maps apps, the new Sign In with Apple feature, and a whole lot more.

Mac Pro

WWDC is a conference aimed at developers, but that didn't stop Apple from rolling out some serious hardware. Specifically, they unveiled the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. Both of these groundbreaking devices are designed for the pros, as they pack some of the most sophisticated technology Apple has ever put forth.

Starting with the Mac Pro: This professional-grade powerhouse features Xeon processors up to 28 cores, an insane 1.5TB of RAM, and dual AMD Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards with 32GB of HBM2 VRAM each. It can do things like support simultaneous playback of 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW video or 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW in real time. And that's just the tip of its capabilities.

Along with the Mac Pro, Apple also unveiled the Pro Display XDR, which it bills as the "world's best pro display"—a claim it appears to have the receipts to back up. A 32-inch LCD panel with Retina 6K resolution, the Pro Display XDR delivers a sharper-than-glass, hi-res viewing experience. How to quantify "sharper-than-glass"? Well, start with the fact it delivers more than 20 million pixels. Add to that it has 10-bit color depth for over 1 billion colors and can produce 1000 nits of full-screen brightness for XDR support, and you start to get the idea.

For the full picture of what both the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, be sure to check out our complete rundown here.

macOS

The last major update of WWDC was the unveiling of the new operating system for Mac. This latest iteration is called Catalina, and like the OS updates before it, the new operating system provides tons of improvements across the board.

The first of these "improvements" is the forced retirement of iTunes, which will be replaced by a series of applications designed to streamline access to your favorite content. We unpacked what these new apps can do for you here, but suffice to say, they'll improve your overall entertainment experience.

Another enhancement in the new OS is Sidecar, which lets you use your iPad as an extended display for your Mac. It works both wired or wirelessly and supports Apple Pencil, so you can in concert with your favorite Mac apps.

Security has been greatly buffed with the new OS. Gatekeeper will check all apps for security issues and new data protections will require apps to get permission before accessing your documents. Macs with the T2 Security Chip will also offer Activation Lock, which makes it difficult for others to boot up or access the device.

On top of those features, the new update also provides a ton of app enhancements, including improvements to Photos, Safari, Mail, Notes, Reminders, and more. You can read more about the new features here.

What did you think about Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote? Be sure to let us know in the Comments section, below.

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