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Apple WWDC 2019 Announcements: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, New Mac Pro & more

Apple made a couple of announcements about iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS and the new Mac Pro.

Mac Pro (2019)

Apple has announced an all-new Mac Pro which hasn’t been updated since 2013.

“We designed Mac Pro for users who require a modular system with extreme performance, expansion and configurability. With its powerful Xeon processors, massive memory capacity, groundbreaking GPU architecture, PCIe expansion, Afterburner accelerator card and jaw-dropping design, the new Mac Pro is a monster that will enable pros to do their life’s best work,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display and the perfect companion to the all-new Mac Pro. With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous colour, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and a highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point.”

The new Mac Pro can be equipped with 56-thread  Intel Xeon processors with up to 28 cores, up to 1.5TB of RAM (across 12 slots) and eight PCIe expansion slots.

The device comes with Apple Afterburner which is an accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.

Alongside the new Mac Pro, Apple announced the Pro Display XDR which has a 32-inch Retina 6K display. The display is capable of P3 wide and 10-bit colour and up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

The stainless-steel frame and aluminum housing of the new Mac Pro to offer 360-degree access to the entire system for improved modularity.

The all-new Mac Pro will be available this fall starting at $5,999 USD with the Pro Display XDR starting at $4,999 USD. No Canadian pricing has been announced.

iOS 13

iOS 13 brings a number of new features including a Dark Mode and performance improvements.

“iOS 13 brings new capabilities to the apps you use every day, with rich updates to Photos and Maps, and privacy-protecting features like Sign In with Apple, all while delivering faster performance,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re excited for customers to experience what’s coming to iPhone this fall and can’t wait for them to see how great everything looks in Dark Mode.”

Dark Mode in iOS 13 adds a darker colour scheme that is system-wide with the mode being available to third-party app developers.

On-device machine learning will now curate your Photos library in iOS 13 to highlight the best images and hiding clutter.

A new way to sign-in called Sign In with Apple will be introduced with iOS 13. It allows users to authenticate and login into apps using their Apple ID with support for Face ID and Touch ID.

Apple Maps is getting an update experience to make it better with broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and detailed landcover.

The updated Apple Maps will also bring a street view mode called Look Around. The new Apple Maps is set rollout to select US cities by the end of 2019 and more countries in 2020.

Here are some additional features in iOS 13, according to Apple:

  • Reminders has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders, with more ways to organize and keep track of them. The quick toolbar makes it easier to add times, dates, locations and flags, or add attachments. With deeper integration with Messages, it’s easy to tag someone in a reminder so that it surfaces when the user messages with that person.
  • Messages can automatically share a user’s name and photo, or customized Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread. Memoji are automatically made into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so they can be used in Messages, Mail and other apps. Memoji also feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings and accessories.
  • Siri has a new, more natural voice, and Siri Shortcuts now supports Suggested Automations that provide personalized routines for things like heading to work or going to the gym.
  • CarPlay gets its biggest update ever with a new Dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view, a new Calendar app and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps.
  • HomePod can distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more. Live radio gives Siri access to over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and a new sleep timer turns off music after a set amount of time. Handoff enables users to easily move music, podcasts or a phone call to HomePod when they arrive home.
  • With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit-enabled messaging app. A new audio sharing feature makes it easy to watch a movie or share a song with a friend by simply bringing a second pair close to iPhone or iPad.
  • Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. Using the latest Siri speech recognition technology, Voice Control gets even more accurate text transcription and editing.1
  • Notes has a new Gallery View, more powerful collaboration with shared folders, new search tools and checklist options.
  • QuickPath brings easy one-hand typing to the iOS keyboard by continuously swiping through the letters of a word.2
  • Text Editing is enhanced, making scrolling documents, moving the cursor and selecting text faster and more accurate.
  • Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives.
  • Health offers ways to monitor hearing health and brings new ways to track, visualize and predict a woman’s menstrual cycle.
  • Location Services controls give users more choices for how they share location data with apps, including a new one-time location option and more information on when apps are using location in the background.
  • Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPhone apps on the App Store that reduces app download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app updates over 60 percent smaller and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

iOS 13 is available now to developers in Apple’s program with a public beta coming later this month. iOS 13 will roll out to all compatible devices this fall. iOS 13 works with iPhone 6S and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th Gen and later, iPad Mini 4 and later and iPad Air 2 and later.


Apple has introduced iPadOS which is a new experience for iPad based on iOS.

“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iPadOS delivers exciting features, including a new Home screen with widgets, more powerful multitasking and new tools that make using Apple Pencil even more natural.”

iPadOS brings a new home screen that adds a new layout that shows more on each page and widgets via the Today View.

Split View in iPadOS lets you view multiple files and documents from the same app. Slide Over in iPadOS lets you quickly switch between multiple apps.

App Exposé in iPadOS can give you a quick view of all open windows of an app (similar to macOS).

Apple Pencil support has been integrated much more in iPadOS. You can now easily mark up and send entire webpages, documents or emails.

There is also a redesigned tool palette that gives you quick access to tools, colour palettes, shapes, object eraser. Latency has now been reduced to 9 milliseconds.

iPadOS also now shows the desktop version of sites by default in Safari and there’s also a download manager and 30 new keyboard shortcuts.

According to Apple, iPadOS also brings these features:

  • Dark Mode delivers a dramatic dark colour scheme that looks great across the system and is easier on the eyes in low-light environments.
  • Custom Fonts can be installed for use across the system, perfect for creating beautiful documents on iPad. Fonts from boutique and major vendors such as Adobe, DynaComware, Monotype, Morisawa and Founder will be available on the App Store.
  • A new floating keyboard saves space and includes support for QuickPath — making one-handed typing easy and leaving more room to display apps. Customers can pinch in to enable the floating keyboard and drag it anywhere on the screen.
  • Photos curates the library to highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year. Photo editing is more intuitive with new tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review, and almost all photo editing capabilities are available for video editing.
  • Sign In with Apple is a fast, easy and private way to sign in to apps and websites using Apple ID.
  • Maps features a new basemap, built from the ground up: Look Around with beautiful street-level imagery of cities using high-resolution 3D photography; Collections for a new way to share restaurants, shops or destinations; and Favourites for quick navigation to frequent locations.1
  • Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPad apps on the App Store that reduces download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app updates up to 60 percent smaller, and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

iPadOS is available now for developers in Apple’s program with a public beta coming in a few weeks. iPadOS will be available as a free update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th Gen and later and iPad Mini 4 and later.

macOS Catalina

The next update for macOS will be called macOS Catalina which brings new apps and features.

“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”

iTunes in macOS Catalina has been replaced with three apps for Music, TV and Podcasts.

The new Music app gives easy access to Apple Music which has more than 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.

The all-new Apple TV app will let users browse, buy or rent more than 100,000 movies and TV shows from iTunes including 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos movies. This app will also let people watch content from the Apple TV+ streaming service.

The Apple Podcasts app has more than 700,000 shows in its catalogue.

Sidecar in macOS Catalina lets you use your iPad as an extended display for your Mac. Your iPad can also then be used as a drawing tablet for support Mac apps.

Screen Time comes to the Mac with macOS Catalina which shows you how much time you’re spending on apps and websites.

MacOS Catalina also brings new APIS and tools for developers that let them easily bring their iOS apps to Mac.

This fall, apps such as Jira Cloud, Twitter and Asphalt 9 will come to the Mac.

macOS Catalina is available now for developers with a public beta in the coming weeks. The update will be available in the fall for Macs mid-2012 or later.

tvOS 13

With tvOS 13 brings a new home screen and multi-user support.

“tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “With more personalized features to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”

The new home screen is designed for discovery including full-screen video previews and quick access to new TV shows, movies, music and games.

Multi-user support in tvOS 13 lets family members have a more personalized experience including with Apple Music.

Apple Arcade will launch this fall on the Apple TV 4K and tvOS 13.

The new tvOS update will also add support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers.

There will also be new screen savers for the Apple TV 4K in tvOS 13 with news ones filmed in collaborating with the BBC Natural History Unit, which worked on Blue Planet.

tvOS 13 is available now for developers, public beta in the coming weeks. The new update will be available this fall for the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.

watchOS 6

watchOS 6 brings a number of features including Cycle Tracking, Noise app, Activity Trends and more.

“Apple Watch has become an indispensable part of our customers’ everyday lives, from helping users stay connected to the people and information they care about, to inspiring them to live a better and more active day,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “watchOS 6 extends our commitment to helping users better manage their health and fitness with powerful and personal new tools.”

The new Cycle Tracking app in watchOS 6 gives women the ability to log info about their menstrual cycles and predict the timing for their next period and fertile window.

The Noise app in watchOS 6 will check the sound levels in your current environment to help you better understand noise levels harmful to your hearing.

The Activity app adds a Trends tab that shows you a long-term view of your activity behaviour.

watchOS 6 brings the App Store directly on the Apple Watch, so users can easily install third-party apps and watchfaces and also gives developers the ability to create Apple Watch only apps.

watchOS6 brings these features as well:

  • watchOS 6 introduces dynamic new watch faces and customization options offering more personalization and access to favourite apps, contacts and information. These include: Modular Compact, Solar Dial, California, Gradient and Numerals faces.
  • New developer tools include an audio API to stream music, radio and podcasts, an API to give extended runtime to session-based tasks, such as physical therapy and meditation, and Core ML now uses the Apple Neural Engine on Apple Watch Series 4, enabling faster processing of on-device inputs.
  • The popular Voice Memos app is now available on Apple Watch.
  • Audiobooks purchased on Apple Books are now available to listen to directly from the new Audiobooks app on the watch.
  • The new Calculator app helps with tip calculations and splitting checks right from the wrist.
  • Siri search queries can display webpage results in full on Apple Watch.
  • Apple GymKit compatibility extends to manufacturers Octane Fitness, TRUE Fitness and Woodway, connecting Apple Watch to more cardio equipment in clubs around the world.

Alongside watchOS6, Apple has released some new Apple Watch bands with the Sport Band and Sport Loop in Canary Yellow, Dragon Fruit and Cornflower. There is also the new Pride Edition Sport Loop which a donation being made to Encircle, Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, the National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project with each purchase.

The new Apple Watch band colours are available now. WatchOS 6 is available now for developers. It’ll come as a software update this fall for the Apple Watch Series 1 and later with an iPhone 6S and later with iOS 13.

By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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