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Apple has shed a light on its latest innovations and the plans it has for the future at its highly anticipated Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).
Held from June 3 to June 7, WWDC 2019 delivered all that was expected along with a few surprises like the death of iTunes and news dedicated iPad software.
Here’s a round-up of what Apple delivered at WWDC 2019…
Prior to the big reveal there had been a lot of chatter about what Apple would offer with the latest version of its mobile software.
In the end all the new iOS features were targeted squarely at iPhones, with Apple revealing iPads would now have their own dedicated software.
So, what were the big announcements for iOS 13?
Tipped to save battery power and also make nighttime phone use a little easier on the eyesight, system-wide dark mode allows users to easily change bright white backgrounds to more subdued gray and dark gray hues via the control center.
Apple’s latest QuickType keyboard will now feature swipe to type, allowing users to swipe across a keyboard to easily form words.
Apple is combining its current Find My Friends and Find My iPhone features into one easier to use interface.
iOS 13 is set to see apps launch up to twice as fast as previously, FaceID unlock devices up to 30 per cent faster, and battery life extended courtesy of a little charging intelligence.
Apple is also looking to reduce battery aging by decreasing the time a phone spends fully charged. As TechRadar explains: “iOS 13 is supposed to learn from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80 per cent until you need to use it”.
iOS 13 is set to deliver a new voice to Siri, making her sound less robotic and more natural.
A wealth of further features were also revealed, including a ‘silence unknown calls’ option that sends spam calls direct to your Voice Mail, an updated maps experience and greater ability to format text in Mail.
iOS 13 is currently in beta mode for developers only, with the public beta likely to open up around July. That will allow Apple to iron out any bugs before it officially launches the new system in early or mid-September, at the same time it’s tipped to release the new iPhones.
A major revelation at WWDC 2019 was that iPads are set to get their own dedicated operating system, known as iPad OS. It allows the tablets to utilize their available screen real estate, offer a better website browsing experience, play to its multi-tasking strength and even enjoy USB or SD card storage.
Almost two decades after Apple launched the gamechanger that was iTunes, Apple has announced it Is beginning to wind down the service.
Although not entirely unexpected, the move has created a wealth of headlines with Apple instead turning its attention to newer apps Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts.
And yes, you’ll still be able to preserve your carefully curated music library. TechRadar notes, although the transition is yet to be confirmed, it should prove relatively easy.
“…moving downloaded media from iTunes to Apple Music or the Apple TV app shouldn’t prove too difficult – that should in theory be the benefit of Apple working within its own closed ecosystem, of course,” they predict.
WWDC is by nature a software focussed event, but that doesn’t stop the occasional big reveal in terms of shiny new products. This year Apple chose to unveil its futuresque Mac Pro desktop computer, bringing incredible processing power and memory to the table.
As an insight, the Mac Pro features up to a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, and up to 1.5TB of 6-channel ECC system memory.
Due to be released in the fall, it comes with an eye-watering price tag of US$5999 (AU$8720) for the 8-core, 32GB RAM base model and that’s without even considering a display to go with it.
The latest version of Apple Watch software was also unveiled, with Watch OS6 likely to arrive by the end of the year.
The biggest innovation is now users will have access to the App Store direct from their wrist. They can search for relevant apps using voice, or scribble.
As always, Apple delivered a few expected innovations and some surprises, with the biggest revelations being iPad OS, the end of iTunes and a hugely powerful desktop computer that will set users back some serious dough.
Now all eyes are on Apple’s next big event in September when the iPhones are expected to be revealed.