Apple conducted its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 0n June 3 in San Jose where they announced new cool stuff, which includes Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. The company also released updates to all operating systems. In case you missed the whole show, check out everything the tech giant announced at the conference.
Apple announced the latest iOS 13 which comes with a lot of cool features like the system-wide native Dark Mode, voice control, and a swiping keyboard. This latest update also comes with some other interesting features such as a revamped Reminders app, improved Apple Maps Audio Sharing between two sets of AirPods, new “Sign in with Apple” and of course, Siri improvements. Very soon, iPhone 6s and higher models will start receiving the new update as well as the new 7th-gen iPod touch.
For those in need of major software update for Mac and Macbooks, MacOS Catalina was also announced at the event. The previous software update came with iTunes for streaming music and videos, but MacOS Catalina has a standalone app for those functions. The app supports a 4K HDR playback with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos audio. Other features include Voice Control, Sidecar to use an iPad as a secondary display function, Activation Lock feature and Screen Time among many others. The developer’s beta of the Catalina is already out, while the stable version is expected to land before the year runs out.
iPadOS was also unveiled at the event to carter for iPads, instead of using the standard iOS software. With this new update, you get to enjoy improved multitasking with gestures, revamped Files app, support for microSD cards and flash. Apple, for the first time, introduced home screen widget. So no more complain about your iPads being held by iOS.
WatchOS 6 is the latest software update for Apple watch series which has a dedicated app store. The latest iteration comes with new watch faces, calculator, audiobooks, and voice memo support. The company also included health tracking abilities in this latest software update which helps users monitor their hearing capability in loud surroundings. It doesn’t end there, there’s also an app called “Cycle”, which helps female folks keep track and log information of menstrual cycles.
The TvOS was announced at the event as a new software update for the Apple TV line. This offers support for gaming controllers with so many other interesting features like a new Control Center, and a new Apple TV home screen with full-previews.
All-new Mac Pro
Apple revived the six-year-old Mac Pro with the latest Mac Pro 2019 which has a stainless steel design, capable of heat dissipation and “360-degree” access. The computer is termed the most powerful Mac from Apple so far and it’s powered by Intel Xeon processor. It also features up to 28 cores alongside 1.5TB RAM and up to 2x Redeon Pro 580X graphics. The Mac Pro 2019 uses 300W of power and can run “unconstrained”, thanks to the big cooling support. It sold at $5,999 for 32GB of memory, an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, Redeon Pro 580X graphics, and a 256GB SSD. The computer is scheduled to go on sale before December in the US.
Pro Display XDR
To complement the new Mac Pro, the company released the Pro Display XDR, which offers a 32-inch 6K Retina display features with cheese grater-like design on the back. The display comes with P3 colour gamut and built-in 10-bit colour modes, which the company claims can achieve 1000-nits brightness at its brightest indefinitely and can hit a peak of 1,600 nits.
Strangely, the company is not selling the stand with the display and customers have to shell out $999 (~Rs 69,000) on top of $5,000 (~Rs 3,46,000) for the monitor. The stand allows users to use the Pro Display XDR in both horizontal and vertical orientation and offers both tilt and height adjustment.