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WWDC Keynote rundown

Welcome to our 2019 WWDC keynote round up! We have quite a bit to unpack here, so let’s gooo!

 

We start with a black-and-white video showing developers working from home, coding and designing. “While the world sleeps, you dream. Welcome to WWDC” Thanks guys!

 

Oh Hi Tim Cook! *waves*.

 

Mr Cook talks about all of the fancy fandangled services Apple launched earlier this year – Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and  lastly Apple TV Plus, which brings us to the trailer for an Apple original show which will premiere on AppleTV+ later this year, ‘For All Mankind’. The show is being produced by Ronald Moore, an executive producer of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, and looks intense and captivating.

 

Next up? tvOS 13 of course!

The new operating system for Apple TV has a redesigned home screen with multi-user support and personalized recommendations, new underwater 4K HDR screen savers that were filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Units, updates to Apple Music, and will work with Apple Arcade and support the XBox 1S and the Playstation Dual-shock 4 game controllers.

 

 

tvOS 13 is available for Apple Developer Program members starting today, with the public beta of the software launching later in June.  tvOS 13 will be available for everyone in the fall for free.

 

 

WatchOS 6

Kevin Lynch comes out on stage to speak about watchOS, which will feature – you guessed it – more watch faces, but also a new App Store dedicated to Apple Watch, including independent apps, (!) as well as an Audio books app, a voice memo app and a calculator app. ( Yay calculator watches are back! )

 

There are also new health & fitness capabilities including a decibel meter app, ‘Noise App’ and a period tracking app, ‘Cycle tracking’.

 

 

 

iOS 13

 

Craig Federighi wants to talk to us about iOS 13. The updated operating system will launch twice as fast as iOS 12, and Face ID will unlock your phone 30% faster.

 

There’s now a dark mode, which sounds spooky, but really it’s just that now all your apps will now be available in black to make looking at your phone easier on your eyes in the dark.

 

There’s a complete redesign of the Reminders app with the ability to associate your to do list with reminders, as well as the option of tagging people.

 

Apple Music gets lyrics, and Notes has a brand-new gallery view and the ability to support shared folders. Apple Maps got some shiny new updates, with nicer detail, and Google Street View–style views of certain cities.

 

Privacy has very much come to the forefront of everyone’s  concerns when it comes to technology, and Apple are saying that that makes them concerned. So much concern! So now, Apple’s made it so that you can have the option to grant an app one-time access to your location instead of constantly, and the system will also prevent apps from using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth data to figure your location out.

 

Additionally, there’s a new ‘Sign In With Apple’ feature that lets you to sign in with websites and apps via Apple rather than through Google and Facebook, etc. You can also use your Apple ID to authenticate your login, and you can even keep your email address hidden by using a randomized email address generated by Apple. Logins can all be authenticated using Face ID or Touch ID.

 

There’s  also a new ‘Find My’ app for finding your iPhone or Mac even when there’s no WiFi or Cellular collection.

 

Messages now lets you set a name and a profile picture, so if you don’t have a contacts number saved – it doesn’t matter anymore! Youtube stars Patrick Stars and Desi Perkins ( or rather, their Memoji’s) tell us all about how there are further customization options for Memoji – including hair color, piercings, make up, etc. Memoji stickers will now be incorporated into emoji in the system keyboard.

 

Siri is completely machine built now, so instead  of snippets of an actress saying words looped together, her voice is completely synthetic and actually more natural sounding. You can also use her for messages whilst using AirPods, and a pretty cool AirPod feature? iOS 13 supports audio sharing, so you can share the audio of a movie or a song with another friend with a single tap — as long as they’re wearing AirPods.

 

There’s new photo and video editing features and a new way to organize the Photos app, which, using machine learning, will now separating your screenshots, duplicates, and receipts from the rest of your photo library.

 

Apple maps got a shiny new update too, with a new street view feature called “Look Around” that lets you see street-level imagery of a city, and the ability to share favorite restaurants or travel destinations with friends, and a Favorites section for navigating to frequent destinations.

 

Apple has made the first beta of iOS 13 available to developers for testing purposes today, and the public betas roll out in July.

 

 

 

Introducing iPadOS 
iPads now have their very own software operating system! Happy Operating System Day iPad! It features lots of multitasking capability, column views for digging into file hierarchy, the ability to plug in a USB drive, and iPad-native multitouch gestures. Everything shown on screen looks very intuitive and slick.

 

Now we get to the very impressive and cool Hardware  section of the keynote! – The new Mac Pro. 

 

Now hold on to your horses here, because there’s some crazy numbers coming up.  We’re talking up to a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, up to 1.5TB of ECC RAM, the ability to handle up to 300 watts of power and a “massive” heatsink that can run fully unconstrained at all times.

 

Two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack, eight internal PCIe slots, four double-wide slots, three single-wide slots, and one additional half-length slot for an I/O card.

 

It also has wheels! Wheels!

 

Here’s some more numbers for you – The new Mac Pro will start at $5,999 with an eight-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of ECC RAM, AMD WX 7100 graphics, and 256GB of SSD storage.

 

To go with that shiny ( kind of cheese grater-y looking) computer? A very pretty new 32-inch 6K display named the Pro Display XDR which features a 6,016 x 3,384 resolution display and 20 million pixels, uses a direct backlighting system with a large array of LEDs, able to produce 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1,600 nits of peak brightness.

 

The new screen has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and can maintain 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness indefinitely, and also features Thunderbolt 3, which enables two monitors to run off a single power source, and up to four displays to be connected together for more screen real estate.

 

You can get one of those starting at $4,999, its stand for $999 and a VESA Mount Adapter for $199.

 

 

Both the display and the new Mac pro will be available in the Fall.

 

 

 

macOS 10.15 Catalina

 

iTunes is no longer! Byeeee Old Man iTunes! We will now have three dedicated apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.
iPhone syncing and device storage management will now be located in Finder, which is one of the best things we heard in this whole keynote thing, really.
Sidecar”is also really cool, and lets you use your iPad as a second display for your Mac.You can also now use voice control for accessibility using Siri, which ALSO is really really cool!

Activation Lock is coming to Macs (those of which have the newer T2 security chips) with iOS 10.15, as is Screen Time, so you can be shocked at ALL YOU DATA AND HOW MUCH TIME YOU SPEND WATCHING CAT VIDEOS

 

 

The Catalina OS beta is available today, while public seeds will be available in July. The OS becomes widely available in the fall.

 

We also saw another privacy/security concern addressed today, with Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering telling us about HomeKit Secure video, which uses your actual iPad, HomePod, or AppleTV, and then encrypts it and and sends it to a secure iCloud. HomeKit Secure Video even works with certain third-party camera providers, and the video storage and analysis doesn’t count toward your iCloud data limit.

 

 

So there we have it, some really neat new features across the software board, an amazing new MacPro, and some Memoji stickers. Oh – and some last cool things?

 

RealityKit, with photorealistic rendering, environment and camera effects, animation, physics and more, Reality Composer, where you can build interactive AR experiences, with a built-in AR content library, Xcode tool and iOS app. ARKit 3 with Motion Capture and People Occlusion and compositing of people in real time, AND New SwiftUI framework which requires much less coding to build UIs.

 

The future is real!

 

You can watch the  whole Keynote here, or shorter videos about everything that was announced today on Apple’s YouTube channel here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No More iTunes!

Like every 16 year old in Silicon Valley wishes they could , Old man iTunes, at the ripe old age of 18, is being retired.

 

First introduced in the middle ages, I mean 2001, by the late Steve Jobs at Macworld, iTunes is reportedly being replaced next week with standalone Music, TV, and Podcasts apps when the new macOS  10.15 is unveiled at WWDC.

 

 

The Music App will be the utility for syncing and managing your Apple devices, and the user experience is said to be a much more intuitive and streamlined. Yay!

 

 

The WWDC opening Keynote is happening the Monday at 10AM PT, and you can likely expect to see announcements featuring updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. You can watch it streaming live on the Apple TV App or online on the Apple website.

 

 

 

 

New iPod Touch released today!

Apple just announced a new, 7th Gen. iPod touch with a faster A10 Fusion chip and a new 256GB storage option.

 

The device features the same design, color options, thickness, battery life and weight as the 6th Gen model, with a 4-inch Retina display, the same 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front camera, home button (no Touch ID,) a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Lightning connector, and a single speaker and microphone.

 

However, with the new A10 Fusion Chip, Apple says the new iPod touch has up to two times faster performance and up to three times faster graphics compared to the previous-generation iPod touch, and allows support for Group FaceTime and ARKit on the iPod touch for the first time.

 

From the Source; Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of Product Marketing:
“We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199. The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.”

 

You can get it on Apple.com with in-store availability at Apple Stores and authorized resellers starting later this week. Pricing wise, you’re looking at $199 for 32GB , $299 for 128GB, and $399 for the new 256GB option.

 

 

 

Apple registers new iPhone models!

Ooooooh! It’s been discovered that Apple has registered ELEVEN unreleased iPhone models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database this week, including models A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223.

 

Likely, these are the models that will be in the new iPhone line up expected to be announced, as per usual, in September 2019.

 

We’re probably not looking at anything uber fantastic in this refresh, but a slightly more advanced versions of the phone we saw released last year. (Which, I mean, still pretty advanced?) We should expect a 5.8 and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

 

The high end models might have an additional rear camera lens, there may be a complete removal of 3D touch, with an expansion of haptic touch instead, frosted glass back casing, larger batteries, larger RAM, and possibly the additional of new colors for the 6.1 model. Like hypercolor.

 

(Not really, the new colors are rumored to be Lavender and Green,  but wouldn’t that be rad? Or are we just showing our age?!)

 

We can look forward to seeing all the new software features that will be run on the new phones come June 3rd during the annual WWDC keynote – which features a unicorn on it’s media invite, btw – and the iPhones themselves are still obviously unnamed, although iPhone X1 and iPhone X11 are being thrown around the Apple Rumor tree.

 

Are you excited to see the new models? ( Hypercolor for the win)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s psyched for WWDC?!

Apple has just sent out media invites for the keynote event of the 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference:

 

 

 

The WWDC keynote focuses on new software that will be released this year from Apple – iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13, and although not typically about hardware, sometimes we do see fancy shmancy hardware unveilings – so there is a possibility of it.

 

 

If you were one of the lucky 5000 developers attending – you should be getting pretty pumped, having been given your ticket by randomly selection back in march, or if you’re one of the 350 students and STEM organization members attending – you’re also pretty pumped, having been given scholarships to go and stay at the event!  For the rest of us, you can catch the Keynote streaming live online at Apple’s website, or through Apple TV.

 

The keynote takes place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Are you psyched?!

Surprise! New Macbook pro models announced

Happy Tuesday!! Apple celebrated their Tuesday with a surprise announcement and launch of new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models – the fastest Mac notebooks ever at the top of the line, featuring Intel’s 8th and 9th-generation processors.

 

Other new features include an updated keyboard, using new material in the keyboard’s butterfly mechanism that should cut down on issues like double key presses and missed key presses.

 

The display has 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut, and True Tone technology and the models are equipped with Apple’s T2 security chip, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and immersive stereo speakers like prior machines.

 

From Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product marketing:

 

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro. Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

 

If you want to be one of those customers, you’re looking at a starting price of  $1,799 and $2,399, respectively, for the 13 and 15-inch models and you can get it into your hands right now through Apple’s online store, or later this week in retail stores.

 
 

Special Apple Media Event

According to the Apple-vine, we can expect a Special Media Event on March 25th at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

 

What is this event all about? Apparently, we can expect an introduction to a new subscription news service, and possibly a stand-alone video streaming service.

 

Fancy Pants actresses Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, are said to be attending the event, all of whom star in shows that Apple has purchased. The streaming service is supposed to be similar to veteran streaming services such as Netflix and will include TV shows and movies acquired by or funded by Apple, who reportedly has more than two dozen original television shows in the works.

 

It is unclear at this stage as to if any of the content will be provided for free to Apple TV owners or not.

 

The news service on the other hand, seems to be a definitive paid subscription, and we’re looking at around $9.99 a month for unlimited access to paywalled content from sites like The New York Times and the Washington Post. There is also likely to be a magazine subscription service, which could be bundled with both of the above services.

 

 

We’ll find out all the details on March 25th!

 

 

New iOS update fixes Group FaceTime Bug

Apple has just released iOS 12.1.4.  Yay! Why Yay?  Well, the update includes a fix for the much talked about privacy bug in Group FaceTime.

 

Which bug? Well if you haven’t heard, there was a flaw in the previous iOS that let callers access the call recipient’s microphone and front-facing camera.

 

 

From the Source: “We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” Apple also noticed that there was another vulnerability whereby participants could capture Live Photos during a FaceTime call. “To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS,”

 

 

If you want to use Group FaceTime and not have to worry about the bug, —> Back up your iOS device, connect to Wi-Fi ,  go to Settings > General > Software Update to install the latest version of the operating system, iOS 12.1.4.

 

Now, who wants to FaceTime party?!

 

 

 

New iPads coming in 2019

Apple will reportedly be launching a new fifth-generation iPad mini model as well as a new entry-level iPad.

 

The new model – if real – is said to have an upgraded processor and a lower-cost display panel, whereas the entry-level iPad will  feature a 10-inch display within a narrower frame. There is also the possibility of two different versions of the entry level iPad.

 

The current entry level iPad supports Apple Pencil and is priced starting at $329.

 

By the way – How are we talking about 2019 already? Like it’s next week or something? Slow down, time.

 

 

Apple releases MacOS Mojave

Apple  has just released macOS Mojave 10.14.1, and if you want to update, you can go straight to the “Software Update” section of System Preferences, a new method introduced with the Mojave update.

 

But… you might want to know all the cool things you can do with it first, right?

 

 

Well, let’s start with the super fun stuff – Group FaceTime is finally here for everyone! Chat with up to 32 people at the same time! Friends, family, foes, who are we to judge? All we know is that it’s super fun/useful.

 

Next in line is another fun thing – more emoji characters! More than 70, actually. Check them out here. 

 

There’s the new Dark mode feature, which apparently lets you be more focused on your work. Try it out by going to the General pane in System Preferences.

 

Siri has been improved, you can now add Emoji to emails, and a new feature called Stacks will clean up your desktop by automatically organizing your files into related groups, or by date.

 

The Finder has been updated so it shows more data and makes things easier to find, The Mac App store has been remodeled, and screenshots have become more customizable and easier to use.  Just launch the new Screenshot utility or press Shift-Command-5 to use.

 

Another new feature allows you to use your iPhone to take a photo of or scan a nearby object or document and have it automatically appear on your Mac. Just choose Import from iPhone or iPad from the File menu in Messages, Finder, Mail,  Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

 

Four new Apps have also come along with Mojave, including News, Stocks, Voice memo’s and Home app,  where you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories.

 

 

Have fun!