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Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is not only a key education and outreach event for Apple’s army of third-party developers, it’s also become one of its main events for announcing new products. We can count on new versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and sometimes Apple announces new hardware, too.

WWDC Day Four – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-06

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Today from the WWDC vicinity, Kelly interviews Philippe Casgrain, organizer of NSNorth, and Ken Case, CEO of Omni Group.

Developers Concerned As Apple Releases Similar Products to Theirs

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple announced a variety of great products and tools and WWDC 2019. However, not all those in attendance were happy with what they saw from the stage, AppleInsider found. Some of the Apple announcements were variations of these developers’ products. Apple is perfectly entitled to do this, of course, but it makes life harder for the developers.

Apple innovates and Apple introduces new technologies in hardware and software, but it also does its own version of other people’s apps. You might have built a business up and Apple announces it is doing the same thing as you. That happened this year to hardware developers Duet Display and Luna Display, whose products have been providing the features that Apple has now built in under the name Sidecar. And it’s happened to software developer James Thomson, whose PCalc for Apple Watch will have to compete with Apple’s own calculator in watchOS 6.

WWDC Day Three – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-05

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Live around WWDC, Kelly sits down with developer Alex Larouche and 360 iDev organizer John Wilker to talk about the week’s announcements.

macOS 10.15 Catalina Deprecates UNIX Scripting Languages

· John Martellaro · Analysis

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The older Python language, version 2.7, is being deprecated in macOS 10.15 Catalina and won’t be included in macOS 10.16. The same goes for other UNIX scripting languages.

Sign in With Apple Should Be Above Other Options, Say Guidelines

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Apple wants developers to make its new Sign In with Apple feature more prominent that rival sign-in options.  MacRumors reported on the change to the company’s Human Interface Guidelines.

One detail in Apple’s updated Human Interface Guidelines is raising eyebrows – Apple is asking developers to position its Sign In With Apple button more prominently by putting it above all other rival sign-in options. The guidelines are regarded as suggestions about how developers should build their apps, rather than mandatory requirements. Even so, many developers believe that following the guidelines give their apps the best chance of passing Apple’s approval process. Curiously, Apple is also asking developers to place its Sign In with Apple button above other options on websites, an area over which it wields no review power.

Mac Pro's $1000 Monitor Stand is Ridiculous

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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There were many standout moments during the WWDC 2019 keynote. Not least when Tim Cook unveiled a new Mac Pro. However, it was not just the machine that drew gasps. Apple asking nearly $1000 for the Pro Stand for the computer’s new monitor certainly attracted attention too. At Wired, Sophie Chara argued the Pro Stand’s price is indefensible.

We could try to mount a defence. An Apple Watch Series 4 costs $399 (we’re sticking with dollars, as there’s no UK price for the stand, display or Mac Pro yet)) and the new Pride Watch strap is $49: that’s 12 per cent. The new iPad Air is $499, the 2nd gen Apple Pencil is $129 and the Smart Keyboard is $159: that’s 25 per cent and 31 per cent respectively for the iPad accessories. Suddenly, $999 – or ten/twenty per cent – isn’t so outrageous. Only it very much is. Apple itself is known for commanding high prices, but even compared to its own kit, the Pro Stand seems to have created a class of its own in terms of the Cupertino excellence mark-up.

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· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

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It is our sincere pleasure to welcome Smile back again as a sponsor for our WWDC 2019 coverage. It takes a lot of effort, time, and money to accomplish the type of coverage we do here at TMO each year, and we hope you’ll join us in thanking Smile for their support in making sure that happens for all of you.

WWDC Day Two – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-04

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Kelly interviews Ish Shabazz and Kendall Gellner about yesterday’s announcements and how it affects what they are developing.

WDDC 2019: Apple is a Privacy-as-a-Service Company

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Away from the excitement of new Mac Pros and operating systems for Mac and iPad, another thing stood out at WWDC 2019. Apple is making privacy-as-a-service a core part of its offering, as Darrell Etherington noted at TechCrunch.

Apple has been playing up its privacy game for at least a few years now, and in the Tim Cook era it’s especially come to the fore. But today’s announcements really crystallize how Apple’s approach to privacy will mesh with its transformation into becoming even more of a services company. It’s becoming a services company with a key differentiator – privacy – and it’s also extending that paradigm to third-parties, acting as an ecosystem layer that mediates between users, and anyone who would seek to monetize their info in aggregate.

WWDC 2019: Riding Sidecar With macOS Catalina

· Charlotte Henry · News


macOS Catalina will bring with it a new wireless continuity feature, Sidecar, that allows users to have an iPad as a Mac’s secondary display.

WWDC Coverage Sponsor: Use SaneBox to Clean Up Your Inbox Today

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

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Mac Pro: You Want It? You Got It! – Mac Geek Gab 764

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Yes, some things happened at WWDC, and your two geeks discuss them. But first, some Cool Stuff Found. We can’t ignore that stuff, after all! Then it’s time for a jam session all about macOS Catalina, the new Mac Pro, and a few other things related to Apple’s announcements this week. All very cool stuff, and you’re guaranteed to learn at least five new things!

WWDC 2019: The End of iTunes

· Charlotte Henry · News

WWDC confirmed that iTunes will be no more in macOS Catalina. It will be replaced by three new apps – Music, TV, and Podcasts.

6 macOS Catalina Features Not Announced on Stage

· Andrew Orr · Product News

We saw a preview of some macOS Catalina features on stage, but Apple didn’t have time to cover them all. On the preview page we see a full list of features coming.

WWDC 2019: New Developer Tools Announced

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Apple announced new tools for developers at WWDC which they said make it easier for developers to produce powerful new apps.


WWDC19: 5 iOS 13 Photo Features Apple Announced

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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iOS 13 brings a lot of new updates, and the Photos app is getting some big new features. Here are all of the iOS 13 photo features coming.