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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.

Apple's 'Introducing Dark Mode in iOS 13' Video

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple introduced Dark Mode in iOS 13 during Monday’s WWDC keynote event. My kneejerk reaction was that it looks much better and more useful than Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, but we have yet to test it. Below is the atmospheric video the company used to announce it. It includes some screenshot at the end, accompanied by the airy grove “Magic” by Mr. Jukes.

Apple's WWDC Memoji Makeup Tutorial Starring Patrick Starrr and Desi Perkins

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple unveiled enhancements to Memoji for iOS 13 during Monday’s WWDC keynote address, including a variety of customizations designed to help you make your Memoji look more like you. What was interesting to me was the “Makeup Tutorial” starring Patrick Starrr and Desi Perkins. These two younger folks are beauty influencers. What that means is that they make a bunch of beauty and makeup videos and have more followers than you can shake a stick at. What they are not are tech executives. Or coders. Or traditional celebrities. Or even project managers in Apple’s Memoji team. So, this represents Apple stepping outside the box, and it also means Apple is thinking differently about how to reach young people. Tapping social media influencers to spread the word about new customization features in Memoji means that Apple is targeting millennials and Generation Z. What it also means is that if you think this video is stupid or a bad idea, you aren’t the target market, and that’s OK. As it is, these new customization features are yet another step in Apple’s inexorable push in making iMessage a social media platform unto itself.

WWDC 2019: New Mac Pro Does Everything Right

· John Martellaro · Editorial

At the risk of invoking the term “cheese grater 2.0” (everyone else will), Apple has unleashed a powerful new Mac Pro that looks to have fully acknowledged the need of pros and appears to have done everything right. Congrats to Apple.

WWDC 2019: Intro Video - Goodnight Developers

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple kicked off the WWDC 2019 keynote with a lovely video. It pays tribute to developers, and the long nights they spend toiling over machines coding. It also perfectly summed up the frustrations of when that damned code just will not work…and the wonderful moment when everything goes right. The video featured the fantastic tag line: While the world sleeps, you dream. It set the tone for an impressive keynote.

WWDC19: Project Catalyst Could Help Revive Mac Gaming

· Andrew Orr · Link

Project Catalyst is Apple’s official name for what we now as Marzipan. It lets developers port iOS apps to the Mac. I think it can help revive Mac gaming, because presumably games will also be able to get ported. Apple Arcade will be available on macOS as well.

But the big news is clearly Catalyst. Details are still thin, and Apple will most likely share more information this afternoon during its State of the Union WWDC keynote.

WWDC19: Apple Introduces iPadOS

· Andrew Orr · News

A big announcement at WWDC 2019 was iPadOS. With support for external storage, new ways to multitask, and more.

Tune in Monday to The Mac Observer’s Live WWDC 2019 Blog

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple’s WWDC 2019 event is on Monday, June 3. The Mac Observer will host a live blog where you’ll get a live play-by-play of the event, with our commentary and reactions, so bookmark it in your favorite browser 🙂

Dave: We’ll see you here Monday morning for our live play-by-play and helpful-but-sometimes-snarky commentary. Join us then!

You can also follow @MacObserverLive on Twitter.

Cathartic Complaints in Advance of the New Mac Pro

· John Martellaro · Link

Let’s just get them out of our system now.  FCPX writes:

I thought I’d get ahead of the predictable 2019 Mac Pro complainers before its [probable] announcement at WWDC on Monday.

Feel free to add your own in the comments here.

WWDC 2019: Releasing Mac Pro Details is Essential

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Concept video - modular Mac Pro

WWDC 2019, like all WWDCs, will be full of interesting developer details and new Apple initiatives. But to be truly magical, Apple will just have to mesmerize us with details of the new Mac Pro—even if it’s not ready to ship.

iTunes May Be Retired at WWDC 2019

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Could it finally be the end of the road for iTunes? That is one of the rumors circulating in the run-up to WWDC 2019. Bloomberg News reported that iTunes retirement could be announced next week.

The changes will showcase Apple’s new generation of devices and software: Apple Watches that are more independent from iPhones, iPads with software that reduces the need for a laptop, apps that run on any Apple device, and growth areas such as augmented reality and personal health-care management, according to people familiar with the plans. While the developer conference is software-focused, the company often sprinkles new hardware announcements in at the event. This year, Apple won’t show off a new Apple Watch or iPhone hardware until the fall, but has considered previewing the new Mac Pro at the conference.