Dave and Kelly recap the first day of WWDC including the (public) keynote address and the State of the Union, new hardware, and new software.
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.
Our sincere thanks to iMazing for joining us again this year as a WWDC coverage sponsor. iMazing is the Swiss Army Knife of iPhone management. It runs on your Mac, letting you make Time Machine style backups, easily transfer documents, media and content, manage your apps, and much, much more.
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 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.
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.
Like iOS 12, iOS 13 supports a good range of devices. Here is the iOS 13 device support list.
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.
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.
A big announcement at WWDC 2019 was iPadOS. With support for external storage, new ways to multitask, and more.
Apple just announced a huge new privacy feature called Sign In With Apple. It’s a new type of website and app login.
WWDC attendees got a sneak peek of Apple original series ‘For All Mankind,’ produced by the man behind Battlestar Galactica, Ron Moore.
WWDC19 is live, and we’ve seen a lot of updates for Apple TV. One of them is tvOS game controller support for PlayStation and Xbox controllers.
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Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss AirPort Base Station updates, and look ahead to WWDC plans and coverage.
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.