At WWDC 2019, Apple announced a heap of software updates headed toward the Apple family of devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac desktops and laptops, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. There’s also the proclamation of the new Mac Pro, a powerful computing device that hasn’t been renewed since 2013.
Some of the biggest highlights from the two-hour keynote are mentioned below:
iOS 13 Brings Dark Mode And Updated Apps
Dark mode for iOS is now official. A lot of apps are getting small updates: there’s also swipeable texting in Messages and suggested contacts for when you share things with those you message most frequently.
The music app is going to come with a lyric mode that shows the words live alongside the song. Memoji is going to get more personalization tools, such as new makeup options, hairstyles, and accessories.
The Photos app would now have a photo sorting mode that divides the pictures into days, months, and years.
Maps are getting a much bigger update that offers more a detailed map and a shortcut on the start page, which shows user’s favorite spots and collections of saved places.
New Security Protocols for Homekit and App Permissions
Strengthening of security from third-party offenders was also made. Apple is introducing HomeKit Secure Video, an in-home analysis API that uses your iPad, Apple TV or HomePod and sends only encrypted data to iCloud. Apple is also building its own single sign-on aspect that uses user’s device’s Face ID authentication to log in to different apps and services.
SIRI Now Has a More Natural Voice, With New Features on Carplay and Airpods
Now, the voice assistant is now going to be generated completely by a neural text-to-speech technology rather than a human-based recording. It can automatically read out notifications when a user is wearing AirPods.
A new feature called Apple Sidecar would allow people use an iPad as a second display for a Mac. Users can spread out their work and use the Apple Pencil for precise input.
The iPad Gets Its Own OS
Apple now identifies the iPad as its own platform by spinning off iOS into its own iPad-specific system. App switching on Slide Over mode can be accessed by just dragging up and to the side or easily split screen by dragging apps side by side.