Mac ProThe last time we had a major update about Apple’s desktop line of products, iPhone 5S was yet to be announced. Hence, you can understand the enthusiasm in the tech community when the new Mac Pro was announced.
It starts at $5999 (roughly ₹4.15 lakh) for the entry level configuration which comes with an eight-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card and a 256GB SSD and will start shipping this fall. A specialised graphics card, Apple Afterburner, was announced for higher end configurations. Another notable thing about the Mac Pro is the cheese grater design, which supports greater modularity than the 2013 Mac.
Apple Pro Display XDRAccompanying the desktop, Apple also announced a new 6K Retina display with the Apple Pro Display XDR. Starting at $5000, this is also another upgrade awaited since 2016. This is targeted at professionals, as Apple has compared this to professional $40000 reference monitors.
The monitor can handle the high-level of 1000 nits brightness without overheating indefinitely, as well as achieve an impressive contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The cheese grater aesthetic also finds a place here, but a stand doesn’t. The stand, as well as a non-reflective matte finish, can bump up the price by a $1000 each. Combined, the Mac Pro and the Apple Pro Display XDR can cost you as much as the entry level model of a premium sedan in India.
MacOS CatalinaApple has announced the next upgrade to the MacOS with MacOS Catalina. The name breaks the convention of mountain names from California, because it's named after Santa Catalina island in California. The most talked about change that this upgrade will bring is the replacement of iTunes with a combination of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.
There’s also the Sidecar feature that will let people use an iPad as a secondary display. There’s also better control over accessibility and device access. Developing on Swift and porting iPad apps to MacOS is also easier than ever before.
iPadOSFreeing itself from the shackles of iOS, the iPad will get its own separate OS with the iPadOS this fall. The dedicated operating system will bring things like home screen widgets, split screen multiple windows and even App Expose.
It also adds support for USB thumb drives and direct camera transfers. This is the first step towards making the iPad a true laptop replacement, something that iOS has been keeping it away from for quite a while.
iOS 13While the iPad will get its own OS, iPhones will now continue as the sole custodians of iOS and receive iOS 13 when the next gen iPhones launch. With the next upgrade, Apple brings the long-awaited Dark Mode to iOS.
There are better photo editing capabilities as well as memojis with more features. Siri now sounds more natural and has better inter-device capabilities.
Apple Watch and Watch OS 6
Apple is finally bringing a dedicated app store to the Apple Watch. Additionally, there’s also a redesigned health app. The Noise app is useful for hearing monitoring, while Apple has also added menstrual cycle tracking to Apple Watches and iPhones.
Privacy features at WWDCApple also announced a lot of privacy-forward features and additions to existing and new technology. The biggest one has to be ‘Sign in with Apple’, which goes up directly against login options from Google and Facebook. Apple claims that it will not track users who use this login.
Additionally, Apple will also create a random email ID for a service that you don’t want to share your data with – and forward all emails from that inbox to you. Find My is now also extended to Macbooks, and will work when iPhones and Macbooks are switched off by using low-powered Bluetooth pings to nearby Apple devices. If you think we missed something out from last night’s WWDC announcements, comment below to let us know.