Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) has kicked off for another year. From new operating systems and monolithic Mac Pros to the death of iTunes as we know it, there’s a lot for Apple fans to unpack. Here’s everything you need to know about.
Below you’ll find all the major WWDC announcements from Lifehacker and our sister site Gizmodo. Simply click on the headlines to read the full stories. (We’ll be updating this list with additional coverage and deeper dives throughout the day.)
Apple WWDC closed with a detailed overview of the upcoming macOS update, now officially titled “Catalina.” Let’s go over all the new features announced at WWDC that will be part of macOS 10.15 Catalina when it releases in fall, 2019.
As you’d expect from an operating system that’s now in its thirteenth release, there’s not a lot that Apple thinks they need to change in a major way. And iOS reflects this. Apple has added dozens of tweaks to iOS that individually would be point releases. But by bundling them up, and throwing in a couple of extras, Apple has put together a new release that enhances, rather than revolutionises, the iPhone.
Along with a stack of new software announcements, Apple used the platform of WWDC to unveil two new pieces of hardware; the long awaited Mac Pro and a high anticipated display, the Pro Display XDR. But you’ll need to save your pennies as these new additions to Apple’s hardware range won’t come cheap.
macOS 10.15, otherwise known as macOS Catalina hasn’t delivered too many surprises. The widely anticipated breakup of iTunes has happened along with the addition of the new Sidecar feature we heard about a few months ago. Screen Time comes to the Mac, for those wanting to track their time in front of the screen and add some controls to how their kids use their Mac and we also get enhanced security features as Apple continues to use security and privacy as a way to differentiate itself from competitors.
Apple’s WWDC press conference was packed with new features for all its numerous operating systems, and the Apple Watch’s watchOS 6 had some of the most interesting — including a new app store, various improvements, additions to its health tracking features and even some new aesthetic options. Here are all the watchOS 6 features Apple showed off at WWDC 2019.
Apple has recognised that iOS has been constraining the power of the iPad and has officially forked from iOS to create an all-new iPad operating system. iPadOS will deliver a new Home Screen with a tighter icon arrangement and a new Today View that puts your favourite apps and most needed information all in place. And features like Split View, Expose, a better Files app and the ability to connect external storage blur the line between Apple’s tablets and PCs further.
If you’re a hardcore Apple fan (or you’re just interested in the software announcements), you can catch a lot of the WWDC action online. Here’s how.
For every new innovation Apple announces at WWDC, there’s always a few app developers who clutch their pearls and whisper a pained “No.” That’s because Apple has a long history of taking problems solved by third-party apps and putting its own Cupertino-approved spin on things.
It’s been over a year since Apple last teased the Mac Pro, a major refresh to its traditionally priciest and most powerful computer. And finally—finally! The successor to the “trashcan” is here and it looks a lot like a cheese grater (it also looks like it’s potentially very powerful).
Apple has been facing increased criticism of its privacy practices lately and rightfully so. During CES 2019 last year, the company tried trolling visitors of the annual conference—which it famously does not attend—with a brazenly false piece of advertising: a massive outdoor ad declaring “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
During the WWDC 2019 keynote this morning Apple announced a dedicated OS for the iPad. One glaringly absent feature was mouse support – something that iPad users have frothing over since forever. As it turns out, it totally will have it.