Predictions for what Mac news we get at Tim Cook's presentation in this year's WWDC, includes what can only be called cross-fingered wild speculation. However, there is also specific information strongly supported by evidence.
WWDC is actually a week-long event too, and if Tim Cook's opening speech is most visible, immediately important, there is some news about how rest will affect us too, well beyond what we see on June 3.
For it is at this WWDC week that developers will first work with Apple's latest updates. What they learn here will directly benefit us in their apps when MacOS 10.15 is made available to the public.
This is always the case, and later video of some such WWDC sessions is deleted, but for now most of what this year's sessions are about is secret. It is an official WWDC iOS app and a developer site, both with a detailed schedule, but currently the plan is filled with placeholder text.
The official schedule of WWDC's week of sessions
There has been a report on a previous iOS only feature featured in one of these sessions because it comes to Mac . ReplayKit, which is behind your ability to record video on your iPhone screen, gets a session this week.
However, we know one important thing about macOS, and we know it because Apple told us a year ago. This WWDC is meant to contain more about what is called Project Marzipan, the idea that ultimately will enable developers to create apps running over macOS and iOS.
Apple called this "a multi-year project" when it was unveiled at WWDC 2018, so we're just at an early stage of it. However, it showed that 2018 disclosure showed that Apple had made several of its own iOS apps for Mac, and the company said that this year, other developers will get these tools.
We can expect to see more from Apple on this and it is most likely that the company will announce that it is moving the new reminders, Apple Books and Find My iPhone / Find My Friend Combination from iOS to Mac for MacOS 10.15.
Apple News was retrieved from iOS for Mac last year
Although it would be a much bigger move than last year's porting of the IOS Home app for Mac, It also said that Apple can bring Siri Shortcuts to MacOS as well. It's not clear whether it would just mean being able to write and edit the IOS Siri Shortcuts on the Mac, or whether it would be a replacement for the old Automator tool.
We'd love to see the existing Marzipan apps that have been updated -Hom, for example, currently lacks the ability to add new accessories, but what we expect to happen now is that iTunes will be broken up into separate apps.
This has been rumored for many years, as iTunes has ballooned from a simple music player to a complicated app to play and buy all your media. In addition, iOS already has separate apps for music, video and podcasts. So even though Apple is just experimenting with moving its own apps to Mac with Marizpan, there are three good candidates there.
In addition, there is evidence that it is safe to break up iTunes.
Apple has already said that there will be a TV app on Mac, as it is now on iOS, which either removes or replicates the functionality currently in iTunes.
As we get new features, it is also expected that macOS 10.15 will throw some old ones. We already know that 32-bit apps are history that macOS Mojave is the last to support them.
It's obviously affecting third-party app developers. Although Apple has given them many years of warning that this was coming up, it has an impact on macOS stalwarts. QuickTime, Java 1.6 Apple and Carbon HLTB will be removed.
If you first thought that you trust the QuickTime Player, which is also a good audio and video recording, you can relax. QuickTime Player is a 64-bit app and it survives to macOS 10.15. It's the older QuickTime 7 and QuickTime 7 Pro, which goes back to the days of Mac OS X Tiger, which is going to be gone.
When talking about MacOS features, you did not realize that you could still have had anywhere, handwriting System inks are expected to be removed.
Remember this? It's still there in MacOS Mojave, if you look for it, but it's going to be gone in 10.15
And when you talk about macOS features you just remember remotely, the Dashboard is coming out. You are not even sure you remember how to dial Dashboard, this feature that would be a great way to quickly access small tools.
If you hanker for it, you can re-enable it in MacOS Mojave by going to System Preferences Mission Control but enjoy it while you can.
We can all use this time before WWDC can also enjoy the more outlandish predictions that come before an Apple event. This time, someone comes with at least one little support.
Chief among these is about the upcoming Mac Pro. People always predict that this will be launched or unveiled. When Apple made the very unusual move back in 2017 to announce it was coming, the company even said it would not be released in 2018. Nevertheless, without fail, when Apple announced something, it was the prediction that they would reveal the Mac Pro This time, for sure.
Apple runs its WWDC and all the events are extremely careful, extremely accurate. It never does or shows anything for it, it always calculates exactly what it will show and what it does not want.
This seemed so good a few years ago. Now we just want replacement, the upcoming Mac Pro
There's no reason Apple can think that Mac Pro is still coming, that it will still be by the end of the year that repeatedly promised.
And there is little reason to believe that it would slip into something that was waiting with a "one thing", revealed in an already busy WWDC.
That said, maybe the new Mac Pro is longer than we thought. Maybe Apple liked the reaction it got from the incredible blue snow on the iMac Pro. It was reported that the company has considered showing it or not, which at least suggests that it is well advanced.
If Apple shows the new Mac Pro in any way, the odds are so high that it will also reveal its equally promised new screen.
It is expected to be a 6K one to measure 31.6 inches and to have mini-LED backlight. It comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is confident that it will come – but does not guarantee it will come out at WWDC.
There are no guarantees. This year, Apple ran its first event that didn't contain any hardware at all.
But when Tim Cook goes out at that stage and starts trying to dazzle us with impressive Apple Store numbers, the Mac is getting some serious attention.
And macOS 10.15 is going to get a name for tribute to a place in California.
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