The music fades. The lights go down. A video player. Developers. Apps. Apple. Society. We are all together again. And when the lights come up again, Tim Cook goes on stage.
"Thanks, thank you. Good morning. And welcome to Apple's 30 yearly WWDC!"
And then we'll get it – Festivus in June. When Apple unwraps, presents all the software, from iOS 13 to MacOS 10.15, tvOS 13 to watchOS 6. And maybe, maybe, our first look at the all-new all-modular Mac Pro and 6K Pro Display.
WWDC 2019: IOS 13
Tim Cook leaves the clicker to Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, and the iOS 13 logo fills the big screen across the stage.
Here's what Gui Rambo from 9to5Mac says we get now.
iOS 13 Dark Mode
Back in 2013, Apple launched iOS 7, their first major software redesign for iPhone and iPad. And it was bright. And white. So very bright and white that many of us immediately hoped for a dark mode. Something to do the opposite of bright and white, especially at night.
And in 2014, Apple just gave us that. But not for the iPhone or iPad. For that brand new Apple Watch. But it was ok. It was cool because after inverse colors and smart inverse colors, which were quite sorta but no, not really, in 2017 Apple gave us dark mode … for the Apple TV. Nice. Everything was fine. Because in 2018, we finally got dark mode … for Mac.
Yes. Ouch. I've already played that this means that this year we will definitely, finally get dark mode … for HomePod.
But it sounds like half a decade plus trolling is ultimately behind us, and performance improvements are completed, the design development continues, and this year we actually get dark mode for the iPhone and iPad.
It will probably not be the more ambitious ThemeKit I have had on my wish list for a while, the framework it would make it easier for the system and apps to offer not only dark and bright modes, but low and high contrast, cool and warm colors, neon or pastel and much more customization than is possible.
But dark mode beggars can't be darker more choosers.
So my question is: how easy is it to switch back and forth? Because, as much as everyone always wants dark mode, dark modes can be as oppressive as they are impressive, and it is important to be able to easily go from light to day to black as night.
iOS 13 Fonts
My other great visual wishlist for iOS 13 was FontKit. A look at Adobe Photoshop for iOS, and it was impossible to see, more than a decade later, that there was nothing like writing – from the firm that made its Mac name to typography, no less – as a sharp, missing omission .
The management must be implemented in an Settings panel. There will be a new Font Picker controller, so you can get your styles inside the text field and a notification if you download a document but don't have the fonts installed to go with it.
I'm not sure how much spacefont will take up in terms of the size of modern iOS storage device, but for people who either have the smallest amount or have filled up even the largest already, some kind of resource management is on demand there newer , more frequently used fonts are kept local and available and older, rarely used fonts are retained online until needed, would be interesting to see.
iOS 13 New Home Screen
A new home screen design seems to be rumored every year, even though the iPhone's springboard layout has remained largely unchanged since its launch in 2007. It has received multiple screens, minus one screen, spotlight search and others addition, but no major changes.
There were even more rumors about a redesign last year, but it was eventually pushed back to release you on time for the performance updates. It was also unclear whether it was an iPad-specific redesign or one that touches both the iPhone and the iPad.
The nerds want something that will better utilize the larger screens, or allow almost complete customization. Mainstream wants you to leave their icons alone and not confuse them or they will come for you. And cut yourself.
Widgets are better to hold on minus one screen because the home screen, the name aside, is a non-residential portal. But there's a lot Apple can do to allow different content types, such as contacts with 3D Touch contextual shortcuts, and to have room for Siri-suggested apps, which will allow object duration for the apps we'll always be able to launch as muscle memory and dynamics for the apps we just want when we want them.
iOS 13 Multi-Window Apps
The Mac is about multi-window workflows. Until a few years ago, you couldn't even stack two iPad apps side by side. Hell, you can't even do it on even the biggest iPhones. Now, besides tiling, swiping apps, and picture-in-picture, we have to drag and drop.
What we don't have is multi-window, side by side in Safari aside, within apps. Two Notes windows open at once, for example, or two calls in Messaging or Mail.
According to Gui, iOS 13 will get it right. At least for the iPad. Apps get support for multiple windows. Sounds like side by side, maybe even flipped, because it gets lighter and darker options, so hopefully we actually know which windows you know, active at any time. Something that has been inexplicably missing from the iPad multi-window so far.
Gui adds that something that PanelKit will also be in the offer. Windows can contain sheets and these sheets can be pulled free, short, and these cards can be stacked.
There are many visual and spatial data that can be analyzed at a glance, depth effect or no, but I am very interested in seeing how the human interface sees what everything looks and works.
iOS 13 Gestures
Back in iOS 4, at least in beta, we got the four-finger gestures on the iPad for closing and switching apps. The iPhone X gave us an almost full gesture navigation system. The iPad … has gone through a couple of different versions over the past couple of difficult teens.
The problem with movements is that there are only a few really basic things you can do, like swiping up or swiping down and overloading them with multiple options based on how accurately you started and stopped the sweep, or how many fingers you used, can lead to collision and confusion. In the same way, it becomes difficult to make complex movements such as spelling, where you have to remember which shape you draw, lead to which fireball, regret which editing task is invoked.
Having said that, the movements are the keyboard shortcuts to multitouch, and there are room for only a few more, still simple but specific to help increase the speed of the interface.
Trackpad mode, where you are currently touching and holding the virtual spacebar for a long time, is an example. A universal attack, one that doesn't require you to just shake-shake it off – the whole unit off – is another.
Sounds like we finally get it with iOS 13. Trefinger press and swipe again to undo. Touch and drag right to redo. It's not quite the Procreate double finger button, but it's close, and the direction is to add dimension sounds smart.
It also sounds like we are going to get more optional support options, not just for icons and pullable items, the type currently available in iOS, but for items in list and collection views as well. I have wanted the lasso pick for Apple Pencil for a while, but getting it to the finger is even more ideal. Ideals?
I have to see the mechanics in action, because multitouch multi-select can be a little tricky, depending on finger frequency and eye hand coordination, but my hope level is high.
iOS 13: Find My Things
According to Gui, find an iPhone and Find My Friends in a separate article on the 9to5Mac, and add the opportunity to find other things connected to small, tile-like beacons from Apple.  I don't know how a user interface can handle that much … stuff, but I'm eager to find out.
iOS 13 Mail & Safari
It feels like Apple has been working on an improved Mail app for half a decade or more. About this is what remains to be seen, but some of the ideas sound the same. Given the advances in machine learning, I'm all for all the apps that do more of the grape work and heavy lifting for me all the time. Sorting is one of the most important. Just build a model based on Merlin Mann, the entire Omni team, and the other high-ranking organizers, and let the world reap the benefits.
Gui says that our messages will be cleverly sorted in marketing, buying, traveling, "not important" and more, with the categories that can be searched. And we can add them to a later queue.
I still want for the universal queue where everything I store in News and now News +, and everything I add to Safari Reading List, and certainly, now in Mail, all end up in the same place, so I can only read through anytime, anywhere.
Also automatic desktop mode for Safari, because websites like Reddit and YouTube give you the small, iPhone-optimized version on the giant iPad screen should be subject to resolution summary. And if their developers don't care enough about the simple use of their sites to better tag detection, the Safari team can at least help us impose our will on them.
iOS 13 New Siri Intents
Siri Shortcuts let you assign voice spreaders to any single action detected by an app or which workflow you create by associating these actions. They can add a lot of functionality, but there is also very limited functionality. Siri intentions, however, well, it is the sacred degree of voting control.
Intents are deep, robust ways for Siri surface functionality apps, ways that do not require specific triggers, but can respond to a wide range of different sentence structures. For example, Skype Lory, make a Skype call to Lory, call Lory on Skype.
If shortcuts are like a Siri day pass, Intent's much closer to first-class Siri citizenship.
Apple announced the first, limited batch a few years ago, and a few more have tricked the page, but nowhere near enough and nowhere near enough.
According to Gui Rambo of 9to5Mac, it understands that it will shift with new intentions to iOS 13 for event card loading, message attachments, trains, planes, and some of the major searches and media playback.
I'm not sure how it will manifest yet, but if Apple plays media playback properly, it'll be what pretty much everyone we've been waiting for: Full on Siri control for everything from Spotify to Netflix to cloudy and audible. Basically, all third-party video and audio apps will suddenly be so integrated with Siri as Apple's own TV, Music and Podcast apps.
Seriously, this just quadrupled, quintupled, dectupled? My WWDC excitement.
iOS 13 Augmented Reality
Apple doesn't really see enlarged reality – AR – as an app or even a feature. If you listen to Tim Cook enough over the years, it is clear that Apple sees AR as a key technology key for Apple's future. And it's one day to have an AR view like having a screen. See my previous video, link in the description.
Therefore, Apple has been so aggressive with iterating ARKit, their framework for AR. They have gone from relatively simple surfaces and ephemeral models to full-on, multi-person, persistent environments and Memoji-style facial and expression tracking for a few years flat. Even working with Pixar on a new, portable, standardized file format where board members can have different opinions on where virtual props go than those seen by designers who first placed them. There are all shades of goofy cool.
According to Gui, Apple will not slow down with iOS 13 either, and add the ability to detect human bags. I'm guessing what means bipedal, sorry dog and cat friends … for now! Also, a new Swift-based framework and app that lets you create AR visually, and supports touchpad controls and … wait for that … stereo AR headphones.
No, that doesn't mean Apple has to announce its own AR glasses at WWDC. Just as with the ARKit, in general, Apple uses its existing devices, in the hands of hundreds of millions of people, and features and applications such as Animoji and Measure to slowly developers and customers are familiar with AR, so they can understand and iterate as much as possible at the bit level before spitting out some atoms.
Smart Apple. But it feels like we need to get closer, right?
iOS 13 Taptics
Confession: I'm too beaten by the idea of tactile interface. Graphical user interfaces have been a thing since Xerox Park, the original Lisa and Mac, and Windows. Speech interfaces have grown with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. We've had things like the Taptic Engine in iPhones and Nintendo's Joy-Cons for a while, and everything from the truly abstract head shake feedback when trying to 3D Touch an icon without any options, to the feeling of ice skating in hand when you play a game is just … outside of cool. But technology still feels like it is in its infancy.
However, according to Gui, Apple is working to mature them with a new iOS 13 framework that gives developers even better control over the Taptic Engine in modern iPhones.
I don't know what we see as a result of this. I don't know what I want to see – I mean feel. But developers, especially and including game developers, have been quite knowledgeable about incorporating power feedback so far, so now I just want to see it – feel it. Dammit.
iOS 13 Direct Image Capture
right now, if you want to get a picture of your camera or SD card and an app, you need to go through Apple's image-based import feature. Even if you want to use it in Lightroom or whatever. You must go through Pictures. Similarly, if you want to scan a document, you need to go through Notes or an app that has its own built-in capture system.
With iOS 13, Gui says that Apple will provide API Application Programming Interfaces – so any apps that implement them will be able to extract images and scan documents directly, no Apple app connection required.
If it works well, it should speed up many workflows and remove a lot of duplicate content across libraries. Hurray.
iOS 13 Machine Learning
Apple is all-in on AI these days as it was on silicon ten years ago, and we've all seen the results of that press. Now, with John Giannandrea as his own head, ethically focused org, the sky – instead of Skynet – can be the limit.
How much of IOS 13 his team has had time to work on, I don't know, but Gui mentions a few new machine learning features that come our way.
CoreML will be up-to-date on the device so that apps can learn and improve in real time. It will help ensure that privacy by not hoovering all our data to the cloud is matched with greater dynamics and hopefully even better results.
Vision gets a built-in image classifier, and a new API will provide for a new audio analyzer. It will save developers having to scroll – excuse, train – their own and perhaps even more and better integration into a wider range of programs and features.
iOS 13 Mouse Support
This comes from Federico Viticci of MacStory's fame, from his Connected podcast, and became the echo of Steve Troughton Smith on Twitter.
If you missed last week's @_connectedfm, @viticci had a pretty interesting scoop that he'd been sitting on re mouse support coming to iPad as an accessibility feature. As far as I'm aware, that *is* indeed in the works. I feel like every pro user will turn that on, day one 😂
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 22, 2019
If you missed last week @_connectedfm, @ viticci had a pretty interesting scoop that he had put on re mouse support coming for iPad as an accessibility feature. As far as I am aware, it is * really * in the works. I feel that all pro users will turn it on, first day.
Why as an accessibility feature, and if it will affect anyone who wants to use it more generically, it is impossible to say. But you know that even Steve Jobs has let go and let the arrow keys and command lines on the Mac, so people fall back on the mouse, track and points, almost a decade after the iPad, doesn't seem like a bad thing. Especially since the keyboard did its official look back a few years ago.
Basically, everything that enables us to keep our eyes and hands in context is a great victory for productivity.
WWDC 2019: tvOS 13
Tim Cook goes over the recent developers with the all-new TV app and TV + so Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Services, or maybe someone in the Apple TV team turns on the stage, to talk tvOS 13 and … what?
tvOS never seems to get as much stage time or so many new features as Apple's other operating systems. And earlier, much of it has been focused on the TV app. Since Apple already appeared and launched the new TV app in March and May respectively, what could we see on the scene in June?
Apple game controllers, or some licensed controllers and game packages? Maybe keyboard support? TV app for Android and other smart TVs? Media Continuity?
We have to wait and see.
WWDC 2019: watchOS 6
Tim introduces Kevin Lynch, vice-president of watch software, but he doesn't go out. Tim looks confused, but then, Kevin carries right into the center stage with the special app he showed up this fall. Well, no, probably not. Instead, Kevin strikes the scene and watchOS 6 hits with him.
watchOS 6: App-App Store
Mark Gurman writes for Bloomberg:
Apple adds the App Store directly to Apple Watch, allowing users to download applications on the go, making the device more independent. Users are currently installing new apps via the Watch companion application on their iPhone.
There are still basic questions about the type of Watch apps that need to be sussed out, but many of them are big already and have them on demand, especially if you are out and about without the iPhone being even bigger.
It took iOS 5 and iCloud for the iPhone to start breaking its tether to iTunes on Mac and PC. It takes longer for Apple Watch, but considering the technical and user-friendly constraints of a small device, it's not surprising. Still, steady, step by step, progress like this is very good to see.
watchOS 6: New and Delayed Apps
Apple delivers the Voice Memos app from iPhone, iPad and Mac, allowing users to record voice memos from their wrists.
Apple also plans to add Animoji and Memojis stickers to the device that syncs from an iPhone.
The Watch will also get an Apple Books app to listen to audio books from the wrist and a Calculator app.
There will be two new health apps for the Watch: one called "Dose" inside Apple for pill reminders and another called "Cycles" to track menstrual cycles.
About fucking time on voice memos and calculator. The later because that's exactly what every nerd with a calculator clock is expected to look at Apple Watch day one. The first because for a unit where voice is often the primary input system, without having voice memos, was just a sharp neglect.
Pcalc, Just Press Record and Drafts all filled the gap and can still offer functionality well beyond the base, but covering the basics was Apple's job at first. Same with a Notes app, which is still MIA.
watchOS 6: Health and Fitness
Regarding health features, yes thank you and the more the better.
Apple adds more watches "Complications," showing several extracts of information beyond just the time. There will be one showing the status of audio books, another showing the battery life of hearing aids, and others measuring external noise and rain data.
The more complications the better. I still hope we see some kind of dynamic, context-conscious complications as well. There is a lot to be said about spatial duration, where we always know exactly where to look to get exactly what we want. The weather, for example, always being at the top left of the display means we never have to waste time or stress over finding it right there when we need it.
But other complications you might just want or need in specific situations, such as the training app every morning or when you get to the gym. Perhaps the outer ring of infographic could be static and the inner complications dynamic? I don't know, but I would like for Apple to find out.
The company also plans several new clock faces: a "Gradient" face that makes a gradient look like a color user chooses at least two new "X-Large" faces showing jumbo numbers in different fonts and colors, a "California" "dial that looks like a classic clock face and blends Roman numerals with Arabic numbers, a new" Solar Analog "clock face that looks like a sun, and a new" Infograph Subdial "that includes major complications like a stock market map or weather.
The gradient Hermes face that came out earlier this spring is cool, so a general gradient face should also be cool. Then the others will.
I know someone still wants custom third-party clock faces for the App Store, but it still seems as likely as regular third-party launches to the iPhone. Never say never, don't build up any large-scale expected debt either.
What would work for me, though, is simply the picture face with lots of complications options. As complication options for infographic level. Let me turn someone off I don't want to hide my picture and turn everyone else into everything I want. That way I could get a picture of someone I love, a Superman Watch, heck, pretty much any background I want, and not sacrifice all the useful, shiny data I just need to get it.
As with complications, I would also love to see some smarts with clock faces. Day and night faces that change when I come to or leave work, or on a schedule. Exercise surfaces that take over when I get to the gym or a travel face when I hit the airport. It can be brilliant, or it can all go wrong, but it feels like there's plenty of room for Apple to play with intelligence beyond just the Siri face.
WWDC 2019: macOS 10.15
Craig Federighi returns on stage, but this time it is for Mac. Instead, it's for the next generation of Mac software, MacOS 10.15 and what name Apple's crack marketing team has come to represent.
macOS 10.15: Maripan phase 2
Much of what comes to the Mac this year is based on what was introduced, let's charitably call it in alpha form, last year: UIKit apps for Mac. We have news, home, voice recorder and stocks, and they are all a bit of an inconsistent hot to lukewarm mess. So much, it is hard to believe Apple that all companies were willing to release them, even as evidence of the concept. But they were and they did, along with the promise that UIKit apps on Mac would come to developers this year.
My understanding is that this version of marzipan will be much better. So much better it will help flashy things last year the version of our brain boxes. Not finished. Not completely polished. Not until it comes out of beta and developers can start sending it off. But much closer to the marzipan as it was originally and always meant to be.
I know it scares many Mac traditions, probably as much as the cocoa frightened the classics, but it also feels very like the near future, at least until the real next NeXT comes together, and that means it really has to be insanely big .
In a separate story about 9to5, Gui said it would be Mac-specific API programming – to support the Mac menu and MacBook Pro Touch Bar, among other things.
Support will be there for several marzipan windows, which have always been an important part of the Mac user experience. So, hurray.
Split View Marzipan apps can be modified or reset through divider, as on iOS, which is already an improvement for the advertised and ongoing split view mechanic currently on macOS. And if they include a way to replace a shared viewer without having to destroy and restore the entire split show, after hunting down the one app that always, confusingly, full-screen the screen, I'll personally send a real Montreal poutine recipe for Caffe Macs . You're welcome.
macOS 10.15: iMessage effects
Finally. (Sent with fireworks.)
Does that mean that more AppKit apps will be updated to support them, or a new Marzipan app will just bring the UIKit functionality over?
Marzipan all, I say. Get us ahead faster and dog food all as much as possible so that Apple hits all the pain points before, or at least beside, developers.
macOS 10.15: Siri & Shortcuts
Last year, Apple started workflow as Siri Shortcuts and not only brought automation to iOS, but suggested actions and even voice triggers. I jumped the suggested part would serve as a single entry point for informal users, even when the workflow part seriously strengthened the power of the power users. A year later, and I still haven't seen many suggestions, which means I don't think shortcuts have seen much on boarding. But the workflows, they are everywhere among the northern ones.
And according to Gui, this year we get shortcuts to Mac. It can … should … contain a marzipan shortcut app for the Mac to match it on the iPad, and enhanced the Siri support so that Mac's assistant skills better match the iPad, and shortcuts can provide a non-crippled experience.
Siri, and hopefully this means both iOS and macOS, should also finally get increased intensity support, including for media playback, which will be huge for anyone using services and apps outside Apple's own.
Now, shortcuts are good and will probably end up being an important step towards the future of lightly mounted voice apps. I had loved to have seen shortcut support on Mac last year when the feature was first introduced for basically everything else.
But Workflow was an iOS app when Apple bought it and it took everything the team had to turn It goes to shortcuts and sends it, version 1 has complete, for all the iOS-based operating systems and devices last year. Now, the marzipan has had time to mature, and they have had time to spin up the Mac version, and assuming they stay in the lock point from that point, many nerds will be very happy with the beta in June and drop out this fall.
macOS 10.15: Screen Time
The general digital wellness movement and the way some companies and activists talk about has always been a little pandery and startling to me. I just like data. And that's exactly what Screen Time gives me – how much of what I do for how long.
Based on this data, I can be more honest with myself about what I do and if I had children, what they do, and make better informed decisions and changes when and when needed.
And this year, according to Gui, it also comes to Mac.
The feature set is similar to what we currently have on iOS, and if there are any improvements there, hopefully we'll get them as well. It is difficult to balance simplicity with robustness, security with ease of use, but it is Apple's job here, even in a more open computer system like Mac.
macOS 10.15: Family Sharing
Many of the new services Apple pre-enrolled in March, like Apple Arcade, will work not only on Mac but with Family Sharing. And that means Family Sharing must be as easy and accessible to manage on Mac as it has been on iOS.
Gui says Apple will implement a new Apple ID management panel in System Preferences to help with it, just as the Settings work on iOS.
That way, you can sign up for services that are new and old, and assign them to Mac, just as you would from the iPhone or iPad.
MacOS 10.15: File Providing Extensions
Gui also mentions that Mac will get file vendor extensions, which will help services such as Dropbox better integrate with the Finder system. Bonus points if they have never harassed me to allow for special availability forces again. No means now.
An API devs can also use to write device drivers. And wow, but I'd like to see it for iPad Pro as well.
macOS 10.15: Authentication
Currently, if you have a modern Apple Watch, you can use it to unlock your Mac and approve Apple Pay transactions if your Mac doesn't have a touch ID. If your Mac has Touch ID, you can run it with Apple Watch, which is pretty good but not very good.
But the Touch ID on Mac can also make things Apple Watch can't, which enables auto-fill for passwords and approve escalation privileges in some cases as well.
According to Gui, Apple Watch can get the ability to do everything Touch ID can also do now. Which would be really cool because as much as Touch ID is far more convenient than writing a long, highly unique password, Apple Watch auth is damn near invisible at best, and at worst, bring Touch ID-like functionality to Macs that remain don't do & # 39; Don't have Touch ID. It's confusing, still many.
Og med den fancy tiden med fly og andre forholdsregler Apple tar, er det sannsynligvis sikkert nok for de fleste også, noe som er en stor seier for enkelhets skyld.
macOS 10.15: Ekstern Skjermer
Macs har jobbet med eksterne skjermer i lang tid, men ny, Gui sier at det vil være en enkel meny, tilgjengelig ved å svinge rett over den grønne trafikklampeknappen på et hvilket som helst vindu, som gir alternativer ikke bare for full screen and tiling, and hopefully other, long overdue window management options, but for moving that window to any external display… including full-screen on an iPad.
Better still, if the iPad supports Apple Pencil, which all of the most recent iPads do, you'll be able to draw on it with the Pencil and have the results input into the Mac app, which should make Wacom cry. Again.
WWDC 2019: New Mac Pro
WWDC is often but not always a software-only show. Bback in 2013 we got a preview of the trash can MacBook Pro. In 2017 we got a preview of the iMac Pro. Apple's already said they're working on a new, modular Mac Pro with Pro Display. So, does that mean we'll see Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing, or John Ternus, Vice President of Hardware Engineering hit the stage with and a preview of the next-generation, all-new, all-modular Mac Pro?
Part of me just wants that updated cheese grater already. Keep it super damn simple stupid, and just give me the big CPU box with all the slots, get out of my way, and let me Mac Pro me.
The other part of me recognizes the past as the past and is really curious what the future of workstation computing looks like… in the future.
Most people will take modular to mean… whatever they want it to me. From slots to stacks, a single tower to one built from many blocks.
What Apple has in mind, we'll just have to wait and see.
WWDC 2019: To be continued
WWDC 2019 kicks of on June 3 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern in San Jose California. But that's just the beginning. Right after the main keynote is the developer keynote, State of the Union. Then, traditionally, the Apple Design Awards. And that's still only Monday. Developer sessions and special events run from Tuesday through Friday, and you can track them all in the just updated WWDC app, which is outstanding work by the evangelist team, each year, every year, and certainly this year.
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