WWDC19 Roundup

Apple opened up the conference with a video shot in black and white covering people trying to write code on their macs using Xcode. Tim took to the stage and briefly recapped on their announcements in May, and gave a sneak peek at the new tv show “for all mankind” coming to appleTV+.


Tim moved on to tvOS first by announcing multiuser support to the Apple TV just as Netflix offers but with Apple’s own personal touch. Live Lyric sync will be coming to Apple Music on the TV.

Apple arcade users will have the ability to use an Xbox 1s or PlayStation dual shock 4 controllers for the Apple TV. The Apple TV will also get new under the see screensavers shot by the BBC.

Apple Watch

Tim took the opportunity to mention the Apple Watch was still the number 1 watch in the world. Kevin Lynch came to the stage to cover watchOS. watchOS 6 will have more apple designed Watch Faces including large numbers and California dial and an all-new solar face.

Taptic chimes for on the hour chimes and a bird tweeting sound if your watch sound is on.

Audio Books for apple books and voice memos are now coming to the watch along with a new calculator with tip calculation killing lots of third-party apps.

Apple is also introducing new independent app API and audio streaming API for developers, the watch will also have its own AppStore making the watch even more independent.

The Apple watch will be getting New health and fitness features including activity trends covering the last 90 days comparing those to the past 365 days.

Hearing health

Hearing health will be coming to the Apple Watch with a noise app to alert you if the environmental noise is too loud. Apple took the opportunity to mention that they do not record or save any of the audio captured from the noise app keeping privacy at the forefront.

Cycle tracking

Cycle tracking is also coming in watchOS 6, with alerts of your fertile alerts and all of this will also be available on your iPhone without the watch.

Health App

The health app will also bring you highlights using machine learning to show you the data you want the most.

Other notes

Spoken navigation in the maps app will also be coming to watchOS 6 and an all-new pride band to match the watch face.


Apple confirmed 97% customer satisfaction of ios 12 and 85% install base with android only having 10% adoption of Android 9.

Craig Federighi came on stage to cover iOS. iOS 13 will have 50% smaller app downloads and 60% smaller app updates, iOS 13 brings 2x faster app launch speeds.

Dark Mode

Apple confirmed Dark Mode will be in iOS 13 and showed some examples including the calendar, news and notes app.


Apple showed off Messages in Dark Mode which I personally think looks fantastic. Messages will also have Swype to type so you no longer need GBoard. iOS 13 also has new intelligent sharing suggestions in the share sheet. Users can automatically share a user’s name and photo, or customized Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread.


New memoji features were also unveiled covering new makeup and accessories to make your memoji more personal. A new Memoji sticker pack which will be including for your keyboard so you can use them instead of emoji’s, memoji stickers will cover any devices with an A9 chip or newer as they do not need the true depth camera.

Apple Music

Apple Music will also have time-synced lyrics just like the Apple TV, killing off some third party apps.


Safari has got some great improvements starting with new text sizing options. The stock Mail app now supports rich fonts and the notes have a new gallery view.

The reminders app will have more intelligent features and better ways to keep track of your reminders.


Maps will be getting better-detailed views as Apple has covered over 4 million miles with their cars and plans to have finished covering the US by the end of 2019 and other countries to come.

Maps will have a new favourites tab making it easier to access and share with your friends. A Street view style will also be coming to Apple Maps and also a Live ETA sharing feature.


Apple touted the privacy feature covering sharing your location with a new just once option when using an app so it will prompt you at each launch, background tracking alerts and closing the wifi and Bluetooth from third-party apps.

Apple is introducing a new, more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and websites. Instead of using a social account or filling out forms, verifying email addresses or choosing passwords, customers can simply use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Even in cases where developers choose to ask for a name and email address, users have the option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead. Sign In with Apple makes it easy for users to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID and has two-factor authentication built in for an added layer of security. Apple does not use Sign In with Apple to profile users or their activity in apps.

Home App

The home app has also been upgraded for better privacy with HomeKit security video which alerts on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, then encrypts it and sends it to the cloud and includes 10-day recording storage at no extra cost to your cloud storage.

Homekit will be coming to routers by third-party providers with Eero and Lynksis being the first and offers more security options. New avatars will be coming to messages for you to share including memoji.

Camera and Photos

Portrait lightening will allow you to adjust the intensity of the light for better photos. New photo editing tools will be coming to the photos app and video editing tools including the ability to rotate the video. Machine learning means duplicate shots can be removed and a new photos app with pinch to zoom feature and the ability to see pictures by days, months and years.

Stacy came to the stage to show that AirPod users can have Siri to automatically announce messages as soon as they come in so you no longer have to ask Siri to play it. Audio sharing will be coming to the AirPods as well so you can share a song at the moment with another user.


The HomePod will be getting the long-awaited handoff feature which allows a user to bring their iPhone close to the Homepod to continually enjoy their podcast or music. Apple noted they have over 100,000 radio stations.

Apple also unveiled a new voice recognition for personalisation to the HomePod for messages, music, reminders and more which is something tht Google has had for some time and makes for better user experience.


CarPlay has 90% availability and now has a new dashboard view that also works with Waze and Pandora. Siri shortcuts are built into iOS 13 and also has new suggested automation.

Neural TTS (text to speech) software will be used in Siri for more natural sound.

iOS 13 will also include better call spam handling and include low data mode, and separate iCloud accounts for work and personal use.


iPad will get all of these new features but will be getting its own OS called iPadOS including tighter grid icons and the ability to pin widgets to your home screen, slide over is getting an upgrade making switching apps possible in slide-over view. Multi-window split is coming to apps such as notes. Slide over will work on third-party apps as well as system apps.

Files App

The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents, and with iPadOS, it gets even better with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version. iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF makes it easy to be more productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.


Safari will get desktop-class browsing on the iPad at last with a download manager, users can download fonts from the Appstore and the ability to drag on the iPad using your finger to copy, cut and paste their selection with three finger gesture and the ability to move the cursor with your finger on the screen.

Apple noted that the Apple pencil support has also improved and will now have just a 9-millisecond latency.


Tim reiterated their dedication to the Mac and unveiled a new Mac Pro with a brand new design. The machine has easy 360-degree access to internal components so users can upgrade easily comes with over 300 watts of power, 6 memory channels and up to 1.5 terabytes of memory. PSI expansion is back with eight slots available. The mac has two 10GB ethernet ports.

PRO Display XDR

Apple also unveiled a new Monitor with HDR, 6k Retina display which is 40% larger and includes 1000 nits indefinitely. The display stand allows users to rotate the display dor Portrait Mode.

The display is removable from the stand making it more portable. The Mac Pro will cost $5999 and be available this fall the Pro display will cost $4999 and the stand costing $999 and available in the fall.


Craig Federighi came on stage to announce MacOS Catalina the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, packed with cool new features, fresh new apps and powerful new technology for developers.


iTunes was covered showing how it has grown since launch and added some jokes about cramming mail, safari and calendar into iTunes.

iTunes will be split into Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. sync options will be hidden into the finder menu instead of the annoying popup every time you plug in your device.

Music App

The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast, fun and easy to use. Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos. And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.


The Podcast app will have indexing using machine learning so you can search for shows easily, iTunes purchases will show in Apple TV on the mac with 4K playback.

“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”

Apple TV App

The all-new Apple TV app brings together different ways to find and watch movies and TV shows into one powerful app. The Apple TV app features Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy or rent — so users can enjoy 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos-supported movies.


The all-new Sidecar feature enables users to extend their Mac desktop by using their iPad as a second display or as a high-precision input device across creative Mac apps.


Voice control is coming as an accessibility feature for Mac and iOS so users can control the device with just your voice. The new voice control uses on-device processing so your data never leaves the device.

Find my

Find My takes both the find my friends and find my iPhone and joins them. Find my uses Bluetooth beacons of other Apple devices to relay your device location, using end to end encryption. Activation lock is coming to all Macs that have a T2 chip making them less appealing to thieves.

Project Catalysis

Project Catalysis brings iOS apps to the Mac and available to Mac developers today in Xcode with a new Mac option. Apple used some comments from third-party developers on Project Catalysis with Twitter noting they were able to use Project Catalysis to bring the native twitter app to the mac.

Screen Time

Screen Time on the Mac gives users insight into how they spend time in apps and on websites, and the tools to help decide how to spend their time. Screen Time is designed for the way people use their Mac, including a new “One more minute” feature that gives users more time to save their work or log out of a game. Users can schedule time away from their Mac and determine how much time they want to spend within apps, websites or categories of apps. With iCloud, users can sync Screen Time settings and combine their usage across iPhone, iPad and Mac privately through end-to-end encryption. And Family Sharing gives parents new tools to better manage their children’s device usage, including the ability to choose who their children can communicate with and when.

RalityKit brings a new Swift API with drag and drop interface for developers to build AR apps, ARKit 3 was unveiled to include people and their motion in real time.


iOS 13 will be available in beta for developers today and public beta will be available in July. iOS 13 final public release will be available in the autumn for iPhone 6s and later, iPadOS for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later. MacOS requires a desktop Mac or MacBook Pro from 2012 or later, or a MacBook from 2015 onwards