Tech Talk Thursday: June 2019

Tech Talk Thursday: June 2019 Announcements Worth Noting| HTR

June is all about Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where developers attended sessions and met with over 1,000 Apple engineers. The WWDC 2019 event happened June 3 -7 in San Jose and featured a first-day keynote presentation where Apple introduced upcoming software and new hardware. Let’s look into some of the exciting announcements that were featured in the conference.

Top Tech Announcements for June 2019

Products

New Mac Pro

Looking for a new workstation that looks like a cheese grater and has wheels? That’s right; it’s the new Mac Pro. The latest Apple desktop offers an all-new rectangular design that’s built for easy upgradability. The stainless steel frame can easily be removed, allowing you access to change parts from every angle of the macOS computer. It has a custom cooling system to support heavy workloads and with wheels, you can move it around the office. The new Mac Pro is so powerful it can handle production rendering to simulating an iOS app on multiple devices at once and much more. The Mac Pro tower will be available in fall 2019.

Apple Pro Display XDR

Apple also announced a new 32-inch 6K Retina display designed to work with the new Mac Pro. It has super slim 9mm bezels around the edge-to-edge display and features the same latticed aluminum design as the Mac Pro tower. The Pro Display is designed to offer extreme brightness, color accuracy and contrast ratio for color grading and evaluation purposes when editing photos and videos. The 6K monitor features a 6016 x 3384 resolution with more than 20 million pixels for a super-sharp, high-resolution viewing experience.

In addition, there is a Pro Stand to go with the Apple Pro Display. It offers –5° to +25° tilt and 120mm of height adjustment, and allows the Pro Display XDR to rotate into portrait mode and back to landscape mode. These will be available in fall 2019.

Software

In addition to the new products, Apple also announced updates to its operating system. Here are some of the key enhancements and capabilities:

iOS 13

Apple designed iOS 13 to be more efficient and reduce app download sizes which means that apps should open up faster. The software update also includes Dark Mode that converts white and gray menu items to black to reduce eye strain. In addition, a new swipe keyboard function lets users’ type messages by sliding their fingers around the letters instead of tapping keys.

In addition, iOS13 is delivering a variety of new ARKit features for augmented reality experiences. These include motion capture tools that let you turn your real world movements into an AR character. Plus, there is a feature that lets AR objects react more naturally to actual people.

iPadOS

The new iPadOS is now designed specifically for the iPad whereas in the past, the iPhone and iPad shared an operating system. The new iPadOS will be able to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen.

MacOS

The MacOS also known as Catalina got rid of iTunes and replaced it with 3 apps: Apple Music, Podcasts and Apple TV. Additionally one of Catalina’s new features is Sidecar which lets you use your iPad as a second screen.

tvOS and watchOS 6

With an updated tvOS, you will now be able to have multiple user profiles. The watchOS 6 features new watch faces and will have its own dedicated App Store which lets users download apps directly onto their smartwatches.

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