We are roughly one month away from Apple’s 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company is expected to debut new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS, along with other software updates.
While all will be revealed at Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote address, we just got a clearer picture of what to expect. This morning, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, penned a report with a slew of details on the upcoming software updates. Read on for some of the key takeaways.
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By the looks of it, iOS 13 will be one of the most feature-packed updates to Apple’s mobile operating system in quite some time.
That’s because iOS 13, internally codenamed Yukon, will include a slew of updates that were originally planned for iOS 12. Apple put a lot of features on the back burner in favor of stability and speed enhancements in that update.
- System-wide dark mode, described as “black and grey-heavy.”
- An update to iMessage that will include a “WhatsApp-like enhancement.”
- Refreshes and updates to Apple Books, Reminders, Health, Maps.
- A new widget screen with a “cleaner look.”
- Screen Time updates, including more granular parental controls.
- A combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone app that could also sport physical tracking with a Tile-like accessory.
- New systemwide Sleep Mode that combines features from the Bedtime submenu in Clock with other native systems. Gurman notes that Apple may debut new sleep-tracking devices in the future.
- Updated accessibility features and better support for hearing aids.
- Like iOS 12, iOS 13 will introduce general bug fixes, speed bumps, and other under-the-hood changes. It could also include revamped animations.
Apple is also said to be testing several new features that may not make it into the final version of iOS 13. Some notable additions may include a download manager for Safari and a swipe-to-text feature.
In addition to general iOS features, Bloomberg also reports that Apple is developing iPad-specific features — such as better multitasking, a revamped Home screen, and the ability to quickly switch between variations of the same app.
Apple is also looking ahead, too. According to Mark Gurman’s latest reporting in Bloomberg, Apple is already working on several new features for iOS 14, codenamed Azul. iOS 14 will roll out sometime in 2020 and will sport support for 5G cellular networks and new augmented reality features.
The next update to Apple’s computer operating system, macOS 10.15, will also include a variety of major changes. But, for the most part, those changes borrow heavily from iOS.
As Bloomberg notes, one of the most notable additions is an expansion of Apple’s Marzipan platform, which allows for apps to be ported across iOS a macOS seamlessly.
In addition to app creator tools that will allow for easier development cross-platform apps, macOS 10.15 will also include a number of native apps ported from iOS.
Those include the following:
- A full-fledged Apple Music app.
- Podcasts app.
- The aforementioned Find My iPhone and Find My Friends app.
- Siri Shortcuts.
- Screen Time.
- New Reminders app.
- New Apple Books update.
While Bloomberg doesn’t mention it in their report, other media outlets have suggested that the inclusion of Apple Music and Podcasts could mean that the days are numbered for the iTunes app.
Apple is also expected to debut a Luna Display-like feature that will let users use an iPad as a secondary display for their Macs. That feature will roll out in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 (with the actual toggle present in the latter update).
WWDC ’19 may not just be about hardware this year, either. Bloomberg reports that the Cupertino company is considering teasing or unveiling its upcoming modular Mac Pro device, as well as a new standalone Apple-branded computer monitor.
While it’s undoubtedly smaller in scope than iOS 13, Apple has a variety of high-profile features planned for watchOS 6.
Most notably, that includes a full-fledged App Store directly on the watch. That means users will be able to download apps on-the-go, without a connected iPhone nearby. All in all, it’s just another step toward a more independent Apple Watch platform.
- Long-awaited missing apps, such as Calculator and Voice Memos.
- Apple Books app for listening to audiobooks on-the-go.
- Two new health features: Dose and Cycles. They will help users track medication doses and menstrual cycles, respectively.
- New complications, including audiobook playback status, hearing aid battery life, external noise data, and rain data.
Apple also has several new watch faces on the docket for 2019.
- Gradient: Creates a gradient out of a user-customizable color.
- X-Large: Displays time in a jumbo-sized text format.
- California: Looks like “a classic watch face” and mixes Roman and Arabic numerals.
- Solar analog: Basically, a sundial for your Apple Watch.
- Infograph Subdial: Displays larger complications, like local weather or stock market information.
What features are you most excited about when it comes to the latest Apple unveilings scheduled for WWDC 2019?
Mike is a freelance journalist from San Diego, California.
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