Apple made some big announcements today at its special event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Here are the major highlights.
iOS 13 introduces dark mode, available across the system. It also adds a swipe system keyboard, allowing you to keep typing without lifting a finger. Major updates arrive for Safari, Mail, and Notes. Reminders has been completely rewritten from the ground up to be smarter and more powerful. Messages will also allow you to create a private profile that you can share with other iMessage users, even if they don't have your number.
Apple has introduced iPadOS, an operating system that has all of the same great features from iOS 13, but also special, iPad-focused features. Improvements have been made to multitasking, you can now add widgets to your Home screen, and apps can now run two windows of themselves side-by-side. The first version of iPadOS is called iPadOS 13.
macOS Catalina sees a lot improvements and new features come to the Mac. Find My makes it easier to find a lost Mac, while Voice Control makes the system more accessible for everyone. Music, Podcasts, and TV enter the ring to replace iTunes, while iOS device syncing is now handled in the Finder.
watchOS 6 features a ton of new faces for your Apple Watch, as well as several new apps. These include Books for listening to audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator. Developers will also be able to release independent watch apps that don't require standalone iPhone apps. To that end, the App Store will also be on Apple Watch. There are also a number of updates to health and fitness tracking.
Apple is updating the Home screen on tvOS, as well as introducing multi-user support. This will allow everyone to have their own, personal Up Next list on the same Apple TV. Apple TV will also gain support for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers.
Apple has introduced the brand new Mac Pro. The focus is on power and expandability. The Mac Pro supports an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores, and up to 1.5TB (yes, terabytes) of RAM. The Mac Pro also has custom graphics card, with two AMD GPUs on one module, with the Mac Pro capable of holding two of these modules.
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To go along with the Mac Pro, Apple has introduced its new 6K Retina display, a standalone screen. The display, in addition to 6K resolution, supports high dynamic range for beautiful colors. The display features 1,000 nits of brightness, with a peak of up to 1,600 nits. There are a number of ports on the back of the display, allowing it to act as a hub for Mac Pro accessories, as well.
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