Apple’s Annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019

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Apple's Annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019

Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 3-7 2019 in San Jose, CA, where it presented many new features and updates that will affect all of their developers & users.

This post will cover the two most important topics that will affect teachers, educators, parents, and app developers, the WWDC keynote and the list of Apple Design awards.

I. WWDC Keynote

Below is a list of the main new features, updates, and innovations, mentioned in WWDC Keynote: 

- Apple presented WatchOS 6 with a lot of new features and a new wave of apps;

- Apple previewed tvOS 13, the operating system that makes Apple TV 4K the easiest and most personalized entertainment device for enjoying TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps on the biggest screen in the home;

 iOS 13 will be the iPhone’s latest operating system with a Maps update & privacy improvements;

-  New Siri features: among them, the Siri shortcuts app will now be installed by default, as well a large update to Siri’s voice;

- the iPad is getting its own specialized software called iPadOS;

- macOS Catalina (macOS 10.15) will be Apple’s next desktop operating system with the following features: 

  • Integration with a connected iPad (the user can utilize the iPad screen as the second display)
  • An iPad could be used as a drawing tablet (i.e. signing docs, marking docs, touch gesture surface)
  • Privacy enhancements: a separate read-only space for important system files
  • The end of iTunes. In its place are apps you'll recognize from iOS: Music, TV, and Podcasts

- The new Mac Pro 

  • The base Pro will start at $5,999 and is planned to be released in the fall of 2019
  • A new 32-inch, 6K Retina display for Mac Pro will also be available this fall and costs $4,999.
  • Apple also unveiled a new, removable display stand, which can rotate, adjust for height, and tilt. The stand starts at a whopping $999, and will also be released this fall.

II. The very interesting list of Apple Awards:

1. Ordia - a one-finger action platform game by the company Loju LTD  England   (https://apps.apple.com/app/id1309000429; web site https://loju.co.uk/);

2. Flow by Moleskine - the Moleskine Notebook for “Sketch. Think. Create”, by the company  Moleskine Srl, Italy  (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flow-by-moleskine/id1271361459; web site https://moleskinestudio.com/);

3. The Gardens Between - “a surreal puzzler in which you control the passage of time instead of characters”, by the company The Voxel Agents, Australia;

(https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-gardens-between/id1373575045?mt=12, website http://thegardensbetween.com/);

4. Asphalt 9 - “2019's Action Car Racing Game”,  by the company: Gameloft,  France   https://apps.apple.com/us/app/asphalt-9-legends/id805603214; website http://www.gameloft.com/en/);

5. Pixelmator Photo - “Cutting-edge photo editor”, by the company Pixelmator Team, Lithuania (https://apps.apple.com/app/pixelmator/id1444636541, website https://www.pixelmator.com/photo/); 

6. Eloh - “a chilled out puzzle game” by the company Broken Rules, Austria ( https://apps.apple.com/us/app/eloh/id1406382064,  website http://www.eloh-game.com/);

7. Butterfly iQ - “ One probe, whole body imaging“  by the company Butterfly Network, USA ( https://apps.apple.com/us/app/butterfly-iq-ultrasound/id1183035589 , website  https://www.butterflynetwork.com/ );

8. Thumper - “A Rhythm violence game” by the company Drool LLC, USA  (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/thumper-pocket-edition/id1287138671, website  https://thumpergame.com/)

9. HomeCourt-The Basketball App - “The future of basketball training is here  by the company NEX TEAM, USA (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/homecourt-the-basketball-app/id1258520424,  website https://www.homecourt.ai/) 

My understanding is that a lot of new features are not entirely clear right now, which is understandable at this early stage. But there are a few questions/issues that bother me already: 

- I was not able to find any detailed explanation about how the transition from iTunes to the structure of “Music, TV, and Podcasts” will be done. It is not clear what this new structure will mean for developers & users.

- Many people comment that it's unclear if iOS 13 will work with 2013's iPhone 5S. We will have to wait until September when Apple usually releases iOS updates.

- The new Mac Pro is very expensive; altogether the whole “kit” costs $11K.

Teachers With Apps will continue updating our readers with any new developments.

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References:

1. https://developer.apple.com/wwdc19/

2.  https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2019/ 

3.  https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/03/apple-wwdc-2019-most-important-news/ 

4. https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/03/ios-13-dark-mode-performance-improvements/

5.  https://www.techrepublic.com/videos/apples-macos-catalina-the-biggest-new-features/. 

6. https://mashable.com/article/everything-from-wwdc-2019-apple/?utm_campaign=a-recirc-pathing-featured-urlrec-1&utm_source=internal&utm_medium=onsite

7. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/16/apple-ceo-tim-cook-stanford-commencement-speech.html

8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ6bRYJAr4o&feature=youtu.be (Tim Cook speech)

9. https://www.youtube.com/user/appFigures

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