Recent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2019 event at San Jose, CA proved highly fruitful for the entire iOS development ecosystem. Apple has announced the major updates for the iOS development community encompassing iOS 13, iPhone, iPad, Watch OS, and Mac. Let’s check the keynote announcements at a glance.
An Awesome iOS 13
A couple of new and exciting features have made iOS 13 awesome for iOS users.
- The Dark Mode can cool the eyes of iOS 13 users and save batteries in bonus.
- New photo editing tools are now video editing tools.
- A refined Map App is now simulating Street View by Google in Look Around feature.
- Quick Patch Keyboard enables users to sweep across while typing.
- Neural TTS has made Siri more human in tones and voice quality than before, and Indian English is a new addition in it.
- Search for Emoji and creation of Memoji and Animoji are facilitating users further.
- The mingling of Find My Phone & Find My Friends
SwiftUI and Framework
Apple has taken developer-friendly gesture by introducing SwiftUI capability to compress long codes into a few lines. Similarly, it has introduced SwiftUI Framework for Apple Watch Application Development with access to across all Apple devices using common API.
Security & privacy are the main concerns in HomeKit for Apple to enter the smart home space with HomeKit Secure Video service. It provides encrypted video storage and streaming services. Of course, it demands investment in the competent video camera. However, the video data goes directly to iCloud rather than Google-like third-party services.
Now, iPad devices are departing from mother iOS ecosystem with the declaration of a separate and tablet-specific OS as iPadOS. Benefits are immense, and room for unique features for a range of iPad devices are worth to explore. The new iPadOS allows running a number of windows for an open app and let Slide Over panels detached easily.
It comes with a bundle of new features and functionality for Mac users on laptops and desktops. Apart from enhanced UX, it can support the iPad as the next display surface. Thereby, iOS developers can ship code for both big screens.
Apple TV is based on tvOS and the latest updates enriching the UX further. The home screen has multiple user support and full-screen content preview features. Custom recommendations and watching TV along with listening to Apple Music. The Apple Music also offers lyrics to each song so the listener can sing the song in synchronized tone.
Apple has introduced new Mac Pro as development workstation to help developers. Xeon processor up to 28 core, 8 PCIe extension slots, and 1.5 TB memory system. The strongest graphics card, Apple Afterburner as an advanced accelerator card, and Pro Display XDR with 1600 units of peak brightness are awesome offerings for graphics designers. It has 32 inches of Retinal 6K display with 10-bits color, superb viewing angle, and massive contrast ratio are highlighting gifts from the Apple to developers.
Apple Wearable – WatchOS 6
The latest version of wearable OS has calculator, voice memos, and AudioBooks like features in the latest update. Favorite views, Highlights, and Trends are health & fitness features in WatchOS 6.
With ARKit 3 and RealityKit, Apple supports AR technologies a lot. The latest People Occlusion feature enables developers to use Motion Capture capabilities and mix the movement of people in the AR applications.
It also enables the display of AR content automatically behind and front of people and offer full-screen experiences. It, further, enables tracking of 3 sessions by a front cam and also combine sessions of front & back cams.
The disintegration of iTunes:
Famous iTunes app fragmented into three different applications to serve different purposes. Those apps are TV, Podcast, and Music.
Now, it offers personal health information in real-time. It has new charts, visual graphics, and summary view with data & highlights. It has leaning machine capacities to make a suggestion based on the comparisons between recent and old data. Cycle feature to track MC of women.
Screen Time on Mac:
Like iOS devices, now Mac has Screen Time feature that provides data regarding the time spent on the devices and applications used the most. It helps in parental controls in families with kids spending time on Mac.
These are some glimpse of new announcements in the WWDC 2019 conference. It indicates how the entire Apple ecosystem is progressing and how developers can gain maximum out of various OS and devices released by Apple. If you have an app idea for iOS app development and looking for an experienced team of iPhone developers and iPad developers, M-connect Solution is an excellent bet.