Apple’s annual developer conference was again filled with big announcements. WWDC 2019 featured news about software for the Apple family of products, a new Mac Pro for the first time in six years, and a goodbye to a groundbreaking old favourite.
Here are some of the biggest announcements from WWDC 2019.
A new Mac
The latest model of Mac Pro, and the first changed one since 2013, certainly had tongues wagging. Its cheese grater/ laundry basket design is a big change from the previous model’s 2013 trashcan aesthetic and promises maximum airflow.
Set to go on sale later this year, the computing power inside the new Mac Pro does come at a price, and is expected to retail for around $5,999 for the 8-core Intel Xeon with 32GB of memory and a 512GB SSD, while the Pro Display XDR costs $4,999.
The latest version of Apple’s operating system delighted the audience, not least due to the introduction of Dark Mode for the iPhone. This version of the tech giant’s mobile operating system now also allows mobile users to access this feature, which was introduced for macOS Mojave last year. Dark Mode saves battery power for users, while also reducing eyestrain, according to Apple.
First introduced in April 2003, Apple’s iTunes has been the primary way that Apple users access their music for years. WWDC 2019 saw the introduction of a deconstructed version of iTunes, with the app being broken up into three separate entities: Music, Podcasts and TV.
Fear not for the preservation of your carefully curated multimedia archive, though – all your content will be automatically sorted into the media player’s new format once you’ve upgraded to macOS Catalina.