Apple's WWDC 2019 opening keynote announces iPadOS and much more
Apple today held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference opening keynote. At it, the company announced multiple major software updates across its entire line of products, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15 Catalina, tvOS 13, watchOS 6, and a new iPadOS derivative of iOS. All of these in addition to new app development tools encompassed the software news of the keynote.
iOS 13 brings a new dark mode to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that can upgrade to it. It also brings along a refreshed Apple Photos app, as well as updates for Apple Maps, Apple Reminders, iMessage, and Siri. These, alongside details of the changes and specifics on the performance improvements that many have come to expect from iOS updates, are summarized in an official Apple Newsroom post.
Alongside iOS 13 and its universal enhancements, the iPad is also getting a slew of features exclusive to its larger form factor in the form of iPadOS. These features include new gestures for both your hands and Apple Pencil, Safari displaying desktop versions of websites instead of blown up mobile layouts, a new Files app that supports viewing files from SD Cards and USB flash drives, as well as the ability to create and extract ZIP archive files.
The highlight of macOS Catalina includes the introduction of Voice Control over the entire operating system, allowing users to navigate the entire operating system with just their voice. Alongside this major implementation, new APIs for developers make it easier than before to port iOS apps to macOS. This was first demonstrated in the macOS version of the Apple News app, with more apps from Apple being demonstrated in Catalina, including Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and the Apple TV app. These three apps are replacing the multimedia functionalities of iTunes in order to reduce clutter, with all aspects of iOS device management being relocated to Finder.
watchOS 6, alongside the standard new watch faces, implemented new monitors for sound alongside a Cycle Tracking app for women to track their menstrual cycles. Additionally, it finally incorporates a dedicated Apple Watch version of the Apple App Store, where apps can be downloaded and installed directly from Apple Watches without the need for the iPhone they're paired to.
tvOS 13 includes new screensavers and a redesigned home screen alongside support for multiple users that can each get unique personalized "Up Next" lists and recommended TV shows and movies. The update will also implement support for DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers, allowing you to control games from the Apple TV App Store with those controllers for the first time. This support will also be included in iOS 13.
A major highlight of Apple's development-focused announcements used to close the keynote was SwiftUI, a development framework for Apple Swift and built in Swift. SwiftUI includes support for every Apple device and features simplified declarative code to make app development more accessible than before. Crucially, this includes a live, interactive preview of your code in action in Xcode for macOS, enabling real-time feedback and testing opportunities for code.
All of these operating system updates, as well as the introduction of iPadOS, are scheduled for public release this fall (some time from September 23rd to December 21st, 2019.