Here's everything Apple just announced at WWDC, its biggest event of the year

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesApple CEO Tim Cook unveils the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019.

Each year, Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference to provide a preview of what’s to come for its most important products. It also hosts thousands of developers, who flock to the conference to learn more about how to create apps for Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

As is typically the case at WWDC, we saw on Monday the unveiling of Apple’s next-generation operating system for iPhones and iPads. This year’s update, called iOS 13, will bring new features such as a systemwide dark mode to iPhones and iPads and improvements to Apple’s homegrown apps, including Health and Reminders.

Apple also announced support for developers to create apps that run across both the Mac and the iPad, new software especially for iPads called iPadOS, and one new hardware product – a redesigned Mac Pro.

Here are the key announcements:

  • The new Mac Pro is the first update to the powerful desktop computer since 2013. Its starting price is $US5,999, and it will be available in the fall.
  • iOS 13 is the next version of Apple’s smartphone operating system. It will include faster Face ID, a dark mode, a swipe keyboard, improvements to the Photos app, and a redesigned Reminders app.
  • iPadOS is a new operating system specifically for iPads. The software will make iPads more like Apple’s Mac computers, meaning they will work more like productivity tools.
  • WatchOS 6, the next version of software coming to the Apple Watch, will include an on-watch App Store, activity trends, and an app to help wearers understand if the noise levels in their nearby environments are too loud.
  • iTunes has essentially been discontinued, with Apple splitting up its former duties into three separate apps: Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV.
  • Sign in With Apple lets you log in to apps without having to sign in to a third party, such as Facebook or Google.
  • Sidecar allows you to use your iPad as a second screen for your Mac computer, and it works wirelessly.

Now here’s a look at everything Apple announced at WWDC 2019.


Attendees gathered outside of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center for Apple’s WWDC hours before the event was scheduled to start.

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Developers gather from all over the world to attend Apple’s annual conference.

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Apple employees got the crowd hyped as they waited for the doors to open.

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Here’s what it looked like once people were inside and seated. There was a giant black screen serving as the stage’s backdrop, with floating icons that looked like emojis and symbols for Apple’s apps.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage next. “You make the world a better place, and that is why we’re here this morning,” Cook said of Apple’s developer community.

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Cook then talked about the services the company launched in March, such as Apple News Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and Apple TV Plus. There are still no firm release dates for any of the new services.

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Apple showed a preview of another new show coming to Apple TV Plus that’s a reimagining of the space race called “For All Mankind.”

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Apple then outlined what’s new for tvOS, the company’s software for the Apple TV.

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  • Apple is bringing a redesigned the home screen to tvOS, which provides full-screen previews of TV shows and movies.
  • Multiuser support is also coming, the announcement of which prompted applause from the crowd.
  • For Apple Music on Apple TV, you’ll also be able to see lyrics alongside songs that are playing.
  • Apple is extending support for the Xbox One S controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4 controller for Apple TV in anticipation of Apple Arcade’s launch.

There are a handful of updates coming to the Apple Watch, but the biggest change seems to be the App Store coming to the device.

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  • Apple apps like Voice Memos and Books will also be available on the watch, and new watch faces are coming, too.
  • Activity Trends are coming in watchOS 6. The watch will be able to measure how you’re performing in metrics like Move, Exercise, and Stand over a period of several months.
  • Apple is also adding a Noise app to help wearers understand if the noise levels in their nearby environments are too loud and may affect their hearing health over time.

Cycle tracking for women is coming to both the Apple Watch and the iPhone. Women will be able to track the timing of their menstrual cycles and their symptoms through the app.

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Apple showed a live walkthrough of watchOS 6, starting with the new watch faces and complications. We also saw how certain apps, like the MLB app and a food-ordering app, work independently on the watch.

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Next, we moved on to iOS, the next major software update for iPhones and iPads. Cook took a dig at Android, saying the latest version had only a 10% adoption rate compared with iOS’s 85%.

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Craig Federighi came onstage to unveil iOS 13, which is jam-packed with new features.

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  • Unlocking FaceID will be 30% faster in iOS 13.
  • App downloads will be 50% smaller, while updates will be 60% smaller.
  • App-launch speed will be twice as fast in iOS 13.

Apple is bringing dark mode to iOS, which received a giant round of applause from the crowd. We got a glimpse at how apps like News, Calendar, and Notes will look in dark mode.

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There’s a swipe keyboard coming to iPhones for the first time in iOS 13.

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Apple is making some changes to its native apps in iOS 13, including Mail, Notes, and Reminders.

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Mail in iOS 13 is getting better format controls, while Notes is getting a new gallery view.

But Reminders is getting a bigger overhaul. If you just type in a reminder, the app will understand when and where to notify you. There are also Smart Lists in the app that can integrate with the Messages app if you tag people.


Maps is getting a major update, too.

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Apple’s Maps app has been rebuilt from the ground up with much more detail. The new and improved map is expected to roll out in the US by the end of 2019.

Apple has been collecting land and aerial data to flesh out its map. The company has also added new features to the Apple Maps launch screen, like Favourites and Collections, which lets you organise lists of your favourite places and share them with others.


Apple is also adding a smoother street view to Apple Maps called Look Around. It sounds like a lot of these updates are intended to give Google Maps some serious competition.

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Apple is also adding more privacy features to Maps.

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When it comes to location sharing, you can choose to share your location with an app just once and then require that it asks you again the next time you use it.

Apple will also provide reports to let you know how apps are using your location over longer periods of time.


Privacy was a big focus for Apple at this year’s WWDC.

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A new login feature called “Sign in With Apple” lets you log in to apps without having to sign in to a social network.

Apple is positioning this as a means of cracking down on apps that gather your personal information. You can even choose to hide your email address when logging in and have Apple create a unique, random address.


Apple is adding new features to Messages that let you add your name and photo, similar to apps like WhatsApp.

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You’ll now be able to add makeup, hats, and even AirPods — among other features — when designing Memojis. Plus, you’ll be able to turn your Memoji into stickers that will be integrated into the iOS keyboard.

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Apple is making more enhancements to Portrait Mode in iOS 13.

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You’ll now have more flexibility to adjust the lighting in your Portrait Mode shots that use Portrait Lighting.

More photo-editing tools are coming as well, and for the first time, they will be available when editing video.

You’ll also be able to rotate a video and apply filters and other effects.


Apple will now use machine learning to cut down on clutter in your image gallery, like screenshots. The Photos app will also get an improved layout for organising photos by month, day, or year.

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Apple is making a few improvements to AirPods in iOS 13.

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  • Siri will be able to read your messages to you as soon as they arrive.
  • You’ll be able to share what you’re listening to through your AirPods with just a tap.
  • Apple’s Handoff feature will allow you to transfer what you’re listening to in your AirPods to your HomePod smart speaker. HomePod will be able to understand who in your family is talking and can customise its responses accordingly, a feature that Google’s and Amazon’s devices have had for quite some time.

CarPlay is getting an update as well. There’s a new dashboard that includes a redesigned music interface and upcoming calendar events.

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Siri’s voice is getting a big upgrade, too. Using neural text-to-speech technology, Siri’s voice should have a better and more natural cadence.

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Plus, Siri Shortcuts will be a native app in iOS 13.


One of the biggest announcements from the keynote is that Apple is rebranding the iPad’s software as iPadOS.

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Here are some of the new features of iPadOS:

  • The home screen will now have a tighter grid of icons, and when you swipe over, you can pin your widgets right onto the home screen.
  • There’s an improved app switcher, and you’ll be able to slide your finger along the bottom of the screen to cycle through apps.
  • A big upgrade is coming to split view: You can now view the same app in different windows, like Notes, for example.
  • There will be a new column view in the Files app to see more items at a glance. Quick Actions will let you rotate items quickly.
  • iCloud Drive will support folder sharing.
  • You’ll be able to plug in a thumb drive, which is a huge feature the iPad has been missing to make it a comprehensive work device.
  • Desktop-class browsing is coming to Safari on iPad, which means you’ll be able to see the desktop site instead of the mobile one on an iPad. A download manager is also coming to Safari.
  • There are improved text-editing tools coming in iOS 13: You can use a three-finger pinch to quickly copy and paste text, for example, and a three-finger swipe to the left will undo a previous action.

To go along with iPadOS, Apple is making some improvements to the Apple Pencil. Apple said the Pencil’s latency has been reduced from 20 milliseconds to just nine.

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Another major announcement: Apple is introducing an all-new Mac Pro.

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The new Mac Pro is made of a stainless steel frame, and it’s designed to be easily customised.

It’s powered by a massive 28-core Intel Xeon processor.

The MPX graphics module makes it possible to configure the machine with Radeon Pro Vega II graphics. You can even configure it with two of these modules or use a single module with two Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards.

The new Mac Pro will be a powerhouse when it comes to video playback. It can play back three streams of raw 8K video or 12 streams of 4K. It also has wheels so that video editors can move it around their studios more easily.

The device can handle adding multiple full orchestras to a film score and run up to a thousand music tracks, a task Apple said would usually require multiple computers.


The Mac Pro’s display has a 32-inch LCD 6K Retina display with 20 million pixels. The stand has a counterbalancing arm and provides tilt and height adjustment while maintaining the same angle as it’s raised or lowered. It can also rotate into portrait mode.

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The Mac Pro starts with an 8-core Xeon processor and 32 GB of memory for $US5,999. This display on its own will be priced at $US4,999. It will be available this fall.

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Next up: macOS Catalina, the new software for Apple’s Mac devices.

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Apple talked about the new Apple Music app for Mac, which looks a lot like iTunes. Apple is adding new Podcasts and Apple TV apps to the Mac that are very similar to the versions in iOS.


A new feature called Sidecar will let you use your iPad as a second display for your Mac.

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Plus, a new accessibility feature called Voice Control lets you control your Mac or iOS device entirely with your voice.


A new app called Find My that combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends is also coming.

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The app works when your device is offline and sleeping by using a Bluetooth beacon, and the whole interaction is end-to-end encrypted.

Plus, a new activation-lock feature will render the Mac useless should it be stolen.


Apple announced a new technology called Catalyst that makes it possible for developers to create apps that work on both iOS and Mac. The tool makes it possible for developers to make an app for Mac and iOS with a single code base.

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There are also a handful of redesigned apps in Catalina, such as Reminders. Screen Time is coming to the Mac with this update as well.


We got a demo of how “Minecraft Earth” works using new tools in RealityKit, which is built from the ground-up for augmented-reality app development.

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Reality Composer is a new app that provides developers with AR content so that they can easily build new apps.

ARKit is also getting a big update that more seamlessly integrates virtual content into a scene around people.


Finally, on to Swift, Apple’s programming language. Apple announced a new Swift framework called SwiftUI, which is designed to help developers make better apps with less code. There’s now a native framework for building Apple Watch apps for the first time as well.

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The company said there are 450,000 apps using Swift.


And that’s a wrap! All the platforms will be available as a developer beta on June 3 with the public seed coming in July. These updates will launch for users in the fall.

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