ByMia Carla 2019-06-06 282
Apple's WWDC keynote was packed with a host of new features, apps and optimizations designed to make Apple's iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches more beautiful and powerful than ever before. From September, your Apple devices, both old and new models, will have new features for iOS 13, iPad-OS and Watch-OS 6, which, according to Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software development at Apple, will be nothing less than "groundbreaking, earth-shattering and revolutionary.
Although these updates for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches can be dramatic and exciting, as Apple says, these features aren't exactly new. At least not for those who are not Apple users. Most of Apple's announced outstanding features have been around for quite some time, and as listeners screamed and shouted at every obvious break in applause, Android and Fitbit fans are more likely to have grinned than clapped.
● The 10 new functions
● Dark Fashion
● Download manager
● Watch-OS and App Store
● iPad widgets for the home screen
● Desktop browsing on the iPad
● Look Around
● Homepod Speech Recognition
● Quickpath input
● Health Tracking For Women
● Voice control
● Dark Fashion
Yes, last year Apple delivered the Dark Mode for the menu bar and dock with Yosemite and extended it to apps with macOS Mojave. But dark fashion on smartphones is an old hat. Google has had a dark theme on its smartphones for years. And Samsung introduced a system-wide dark fashion with its One UI redesign at the beginning of the year.
When Apple says that Dark Mode was "thoughtfully designed to make every element on the screen easier for your eyes, and seamlessly integrated into the system," remember that Galaxy and Pixel users had Dark Mode first.
This function is so overdue that Apple doesn't even have a fancy name for it. In iPad-OS, you can "see your active and current downloads in Safari and easily access them via the new "Download" folder in "Files" - because there's now a download manager. You can ask any Android user - he won't remember times when he didn't have this feature.
The ability to search, download and install wrist apps is a big step for the Apple Watch . But it was a bigger deal when Google launched the Play Store for its Smartwatches in 2017. And Google even had developers produce only Smartwatch apps at that time. Admittedly, the state of Wear-OS and compatible devices leaves a lot to be desired, but Google can at least claim that it launched an independent Smartwatch long before Apple. An app store on the wrist is therefore nothing new for Wear-OS users.
One of the biggest WWDC announcements (apart from the $999 display stand that doesn't include a display) is the introduction of iPad-OS. Long overdue and incredibly exciting for iPad fans, the new operating system finally frees the iPad from the limitations of iOS and offers the Tablet a bright future as a true Mac replacement.
Apple wanted to show everyone who has the biggest apples at its developer conference: The new Mac Pro, which of course comes in an ultra-stylish tower case, costs 5999 dollars even in its mediocre basic configuration. If you buy all the expansion cards that fit into the case and make the Mac Pro the absolute computing monster and dream of every video and 3D professional, you even have to put around 50,000 euros on the table. Awesome!
But not only the Mac Pro is exaggeratedly expensive, but also the matching professional monitor "Pro Display XDR" for 5000 Euro and the even more so the matching stand for incomprehensible 1000 Euro! But see for yourself...
The most striking visual change - widgets on the home screen - was introduced by Android in 2011 with Honeycomb. We won't discuss how things are going with the Android tablets at the moment, but hey, at least Google did one thing right.
The Safari browser on iPad will no longer use the mobile version of websites by default. Apple has finally realized that users on the iPad deserve the same Internet experience as users on the Mac, and is now releasing the full version of Safari on iPad-OS. Users of Chrome tablets can only enjoy themselves because they have had a full browser all along.
In addition to a fundamental redesign of the map data in the US, with richer details and (hopefully) more accurate directions, Apple has introduced a feature called Look Around that lets you "explore cities with an immersive 3D experience that lets you pan 360 degrees and move seamlessly through the streets".
That sounds familiar, and it is. Google called it Street View back then, and it's been around as long as the iPhone.
And Apple's other great maps feature? Favorites. Google Maps hasn't had that for ages.
Apple hasn't given up on making its intelligent speaker a viable option for your home. In addition to a new voice for Siri that speaks nuanced, Homepod can now recognize who is speaking and provide appropriate answers. That's great, but it was a little better when Google added that to its assistant last year.
Apple describes its new Quickpath input as if it were a feature you've never heard of before: "Just stroke from one letter to the next without lifting your finger to enter a word. Machine learning on the device detects the path you're drawing and converts it for you, making one-hand typing a breeze."
Google has been using swipes on its Gboard keyboard since 2016 ... a feature now announced exclusively for iOS.
With Watch-OS 6, the Apple Watch has taken up a number of new health and fitness functions. For women, nothing is more important than the cycle tracking app, which allows them to log the course of their period and the symptoms.
Fitbit has introduced health tracking for women at the wrist, and the cycle tracking app Clue is already available for the Apple Watch. So while we're praising Apple's efforts here, it's less an innovative feature than one that's long overdue at Apple.
A touching demonstration during the WWDC keynote was watching a Mac user in a wheelchair effortlessly navigate his Mac, share photos and send messages, all without a mouse. It's all part of Apple's new voice control, which interacts with comprehensive commands with apps and numbered labels to make selecting and clicking items on the screen easier.
Although it's certainly a life-changing feature for impaired Mac users, they could have had it for much longer if they'd bought a Windows 10 PC. Windows Speech Recognition (actually available since Windows 7) is a robust and comprehensive way to control any point on your PC without the need for a mouse or keyboard. It uses a similar numbering and screening method. So, place one for Windows.
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