Although I wasn’t able to make it to WWDC this year, here is a quick roundup of some of my favorite things announced:
iOS 13 and iPadOS
iOS 13 sees some evolutionary improvements and new features, big ones including Dark Mode and Sign In with Apple. iPadOS brings a revamped OS designed for the larger displays offered on across the iPad lineup. I honestly wasn’t expecting a new OS for the iPad but damn it look fantastic. Features like a full file manager and downloads in Safari brings the iPad one step closer to replacing laptops for many users.
In addition to the crossover of unified iOS apps into macOS and the ability to ship iPad apps to macOS, one killer feature that really wowed me was Voice Control. The demo video is simply mind blowing and really show how far Apple has taken user accessibility. This feature goes a step further and works across macOS and iOS. Take a look at this demo, just wow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqoXFCCTfm4
iOS Development Tools
SwiftUI looks like a game changer. A WYSIWYG interface builder with code generation, live previews, and declarative syntax? Yes please! https://developer.apple.com/tutorials/swiftui/tutorials
Mac Pro and Pro Display HDX
We go back to the cheese grater Mac Pro era with the latest evolution of the Mac Pro. Up to 28 cores, 1.4TB of RAM, 4TB of blazing fast flash storage, and a 1400W power supply. I need one of these, along with the $6000 6K Pro Display and it’s $999 stand. Yeah its pricey but oh man it has been such a long time since Apple has released such a great looking piece of pro hardware.