WWDC Keynote Confirmed for 3 June

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Apple Sends Press Invitations and Confirms June 3rd WWDC Keynote – MacStories:

Apple is expected to unveil the latest versions of its major operating systems at WWDC, including iOS 13, watchOS 6, and macOS 10.15. We may also see hardware products announced too, like the long-anticipated modular Mac Pro. A live stream for the keynote has not yet been confirmed, but it remains likely since WWDC is one of the prime Apple events of the year.

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Apple is planning big software updates for WWDC

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Apple is planning big software updates for WWDC, including iOS Dark Mode and iPad apps on Mac – The Verge:

Apple traditionally shows off updates to its iOS, Mac, and smartwatch software at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year’s conference begins on June 3rd, and according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the company has a lot planned.

New in iOS 13:

An official Dark Mode will be enabled from the Control Center. iOS users have previously had to use color inversion to achieve a sort of dark mode.

There’s a revamped Health app, with a new homepage for daily activity, a “hearing health” feature, and “more comprehensive menstrual cycle tracking.”

The updated Reminders app has a new main screen with four default options: tasks to be done today, scheduled tasks, flagged tasks, and all tasks. Gurman says the update “better competes with the several to-do list programs available on the App Store.”

The updated Maps app has easier options for setting frequent locations, creating groups of favorite locations, and navigating to suggested and past destinations.

The addition of profile pictures and display names in iMessages includes a dedicated menu for sending sticker versions of Animoji and Memoji.

Find My Friends and Find My iPhone will be combined into a single app. Previously rumored by 9to5Mac, it also suggested that Apple was working on a physical tag similar to Tile that would let users track the location of any devices — not just Apple phones and computers.

Native support to use an iPad as a secondary Mac screen will be introduced, which is similar to the functionality offered by third-party apps like Luna and Duet Display. This was also previously rumored by 9to5Mac.

There’s a selection of iPad-specific updates, including a better interface for multitasking and an updated home screen.

The big change in watchOS 6 will be downloading apps on the Apple Watch itself.

New in watchOS 6:

App Store access on-device means you’ll be able to update and install new apps without using the Watch companion app on the iPhone.

Transplanted apps from iOS include Voice Memos, Apple Books (for audiobooks), and the Calculator app.

New apps including Dose for pill reminders and Cycles for tracking menstrual cycles will be introduced.

New Complications (including ones for showing the battery life of hearing aids, rainfall data, and external noise) and new Watch faces (including one with extra-large numbers) will arrive.

New in macOS 10.15:

iPad apps on the Mac was previously rumored by Bloomberg. It reported that Apple will allow developers to create (essentially) a single app that runs on iPhones, iPads, and Macs. This process will need some work from developers, though, who will also have to submit multiple versions of the app to the iOS and Mac App Stores. Gurman says the feature will be expanded to iPhone apps “by next year.” Apple has already made iOS apps available on the Mac itself, including News and Stocks with macOS Mojave.

A new Apple Music app could be part of the rumored break-up of iTunes.

Apple iPad apps that will be initially available on the Mac include the Podcasts app and newly merged Find My iPhone / Find My Friends app. Apple’s Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, and updated Reminders app will also be available on the Mac.

Reported iOS 13 Features Coming

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iOS 13: Dark Mode, detachable panels, Safari and Mail, more – 9to5Mac:

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 13, the next major version of the iPhone and iPad operating system, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on June 3rd. Now, people familiar with the development of the operating system have shared exclusive details with 9to5Mac. Read on for new details about what to expect.

Dark Mode and Multitasking;

First, the long-awaited Dark Mode is finally coming to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 13. There will be a system-wide Dark Mode that can be enabled in Settings, including a high contrast version, similar to what’s already available on macOS. Speaking of macOS, iPad apps that run on the Mac using Marzipan will finally take advantage of the Dark Mode support on both systems.

There are many changes coming to iPad with iOS 13, including the ability for apps to have multiple windows. Each window will also be able to contain sheets that are initially attached to a portion of the screen, but can be detached with a drag gesture, becoming a card that can be moved around freely, similar to what an open-source project called “PanelKit” could do.

These cards can also be stacked on top of each other, and use a depth effect to indicate which cards are on top and which are on the bottom. Cards can be flung away to dismiss them.

Guilherme Rambo and Steve Troughton-Smith are well respected and trusted developers and their ability to poke around with source code lends huge credence to this report. Apparent cosmetic changes such as Dark Mode and improvements to the Reminders and Mails apps do not sound nearly as big when compared to the “multiple windows” for each app mention – can’t wait to see this in action. ”Many changes” sounds like big things are coming.

Bradley Chambers on iOS 13 Potential for iPad

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Comment: iOS 13 will be the most important release to date for iPad – 9to5Mac:

The challenge for Apple with iOS 13 on the iPad is keeping it simple, but also improving how it handles complex tasks that typically have been best served by macOS. If I was a product manager in the iPad group, I would be constantly arguing that the iPad needs to be able to do everything a Mac can do. Yes, they are different devices, but users should be able to pick up either one and get the same things done. It’s really time for the iPad lineup to get the same Pro upgrade with the software that the hardware has gotten in recent years. Tasks like file management have got to become easier. Mobile Safari has to be removed, and a desktop-class browser has to be added, and I will argue that the iPad needs to get trackpad/pointer support.

I really don’t ever see desktop-like trackpad control coming to iOS, other than the curser trackpad control it already has. iOS is built to be a touch-first operating system with legacy point control such as a mouse and trackpad not intended for by design. I would agree that Safari could always be improved on iOS especially when it comes to working in web apps like Google Sheets compared the macOS Safari version but there is a simplicity in mobile Safari that feels light and intuitive which again I feel is by design – applications need to adapt to the iOS – not the other way round. I believe Apple wants its iOS-generation of users to embrace working in iOS rather than trying to get it to work like how they are used to on macOS or even Windows for that matter even if that means the apps that Apple offer on both different operating systems require a learning to curve to overcome.