Dateline 2019. It is the year of the birth of iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, as well as the death of itunes. On the hardware front, the 2019 Mac Pro, announced at WWDC 2019, is the ugliest yet. But it is also the most powerful, and chances are that it is out of your reach as well.
This is macOS Catalina, where iTunes died
Apple is replacing iTunes with three apps – Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. iTunes is dead, and it died in macOS Catalina, the latest version of the Apple’s PC software.
MacOS Catalina adds SideCar, a feature that allows you to use an iPad as an extended display for your Mac or Macbook. For example, you can draw with an Apple Pencil on your iPad and interact with it in real-time on your Mac.
Meet the 2019 Mac Pro
This is the big news of WWDC 2019. The new macOS Catalina meets new hardware in the 2019 Mac Pro, which Apple says is “a completely redesigned, breakthrough workstation for pros who push the limits of what a Mac can do”. It is unarguably the most powerful Mac Pro ever.
What does the 2019 Mac Pro cost? It starts from $6,000 for the base model, which has an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 32 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of SSD storage. Add the base configuration of the new 32-inch, Pro Display XDR display to the mix and your bank account has depleted by $11,000. For contet, you can buy a used car in good condition with that amount of money .
If you want the full power of the 2019 Mac Pro and XDR display, you will be coughing out something in the range of a whopping $50,000. We wonder what sort of cars you can purchase with that kind of money.
Finally, iPads get their own special OS and it is called iPadOS. No longer do iPads share iOS with iPhones. iPadOS is more customised for the large screen to improve productivity.
On the list of features is a new homescreen and improved multitasking abilities – including gestures and the ability to drag and drop apps side-by-side so you can work with multiple files and documents from the same app at the same time.
But you won’t believe some of the features of iPadOS. They include a download manager and support for flash USB drives and SD cards. Are we still talking about Apple here? We guess even Apple has to adapt after all.
Apple Pencil support has been improved so that accessory can be put to use in more ways. Mouse support is built into iPadOS too. Safari has been upgraded to desktop-grade level.
The whole idea is that iPads can now function more like laptops instead of largely being over-sized iPhones, and that is a good thing.
iPad OS also includes system-wide Dark Mode, new fonts, floating keyboard, as well as a more powerful Files app.
This is iOS 13
iOS 13 adds system-wide Dark Mode, advanced photo viewing and editing tools, improved camera features, as well as improved Maps. Apple say they drove “4 million miles to rebuild the basemap from the ground up” to add “broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover”.
Apple also announced watchOS 6 and tvOS 13, as well as new development tools at the event. For example, new tools allow developers to port iPad apps quickly to macOS.
The new macOS Catalina, iPadOS, and iOS 13 will all be available in the last quarter of this year as free software updates for compatible devices.