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Apple's New iPadOS Software Includes Additional Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple today unveiled iPadOS, a new version of iOS that's designed to take advantage of the larger screens in the iPad family. iPadOS will incorporate several features that recognize the tablet's function as a computer replacement, including a new Home screen, an updated Split View to enhance multitasking, improved Apple Pencil support, and additional keyboard shortcuts for use with physical keyboards. During its WWDC keynote, Apple revealed that Safari for iPadOS will include about 30 additional shortcuts, including the following: Use default font size in Reader (Command + 0) Open link in background (Command + tap) Toggle downloads (Command + Alt/Option) Open link in new window (Command + Alt + tap) Use selection for Find (Command + E) Email this page (Command + I) Open link in new tab (Command + Shift + tap) Decrease Reader text size (Command + -) Zoom in (Command + +) Zoom out (Command + -) Save webpage (Command + S) Change focused element (Alt/Option + tab) Focus Smart Search field (Command + Alt/Option + F) Dismiss web view in app (Command + W) Increase Reader text size (Command + +) Download linked file (Alt + tap) Add link to Reading List (Shift + tap) Close other tabs (Command + Alt/Option + W) Scroll around screen (arrow keys) Paste without formatting (Command + Shift + Alt/Option + V) New Private tab (Command + Shift + N) Actual size (Command + 0) Open search result (Command + Return) Toggle bookmarks (Command + Alt/Option + 1) The keyboard shortcuts will work with Apple's Smart Keyboard or any third-party

Roundup: First-Look Impressions of the New Mac Pro

At WWDC today, Apple unveiled its much-anticipated Mac Pro redesign, and following its keynote the company offered journalists some brief time with the machine – although admittedly nobody was allowed to use or even touch it. With that in mind, we've highlighted some of the more interesting quotes from those who were lucky enough to get up close with Apple's most powerful Mac to date. Unsurprisingly given the "hands-off" nature of the preview, TechRadar opined on the aesthetics of the redesigned Mac Pro: For those that were unconvinced about the previous Mac Pro's design, this is far more industrial. Designed to be modular, the Mac Pro's leanings are far more traditional with the combination of brushed aluminum and heat sink holes festooning the outer shell. It's brutal and says 'this is for working on, not to look good'. It can be rack mounted, and you can screw wheels on the bottom to move it around an office or studio. Image credit: TechRadar TechCrunch was less impressed with the look of the new Mac Pro, and questioned the "cheese grater" industrial design choice. It’s uncanny how much this thing looks like a cheese grater. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Pro has looked like that; A well-liked previous iteration had a grater-esque style, but this new one takes things much further. There are of course some thermal benefits to having a perforated case, but surely there are other ways to accomplish that.Gripping the handle on top of the Mac Pro and lifting the lid exposes the internal

Apple Unveils New SwiftUI Framework For Building App Interfaces Using Less Code

At WWDC today, Apple announced a new Swift UI framework that allows developers to build their app interfaces using much less code. "The new app development technologies unveiled today make app development faster, easier and more fun for developers, and represent the future of app creation across all Apple platforms," said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "SwiftUI truly transforms user interface creation by automating large portions of the process and providing real-time previews of how UI code looks and behaves in-app. We think developers are going to love it."Using SwiftUI's easy-to-understand declarative code, developers can create full-featured user interfaces complete with smooth animations. SwiftUI should also save developers time by providing several automatic functions including interface layout, Dark Mode, Accessibility, right-to-left language support and internationalization. In addition, a new graphical UI design tool built into Xcode 11 makes it easier for UI designers to quickly assemble a user interface with SwiftUI without having to write any code. Swift code is automatically generated and when this code is modified, the changes to the UI instantly appear in the visual design tool, allowing developers to see automatic, real-time previews of how the UI will look and behave as they refine and test their code. The new Swift API is universal, meaning it can be used to build app UIs for Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

Apple Reveals 'Voice Control' Accessibility Feature Coming to Mac and iOS

As part of its macOS Catalina and iOS 13 unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced a new accessibility feature called Voice Control, allowing users to control their Mac and iOS devices entirely using vocal commands. Voice Control supports dictation and editing in both operating systems, along with comprehensive menu navigation. On iOS, the feature utilizes attention awareness to know when a user with physical motor limitations is interacting with their device. To allay privacy concerns, Apple says that none of the audio processed by Voice Control can be accessed by anyone else, including Apple, thanks to built-in anonymity and

Apple's New 'Find My' App for macOS and iOS Can Find Your Devices Even When They're Offline

Apple's "Find My Friends" app is being revamped in macOS Catalina and iOS 13, and will now be called simply "Find My." The new version of the app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends. The major feature of the updated app is that it can now locate Apple devices that are offline, making it even easier to find your iPhone or MacBook if you ever happen to lose it. Apple said that when a device is offline and sleeping, it sends out a secure Bluetooth beacon that can be detected by other Apple devices nearby, even the ones owned by other people. This results in a network that works to find lost Apple devices through a secure, encrypted, and anonymous signal

Apple Says iOS 13 to Bring 'Biggest Update to CarPlay Yet'

As part of its iOS 13 unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced what it called "the biggest update to CarPlay yet." The new version of CarPlay will feature a new interactive dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view. It also includes a new, more advanced in-vehicle version of Apple Maps. The Calendar and Music apps have also been redesigned to improve the user experience, while Siri will be able to deliver directions and music from third-party apps like Pandora and

Apple Unveils New Photo Browsing and Editing Features Coming With iOS 13

Apple today announced new photography features coming to its native Camera and Photos app this fall with the release of iOS 13, including a redesigned UI and a more advanced version of Portrait Lighting. The new photo editing features allow users to more easily see their settings at a glance and make adjustments by tapping and dragging. The changes are also coming to video, which will allow users to rotate a video in the edit screen. Apple says Portrait Lightning has also been taken to a new level, by allowing users to adjust the intensity of the lighting effect to virtually move light closer or further from the subject. In the Photos app, a new browsing interface allows you to organize and search your pictures more easily, and the app will employ advanced AI to create new layouts of multiple shots whenever you view them. Videos will play automatically upon selection, while new Days and Years features let you see collections of images in a more organized and chronological

Apple Updating Messages in iOS 13 With User Profiles and Memoji Stickers

The Messages app on iOS is gaining a new feature that will let you automatically share your name and photo, or custom Animoji/Memoji, so that your friends can easily identify who is in the thread. The update comes with far more options for Memoji customization, including new makeup, accessories, eyeshadow, lipstick, piercings, teeth, earrings, hair, hats, glasses, and even AirPods. You can now also turn your Memoji into stickers, which can then be used across numerous apps like Messages and Mail. Memoji stickers and the Memoji editor will also now be supported for all devices with an A9 chip or later, not just those with TrueDepth

Apple Announces 'Sign in With Apple' for Signing into Apps Using Your Apple ID

Apple today announced Sign In With Apple at WWDC, allowing users to log in to apps and services using your Apple ID in a highly secure manner. Apple is releasing a new API to allow developers to add the new sign-in function to their apps for a more convenient way of logging in using Face ID without revealing additional personal information When logging in users can choose to reveal or hide their email address, or get Sign In With Apple to generate a unique random, anonymous email address that can be managed for specific apps, giving users more control of their data. The new sign-in feature is coming with Apple's new operating systems this fall and will be available across macOS, iOS, and through

iOS 13 Gaining Revamped Reminders App and Enhanced Apple Maps

During the iOS 13 section of the WWDC 2019 keynote today, Apple unveiled a completely revamped Reminders app. The app features an all-new user interface and advanced features that can intelligently detect what kind of reminder you're creating. When you begin typing in a reminder, the app will provide smart suggestions regarding when and where you should be alerted. You can also tag people in any reminder, and the next time you begin a Messages thread with them you'll see a Reminders notification that suggests you bring up the topic with them. There's also a new quick toolbar that makes it easier to add times, dates, locations and flags, or add attachments to any reminder. Secondly, Apple Maps is being updated with enhanced mapping data and an all-new map. Apple said that it drove 4 million miles to rebuild the basemap from the ground up and offer broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and a more detailed landcover. The updated Apple Maps in iOS 13 can be seen on the left This new map is available now in select cities and states, and will expand to the entire United States by the end of 2019 and select other countries next year. Apple Maps also has a new "Look Around" window to check out ground level views of certain locations, and "Collections" to easily share favorite restaurants or stores with

Apple Announces 'macOS Catalina' With Separate Apple Music, Podcasts, and TV Apps

Apple today revealed the next version of macOS, which is called macOS Catalina. The company started off by announcing that the "future of iTunes" will be divided into three apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. This means that the traditional iTunes app will be going away in macOS Catalina. Essentially, Apple is replacing iTunes with these media apps. According to the company, the apps will "greatly simplify and improve" the way that users discover media on the Mac. To start, Apple Music will sync with your Apple Music account and provide full access to music streaming, playlists, music videos, Beats1 radio stations, downloaded songs, and more. The iTunes Music store will remain alive, located in the Apple Music app, for those users who still prefer to own their music. The Apple TV app will be essentially the same as it is on tvOS and iOS, allowing you to sync your Up Next list across devices and easily jump directly into your favorite shows. Similarly, Apple Podcasts will offer more than 700,000 shows in its library and sync your content across devices. Certain features previously seen in iTunes will be migrated elsewhere on macOS, like iPhone syncing and device storage management now located in Finder. Apple also announced Sidecar, a way to use the iPad as an extended display for Mac. This gives artists the chance to use an Apple Pencil and draw on their iPad, and quickly jump into an editing program on their Mac for the same artwork. macOS

Apple Unveils 'iPadOS' Designed Specifically for the iPad's Larger Display

Apple today revealed "iPadOS," a new version of iOS that Apple has designed specifically for the larger screens on the iPad family. Apple said that it renamed the OS to recognize the "distinctive experience" of iPad. To start, the Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout that shows more apps on each page. The widget-based Today view can be added to the Home screen, providing quick access to news headlines, the weather, events, and more. To enhance iPadOS even more, Apple updated Split View to allow users to work with multiple files and documents from the same app at the same time. For example, users can have two emails opened side by side in Mail, or two notes in Notes. Slide Over allows users to quickly view and switch between multiple apps, and App Exposé provides for a quick view of every open window. iPadOS also overhauled Apple Pencil integration with the ability to mark up and send entire webpages, documents, or emails on iPad. Users can simply swipe the Apple Pencil from the corner of the display to enter mark up mode, quickly edit the document, and save it. Additionally, iPadOS has reduced Apple Pencil latency to as low as 9 milliseconds. Another update centers on the Files app, which now has iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Because iPadOS supports external drives, users can easily plug in a USB drive and transfer data all within the Files app. There's also a new Column View for easier navigation, Quick Actions for

Apple Unveils 32-inch 6K 'Pro Display XDR' Monitor Starting at $4,999

As part of its new Mac Pro unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced a new 32-inch 6K Retina display with advanced HDR viewing capabilities. Called the Pro Display XDR, the new LCD monitor features a 6,016 x 3,384 resolution display and 20 million pixels. It uses a direct backlighting system with a large array of LEDs, able to produce 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1,600 nits of peak brightness. It's more than 40 percent bigger than Apple's iMac 5K display, and offers users P3 wide color, 10-bit, and several reference modes. The new screen has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and can maintain 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness indefinitely. The Pro display also features Thunderbolt 3, which enables two monitors to run off a single power source, and up to four displays to be connected together for more screen real estate. Priced from $4,999, the new monitors feature an anti-reflective coating, and a matte option is also available. The Pro Stand, which is sold separately for $999, provides both tilt and height adjustment, allowing Pro Display XDR to rotate into portrait mode. A VESA Mount Adapter will also be available for $199. The new monitor and optional extras will be available to order from this

Apple Unveils watchOS 6 With Dedicated App Store, New Apple Watch Faces and Native Apps

Apple today announced a new version of watchOS coming this fall that will introduce several new watch faces, stock apps, and a new App Store dedicated to Apple Watch. During its WWDC event, Apple showed off several new faces, including Modular Compact, Solar Dial, California, Gradient and Numerals faces. The new watch faces introduce a new feature called Taptic Chimes that deliver a silent vibration on your wrist, and an hourly chime when audio is turned on. The new apps include wrist-based versions of Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator, while the new App Store will allow users to purchase and download apps directly to their watch, bypassing iPhone. Users can install third-party apps using the dedicated Apple Watch app store, search for apps using Siri, dictation or Scribble, and view app product pages designed for the watch screen right from the wrist. Developers can also build Apple Watch-only apps, created to work independently on Apple Watch without an iOS app. Siri search queries will also display webpage results in full on Apple Watch. In addition, watchOS 6 brings several new health and fitness features for Apple Watch, including a menstrual cycle tracking app, a Noise app, and a new Trends tab for the Activity tracking

Apple Reveals tvOS 13 With New Home Screen and Support for Multiple User Profiles

During the WWDC 2019 keynote Apple unveiled tvOS 13, the latest operating system update for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K devices. The update introduces a new Home screen, multi-user support, updates to Apple Music, new underwater screensavers, and more. The updates start at the new Home screen, which Apple said is "designed for discovery." Apps on the dock can now play full-screen video previews on the Home screen, instead of just showcasing still images. The big new addition to Apple TV with tvOS 13 is support for multiple user profiles on the new Apple TV Control Center. With this feature, you can easily switch between family members and change entire aspects of the operating system depending on who is using it. This means that individual family members will have their own Up Next list in the TV app, see their own TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes, and also receive their own curated suggestions in Apple Music. In regards to Apple Music, Control Center will also include quick access to the currently playing song. A new lyric feature has been added as well, which showcases onscreen lyrics timed in sync with the track. tvOS 13 is also adding support for the Xbox One S controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4 controller. This way, users who already own one of these controllers will be able to play a wide variety of games on the tvOS App Store with ease. It'll also enhance games available on Apple Arcade when that service launches in the fall.

Apple Mulling Preview of New Modular Mac Pro at WWDC in June

Apple is considering previewing its upcoming redesigned Mac Pro at its Worldwide Developers Conference this June, according to a new report by Bloomberg today. Modular Mac Pro concept from Curved.de Apple has said it is working on a high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro for its pro user base that will be easily upgradable and will feature components for the most system intensive tasks. According to sources who spoke to well-connected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple has "internally weighed previewing a new version of the high-end Mac Pro" at this year's WWDC, although no firm decision appears to have been made. According to executives Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller, Apple is committed to making the Mac Pro the highest-end desktop system able to accommodate VR and high-end cinema production. Apple has also put together a "Pro Workflow Team" to tailor the Mac Pro and other Apple products to its professional users. The modular workstation is expected to ship alongside an upcoming Apple-branded pro display, which rumors suggest will be 31.6 inches with a 6K resolution and have "outstanding picture quality" enabled through a new Mini LED-like backlighting design. We still have no word on when in 2019 the Mac Pro is coming, but Apple did promise a 2019 launch date in early 2018. If it's anything like the last Mac Pro in 2013, we should indeed get further information at WWDC, which Apple is planning to hold from June 3 to June 7 in San Jose, California, based on

Apple Plans to Let Developers Release Universal Apps That Work Across iPhone, iPad, and Mac by 2021, SDK Coming This June

Apple aims to allow developers to release universal apps that work across iPhone, iPad, and Mac by 2021, according to a new report today by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The ultimate goal of the multistep initiative, code-named "Marzipan," is by 2021 to help developers build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, said people familiar with the effort. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets.According to Gurman, Apple plans to let developers port iPad apps to Mac using a new software development kit that the company will release as early as June at WWDC. Apple previewed the apps plan, without disclosing the road map, at its developers conference last year. Apple typically previews the next major versions of its iOS and macOS operating systems at WWDC in June, with beta versions of each platform available to developers and public testers until September, so it stands to reason that an SDK for universal apps should begin rolling out in the pre-release software. Developers will still need to submit separate versions of the app to Apple's iOS and Mac App Stores, but the new kit will mean they don't have to write the underlying software code twice, said the people familiar with the plan. In 2020, Apple plans to expand the kit so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way.The "Marzipan" project is considered to be one of the biggest changes on Apple's roadmap, although Apple's plans are said to be "fluid" and could be altered, according to