Our WWDC 2019 Keynote Cheat Sheet – “Write code. blow minds”

This years WWDC keynote from the San Jose Convention Centre is just wrapping up.

Tim is no Steve when it concerns presentations so thank goodness for Craig Federighi. There were some interesting announcements though, here are some of the highlights in our typical cheat sheet…


HomeKit protected video – private processing & encrypted storage

10 days of recording included in iCloud account

HomeKit concerning Routers – from eero, Linksys & ISPs


Also coming in iOS 13…

Faster all round

App downloads 50-60% smaller

Modalità scura

Swipe typing

Mail, Safari & notes all updated

Reminders app – new from ground up

New Maps (USA by end of 2019)

New Maps ‘look around’ (Street View)

Privacy focus – much more protections around Location

Stopping rogue apps checking WiFi / BT for your location

‘Sign in with Apple’ to 3rd party apps without revealing personal details

Per app random email address you can dump at any time

Improvements to portrait lighting

New controls to edit video (rotate, filters etc)

New ‘Days’ & ‘Years’ views in photos app

Uses device learning to choose best pics and filter out the rest

AirPods – tap to share audio with other iphone users

Handoff from EarPods to HomePods with a tap

Neural TTS for much more natural speech

CarPlay – new redesigned CarPlay screens

Siri now works with 3rd party CarPlay apps like Waze

Send unknown callers directly to voice mail


New iPadOS

New home screen

New Multi tasking

Trying to make iPad much more capable

More use of split view

(2 notes open at once got applause)

File view & quick Actions

Folder Sharing in iCloud Drive

SMB file sharing supported

You can now plug in a USB drive

Directly import files to 3rd part apps

‘Desktop-class browsing’ on Safari on iPad

New download manager

30 new keyboard shortcuts

New downloadable fonts

New scroll bars to navigate long docs

New 3 finger cut, paste and undo gestures


Independent view apps coming in v6

New view apps store

Purchase & install apps directly from Watch

Noise app looks for loud volumes that could damage hearing

New menstrual cycle tracking

New Streaming Audio API

New activity trends views

Many new view faces

Voice memos concerning Apple Watch

Calculator concerning Apple Watch


Apple TV now has Multi user support

XBox and PS4 game controllers supported

New Mac Pro

Reimagining of the cheese grater

Modular Construction

CPU – Intel Xeon up to 28 cores

Afterburner card processes 6 billions pixels per second

Plays 3 streams of 8k ProRes raw at the same time (100 million pixels)

1.4kW power supply

300 cubic feet of air flow from 3 fans

MPX module for GPUs

up to 1.5 TB of RAM

8 PCI Slots

2 x 20Gb Ethernet Ports

Optional Wheels

Rack version too

Starts $5,999

Available this Autumn

New pro display XDR

New 32″ 6K Retina Display

XDR = extreme dynamic Range

New Backlit Process

P3 10-bit colour

Designed to complement the Mac Pro

1,000 nits constant, 1,600 nits peak

1,000,000:1 contrast Ratio

Rotates to portrait mode

$4,999 – £5,999 (+ $1,000 for the stand!)

Mac OS

MacOS ‘Catalina’

iTunes replaced – now 3 new apps…

Apple Music

Apple Podcasts

Apple TV

Sidecar – use iPad as 2nd display for Mac

Accessibility – new Voice control (coming to iOS too)

Find My – new finder for Macs and iPhones

Activation Lock for lost Macs

Screen time concerning Mac (share limits from iOS)

Project Catalyst – devs can rapidly convert iOS apps to mac

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