Apple's annual developer conference kicked off with a keynote that was particularly confused and confusing.
iOS 13 Dark Mode (Artist Rendering)
This year Apple was excited to announce a list of innovations they're bringing to iOS, by copying them from features that have been in Android for many years. At the top of this list is Dark Mode, so you'll no longer be blinded by the white backgrounds of apps. This is a feature that was available on Samsung phones before even Android, and now iOS will finally get it too.
Apple Maps is going to see a major upgrade to look more like Google Maps, with Street View.
And that is basically all they had to say because the rest of the iOS presentation was filler.
So much filler.
They spent way too much time droning on about stuff that has nothing to do with iOS. They spent about 5 minutes just on minor changes to the Photos app. No shit, the presenter was literally just showing us pictures of his baby for several minutes.
My favorite Android feature coming to iOS this Fall is the ability to automatically send all unknown callers to voicemail! This is such a vital feature that has been sorely missed on iOS with the rise of robocalls. I got so many last week that I made this my ringtone.
For the first time ever we heard of a new OS specific to the iPad, called iPadOS... but this was not well explained. I'm not kidding, this whole keynote was such a confusing clusterfuck. It looks like iOS, and it smells like iOS. They showed off some small, but meaningful, improvements to multi-tasking. It looks like they're trying to blur the line between desktop and iPad, but they didn't mention mouse support.
They briefly showed a USB-C thumb drive plugged into the iPad, and said you can now use external storage with the Files app. It was not clear if this function will come to iPads with Lightning connectors.
6k Display for $6k
For those of you that want to spend way too much money on a computer, Apple has you covered with the new 2019 Mac Pro. It's so expensive they won't even say how much it is in the Keynote. We can reasonably assume that it is going to cost many times more than what those parts would cost you if you just built it yourself and ran a Hackintosh on it.
If you've got to have an Apple branded PC then you'll be pleased to know that they've returned to the cheese grater form factor. They specifically mentioned that the new Mac Pro will be rack mountable, which is welcomed news to Real Pros who couldn't rack mount the stupid trashcan from 2013.
While you're spending too much on a PC, you can also spend $6,000 on a 32" 6K monitor. The base monitor itself is $5,000, but the stand for it is another $1,000! Seriously. The stand. Just the stand, is an extra $1,000. Fuck you, Apple.
The biggest news on the Mac front was that they're pushing for iPad developers to port their apps to macOS. They promise this will be easy with something called Project Catalyst. I expect we'll hear more about that as WWDC continues this week.