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WWDC 2019 Round-Up

Apple's annual developer conference kicked off with a keynote that was particularly confused and confusing.


iOS 13 Dark Mode (Artist Rendering)

Darkest Mode

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.

iPadOS

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.

Reader Comments 11

The big news for audio in iOS 13 is that IAA is being deprecated: "Inter-App audio is deprecated. Use Audio Units for this functionality moving forward."

https://developer.apple.com/documentation/ios_ipados_release_notes/ios_ipados_13_beta_release_notes?fbclid=IwAR3GrEym2tTS5cD-OifDW0KojZKZVCCj8z99Ti9n3Xo8oV-9b71Pekjaz7o

Most likely IAA will still work until iOS 14, but it's currently unclear what Apple's plans are.
On June 03, 2019 - @ajp said:
The big news for audio in iOS 13 is that IAA is being deprecated: "Inter-App audio is deprecated. Use Audio Units for this functionality moving forward."

https://developer.apple.com/documentation/ios_ipados_release_notes/ios_ipados_13_beta_release_notes?fbclid=IwAR3GrEym2tTS5cD-OifDW0KojZKZVCCj8z99Ti9n3Xo8oV-9b71Pekjaz7o

Most likely IAA will still work until iOS 14, but it's currently unclear what Apple's plans are.
Thanks for pointing that out, ajp! IAA was pretty much already deprecated in our hearts, but this official word from Apple is going to be something to keep an eye on in the future.
On June 03, 2019 - @Tim Webb said:
Thanks for pointing that out, ajp! IAA was pretty much already deprecated in our hearts, but this official word from Apple is going to be something to keep an eye on in the future.

I still use a lot of IAA apps that will likely never get updated, so this is concerning (but not surprising). When IAA is actually killed I guess I'll be hopping off the iOS train and treating my iPad as a fixed piece of hardware.
“Artist Rendering” 😆😁😂
June 03, 2019  | person burnalot
June 04, 2019  | person Ghostrider
I saw over on CDM that Apple still hasn't addressed the audio glitches that result from a particular security chip.

I'd be glad to see a very general rejection of "blast the user with white". I have to shut my eyes when I launch YouTube (an app which always surprises me by how much it sucks.).

Sometimes it seems like Apple stirs in lots of random ideas. Some great and some shitty. But then I guess that's just how it is. I can argue that some of the changes they make are backwards and they couldn't argue.
I left a pretty long rant about this utter insanity and complete disconnection from reality by Apple over at Apple Insider’s article...

Apple has two options:

1. Compact and disposable computers that will eventually self-destruct (and will always throttle under heavy loads) due to poor thermal designs, because of Jony Ive’s pathological obsession with thinness. I’ve already had one Macbook Pro, a 3,1 model, commit suicide by using it for gaming and 3D, thanks to NVidia’s GPU. I’ve avoided using my Macbook Pro 5,5 for similar work and always get fearful when Logic projects or renders make the fan run heavily. These machines are great if you don’t use them heavily (or, apparently, breathe on their keyboards).

2. A modular machine with proper thermal design... that you can only afford if you’re a huge and profitable business.

Apple have basically told me to fuck right the fucking fuck off. I’m poor. I’ve been saving tax rebates for YEARS, waiting for Apple to release a properly built professional workstation. They released a weird but usable headless Mac Pro in 2013. I awaited a proper display for it... which never came. The machine became more and more an obvious mistake. I kept waiting. Then Apple finally announced this fucking insanely-priced 2019 Mac Pro. I will never EVER be able to buy one of those fuckers. No entry level model. No mid-level model. “Base” price starts at fucking $6000 (and doesn’t have enough storage, either).

Apple is UTTERLY OUT OF TOUCH.
June 04, 2019  | person dysamoria
I think you're right. @dysamoria

Apple often does things that seem out of touch. Or, perhaps, at best, they make decisions that affect one group of people positively and another group of people negatively, and they don't seem to mitigate the negative aspects very effectively.
I’m done with laptops AND desktops. They die before I finish paying them off. It’s hard to do, but I’ve said goodbye to FCP, Digital Performer, Reason, Ableton. Oddly since I have said goodbye to all of that stuff video and audio production for the first time in many years is suddenly fun again. Editing video used to be such a bloody chore. Even editing multitrack audio used to be painful. Slugging around a MBPro in my backpack every day was starting to give me back problems. If I absolutely need a computer, it will be a second hand MacMini. Or, a new one maxed out. Even then, I think...probably not. I still need something to read all of my hard drives with, I really hope that this new files system will work on my iPad that does not have USB C.
June 05, 2019  | person burnalot
There be a totes interesting read about how this affects us Audiobus users, with input from the LoopyHD/Audiobus developer Michael Tyson at this link homiez.

https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/33165/the-biggest-audio-news-from-todays-apple-event-iaa-is-deprecated-in-ipados-ios-13/p2
June 05, 2019  | person SupaJoint
dysamoria wrote:
" Apple have basically told me to fuck right the fucking fuck off. I’m poor. I’ve been saving tax rebates for YEARS, waiting for Apple to release a properly built professional workstation. "

To be fair to Apple, if you are poor you are not going to be able to buy a professional workstation. Your best bet is an iMac - good performance with a built in screen.

This new MacPro is not for you or I. It is for businesses that charge a lot of $$$s for their time and this expensive machine will allow them to get through heavy duty work much faster, making them more $$$s.

A hatchback or station wagon might be good for people who want to sometimes move stuff about, but only a pro removals company buys a full sized moving truck. This computer is a full sized moving truck.
June 06, 2019  | person_outline Simon
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