The Apple WWDC 2019 Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 10am PT/17:00 UTC)by Ryan Smith on June 3, 2019 9:00 AM EST
12:37PM EDT - We're here in sunny San Jose, California for the annual developer pilgrimage that is Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.
12:37PM EDT - One part promotional event, one part trade show, and two parts developer training, WWDC is Apple's favored backdrop for revealing their plans for their product ecosystems for the next 12 months.
12:38PM EDT - Bundling the company's biggest keynote with a developer conference means that the company can use the high-profile keynote to explain their vision, and then immediately set out and help developers to bring them on-board.
12:38PM EDT - While the focus is first and foremost on developers, WWDC has traditionally offered a mix of hardware and software announcements. On the hardware side of matters we've seen things such as the HomePod and iMac Pro, and farther back items such as MacBooks.
12:38PM EDT - The big question this year, however, is going to be about Apple's Mac Pro. The neglected desktop computer hasn't seen a significant update since it was launched in 2013, after Apple backed themselves into a corner on design.
12:39PM EDT - In 2017 the company admitted as much, announcing that their former flagship machine would be getting a complete design. It's been two years since that announcement, and if Apple finally has their new desktop ready, then WWDC would be the perfect venue to unveil it to the kind of professionals it's aimed at.
12:40PM EDT - When it's configred into a single room, the San Jose Convention Center is huge
12:41PM EDT - Chairs everywhere. The place is quickly filling up
12:43PM EDT - Unfortunately the WiFi situation is almost impossibly congested right now, so it's a small miracle I can upload text
12:48PM EDT - The Apple emloyees are chanting. A high school pep rally would not be an unfair comparison
12:50PM EDT - At any rate, along with the potential for hardware announcements, expect to see plenty of software announcements
12:51PM EDT - On the iOS front, Apple kind of took a breather last year with iOS 12, and focused on technical debt and improving performance over adding flashy new features
12:52PM EDT - As a result, iOS 12 runs rather well. Even on phones as old as the iPhone 5s
12:54PM EDT - It's also given Apple the longest support period of any phone manufactuer. At least 6 years from its release date, if they stopped this fall
12:55PM EDT - Of course, I'm interested in seeing if Apple will continue to push the envelope, and offer iOS updates for the 5s for another year. That would be fantastic, and very pro-customer
12:56PM EDT - Alright, I think they're getting ready to start. Most everyone is seated, and the music has been turned up
12:57PM EDT - Dimming the lights. Here we go
01:00PM EDT - (Apologies for the lack of photos thus far; the Wi-Fi situaton is that bad, and the cellular situation isn't any better. 802.11ax can't come soon enough)
01:00PM EDT - Lights are out. Rolling a video
01:01PM EDT - The theme seems to be frustrated developers
01:02PM EDT - "While the world sleeps, you dream"
01:02PM EDT - Now on stage: Tim Cook
01:03PM EDT - Cook is taking a moment to thank the developers for everything they do
01:03PM EDT - "More first-time attendees than ever"
01:04PM EDT - Recapping Apple's March services event: Apple News Plus, etc
01:05PM EDT - Apple is going to show off a sneak peek of Ron D. Moore's new snow: For All Mankind
01:08PM EDT - The Apple story is increasingly going to be one of content and services, if Apple's efforts go to plan
01:08PM EDT - Now on to software. Starting with tvOS, Apple's iOS fork for Apple TV
01:09PM EDT - New feature: multt-user support for tvOS
01:09PM EDT - (It's been a long time coming)
01:10PM EDT - User switching is done via the Control Center
01:10PM EDT - Multi-user support means per-user suggested content, etc
01:11PM EDT - New feature: tvOS is adding controller support for the Xbox One S and PS4 controllers
01:11PM EDT - (It's about time!)
01:11PM EDT - The crowd is very happy about that one. Those are the de-facto game controllers for this generation
01:12PM EDT - And that's tvOS
01:12PM EDT - On to Apple Watch
01:13PM EDT - Now on stage: Kevin Lynch to talk about watchOS
01:13PM EDT - Starting with watch faces
01:14PM EDT - New feature: taptic chimes
01:14PM EDT - A notification on the hour, with an optional audio chime if that's turned on
01:15PM EDT - Apple is bringing more of their apps to watchOS, including Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator
01:16PM EDT - Also making it possible to create independent watchOS apps; no iPhone companion app required
01:16PM EDT - watchOS 6 also brings Apple's streaming audio API
01:17PM EDT - The Apple Watch is getting increasingly indepedent, So Apple is bringing the App Store to the Watch as well
01:17PM EDT - Now on stage: Apple's VP of health (apologies, I didn't catcht he name)
01:17PM EDT - Talking about new health features for watchOS
01:18PM EDT - New feature: activity trends
01:18PM EDT - Comparing exercise trends over longer periods of time
01:19PM EDT - Hearing health?
01:19PM EDT - watchOS is getting an app to measure noise levels. The aptly named Noise app
01:20PM EDT - "Apple doesn't record or save your audio"
01:21PM EDT - One more feature: Apple is integrating their own ovulation cycle tracking app
01:21PM EDT - It's also coming to iOS
01:21PM EDT - (Third party app providers are likely not amused, given how popular those apps are)
01:22PM EDT - Back to Kevin
01:23PM EDT - Kevin is reiterating Apple's privacy tech and policy
01:23PM EDT - Now it's demo time
01:24PM EDT - Showing off new complications that come with the new apps
01:25PM EDT - Noise, Audiobook, and Voice Memo complications
01:25PM EDT - Now demoing the integrated App Store
01:27PM EDT - The audio streaming API means support for MLB At Bat, with live audio streaming
01:27PM EDT - Back to Tim to talk about iOS
01:27PM EDT - 85% of iOS customers are on iOS 12
01:28PM EDT - Apple likes to beat Google/Android over the head on their quick adoption rates
01:28PM EDT - Now on stage: Craig
01:28PM EDT - "We've got a lot to talk about this morning"
01:29PM EDT - Yep, it;s iOS 13
01:29PM EDT - "iOS 13 is a huge release packed with a lot of capabilities"
01:29PM EDT - But Craig is starting with performance optimizations/improvements
01:30PM EDT - App updates are now much smaller. Upwards of 60% smaller
01:30PM EDT - 2x faster app launch speeds as a result
01:30PM EDT - Rolling a video
01:31PM EDT - Dark mode is coming to IOS
01:32PM EDT - Craig is demoing it live
01:32PM EDT - Quickly flipping through apps
01:32PM EDT - Everything looks good. As if Apple would aim any lower
01:33PM EDT - Andrei also notes that this would improve display power consumption on OLED-screen iPhones
01:33PM EDT - "A lot"
01:33PM EDT - Time synced lyrics are also coming to iOS
01:34PM EDT - iOS 13 will also bring a Swype-like "quick path" keyboard
01:34PM EDT - Rattling off new app featurs: Safari per-site text sizes, and more
01:36PM EDT - Maps: Apple has been rebuilding their map from the ground up
01:36PM EDT - The new map data set is much more detailed
01:36PM EDT - Rolling out the new map data set to the US this year, and other countries starting next year
01:36PM EDT - Demo time
01:37PM EDT - New features: collections and favorites
01:38PM EDT - A street view-like mode: "Look around"
01:38PM EDT - Smooth transitions/animations from photo spot to photo spot
01:39PM EDT - Craig is once again reiterating privacy and security
01:39PM EDT - (There's a theme here...)
01:40PM EDT - Apple is clamping down on location services, adding finer-grained options to limit app access
01:41PM EDT - Background tracking notifications, one-time access, and protections against Wi-Fi/Bluetooh tracking
01:41PM EDT - Apple is launching their own Single Sign-On Service: "Sign in with Apple"
01:42PM EDT - They are doing this to offer an alternative to SSO services that track the user across sites in turn
01:42PM EDT - Can sign up to sites with a random, unique email address
01:43PM EDT - So individual sites are siloed and can easily be blocked/cut-off as necessary
01:43PM EDT - Apple is launching a new HomeKit feature to improve security camera privacy
01:44PM EDT - Analysis at the edge - at home - instead of in the cloud
01:44PM EDT - Resulting data is encrypted before being uploaded to iCloud for storage
01:45PM EDT - HomeKit is coming to routers
01:45PM EDT - Devices will be siloed to keep a compromised device from being used to access other devices
01:45PM EDT - Starting off with Linksys and other partners
01:46PM EDT - User avatar feature for Messages, using animojis
01:48PM EDT - Tons of customization options
01:48PM EDT - New feature: Memoji Stickers
01:49PM EDT - Supported on the A9 SoC and later
01:49PM EDT - On to photography
01:49PM EDT - New portrait lighting features, settings, and filters
01:50PM EDT - New photo editing interface as well. Can adjust contrast/saturation/etc
01:50PM EDT - All of this is coming to video editing as well
01:50PM EDT - Video rotation has also been added
01:51PM EDT - New machine learning-driven photo organization and culling features
01:52PM EDT - Demo time of the updated Photos app
01:53PM EDT - Organized by days, months, events, etc
01:55PM EDT - Back to Craig
01:56PM EDT - Now on to AirPod/HomePod/Carplay/Siri
01:56PM EDT - Siri can now read messages as they come in
01:56PM EDT - And let the user immediately respond
01:57PM EDT - Audio sharing with another iOS device
01:57PM EDT - Handoff is coming to HomePod
01:58PM EDT - Can hand off audio functions, including phone calls, to HomePods by coming close to it. And can take them out the same way
01:58PM EDT - HomePod is also getting the ability to learn the voices of multiple users, and to treat them distinctly
01:59PM EDT - This year is Apple's biggest update to CarPlay since it launched
01:59PM EDT - Lots of redesigns
01:59PM EDT - Npw works with third party apps like Pandora and Waze
02:01PM EDT - New voice system for Siri. Neural Text to Speech
02:01PM EDT - No longer recorded samples. Now it's all synthesized
02:02PM EDT - Apple wants something that sounds like a human and sounds human. Voice samples delivered the latter better than the former
02:02PM EDT - New feature: sending unknown callers directly to voicemail
02:03PM EDT - iPad gets all of the new iOS 13 features as well
02:03PM EDT - "We have some big changes coming to iPad this year"
02:03PM EDT - Rolling a video
02:04PM EDT - iPad is getting its own iOS fork: iPadOS
02:04PM EDT - Demoing iPadOS
02:05PM EDT - New slideover multitasking features
02:05PM EDT - iPad apps are getting multi-window capabilities
02:06PM EDT - Split view with 2 Notes
02:06PM EDT - iPad gets app Expose
02:06PM EDT - Works for system and third party apps
02:06PM EDT - Two MS Word documents side-by-side
02:08PM EDT - New options for Files app: column view
02:08PM EDT - With file previews and visible metadata
02:08PM EDT - Built-in SMB file share support
02:09PM EDT - Native thumb drive support as well
02:09PM EDT - SD cards and other mass storage show up in Files as well (with the right adapters)
02:09PM EDT - Zip and Unzip support
02:10PM EDT - Safari on the iPad will start fetching desktop sites by default, rather than mobile sites
02:10PM EDT - Also gets a download manager
02:10PM EDT - "Desktop class Safari"
02:12PM EDT - New touch features for selecting text, scrolling, gestures for copy & paste
02:12PM EDT - Lots of 3-finger gestures
02:13PM EDT - Apple Pencil: Apple says they have the latency down to 9ms - less than 1 frame at 60Hz
02:13PM EDT - Demo time for Apple Pencil
02:14PM EDT - Showing off text editing gestures
02:14PM EDT - Smaller, one-sided keyboard mode
02:17PM EDT - Back to Craig
02:17PM EDT - And back to Tim
02:17PM EDT - Oddly, nothing about supported devices
02:17PM EDT - Now on to the Mac
02:18PM EDT - Rolling a video
02:19PM EDT - New Mac Pro
02:19PM EDT - It's a tower agian
02:19PM EDT - It really does look like a cheese grater this time, but it's a tower
02:20PM EDT - Overall it looks a good bit like the old Mac Pro tower. Which is not a bad thing. The tower worked well
02:20PM EDT - Stainless steel frame
02:20PM EDT - With a focus on modularity and flexibility
02:21PM EDT - "360 degree access"
02:21PM EDT - Using Intel Xeon processors. Up to 28 cores
02:21PM EDT - 300W of power and cooling
02:21PM EDT - Fully unconstrained, all the time
02:22PM EDT - 6 DIMM channels, DDR4-2933 w/ECC, up to 1.5TB of RAM
02:22PM EDT - PCIe cards are back
02:22PM EDT - 4 double-wide slots, 3 single-wide slots, and a half-length slot with an I/O card
02:23PM EDT - 2x 10GigE ports
02:23PM EDT - New graphics card design
02:23PM EDT - But based around PCIe x16
02:23PM EDT - Apple has basically done their own extension to the PCIe bus
02:23PM EDT - Up to 500W
02:24PM EDT - MPX module
02:24PM EDT - Once again using AMD GPUs
02:24PM EDT - Radeon Pro Vega II Duo
02:25PM EDT - Vega Duo GPUs are linked via Infinity Fabric
02:25PM EDT - Can have up to two such cards
02:26PM EDT - New Apple PCIe card: Afterburner. FPGA card for ProRes/ProRes RAW video decoding acceleration
02:26PM EDT - Up to 3 streams of 8K ProRes Raw
02:26PM EDT - 1.4 KiloWatt power supply
02:26PM EDT - Cooling: 3 big fans and a blower
02:27PM EDT - As quiet as an iMac Pro (when under your desk)
02:27PM EDT - Optional wheels
02:27PM EDT - I'm very curious if it can be rackmounted easily
02:27PM EDT - Adobe and Blackmagic adding support for the new hardware
02:28PM EDT - Maxon is bringing Redshift to Mac
02:29PM EDT - Demo time
02:29PM EDT - Showing off Logic Pro
02:30PM EDT - (I don't think I've ever been so happy to see a cheese grater...)
02:31PM EDT - Going absolutely nuts with audio tracks. Over a thousand of them
02:32PM EDT - Now demoing Final Cut Pro on the Mac Pro
02:33PM EDT - (Oh man is this thing going to be expensive)
02:33PM EDT - Now shifting gears to talk about the display
02:34PM EDT - Lamenting the current state of monitors
02:35PM EDT - New Apple monitor is 32-inch LCD 6K retina display
02:35PM EDT - P3 color space, 10bpc color
02:36PM EDT - Promissing 25x better off-angle contrast than typical LCDs
02:36PM EDT - Anti-glare by etching the glass itself, rather than using a coating
02:37PM EDT - Factory calibrated display
02:37PM EDT - Basically designed the back of the monitor to be a giant heatsink
02:38PM EDT - 1600 nits peak, 1000 nits sustained indefinately
02:38PM EDT - "Extreme Dynamic Range" XDR
02:38PM EDT - Pro Display XDR
02:39PM EDT - Up to 6 displays connected to a Mac Pro
02:39PM EDT - Now going over the stand
02:40PM EDT - Flexible arm, rotation for portrait mode
02:40PM EDT - Display can be detached
02:40PM EDT - Thunderbolt-based
02:41PM EDT - Starting config: 8 core CPU, 32GB memory, Radeon Pro 580X, 256GB SSD
02:41PM EDT - Starting at $5999
02:41PM EDT - Available this fall
02:42PM EDT - Apple will also be making a version specifically for rack deployment
02:42PM EDT - Pro Display XDR will be $4999 for the display itself
02:42PM EDT - Pro stand is extra -
02:42PM EDT - And the anti-glare version is $5999
02:43PM EDT - On to macOS
02:43PM EDT - And Craig again
02:44PM EDT - macOS Catalina (this should be 10.15)
02:44PM EDT - Starting with iTunes
02:45PM EDT - Craig is poking fun at the perception of iTunes being bloated with features
02:46PM EDT - So iTunes is getting a separation
02:46PM EDT - Starting with a dediated Apple Music app
02:46PM EDT - iOS Syncing on MacOS is now built in to Finder
02:47PM EDT - Machine learning for Podcasts: using ML to index podcasts
02:48PM EDT - 4K HDR video playback support for recent Macs
02:48PM EDT - Dolby Atmos support as well
02:48PM EDT - New feature: sidecar
02:48PM EDT - iPads can now be used as a secondary display
02:49PM EDT - Can also use the Apple Pencil with iPads in this mode
02:49PM EDT - New accessibility feature: voice control
02:49PM EDT - Control a Mac (or iOS device) entirely with your voice
02:50PM EDT - Rolling a demo video
02:51PM EDT - Comprehensive navigation and rich dictation. Processed locally
02:51PM EDT - New feature: Find My
02:52PM EDT - The successor to Find My Mac and Find My Friends?
02:52PM EDT - Can now find a Mac even when it's offline
02:52PM EDT - Macs will send out a Bluetooth beacon
02:52PM EDT - Which can be picked up by iPhones
02:53PM EDT - "Encrypted and anonymous"
02:53PM EDT - iOS-like activation lock for Macs with the T2 chip
02:53PM EDT - New Photos app and Screentime coming to macOS
02:54PM EDT - New project: Project Catalyst
02:54PM EDT - Create apps for the Mac based on existing iPad apps
02:55PM EDT - Apple used an early version of this tech for their unevenly received Marizpan apps on macOS Mojave
02:55PM EDT - Xcode tries to remove some of the pain by integrating more Mac-like features like cursor control
02:56PM EDT - (They still look like iOS apps)
02:59PM EDT - Apple is smart to leverage their larger and better organized iOS developer legion
02:59PM EDT - But it's hard not to look at this with some skepticism
02:59PM EDT - Moving on to Augmented Reality development
03:01PM EDT - ARKit 3
03:01PM EDT - Real-time occlusion: People Occlusion
03:01PM EDT - New motion capture abilities as well
03:02PM EDT - Demo time with Minecraft
03:03PM EDT - Demoing the recently announced Minecraft Earth on an iPhone
03:04PM EDT - Using new occlusion features to put player "in" the game
03:04PM EDT - It looks cool. Though there is some artifacting around the legs
03:06PM EDT - "it's always a Creeper" AIn't that the truth?
03:06PM EDT - ARKit, Reality Kit, and Reality Composer
03:07PM EDT - Now on to Swift
03:08PM EDT - Announcing SwiftUI framework
03:08PM EDT - Built in Swift for Swift
03:09PM EDT - Intended to simplify UI development
03:09PM EDT - A lot more automation, a lot less code
03:09PM EDT - Demo time
03:11PM EDT - (The developers in the house sound rather pleased)
03:11PM EDT - Significant drag and drop UI building functionality
03:12PM EDT - Dark mode support
03:14PM EDT - Native framework for building Apple Watch apps as well
03:14PM EDT - SwiftUI is also available on iPadOS and macOS
03:14PM EDT - Apple has another, more dev-focused session in the afternoon that will undoubtedly go more into new dev features
03:15PM EDT - Back to Tim
03:15PM EDT - All of the new platforms are available in dev betas today
03:15PM EDT - Public betas in July, final releases in the fall
03:16PM EDT - Tim is thanking the Apple employees
03:17PM EDT - And that's a wrap for the WWDC 2019 keynote
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qhd - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link"for the annual developer exodus that is Apple's World Wide Developers Conference"
I like this sentence. It's probably just a slip of the keyboard, but not entirely untrue as Apple increasingly caters to casual cafe-goers and alienates its professional users, kind of like how the Mac Pro became more style over function a few years ago, and MacBook Pro became more and more of a throttling machine. Please don't fix this sentence as I kind of feel it's representative in a way :).
jeremyshaw - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkI only wonder how long will perception catch up to reality. I once thought the Retina macbooks were among the best laptops money could buy. High DPI display with wide gamut, more powerful versions of regular Intel GPUs, blazingly fast SSDs, decent battery life, etc.
Turns out, it was mostly a facade.
III-V - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkWhy's that?
I'm sure there's plenty of stuff out there that doesn't get the attention it deserves. But I see this more as a failing of companies like Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc. who are too afraid to rock the boat and keep doing things the way they've always done them. I'm not so much praising Apple here, as I am condemning the very obvious conservative, timid behavior of their competitors (although Dell and HP have certainly made bold moves in other directions... consumer PCs seem like an afterthought). Any one of them has had years upon years to, say, model Apple's marketing. They're just sticking with what works, and they take little risks... which is sort of contrary to what business is all about. Their shareholders very clearly have them by the balls.
Anyway, I used to sell laptops, and I've repaired thousands of them. I hold Apple in very high regard from a quality standpoint, despite all of the attention around their issues. Ignoring the early MacBooks (non-pro, the black and white plastic ones were pretty junky).
My only real complaint is that they have a tendency to fly a little too close to the sun, and their consumers are the ones that get burnt (say, the recent keyboard issues, which has frankly gotten a bit pathetic at this point). The upfront cost of Macs is high... the maintenance cost is ludicrous.
And again, I am sure there's better stuff out there. In fact, I know there is, but I also know that some of these products are even more grotesquely expensive, as they lack the economies of scale that Apple has.
But there's some sort of comforting consistency with Apple's execution. Their relatively small number of offerings makes it easy to keep track of how things have changed over the years, and it's easy to discern whether or not their newer models are worth the upgrade. Dell and the gang have a real clusterfuck of offerings that are a nightmare to keep track of. In contrast to their marketing, Apple's modesty in making changes to their Mac lineup plays very much in their favor.
I've got some real moral issues with some of the things Apple does (and doesn't do... you've got an atrocious amount of cash on hand... meanwhile, middle class America's on the edge of collapse), but the products themselves are generally better than what Dell/etc offer. I am saying this despite the years I've spent in repair and being acutely aware of their recalls and failings, and despite being a huge fan of Louis Rossmann, who is one of their loudest critics.
Do I think they're worth the money? No. They're a very bad value proposition, for sure. But they're a safe bet, and for people who have no shortage of money, but an acute shortage of time, Apple's a pretty great choice. Most people buy Apple for the wrong reasons, but when you're loaded, it makes a ton of sense. You get your IT guys in your business to do the research as to what's the best product for your needs, you have your secretary go pick it up from the store, and drop it off whenever it breaks. You're too busy making bank to worry about nickle and diming (and the people who ought to be penching pennies aren't, and are attempting to copy your lifestyle, as if that's sustainable).
cfenton - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkMost of those perceptions were accurate six or so years ago. When I bought a 2013 15" Retina Macbook Pro, there was nothing out there that ticked the same boxes. I could get something equally fast running Windows, but it was bulky and heavy in comparison, or it had a weak battery, or it had a bad screen. The screen was the biggest thing. Windows 8 high DPI scaling was pretty terrible back then and it was much more difficult to find information on color calibration.
Now several other PC manufacturers make competitive products, which is great to see.
BigMamaInHouse - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkFingers crossed to see the New Mac Pro with AMD parts :-).
jeremyshaw - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkIt's guaranteed to have AMD parts - a GPU. Nvidia will not open source their drivers for Apple and Intel isn't in that market.
BigMamaInHouse - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkI am hoping for other Parts too- Maybe TR 3000 Inside with Radeon VII and PCIE Gen4 NVMe SSD Raid ? ;-)
Pat_2409 - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkWhile soon available, Apple has to invent them before using them
willis936 - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkI hope they explicitly say they will support moltenvk.
yeeeeman - Monday, June 3, 2019 - linkRegarding the wifi comment in this live blog, I wonder how much better 11ax will fare in the same situations compared to 11ac.