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What's Next for iTunes and Other Highlights of the Apple Conference

iOS 13, iPadOS, Mac Pro, and more.
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The news of Apple retiring iTunes had many tech fans scrambling for answers. And at today's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple answered that issue and more. For starters, iTunes will become obsolete on the new operating system. In place of iTunes, Apple will be releasing three apps called Music, TV, and Podcasts. Sound familiar? These were previously tabs found on the iTunes app. Click here to watch the full keynote.

Aside from iTunes, Apple also announced new features that will make it easier to do more of what you love as a user. If you're not keen on watching the two-hour keynote, and you just want a gist of today's events then fret not as we've singled out the highlights from the WWDC. From a new operating system to a revamped Mac Pro, here are the biggest announcements and highlights from Apple's WWDC 2019.

1| iOS 13


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There's much to look forward to with iOS 13, the newest version of Apple's operating system. Apple has finetuned several features, one of them being FaceID, which will get an upgrade to make it 30 percent faster. What's more, launching apps will be twice as fast. It seems everything will be getting a faster update. Not only that—Apple promises a dramatic new look with Dark Mode which will give menus and apps a dark background. Most of the other updates will be with the built-in apps such as  Safari, Mail, Notes, and Reminders which will be customizable with fonts and text sizes. The keyword will also be updated to allow swiping across letters.

2| iPadOS


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Apple's iPad will be given its own operating system, iPadOS, based off on the iOS that runs on the iPhone. There will be a new home screen designed just for the iPad, and a new way to work on multiple apps and files simultaneously. The updates are an effort to make using an iPad more similar to using a desktop computer. Along with the new features, the new system will make sharing files easier through thumb drive, SD card, and digital camera sharing directly to the iPad.

3| WatchOS 6


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Apple Watch users will soon have more faces to choose from with the new update to the watchOS. There will also be new apps including voice memos, audiobooks, and the calculator. But one of the OS' biggest features will be the support of independent apps that don't require an iPhone counterpart. Apple is also amping up the health features of the Apple Watch by having its users follow their own "Activity" trends over time. Another highlight is the fact that users will be able to get deeper insights into their health and fitness with apps that track fertility and menstrual cycles.

4| MacOS Catalina


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MacOS Catalina, the latest version of Apple's desktop operating system, has also been packed with several new features. The update will have iTunes replacement apps including Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. A Sidecar feature will also allow those with iPads to use it as a second display via synchronization. “With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”

5| Mac Pro


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A new Mac Pro was also introduced during the conference which Apple has said is its most powerful yet. What makes it different is that it's configurable as it is expandable being designed to meet the demands of professionals. Inside, Apple built a new card called Afterburner that makes video editing a breeze. Furthermore, Mac Pro will have workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card.

6| Pro Display XDR


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Along with the new Mac Pro, Apple also unveiled its take on a pro display, Apple Pro Display XDR. Its features include a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, says “With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and a highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point.”

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