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(W)e (W)ill Take a (D)eep Breath (C)uz We’re Going to Need It

Apple brought forth a bushel of updates at its WWDC event this week, so let’s just get right into it.

iPhone

Given that like a billion people own devices running it, iOS got a ton of new or updated features. First off, it’s RIP iTunes as Apple will split it into Music, Podcasts and TV apps. Photos, another longstanding, long-stagnant app, will also get a significant refresh. The slightly younger, if similarly criticized, Apple Maps will get enhanced navigation and a ‘lookaround’ feature.

Dark Mode will be coming to iOS, as will gussied up Memoji, which can now be used in iMessage’s new profile image feature.

iPad

iOS will no longer be for iPads going forward, as the tablets will now have their own iPadOS. While this may seem extraneous, Apple’s really leaning into iPad as an independent device, with USB support also announced. At the same time, it’s also adding a “Sidecar” feature using the iPad as a second screen.

Mac/OS

Apple’s desktop hardware saw arguably the largest changes. Shredgate saw the ushering in of a more traditional (rectangular) Mac Pro update compared to its trash can-esque predecessor. It also continued it’s #Throwback streak by announcing a new (sick) display monitor, its first since 2016. It also has a $999 monitor stand and – you guessed it – people have opinions.

Of course, MacOS will see an update, including Twitter’s return to desktop, thanks to Apple focusing on making it easier to port iOS apps to desktop.

Streaming & Gaming

Thanks to announcements earlier this year, Apple had “one more thing” than usual to talk about – entertainment. It’s established hardware, AppleTV, got updates including multiple profiles, but also now works with Xbox and Playstation controllers in advance of the Apple Arcade launch.

Watch

Watch will have its own store and will also tell you to TURN THAT DANG RACKET DOWN via a new noise monitoring feature. Check additional updates here.

HomeKit & CarPlay

You’d be forgiven forgetting about Apple’s smart home endeavors, but it’s leaning into privacy features to make HomeKit a contender. Multiple user support, and device handoff, will be coming to HomePod as well. CarPlay’s biggest updates will allow users to put two apps side-by-side, and Siri to work with third-party apps.

Siri, meanwhile, will get updates to sound more human.

Apple also presented a plan for the internet to escape the Google/Facebook duopoly – of signing in to websites. The new sign-in function can authenticate with Apple data like FaceID, and there’s like no possible conceivable way someone could then steal that data and make Deep Fakes, right?

Wow, if that seems like a lot, maybe it doesn’t seem so far-fetched they’re being investigated for anti-trust proceedings.

Odds + The End

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