Our WWDC 2019 Keynote Cheat Sheet – “Write code. Blow minds”

WWDC 2019

This years WWDC keynote from the San Jose Convention Centre is just wrapping up.

Tim is no Steve when it comes to presentations so thank goodness for Craig Federighi. There were some interesting announcements though, here are some of the highlights in our usual cheat sheet…


  • HomeKit Secure Video – private processing & encrypted storage
  • 10 days of recording included in iCloud account
  • HomeKit coming to Routers – from eero, Linksys & ISPs


  • Also coming in iOS 13…
  • Faster all round
  • App downloads 50-60% smaller
  • Dark Mode
  • Swipe typing
  • Mail, Safari & Notes all updated
  • Reminders app – new from ground up
  • New Maps (USA by end of 2019)
  • New Maps ‘look around’ (Street View)
  • Privacy focus – More protections around Location
  • Stopping rogue apps checking WiFi / BT for your location
  • ‘Sign in with Apple’ to 3rd party apps without revealing personal details
  • Per app random email address you can dump at any time
  • Improvements to portrait lighting
  • New controls to edit video (rotate, filters etc)
  • New ‘Days’ & ‘Years’ views in Photos app
  • Uses machine learning to choose best pics and filter out the rest
  • AirPods – Tap to share audio with other iPhone users
  • Handoff from EarPods to HomePods with a tap
  • Neural TTS for more natural speech
  • CarPlay – new redesigned CarPlay screens
  • Siri now works with 3rd party CarPlay apps like Waze
  • Send unknown callers directly to voice mail


  • New iPadOS
  • New home screen
  • New Multi tasking
  • Trying to make iPad more capable
  • More use of split view
  • (2 notes open at once got applause) 🙄
  • File View & Quick Actions
  • Folder Sharing in iCloud Drive
  • SMB File sharing supported
  • You can now plug in a USB drive
  • Directly import files to 3rd part apps
  • ‘Desktop-class browsing’ on Safari on iPad
  • New download manager
  • 30 new keyboard shortcuts
  • New downloadable fonts
  • New scroll bars to navigate long docs
  • New 3 finger cut, paste and undo gestures

Apple Watch WatchOS v6


  • Independent watch apps coming in v6
  • New Watch Apps store
  • Purchase & Install Apps directly from Watch
  • Noise app looks for loud volumes that could damage hearing
  • New menstrual cycle tracking
  • New Streaming Audio API
  • New Activity Trends views
  • Many new watch faces
  • Voice memos coming to Apple Watch
  • Calculator coming to Apple Watch


  • Apple TV now has Multi user support
  • XBox and PS4 game controllers supported

New Mac Pro

New Mac Pro

  • Reimagining of the cheese grater
  • Modular Construction
  • CPU – Intel Xeon up to 28 cores
  • Afterburner card processes 6 billions pixels per second
  • Plays 3 streams of 8k ProRes raw simultaneously (100 million pixels)
  • 1.4kW power supply
  • 300 cubic feet of air flow from 3 fans
  • MPX module for GPUs
  • up to 1.5 TB of RAM
  • 8 PCI Slots
  • 2 x 20Gb Ethernet Ports
  • Optional Wheels
  • Rack version too
  • Starts $5,999
  • Available this Autumn

New Pro Display XDR

  • New 32″ 6K Retina Display
  • XDR = Extreme Dynamic Range
  • New Backlit Process
  • P3 10-bit colour
  • Designed to complement the Mac Pro
  • 1,000 nits constant, 1,600 nits peak
  • 1,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Rotates to Portrait mode
  • $4,999 – £5,999 (+ $1,000 for the stand!)

WWDC 2019 - Mac Catalyst


  • MacOS ‘Catalina’
  • iTunes replaced – now 3 new apps…
  • Apple Music
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Apple TV
  • Sidecar – use iPad as 2nd display for Mac
  • Accessibility – New Voice Control (coming to iOS too)
  • Find My – new finder for Macs and iPhones
  • Activation Lock for lost Macs
  • Screen time coming to Mac (share limits from iOS)
  • Project Catalyst – devs can quickly convert iOS apps to mac

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