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Apple announcements at WWDC – ITunes being replaced, new Mac Pro
Posted On June 3, 2019
At its annual World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, Monday, Apple (AAPL)announced new features and designs for the operating systems that run on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and Apple TVs, as well as one very expensive new computer.
iTunes is being replaced after 18 years
As expected, Apple is replacing its once groundbreaking, often bemoaned audio and video app, iTunes.After 18 years, the app will be phased out and replaced with three separate apps that are familiar to iOS users: Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. The iTunes Store app will still exist on iOS, and Apple says the store will also continue to exist on Macs as an entry in the Finder’s sidebar.Apple’s Craig Federighi had a sense of humor about user dissatisfaction with iTunes, joking, “Customers love iTunes and everything it can do.”
Mac Pro is back, fast, and grate
Apple is releasing an update of its Mac Pro desktop for professional Mac users for the first time since 2013. The company is ditching its previous “trash can” cylinder design for a more traditional tower shape that will probably earn the new (better?) nickname “cheese grater.” The computer is silver, covered in holes and has a handle on top. But professionals will likely care more about what is inside: a 28-core Intel (INTC) chip and 1.5 TB of system memory. It will start at $6,000 and be available in the fall.
iOS 13: iPhones are going dark, Maps are going street level
“And now, lets begin our descent into darkness,” said Federighi, introducing the new updates to iOS.IPhones, iPads and the iPod touch will now have an optional dark mode coming in iOS 13. Dark modes favor lighter text on dark backgrounds, and are said to be easier on the eyes when looking at a screen in a dimly-lit environment. Many apps already have their own individual dark modes, and Macs have a system-wide dark mode