Apple unveils the latest updates for iPhone, Apple Watch and TV at WWDC event

Apple has confirmed a slew of long-running rumors at its annual developer conference, including the launch of ‘dark mode’ for iPhone. 

The firm unveiled the sleek new design option alongside iOS 13, which will come with faster download speeds, smarter task reminders, a new keyboard to allow for ultra-fast swipe-typing, and updates for Mail, Notes, and Safari.

Apple kicked off WWDC 2019 on Monday with a more detailed look at its new streaming services and the latest operating systems for its family of devices.

Among the most notable announcements are a series of new security features including Apple Login, which is designed to authenticate your identity using FaceID for new accounts, ‘without revealing any personal information.’

CEO Tim Cook started off the event in San Jose with announcements for Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and Apple TV+, including the reveal of a new series produced by Battlestar Galactica creator, Ron Moore.

The series, For All Mankind, is set to debut this fall and will focus on the story of the Apollo 11 mission.

Apple also revealed the App Store is finally coming to Apple Watch, allowing users to download apps directly to the wearable for the first time. 

Apple Watch is also getting a slew of new apps, including Cycle Tracker, which will allow users to more accurately track their menstrual cycle from beginning to end and make any related notes. It will also send notifications about your period or fertile window. 

The event is also expected to bring news of the death of iTunes, which Apple is expected to be killing off today nearly two decades after its launch.

Ahead of the keynote, Apple also appeared to accidentally leak the new name for its iPad OS. 

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Apple has confirmed a slew of long-running rumors at its annual developer conference today, including the launch of ‘dark mode’ for iPhone. The firm unveiled the sleek new design option alongside iOS 13

Apple has confirmed a slew of long-running rumors at its annual developer conference today, including the launch of ‘dark mode’ for iPhone. The firm unveiled the sleek new design option alongside iOS 13

Apple has confirmed a slew of long-running rumors at its annual developer conference today, including the launch of ‘dark mode’ for iPhone. The firm unveiled the sleek new design option alongside iOS 13

Apple has kicked off its annual developer conference with a more detailed look at its new streaming services and the latest operating systems for its family of devices. CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at WWDC 2019 in San Jose with a slew announcements

Apple has kicked off its annual developer conference with a more detailed look at its new streaming services and the latest operating systems for its family of devices. CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at WWDC 2019 in San Jose with a slew announcements

Apple has kicked off its annual developer conference with a more detailed look at its new streaming services and the latest operating systems for its family of devices. CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at WWDC 2019 in San Jose with a slew announcements

According to Tim Cook, iOS 12 has ‘been installed on more systems than any other software.’ And, things are only expected to get better with its upcoming software.

With iOS 13, you’ll be able to unlock your phone 30 percent faster using FaceID, Apple’s VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi said.

App launch speeds will also be twice as fast, thanks to downloads shrinking by 50 percent and updates by 60 percent.

Apple took the wraps off its highly anticipated Dark Mode during the event on Monday, stating dramatically: ‘iOS now lives in the dark.’ 

The feature, which has long been available among its many competitors, boasts and inverted color palette for a sleeker design that’s easier on the eyes. 

In addition, iOS 13 will include a newly-designed share sheet and brings updates for Safari, Mail, Notes, and Reminders. 

‘Safari now has per-website preferences, Mail has new desktop formatting, and Notes will now have shared folders,’ Federighi revealed.

‘Reminders is now smarter, and can guess when to remind you of certain tasks.’

With iOS 13, you'll be able to unlock your phone 30 percent faster using FaceID, Apple's VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi said. App launch speeds will also be twice as fast, thanks to downloads shrinking by 50 percent and updates by 60 percent

With iOS 13, you'll be able to unlock your phone 30 percent faster using FaceID, Apple's VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi said. App launch speeds will also be twice as fast, thanks to downloads shrinking by 50 percent and updates by 60 percent

With iOS 13, you’ll be able to unlock your phone 30 percent faster using FaceID, Apple’s VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi said. App launch speeds will also be twice as fast, thanks to downloads shrinking by 50 percent and updates by 60 percent

Apple Arcade will be available later this year with more than 100 games, Tim Cook said on stage. But, the firm still has not revealed how much its gaming service will cost.

Apple Card is slated to become available this summer, followed by the launch of Apple TV+ this fall.  

‘We completely redesigned the home screen, making Apple TV come to life from the moment you turn it on,’ Cook said. 

‘Apple TV is designed to be used for the whole family, but we wanted to make it even more personal.

‘Today, the Up Next list has recommendations for everyone in the home. You want to see the shows that you love. So were introducing multi-user support for tvOS.

‘Now everyone in the home gets their own Up Next list.’

Family members will be able to switch between different users in a new control center, according to the firm.

This personalization will also come to Apple Music, which users can access through tvOS.   

 The platform was a vital part of Apple’s growth in the early 2000’s at a time when the music industry was trying desperately to combat illegal file-sharing on Napster.

Eighteen years on, iTunes, which allows users to have libraries of music, rip CDs and create your own playlists in one application, is rumoured to be scrapped.

But the big question among uncertain users is what happens to your downloaded music, playlists and videos.

The expectation is that the Californian firm will not delete that media but simply encourage users to access it in a different way. 

Some experts say that the files will still be on record and should be accessible on compatible devices, while others say it will simply move to the subscription-based Apple Music service. 

Rumours started when Apple removed its Instagram and Facebook accounts for iTunes, seemingly confirming speculation ahead of the event.

It’s likely that Apple will keep iTunes around for a while in some form, as it is the only way for users to manage older iPod devices that don’t have internet connections. 

But, thus far, it is not clear what will happen until the event this afternoon. 

MailOnline has contacted Apple but they were not available for comment at the time this article was published. 

Apple is also expected to announce a dark mode for iPhone and new operating systems for the Apple Watch and Macbooks during the software keynote speech.

The new iOS software is being previewed at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which takes place in California at 10am (PT), 6pm (BST) 1pm (EST).

The event, seen as an early preview of Apple´s plans for its next iPhone version, will give developers a chance to test out the software for the first time. 

A new set of Apple over-ear headphones with studio-quality sound could also be shown at the event, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. 

The updates will include ending support for iTunes, the firm’s long-running music and video content platform, according to reports.

WWDC is often seen as an early preview of Apple´s plans for the next version of the iPhone. The next version of iOS is expected to be previewed at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which takes place in California at 10am (EST), 3pm (BST)

WWDC is often seen as an early preview of Apple´s plans for the next version of the iPhone. The next version of iOS is expected to be previewed at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which takes place in California at 10am (EST), 3pm (BST)

WWDC is often seen as an early preview of Apple´s plans for the next version of the iPhone. The next version of iOS is expected to be previewed at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which takes place in California at 10am (EST), 3pm (BST) 

 Music has been moved in recent years to Apple’s own independent app, comprising the firm’s pay monthly streaming service and user’s music libraries.

The move has been rumoured for years now as iPhones and iPads already offer separate Music, TV and Podcast apps in lieu of the centralised iTunes app that lives on Macs and Macbooks.

WHAT’S COMING AT WWDC 2019?

  • iOS 13 – ‘Dark mode’, updated Mail, Messages, Screen Time, Health and Reminder apps
  • New Mac apps – Podcast, Screen Time, Messages, Shortcuts and Reminders, as well as Apple Music for the Mac, which could see the end of iTunes
  • Updated iPad home screen
  • App store for the Watch
  • A new Mac Pro and a 6K Pro display
  • New over-ear headphones to rival DreBeats

The new Music app is expected to offer the same functionalities that iTunes currently does including purchasing songs and syncing phones.

It will have a more streamlined interface, replacing the outdated features of the heritage product. 

For listening, the new headphones, thought to have been named Studio-pods because of the sound quality, are likely to rival DreBeats. 

But as Apple own DreBeats, it is likely that the design will be similar.

Apple has never released a pair of high end over-ear headphones, preferring to sell EarPods and AirPods.

For months, many have speculated that Apple will finally roll out a ‘dark mode’ in iOS 13, which will allow users to switch on a version of iOS that’s coloured black and grey.

This version is much easier on the eyes when a user is browsing their phone at night.

It would follow in the steps of a version of dark mode that rolled out for Macs last year, as well as other popular apps, such as Twitter, which have such a feature for many months already.

Core iOS apps are also expected to get a significant face-lift, including Mail, Messages, Health and Reminders.  

An upgraded Health app is expected to launch, featuring a new homepage that breaks down your daily activity, more robust period-tracking features, as well as a new ‘hearing health’ section for measuring how loud you play your music, among other things. 

There will also be a new iMessage feature that enables users to set a profile picture and display name; a streamlined Mail app that will let users mute certain threads, block incoming email from some contacts and improved folder management, according to Bloomberg. 

Apple could also use the event to give more information about the rollout of the Apple TV+ streaming service.

The service will feature a range of original content involving some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston.

There has also been reports that updates to the Apple Watch will make it a more independent device – including rumours of its own App Store – rather than relying on a connection to an iPhone to download new apps. 

Currently, users have to download Watch apps on their iPhone, then transfer them over to the Watch.

The app platform for the Watch will include re-imagined apps like a calculator, messaging features and a voice recorder for the wearable, according to Bloomberg

Other apps getting upgrades include Screen Time, which will get more robust features for parents to control their child’s device usage, such as preventing them from contacting who they can and cannot contact at certain times.

The Maps app is expected to get an upgrade, too, allowing users to set frequent locations, as well as create groups of frequent places along with a photo, Bloomberg reported. 

Alongside new Mac apps, Apple is widely expected to debut a new version of the Mac Pro, its desktop computer system, as well as a new 6K Pro display. 

It’s unclear what the redesigned Mac Pro will look like, but many expect Apple to ditch the ‘trashcan’ design it has maintained all these years. 

A 31-inch 6K pro display could also be in the works, though it’s likely to pack an expensive price tag, since it’s targeted to power users.  

Alongside new Mac apps, Apple is widely expected to debut a new version of the Mac Pro, its desktop computer system, as well as a new 6K Pro display. It's unclear what the redesigned Mac Pro will look like, but many expect Apple to ditch the 'trashcan' design

Alongside new Mac apps, Apple is widely expected to debut a new version of the Mac Pro, its desktop computer system, as well as a new 6K Pro display. It's unclear what the redesigned Mac Pro will look like, but many expect Apple to ditch the 'trashcan' design

Alongside new Mac apps, Apple is widely expected to debut a new version of the Mac Pro, its desktop computer system, as well as a new 6K Pro display. It’s unclear what the redesigned Mac Pro will look like, but many expect Apple to ditch the ‘trashcan’ design

The iPad is likely to get some minor, yet consequential, updates as well 

This follows speculation that Apple will embark on a major shift away from being a hardware-focused business to one that emphasises services and content. 

The move was underscored at Apple’s ‘Show Time’ event in March, where the company unveiled a range of new subscription services for videos, gaming and news. 

Another major announcement will see Apple roll out a version of the App Store for the Watch in its latest software update, watchOS 6.

Currently, users have to download Watch apps on their iPhone, then transfer them over to the Watch.

The app platform for the Watch will include reimagined apps like a calculator, messaging features and a voice recorder for the wearable, according to Bloomberg

It comes as Apple has recently embarked on a major shift away from being a hardware-focused business to one that emphasizes services and content. 

This move was underscored at Apple’s ‘Show Time’ event in March, where the company unveiled a range of new subscription services for videos, gaming and news. 

WHAT SHOWS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON APPLE’S NEW NETFLIX-RIVAL STREAMING SERVICE?

Apple is making a billion-dollar bet on its own on-demand television service that is tipped to launch in 2019.

The streaming platform, which will rival popular services Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, is set for release as early as next March, reports suggest.

Since October 2017, the firm has bought a dozen projects – nine of which have been green-lit for a full series.

The shows are backed by a budget that is set to top $1 billion (£760 million).

The programming would only be available on a subscription channel, most likely bundled with the company’s existing Apple Music streaming service. 

They include —

  •  A psychological thriller by ‘The Sixth Sense’ director M. Night Shyamalan about a couple searching for a lost child.
  •  A drama series about a network morning show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
  •  A series on the life of hip hop magnate Dr Dre called Vital Signs.
  • A drama series from ‘La La Land’ director Damien Chazellae.
  • A revival of Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed 1985 anthology series ‘Amazing Stories’.
  • A space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore.
  • The company is also working on projects with comedienne Kristen Wiig and Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

According to sources close to the project, several of the projects have been delayed by Apple, which has pushed back on mature content.

M. Night Shyamalan’s show has reportedly been pushed back because Apple requested the removal of crucifixes from the house of the main characters.

The news network drama series has also been pushed back because execs were hoping for a more ‘upbeat’ show.

Vital Signs has been cancelled completely after Apple CEO Tim Cook took issue with scenes featuring cocaine, an orgy and ‘drawn weapons’.

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