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WWDC 2019 to Introduce iOS Improvements, iPad Apps on Mac, New watchOS Apps: Bloomberg

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Apple has a number of great improvements planned for its various software.

A new report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman details a number of upcoming highlights for Apple’s WWDC 2019, including upgrades to core iPhone apps such as Maps, Reminders, and Messages, new apps for Apple Watch that make it more independent from iPhone, as well as enhancements to the health tracking capabilities of Apple devices.

According to the report, iOS 13 — Codenamed “Yukon” — will bring additional tweaks to make the devices run faster and reduce bugs, as well as a number of changes and improvements to the overall software, such as a system-wide dark mode, a universal Find app for people and devices, and support for using an iPad as a Mac’s secondary display.

Additionally, Apple is planning to add a new “dark mode” in iOS 13, a feature that’s already available for macOS that darkens different parts of the user interface so it’s less harsh on eyes, particularly in the evening, while the Reminders app update will feature a grid layout with sections for tasks due today, scheduled tasks, flagged tasks, and more.

Other features include new multitasking for iPads, tweaks to iMessage that make it more like WhatsApp, and a new Health app that “better outlines your daily activity from the day,” Bloomberg reported.

As far as Apple Watch goes, the Cupertino company is reportedly planning to bring the App Store to the Watch at WWDC as part of watchOS 6. Current Apple Watch apps need to be downloaded through the iPhone’s Watch app and then transferred over to the Watch. watchOS 6 will also feature new Calculator, audiobooks, and Voice Memos apps.

On the Mac side of things, Bloomberg reports that macOS 10.15 will mark the first time Apple will allow iPad developers to re-work their apps to allow them to run on the Mac, simplifying the development process and increasing the number of available apps for the Mac.



Apple will also reportedly add a new Podcasts app and a newly-merged Find My iPhone and Find My Friends app, bringing them over from iOS 13, while a new Apple Music app is being developed as a standard Mac application.

Other in-house software for the Mac includes: “Screen Time; effects and stickers for the Messages app; integration with the Siri Shortcuts app (the company’s new service for writing your own Siri commands); the new Reminders app; and upgrades to Apple Books.”

With Apple’s WWDC set to kick off on June 3 in San Francisco, we’ve only a few short weeks until we get all the official, juicy details on the improvements to iOS, macOS, and watchOS.

To read more about iOS 13 and to see what Apple has planned for macOS 10.15 as well as watchOS 6, check out Bloomberg‘s report.

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