Apple announces iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, and more

A recap of all the big Apple OS announcements from the this year's WWDC.
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Apple's annual WWDC keynote just wrapped up with dozens of new announcements for the company's upcoming operating systems. Of course, a lot of the focus was on its biggest platform with the announcement of iOS 13, as well as updates to tvOS, watchOS, and a new tablet-specific version of iOS for the iPad called iPadOS. And now a recap of all the major features and OS updates announced today. 

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Apple TV is getting a new look with tvOS 13 and enhanced support for gaming. When you turn on the Apple TV this fall, you'll be greeted by an all-new Home screen with full-screen video previews, all-new screen savers from the team that created "Blue Planet," and multi-user support. Alongside Apple Arcade support, the new tvOS will also bring compatibility with two of the most popular game controllers out there: the Xbox One S Controller and the PlayStation Dual Shock 4.  

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The Apple Watch's health and fitness capabilities took the spotlight today with a preview of watchOS 6. The new version will feature a Noise app that gives you a decibel reading to help reduce your exposure to harmful levels of sound and an expanded Activity app that now features a Trends tab that gives you a long-term view of your overall activity. Apple also announced an App Store you can access directly on the watch, which will feature apps that can work independently without the need for a companion iOS app. Other updates include a new selection of watch faces and customization options, a Voice Memos app, and a new Calculator app. 

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At the center of their iOS announcements was, of course, iOS 13. The new OS brings requested features such as Dark Mode, new photo browsing and camera features, and a brand new Maps experience. Optimizations have also been made to the overall system speed with faster app launches, smaller app download sizes, and quicker Face ID unlocking. One of the most interesting features is Private Sign In, which lets you use your Apple ID as a secure login for apps and websites instead of using a social media account. And for those times you're asked for an e-mail address, Apple has created a new system that generations a random email address to keep your real email address private. 

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One of the biggest surprises today was a revamp to iOS for the iPad, which will now be called iPadOS. The new OS takes better advantage of the larger screen real estate with features like a new Home screen (above) and Split View and Slide Over that help to enhance multitasking. The Apple Pencil receives improved integration with a new tool palette, the ability to instantly mark up and share webpages, and they've reduced the latency down to 9 milliseconds. Other major updates include a new Files App, which can now read external drives, a desktop-grade version of Safari, improved text editing, and a floating keyboard. 

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Last but not least, Apple announced the latest version of its desktop operating system with the debut of macOS Catalina. The big announcement here was the end of iTunes as we know it. Music, videos, and podcasts will now be split into Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts apps, which should definitely ease the bloat that iTunes has been experiencing over the past few years. MacBook owners that also own iPads will be able to double their screen real estate with a feature called "Sidecar," which extends your screen to your iPad and even allows Apple Pencil support with compatible apps. 

iOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6, and MacOS Catalina will be available as a free software update this fall. 

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