Apple hasÂ kickedÂ off the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2019. The five-day event, which will end on June 7,Â beganÂ with the anticipated keynote that is expected to reveal the company’s all major software-focussed developments for the year 2019. CEO Tim Cook and other key faces at Apple will participate in the keynote presentation that will take place at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Similar to the past WWDC editions, Apple is live streaming the keynote session of this year’s WWDC through its official website as well as WWDC app. The keynote started at 10am PDT (10:30pm IST). Read on to find out everything about how to watch the WWDC 2019 keynote live, what to expect at this year’s developer conference, and more.Â
Among the key announcements expected at WWDC 2019, iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 would be the showstoppers. New developer tools and improvements to the existing solutions would also be revealed.
How to watch Apple WWDC 2019 keynote live stream
The WWDC 2019 keynote India time is 10:30pm IST, though it is taking place at 10am PDT in the US. The event will be live streamed across various channels. If you own an Apple TV, you can watch the stream via the Apple Events app. Similarly, for those who have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or a Mac machine with Safari installed can watch the WWDC 2019 keynote live stream on the official Apple Events website. The event can also be live streamed through the WWDC app on Apple devices. Windows users can watch the WWDC keynote live through the Microsoft Edge browser. Moreover, users on Android can watch the event live on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. The stream notably requires MSE, H.264, and AAC support. We are also sharing WWDC 2019 live updates right from San Jose.Â
What to expect from WWDC 2019 keynote – iOS 13, macOS 10.15, and more
This year’s WWDC keynote isn’t likely to be an iPhone-centric developer event. Apple instead is likely to showcase various updates towards its services, which all it aims to help uplift its revenues and expand the existing user base over time. But nevertheless, iOS 13 is likely to be amongst the key announcements at the event.
If we look at the past reports, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 13 along with a dedicated system-wide Dark Mode and various UI tweaks and enhancements. Recent screenshot leaks have suggested that the new iOS version would have a bunch of app updates, including the new iteration of the Reminders app and the unification of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single, Find My app. The interface of the screenshot window is also likely to receive a facelift. Furthermore, the default keyboard on iOS is speculated to receive support for swipe typing — similar to how swiping gestures work on Google’s Gboard or Swype keyboard.
For iPad users, iOS 13 is expected to bring an updated multitasking experience and various tweaks to the home screen. System improvements could also arrive on the iPad models. It is also likely that Apple will highlight new computing capabilities of its tablet to rival the likes of Chromebooks and Microsoft’s Surface hybrids.
Apple is likely to release iOS 13 in September, but early developer previews are likely to be released shortly to give a glimpse at all the major features. The new iOS version is also said to be incompatible with older iPhone models, namely the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and the iPhone 5s.
Alongside iOS 13, Apple is likely to announce macOS 10.15 as the new version of its macOS. The next-generation platform is expected to bring support for iPad apps. More details towards the multistep initiative that the Cupertino giant is making to unify the experience on iOS and macOS are also likely to be announced at the WWDC 2019 keynote. The initiative, which is codenamed “Marzipan”, is notably planned for 2021 to make the development of iOS and macOS apps easier.
The Apple Watch lineup is also expected to receive a list of new features — extensive independence from the iPhone — through watchOS 6. The new watchOS platform would also be detailed at the keynote session. It is believed to receive new apps and enhanced versions of its existing health-tracking features. Further, apps such as a Calculator and a Books app could be announced specifically for newer Apple Watch models.
Apple TV users would also be pleased during the WWDC 2019 keynote presentation as the company is expected to announce the tvOS 13. The new platform would come with services to enhance multimedia experiences. Apple may also reveal its new partnerships to uplift its digital content strategy. Additionally, iTunes is rumoured to be replaced with an updated Apple Music.
iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max Demand Surpasses Expectations; New iPad Air Also Grabs Attention: Kuo
Demand for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max has surpassed expectations, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini demand is not as high as expected, according to a note released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While many believed the lower priced iPhones would be the big sellers for Apple, this shows that…
Demand for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max has surpassed expectations, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini demand is not as high as expected, according to a note released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While many believed the lower priced iPhones would be the big sellers for Apple, this shows that more buyers than expected would rather spend extra for the premium option. Kuo also reportedly mentioned in his note that the initial demand for the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro based on the Apple M1 chip was better than expected. The latest MacBook machines were launched earlier this month — as a part of the company’s transition from Intel processors.Citing his latest survey for the fourth quarter of 2020, Kuo said that overall iPhone 12 shipments were higher than the predictions, as per a technology blog MyFixGuide report. The analyst however did not provide any numbers showing the growth in shipments.Kuo reportedly stated that the shipment momentum of the iPhone 12 series would continue in the first half of 2021. It is also considered a sign that the replacement demand for the next-generation iPhone models could be in line with the demand for the iPhone 12 series.Apart from the iPhone 12 series, Kuo is said to have mentioned in his note that the demand for the new iPad Air was better than anticipated. This growth is also likely to continue next year, with the launch of new iPad models that are speculated to include mini-LED displays and 5G support. Apple is also predicted to launch a new low-priced iPad model in the second half of 2021.Kuo also reportedly highlighted in the note that the demand for the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE was outpacing expectations. Similarly, the new MacBook models based on the M1 chip are said to have a better demand than expected. Kuo also predicted that Apple would unveil its redesigned MacBook models with its in-house silicon next year.On the part of audio offerings by Apple, Kuo said in the note that the AirPods shipments dropped in the fourth quarter. He also predicted that the AirPods shipments would be flat or decline by five to 10 percent in the first half of 2021. This is lower than the market prediction of 20 percent year-over-year growth.The report stated that the supply chain of the AirPods was tight — chiefly to give priority to the new iPhone models. However, Apple is said to have postponed the shipments scheduled for the new AirPods, aka AirPods 3, towards the end of second quarter of 2021. This is likely to create some replacement demand for the new AirPods in the second half of next year.iPhone 12 Pro Series Is Amazing, but Why Is It So Expensive in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
iPad Pro Lineup to Get OLED Displays in 2021: Report
Apple is preparing to launch a new iPad Pro lineup in 2021 with OLED screens, according to a report. The new lineup could be following the next-generation iPad models that are rumoured to come with mini-LED displays. OLED panels on the iPad Pro models are expected to result in higher brightness as well as lower…
Apple is preparing to launch a new iPad Pro lineup in 2021 with OLED screens, according to a report. The new lineup could be following the next-generation iPad models that are rumoured to come with mini-LED displays. OLED panels on the iPad Pro models are expected to result in higher brightness as well as lower chances of burn-in issues. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that the iPad family would start moving to mini-LED displays in the first half of 2021. The iPad Pro models are likely to receive the new treatment first, though it is likely to gradually shift to other iPad versions as well.Samsung Display and LG Display are currently developing a new OLED panel that will be featured on the new iPad Pro models in the second half of 2021, TheElec reports. The existing iPad Pro lineup uses LCD panels that Apple calls “Liquid Retina” display.Samsung Display has reportedly revamped its production line to produce the new OLED screens for the iPad. “The company was adding a distribution chamber to the origin material deposition chamber to deposit red, green, and blue in tandem. This will allow the firm to deposit one layer of RGB, send the substrate back to the front of the production line, and stack an emitting layer atop it,” the report reads.The new OLED structure is expected to allow two to three emitting layers to be stacked to enhance the longevity of the display panel.Similar to Samsung Display, LG Display is also reportedly busy preparing its new OLED panels for the next-generation iPad Pro lineup.Before switching to OLED, Apple could be bringing mini-LED displays to the iPad family. Multiple reports have suggested in the past that mini-LED iPad models could go in mass production in the coming months. While the iPad Pro lineup may shift first to the mini-LED displays, Kuo in one of its notes to investors earlier this year mentioned that the new technology would also be a part of the new iPad mini models.The report by TheElec notes that Apple’s adoption of OLED for the iPad Pro lineup could be delayed — depending on the “scale of adoption” of mini-LED displays. It also mentions that the mini-LED iPad Pro could arrive as early as the first half of 2021.iPhone 12 Pro Series Is Amazing, but Why Is It So Expensive in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
HBO Max App Now Available on Amazon Fire TV
The HBO Max app will be available starting Tuesday on Amazon Fire TV devices, Amazon Fire tablets, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, WarnerMedia has announced. This solves one of the biggest pain points for the nearly six-month-old streaming service HBO Max, as Amazon’s Fire TV platform is the most popular media streaming device in…
The HBO Max app will be available starting Tuesday on Amazon Fire TV devices, Amazon Fire tablets, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, WarnerMedia has announced. This solves one of the biggest pain points for the nearly six-month-old streaming service HBO Max, as Amazon’s Fire TV platform is the most popular media streaming device in the US. And you might not even to download it — the existing HBO app on Fire TV will automatically update to become the HBO Max app.More importantly, HBO Max will be compatible with Alexa. That means you can simply open the HBO Max app by saying “Alexa, find HBO Max” into the included Alexa Voice Remote or any paired Echo device in your household. You can even play HBO Max shows directly, for example: “Alexa, play Game of Thrones.” HBO Max series and movies will also be included in Fire TV search results, if you ask “Alexa, find comedies” or “Alexa, find dramas”.The HBO Max Fire TV app is also making it easier to log in. You can use your existing HBO credentials, or your Amazon credentials, if you subscribe to HBO through Prime Video Channels. And lastly, you can even sign up for HBO Max directly in the new HBO Max Fire TV app.With this, HBO Max solves one of its biggest living room pain points. (It still doesn’t offer 4K or HDR, but that’s another matter altogether.) Roku remains as a hold out, with the dispute reportedly continuing over advertising sales on HBO Max’s future ad-supported tier that is expected to launch sometime in 2021. Together, Amazon and Roku make up over 70 percent of the media streaming player market.Currently available only in the US and some US territories, HBO Max had 8.6 million active subscribers at the end of September, according to WarnerMedia parent AT&T. Only 3.6 million are direct paid subscribers though, with the remaining getting access to HBO Max through wholesale agreements such as included with a pay TV provider.Since its launch in May, the streaming service has struggled to convert even its existing HBO subscribers over to HBO Max. Those who pay for HBO on TV are eligible for free access to HBO Max, which otherwise costs $15 per month. HBO Max has a nominal total of 28.7 million subscribers, including HBO on TV members, but those extra ones haven’t bothered to activate their HBO Max account.“We are very excited that Amazon customers will now be able to enjoy the best-in-class content that lives within HBO Max,” WarnerMedia’s head of sales and distribution Tony Goncalves said in a prepared statement. “Our continued goal is to make HBO Max and its unparalleled content available to customers across all the devices they love. Fire TV is a favourite among customers and we look forward to working with the Amazon team to engage and grow our existing subscriber base by showcasing all that HBO Max has to offer.”Amazon’s vice president for entertainment devices and services Marc Whitten added: “We’ve worked closely with HBO for many years to bring their great content to Fire TV and to make it easier to discover and enjoy with features like search integration, Alexa and personalised recommendations. We are excited to continue that partnership with the launch of HBO Max to bring even more incredible content to customers on Fire TV.”HBO Max is currently exclusive to the US. It is scheduled to launch in 2021 in parts of Europe and Latin America. There are no plans for other countries, including India, with WarnerMedia stating that it will continue working with existing partners for now. In India, WarnerMedia has ties with Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+ Hotstar.