Apple is planning big software updates at WWDC, including iOS Dark Mode and iPad apps on the Mac

Apple traditionally shows updates to its iOS, Mac and smartwatch software at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year's conference begins on June 3 and, according to a new report from Bloomberg s Mark Gurman, the company has a lot planned.

Gurman is a reliable source for this type of Apple news, and suggests that the company will announce new applications and updated software on all of its major platforms. The updates seem mostly common sense and minor, but if there is a general issue is that Apple wants to ensure that their homegrown applications are viable options.

It seems that the company pays special attention in areas where third-party applications are stronger than Apple's (for example, task lists and navigation).

Some of the most important news include an official dark mode on iOS, the new mobile applications of Reminders and health, and an updated version of Maps that will compete better with rivals such as Google Maps. In watchOS, Apple is adding direct support for the App Store, which means that Apple Watch owners can install new applications without using their phones. In macOS, the company will announce the first cut of iPad applications running on Macs. Oh, and the HomePod should have a multi-user mode, with different answers for different users.

Take a look at the highlights of Gurman's report below, but visit the original story if you want all the essential details.


apple is planning big software updates at wwdc including ios dark mode and ipad apps on the mac

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system will be iOS 13.
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New on iOS 13:

  • An official Dark Mode will be enabled from the Control Center. IOS users have had to previously use the color inversion to achieve a kind of dark mode.
  • There is a renewed health application, with a new home page for daily activity, a "hearing health" function and a "more complete menstrual cycle tracking".
  • The updated Reminders application has a new main screen with four default options: Tasks to perform today, scheduled tasks, marked tasks and all tasks. Gurman says the update "competes better with the various to-do list programs available in the App Store."
  • The updated Maps application has easier options for establishing frequent locations, creating groups of favorite locations, and navigating to suggested and past destinations.
  • The addition of profile images and display names in iMessages includes a dedicated menu for sending adhesive versions of Animoji and Memoji.
  • Find My Friends and Find My iPhone will be combined into one application. Previously rumored by 9to5Mac it also suggested that Apple was working on a physical tag similar to Tile that would allow users to track the location of any device, not just Apple phones and computers.
  • Native support will be introduced to use an iPad as a secondary Mac display, which is similar to the functionality offered by third-party applications such as Luna and Duet Display. This was also rumored previously by 9to5Mac .
  • There is a selection of iPad-specific updates, including a better multi-tasking interface and an updated home screen.

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The big change in watchOS 6 will be the download of applications on Apple Watch itself.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

New in watchOS 6:

  • Access to the App Store on the device means that you can update and install new applications without using the Watch companion application on the iPhone. [19659024] iOS transplanted apps include voice memos, Apple books (for audiobooks) and the calculator application.
  • New applications will be presented, including Dosage for Pill Reminders and Cycles for monitoring menstrual cycles.
  • New complications (including some)

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The last big update of macOS, Mojave, added a dark mode and iOS apps (to show the battery life of the earphones, rain data and noise external) and new surveillance surfaces (including one with extra-large numbers). as News and Stocks.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

News on macOS 10.15:

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