QuickTake: WWDC 2019
Just watched a quick summary of Apple’s WWDC 2019 presentation and these are the features I’m most excited/interested by:
Independent apps on watchOS. Currently when I go on a run I bring my phone because Spotify doesn’t store music on the watch. Would love to see the new possibilities that opens when I have the bare minimum functionality to leave my phone behind.
Noise exposure tracking on watchOS. I’ve gone to sleep far too many times with my ears still ringing. Also noise pollution is a far worse problem than we think. New Yorker video:
Sidecar. Being able to extend my Mac to iPad sounds like a major productivity booster and opens so many possibilities for extensions or multi-tasking. Especially pdf markup. Might have to buy an iPad and further immerse myself in the Apple ecosystem.
- The features I’m excited about:
Extended desktop: Use your iPad as a second display for additional screen space. Refer to one app while you work in another, or see how a presentation looks in presentation mode on your iPad while editing it on your Mac.
Mirrored desktop: Mirror the screen on your Mac to have two screens displaying the same content, making it perfect for sharing with others.
Continuity Markup: Write and sketch on PDFs or mark up your documents with Apple Pencil. See the updates live on your Mac as you mark them up on your iPad.
Continuity Sketch: Create a sketch on your iPad using Apple Pencil and easily insert it into any document on your Mac.
Sign in with Apple. Apple shifting towards privacy-as-a-service, and also lowering the barriers to starting on a new app.
This new feature, according to the Apple exec, will generate a random email address, hosted by Apple, which will receive all communications and notifications from that app, and forward the emails to the user’s legitimate email address.
Swiping on Apple keyboard. I’ve been using Gboard the past year or so, largely because of its swiping feature which makes typing with one hand much easier. This might convince me to move back to the system keyboard, especially given the finicky launch Gboard has in different apps.