be able to manage your device backup from your Mac’s Finder
New Mac Pro to House Powerful Graphics Card
The new Mac Pro looks like a shiny cheese grater, but it’s
what’s inside that counts, right? The guts of the beast include
a high-performance memory system and the world’s most
powerful graphics card. The Mac Pro line starts at $5,999, will
be available in the fall, and, according to Apple, can be configured and expanded to meet any of your professional needs.
There’s a new display to match the Mac Pro, of course.
The Pro can connect to up to six of the new 6K Pro Display
XDR (extreme dynamic range). This 32-inch LCD screen is
the largest Retina display Apple has ever made and offers a
super-wide viewing angle, direct backlighting, 1,000,000: 1
contrast ratio, and more.
Apple TV to Support Xbox One & PS4 Controllers
Apple TV owners will be excited to learn that tvOS will now
offer multi-user support, meaning that each user will have
their own Up Next list, as well as personal recommendations
for movies and shows they might enjoy.
In huge news for gamers, tvOS will now support Xbox One
S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers for Apple Arcade
play, indicating that Apple must mean it when it says the gaming subscription service is coming soon.
The days of separate teams of developers for iPhone, iPad,
and Mac apps are coming to an end. Developers can update
apps they have rolled out for iOS quickly for the Mac, and create new apps simultaneously for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
I’m hoping that this development will not only make our favorite apps available across the Apple ecosystem but also free up
time and creative energy for developers so they can offer an
even broader range of well-executed content.
MacOS Catalina Turns Your iPad into a Monitor
The latest Mac operating system, Catalina, offers a nifty
crossover app for iPad and Mac users. Once your Mac is updated and you’ve downloaded the Sidecar app, you can use
your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac, either wirelessly
or with a cable. The Apple Pencil is also supported.
Accessibility, Assistive Technology & Catalina
One of the most exciting parts of the macOS reveal was
the Voice Over demo. Not just Macs, but also iPads and iOS
devices will now be controllable through Siri speech recognition and voice commands. This includes gestures like swiping,
scrolling, and tapping and extends across virtually any app,
according to Apple.
Find My & Screen Time Come to the Mac
MacOS Catalina includes lots of updated security features,
but one of the most useful will probably prove to be the new
Find My app. This app is a combination of Find My iPhone and
Find My Friends, and uses the Bluetooth “ping” emitted by
your Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, and iOS devices to find them,
even when they’re offline. Other Apple devices, both yours and
those in the surrounding area, can help you track your missing
No Details on Apple Arcade, Apple Card, Apple TV Plus
To our surprise, there was a lack of new details about the
suite of services Apple announced at its last event in March.
Apple Arcade is coming later this year, Apple Card will arrive
sometime this summer, and Apple TV Plus will make its debut
in the fall. This lack of firm dates or details was disappointing
and makes us wonder—Is Apple rolling out these services on
a timeline? If so, why didn’t we hear more about subscription
prices or features?
Leanne Hays is the Associate Editor at iPhone Life. She loves reading and blogging,
and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm,
long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.