Apple’s New iPadOS Software Includes Additional Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple today unveiled iPadOS, a new version of iOS that's designed to take advantage of the larger screens in the iPad family. iPadOS will incorporate several features that recognize the tablet's function as a computer replacement, including a new Home screen, an updated Split View to enhance multitasking, improved Apple Pencil support, and additional keyboard shortcuts for use with physical keyboards.


During its WWDC keynote, Apple revealed that Safari for iPadOS will include about 30 additional shortcuts, including the following:
  • Use default font size in Reader (Command + 0)

  • Open link in background (Command + tap)

  • Toggle downloads (Command + Alt/Option)

  • Open link in new window (Command + Alt + tap)

  • Use selection for Find (Command + E)

  • Email this page (Command + I)

  • Open link in new tab (Command + Shift + tap)

  • Decrease Reader text size (Command + -)

  • Zoom in (Command + +)

  • Zoom out (Command + -)

  • Save webpage (Command + S)

  • Change focused element (Alt/Option + tab)

  • Focus Smart Search field (Command + Alt/Option + F)

  • Dismiss web view in app (Command + W)

  • Increase Reader text size (Command + +)

  • Download linked file (Alt + tap)

  • Add link to Reading List (Shift + tap)

  • Close other tabs (Command + Alt/Option + W)

  • Scroll around screen (arrow keys)

  • Paste without formatting (Command + Shift + Alt/Option + V)

  • New Private tab (Command + Shift + N)

  • Actual size (Command + 0)

  • Open search result (Command + Return)

  • Toggle bookmarks (Command + Alt/Option + 1)

The keyboard shortcuts will work with Apple's Smart Keyboard or any third-party Bluetooth connected keyboard, which should make web browsing and managing files even easier on an iPad.

In addition, iPadOS automatically presents the desktop version of a website, scaled appropriately for the iPad display, and optimizes it for touch. Safari for iPadOS also comes with a download manager and enhancements to tab management.

Due to be released in the fall, iPadOS will be compatible with the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro devices, the fifth-generation iPad and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later.


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Roundup: First-Look Impressions of the New Mac Pro

At WWDC today, Apple unveiled its much-anticipated Mac Pro redesign, and following its keynote the company offered journalists some brief time with the machine – although admittedly nobody was allowed to use or even touch it.


With that in mind, we've highlighted some of the more interesting quotes from those who were lucky enough to get up close with Apple's most powerful Mac to date.

Unsurprisingly given the "hands-off" nature of the preview, TechRadar opined on the aesthetics of the redesigned Mac Pro:
For those that were unconvinced about the previous Mac Pro's design, this is far more industrial. Designed to be modular, the Mac Pro's leanings are far more traditional with the combination of brushed aluminum and heat sink holes festooning the outer shell.

It's brutal and says 'this is for working on, not to look good'. It can be rack mounted, and you can screw wheels on the bottom to move it around an office or studio.

Image credit: TechRadar

TechCrunch was less impressed with the look of the new Mac Pro, and questioned the "cheese grater" industrial design choice.
It’s uncanny how much this thing looks like a cheese grater. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Pro has looked like that; A well-liked previous iteration had a grater-esque style, but this new one takes things much further. There are of course some thermal benefits to having a perforated case, but surely there are other ways to accomplish that.
Gripping the handle on top of the Mac Pro and lifting the lid exposes the internal components, and Engadget noted how this makes the internals "relatively accessible" compared to the previous design.

One of the machine's biggest selling points -- aside from its sheer graphical and compute performance, of course -- is how relatively accessible the internal components will be. (Fun fact: Lifting the handle automatically shuts down the machine so that you don't electrocute yourself or anything.)

Image credit: Engadget

As for the display, Engadget said:
Five minutes in a crowded pit is not long enough to judge on the quality of the display. That said, it's certainly striking. 6K is all well and good, but it's HDR where Apple's efforts push new ground. The company says its panel can hold 1000 nits of brightness across the panel indefinitely -- VESA only requires a 1,000-nit "full-screen flash" to put a panel its highest DisplayHDR 1000 tier.
The Verge chose to focus on the sheer power of the new Mac Pro, which is heavily geared towards video, music, and photo editing.
"Demo" is a bit of a misleading word in this case, as we weren’t actually allowed to touch the machines or run any kind of real-world tests. But we were able to see the new Mac Pro running software like Logic, Lightroom, and Final Cut Pro X. By all accounts, it seems like even the base version of the Mac Pro is among the most powerful creative production and editing machines Apple has ever concocted.

Here at WWDC 2019, the company set up a live professional photo shoot equipped with an iPad Pro to get live preview shots straight from the camera and editing on a MacBook Pro wired up to the new Pro Display XDR in portrait mode (using the $1,000 stand that you’ll have to buy separately). The workflow looked pretty flawless, showing off the Pro Display XDR’s HDR capabilities and high-nit brightness when it’s used as the foundation for RAW photo work like this.

Image credit: The Verge

The new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 with an eight-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of ECC RAM, AMD WX 7100 graphics, and 256GB of SSD storage, and will be available to order in the fall. Apple's new 32-inch 6K display named the Pro Display XDR will also be available in the fall starting at $4,999.

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Apple Unveils New SwiftUI Framework For Building App Interfaces Using Less Code

At WWDC today, Apple announced a new Swift UI framework that allows developers to build their app interfaces using much less code.


The new Swift API is universal, meaning it can be used to build app UIs for Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

More to follow...


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Apple Reveals ‘Voice Control’ Accessibility Feature Coming to Mac and iOS

As part of its macOS Catalina unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced a new accessibility feature called Voice Control, allowing users to control their Mac and iOS devices entirely using vocal commands.


Voice Control supports dictation and editing in both operating systems, along with comprehensive menu navigation.

On iOS, the feature utilizes attention awareness to know when a user with physical motor limitations is interacting with their device.

To allay privacy concerns, Apple says that none of the audio processed by Voice Control can be accessed by anyone else, including Apple, thanks to built-in anonymity and encryption.

More to follow...


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Apple’s New ‘Find My’ App for macOS and iOS Can Find Your Devices Even When They’re Offline

Apple's "Find My Friends" app is being revamped in macOS Catalina and iOS 13, and will now be called simply "Find My." The new version of the app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.


The major feature of the updated app is that it can now locate Apple devices that are offline, making it even easier to find your iPhone or MacBook if you ever happen to lose it.

Apple said that when a device is offline and sleeping, it sends out a secure Bluetooth beacon that can be detected by other Apple devices nearby, even the ones owned by other people. This results in a network that works to find lost Apple devices through a secure, encrypted, and anonymous signal relay.


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Apple Announces ‘macOS Catalina’ With Separate Apple Music, Podcasts, and TV Apps

Apple has revealed the next version of macOS will be called "macOS Catalina." The company started off by announcing that the "future of iTunes" will be divided into three apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.


These three separate apps will offer dedicated experiences for each service. Certain features previously seen in iTunes will be migrated elsewhere on macOS, like iPhone syncing and device storage management now located in Finder.


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Apple Unveils 32-inch 6K ‘Pro Display XDR’ Monitor Starting at $4,999

As part of its new Mac Pro unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced a new 32-inch 6K Retina display with advanced HDR viewing capabilities.


Called the Pro Display XDR, the new LCD monitor features a 6,016 x 3,384 resolution display and 20 million pixels, while its enhanced HDR capability makes it capable of reproducing extreme brightness and contrast alongside deep blacks.

It's more than 40 percent bigger than Apple's iMac 5K display, and offers users P3 wide color, 10-bit, and several reference modes. The screen has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and can maintain 1000 nits of full-screen brightness indefinitely.

The Pro display also features Thunderbolt 3, which enables two monitors to run off a single power source, and up to four displays to be connected together.

Priced from $4,999 and available this fall, the new display is rotatable for Portrait Mode editing and also features an anti-reflective coating and is available a matte option.

More to follow...


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Apple Says iOS 13 to Bring ‘Biggest Update to CarPlay Yet’

As part of its iOS 13 unveiling today at WWDC, Apple announced what it called "the biggest update to CarPlay yet."


The new version of CarPlay will feature a new interactive dashboard and a more advanced in-vehicle version of Apple Maps.

The Calendar and Music apps have also been redesigned to improve the user experience, while Siri will be able to deliver directions and music from third-party apps like Pandora and Waze.

More to follow...


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Apple Unveils ‘iPadOS’ Designed Specifically for the iPad’s Larger Display

Apple today revealed "iPadOS," a new version of iOS that Apple has designed specifically for the larger screens on the iPad family.


This includes a tighter grid of app icons and the ability to pin widgets right on the home screen. There's also a multitasking feature with Slideover and multi-window capability for iPad apps, which lets you look at two windows from the same app side by side.


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Apple Unveils New Photo Browsing and Editing Features Coming With iOS 13

Apple today announced new photography features coming to its native Camera and Photos app with iOS 13, including a redesigned UI and a more advanced version of Portrait Lighting.


The new photo editing features allow users to more easily see their settings at a glance and make adjustments by tapping and dragging. The changes are also coming to video, which will allow users to rotate a video in the edit screen.

Apple says Portrait Lightning has also been taken to a new level, by allowing users to adjust the intensity of the lighting effect to virtually move light closer or further from the subject.

In the Photos app, a new browsing interface allows you to organize and search your pictures more easily, and the app will employ advanced AI to create new layouts of multiple shots whenever you view them.

Videos will play automatically upon selection, while new Days and Years features let you see collections of images in a more organized and chronological manner.

More to follow...


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