Apple’s WWDC 2019 Keynote Speech

Updated April 13th, 2020.

UPDATE: the speech is over. Apple now has a page telling about what they showed in the keynote presentation, as well as a recording of the speech, and you can watch the whole thing at your leisure, starting and stopping as you wish. You’ll need about 2 hours and 15 minutes to watch it straight through. Fun Stuff: listen at 1:42 for the collective gasp from the crowd when they learn the new Apple monitor’s stand costs $999. I gasped too. Wow.

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Apple’s 2019 World Wide Developers’ Conference starts Monday, June 3rd, with a keynote speech at 10 AM Pacific time. You can watch it on your iPhone, on your iPad, on your Mac, or via Apple TV. You can watch it with me at the Christian Boyce Center for Advanced Macintosh and iPhone Studies in Santa Monica if you RSVP (so I can get enough coffee and donuts).

Any modern iPhone, iPad or Mac should be able to handle the stream. Just go to apple.com at 10 AM Pacific time and look for a link. With an Apple TV, use the Apple Events app. If you can’t watch it live, visit Apple’s site (or the Apple Events app on your Apple TV) later in the day. Apple typically records these events and makes them available online within hours.

Here’s Apple’s “Apple Events” page on their site. You can watch some oldies-but-goodies there.

What to expect

Remember, WWDC is for developers. (“Developers” translates to “programmers,” in case you didn’t know.) Developers go to WWDC to learn about upcoming Apple technologies, both hardware and software, so that they can make apps that take advantage of them. That’s the point of the conference. Apple justifiably gears its keynote speech toward demonstrating these new technologies rather than toward new products that you and I might buy.

Apple will definitely show new versions of iOS and macOS, and possibly new versions of watchOS and tvOS. The keynote speech is a developer’s first chance to see these things. Ours too. Your next iPhone will come with the iOS that Apple shows in the keynote, and your current iPhone will probably update to this iOS, so watching the keynote is like looking into the future.

It’s a safe bet that Apple will show developers how to convert iPhone apps into Mac apps, possibly with a single (amazing) click. Glossary entry: the technology that makes this possible is code-named “Marzipan.” Drop that into your conversation at the next office party and sound smarter than everyone else.

It’s also a safe bet that the next version of macOS will be named after some natural feature of our beautiful state of California. We’ve had Mavericks (surf spot), Yosemite, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave… maybe Monterey? Montara? Coronado? Your guess is as good as mine. Personally I’m pulling for Prairie Creek.

The rumor sites are all reporting that iTunes will be broken into discrete apps for music, podcasts, and movies. It will be interesting to see how this is handled, if it comes to pass.

Possible Surprises

Apple might have some new hardware to show us. Developers love new hardware, and Apple has used the WWDC keynote to introduce a new MacBook Pro model once or twice before. Apple upgraded its top-of-the-line MacBook Pro just last week so I don’t think they’re going to do it again in the keynote. However, the Mac Pro desktop machine is way overdue for a significant update, and with no one saying anything about this at all, it seems like the perfect “one more thing” to drop at the end of the keynote. If it happens that way, you heard it here first. If it doesn’t, expect to find this page edited quickly.

UPDATE: they did indeed introduce a new Mac Pro! I got that one right.

Of course I don’t have a crystal ball, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if I already knew about it, so I’ll be watching the keynote, same as you, to see what Apple has in store. Longshot guesses: Apple creates a new position, the Vice President of Technology Friendliness– and fills it with ME. Also, they announce a flying car, powered by greenhouse gases. And it folds.

Apple’s Special Event March 25th, 2019

Updated July 19th, 2019.

Update: the show is over. You can watch a replay of the whole thing– one hour, 50 minutes– on Apple’s site. You can see a condensed version– six minutes!– at MacRumors.com. Thanks, MacRumors!

Check out my summary of the event at the bottom of this article.

Apple’s going to show something at 10 AM Pacific time on Monday March 25th, 2019. I’ve read a lot of rumors about this event but as usual the people who really know what’s going to happen aren’t allowed to talk. So I wait, same as you, for 10 AM to roll around.

Prediction: Tim Cook will come out and say “Good morning!” twice before saying anything else. Update: I was wrong. He actually said “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” and then “Good morning!”

Note: if you can’t watch the show at 10 AM Pacific time you can probably catch a replay. I say “probably” because Apple hasn’t promised it. Typically, however, Apple does make these presentations available, on demand, shortly after the show.

Apparently Apple thinks their audience knows how to watch because they didn’t mention how to do it. Maybe this stuff is getting so routine that everyone knows what to do. In case they don’t, here’s how to watch:

  • Using the Apple Events app on your Apple TV
  • On your Mac, using Safari or Chrome to go to www.apple.com
  • One your iPad or iPhone, using Safari to go to www.apple.com
  • At an Apple Store, on the big big big screen

Apple quietly updated a bunch of hardware last week. They improved performance in the MacBook Pro and the iMac, they released updated Apple AirPods, they introduced a new iPad Air. I think they wanted to get those announcements out of the way so they could focus on whatever the big news is on Monday. We will see.

As usual, I’ll provide a summary when the show is over. And here it is…

Summary

tv+

tv+ is not the Apple TV box that connects to your TV with an HDMI cable and puts it on the internet. That’s hardware. tv+ is a new streaming service, sending original content to your TV (via an Apple TV box), or to your iPad, or to your iPhone, or to your Mac. Think of it as a channel of original, Apple-produced content. You will watch it via the Apple TV app. It will cost something, but Apple hasn’t said how much yet.

Confused? No wonder: too many things called Apple TV! But, it’s not available until the Fall of 2019 anyway, so maybe Apple will clarify things later. Click for more about tv+.

Apple Card

This was, to me, the best thing Apple announced. The Apple Card is an Apple-branded credit card that works in conjunction with Apple Pay, secure as anything, with easy to understand reports, statements, alerts, and online support. Plus it gives you cash back. Plus there aren’t any fees. Plus you can use the cash back to pay down your balance. Plus plus plus.

I predict the Apple Card will do to the credit card industry what the iPhone did to the cellular phone industry: namely, force everyone else in the business to respond with a quality product rather than to continue with clumsy, unfriendly products and services designed with the seller, rather than the user, in mind. The Apple Card (Apple also calls it “Card”) will be available in the Summer of 2019.

News+

Apple really, really wants you to get your newspapers and magazines on your iPad. For $9.99 per month you get a whole bunch of reading material, including the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal (not all of it, but at least some of it), TIME magazine, The New Yorker, Vogue, Bon Appétit, Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, Outside, Travel + Leisure, People, National Geographic, and Scientific American. (For a complete list see Apple’s News+ page.) This service is live now.

Yes, there is already an “News” app, on iOS and on macOS. That one’s free. This one– that is, News+”– is not free. But you get a lot more. And it’s sharable with your family. And there’s a 1-month free trial. Check it out.

Arcade

Arcade is Apple’s new center for games, bringing over 100 video games to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. You can start a game on one device and pick it up on another. You can play online and offline. Up to six family members have access. And there are no ads nor in-app purchases. All you do is pay one monthly fee for all-you-can-play games. We don’t know what the monthly fee will be yet but we will soon, as this service is coming in the Fall of 2019.

Get more info at Apple’s Arcade page.

Note: wondering how to type , the Apple logo? It’s easy– that’s Option-Shift-K. It doesn’t work in every font but it does in the ones Apple provides.

How to quickly Capitalize words you’ve already typed on iPhone and iPad

Updated September 15th, 2020.

UPDATE: iOS 13 seems to have broken this shortcut. I’m leaving this post on my site as I hope the feature returns.

If you’ve typed something lowercase on your iPhone or iPad, and want to capitalize it, what do you do– delete and start over? Just leave it the way it is, even though it’s wrong? Turns out there’s a clever trick in the iOS keyboard that lets you select a word, and then Capitalize it (or ALL CAPS it) very quickly. Now your stuff can look great and you won’t have to work at it very hard.

Watch the video and learn the technique! (Tap the “Play” button at the bottom of the image.)

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Artist: Nick Petrov
Title: Technologycal Rhythms

How to Get Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV

Updated July 21st, 2019.

Six months ago, Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video would appear on the Apple TV by the end of the year. They just made it: last week, the Amazon Prime Video app showed up via a software update on the 3rd generation Apple TVs and it became a downloadable app (search for it) on the 4th generation models. (If you don’t see it on your 3rd generation Apple TV, go to Settings/General/Software Update and update your Apple TV.) This signals the end of the load-amazon-prime-on-your-iPhone-or-Mac-and-airplay-it-to-the-AppleTV end-around.

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After you’ve installed it, click on the Amazon Prime Video app and authorize it by entering your Amazon credentials using the Apple TV remote. Actually, it’s easier to authorize it if you use your Mac or iPhone to go to www.amazon.com/mytv and then enter the 6-digit code that shows on your TV when you first click on Prime Video. Either way, that’s it for set-up. You won’t have to do it again.

Amazon Prime Video gives Amazon Prime members access to a wide variety of TV shows and movies as well as Amazon Original Content, for free (sort of– you paid for it when you bought your Amazon Prime membership). It also gives you access to TV shows and movies that aren’t free, but sometimes Amazon Prime Video is the only place to find the movie you want, and the prices for them aren’t too high.

Of course you can still use the Amazon Prime Video app on your iPhone or iPad, or view Prime Video in a web browser on your Mac, as before. The big news is you no longer have to tie up your iPhone, iPad, or Mac in order to watch Prime video content. Now you just use your Apple TV.

If you have an Apple TV and an Amazon Prime account, check out the Prime Video app. You’ve already paid for the Prime Video collection so you may as well take advantage.

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