News Roundup: Apple's WWDC event expands device ecosystem, drains bank accounts Credit: Apple
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News Roundup: Apple's WWDC event expands device ecosystem, drains bank accounts

New iOS, Mac Pro, and ‘XDR' display at WWDC

Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) is undoubtedly one of tech's biggest events, as the company uses the opportunity to unveil a host of new product updates and features designed to rattle the cages and empty the wallets of its faithful, ironed-on community. The historic event, which was once the site of new iPhone announcements, looks at almost all aspects of the Apple ecosystem, building hype for just about anything sporting its famous logo on both the hardware and software sides of the equation. 2019's event was no different, leaving us with range of shiny new toys to play with and scrutinise with full intensity.

Amongst the highlights was the unveiling of Apple's new Mac Pro and XDR display, the former of which thankfully kept its famed cheese grater design, while adjusting it for 2019. The Mac Pro starts at a headline catching (USD) $6000, but you do get the specs to back up the price tag somewhat, as its base model sports a 3.5GHZ INTEL XEON W, 32 GB of system memory, a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB graphics memory and 256GB of SSD storage.

These specs are entry level, with optional upgrades including up to 1.5TB of system memory and a 28 core Intel processor. We can only imagine what such a machine would cost however, as Apple is yet to reveal the prices of anything beyond the base. The system was revealed alongside the Apple Pro display XDR, which it intends to replace reference monitors. It's certainly an impressive monitor for its $5000 price tag, but the real meme-inducing kicker was its separately-sold monitor stand, which comes in at $1000. Unless it folds your laundry, it's really getting more and more difficult to justify Apple's pricing model.

Apple also showed off the latest generation of iOS at WWDC, iOS 13, which introduced a healthy amount of new features including a new dark mode, and upgrades to applications including Safari, Mail, Notes and Reminders - the latter of which has been rebuilt from the ground up. Apple also revealed a major update to MacOS, called Catalina, which adds a couple of cool features such as Sidecar, which lets you use your iPad as a second display. Although Catalina was most-widely noted for its destruction of iTunes, which has now been split up into three applications.

Other product reveals include a brand-new operating system for iPad (no prizes for guessing it's called iPadOS), as well as updates for Apple Watch users, including a new OS. All-round, it proved to be another huge event for Apple developers and consumers alike.

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Patrick Martlew is a technology enthusiast and editorial guru that works the digital enterprise beat in London. After making his tech writing debut in Sydney, he has now made his way to the UK where he works to cover the very latest trends and provide top-grade expert analysis.

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