WWDC 2019: Apple sends out invitations to keynote event on June 3 – what to expect

Apple has sent out invitations to its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote event, where it will reveal software upgrades for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

The keynote address will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California, at 10am PST (6pm BST) on Monday, June 3.

Apple usually uses the summer event to show off the latest versions of iOS for iPhone and iPad, MacOS for Mac computers, watchOS for Apple Watch and tvOS for Apple TV.

However, the event is primarily for developers, to give them a chance to develop apps for the new operating systems before they go live to the public later in the year.

Occasionally Apple unveils a new piece of hardware at WWDC, but don’t expect to see a new iPhone – that won’t be coming until September.

Here’s what to expect at WWDC 2019:

iOS 13

The new iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads is expected to be the main focus of the keynote event.

iOS 13 will include a number of major changes including the long-awaited “dark mode” , which turns the display’s background black to save battery life and make prolonged use easier on the eyes.

There’s also reportedly a new “undo” gesture, which will allow users to undo and redo their last action by tapping the keyboard area three times and then sliding left or right respectively.

This should offer an improvement over the current gesture, which requires users to physically shake their device in order to undo their last action.

Other rumorued improvements include new multitasking tools, improvements to the Mail and Safari apps, new font management tools and a new volume display.

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macOS 10.15

Not much is known about the next version of macOS, but rumours suggest that Apple is working to bring more integrations between macOS and iOS.

This means you could see more iPhone and iPad apps on the Mac desktop – including the Apple TV app, which Apple has already confirmed will be coming to the Mac.

The idea is to make it easier for developer to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad, according to Bloomberg.

It could also enable the use of an iPad as a second screen to your Mac.

watchOS 6 and tvOS 13

watchOS is likely to get an update, with new fitness, tracking features, as well as health and possibly sleep monitoring.

Apple is putting more focus on health, after rolling out its ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification to Apple Watch Series 4 owners in the UK in March.

As for tvOS, the focus is likely to be on the company’s forthcoming TV subscription service, Apple TV+, which is launching later this year.

The new software should also bring Apple Arcade, the tech giant’s video game subscription service, which is due to launch at the time as the new TV plan.

How to watch WWDC 2019

Apple’s WWDC keynote event will be live streamed on the  Special Events page of its website.

Apple says its keynote videos are best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later (although it will play on iOS 9 too).

If you’re watching on a PC or Mac, you will need to be running Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later, or Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

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