CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple's annual major Apple event. public releases of iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS are coming later this month, Apple announced on its website as it unveiled new hardware products in a live-streamed event today.
Since Apple made its announcement detailing the features of the new operating systems at its developer conference in June, the event is now focused on new hardware such as the iPhone. But Apple often launches major operating systems that come with new hardware – especially with mobile devices.
iOS 13 adds Dark Mode to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It can be turned on and off from within the Control Center. The update also adds a plethora of new photo and video features, including more robust editing capabilities. IOS 13 also adds a more natural sounding voice for Siri, a number of updated Map features, and a total overhaul of frequently criticized Reminders. But perhaps the most significant change to iOS 13 is the introduction of iPadOS, a new and specific version of the operating system tablet that offers improved flexibility and other features for power users – all intended to make the iPad more efficient as a laptop replacement.
At the heart of Apple's pitch for macOS Catalina is a developer-focused feature called Catalyst. Catalyst allows app developers to easily port iPad apps to the Mac. Among other things, the goal is to bring an abundance of single- or dedicated-use apps to the Mac App Store, which has not gained as much traction as Apple's App Store for mobile devices. Catalina also integrates iTunes with many applications with more specialized functions: Music, TV, and Podcasts. Users will find new ways for their Macs to interact with the iPad and Apple Pencil, as well as a number of minor improvements to other apps.
Less than positive for some users, Catalina will be removing support for 32-bit applications, making many old games and other apps unnoticed after installing OS. Motorcycle tracking features, a new feature that enables fitness performance tracking over time, and an on-Watch App Store so users can download Watch apps without browsing through their iPhone-including support for new features in the Apple Watch 5. series