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Apple Software Updates
Apple has previewed forthcoming software updates on the first day of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.
The big story is new version of its mobile operating system iOS13.
This features a new “dark mode”, improved photo and video curation and editing capabilities, a new “Sign in with Apple” feature for apps and websites and an entirely new Apple Maps app. Other improvements include a new Reminders and Notes apps.
iOS will be available from this autumn but it will not be compatible will all iPhone models. Full details are available from Apple.
Apple is also releasing a new operating system for the iPad, now known as iPadOS.
This benefits from the improvements to iOS13 as well as a newly designed home screen, improved capabilities for Apple Pencil and improved multi-tasking and text editing facilities. More details are available from Apple.
Apple is also releasing a new operating system for the Apple Watch, watchOS6.
This includes new watch faces, enhanced Siri capabilities, a new dedicated App Store, a new noise app to enable users to understand the impact of their environment on their hearing, and new activity app. Again, more details are available from Apple.
Other announcements from Apple include a new operating system for the Mac desktop known as Catalina. As was widely reported over the weekend, iTunes will be replaced by separate desktop apps for music, TV and podcasts. A full preview is available from Apple.
On a separate Apple note, it has published a defence of the App Store, which is accused of anti-competitive practice.
Also of note this week:
International news channels are the TV equivalent of airport hotels.
They cannot give a sense of time or place so there’s a certain emptiness to them. CNN International, which has always sought to distance itself from its US parent, has been progressively cutting back on original programming, taking more output from CNN US which has itself become consumed by the Trump administration. The Guardian reports that CNN International is to cut more programming from London. (The Guardian)
Something that has only just caught our attention: The UK’s National Health Service has a dedicated app and all GP surgeries will be contactable via the app from 1 July 2019. (NHS Digital)
The UK communications regulator, OFCOM, reports on the Video On Demand market in the UK. It is noteworthy that Netflix is catching up on the BBC iPlayer in terms of popularity. It has also has vastly more hours of content. (OFCOM)
A love letter to my iTunes library. (Popjustice)
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