Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is back and the company had a lot to announce. During the keynote, it was hard not to notice a central theme: Apple takes care of protecting your privacy.
If you saw the WWDC keynote live, you may have noticed that every speaker seemed to be in a hurry. However, the onslaught was necessary. In two hours, Apple announced dozens of new features, changes, hardware, policies, and more. MacRumors has managed admirably to reduce the event to a 9-minute video, but the more you compress, the more you miss the small details that add up.
One of the key aspects of the keynote is that Apple continues and expands its work focusing on your privacy. In the past, we talked about how apps can track your movements everywhere, even for seemingly legitimate reasons like the weather, but then sell your location data. With iOS 1
However, the focus on privacy has not been lifted. Apple introduced a new feature for signing up with Apple for apps, services, and even the Internet. This is similar to the "Sign in with Google or Facebook" options. However, instead of letting a company track you, you should prevent this behavior. And if an app requests an email address, iOS13 can provide a randomly generated email, which in turn redirects you to give you additional granularity. Apple says all iOS apps that provide a third-party login option are required to sign in to Apple.
Homekit joined privacy advocates with mentions of Eero, Linksys, and Spectrum integrated routers endangering devices through firewalls and encrypting your camera video so only you can view video streams.
The company also detailed how watchOS, MacOS, and even map and voice controls are optimized to protect your privacy. It's easy to question the motivations of the company, but the strong focus on privacy is undoubtedly good for the business, as it is in line with the way the company earns money (and keeps a good press) ). But every company is motivated by the bottom line, and if those motivations are in line with your good guidelines, then at least everyone is a winner. [Apple]
In Other WWDC News:
- The iPad Leaves iOS for iPadOS: Apple separates the iPad operating system from the iPhone. They still share a common ancestry, but the two systems are growing so far apart that a greater degree of separation is required. [CNET]
- Apple splits iTunes into three separate apps, unless you're working on Windows: The company acknowledged that the program was getting too big, so it splits it into three different apps for music, television, and Podcasts on. Currently, nothing changes under Windows. [How-To Geek]
- The new Mac Pro is as powerful as it is expensive: Apple introduced the new Mac Pro yesterday, and the trash can look is out. Now you get a cheese grater. With a Xeon processor and a maximum configuration of 28 cores for the processor and 1.5 TB of RAM, this thing is a beast. Starting at $ 6,000, the beast will also eat your wallet. [The Verge]
- Could also buy a 5000-dollar monitor: Matching the Mac Pro, Apple also showed a new monitor. It's a 32-inch XDR 6K screen (better than HDR) designed for professionals. You need to buy the stand or the VESA mount separately and there is also the option "nano-texture". [Engadget]
- iOS 13 saves your iPhone's battery: Lithium-ion batteries last longer when used between 40% and 80% as much as possible. Of course you want 100% to survive the day. From iOS 13, iPhones have the option to offer you the best of both worlds. Your phone stays at 80% most of the night and charges 100% just before you wake up. [How-To Geek]
Other non-Apple messages:
- Google's downfall is due to misconfigured servers: YouTube, Nest, and others failed on Sunday, and now Google details what happened. A change that was intended for some servers was inadvertently applied to a large number of servers in some regions. This change resulted in a choke point where the services were discontinued. Then Google could not fix the problem because the tools needed more storage space than available. Much like when the tow truck can not get through the traffic to tow away the destroyed cars causing the congestion. [ZDNet]
- Microsoft does not need 32 GB of space for existing PCs: We have previously reported that Windows PCs would require at least 32 GB of storage space due to a policy change. In a small moment, so Microsoft, this is now only for new OEM PCs, your current box from before the change remains unaffected. Thanks, Microsoft. [Bleeping Computer]
- Ikea partners with UNYQ to develop barrier-free games products: More accessibility is a good thing, and Microsoft's adaptive controller is a perfect example of this. Now, Ikea gets involved in the action and works with UNYQ to produce 3D printed keycaps, mouse bungees and wristbands to make playing more accessible to everyone. Very nice. [Engadget]
You can now view footage of a solar eclipse that was recorded 120 years ago. On May 28, 1900 Nevil Maskelyne filmed a solar eclipse. It's not a big deal today, but considering that travel, telescopes, and video cameras were rare or expensive, or both, it was incredibly difficult to enforce that 120 years ago.
To accomplish this, Nevil even had to invent a custom adapter to connect his telescope to the camera. He also had to do it twice. Unfortunately, the film was stolen on the trip home after the first recording of a solar eclipse. The BFI National Archive and the Royal Astronomical Society discovered the film and restored it frame by frame in 4K. You've uploaded the footage to YouTube (unfortunately 720p), which means you can watch the oldest known eclipse footage for free.
If you are in the US, the next total solar eclipse will occur in 2024. You should have just enough time to get your sunglasses. [TechSpot]