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Apple has leapt ahead of Windows and Android by leaps and bounds yet again, with its supremely integrated ecosystem enhanced even further, with delightful, useful and amazing updates across the board.

I've just finished watching Apple's WWDC keynote, its longest yet at over two hours and fifteen minutes, and from a crowd that looked like it stretched from hundreds through to thousands, WWDC 2019 shows just how advanced Apple is, for developers, its customers, and the entire industry.

Whether it's true offline voice control for your iPhone, iPad or Mac, a system-wide Dark Mode for iOS, a new iPadOS dedicated to iPads, vastly simplified app development and programming, enhancements to AirPods, CarPlay, HomePod and Siri, whether it's the most advanced Mac Pro yet and so much more, WWDC puts Windows and Android to shame as usual while foreshadowing even more incredible iPads, iPhones, Macs, Apple Watches and Apple TVs to come later this year.

There are huge numbers of improvements in all of Apple's operating systems and its apps, and the many "Apple WWDC Keynote in 10 minutes" video clips simply aren't going to cut it = this is one WWDC keynote you'll want to watch in full, from the first second to the last.

You can watch the keynote at Apple's Special Events page here

Apple has released detailed press releases for its announcements today.

You can read about the new Apple TV operating system, dubbed "tvOS 13", as it "powers the most personal cinematic experience ever". 

Then there's watchOS 6, which Apple says "advances health and fitness capabilities" to new levels. 

You can see the preview of watchOS 6 here

Apple previewed iOS 13, which includes a host of new features including system-wide Dark Mode and so much more.

You can see the preview at Apple here

Then there's the new iPadOS, which "powers unique experiences designed for iPad" that you can read about here

You can see the preview of iPadOS here

There also the new macOS Catalina, which even lets you use your iPad with your Mac as a second display, and is compatible for tablet use with all apps that can use dedicated tablets for creative uses. There's obviously a ton of new features for macOS Catalina 10.16 and you can see the preview of it here

Apple's newest Cheese Grater - the mind-glowingly advanced new Mac Pro - has also arrived at long last, with all the modularity promised and more, delivering heretofore unimaginable power that puts Windows workstations to shame, while delivering the most advanced displays seen yet, dubbed the Pro Display XDR, at vastly better pricing than competing professional reference monitors, and you can read about that here

You can also learn more about Mac Pro at Apple here and the Pro Display XDR here

There's also Pro developers reacting to the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR that you can see here

There was so much unveiled at WWDC 2019 that Apple extended its keynote beyond the two hour mark, with the conference now on for the rest of the week. The developers there will have an incredible opportunity to learn more and get their pressing questions answers.

Developers have access to all of the dev betas of the various operating systems today, while the "public seed" of iOS, iPadOS and macOS is coming in July 2019.

The full release versions are coming in the US autumn or "fall", which means in spring for us here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Apple also made it easier than ever for developers to create Mac apps from their iPhone and iPad apps, and with over 100 million active Mac users, this helps to expand the app market that much further.

We also saw that 85% of the compatible iOS user base is now on iOS 12, and one can only imagine this will accelerate faster than ever to iOS 13 once it is released to the public in its final form around the time of the new 2019 iPhones and iPads.

I'll be covering Apple's media releases on the different launches, but just a tiny, tiny handful of other features we saw today:

Voice control of your iPhone, iPad and Mac.

A multi-user system for Apple TV.

Tracking your cycle as a woman on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Proper dark mode for iOS at last.

An re-written reminders app, photos app and more.

Seeing how loud your surroundings truly are using Apple Watch.

Swipe typing on Apple's keyboard at long last.

Signing it to apps PRIVATELY using your Apple ID at last.

Solid new updates to AirPods, Siri, HomePod and CarPlay.

Read USB drives and SD cards directly on iPad!

A new Mac Pro at long last!

The most advanced AR capabilities yet.

Whether the new iPadOS also allows mouse control is yet to be seen, but today's WWDC 2019 keynote is an incredible sign of health, vitality and continued growth for the entire Apple ecosystem.

We might see competitors creating individual features that out-do individual Apple devices in some ways, with better cameras the most prominent example in my mind, but Apple's ecosystem taken as a whole has just raised the bar so much higher than I wonder just how Microsoft and Google can catch up, and if they even can, how many years it will take to do so.

I'm definitely looking forward to the public seeds of iOS 13, iPadOS and more, with all of these advances pointing to the decade of the 2020s being a quantum leap over everything we've seen in the stunning decade of the 2010s.

Onward and upward – the best truly is yet to come!

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