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Apple WWDC 2019 live blog

The Worldwide Developers Conference is where Apple outlines the new software features for the iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod and the rest of its hardware. Expect news on iOS 13 and much more.

  • John Falcone 6/3/2019 4:24:03 PM
    Hello and welcome to CNET's coverage of WWDC 2019.
  • John Falcone 6/3/2019 4:24:46 PM
    Our on-site team is currently setting up in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
  • John Falcone 6/3/2019 4:25:11 PM
    And our team in NYC is about to kick off our live video simulcast, embedded here.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:33:26 PM
    Hi everyone -- it looks like I might actually finally be online. Maybe. Apple events are always an exercise in internet troubleshooting. WiFi? Nope, try the MiFi. Not working? How about my phone? Is it on AT&T or Verizon? Did you switch it over to 4G? Did you stand on one leg and cough?
  • Connie Guglielmo 6/3/2019 4:35:04 PM
    Once again, how long does it take to fill a conference center with over 6,000 people. Under five minutes at #WWDC19.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:36:08 PM
    For those interested, we're listening to Thunderclouds by LSD Feat Sia (who's performed at Apple events before) & Diplo & Labrinth. The screen has all these cartoonish animoji in white and neon outlines. It's a very "developers are cool" vibe.
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:36:42 PM
    Hi! Welcome to connection hell
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:37:13 PM
    The room is of course very full, and there are various cheers from the audience (likely for videos you'll see online later). "Dub dub!" "DC!" "Dub dub!" "DC!"
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 4:39:09 PM
    The beard quotient here is very, very high.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:39:52 PM
    Apple's developer conference is typically when we get a kinda sillier side of Apple. In the past, John Hodgman and Justin Long have helped open the show, back during the "Get a Mac" ad campaign days. Apple always has to find a way to strike a balance between nerdy developer stuff and consumer-y big headline news.
     
    Music now is "Better as One" by The Heavy.
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 4:40:27 PM
    Ian, are you "Shazaming" these songs, or do you know them?
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 4:41:44 PM
    The big hardware topic of the day may be a new Mac Pro desktop. Long-promised, it's been six years since the last major Mac Pro overhaul, which in computer time is roughly forever.
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 4:42:52 PM
    That "trash can" Mac Pro is both loved and hated. Here's a quick look back at its polarizing history you can read while we're waiting to start. 
     
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:43:33 PM
    Dan, Shazam/Soundhound is always my friend. This is where I admit I don't know half these songs. Though I did remark about when Feel Good Inc. by the Gorillaz was playing.
     
    A bit of trivia for you: Which Apple product did that Gorillaz song help to introduce?
     
    Meanwhile, FYI, we're now listening to Joy by Bastille.
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 4:45:43 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:46:05 PM
    Answer: It was the iPod Video in 2005.
     
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 4:47:12 PM
    That's right! Very cool. Key to talk iPad today, as maybe we'll see the end of iTunes?
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 4:48:37 PM
    The ritualistic chanting here isn't doing anything for the whole "cult" label thing.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:48:45 PM
    i-what? I think it's a good bet you're right. But I think this will be more of a symbolic move than a massive life-changing moment. When Mac OS 9 was replaced by OS X, Apple held a literal mock burial. It was an *event*.
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:49:01 PM
    So what I’m most interested in: AR, watch, iPad.
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 4:50:51 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:51:00 PM
    This time, if the rumors turn out to be right, iTunes will just become three apps-not-named-iTunes. Which is fine. I doubt as many people physically sync their phones to their computers anymore. Heck, since I switched to Google Photos and iCloud Photo Syncing, I haven't even thought of connecting my phone to my computer nearly at all. It's just all there. Friggin magic compared to a decade ago.
     

     

  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:52:58 PM
    The music has picked up, Dan. Now it's Saw Lightning by Beck (when did Beck get all pop-y? Or did I miss something?)
     
    Amendment: I guess he swings a lot, now that I think about it. Clearing cobwebs of 90s era music in that far off part of my brain. Oh lord, now I'm thinking about "Yellow." Please, no.
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:53:10 PM
    I’m now posting on a phone, because all my other options failed. WWDC is about survival.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:55:25 PM
    And by his phone, Scott means that he's going to complain in the open and then steal my internet MiFi (hi Scott!)
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:55:52 PM
    How standalone will Watch be? How fully laptop-like will iPad be? How deep into AR is Apple ready to go?
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:56:22 PM
    So why is everyone excited about Dark Mode? Just curious.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:56:46 PM
    We've moved into Lo/HI by The Black Keys. It's definitely got people pumped up while we watch the neon outline cartoons move around the screen.
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:57:38 PM
    I get that Dark Mode has become the cause du jour in tech, but am I the only one who kinda gets a headache from it? 
     
    Ok, anyway, time to start. Lights going down (theater dark mode!)
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:57:57 PM
    The Animated Animoji Brigade has begun. Lots of icons floating around... IN DARK MODE
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 4:58:03 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 4:58:13 PM
    Maybe last song: Boom by X Ambassadors.
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 4:58:25 PM
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:58:25 PM
    How about Dark AR Mode
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 4:58:44 PM
    dARk Mode
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 5:00:19 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/3/2019 5:00:31 PM
    Now the whole theater has gone dark mode...
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 5:00:45 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 5:00:50 PM
    Ok, and we start with a movie. Black-and-white. Of people coding in their homes around the world.
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 5:01:01 PM
    It's Video Time. devs everywhere, working late
  • Scott Stein 6/3/2019 5:01:57 PM
    (Night coding means... DARK MODE)
  • Ian Sherr 6/3/2019 5:01:58 PM
    Song lyrics "Guess I should go to sleep" -- so I guess this is about how devs work late into the night. Which I can totally relate to. Lots of people, men and women, hitting delete keys, throwing heads back in frustration, etc. We've all been there, friends.
  • James Martin 6/3/2019 5:02:27 PM
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