Essential Apple User Magazine Vol 5
The new Mac Pro – wow! What an incredible beast of a machine. After the spectacular misstep with the 2013 drum-shaped Pro machine, Apple is back on form with this modular, expandable tower Mac. Sure, it’s expensive, but look at what you’re getting for your money. Technology like that doesn’t come cheap.
What’s less excusable is the $1000 Apple is charging for the stand that goes with the new Pro Display XDR. Yes, you read that correctly; a thousand US dollars for the stand. Sure, it’s a great piece of kit. On the Pro Stand, the display moves like it was floating, and the ability to swivel the screen into portrait mode for writing and programming is a great boon too. But a grand, for a stand? Come on, that’s taking the mirth.
You can read all about the new Mac Pro and its amazing monitor over on Page 36, in our feature covering everything that was announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2019.
But the keynote that launched the Worldwide Developers Conference (or WWDC, as it’s known to its friends), wasn’t all about new Mac hardware. Just like past years, the next generation of Apple’s amazing operating systems was unveiled. iOS 13 brings some great new features like Dark Mode and a swipe keyboard. The next version of macOS is to be known as Catalina, and it’s killing iTunes in favour of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV apps. A surprise announcement saw the iPad’s operating system break away from iOS, and go it alone with iPadOS. Apple TV and Apple Watch got their own updates too. You can read about the new operating systems, which are due this autumn, in our feature starting on Page 16.
Elsewhere in the mag, there are reviews of some great products including a return to the Mac for Corel Draw, an amazing pair of mid-price speakers, and for Mac gamers, Call of Duty III: Black Ops and DiRT 4. While you wait for the forthcoming Apple operating systems, why not make sure your skills are up to date with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, by checking out the tutorial section in this issue. It’s all in Essential AppleUser Magazine.