San Jose (California): In a fresh attempt to make its devices faster and agile like never before, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker has unveiled iOS 13 with features like Dark Mode and Apple sign-in, a sturdy Mac Pro desktop for creative professionals and a brand new iPadOS among several features that would bring personalised experiences to its millions of users. The powerful iOS 13 unlocks the Apple device with Face ID 30 per cent faster, reduces app download sizes by up to 50 per cent, makes app updates over 60 per cent smaller and results in apps launching up to twice as fast. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Last year, we delivered iOS 12 which is full of features from dynamic new AR experiences to amazing screen time and faster performance. iOS 12 has the highest customer satisfaction — an incredible 97 per cent — in the industry. Nearly 85 per cent of iOS customers are on the latest release,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told a packed house at the San Jose convention centre here on Monday during the company’s annual flagship developers’ conference “WWDC 2019”. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “In fact, iOS 12 has been installed on more systems than any version of iOS ever. That is in stark contrast to the latest offerings from those other guys like Android 9 which was released before iOS. Well, it saw only 10 per cent adoption,” Cook told more than 5,000 coders and developers from 86 countries. iOS 13 comes with much-anticipated “Dark Mode”, advanced photo and camera features, the “Sign In with Apple” tool and an all-new Apple Maps experience. Dark Mode is a new dark colour scheme that works across native apps to deliver a great viewing experience especially in low-light conditions. Dark Mode is available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time. In iOS 13, most photo editing tools are now available for video editing, making it possible to rotate, crop or apply filters right within the Photos app. “We’re excited for customers to experience what’s coming to iPhone this fall and can’t wait for them to see how great everything looks in Dark Mode,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering. “Sign In with Apple” makes it easy for users to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID and has two-factor authentication built in for an added layer of security. Apple also announced to deliver a new Maps experience with broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover. The new map is available now in select cities and states, and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to more countries in 2020, announced the company. New iOS 13 features will be available this fall as a free software update. Ending a six-year drought for creative professionals, Apple introduced the all-new Mac Pro and unveiled Apple “Pro Display XDR”, touted as the world’s best pro display. The Mac Pro can run three streams of 8K video and 12 streams of 4K video in real time, virtually eliminating proxy workflows. It features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5 TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card. Pro Display XDR features a massive 32-inch Retina 6K display, an extreme 1,600 nits of peak brightness, an incredible 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a super-wide viewing angle. “Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display and the perfect companion to the all-new Mac Pro,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. The new Mac Pro that supports up to six displays for a breathtaking 120 million pixels would be available in the fall. Giving iPad users new capabilities and intuitive features, Apple also introduced a brand new iPadOS that is built on the same foundation as its iOS. With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil. iPadOS with Dark Mode feature will be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and iPad mini 4. The company also previewed watchOS 6, which empowers Apple Watch users to better manage their health and fitness, and gives access to dynamic new watch faces and the App Store directly on Apple Watch. Giving its content streaming dreams new wings, Apple also previewed tvOS 13, the operating system that makes Apple TV 4K a personalised entertainment device for enjoying TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps. The company also previewed macOS “Catalina” which is replacing iTunes with its popular entertainment apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app.
The Canadian dollar shed early gains by late morning Thursday as traders continued to shun risk in the wake of elections in Greece last weekend that failed to produce a winner.The loonie dipped 0.1 of a cent to 99.81 cents US after earlier going as high 100.23 amid rising commodity prices and the latest snapshot on the country’s trade performance which, while improving month over month, came in slightly below expectations.Statistics Canada reported that the trade surplus increased from $273 million in February to $351 million in March. Exports edged down 0.4 per cent while imports decreased 0.6 per cent during the month.“The fall in two-way trade suggests that even after soft activity in February, there wasn’t much of a snap-back in trade in March,” observed CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.The loonie closed below parity with the U.S. dollar Wednesday for the first time in two months amid turmoil arising from the inconclusive elections in Greece.The currency has lost about three-quarters of a US cent over the past two days as traders avoided riskier assets such as commodities and resource-based currencies like the loonie.Markets were nervous Thursday as talks to form a Greek government dragged into a fourth day after no party won enough votes to form an administration. Analysts expect these talks will go nowhere and that Greeks will go back to the polls in June.There are some hopes in the markets that in new elections some Greeks who want the country to remain in the euro currency bloc will support the main pro-euro parties, facilitating the creation of a moderate coalition government.In the meantime, Greece is being held together by an international bailout. And analysts warn that Greece could run out of money as soon as next month without a government to negotiate the next level of its bailout.Meanwhile, the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 43 cents to US$97.24. Greek uncertainty and worries about slowing economic conditions have pushed oil down sharply from US$106 at the beginning of this month.Copper prices were up three cents to US$3.69. Demand concerns had pushed the metal down almost five per cent from May 1. Bullion prices gained $2.90 to US$1,597.10 an ounce.On Thursday, traders took in Chinese data showing slower than expected exports and imports in April, which raised fears the world’s second-biggest economy wasn’t doing enough to stimulate domestic demand amid an economic slowdown.Imports edged up 0.3 per cent to US$144.8 billion in April while exports rose 4.9 per cent to $163.3 billion, leaving a surplus of $18.4 billion, according to customs data released Thursday.That compared with a surplus of $5.35 billion in March and a deficit of $31.5 billion in February.China has been an important prop for a global economy still in the midst of a fragile recovery from the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession. Its huge appetite for energy and metals has boosted commodity prices and oil and mining stocks on the TSX.