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What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2019

Our best glimpse of what’s to come in Apple-land

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While Apple’s yearly iPhone announcement is without a doubt its most interesting event, its software specific WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) is its most important.

It is at WWDC that we find out about upcoming versions of the operating systems that power your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — our best glimpse of what’s to come in Apple-land.

McEnery Convention Center

WWDC takes place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California | Photo by Michael Josh, GadgetMatch

This year, the WWDC keynote takes place on June 3rd and as we make our way to San Jose, here’s everything we expect will go down, with a bit of what we hope for thrown in for good measure.

iOS 13

The software that runs both iPhones and iPads is expected to get even faster this year — thanks to software tweaks and optimizations.

Dark Mode on iOS 13 / Leak by 9to5Mac

A much-requested feature “Dark Mode” will be coming to iOS too, just like it did the Mac last season. Leaked screenshots acquired by 9to5Mac show darker user interface elements like the dock apps that get black and gray elements and backgrounds. 

While aesthetic, the optional feature makes practical sense for iPhone X/XS and X/XS Max users because darker screens consume less battery on phones with OLED displays.   

Bloomberg is also reporting that iOS will get updated versions of the Reminders, Health, Books, Mail, and Maps apps. Find Friends and Find iPhone apps will be consolidated into a Find My app. But most interesting are updates to iMessage that gives it more features seen on other chat applications. I personally would love the ability to reply to a specific chat bubble, which is always great when your conversation is about two different topics at a time. 

iPad Pro

iPad Pro creeps closer to Mac-territory | Photo by Michael Josh, GadgetMatch

While Apple has always believed in keeping iOS and macOS separate, last year’s developments saw more and more of a crossover. The new iPad Pros, for example, encroach on laptop territory. I would not be surprised to see iPad-specific features take it even further in that direction. Better file management, better multitasking, and perhaps even mouse support. Apple is also rumored to be working on a built-in feature that allows the iPads to be used as a secondary display, something offered by third-party apps like Duet.

MacOS 10.15

Less has been leaked about the next Mac operating system, perhaps indicating that this next update will be more of an incremental one like when it moved from Sierra (10.13) to High Sierra (10.14).

I expect the conversation to circle around bringing the worlds of iOS and macOS closer.

News App and Dark Mode on MacOS Mojave

News App and Dark Mode on macOS Mojave | Photo by Apple

Last year, Apple spoke about an initiative that allows for building iOS apps that work on the Mac. What we’ve seen thus far are Apple’s own apps, Reminders, Maps, Books, and News. Perhaps at WWDC 2019, as Apple opens the program to developers, we might see the first third-party apps make an appearance. A desktop version of Instagram maybe?

iTunes might sing its swan song as its usefulness has been eaten up by other apps. Expect to see new Podcast, TV, and Music apps for the Mac, all of which should deliver the final blow to good ol’ iTunes.

Other recently introduced iPhone/iPad features like Siri shortcuts, Screen Time, and Family Sharing will most likely also come to macOS.

Mac Pro

WWDC is a software event, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from using it to announce hardware on occasion.

If new hardware is making a debut at this year’s show, it will most likely be the new Mac Pro — a computer meant for Mac users who need the utmost power and performance.

The Mac Pro was last updated in 2013 and Apple has promised a completely rethought model would come this year.

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Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

Unboxing experience unlike the rest

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The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is finally in our hands! Unlike the usual blue iPhone unboxing videos you see, ours come in white and gold respectively.

If you’re still confused which model to buy, this video discusses points that might actually help you decide which features are more important for you. I know you can’t wait. Quickly head over to our Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro unboxing and buyer’s guide by clicking this link right here.

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Apple iPad Air (2020) Unboxing and Review

An iPad Killer!?

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It’s been a month ever since Apple announced the 4th-generation iPad Air 2020.

Its biggest change can be seen from its full-screen Liquid Retina display and flat edges. But there’s more than meets the eye. In fact, it’s power-packed with the latest A14 Bionic Chip and supports Apple Pencil 2 out of the box.

It may not be a direct competitor of the iPad 8th-Generation, but do you still think the newest iPad Air is a better option over its pricier sibling, the 2020 iPad Pro?

Head over to this link to watch our quick unboxing and in-depth review of the Apple iPad Air 2020.

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How the Lenovo Legion 5Pi rekindled my love for games and arts

And helped me rediscover myself

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Lenovo Legion 5Pi

Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? I was frantically searching for answers to this question, during my exasperating quarter-life crisis.

While I was losing hope waiting for directions, a monstrous laptop came to my house — the Lenovo Legion 5Pi. At first, I wondered how its arrival could mean anything in my situation. Surprisingly, having a gaming laptop helped me take the first step in dealing with my existential issues.

Traveling back to past

When I set up the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, I was taken back to my tranquil past. It felt like I was fourteen-going-fifteen again, cocooned in my bedroom.

Headphones in, keyboards lighting, chips and soda on the side, electric fan buzzing — life back then was untroubled. All I ever worry about was how to finish my homework so I could play online games all night.

At that time, I was stuck between two worlds: my character’s adventures in Grand Fantasia and other titles, and of course, the real world. But now, all I have is this sickening reality unraveling before me.

I’ve thought of playing games again, seeing the laptop as an opportunity to escape my current frustrations. But at some point, I realized escaping wouldn’t help me fix my issues nor provide answers.

What I did instead was sit in my emotions and used the laptop to navigate how I’m feeling — and possibly find out where I’m going next.

If you’re thinking if I went to Google to search for answers… you’re damn right, I didn’t.

Yes, I didn’t. I may be questioning my entire existence and the path I’m supposed to take while my friends are settling down and getting married, but I still believe I’m going to find the answers in a different way.

Honestly, my life felt like I was a character stuck on a puzzling quest. In between my thoughts, somehow it sunk in that maybe, this laptop was just what I needed.

Seeing and using the Legion 5Pi helped me remember how much I loved playing games. How I would spend my hours diving in different worlds, building and developing my character’s skills and personality — and even socializing with players across the world.

Games were my favorite escape

I’ve met several friends from all walks of life through gaming. Looking back, it gave me the advantage to power through this crisis.

I remember Paula, one of my online game BFF turned actual BFF for 10 years and counting. She taught me about going after my passion and what sparks joy in my heart. Surprisingly, I followed her advice until life got in the way.

Reminiscing, I logged into a dear, old game before I dropped gaming as part of my life — League of Legends, if you’re wondering. Previously, I was in my hellish college years; losing myself in depression, suffering from abuse, and other existential crisis I was facing.

Lenovo Legion 5Pi

But playing it this time around didn’t spark any pain from the past. Instead, I felt relieved clicking through the mouse and smashing buttons on the colorful keyboard. I was glued to the Legion 5Pi’s large screen, consumed by the stunning graphics and gameplay like I was living in the world I used to enjoy.

In this brief experience, I recalled who I really am before I decided to drop parts of myself  in order to fit in, to be accepted. Truth is, I really liked playing games. It has been my escape from the hell that life put me through. More importantly, it helped hone my skills and personality in life — something your education won’t usually provide.

Going back to making art

Recalling what my friend said about pursuing your passion, I realized how I wasn’t creating art anymore. I also remembered Gabriel, a mentor-slash-guildmate (who’s ten years older than me) that I really admired, especially with how he balances his life. Work, gaming, hobbies, relationships… and he even had the time to make art.

During my stint with the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, I enrolled in an online course to pursue some art classes I’ve been meaning to take for years.

I had fun learning through this gaming laptop, and I continued creating art both on this machine and on paper. It was an amusing experience to rediscover parts of myself. How I dropped arts and games to fit in and follow society’s mainstream culture; partying, feeding into wanderlust, crazing over trends.

Using the Lenovo Legion 5Pi reminded me to be true to myself. When the realizations hit me, I started building a stable ground for myself. I considered how I forgot to make my inner child happy — something that we should be doing no matter the age.

Older people used to nudge us to never forget the things that fill joy into your heart since it’s the key to living a happy life. In my case, it was always creating and playing.

Recollecting all these thoughts, I took the first step in dealing with my quarter-life crisis. Having a stable self can help you survive all these life problems, and it’s what I’m actively trying to do.

And maybe, I’ll get a gaming laptop like the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, so I can ensure I live a happy and balanced life, without forgetting who I really am.

Lenovo Legion 5Pi

The Lenovo Legion 5Pi is a competitive gaming laptop, carrying the latest Intel Core H-series processors. It focuses on extreme performance, sporting up to 32GB of RAM, 1TB of NVMe SSD, and an NVIDIA RTX 2060 for a powerful gaming experience.

Lenovo Legion 5Pi

It also comes with a 15-inch IPS HDR display with a 240Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. The display comes with 100% sRGB color accuracy, making it perfect for gamers, artists, and creators.

The Lenovo Legion 5Pi retails for PhP 74,995. It’s available in Lenovo’s official stores and authorized retailers.

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