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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.

Hands-On

Huawei P40 Pro Unboxing and Complete Hands-On

‘Visionary Photography’

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Everything you need to know about the new Huawei P40 Series. Yep there are 3 phones this year, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Yep a pro plus model!

In this video you get a P40 Pro Unboxing, Hands-On, some photo samples, and a camera comparison vs the P30 Pro.

Of course I’ll also answer you questions: What’s new? How is the P40 Pro’s camera vs the P30 Pro, and what’s it like without Google Play Services? And while you’ll have to wait for my full review for a verdict, I’ll try to answer the question, Is it your GadgetMatch?

Watch our Hands-On video.

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Dating

How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing

Combat that craving for someone’s affection!

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After self-isolating myself for more than two weeks already, I found myself on the verge of insanity. In true Britney Spears fashion, “My loneliness is killing me.”

But there’s a silver lining in this adversity. When we’re forced to do social distancing, there are ways you can cope with badly craving someone’s attention. Here’s how you can quench that thirst for dating or seeing your person.

Set aside time for your hobbies

This enforced social distancing has made a lot of people realize they don’t have much of a hobby. It’s time to rebuild yourself and realize hobbies are building blocks of your personality — a much-needed ingredient in dating.

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have any hobby except talking to you and making you their world? That’s a recipe for disaster; a gateway to a co-dependent, toxic, and potentially abusive relationship.

Now’s the time to do something else. You can create art, put together a collage using your old magazines, start journaling, or dabble in crafting. If you have an instrument, you can start playing music again. Have some books you hoarded from the last book sale? It’s time to read them.

There are a lot of things you can do, so set aside time for your interests. Your future self and your future partner will thank you.

Learn something new to develop yourself

Ever since I met my beau, I had this dream of becoming a trophy house husband. In my quest to achieving this silly fantasy, I’ve been learning stuff that my future self will thank me for, even if I don’t end up marrying the person I’m seeing.

Photo by Kevin McCutcheon

I’ve opened up cookbooks to learn and try new recipes, so I can make my person some homemade lunch with love when this is all over. I’m also getting into gardening, tarot reading, and most recently, making smoothies while dancing.

With all this extra time we used to spend on traffic, we now have time to do things we need to improve ourselves. Take advantage of this instead of overthinking your crush’s messages to you.

Level up your conversations

If you’re already seeing someone ~and you badly miss them~, it’s time to level up your conversations. Gone are the days you slide into their DMs, chat them on messaging apps, or send them an SMS (really?). It’s time to do video calls and voice calls, or start sending voice messages.

Conversing through the usual messaging and social apps just don’t carry the same level of emotional depth versus a face-to-face encounter. However, hearing or seeing them even through your smartphone’s screen is enough to make you swoon and fall for them again. Nothing beats the calmness your person’s face or voice gives especially on an exhausting, trying situation.

Also, connecting through video and voice calls is just a better way to communicate. You can clarify stuff easily, and there’s a lesser chance of misunderstanding because you can see and hear their tone and reactions. If you have a friend who’s in a long-distance relationship, ask them for some advice. This social distancing situation is a piece of cake for them!

Swipe around

If you don’t have anyone to obsess over, it’s high time you download dating apps (if you haven’t already). For a limited time, Tinder is offering its premium service for free. Set up your dating profiles, and start swiping!

Just make sure to never meet any potential matches until this is all over. Remember, social distancing is a must and you can’t self-quarantine yourself with another person while on lockdown. Behave properly and just chat sexily! You can start with getting to know the other person (especially their political inclinations so you know what you’re getting into).

Keep yourself healthy and well-sanitized

During a pandemic, it’s a must to keep yourself healthy. While there are no ways you can rapidly boost your immune system, it’s still a good practice to eat healthy food and sanitize yourself properly — something that everyone should’ve been doing whether there’s no outbreak.

Additionally, maintaining proper hygiene is a plus in anyone’s book. It’s definitely a turn on for the person you’re dating. Make sure to wash your hands the right way!

Photo by Jana Sabeth

Last but not the least, don’t forget to drink your water. When you drink a gallon of water, you won’t have time to listen to people’s drama and cater to your negative thoughts because you’ll be busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my dear friends!

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Camera Shootouts

Samsung Galaxy S20+ vs OPPO Find X2 Pro: Camera shootout

Which one shoots better for you?

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OPPO just came out with what arguably is their best phone to date — the Find X2 Pro. So we decided to take the phone out for a camera shootout against the Samsung Galaxy S20+ — arguably one of the best phones to come out so far in 2020.

Can the OPPO give Samsung a run for its money? Let’s find out!

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

So, I’m just messing with you guys. It’s not actually a blind test since all photos labeled Photo A were taken using the OPPO Find X2 Pro. Meanwhile, all photos labeled Photo B were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S20+.

If you analyzed the photos, the Find X2 Pro clearly holds out on its own. In certain lighting conditions, the Find X2 Pro produced brighter and more saturated photos during the daytime. At night, it tends to illuminate the scene captured, and process it with a warmer tone.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S20+ produced balanced results, although vibrancy and contrast were strengthened in both day and night shots.

The most notable differences are how the Galaxy S20+ has subtle bokeh — making it more believable — and wider scope on its wide-angle mode, while the Find X2 Pro has a softer look whilst retaining details. Both phones were astounding and as always, everything will depend on a user’s preference and how they use their smartphone’s cameras.

How about its selfie camera?

While the Find X2 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S20+ on the rear camera department, its front camera samples look way different. The Find X2 Pro has a greener tint and warmer tone, while the Galaxy S20+ has a better white balance, but adds a pinkish tint.

Both phones upped their contrast and colors, adding an unnecessary beautification when processed despite not using beauty mode. The backlit selfies were captured properly, illuminating Michael Josh‘s face without compromising details. You just have to choose how you’ll post-process your selfies later on if you’re planning to upload it on social media.

Author’s opinion

Personally, both phones captured awesome photos. Even I had a hard time choosing between the two when putting this article together. Smartphones, particularly the best ones, capture outstanding results which makes it difficult for consumers to decide, especially when they’re concerned with the camera performance.

The key is to figure out how you’ll use the cameras. For instance, I’ll use the OPPO Find X2 Pro to capture more of my daily life — which I can readily upload to my social media platforms. The Galaxy S20+ proves handy though for frequent travelers, especially with its wide-angle lens.

Nonetheless, whatever you choose, know that you’re in good hands. Just don’t forget, there’s more to a smartphone than its cameras. Watch our YouTube videos for the Galaxy S20+ and Find X2 Pro to know more about these flagship devices.

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