This event has already been reported in the mainstream media, usually in snippets and soundbites. Clients have already asked me to clarify the confusion. I wanted to break their “state of the state” address into a very specific focus for you — 1) What it means for your Macs, 2) What it means for your iPhones / iPads, and 3) What it means for iTunes. Feel free to print this out or save this e-mail or share with your Mac / iOS using friends. This info will still be valid in the fall and ongoing.
Apple held their WWDC keynote address on Monday. Aside from a new Mac Pro desktop (which is intended for designers, people in video production, and engineers — users outside my typical client demographic), this event was all about software. Like clockwork, Apple is coming out with a brand new version of iOS and macOS. These are the BIG annual upgrades that I often tell you about. They will be available in the late summer / early fall. These will be known as iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. Apple is essentially “forking off” the software for the iPad and calling it iPadOS. This will be coming out in the fall for existing, compatible iPads as well. As I told one client today, ALL OF THE NEW SOFTWARE WILL BE FREE. These new editions of the respective operating systems offer guidance as to which Macs and iOS devices will no longer be supported.
For the Macs that you need to know about — macOS 10.15 will support
Mac Book Pro – 2012 and later
Mac Book Air – 2012 and later
iMac – 2012 and later
Mac Mini – 2012 and later
*Usually my rule of thumb is, when it’s the first version of the macOS that does not support your Mac — you have a little time. Once its the next full year and it’s that second version of the mac OS that doesn’t support your system — you really need to get a new Mac. (For example, if you have a 2011 Mac Book Pro (and some of you do), macOS 10.14 (2018 version) was the first one your Mac did not support. If this Mac is still in operation, you should be thinking about a new Mac once the new software comes out in the fall. Take a deep breath, you don’t have to make a purchase exactly on that date.) Of course, this only applies if you are going to stay with a Mac. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a new computer whenever you want. If your Mac is getting slow or if it fails, you may not be waiting until the end of its software life cycle.
As for the iPhones and iPads
iOS 13 / iPad OS will support
iPhone SE and later (the 2015 iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are not included). iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are OK.
iPad Mini 4 and later
iPad Air 2 (2014 model) and later
*With the iPhones and iPads, you can see they are not supported as long as the Macs. This is just my personal opinion, but I think that when these device are no longer supported it’s time to get an new device. So, you can see essentially, that the iPhones and iPads are 4-5 year devices (from initial release). They may break; you may be unhappy with the performance, so in that case you can upgrade on more frequent intervals if needed. From this compatibility / obsolescence schedule, I hope you can see that there is no point in buying a 2 or 3 year old iPhone. That’s why the carrier or Apple are offering them for next to nothing. I think it’s a sin that Verizon stores were recently offering the 2015 iPhone 6s for “0 dollars”. They are selling paperweights! I know many of you have iPhone 6 or 6s models or even the original iPad Air. It’s time to start thinking about upgrading. And, you can certainly wait until one of the new models comes out in the fall.
iTunes is Going Away – Sort of
One of the other big announcements was that Apple is replacing iTunes in macOS 10.15 with 3 apps — Music, Podcasts, Apple TV. Most of the music synchronization, purchasing, organization, and iOS device management will take place in the Music app on the Mac. Windows users — do not fear. iTunes will still be available and remain your destination for all of these tasks on the Windows platform for the foreseeable future.