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More news tidbits from the 2019 Apple WorldwideDeveloper Conference

On the new Mac Power Users podcast, Doug, Brooks, the product manager for the 2019 Mac Pro (arriving this fall), says the high-end desktop will have a trickle down effect for all Apple’s pro products. “You’re going to see the benefits and the implications of that team across all of our Mac products and our pro products,” he said.

According to AppleInsider, Siri could be used to play music from third-party streaming services like Spotify in iOS 13, iPadOS, and HomePod, with a change to SiriKit enabling verbal control of tracks and podcasts being played in non-Apple apps via the virtual assistant, without requiring the use of Siri Shortcuts. 

iOS 13 has introduced a new “Optimized Battery Charging” feature, which is designed to extend the battery life of your iPhone and iPad. It allows you to block all unknown phone callers, and block folks in Mail. And it offers new settings to improve app interactions for users with various motion sensitivity and color-blindness disabilities.

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition adapter, the latest product in the company’s array of single- and dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network adapters. Measuring 3.1 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall and featuring an extruded aluminum enclosure, the Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition is a compact, fanless adapter for Mac and Window  computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports — including Apple’s just-announced modular Mac Pro.

Promise Technology says it’s working with Apple in announcing new internal storage options custom-designed for the new Mac Pro. The Pegasus R4i and Pegasus J2i enable end-users to easily manage the explosion of unstructured data and digital assets critical to their creative projects, says Edward Lin, chairman, Promise Technology. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.