Apple made a ton of new announcements during the annual WWDC event on Monday. As expected, Apple announced new versions of software for iPhones, Macs, iPads, and Apple Watches at the first-ever digital-only WWDC. Apple also announced that the future Macs will run on its custom chips. Apple’s Macs used Intel chips for years.
Here’s a quick look at all the announcements from WWDC 2020.
During the opening keynote, Apple announced iOS 14, the latest version of iOS running on iPhone and iPod Touch. We’re starting with the Home Screen. Pages and pages of apps on your iPhone will be a thing of the past with a new feature called the “App Library,” said Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi. “This will make it easier than ever to reach your apps,” he says.
With iOS 14, Apple is adding users to pin widgets with updating information on the home screen. Plus, users can download new widgets from a widget gallery. Apple is also adding a new App Library view for organizing all of your apps. Apple also added new features to the Messages app, including mentions, new Memoji features, and a new interface for group texts. iOS 14 also introduces support for picture in picture, which delivers the same experience you get on the iPad.
Apple has also introduced a new translation app, called Translate alongside a redesign of the Siri interface. As leaked before, iOS 14 also gets a new app Clip feature that gives users easy access applications quickly without downloading the full version from the App Store.
Apple also introduces new changes in CarPlay, its software that allows users to connect your iPhone to your car and display an iOS-like interface. This year, the biggest update comes in the form of digital car keys in iOS 14 and iOS 13 which basically enables users to unlock the car with an iPhone. The first car that will support Apple’s digital car key feature is the 2021 BMW 5-series, which will be released next month.
With iPadOS 14, Apple’s first-party apps, including Photos, Music and Notes, now come with sidebars and toolbars. Search has also been upgraded with the ability to search for within apps or search the web. Apple also announced new improvements to Apple Pencil. So now the Pencil can be used to input text within the iPad user interface.
Apple’s best-selling AirPods will now automatically switch from your iPhone to your computer when needed. Interestingly, AirPods Pro now gets a new “Spatial Audio” feature that introduces 3D sound to Apple’s flagship wireless earbuds.
As has been rumoured for months, Apple finally brings the sleep tracking feature to Apple Watch. Sleep data will be analysed within the Apple Health app, Apple said on Monday. Apple also added new complications” to its watchOS 7. In addition, Apple renamed its Workout app to Fitness, which now includes dancing as a new workout feature. WatchOS 7 will also let users share their watch face with others.
Apple TV and HomeKit
During its digital-only developer conference, Apple introduced redesigned its Home app that controls smart home accessories like smart bulbs, cameras, and smart locks. There is a new adaptive lighting feature that automatically controls the color and warmth of lightning. Meanwhile, Apple TV can be used as a Home Hub. With the new software update, Apple TV is getting multiple-user support, additional controller support for games, and picture in picture support.
macOS Big Sur
The next version of macOS is called macOS Big Sur. It’s got a major revamp in the form of a new design, a redesigned notification center, and more. Big Sur takes a number of features from iOS, like Control Center, a new notification center, etc. All Apple’s first-party apps including Mail, Photos, Notes, and iWork have got redesigns. Apple also updated its Messages app, including a new photo-selection iterate. Plus, there’s a new version of Maps for macOS Big Sur.
Apple’s transition from Intel to own silicon
The next-generation Macs will use Apple’s custom chipsets, designed in-house. Apple previously used Intel chipsets in Mac notebooks and iMacs. The idea behind using its own chips in Macs is to deliver more performance while using less power. Apple already uses its own silicon in a number of products, including iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Apple said Microsoft and Adobe are already working on updating their software, including Photoshop and MS Excel. The company also said that its own first-party professional software, Final Cut Pro, is compatible with the new Apple chips. Apple also said it will make it easy for developers to port their apps. Apple did not announce any new hardware running its own chips, but said it will make a Mac Mini available to developers with an Apple silicon to developers.
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