Critical Points At a Glance from Apple’s Conference:
WWDC is Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where Cupertino giant reveals new features and updates for Apple Products. Apple’s WWDC20 kicked off with a keynote on June 22 at 10 a.m., where it shows off all of the updates coming to iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS, watchOS 7, and all of the other software it builds in-house.
Apple has upgraded everything on iOS, right from the photos, music to messages, and also unveiled macOS Sierra & WatchOS 3.
- iOS 14 features reimagined iconic phone experiences, all-new App Clips, new privacy measures, beautifully redesigned widgets, and much more.
- Apple also announces its own chipset for Macbooks
- macOS Big Sur- New sound effects, new widgets, and other features are coming with macOS Big Sur.
- WatchOS 7- To get a new hand-washing feature
Apple’s WWDC is the most awaited conference that all software aficionados look forward to all year. Every year, this big gala is normally held in a conference hall, bringing together the global developer community to learn and give iOS developers a chance to share knowledge and stories. But, Apple’s WWDC 2020 was unique than ever before. Due to the ongoing global health crisis, it’s the first time when Apple’s conference has been streamed exclusively online because of crowd restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19. The stream lasts around one hour and 45 minutes, where Apple’s various departmental heads presented things, from product unveiling to product demo.
Apple’s WWDC was as expected, packed with innovation and updates, but virtually. So what will be the new gadgets we will see this year by apple? How will the next-gen apple tech look like? What’s up with the best wearable tech? What will change the apple device holder’s user experience for the next year? Here, In this blog, we will answer all your questions!
But before we disclose What Apple launched at WWDC 2020, let’s see the announcements at WWDC over the last three years:
- WWDC 2019: Apple announced about iOS 13 and the new Mac Pro, a powerful computing device. Apple also gave us a peek at the new 6K Apple Display.
- WWDC 2018: Apple officially debuted iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and WatchOS 5. There were no hardware announcements in the event.
- WWDC 2017: Apple talked about iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. At WWDC 2017, Apple made the MacBook and MacBook Pro faster.
Here’s everything that Apple announced in the first-ever Virtual WWDC’20:
Apple has continuously been working to make its technology more interactive and elegant. As the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs said, “If you love your software, you will put it in your hardware.” We see that zeal of being the best deliverer in Apple ven today. Therefore, they decided to scale up their operating system this year yet again. The attempt is to achieve betterments in intelligent features.
Changes in Interface
- Widgets: We now have widgets along with app icons. Widgets now come in all sizes so you can pick the information density that’s suitable for you.
- App Library– A new home screen page that will organize all of your apps into one simple view. It automatically categorizes and sorts all of your app, based on app use.
- Siri: There are many improvements in the voice-assistant this time. Even when it comes to the outlook, Siri now doesn’t take your entire screen. It is now capable of doing voice and text transcripts efficiently.
- App Clips- Are you also the one who does not want to download more apps than you require? Apple has debuted App Clips in iOS 14. Now, you don’t need to download the app to gain access to what it offers.
- Messages– Now, you can pin your favorite messages to the top of your conversation list. You can even customize a particularly active group, so you receive an alert only when you’re mentioned by name. Also, with new memoji options, you can cover your face with masks.
- Car Keys- You can unlock your car with NFC. Also, you can easily share your keys with friends or families with messages. It also comes with handy new built-in apps focusing on EV charging, quick food-ordering, and parking like things.
- CarPlay– Carplay Dashboard is getting the addition of new wallpapers that provides a new fresh look to your CarPlay experience. It also comes with a handful of apps that focuses on parking, quick-food ordering, and EV charging.
Apple has introduced many new features in iOS 14 like widgets and App Library that carry across to iPadOS 14 too. Furthermore, Core elements of the iPad experience and looks have been improved with universal Search and Apple Pencil functionality.
- Universal Search– iPad Search UI gets refreshed now. It can now dig more deep into apps like Messages, Keynotes, Mail, etc.
- Scribble- Features like Scribble will let users input natural handwriting directly into text-entry fields, as well as the ability to highlight and manipulate handwritten text in a similar fashion to conventional typed text.
MacOS Big Sur:
The next version of macOS is called “Big Sur.” The look of macOS become more attractive, interactive, and spacious. The look and feel of the MacOS get a lot closer to iOS or iPadOS than ever before.
- Safari- Safari keeps an eye out for passwords that mean now Safari can monitor your saved passwords that may have been involved in data breaches. You can easily translate entire web pages in Safari by just tapping to translate into the language that you want. Meanwhile, a “Privacy Report” button will be built into the left of the search bar, so you’ll be able to see what data is being tracked by the site you’re currently on.
- New Maps– Apple has redesigned the Maps on macOS. Maps on Mac make the trip fast and easy. Powerful new features let you easily research destinations and new ways to navigate.
- Control Center– The new Control Center, designed for Mac, enables you to add controls and drag favorites to the menu bar to customize it. The new controls to play music and display brightness.
- Notification Center– Now, the notification center became cleaner and more interactive, combining notifications/widgets in a single view for more information at a glance.
When it comes to wearable tech Apple has established the reputation of being the best. Most reviewers in the tech community would agree to these to be the only ones with consistent features and performance.
WatchOS 7 has given you more control over customizing the iWatch
You can now set up your iWatch the way you like it. Even here, Apple has worked to stay more interactive. There are multiple scenarios where we love a fellow friend’s watch face and want to copy the same. Instead of going through the entire set up, you can ask them to message you their iWatch face and copy it directly. This feature has come to be known as face sharing might be one of the USPs of iWatch this year.
Improved version of maps
Another crucial upgrade from the previous generation iWatch is the improved version of maps on the wearable tech. It comes with the cycling directions. These directions and navigation tools are displayed on full-screen, making it much easier for users to drive without holding any device.
The sleep tracker feature has completely changed the usability of iWatch. Using machine learning it can detect your sleep patterns. The smart alarm, the iWatch, will help you keep track of your routine.
While the beta versions were out for previews, Apple has worked to make its entire ecosystem-scale up for users across the globe. WWDC 2020 was just as good as any other year. It lived up to the hype. Apple has come to the understanding of native with the new chipsets. It is now designed to be more personalized, better privacy settings, and the best part is that it remains integrative.