In their first ever virtual developer conference, Apple today announced what users can look forward to expect on their Macs, iPhones, iPads and other apple devices for the next cycle of Apple devices.
In a glorious presentation at the Apple Park in Cupertino, California, Tim Cook walked on stage and started began the presentation talking about the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the Covid 19 health crisis plaguing the world. As he transitioned into devices, he began the conversation with iOS.
WWDC 2020 – iOS 14
Apple’s iOS finally catches up to its counter parts. Widgets on the home-screen and an app drawer come to iOS among other updates
- On iOS14, widgets will be able to be taken to the home screen and customized with various sizes and information
- All apps will be categorized at the end screen in what will be called the ‘App Library‘. Here the apps will be intelligently categorized for easy access
- App Clips will allow users to access particular apps at the right moment and when needed. Scan a Apple-designed App Clip code and a mini version of the app will pop-up for your use
- Messages will receive updates which will allow important conversations to be pinned to the top. In conversations, in-line replies and threads will be activated.
- Memojis will receive new more inclusive and diverse with additional hairstyles, headwear, face coverings, and more
- Maps will concentrate on greener routes, EV tracking and will include cycle paths
- App tracking will be made more visible and easier to understand
Additional iOS 14 Features
- Apple Translate comes to do translations all over the system as well as enable conversations between two people who speak different languages.
- Siri expands its knowledge, helps find answers from across the internet, and can now send audio messages
- The Home app makes smart home control even easier with new automation suggestions and expanded controls in Control Center for quicker access to accessories and scenes
- AirPods gain the ability to seamlessly switch between Apple devices with automatic device switching and will be capable to produce Spatial audio
- Digital car keys give users a secure way to use iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car
- Find My will add support for finding third-party products and accessories with the new Find My network accessory program
- Safari offers a Privacy Report so users can easily see which cross-site trackers have been blocked, secure password monitoring to help users detect saved passwords that may have been involved in a data breach, and built-in translation for entire webpages
- Sleep tracking finally comes to the Health app
WWDC 2020 – WatchOS 7
- watchOS 7 updates begin with Face Sharing. If you see a friend with a watch face like yours, you can now directly share it with them via Messages, Mail or even the App Store.
- Various applications such as Nike Run Club will see updates for highly customisable watch faces, tailored to suit any activity or lifestyle.
- Individual watch faces such as Chronograph Pro and Photos benefit from improvements and developers are able to offer more than one complication per application on a single watch face.
- To help users meet their sleep goals, the software’s new sleep tracking feature can intelligently capture sleep data and help curate a customised routine for bed using Wind Down and for waking up.
- Relevant now more than ever, watchOS 7 brings support for automatic handwashing detection, ensuring you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to prevent the spread of illness.
- The Workout application on the Apple Watch brings four new exciting workout types supported by powerful heart rate and custom-built motion algorithms including Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training and Cooldown.
- Support for improved hearing health building on the Noise application of WatchOS 6 is also present on watchOS 7, allowing customers to understand how loudly they are listening to media and when these levels may impact hearing over time.
- Building on new features on iOS and iPadOS 14, cycling directions are now directly available on your wrist thanks to Apple Maps and customers can now use Siri on the Apple Watch to translate many languages both faster and in a more reliable manner using the power of Apple’s Neural Engine
WWDC 2020 – iPad OS 14
With over 1 million apps on the App Store which take advantage of the larger real estate of the iPad ecosystem, iOS 14 continues Apple’s need for developers to build on the same.
- An all-new compact design for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search will help users stay focused and get more done
- iPadOS 14 brings Scribble to iPad with Apple Pencil, allowing users to write in any text field
- All handwriting and conversion to text happens on device, keeping it private and secure
- Data detectors now work with handwritten text to recognize phone numbers, dates, and addresses, and offer users the ability to take actions like tapping a written number to make a call
“With iPadOS 14, we’re excited to build on the distinct experience of iPad and deliver new capabilities that help customers boost productivity, be more creative, and have more fun,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With new compact designs for system interactions and new app designs specifically tailored to iPad, even better note-taking capabilities with Apple Pencil, and more powerful AR experiences, iPadOS 14 delivers an amazing experience that keeps it in a class of its own.”
WWDC 2020 – macOS Big Sur
The macOS Big Sur update is one of the biggest redesigns the OS has seen in a long time.
- Big Sur will come with a fresh spacious design but will include easier controls
- The top right of the home screen will see an inclusion of the control center for easy toggles
- Safari gets a huge update as far as customization, tabs and privacy are concerned.
- Privacy reports on Safari will enable users to see which websites are tracking them, how they are being tracked and what they can do about it
- All updates such as message pinning, in-line replies and threads will be coming to the Message apps con macOS Big Sur as well
- Maps gets a new look and makes route planning easier
Additional Developer updates
- Xcode 12 will make it easier for developers to create and work on apps
- SwiftUI also gets a major upgrade so developers can write entire apps with shared code across all Apple platforms
- Mac Catalyst will make it easy for developers to bring their iPad apps to the Mac
- Mac Catalyst apps automatically inherit the new look, while giving developers powerful new APIs and total control over the look and behavior of their apps.
WWDC 2020 – Apple Silicon
In what Apple called a ‘historic day’, the company announced the start of its transition from Intel chipsets to Apple’s own silicon. Here’s everything we know right now.
- Apple has an extensive knowledge in building hardware for their own software. Experience stems from their own A series chips
- Apple plans to ship the first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years
- The company will continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come
- Developers can start building apps today and first system ships by year’s end, beginning a two-year transition
- Apple Developer Program members can start moving their apps to Apple silicon today by applying for the Universal App Quick Start Program
“From the beginning, the Mac has always embraced big changes to stay at the forefront of personal computing. Today we’re announcing our transition to Apple silicon, making this a historic day for the Mac,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With its powerful features and industry-leading performance, Apple silicon will make the Mac stronger and more capable than ever. I’ve never been more excited about the future of the Mac.”