I am probably a little late writing this article but well here I am. Apple’s opening keynote Monday for WWDC 2020, its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, started with Tim Cook addressing the empty auditorium aboutbefore it launched into the announcement of iOS 14 and its home-screen redesign and new widgets.
iOS 14 got me excited like I actually use any Apple products, pun intended. We heard about the new iPadOS 14, MacOS Big Sur, TV OS and WatchOS updates as well. Public betas will start next month, and as usual will ship in the fall.
However, in as much as I really got excited for iOS 14, Apple also made another awesome announcement. Apple announced that it was moving to, intended to deliver better performance at lower power consumption than before, a (presumably) Metal-optimized graphics processor and other custom acceleration silicon. New systems will ship by the end of 2020, and the Apple silicon will roll out across the rest of the Mac line over the next two years.
So Here’s everything announced by Apple at its annual developer conference.
We also saw a preview of the, based on Isaac Asimov’s classic sci-fi book series.
Better multiuser support inlets you pick up where you left off in a game, and it now supports Xbox Elite and Xbox Adaptive controllers. .
There are new capabilities for Siri, including a Google Translate-like app for live conversational translations. Messages, too, gets much-needed updates with the ability to pin messages, improvements in group conversations, and more looks for Memoji customizations.
Maps, too, has new features, such as cycling navigation for more cities, and EV routing to alleviate worries about running out of juice en route. CarPlay “rethinks car keys.” They’re now virtual and shareable! App Clips come to the App Store for quick access to new apps and to link to apps from Safari and more.
MacOS Big Sur
A complete redesign will greet you when you update to the newest MacOS version, though you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a pretty subtle change. The same Photos design from iPadOS comes to MacOS, as do many of the app updates that we’ll get in iOS and iPadOS. Control center in the menu bar, widgets and notification center is more sophisticated as well.
Customize your Apple Watch face with multiple complications — customizing is easier, too — plus there are some new faces. You’ll be able to share faces, as well. Your body will also appreciate the new dance routines to jazz up your workout. At the other end of the spectrum, it adds sleep tracking. With the new OS, the Watch will be able to track your handwashing as well.
You’ll find the same redesigned widgets as iOS 14, but iPadOS improves Photos navigation with a sidebar; the sidebar design has also been integrated into several of Apple’s own apps, with tapping and dragging. Compact notifications for incoming calls and more won’t obscure your screen — that’s in iOS as well. Search has been redesigned to work from anywhere and to operate more like Spotlight on the desktop.