WWDC 2020, a developer conference that traditionally takes place in the middle of the year, this year, on June 22, was held online for the first time. The event is not without reason addressed to the developers, because for them this is the first look at what changes they have to work with. But for the buyer, this conference brings a lot of interesting news. Although we don’t get exact information about the company’s new devices, we will find out exactly what changes await the software and sometimes, the structure of devices. Apple definitely had something to show us this year.
The main news was the company’s abandonment of Intel processors on the Mac and Macbook series computers in favor of its own, which we are quite familiar with on the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
The company also talked about the changes that await us in iOS 14, which we will talk about in more detail, about iPad OS 14, which also received a portion of updates.
And of course, Mac OS has not been left without attention, the new update will be called Mac OS 11 Big Sur (after the coast in central California), and will receive a completely new design.
Well, let’s take a closer look at what Apple spoke about at the conference.
Source: Gadgets Now
The main news that all those hurried to report. resources, was the rejection of third-party processors. That’s right, now Apple computers, both desktops and laptops, will use Apple-made processors. The first Mac with a home chip will be introduced and go on sale as early as 2020. A full transition to your own hardware will take an average of 2 years, according to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. The company also plans to continue supporting devices that run on Intel.
For Apple computers, this will be the same turning point as the use of PowerPC, the introduction of MacOS X and the beginning of cooperation with Intel.
What is the reason for such a decision? Apple is sure that its own processors largely determined the success of other devices. Starting with the A4 Bionic on the iPhone 4, and continuing in each subsequent device, the processors showed all the best results. The company plans to focus on processor performance and endurance, plus include AI for machine learning and related architecture.
The operating system of iPhone smartphones has received significant updates. The main one is that manufacturers have finally noticed a big problem for users — the inability or unwillingness to organize space on the desktop. Now apps can be collected into collections on their own and you can even hide the ones you don’t use. In some ways, it strongly resembles Android.
You can now also add Widgets or Widgets to your desktop. They are similar to the apps on the Apple Watch, and can be customized through the Widget Gallery.
iMessages has added several new features, mainly focused on work chats. These are, for example, fixed dialogs and answers under the comment.
Finally, Siri will stop taking up the entire screen when you access it. It will now highlight a small popup at the bottom. In addition, now she can send audio messages.
By the way, the features borrowed from Android are not limited to desktop settings. iOS 14 will get a picture-in-picture video viewing feature. Better late than never.
The long-suffering Apple cards are still fighting for existence. Now, for some regions, they will include bike path markings and EV mode, which will calculate the shortest routes for the electric transport charging station.
The Carplay feature has not gone unnoticed either. She received new wallpapers and even the ability to replace the key with a smartphone, but only in some car models. Owners of the new BMW 5 series will be the first to try this feature. The presentation even showed how it would work using NFC on the iPhone. The feature will not only allow you to use your smartphone to open the car, it will allow you to transfer the key to any iPhone owner. The feature will appear for iOS 13 users in July and will also be present on iOS 14.
The last thing they told us about iOS 14 was new additions to the App Store. We are talking about App Clips, namely digital pop-up windows that will offer the user to download an application suitable for a particular task. They will be activated using NFC, QR code or text. For example, it will be enough to wave your smartphone near a smart bike rental stop. Sometimes it will even be possible to pay for the service.
iPad OS, despite a late start in 2018, isn’t all that different from the iPhone’s operating system. So the company has finally turned its attention to the system and added some new features that take advantage of the tablet format.
New sidebars with links and handy features, it’s quite an obvious change that is designed for the ease of use of the system. There are similar features in Adobe applications, and they are a success.
Incoming calls, like Siri on iOS 14, will no longer take up the whole screen, which is an incredible benefit for those who prefer not to stop their workflow for the sake of a call. By the way, the same feature is provided on iOS 14 itself.
The ability to automatically organize applications will also move to iPadOS. To be honest, this is where it can give the maximum benefit, since the iPad is used for numerous tasks, so you can assume that there will be more than enough applications on it.
As promised in rumors and leaks of information, the Apple Pencil did not go unnoticed. A new feature called Scribble will allow the user to write in pencil in text fields such as a search engine. The inscription will be automatically converted to printed format. As for notes and drawings, you can align them in order to get a straight arrow, circle or square. All this will also become an addition to the operating system.
Handwriting recognition has advanced so far that now the iPad will allow you to copy written text or part of it, copy and paste it into another file, where the text will be automatically converted to typed.
Air Pods firmware updates also bring news. The already impressive Apple ecosystem is getting more and more convenient. So now, if you’re watching a video on your iPad using Air Pods but receive a call on your iPhone, the headphones will let you answer by automatically switching to the device that needs your attention.
That’s not all there is to Air Pods. The Pro model headphones will receive an update that will be very interesting if it lives up to the expectations of the public. The new feature will simulate ambient sound using algorithms, sound filters and frequency adjustments. At the same time, changing the position or turning the head will not affect the effect, since it will be rebuilt, depending on the position in space. It is interesting to test this effect in practice and evaluate all its specifics.
The first thing they did in WatchOS 7 was to pay attention to the most noticeable part of the watch — the dial. Namely, the design of the wallpaper, which can not only be created, but also sent through the Face Sharing function. Well, when you see a similar design, you just need to click on it to download it for yourself.
Like iOS 14, Watch OS has received updates to the maps app, the same bike lanes and paths to charging stations. Hills and slopes will also be indicated there for easy route planning and obstacles.
The update also affected training modes. Now dances are considered as a full-fledged sport, and they are divided into certain genres (Latin American dances, hip-hop, etc.). Advanced algorithms read the difference in movement to determine the activity of the arms and legs, or both. Complementary workouts also include abs, strength training, and even post-workout rest. The Activity app has also been overhauled with a new design.
The biggest addition is, of course, sleep tracking. It now uses machine learning to recognize and add sleep patterns to the Health app on watches and iPhones. The function even provides assistance in preparing for sleep.
In the morning, the user can choose to wake up with either an audible alarm or vibration. The greeting will be a special screen that will allow you to immediately get information about the weather, notifications and battery status of the watch.
As a trend of the last few months, the company has included hand washing recognition. The clock counts the time while you wash your hands and if you have spent the required 20 seconds or more on this process, you will hear congratulatory sounds at the end.
Source: The Verge
The next version of macOS completely changes the familiar design. Windows will apply shadows, depth, and transparency in order to define the hierarchy. It will be available in both light and dark modes.
Application icons and windows will become more square, there will be a new sidebar and toolbar for the Finder. Control Center from iOS will move to macOS, widgets and notifications will also appear there.
Maps will also be updated, as well as in other applications.
The Safari browser will be improved and will be able to keep track of your passwords for security in the same way that Chrome does.
By hovering your mouse over a tab, you can see a preview of the page.
The latest news concerns the operating system for Apple TV, where gaming will receive multiplayer support, as well as support for the Xbox Elite 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controller. Picture in Picture will also be available on Apple TV.
All operating systems have received their portion of updates and, despite the fact that some problems remain unaddressed to this day, we hope to improve and fix known bugs that users of Apple technology face. In addition, we look forward to the announcement of new devices, their capabilities and the release of new systems. Not all devices will be able to update, so be sure to check the lists on the Apple website to find out if your device is compatible.