tech2 News StaffJun 23, 2020 12:31:25 IST
Apple has kicked off its annual World Wide Developers Conference 2020. WWDC usually happens in March of every year, however, it got delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak this time, and was hosted virtually. As expected, the Cupertino-based tech giant has announced the iOS 14, iPadOS 14, WatchOS 7 software updates among others. The biggest announcement of the day, though, was still the transition of Mac laptops and desktops to Apple's own Silicon chips.
Here is everything that Apple announced today at its first keynote session:
Apple iOS 14
This new feature will allow users to categorise their apps that are scattered on different pages of the home screen. You can choose how many pages you want to see on your home screen and then remaining apps will be categorised as "Recently Added", "Suggestions" and other folders. You can also search for these apps via the given search option where you will see all the apps listed alphabetically.
iOS 14 now comes with widgets that will be visible on the home screen as well. You can customise these widgets by tapping on the "widget gallery" option. The Smart Stack option will show you relevant apps based on the time of the day.
Translate app will let Siri translate what you say into 11 languages including English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and so on. You can even translate offline. As per the company, Siri knows 20x more facts than before. You can now ask Siri to send an audio message as well.
Users will now be able to pin their messages to avoid getting lost in the conversation. You will also be able to reply to a particular message and even mention people while chatting in groups. New Memojis with face masks and options to choose different age are also introduced in iOS 14.
Three new memojis with different skin tones, different hairstyles, and gestures like hug, fist bump, and blush are also added in iOS 14.
Apple has added a new feature called Guide that will help users find "great places" around them by showing the latest recommendations by other users. Cycling directions will also be added to the Apple Maps that will let users see elevation data, stairs, traffic in the bike lanes, paths, and roads.
Apple Carplay on iOS 14 will now let you change the wallpaper on the in-car device. With the help of Apple CarPlay, you can simply tap your iPhone and unlock your car. You can just put your iPhone on the charging pad and enable the car's start button. Users can even share their key via iMessage. Apple has announced that the 2021 BMW 5 Series will be the first car to support CarPlay.
Apple has announced App Clip, which is basically like downloading just a part of the app, immediately when you need it, your initial login and credit card details are filled in via Apple login and Apple Pay. This app will be less than 10 MB in size.
Apple has revamped the UI in the new iPadOS 14 like Photos and Music app now has a new side-bar for easy access. Similar easy access UI changes have also been made to apps like calendar, iMessage, and mail.
Apple has introduced a new feature called Universal Search to its iPadOS 14. It will let the users search for contacts, documents, or even search within an app that supports this feature.
iPad OS 14 now has Android-like compact call notifications. They will pop up on the top of the screen without interrupting your ongoing task.
Apple Pencil now has new features like smart suggestions, better handwriting recognition, lets you select handwritten text to change colour, and more. The Apple Pencil will let users select and paste handwritten text in another app and it will be automatically turned into typed-text.
The feature uses motion data to detect movement of your head and device and constantly keeps the audio in sync with the visual. It will only come to AirPods Pro earbuds.
This feature will automatically switch audio inputs based on whichever Apple device you are using. This feature will soon come to both AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Apple WatchOS 7
Watch face share
Apple will now allow you to share Watch faces by simply long press on the desired watch face, tap on share and send to the concerned contact. You can get these faces from third-party apps as well, and can share them with friends and families.
This feature will let users schedule the wake-up alarm and bedtime alarm. Observing your micro-movements, Apple Watch will track your breath while you sleep.
Apple WatchOS 7's this new feature with the help of the iPhone will let the user customise the app shortcuts for snoozing notification, scheduling Apple Music playlist, turning on Meditation app and so on.
Watch OS 7, along with new workout supports, will now let you track your activity while you do Bollywood, Hip Hop, or even a Latin dance.
Apple Watch will also help you wash your hands better. It will automatically detect when you start washing your hands and will start a timer. It will tell you how long you have to keep washing your hands and will give a haptic notification when it is done.
Apple apps will now let you ask apps not to track you or allow it, via simple pop-up notifications. Apple says it will also put up app descriptions if the app you are about to download will share your data with another app, and more details or how your data will be handled by particular apps.
HomeKit will now show you automation notifications right on the home page, and let you know if left a light on or a door open.
Using HomeKit, you can also sync your camera footage and watch it picture-in-picture on your TV via tvOS 14. tvOS 14 also lets you AirPlay your 4K videos on your TV.
macOS Big Sur
Mac OS X Big Sur comes with a simpler design, new app icons, smoother animations, refreshed app design for all pre-installed apps. MacOS Big Sur also has a new menu bar as well. The Mac will now also have a control centre, like iPhones.
Messages on Mac will now let you share celebration animations, create memojis, more
Apple Maps on macOS Big Sur will now let you create a guide right from the Mac.
Apple claims that Safari is now 50 percent faster than Google Chrome. Apple will let users decide what apps and websites can use extensions, how long they want to activate them for, among other controls. Safari also has redesigned tabs to show website previews and use tab space more efficiently.
The transition from Intel to Apple's own silicon is one of the biggest announcements of the event today. Apple Silicon SoCs will apparently offer higher performance and low power consumption, and "will be great for gaming". macOS Big Sur on Apple Silicon-running Macs will benefit from native apps such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Logix Pro, which will be available by the time the new machines come around. Big software announcements included Microsoft office and Adobe Creative Cloud for Big Sur running Apple's own chips.
Intel-based Macs, however, are still around and will continue to be updated for the two-year transition to Apple's own chips. When that does happen, Intel-based software won't be left by the wayside. Apple has announced Rosetta 2, the successor to the original Rosetta emulation software that eased the first transition that Apple made away from PowerPC chips to Intel. Rosetta 2 will modify apps upon install to make them run on Apple chips.
The iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, WatchOS 7 and other new software announced today will be available in first public beta starting July, and their full versions will be available starting this fall.
iOS apps will run natively on Big Sur
This rounds out the long-expected integration of Mac OS X and iOS. Running the same silicon, there's no reason for iPad or iPhone apps to not run on the new MacOS anymore. And they indeed do, most likely without modification. This gives MacOS a huge bump in quality apps available, since it will now be able to run desktop, as well as mobile apps.
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