The company’s annual developer conference WWDC, along with online streaming this year, has been enriched by the announcements. Here is the latest news from the WWDC stage.
Apple hosted its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, where the company announced iOS 14 for iPhones, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7, and more. The Cupertino, California-based tech giant also reported that future Mac computers will use custom Apple chips instead of Intel. Unfortunately, there was no mention of new hardware products at the developer conference.
This year’s WWDC, like so many other events, was moved online. Developers may not get a chance to experience meet space this year, but they are able to view educational sessions as streaming video. The WWDC keynote is also being streamed on Monday morning, and Apple is using this opportunity to deliver its usual updates. Here are the highlights:
WWDC-Introducing iOS 14
The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system adds a new home screen. The view of the new app library includes all downloaded apps that are automatically organized into folders, starting with Siri suggestions — based on your specific app usage and recently added apps. This new feature has made it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for, now you can hide pages from view to further streamline. Widgets are also getting a new look, as well as the ability to drag them from the widget panel to your home screen.
Now Siri will not take up your entire screen when you activate it, it will appear as a small overlay near the bottom of the screen. Also, a new translation feature claims to provide anyone with the ability to have real-time conversations with others speaking different languages. These cloud-powered translations look similar to Google Translate on Android phones. The Picture in Picture feature keeps you watching videos while multitasking on your iPhone screen.
Apple Is Reimagining Car Key Fobs
Car key fobs are the biggest, bulkiest, and ugliest item on your keychain. But in the next few years, we’ll all be able to unlock, start, and share car access with our iPhones. Apple’s car-experience engineering manager, Emily Shubert, showcased the iPhone’s latest car-unlocking features on the 2021 BMW 5 Series. To unlock your car, use the phone’s built-in NFC chip to place your phone on the charging pad and tap on a button to start the car. You’ll be able to quickly share your car keys in iMessage (with restricted options for teen drivers) and lock your car key in iCloud. These features will be available on BMW next month, but Apple is also enabling features on both iOS 13 and 14. It is also working with other car manufacturers to develop features in other cars – hopefully not the most expensive on the market.
Apple Made Chips
WWDC MacBook pro, In the announcement which was given by Tim Cook, where he covered three major milestones in Mac history: Apple’s transition from PowerPC to Intel chips in 2006, Apple’s transition to MacOS X, and now this one. ARM-based “Apple Silicon” chips will give Apple’s computers an efficiency bump, and the company will no longer rely on Intel’s update cycles to advance its capabilities. Apple emphasized that it already has a lot of experience scaling low-power SoCs for the iPhone and even the Apple Watch, which suggests that battery life on Mac laptops may increase soon.
But with the change from PowerPC to Intel in 2006, there may be some bumps along the way. Apple says developers will have everything they need to build apps that run on ARM-based Macs in the new version of Xcode and Xcode will continue to support apps for both Intel x86 Macs and Apple Silicon Macs. However, developers who are not already built for iOS will have an adjustment period. And while they are more suitable for the average consumer, it is an open question whether ARM-based processors can keep up with the demands of Apple’s professional creative class. Apple Silicon’s move will begin with new Macs released later this year, and the entire transition should take two years, Apple says.
iPadOS 14 More than a Computer
Last year, Apple finally updated the iPad to its own native operating system called iPadOS. The trick was both practical and symbolic; It offered features like the iPad’s Mac, and it’s not positioning the iPad as the giant iPhone. And then this spring, Apple introduced the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro – a ridiculously expensive but a keyboard with backlit and trackpad that pushed the iPad even further into the real computer realm. It is no surprise that the latest version of iPadOS emphasizes this even more.
The latest version of iPadOS includes enhancements similar to iOS 14 for the iPhone, but Apple is actually determined to have features for larger tablets. An example of this is a new sidebar, which will appear in Photos, Notes, Files, and Music Apps.
This app pops up on the left side of the screen and provides easy navigation and better management of app files. A Siri shortcut will now appear on the bottom right of some application screens. And the incoming phone call will not be completely interrupted by what you are doing right now and will handle the entire screen. Instead, you will get a drop-down notification. Similar to Search on iPad: Instead of capturing the entire screen, the search bar will now appear on whatever you’re currently working on.
The iPad Pencil is also getting an update, although these seem minor compared to other iPad changes. Apple is using a feature called Scribble that will translate your handwriting into text, change your crude shapes to “ideal”, and leave you to search queries in the Safari search bar rather than to type them.
Seamless Airpods Switching
Apple announced some very fresh new additions to AirPods with future software updates, most notably for those using multiple iOS or Apple devices. The most useful feature is Automatic Switching. If you are wearing your AirPods, you may soon be able to switch your listening to your devices seamlessly, without having to reattach your Airpods. If you are receiving a phone call, they rebroadcast the audio to your phone, so it will still ring normally.
Another exciting feature coming to AirPods is the addition of spatial audio. The software update will allow Apple devices to use their internal accelerometer to create a Fox-3D soundscape. We have seen this type of technology from brands such as Oudez, JBL, and others, but this geared largely for gamers and hi-fi enthusiasts. The addition of spatial audio can produce a new love of surround sound in the ears of more average listeners. The headphones will be capable of emulating 5.1, 7.1, and even Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound.
WatchOS 7 – Sleep and Handwashing Features
With the increment, Apple is gradually transforming the Apple Watch into the most comprehensive wearable available. The Apple Watch will soon include a sleep feature which turns off your phone before bed, sleep monitoring “micromovements”, as you breathe, a variety of alarms, and a sleep mode that dims the screen at night.
In this COVID19 situation, the watch will also get a handwashing detector and countdown to ensure that you stay away from all germs. Other new features include new dance workouts and a stack of new watch faces, including tachymeters, larger font faces, and the third party includes personal watch faces. Finally, the Watch will also get a new battery notification when you wake up because the battery life is still terrible.