Apple WWDC 2020 was unique. It’s the first time Apple’s developer conference has been streamed exclusively online with no in-person event.
What to expect?
Every year, at the developer conference, Apple usually unveils the latest iteration of its various operating systems – iOS, watchOS, iPadOS and macOS. This year, we expect iOS 14 to be released.
The next version of iOS will be rolled out in preview mode to developers today and public beta expected in July.
App Library: A new home screen page that will show up after you swipe past your final page of apps. It automatically organizes apps based on their categories. It seems great for quickly accessing apps that normally live outside of the first or second page.
Widgets: If you want more, you’ll be able to get them through the Widget Gallery. that you can bring on top of your screen in the edit view, by tapping the plus button from the top-left side of your screen. Furthermore, you can adjust widget sizes to adjust them along with your existing app icons and folders.
Picture-in-picture: While the iPad has had picture-in-picture video playback since iOS 9, it’s been curiously absent on the iPhone.that support lets you access apps on your iPhone while watching a video or talking on a FaceTime call.
Siri: The latest iOS also brings Siri in an all-new view, which is visible at the bottom of your display. that no longer take over the fullscreen, and can do speech-to-text transcription entirely on-device for the sake of speed and privacy.
Messages and Memoji: You can now pin your most important conversations to the top of our messages list, and you can setup notifications on noisy group messages to only alert you when you’re mentioned by name. Memoji is getting an improvement in the next big software update, including more age options, accessories for Memoji, like face masks, and emotions, like blushing.
Apple’s “new maps” are rolling out later this year to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Beijing, though more will come in the months following iOS 14’s release.
The feature that is included that is mindful of things like bike lanes and hills, along with directions for electric vehicle owners that factors in things like battery range and charging locations.
CarPlay: CarPlay is getting new wallpaper options, along with a handful of new built-in apps focusing on things like parking, charging, and food ordering.
You can register a key in your Apple Wallet, and when you walk up to a supported car, you’ll unlock it via NFC, then start the engine once your phone is resting on a pad.
App Clips: Apple has debuted App Clips,that you won’t need to download a full app to be able to gain access to what it offers, in addition to being able to make a purchase through it via Apple Pay.
something to take payment on the fly when you want to rent a scooter. It can be triggered by NFC, QR code, or via Safari/Messages.
iPad OS: iPad OS will get most of the features above alongside iOS 14, it’s also getting a few new tricks of its own.
New “universal search”: the iPad search UI — it’s no longer full screen, and can now dig deeper into apps like Keynote, Messages, Mail, and Files.
Apple Pencil: Apple debuted a new feature called Scribble, which allows you to write recognition now works in any text field, allowing you to jot a quick note without having to put the Pencil down to type. You can also now draw rough shapes (like stars, octagons, and arrows) and have them automatically convert to prettier computer-drawn shapes by briefly holding your pencil in place as you finish drawing.
AirPods: Apple is utilizing the accelerometer in the AirPods Pro to provide spatial audio that tracks your head (and your device’s) lo Apple is utilizing the accelerometer in the AirPods Pro to provide spatial audio that tracks your head (and your device’s) location. Spatial audio should provide a more immersive sound experience by making you feel like you’re inside of the audio mix.
Apple Watch: Apple is making it easier to share watchfaces with a new feature called Face Swapping. You can share your current watch face setup with others through Messages, Mail, or Safari.
Sleep tracking: Apple is using machine learning to track your sleep.now automatically detect when you’re sleeping, recording this data and helping you track your sleep schedule over time.
Handwashing detection: Handwashing is a big deal right now, given the coronavirus pandemic. With that, watchOS 7 using the accelerometer to look for the relevant motions and the microphone to listen for the sounds of scrubbing. When it detects you’re scrubbing away, it can automatically start a countdown timer to help ensure you’ve done the full twenty seconds.
Privacy Changes: iOS already lets you block specific apps from collecting data about where you are, but the new version will also allow you to share approximate location data.
Mic/Camera indicator: The new operating system also includes new transparency measures to prevent apps from using cameras or microphones without a user’s knowledge. Under iOS 14, iPhones will show an orange dot in the upper right corner of the screen whenever the microphone or camera is activated, similar to the green camera light built into Apple’s laptops.
macOS Big Sur: Big Sur brings the biggest redesign since the introduction of macOS 10, according to Apple. The new operating system borrows tweaks that’ll make it look and feel a bit more like iOS (like rounded square icons across the built-in App suite.) a number of elements from Apple’s iOS, including a customizable Control Center, where you can toggle brightness, Do Not Disturb, and other settings of your choice; and a new notification center, which keeps all of your notifications and widgets (also redesigned, and available in the App Store) in one column, sorts alerts by most recent, and groups related notifications together. Both interfaces are translucent, like their iOS counterparts.