Apple’s WWDC 2020 was full of new announcements, moving from one momentum to another. The announcements included iOS 14, MacOS 11 Big Tune and much more. Read everything Apple announced on WWDC today as we repack.
Apple kicked things off with the official announcement of iOS 14, which brings a variety of new features to the iPhone and iPad. Most notably, there were a few major changes to the home screen for the first time.
IOS 14 has added a new app library view to organize all your apps. There is a new list view for sorting applications based on usage type and much more.
For the first time there is support for home screen widgets. You just long-press on the home screen and you can add different widgets like Weather, Fitness and more.
IOS 14 includes a new translation app. It provides a complete translator that works with text and voice. All translations are processed locally by the Neural Engine, so this feature works without an Internet connection and does not send data to Apple. Apple says the feature works primarily in 11 different languages, with more to come in the future.
Apple Maps features new features designed to help users reduce their carbon footprint, including cycling directions and viewing routing, support for the integration of proposed charging stops and battery status. Apple has said it is working with BMW and Ford on the launch for this feature.
Speaking of BMW, iOS 14 officially adds support for Apple’s new car feature. Kirk will initially work with the new model BMW, but Apple plans to expand it to other carmakers in the future.
App Clips is a new feature of iOS 14 that allows you to access an app without having to download it from the App Store. For example, you can tap a NFC tag on your iPhone and access a smaller version of an app to do something like save a parking spot or rent a scooter.
Other changes to iOS 14 include a newly designed Siri series interface that does not exceed the full screen, as well as a new interface for incoming calls that do not take up the full screen. The weather app now supports real-time rainfall data as well as critical weather tracking. There is now support for many new memoji characters in addition to emoji search.
Finally, as part of iOS 14, users will be able to change their default app preferences for the first time. The details here are still somewhat unclear, but Apple says users will be able to customize their own email and web browsing applications.
IOS 14 is now available to developers, with a public beta scheduled for release in July and then a stable release in the fall.
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Then there was the iPadS14 which added a lot of features like iOS 14 – such as home screen widgets and improvements to Apple Maps. The iPadS14 again has a redesigned music app that brings full-screen lyrics, new tabs, and easier access to your library.
Apple also argued that the search on the iPad has been completely redesigned to improve the launch of the app, bringing a less intrusive interface, adding deeper file integration and much more.
For Apple Pencil users, Scribble is a new feature that lets you write with your Apple Pencil and automatically convert it to text. For example, when composing a work handwriting, it acts as a reminder application to automatically convert text to the application. You’ll be able to draw roughly shapes and create automatically defined polygons for the iPad.
The iPadOS 14 is now also available to developers, with a general release in the fall after the public beta arrives next month.
Following the iPadOS we toured the Apple Park Fitness Center, where Kevin Lynch brought us many new features coming to the Apple Watch this year. WatchOS 7 brings additional tools for developers, allowing them to create even more sophisticated complexities.
The Workouts app has been updated with new dance workouts as well as advanced calorie tracking for things like core training, colddowns and functional training. Together with WatchOS 7, the Apple Watch’s Activity app has been completely redesigned, and fitness has been named after the actual activity.
WatchOS 7 also comes with support for watch face sharing. That means a few different things. First, you can now create and share watch faces with other people, but developers can also add predefined faces to their app, you can also add watch faces from the web.
With the help of WatchOS 7, there is a new feature for coaching how long you will wash your hands and how to wash your hands.
But perhaps the most notable thing is the support for Apple Watch Slip Tracking. Both WatchOS 7 and iOS 14 feature a variety of new skills designed to help you track sleep and make the best night’s sleep possible. It has wind down features that help you transform from sleep to sleep with a homekit view, alarms, and shortcuts to things that won’t bother you.
The Apple Watch will turn off the sleep mode display and wake up silently using alarm sounds or taptics.
WatchOS 7 is now available to developers and for the first time, a public beta will also be released next month before the general release in the fall.
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Makos 11 Big Tune
For the rest of WWDC’s keynote address, the focus shifted to Mac. Apple has unveiled the MacOS 11 Big Tune. This update brings all sorts of visual changes and redesigns that greatly enhance the many iOS and iPadS design elements for the Mac.
For example, the dock is designed with rounded corners and all new app icons. There is a new transfluent menu with a completely new control center and notification center. Mac’s messages are completely new with more powerful search, a newly designed photo picker, memoji integration, message effects, pinned conversations and group iMessage enhancements.
In fact, the new messaging app is a port of the iPad version of messages using Mac Catalyst technology. Apple has added a new version of the Apple Maps app, which came from the iPad via Mac Catalyst.
Speaking of the catalyst, Apple is making some improvements to the platform itself to make it easier to bring iPad apps to Maps. There are a variety of new tools for developers, such as improved access to menus and keyboard APIs, new controls for checkboxes and date pickers, and more.
Web page loading is 50% faster than Google Chrome, Apple has also made some big improvements to Safari Big Tune through touting, including dramatic improvements in performance. There’s a new privacy report button on the toolbar to support how a webpage is using your data and how Tracker is blocking Safari, as well as support for translating webpages from the toolbar.
But Mac’s news didn’t stop there.
Apple Silicon Transfer
Apple has officially confirmed today that it plans to switch from Mac’s Intel processors to its own arm-based Apple Silicon. The shift has been rumored for some time now, and Apple today officially unveiled what it means for the Mac at WWDC.
Apple insisted that the Mac would bring improved GPUs, high-performance storage, improved efficiency and more using Apple Silicon. The company is in the process of designing a family of Mac processors specifically for the Mac hardware lineup. This means there will be a common architecture across all of Apple’s product lineup.
Everything about the MacOS 11 Big Tune is designed to run on Apple Silicon, and Apple says a large number of developers will be able to get their app and run on Apple Silicon in a matter of days. The company highlights that Microsoft is already working on Office Update to run Apple Silicon for the Mac and is also working on Adobe Creative Cloud updates.
To emulate, the MacOS Big Tune will include a newer version of the roster to translate existing Intel applications to work on Apple Silicon, the application will be translated during installation to ensure best performance is possible.
Even then, because the iPhone, iPad and Mac will all share a common chip architecture, Apple Silicon means you’ll be able to run iPhone and iPad applications on the Mac. Most applications will work without change and will be available for download through the Mac App Store.
For developers, Apple is launching a quick start program that provides them with documentation and sample code to help make the transition from Intel to ARM easier. There will also be a developer transition kit hardware package that includes the Mac Mini powered by Apple A12Z processors. Developers can apply for this Mac Mini for 500 500 today through Apple’s developer website.
So what does the roadmap for this transition look like? Apple has announced that it will launch its first Apple Silicon Mac to customers later this year. Overall, Apple expects it to be a two-year transition process to bring the entire Mac lineup to the new processor.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the first Apple Silicon Mac would be a 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as a 24-inch iMac. Apple did not make a specific offer during today’s WWDC keynote address.
As you can see, WWDC 2020 was full of announcements for every Apple platform. Here at 9to5Mac we are digging it all in and there will be extra coverage of everything we discover throughout the rest of this week and throughout the summer.
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