Apple's all digital WWDC '20
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is completely online this year, and in case you missed or or haven't looked at other resources to follow up on the updates, here's a list of all the new announcements we thought were super interesting
Apple's ARM CPUs
Applie finally announced that it will switch from intel processors to its own silicon - which was, as anticipated, the biggest news in the conference. Apple has a kit available for third-party software developers to create software that can natively run on ARM-based Macs.
The company also revealed Rosetta2, technology that will allow users to run software originally created for Intel-based Macs.
macOS 11 Big Sur
- The next version of macOS is called Big Sur, and it’s officially version 11.
- It features a revamped user interface, with reworked menus, app sidebars, and app icons.
- Notification Center has improved functionality, and Control Center—a main UI element for iPhones and iPads—is now available on the Mac.
- Safari has a slew of new features, including improved speed, start page customizations, improved support for Extensions, and new privacy features.
- A new Home screen. Apps can be automatically grouped together in a screen called the App Library.
- Add widgets to your Home screen for quick access to the information you need.
- Siri gets some updates, with a new interface and new incorporation in a Translate app that can translate written and spoken words in real time.
- Apple has brought the iPad’s picture-in-picture feature over to iOS.
- iPadOS continues to evolve with features specific to the iPad.
- Apps will stop looking like iOS versions that were brought over to the iPad. You’ll see better implementations of sidebars, toolbars, and menus.
- Improved Apple Pencil support, specifically for handwritten text.
- Apple is bringing over its Scribble handwriting recognition engine, so you can write in apps as well as input fields, and the iPad will be able to recognize it.
- New features in iOS 14 are coming to iPadOS, such as the revamped Siri interface, App Clips, and redesigned widgets
- Main new feature is sleep tracking. It can track how much sleep you get, and also has a “wind down” function.
- Other new watchOS 7 features include the ability to share watch faces with others, a new Dance workout, and an enhanced Noise app to help protect your hearing.
- Using “advanced sensor fusion,” your Apple Watch will be able to detect when just your arms or just your legs are moving, or when everything is grooving at once.
- watchOS 7 is bringing automatic hand-washing detection by using the watch’s motion sensors, microphone, and on-device machine learning.
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