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Apple's all digital WWDC '20

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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

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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

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  • 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.

iOS 14

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  • 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 14

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  • 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

watchOS 7

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  • 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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