New Apple releases at the just concluded WWDC

New Apple releases at the just concluded WWDC

On Monday, June 22, 2020, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference held online. Tim Cook the CEO of the company opened the conference with talks bothering around present crises around the world before diving in to reveal all that Apple has in store for the world.

 

As expected, and anticipated by everyone, the big news of the day was the revealing of the new ARM-based chips away from the Intel-based ones, intended to deliver better performance at lower power consumption than before, a (presumably) Metal-optimized graphics processor and other custom acceleration silicon. New systems will ship by the end of 2020, and the Apple silicon will roll out across the rest of the Mac line over the next two years.

 

What would probably be on most minds now is if Apple has totally broken off intel, but Apple revealed also that intel based MacOS Computers are still going to be supported for years to come and Macs currently in the pipeline are Intel-based.

 

Apple launched the iOS 14 revealing its new home screen design and widgets just as competition has been using for years now. Thus far, we’ve heard about the new iPadOS 14, MacOS Big Sur, TV OS, and WatchOS updates as well.

 

The magical feature of the Airpods has taken a new face with the smart switching feature which allows your Airpod switch between different devices, for example, you watch a video on your iPad and a call comes through to your iPhone, the airpod automatically switches between devices to enable you to pick your call. This feature is to further help customers make Apple their only choice for devices. The Airpods also have Spatial audio using a gyro and an accelerometer to track your head movements.

 

Further Changes as revealed by Apple to each of their products include;

 

iOS 14

A new Google-translate like Apps for Siri has been introduced for live conversational translations. Messages get a new upgrade with the ability to pin messages in group chats and more looks for Memoji customizations. New features like cycling navigations for more cities and EV routing have been added to Maps


Image Credit: Apple

 

A new Picture-in-Picture feature has been introduced which gives the user a floating thumbnail to view videos while going through the home screen, just as in the iPad and Android phones.

 

For smart home, the Home app provides adaptive lighting, the ability to define activity zones for cameras, plus face recognition notifications from your doorbell across all the devices.

 

iPadOS 14

The iPadOS is similar to the iOS with the redesigned widgets in the iOS 14 looking similar, only the iPad OS is tweaked to have the tablet look. You have in-app search functions also. iPadOS 14 includes better photo organization and consolidated navigation. Toolbars have been streamlined, with new drop-down menus that help you access apps and tools more quickly.

 


Image Credit: Apple

 

MacOS BigSur

The MacOS came with a very big change in design, totally different from the previous version. These changes include a big change to the web browser and more privacy tools

 

WatchOS 7

With the new WatchOS, you’ll be able to share faces. Your body will also appreciate the new dance routines to jazz up your workout. At the other end of the spectrum, it adds sleep tracking. With the new OS, the Watch will be able to track your hand washing as well.


Image Credit: Apple

 

If you have any of these devices, you’ll be able to view the new MacOS 14

  • MacBook, 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air, 2013 and later
  • MacBook Pro, late 2013 and later
  • Mac Mini, 2014 and later
  • iMac, 2014 and later
  • iMac Pro (all models), 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro, 2013 and later

 

Developer testing for these features is currently ongoing and Public testing will start next month in July 2020 and as usual a full launch of the products before the end of the year.

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