Apple's big keynote for the worldwide developer conference has come and gone, all about a virtual event on June 22nd. Announcements include iOS 14, the transition from Intel chips to Mac, and more. What was missing? Well, any kind of hardware. Rumors of AirPods studio headphones or a redesigned iMac did not come out. Instead, the focus was primarily on software changes across the Apple ecosystem.
You can watch the keynote above again or read the summary of the announcements below.
Apple starts WWDC with the hope of equality
Apple launched its WWDC keynote with a special message about the inclusiveness of George Floyd's death. Apple reaffirmed its commitment to education, economic equality and criminal justice. The company also launched a new entrepreneurial developer camp for black developers. "We are determined to be a force for change," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.
Apple also thanked healthcare workers for their work in the midst of the global health pandemic.
"Great challenges were met with great creativity," Cook said when he started a socially distant WWDC that was streamed from different locations.
Apple makes it easy to find your apps and information on your home screen. The app library is a new area at the bottom of your home screen that automatically arranges your apps in an easy-to-navigate view, according to Apple.
There is also a big change in widgets that are now available in different sizes for your different data needs. This way you can choose the right amount of information for everyone.
In addition to apps, widgets can now also be placed on the start screen. There is also a new widget gallery from which you can choose from all available widgets.
To multitask and stay entertained, Apple also brings picture-in-picture videos to video apps so you can continue to play videos in the background.
Siri gets a huge update that takes up less space in the user interface. Siri is used for dictation, and speech is now processed on the device to improve privacy. Siri also uses a new translation app for translation. Translating works in a new way of conversation if you move it in conversation views.
A message update helps iOS 14 users keep up with messages by pinning messages along with a nice photo of the sender to the top of your list. Now you can create inline replies to keep track of messages, and you can also be notified of new messages with mentions. Now you can only set warnings in group messages when you are mentioned!
The maps now come with instructions so you can get the latest recommendations and discover new places when you're on the go. Public transportation and walking opportunities now include bike lanes that allow you to get around your bike on bike paths, trails, and roads. It also takes into account the altitude, as well as quiet and busy roads. You can also avoid stairs on your way. There is also an EV routing mode for EV owners with charging stops that can be forwarded to compatible car chargers!
Apple is also updating its car experience with a digital key called Car Key. With the car key, your vehicle can be unlocked thanks to NFC and started with your iPhone. So you can tap your phone to unlock the key.
According to Apple, these keys are more secure than physical keys, and digital keys can be shared with family and friends. It will arrive at BMW first, but Apple said it is working on standards with industry groups. Apple said that Car Key will be available on iOS 14, but will also work on iOS 13 devices through a software update.
It works on a U1 connectivity chip so you can unlock your car with your phone in your pocket in the future, so you don't have to take your phone out when you're busy.
Apple introduces AppClip, a small part of an app that is easy, quick, and easy to discover. You can start the app clip via Safari, Messages, Maps, NFC tags, QR codes or the new Apple AppClip code. Apple has shown AppClip how it works with Yelp to create an app for every restaurant.
Read more about all changes to iOS 14.
Apple said iOS 14 widgets will find their way to iPad OS.
Photos will get a big update. Photos stay in front and in the middle, and a swipeable sidebar allows you to get more controls and options, but can hide when not needed. This sidebar, which works like on a Mac, is also used for other apps like notes, calendars and more. Apple is definitely making its iPad OS apps so that they feel more sophisticated and Mac-like, making them more of a professional tool.
The compact Siri design for iOS 14 also comes for the iPad OS. Apple also brings the idea to its call notification, with a more compact display when a new call comes in, so that calls don't interrupt your activity.
The universal search is also heavily updated. This experience was redesigned from scratch to work like Spotlight on Mac. Apple hopes that the new search is the only goal for you and will work better than even an app launcher.
A new Apple Pencil that comes on iPad is Scribble, which lets you jot down what you want to search for instead of pecking away from the keyboard or type. If you need to search in Safari, use your Apple Pencil and scribble in the search box. Apple said this works in any text box and your scribble will be converted to typed text. It can also work with other languages. Scribble can recognize addresses, phone numbers and more.
When in notes, you can select your handwritten text and also convert it to text.
Apple updates AirPods with new features, including spatial audio for AirPods Pro. New algorithms help to place audio spatially on your ears, similar to how you hear sound in a cinema. Apple uses hardware features like your phone's gyroscope and sensor data to understand how the sound moves in relation to what you see. The result is a surround sound experience that keeps you in the middle of the action, Apple said. It works with 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos encoded files.
In addition, AirPods support a new handover feature that allows you to access your listening session when you switch devices.
Read more about the new AirPods improvements.
Apple Watch and watchOS 7
Apple is bringing more and more complications to the Apple Watch, making it easier for you to track your fitness and health. With WatchOS 7, Apple also makes it easy to share your favorite custom faces with Face Sharing. There are also curated watch faces if you don't want to set up your own watch face.
To share a face that you created yourself, you can long-press the face, choose a contact to share, and click Send, Apple said.
Cyclists can now also access turning instructions for bicycle instructions. You can descend and run up your mountain or take stairs to take your time if you want.
The training app can now track a fun new cardio workout – dance! Dance uses sensor fusion, collects various sensor data to find out your dance style, and combines it with heart rate data. There is also functional training and decay training. All of this means that the activity app is also given a new name: Fitness.
Apple is also bringing sleep tracking to fitness. To help you get to bed on time, Wind Down displays a screen on your phone to prepare you for sleep. In sleep mode, your screens are turned off. And when it's time to wake up, you can choose from alarms to get up slowly without waking your partner.
To keep pace with the global health pandemic, Apple is also integrating a new handwash tracker. A.I. helps automatically recognize when you wash your hands, and the function helps maintain proper hand hygiene by knowing how long your hand washing sessions last.
Find out the latest news about watchOS 7.
According to Apple, data protection is built into its products, and data protection is more important than ever. The company tries to process as much information as possible on your device instead of sending it to servers.
There is also transparency and control so you can make informed decisions about how your data is collected and shared.
An example of how Apple takes security and privacy seriously is the "Sign in with Apple" feature. According to Apple, users are twice as likely to log in to Apple as any other provider.
New features this year include approximate location data sharing, recording of ads when the microphone and cameras are activated, and Safari tracking settings. Apple is also asking developers to tell them what data is being collected and shared, much like how nutrition labels appear on foods, the company says.
Apple has announced a new alliance with Amazon, Google and other industry leaders to make it easier to make your home smarter. All of this, according to Apple, is controlled with the Home app, which you can now use to set up automation. One example is adaptive lighting, which turns your lights on with warm colors in the morning and helps you stay focused with cooler colors throughout the day.
Your cameras connected to Homekit now have face recognition, which tells you who is ringing your doorbell based on the photos tagged in your photo library.
To make television more entertaining, Apple offers the possibility to display texts while watching music videos. Gaming is also becoming increasingly important on Apple TV as the platform now supports Xbox controllers. In addition, tvOS 14 brings multi-user support for games to the platform.
Apple TV also adds picture-in-picture mode, which allows you to view the news in a smaller window, for example, while also showing your favorite training apps.
Apple also introduced a new Apple TV + Original called Foundation, a science fiction show based on the book series written by Isaac Asimov.
MacOS Big Sur
The next version of Mac OS is called Big Sur and introduces a new design and important updates. Apple brings design refinements to user elements like buttons, sliders, and more. This update will be released at the first WWDC since famous designer Jony Ive left the company. Apple has highlighted the consistency between ecosystems so that users can switch from device to device smoothly, making MacOS feel and behave more like iOS than ever before.
All app icons have been redesigned, and Apple says it is now using a new compact, simplified toolbar. The menu bar is now translucent and takes on the colors of your desktop, Apple said. Apple also offers an iOS-like Control Center that gives you quick access to system settings and switches.
Notifications can also be grouped, and the notifications now appear next to redesigned widgets. As with iOS 14, there is a gallery of widgets that are available in different sizes.
Mac OS users can now create and send their own Memoji. Group improvements, pinned conversations, and more also find their way from iOS to Mac OS.
The Mac also gets all of the new map features introduced in iOS 14. Apple used its Catalyst toolkit to port maps from iOS 14 to Mac.
Safari now gives you a better idea of how a site will track you with a site report. Apple is also bringing a web extension API and a new category to the Mac App Store to introduce the new extensions. Extensions let Apple choose which site each extension works with to ensure more privacy and security. Apple also offers native translation features built into Safari.
If you open more tabs in Safari, the tabs become smaller and Apple uses icons as tab IDs instead of the text name of the website.
Apple silicon for Macs
After 15 years with Intel processors on the Mac, Apple is bidding farewell. The company announced that it has developed its own custom silicon for over a decade that provides Macs with better performance per watt. Apple announced that it would be using its own SoCs (System on a Chip) for the Mac in the future. This reflects what the company has done with the iPhone and iPad, and notes that its mobile products are now faster than most PC laptops.
This will give the Mac a whole new level of performance, Apple said. Apple also said it will balance performance and performance with this new chip. It will combine machine learning, a neural engine, graphics functions and more. Apple announced that a family of Mac SoCs will have a common architecture.
Apple has already built support for its own silicon under Mac OS Big Sur. All Apple apps are designed to natively support their own silicon using Xcode. In addition to Apple apps, including pro apps like Final Cut, Adobe and Microsoft are also working to support Apple's custom processors.
Apple is testing Big Sur with the same A12Z Bionic processor that is used on the iPad Pro. In its WWDC 2020 demo, Apple showed that Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Apple Final Cut Pro run smoothly on this processor.
Apple also announced Rosetta 2, an emulation app that can run current MacOS apps on new Apple silicon systems. Apple said apps are translated at the time of installation. There is also virtualization for Linux. Apple showed games with Rosetta 2, with the title Shadow of the Tomb Raider working smoothly. And for mobile gamers, you can even run iOS and iPad apps like Monument Valley.
Apple announced a Mac Mini developer transition kit with an A12Z Bionic chip. The devices will be delivered this week.
The transition begins this week, Cook said, and Apple hopes to ship the first Mac with its custom system by the end of this year. The transition should take two years.
As of today, all Apple operating systems will be available as developer betas. Public betas are expected to be released next month, and the final versions will ship in the fall, Cook said.
Read more about Apple's ARM transition for Macs.