Apple took to the stage today during WWDC to give the world a sneak peek at what it has into store for its most popular products, including its mobile devices, PCs, and wearables. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the event and then proceeded to turn the stage over to the various project leads to demonstrate the latest in Apple software upgrades and innovations.
Things kicked off with the world’s first look at iOS 12. Apple plans to bring the update to the widest array of mobile devices in company history and promises meaningful speed upgrades, even for aging hardware. The company followed up the iOS 12 reveal with a glimpse at what it is working on in the world of augmented reality, including an all-new file format that it developed in partnership with Pixar. A live demo of the new multiplayer capabilities of Apple AR Kit was shown and used Legos as a showcase. iOS 12 will also be bringing big changes to photo sharing and searching to help users get the most out of their iPhone cameras.
Apple also gave some stage time to Siri, the digital assistant built into iOS. In iOS 12, Siri will be gaining new functionality, including the ability to offer personalized suggestions on the lockscreen. With the use of the new Shortcuts app, Siri can wrangle data from multiple applications and use location data to make answers to your queries more helpful than ever before. The popular FaceTime video calling feature gets a major upgrade with the introduction of group-calling support. Up to 32 of your friends and family can join in on a single FaceTime call, while the software dynamically adjusts each participant’s tile size based on who is speaking. A wide range of new AR-powered emoji were also shown off during the keynote. The new animoji and memoji will let users add a personal touch to their messages and emails.
The company gave users a look at the newest iteration of WatchOS. The highlight of the demonstration is the ability of WatchOS 5 to turn your Apple Watch into a Walkie-Talkie. Users of Apple PCs and laptops are sure to get a kick out of the newest version of MacOS, known as Mojave. Mojave will introduce a dark mode to the operating system that gives window borders and backgrounds a dark color that makes spending time with your computer easier on the eyes and helps your photos and videos pop off the screen. Mojave also brings major updates to Finder and Markup, which help you get the most out of working with your files, photos, and videos. The 4K Apple TV also got some love on stage during the keynote. A batch of new screensavers will bring some beauty to your TV and the new Zero Sign-on feature makes juggling video app credentials a thing of the past.
The Safari browser will be getting new security features and updates, along with integration into Mojave’s dark mode. The App store for MacOS is getting an overhaul to bring it in line with the offerings available on iOS. Apps will be curated and grouped to offer the user personalized recommendations and to make parsing the huge library of apps easier than ever. Apple also took some time to tout improvements to Metal, its graphics API, and to tease new features for developers hoping to publish their apps on both iOS and MacOS.
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