The WWDC keynote is a time of major announcements from Apple, and 2018 is no different. Here's the lowdown on the major announcements from Apple at this year's developer conference.
Apple announced iOS 12, with improvements to augmented reality, including ARKit 2.0, along with updates for Siri, and the new Measure app. There are also enhancements for the News app, Messages, Facetime, Do Not Disturb. iOS 12 will be available for all users later this year.
With watchOS 5, Apple is making a lot of improvements to the Activity app, including custom challenges that you can send to your friends to see if they can beat you. The Workouts app has also added support for Yoga workouts, as well as Hiking workouts. There's also Walkie-Talkie, which lets you push to talk to immediately talk with your friends, and works over both cellular and Wi-Fi. The Siri watch face is adding live Sports scores, Maps, and your heart rate. Predictive Siri Shortcuts are also coming to the Siri face, as are third-party apps.
Apple is adding support for Dolby Atmos, and is adding new live news providers around the world for the TV app. Canal+ in France, Salt in Switzerland, and Charter Spectrum have partnered with Apple to allow access to their channel lineups through the Apple TV instead of a cable box. tvOS is also gaining a "Zero Sign-On" feature, which unlocks apps for use with your cable subscription when you're on your broadband provider's network.
macOS Mojave adds a dark mode, updates to the Finder such as the Gallery view and quick actions, and desktop stacks for better organization of your desktop. It's also easier to take screenshots, including from the web, and you'll get quick access to markup tools. Continuity Camera is a new feature that can automatically add a photo taken from your iPhone directly to a document on your Mac. The Mac is also getting the News app, which the app already on iPhone and iPad. Apps like Stocks and Home are coming to Mojave as well.
Apple is also introducing a shared app platform, providing developers and users a sneak peek at an initiative that will allow iOS apps to migrate over to macOS with minimal code changes.
Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Only got to watch the first half (phone calls) and had to head to an appointment... so I need to review it again...
That said, how crazy disappointing. I'm not even sure what to say at this point. Speechlessly bad. :(
To be fair, we already had news that they were focusing more on stability/performance this year rather than new features. So to be completely honest, this didn't surprise me. There are some niceties though, like the FaceTime group chat and grouping notifications. The thing I'm looking forward to most is actually the dark mode on macOS, it looks slick. Would've liked to have seen default apps on iOS but nevermind, I'd like to see an iOS version of "stacks" as well, where apps can be categorised and stacked on top of each other. I guess we will see things like this next year, where the focus goes back to new features
This was supposed to be about software not hardware and they delivered in what they were supposed to do.
I agree. Plus those performance improvements will be great for people on the older devices. And you get trolls here talking about "planned obsolescence"…
I must say, nothing exciting.... This was the first time Apple let me down.... well maybe the next iPhone will have remote charging, that will make up for today......
Read my comment above. We knew prior to this keynote that Apple were holding back new features so that they can focus on performance/stability instead
I have to admit, I used to like small incremental hardware releases throughout the year. Though, to be fair I am a huge Mac/iOS fan for my personal products. I don't really see them in the big disruptor space any longer. The watch is great, but devs can't even make faces for the watch the airpods were awesome, but then the Homepod was lackluster likely because it is tied to Apple Music. Seems to be alot of hit and miss these days. Can any company really afford to say, wait until a year from now?
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