The WWDC –  Worldwide Developers Conference – is Apple’s yearly get together which takes place in June. This year was no different. In case you missed it WWDC 2020, here is a rundown of what Apple announced in this year’s WWDC. 

INTERFACE CHANGES:

Apps: After you swipe past your final page of apps on your iPhone, a new page will show up with all your apps categorised. This includes all your most used apps in a separate category.

Picture-in-Picture: On the iPhone, every time you have a video playing or you are on a video call and you switch apps, the video / video call will appear in a small square on the screen that you can move around.

Widgets: The widgets will not permanently appear on your homescreen instead of being hidden away on your Today screen.

Messages: Now, you can pin your important conversations and favorite people to the top of your chats. Also, there is a new setting for group conversations. You can mute them but you will be notified when someone in the group mentions your name.

Siri: Siri will no longer acquire the entire screen. Speech-to-text transcription will now happen on-device in order to make it faster and more private. 

Maps: Maps will be able to give cycling directions and for electrical vehicle users, battery range and charging locations will be made available to search on the maps.

CarPlay: New wallpaper options will be accessible. Also, you can enable a key in your Apple Wallet. So when you walk up to your car, it can automatically be unlocked. You can turn on the engine and operate the vehicle once you place your iPhone on a pad. This feature can be deleted off the cloud and you can add more people to it, such as family.

IPAD SPECIFICATIONS:

Scribble: A new feature called Scribble was debuted by Apple in WWDC. You will be able to write using the Apple Pencil in any text field. Any shapes you draw, like the pentagon, squares and rectangles will be converted into computer drawn and prettier looking shapes with straight, measured lines. If you write a phone number, the iPad will direct you to the contacts app. This new feature will render any language you write into typed text. Here is a website where you can get more information about Scribble: https://www.creativebloq.com/news/wwdc-ipad-scribble 

Sidebar: A new sidebar will come into play making it easier to switch from one app to another, especially if you are using an iPad as a replacement for a laptop. This can also be done without touching the screen. 

AIRPODS:

Spatial Audios: The AirPods Pro is getting a new surround sound system, which takes into consideration the position of your head in regards to the device and provides you with spatial audio. It gives you a more immersive sound, but this is only available on the AirPods Pro. 

Device Switching: Your AirPods will be able to seamlessly switch from one device to another. If you are watching something on your laptop and you receive a phone call, your AirPods will automatically switch from being connected to your iPad to your iPhone.

WATCHOS:

Face Swapping: Apple has made it easier for you to share watchfaces with Face Swapping. You can add a watchface to your Apple Watch by finding it on social media or a developer’s website.

Dance Tracker: This is the most unique type of workout tracking that Apple is offering. It uses multiple pieces of technology like the accelerometer and gyroscope to track different dance types. 

Sleep Tracking: Now, the Apple watch will be able to track how many hours of sleep you get. Its goal is to help you maintain your sleep schedule and ensure that you are getting enough sleep.

Handwashing: Weirdly enough, Apple has decided to introduce a hand wash tracker in their Apple Watch. With the current pandemic, it is extremely important to wash your hands multiple times a day. This feature uses its recording tools to hear the scrubbing of your hands. It can tell you how many times a day you wash your hands, and it also counts down 20 seconds for you.

MacOS BIG SUR:

The next construct of the MacOS is called the Big Sur, and a lot of things have changed since the previous OSs. 

Notification Centre: The notifications have been cleared up and giving you a unified view of your notifications and the widgets. It has also become easier to clean up your notifications.

Control Centre: The macOS has been inspired by the iOS and will now contain a drop down menu at the right hand upper corner. This is where the settings of brightness, volume, bluetooth  and WiFi controls are accessed. 

Maps: The Maps have been altered considering in-door maps, guides and most visited locations.

Safari: The browser will now be able to track your saved passwords. A Privacy Report button has also been added to tell you what data is being monitored on the current website.

HOMEKIT:

Face Recognition: This face recognition feature has been taken to a whole new level by Apple! The feature will be able to tell the known faces (Like frequent visitors or friends) apart from the new ones. 

Adaptable Lighting: The Homekit will adjust the type of lighting according to the time of the day. In the mornings and afternoon, the lighting turns cooler to motivate you to work. In the evening it turns warmer to wind down. 

Activity Zones: The cameras will only pick up motion alerts relevant to you. If someone enters your property, you will be notified. This opposes how the homekits usually pick up motion not relevant to you, like a random car driving by your house. 

PRIVACY SETTINGS:

Location: The apps on your iPhones, Mac or even Apple Watches will only be able to recognise your approximate location. Apple has made sure that your exact, pinpoint location will not be known.

Camera Indicator: When an app is accessing your camera, a small light will appear in the corner of the iPhone. The indicator is on-screen and for security reasons. This indicator will show up when the mic is in use too.

Policies: The privacy policies are summarised so that users get a brief rundown of the data that the apps will track or share. This will appear before a new app is downloaded from the app store.

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