News from Apple's WWDC 2018
On 4th June 2018, Apple hosted this year’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. This event gave us a sneak peek into Apple’s upcoming software and hardware and told us what to look forward to, later in the year. This year’s focus was on software and iOS 12.
Here are some of the top announcements from Apple’s WWDC 2018.
1. Group FaceTime
No doubt, one of the most talked about upcoming features of iOS 12 from the conference was that of Group FaceTime. The long-awaited feature will allow for up to 32 participants at once. Designed like a conference call, the live demo previewed the feature which enlarges the icon of whoever is speaking on the call, making it more interactive.
2. Augmented Reality
Apple also introduced ARKit 2, a coding platform for developers to bring us augmented reality within iOS 12 apps. ‘Measure’ was also introduced, the AR app acts as a virtual measuring tape, allowing you to point at an object with your Apple device and measure objects in real life.
3. macOS Mojave
A new operating system called Mojave is coming and will include a ‘dark mode’ allowing you to view your apps and system in the new darker setting. The announcement was music to all developers ears with the prospect of Xcode in dark mode being an exciting one. ‘Dynamic Desktop’ was also announced, where the desktop will visually change depending on the time of day.
4. Siri & Shortcuts
Siri is set to become much smarter and iOS 12 promises lots of features to help make our lives easier. Adding shortcuts to Siri within apps will soon become possible where certain phrases will activate Siri to engage with apps. You will even be able to place an order for your morning coffee, all suggested by Siri.
Upcoming improvements to notifications include a do not disturb mode at bedtime, that will allow you to avoid notifications flooding your lock screen first thing in the morning, instead you’ll be able to simply tap when you decide you’re ready to face your notifications. You will even be able to send them to the notification centre rather than to your lock screen.
6. watchOS 5
Apple also gave us a preview of watch OS5. New features will include fun fitness competitions that you can challenge friends to, and a new walkie talkie feature which will allow you to record and send messages directly from your Apple Watch!
7. App Allowances
Almost every teenager has a Smartphone. Recognising this, Apple will now be introducing a ‘cure’ with new allowance features. You’ll soon be able to set allowances for the time spent on apps, the device will notify you of how much time you’ve spent on an app and even lock you out once you’ve reached your limit. In addition, Apple will also have a weekly activity summary which will let you see how much time you spend on your apps and keep an eye on your device usage. The activity will tell you which apps send you the most notifications and allow you to set allowances if you so wish.
Apple didn’t mae any hardware announcements at this year’s WWDC but we hope and expect to see some announcements in the autumn this year.
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