All eyes were facing the stage at the World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA, where Apple delivered a series of unveilings, previews, teasers and announcements. What can we expect from the global tech titan in coming months? For starters, there’s iOS 12, Apple’s next generation mobile software. Engineered squarely for modern times, iOS 12 will include new Augmented Reality tools, along with features like “Do Not Disturb”, which aim to reduce interruptions. On the flip side of that coin is Screen Time, a software platform that tells you how much time you’ve been spending on your device in hopes of curbing tech addiction. Also featured on iOS 12 are new “memojies”, i.e. emojis designed in your image. FaceTime is getting a significant boost as well–it will now be able to host up to 32 video users at once in group chat.
Apple’s upcoming MacOS, Mojave, was also introduced at the event. It offers a nifty feature called Dark Mode, which can adjust background colour to optimise legibility in dark environments. While on the subject of optimisation, a new feature called Desktop Stacks organises random files into categories. Mojave will also offer group FaceTime, as well as a redesigned app store. Meanwhile, Apple’s browser, Safari, will deliver new privacy and anti-tracking features.
Apple Watch owners definitely have some cool upgrades to look forward to. Thanks to watchOS 5, the world’s foremost smartwatch will offer new workouts, new running features, a walkie-talkie function, access to podcasts, Siri updates, and a substitute for Student ID cards among other things.
Those who own an Apple TV 4K have just as much cause to celebrate, thanks to tvOS 12. It aims to simplify the authentication process by eradicating sign-in altogether. Instead, Apple TV will detect the user’s broadband network and automatically sign in the user, granting immediate access to all of his or her supported apps. Also featured are a range of new screen savers, including aerial shots from the International Space Staton, provided by NASA. Suffice to say, it’s a good day for Apple fans.