13 new innovative technologies and features unveiled at WWDC20
Jun 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
Today Apple kicked off its all-online Worldwide Developers Conference bringing together millions of developers and fans from across the globe for the Special Event Keynote and Platforms State of the Union. The day was filled with announcements and innovations that will push the experience of Apple platforms and products even further. From macOS Big Sur, featuring the biggest design upgrade since the introduction of Mac OS X, to watchOS 7, the new App Library in iOS 14, and enhanced handwriting capabilities with Apple Pencil in iPadOS 14, here are some of the most groundbreaking features and app development tools unveiled at WWDC20.
macOS Big Sur
Safari, already the world’s fastest desktop browser, gets its biggest update ever, bringing even faster performance and new features, all while protecting user privacy. Users can customize the new start page with a background image and sections like their Reading List and iCloud Tabs, and further personalize their experience with improved support for extensions. The Mac App Store makes it easy to discover and download great Safari extensions with a new category that includes editorial spotlights and top charts.
A new customizable start page in Safari comes to the Mac with MacOS Big Sur in the fall.
Mac Catalyst , which debuted with macOS Catalina last year, has made it easy for developers to bring their iPad apps to the Mac. In macOS Big Sur, Mac Catalyst apps automatically inherit the new look, while giving developers powerful new APIs and total control over the look and behavior of their apps.
Mac Catalyst makes it easy to bring iPad apps to the Mac and have them automatically inherit the new look of MacOS Big Sur.
The App Library automatically organizes all of a user’s apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view, and intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful in the moment.
The App Library comes to iPhone with iOS 14 in the fall.
App Clips , **** designed to be discovered the moment it is needed, load a small part of an app experience within seconds to complete a specific task, such as renting a scooter, purchasing a coffee, or filling a parking meter.
App Clips comes to iPhone with iOS 14 in the fall.
Pinned conversations in Messages enable users to easily keep up with lively group threads through mentions and inline replies.
Pinned conversations come to Messages with iOS 14 in the fall.
New cycling directions in Maps take into account elevation, how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route.
Cycling directions come to Maps with iOS 14 in the fall.
Scribble with Apple Pencil allows users to write in any text field where it will automatically be converted to typed text, making actions like replying to an iMessage or searching in Safari fast and easy.
With iPadOS 14, handwritten notes can be automatically converted to typed text on iPad.
Search on iPad has been rebuilt from the ground up with a new compact design, enabling users to start a search from anywhere, without having to leave the app they are in.
Universal Search comes to iPad with iPadOS 14 in the fall.
In a first-of-its-kind innovation for a wearable , Apple Watch automatically detects handwashing to initiate a 20-second countdown timer. If the wearer finishes early, they’ll be prompted to keep washing.
Handwashing detection comes to Apple Watch with watchOS 7 in the fall.
Apple Watch introduces sleep tracking , taking a holistic approach to sleep by providing valuable tools to help users get the desired amount of sleep, get to bed on time, and create a pre-bedtime routine to meet their sleep goals.
Sleep tracking comes to Apple Watch with watchOS 7 in the fall.
In watchOS 7, Apple Watch wearers can now share watch faces that are infinitely customizable and personalized, inclusive of complications, through Messages or Mail, and discovered through the App Store or even from links through websites and social media channels.
Watch face sharing comes to Apple Watch with watchOS 7 in the fall.
Apple TV users can now access HomeKit-enabled video cameras and accessories by using Siri or Control Center, and receive doorbell notifications on the big screen with live feeds showing who is there.
HomeKit-enabled video doorbells and accessories come to the Home app with tvOS 14 in the fall.
tvOS 14 expands multi-user capabilities to include Apple Arcade and other games, so everyone in the house can instantly resume their favorite games exactly where they left off. Through Control Center, players can easily switch between users, their game progress, Game Center achievements, leaderboards, and friends.
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