Tim Cook and staff begin ‘dubdub’ in California, with new iOS features, group Facetime, dark mode, ARKit, and more.
As WWDC 2018 (Worldwide Developers Conference) commenced, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his senior staff cultivated a software-focused keynote, according to TechRadar’s live reports, with iOS 12 confirmed, and macOS 10.14 a given at this point.
Notably, Apple’s software contains many reconciliations to manage, including the plethora of iOS 11 problems.
For developers, WWDC offers a chance to get an idea of what they will be working within 2018, to enable planning. Tech developers can expect to be able to download iOS 12 developer beta 1 on June 6, based on proven history.
For the remaining users, WWDC is a glimpse at the interface refinements for current iPhones and iPads, and exciting new hints ahead of the theorized iPhone 9 and iPhone XI.
Last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference provided users with a first look at the HomePod, as well as the iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 10.5.
Purportedly, Apple has strategized towards less hardware for WWDC 2018.
The update to the operating system of the iPhone and iPad demonstrates the capabilities developers can expect in the new versions of those devices, usually announced starting in September.
The update includes ARKit 2.0, integrating a new USDZ file format developed with Pixar and a new Measure app for finding the dimensions of real-life objects.
iBooks will become Apple Books, offering bookmarking. Carplay now has support for third-party navigation apps
Apple’s response to phone addiction is Screen Time, a weekly activity summary of usage and App Limits to limit how long a user can spend, plus Downtime and Allowance for unplugging the children.
Animoji now with Tongue Detection. Welcome to the era of Memoji.
Messages now have effects, stickers and so on for its camera that supports Memoji.
Additionally, Group Facetime is now enabled with up to 32 simultaneous, with full integration of Messages.
MacOS Mojave (10.14)
Last year Apple announced High Sierra, operating system for MacBooks and iMacs, which consisted of an update to MacOS that was intended to lay the groundwork for the updated version, dubbed “Mojave,” seen today.
Notably, this year’s updates as featured at the WWDC 2018 include the new dark mode, Desktop Stacks, and an enhancement for Finder that includes a gallery view with support for related Automator actions.
Quicklook integrates document markup, video trimming, and more.
Users will experience faster screenshot annotation and HUD for screenshot options, plus screen capture for video.
The Continuity Camera lets users shoot photos, pictures of documents, and video directly into the current document.
Mac will now have Apple News, Stocks, and Voice Memos.
Safari will block more tracking objects on web pages, reduce unique identifiers that can be used for fingerprinting. On iOS 12, as well.
The Mac App Store interface finally gets some love with higher-profile ratings and reviews.
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