The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (Known as WWDC) is an event in San Jose, California. It took part very recently, and thousands of developers gathered at the McEnery Convention Center to hear about what new products Apple would be unleashing to the public. This year, the event was all about software with the unveiling of IOS 12. Apple didn’t showcase any new iPads or other Apple devices.
The stakes were high at the WWDC keynote, as it is Apple’s special event and also their chance to fix IOS 11 with IOS 12. IOS 11 was evidently developed in a hurry, and as a result, security flaws made Apple devices vulnerable and many more updates were required to fix all of them. Here is some of the software that Apple showcased at the WWDC keynote:
This is the big one. iOS is the operating system for Apple phones. Each year, Apple announces a new update of the OS. The focus was huge on iOS, and Apple claims it is the “World’s most advanced operating system”. That isn’t an understatement though. iOS 12 introduces many new features such as the Memoji (Customizable Animoji), Do Not Disturb, Augmented Reality (AR), and many other features. FaceTime was also improved and now it supports chatting with 32 people at once, although I think it would be a little noisy with 32 people talking at once on a single voice chat. And speaking of chatting, iOS introduces a form of emojis on steroids: The Animoji. It uses facial recognition to map out your face and convert it into computer data, meaning that if you smile, your Animoji will smile too. Messages allow you to add these emojis to your chat.
Another cool thing about iOS 12 that interests me (Since I create digital models using CAD) is the new measure function. You can now use your phone to take a picture of something, and then your phone will tell you the dimensions of it. While the app is not as accurate as precision measuring tools such as a caliper, it is a useful use of Augmented Reality.
iOS 12 will be released to the public this fall.
Apple also announced that a new operating system for their popular computer, the mac, will be released soon. They dubbed this version of macOS ‘Mojave’. According to Apple, it comes ‘new features inspired by its most powerful users’. One of these features is the dark mode, which is the option to make the less important parts of the screen (such as the toolbar and the hierarchy) darker, in order to direct your attention to the center of your screen. If you have ever used a code developing software where you are able to choose your own theme: Dark or Light, this is much like that. Another feature regarding the display is the dynamic desktop, a sort of live wallpaper that changes to match what time it is. Cool, but not necessary.
Quick Look, an additional feature of Mojave, is the ability to edit files without opening dedicated editing apps. For example, you can edit an audio file all in one place. While it is not suited for heavy editings, such as special effects, you can use it to quickly edit files. I feel like this should have been added a while ago.
Even though the macOS Mojave adds cool features, I don’t think it is as revolutionary as iOS 12.
Apple: “You forgot to mention screenshots. Did you know that you can customize where to…”
Jaeheon: “Forget it. My Samsung phone can do that.”
Mojave will also be released this fall.
That is most of what Apple announced at WWDC 2018. Although they didn’t reveal any magical iPhone 11 with no volume buttons (Built-in mind voice control with iOS 12), the cool software and operating systems they showcased makes up for that.
You can view the full keynote broadcast here
BTW Apple, please don’t make an iPhone without a charging port.
If it’s missing the 3.5 millimeter earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people. -Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
Images: (In order of appearance)
- Apple WWDC keynote broadcast screenshot (Time: 6:09)