The big an­nounce­ments dur­ing WWDC20 key­note

Missed Ap­ple’s pre­sen­ta­tion? Here’s the low-down on what hap­pened. Ro­man Loyola re­ports

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Ap­ple’s World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence was com­pletely on­line this year, but that doesn’t mean the com­pany held back on its an­nounce­ments. Since there was no live au­di­ence to in­ter­rupt the key­note with ap­plause, hoots and hollers, Ap­ple cov­ered a lot of ground at a brisk pace dur­ing its two-hour pre­sen­ta­tion. You can watch the key­note in its en­tirety on­line (see, but if you don’t have the time, you can find out what hap­pened in our sum­mary right here.

Macs switch to Ap­ple ARM CPUs

Ap­ple’s an­nounce­ment that it will switch from In­tel pro­ces­sors to its own sil­i­con was the fi­nal seg­ment of the key­note, sav­ing the big­gest news for last. Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook said that Ap­ple has planned for a twoyear tran­si­tion, with the first ARM-based Mac com­ing later this year. Ap­ple has a kit avail­able for third-party soft­ware de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate soft­ware that can na­tively run on ARM-based Macs. The com­pany also re­vealed Rosetta2, tech­nol­ogy that will al­low users to run soft­ware orig­i­nally cre­ated for In­tel-based Macs.

We have the com­plete de­tails in the Septem­ber edi­tion of our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Mac­world.

macOS 11 Big Sur

Usu­ally, the Mac is a short sec­tion of the WWDC key­note. This year, it’s front and cen­tre, thanks mostly to

the ARM switch. But there are also big changes com­ing to macOS this year. The next ver­sion of macOS is called Big Sur, and it’s of­fi­cially ver­sion 11.

If you felt like macOS was started to look a lit­tle tired, you’re in for a treat with Big Sur. It fea­tures a re­vamped user in­ter­face, with re­worked menus, app side­bars and app icons. No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre has im­proved func­tion­al­ity, and Con­trol Cen­tre

– a main UI ele­ment for iPhones and iPads – is now avail­able on the Mac.

Ap­ple used its Mac Cat­a­lyst tech­nol­ogy to con­vert the iOS ver­sions of Maps and Mes­sage to new Mac ver­sions. And Sa­fari has a slew of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing im­proved speed, start page cus­tomiza­tions, im­proved sup­port for Ex­ten­sions and new pri­vacy fea­tures.

You can learn more about the new fea­tures in the Septem­ber edi­tion of our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Mac­world.

iOS 14

This is the iOS up­date that long-time iPhone uses have been aching for, mostly be­cause it has a fea­ture that’s long over­due: a new Home screen. Apps can be au­to­mat­i­cally grouped to­gether in a screen called the App Li­brary. You can add wid­gets to your Home screen for quick ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion you need. Siri gets some up­dates, with a new in­ter­face and new in­cor­po­ra­tion in a Trans­late app that can trans­late writ­ten and spo­ken words in real time. Trans­late works com­pletely on the de­vice to main­tain your pri­vacy.

Ap­ple has brought the iPad’s pic­ture-in-pic­ture fea­ture over to iOS. If you’re watch­ing a video or mak­ing

a Face­Time call, the video screen will be in a per­sis­tent box, re­gard­less of the app you are us­ing.

For more on iOS 14’s new fea­tures see page 15.

iPadOS 14

Last year, Ap­ple in­tro­duced iPadOS, a ver­sion of iOS that’s de­signed for use on Ap­ple’s tablet. With ver­sion 14, iPadOS con­tin­ues to evolve with fea­tures spe­cific to the iPad.

Ap­ple is chang­ing the de­sign lan­guage of the iPadOS so that apps can take bet­ter ad­van­tage of the plat­form. They will stop look­ing like iOS ver­sions that were brought over to the iPad. You’ll see bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tions of side­bars, tool­bars and menus. iPadOS 14 has im­proved Ap­ple Pen­cil sup­port, specif­i­cally for hand­writ­ten text. Ap­ple is bring­ing over its Scrib­ble hand­writ­ing recog­ni­tion en­gine, so you can

write in apps as well as in­put fields, and the iPad will be able to rec­og­nize it. Many of the new fea­tures in iOS 14 are com­ing to iPadOS, such as the re­vamped Siri in­ter­face, App Clips and re­designed wid­gets. How­ever, iPadOS is not get­ting the App Li­brary fea­ture.

Learn more about iPadOS 14 on page 39.

watchOS 7

The next ver­sion of the Ap­ple Watch op­er­at­ing sys­tem has some ma­jor new fea­tures. The main new fea­ture is sleep track­ing. It can track how much sleep you get, and also has a ‘wind down’ func­tion.

In this time of the COVID-19 pan­demic, Ap­ple has cre­ated a new fea­ture to help you wash your hands. It can sense when you’re do­ing so, and start a 20-sec­ond time to make sure you wash prop­erly.

Other new fea­tures in­clude the abil­ity to share watch faces with oth­ers, a new Dance work­out, and an en­hanced Noise app to help pro­tect your hear­ing.

See page 47 for 5 ways watchOS 7 will su­percharge your Ap­ple Watch this au­tumn.


The smart home is an ever-grow­ing mar­ket for Ap­ple, and the com­pany made sev­eral im­prove­ments to the Home app and the un­der­ly­ing HomeKit tech­nol­ogy. Among the fea­tures in­tro­duced were:

• Sup­port for adap­tive light­ing

• Fa­cial recog­ni­tion for se­cu­rity cam­eras

• Cre­ate track­ing zones for se­cu­rity cam­eras

• Live streams of se­cu­rity cam­eras

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