WWDC 2018: Ev­ery­thing Ap­ple an­nounced

If you missed the WWDC key­note or you don’t have time to watch it, Jason Cross re­veals all of Ap­ple’s an­nounce­ments

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This year’s WWDC was all about soft­ware. That meant no new Mac an­nounce­ments, no low-cost Home­pod, no iphone SE... noth­ing but IOS, tvos, watchos, and macos. There was still plenty to get ex­cited about, though. Ap­ple’s up­com­ing op­er­at­ing sys­tems are go­ing to de­liver a host of im­prove­ments and new fea­tures when they are re­leased this au­tumn. Here’s ev­ery­thing Ap­ple an­nounced at its key­note pre­sen­ta­tion.

IOS 12

This is the big one. Ap­ple’s most pop­u­lar de­vices run IOS, and they are get­ting a big, fat pile of im­prove­ments. Here’s a quick list of ev­ery­thing an­nounced, but for a deeper dive, check out our IOS 12 fea­ture on page 21.

Per­for­mance: Ap­ple is pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly on older de­vices. The com­pany says that, on an iphone 6s Plus, apps launch up to 40 per­cent faster, and twice as fast when there’s lots of heavy mul­ti­task­ing go­ing on. The cam­era launches 70 per­cent faster, the key­board pops up 50 per­cent quicker, and the share menu is twice as fast, all on an iphone 6S Plus.

Facetime: Ap­ple is adding group Facetime with up to 32 peo­ple, the abil­ity to add peo­ple in the mid­dle of a Facetime call, the abil­ity to use An­i­moji and Me­moji in Facetime calls, stick­ers in Facetime calls, and even video fil­ters.

An­i­moji: There are four new An­i­moji: T-rex, Ghost, Koala, and Tiger. Plus, clips have been length­ened to 30 sec­onds. An­i­moji (and Me­moji) rec­og­nize when you stick out your tongue or wink.

Me­moji: IOS 12 in­tro­duces a new form of An­i­moji that is made to look like your face (or some­one else’s, if you want). Think of it as an an­i­mated 3D ver­sion of Bit­moji. You can cus­tomize how your face looks, ad­just your hair, and ac­ces­sorize.

Screen Time: Track how much time you or your chil­dren spends glued to their iphone or ipad. You can set time lim­its by app type and day, and they even sync be­tween iphone and ipad. Plus, cre­ate ex­cep­tions for apps you al­ways want avail­able, such as ed­u­ca­tion apps. For de­tails see page 32.

No­ti­fi­ca­tions: Fi­nally, bet­ter IOS no­ti­fi­ca­tions. These will be grouped to­gether by app, and you can in­stantly choose to have no­ti­fi­ca­tions for par­tic­u­lar apps de­liv­ered silently. You can also mark cer­tain alerts as crit­i­cal so you get them even while in Do Not Dis­turb mode.

Do Not Dis­turb: Choose a bed­time, and your dis­play will dim and si­lence no­ti­fi­ca­tions un­til you un­lock your phone the next day. You can also quickly set DND mode to end in an hour, at the end of the meet­ing you are in, or when you leave your cur­rent lo­ca­tion. Per­fect for school or the cin­ema.

ARKIT 2: With ARKIT 2 (see page 37), Ap­ple ex­tends its lead­er­ship in mo­bile aug­mented re­al­ity. There’s im­proved face track­ing, bet­ter ren­der­ing, a new cross-plat­form AR file for­mat called USDZ, the abil­ity to save per­sis­tent AR states, and the abil­ity for mul­ti­ple peo­ple to share in a sin­gle AR ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether. Ap­ple is even in­clud­ing its own app named Mea­sure that lets you quickly mea­sure real-world ob­jects.

Pho­tos: Pho­tos gets a bit of a facelift with a new For You tab, event search, shar­ing sug­ges­tions, and smarter search sug­ges­tions. It now sup­ports RAW im­ages, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to edit them on an ipad Pro.

Cam­era: Por­trait mode is im­proved, the QR code reader is bet­ter, and there’s an API for de­vel­op­ers to sep­a­rate lay­ers in a photo, so they can do their own por­trait modes and other spe­cial ef­fects.

Siri: It looks like Siri is get­ting a host of im­prove­ments in IOS 12. The big one is Siri Short­cuts, which lets you per­form a set of ac­tions all with a sin­gle com­mand. This rep­re­sents the

first real in­te­gra­tion of Work­flow into IOS, too. Siri makes in­tel­li­gent sug­ges­tions on the lock screen based on your past his­tory. Plus, it can give you more facts about more things (in­clud­ing nu­tri­tion facts), and help you search for a pass­word, too.

Pri­vacy and Se­cu­rity: Sa­fari can do more to pre­vent web­sites from track­ing you. IOS can help you au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ate strong pass­words for web­sites and apps, and store them in Key­chain. The pass­words list will flag reused pass­words, too. If you get one-time use pass­codes via SMS, they’ll be sug­gested for aut­ofill so you don’t have to pop back and forth or mem­o­rize them. Third-party pass­word apps get an API to in­te­grate into the key­board, too.

Over­hauled apps: ibooks (now just Books), Stocks, News, and Voice Me­mos have all been given a redesign and new fea­tures.

Carplay nav­i­ga­tion apps: At long last, third­party nav­i­ga­tion apps will work in Carplay. That means you can use Google Maps or Waze in your Carplay-equipped car.

watchos 5

We don’t know what fea­tures the next Ap­ple Watch will bring, but the next ver­sion of watchos has plenty of new fea­tures. Un­for­tu­nately, Ap­ple is cut­ting off sup­port for the orig­i­nal Ap­ple Watch (se­ries 0), so if you want its new fea­tures, you’ll need a Se­ries 1, Se­ries 2, or Se­ries 3.

Ac­tiv­ity Com­pe­ti­tions: Chal­lenge some­one to a seven-day con­test where you earn points based on the per­cent­age of your rings you close.

Work­out fea­tures: Ap­ple Watch will au­to­mat­i­cally sense you are work­ing out, prompt you to start a work­out, and give you credit for the work­out you’ve al­ready done. Then, it will re­mind you to end a work­out. Ap­ple has added new work­out types such as Yoga. Great new fea­tures for run­ners in­clude keep­ing track of pace, rolling miles, and ca­dence.

Pod­casts: Yep, the pod­casts app is com­ing to Ap­ple Watch.

Walkie-talkie: Prob­a­bly the most fun new watchos 5 fea­ture, you can have a one-on-one push-to-talk con­ver­sa­tion through your Ap­ple Watch.

Siri watch face: The Siri watch face uses ma­chine learn­ing to get bet­ter at sur­fac­ing the right con­tent for you at the right time.

No more “Hey Siri”: If you en­able ‘raise to speak’, you can just lift your watch to your mouth and tell Siri what to do with­out say­ing “Hey Siri” first.

Bet­ter no­ti­fi­ca­tions: You get grouped no­ti­fi­ca­tions like you do on iphone, bet­ter Do Not Dis­turb op­tions, and more func­tions that can be done right from the notification it­self.

Stu­dent ID cards: Some uni­ver­si­ties will in­te­grate their stu­dent ID cards with Ap­ple Wal­let and Watch, so you can just tap your wrist to do ev­ery­thing you need your ID card for – build­ing ac­cess, buy­ing stuff, what­ever. This fea­ture is rolling out with six uni­ver­si­ties, with more com­ing over time.

macos Mo­jave

Ap­ple made one thing abun­dantly clear: it is not go­ing to com­bine IOS and macos. The next ver­sion of Ap­ple’s com­puter OS, Mo­jave (10.14), has plenty of new desk­top-ex­clu­sive fea­tures. Ap­ple did con­firm that it plans to bring some of the devel­oper UI frame­work from IOS over to macos, up­dated for Mac fea­tures such as point­ers and hard­ware key­boards. It’s just an ef­fort to make it eas­ier for de­vel­op­ers to make both macos and IOS apps. Here’s what’s com­ing in the next macos.

Dark Mode: It’s a shame this isn’t com­ing to IOS, but at least macos is get­ting a Dark Mode. The Desk­top, Fin­der, and sup­port­ing apps can all change their ap­pear­ance to a more white-text-

on-black-back­ground ap­pear­ance. Maybe IOS will get this next year?

Dy­namic desk­top: Spe­cial Desk­top back­ground im­ages can up­date based on the time of day.

Stacks: Messy Desk­tops get icons and files grouped by type, and ex­pand when you click them.

Fin­der fea­tures: The new Gallery view looks like the sec­ond com­ing of Cover­flow. It’s a fast way to lo­cate files by what they look like. Quick Ac­tions let you per­form com­mon tasks (such as ro­tat­ing

an im­age) with­out open­ing an app, and you can see all of a file’s meta­data in the pre­view pane, with­out open­ing the Get Info win­dow.

Quick Look: Mac users are used to check­ing out a file with the press of a space bar, but you can’t do any­thing with it. With macos Mo­jave, Quick Look lets you per­form com­mon ac­tions like ro­tate im­ages, mark up PDFS, trim video, or share files.

Screen­shots: The screen­shots func­tion of macos takes a cue from IOS, putting re­cent screen­shots into a lit­tle float­ing thumb­nail. Leave it there to save it, or click it to edit, markup, or share.

Facetime: If IOS is get­ting Facetime group calls, so is macos.

New Apps: News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Me­mos are all fi­nally com­ing to the Mac.

Mac App Store: Also tak­ing a page out of ios’s play­book is the Mac App Store. It gets a new ios-like de­sign, in­clud­ing all the neat edi­to­rial con­tent that the App Store added in IOS 11.

Pri­vacy and Se­cu­rity: The same pri­vacy and se­cu­rity en­hance­ments in­tro­duced in IOS 12 are com­ing to macos. That means help­ing pre­vent web­sites from track­ing you if you don’t want them to, gen­er­at­ing strong pass­words, and more pass­word fea­tures in Sa­fari.

Siri: Siri gets many of the same en­hance­ments as it does on IOS, but with the ad­di­tion of the Home app, Siri on the Mac can fi­nally con­trol your Homekit de­vices.


The cus­tom­ized op­er­at­ing sys­tem made for Ap­ple’s TV plat­form may not be get­ting the big-ticket fea­tures of IOS or macos, but it’s got a few new tricks up its sleeve.

Dolby Atmos: The fi­nal miss­ing piece of the Ap­ple TV 4K puz­zle is sup­port for Dolby’s 3D ob­ject­based sound for­mat. It’s fi­nally com­ing, along with lots of Atmos-en­abled con­tent in itunes. Your

ex­ist­ing con­tent will be up­graded to Atmos, where ap­pli­ca­ble, at no charge.

Zero Sign-on: To make sign­ing in less of a chore, the Ap­ple TV will de­tect your broad­band net­work and sign you in au­to­mat­i­cally to any apps that come as part of your sub­scrip­tion pack­age. You’ll also be able to se­curely Aut­ofill pass­words us­ing an iphone and ipad.

Aeri­als: You can tap on the re­mote to see the lo­ca­tion of an Aerial screen saver, and new Earth Aeri­als show you spec­tac­u­lar views of our planet as seen from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

You can cus­tomize Me­moji to look like a face with dif­fer­ent hair­cuts, glasses, skin and eye op­tions and more

With watchos 5, you don’t have to be so pre­cise about when you start and stop work­outs. The watch will re­mind you

Dark Mode may come to IOS next year

macos is get­ting some of ios’s most im­por­tant apps, like News and Home

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