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 11.


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.


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.


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.


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 30.


Fi­nally, bet­ter iOS no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Th­ese will be grouped to­gether by app, and you can 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 35), 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 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.


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.


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), 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.


Yep, the pod­casts app is com­ing to Ap­ple Watch.


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.

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

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