Apple WWDC 2020 has announced all the new features and updates coming out on all the Apple products. The company conducted the whole event exclusively online following the COVID-19 threat. In this first-ever online-only event from Apple, there were some interesting announcements including the new iOS 14 updates along with macOS Big Sur reveal. Apple WWDC 2020 announcements also mentioned a change in hardware used in the Mac computers as it is preparing to replace Intel processors with its own in-house chips.
iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 Announced
Apple has redesigned the iOS interface to simplify and arrange its apps for easy access. The new App Library makes it easier to discover new apps other than your frequently used ones. With the help of App Clips, the iPhones can load software instantly using a QR code, NFC, or with a message.
It is also possible to bring widgets of different sizes to any home screen on iOS 14. This makes it easy to customize the iPhone home screens, which used to be primarily just app icons. The iOS 14 will also finally support a picture-in-picture feature for easy multitasking. This lets you use other apps while background apps like Youtube stay as a smaller thumbnail on the screen.
The mentioned changes also apply to iPad as the tablet is getting a similar redesign but with more focus to enhance its notebook like abilities. Many native apps like Photos and Notes will be getting a sidebar for easy navigation.
WatchOS is also getting more features to make it more customizable. It is now possible to share watch faces so other users can use a pre-organized interface. Another big update for WatchOS and Apple Watch is sleep tracking. Apple Watch has a Wind Down feature that helps to sleep and then can track and deliver sleeping data.
macOS Big Sur, and Native Chips for Macs
Even though most Apple products use native chips made by Apple including iPhone and Apple Watch, Mac computers still come with Intel processors. This is changing with the next set of Mac computers as Apple has announced that it will make its own chips for Mac computers. Apple believes that its native processors will provide more performance at lower power consumption.
The next installation of Mac software is macOS Big Sur which is also getting major design changes. Features like widgets and layers are also coming to the macOS Big Sur. There is an addition of a toolbar for easy access to features while the dock is more transparent. Apple’s native web browser, Safari, is also getting much-needed support for extensions. This opens a whole new set of functionality possibilities.
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