Apple's Latest Developments Revealed at WWDC 2018
Last month Apple hosted its Annual Developers Conference (WWDC 2018), where they revealed big changes coming in the year ahead. Here are some of the changes they announced and things you can expect to see in the near future.
The iPhone is launching a new operating system, the iOS12 which was a big part of the discussion this year. Some of the new features include:
- Group FaceTime: Video calls where you can chat with up to 32 people
- Animoji: Users can create a customized avatar for themselves. This animated emoji moves around as you move your head. You can even stick out your tongue and your Animoji will do the same.
- Siri Improvements: new shortcuts and custom commands to complete with Alexa and Google’s assistant.
- Digital wellness features: Time tracking features which flag users when they’re approaching the self-imposed boundaries within iOS. The updates also include more robust do-not-disturb modes. All this also extends to parental controls for children.
- Performance improvements: Apple was criticized with recent OS releases for not announcing performance issues with older devices. iOS12 addresses so that even the iPhone 6S can perform adequately using the new operating system.
ARKit 2.0, the next generation of its augmented reality platform introduces its own file format, pushing developers into iOS 12 if they want to get ahead of the users. Some of the enhancements included:
- Improved face tracking
- More realistic rendering
- 3D object detection
- Persistent experiences and shared experiences
- Multiplayer component rollout
Apple Watch introduced watchOS5 with new features that focus on the fitness and health and walkie-talkie mode
- New workout types like yoga and hiking
- Challenges for friends
- Automatic workout detection
- Siri shortcuts and the walkie talkie which allows you to talk into your watch like it’s your phone.
- Updates for the service that include a “dark mode” that dims most of the elements on the screen.
- New way of viewing files in Finder and stacking documents intelligently