Every June, Apple places on a glitzy stage present attended by 1000’s of individuals and watched by thousands and thousands extra all over the world. It’s the corporate’s flagship convention for builders, the place it offers a sneak peek at new variations of the software program that powers your shiny Apple toys — the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and its laptops and desktops.
However this yr, no one attended in particular person. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple streamed it completely on-line for the primary time in additional than 30 years.
Right here on the largest issues that had been introduced.
1) You’ll have the ability to run iPhone and iPad apps in your Mac.
CEO Tim Cook dinner introduced that a few of Apple’s laptops and desktops might be powered by the corporate’s personal chips as an alternative of working Intel processors as they’ve been for the final 15 years.
Which means sooner or later, Apple will use the identical chips that energy its iPhones, iPad, and the Apple Watch to energy Macs. A few of these gadgets, just like the iPhone and the iPad, are extra highly effective than Apple’s present laptops, so its computer systems might be quicker, thinner, lighter, and extra energy-efficient.
However it additionally means Apple’s laptops and desktops will lastly have the ability to run iPhone and iPad apps with out builders having to rebuild them from scratch.
Apple will launch its first Mac with its personal chips by the top of the yr and is already working with Microsoft and Adobe to ensure standard Mac apps like Workplace and Inventive Cloud run easily.
2) The Apple Watch will observe your sleep.
A brand new model of WatchOS, the software program that powers your Apple Watch, is coming within the fall. One massive new addition is that it’ll let your Watch observe your sleep — one thing that standard health trackers just like the Fitbit already can do.
After putting in the replace, merely put on your Apple Watch to mattress and set it to wake you up both with an alarm or a faucet in your wrist. While you get up, you’ll have the ability to see how lengthy you slept proper on the system or in your iPhone.
3) The Apple Watch will monitor your handwashing.
Since we’re dwelling by way of a pandemic, the Apple Watch will now detect once you wash your fingers, beginning a small, bubbly timer to rely down the 20 seconds you’re presupposed to cleaning soap them as much as kill germs. For those who cease earlier than, it would provide you with a warning. When your fingers are sufficiently clear, it would reward you with a tiny faucet on the wrist.
4) Your sensible doorbell will acknowledge who’s at your door.
Do you personal a sensible doorbell digital camera that works with Apple’s HomeKit? (Examine your person guide should you don’t know.) When iOS 14 is launched within the fall, your internet-connected doorbell will have the ability to zap that feed on to your Apple TV.
The facial recognition will not work on everybody. You may must approve sure faces in pictures saved in your iPhone to let your sensible doorbell acknowledge who’s on the door and inform you once they present up.
5) Your default browser and e mail app could be no matter you need them to be.
iOS 14 will lastly allow you to swap out the iPhone and iPad’s default browser (Safari) and the default e mail app (Mail) for every other browser or e mail app you need.
Apple didn’t truly announce this in its presentation at this time, however eagle-eyed reporters noticed the function in one of many slides within the keynote.
The timing is necessary. Apple is going through elevated scrutiny from antitrust our bodies all over the world for allegedly monopolistic practices on the App Retailer. Permitting customers to set non-Apple apps as defaults could possibly be helpful to take among the warmth off.