What to Expect from WWDC: iOS, iPadOS, and Apple Silicon

Here’s what we expect Apple to announce at WWDC 2020, including new versions of iOS and iPadOS, as well as the first Macs with Apple Silicon chips.

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Introduction

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just around the corner, and that means we’re about to get a first look at the company’s latest software and hardware offerings. While the event is primarily geared towards developers, there are always plenty of announcements for everyday users as well.

This year’s WWDC is particularly noteworthy because it will mark the debut of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and the first Macs with Apple’s new in-house chips, known as Apple Silicon. Here’s everything you can expect from this year’s event.

iOS

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is an annual event held by Apple Inc. in San Francisco, California. It is used to present new software and technologies to developers from all over the world. This year’s conference is especially important because it is the first time that Apple will be showing off its new operating system for the iPhone and iPad, iOS.

New Home Screen Widgets

One of the headlining features coming to iOS 14 is the addition of widgets to the Home screen. These special widgets can show you information from your favorite apps at a glance, and they come in a variety of sizes. You’ll be able to add them to your existing app icons, or put them in a new “Today View” that’s accessed by swiping to the right on the Home screen.

You can expect to see a huge variety of widgets from popular apps like Weather, Maps, Calendar, and more. Apple is also giving developers new tools to make their own custom widgets, so we’ll likely see some really creative and innovative designs in the months to come.

Picture in Picture Mode

Something else that is rumored to be coming to iOS 14 is Picture in Picture mode. This would allow you to watch a video or FaceTime call in a small window while also using another app. This has been a feature on Android for a while, so it would be great to see it come to iOS.

App Library

Apple showed off a new App Library feature coming to iOS 14 that will declutter your home screen by automatically organizing all of your apps into one place. You can also hide entire pages of apps that you don’t want cluttering up your home screen.

Siri

This year, Siri is getting a much needed update with a new interface that is less intrusive and more helpful. With the new interface, Siri can provide more information without taking up the entire screen. Additionally, Siri will be able to do more tasks such as send messages,start workouts, and make phone calls.

iPadOS is also getting an update with a new multitasking interface that will make it easier to use multiple apps at the same time. The update will also include support for apple pencil and new ways to interact with text.

Lastly, Apple is expected to announce its transition from Intel chips to its own custom chips based on the Arm architecture. This transition has been rumored for years and is finally expected to come to fruition at WWDC.

Messages

Apple’s messaging app is getting a big update in iOS 14 with a new design, support for groups, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about Messages in iOS 14.

Maps

One of the tentpole features for iOS 15 is an overhaul to the Maps app. The redesign is long overdue, as Apple has been playing catch-up with Google Maps for years. The new look takes cues from Google Maps and other popular navigation apps, but with Apple’s signature minimalism.

The new interface is cleaner and simpler, with a focus on the map itself. The left sidebar shows your current location and tabbed options for Places, Favorites, Collections, and Recents. The right sidebar has been removed entirely, making way for a dedicated search bar.

There are also new features, like a “Follow This Car” option for tracking your ETA in real-time, and turn-by-turn directions that show which lane you should be in. And of course, there are improvements to Apple Maps’s accuracy and coverage, which have been lagging behind Google’s for years.

Privacy

At WWDC this year, Apple announced some major changes coming to iOS that will have a big impact on privacy. One of the most significant is the new “Privacy Nutrition Labels” that will be required for all apps. These labels will give users a clear idea of what data an app collects, and how it uses that data.

In addition, Apple is making it easier for users to control their data with the new “Sign in with Apple” feature. This will allow users to sign in to apps and websites using apple id without having to share any personal information.

Finally, Apple is making some changes to the ways that apps can access the microphone and camera. In iOS 14, apps will need to ask for permission before using these features, and users will be able to see which apps have access to their data.

These are just a few of the many privacy-related changes coming in iOS 14. For more information, be sure to check out Apple’s WWDC keynote address.

Augmented Reality

At WWDC, Apple is expected to show off new augmented reality features for iOS. This could include improvements to ARKit, the company’s augmented reality platform. Apple is also expected to announce a new AR headset, which could be released as early as 2022.

iPadOS

Apple’s WWDC 2020 is just around the corner and we can’t wait to see what new features and improvements the company has in store for us. One of the operating systems that is sure to get a lot of attention is iPadOS. In this article, we’ll go over everything we know about iPadOS so far and what we can expect from WWDC 2020.

New Home Screen

A new Home Screen for iPadOS 14 features widgets for the first time, placed in between existing app icons. The newwidgets come in different sizes, and can be pinned in place on the Home Screen. They can also be added to the Today View on the left side of the Home Screen.

Split Screen

Split Screen is a new feature in iPadOS that allows you to use two apps side-by-side. This can be useful when you want to reference one app while working in another, or if you just want to have two apps open at the same time.

To use Split Screen, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock, then drag an app icon from the Dock to the left or right side of the screen. You can also open an app in Split Screen mode by running it from the Dock, then tapping and holding on the button in the top-left corner of the app window and selecting “Open in Split Screen.”

Once you have two apps open in Split Screen mode, you can adjust how much space each app takes up by dragging the divider between them. You can also exit Split Screen mode by dragging the divider all the way to one side of the screen.

App Expose

We’ve seen minor changes to App Expose in iOS 13, with a new card-based interface that’s very slightly different from what we had before, but in iPadOS 14, Apple is finally giving this feature the love it deserves. The new App Expose is a complete rethinking of how this feature should work on a tablet, and it’s something we’ve wanted for years.

In iPadOS 14, when you invoke App Expose by swiping up with four or five fingers (or by long-pressing and then dragging up on the Dock), you’ll see all of your open apps laid out in a grid. Each app has its own card, which shows a screenshot of the app as it currently appears.

You can scroll through this grid of app cards to find the one you’re looking for, or you can use the search field at the top to filter the apps by name. And once you’ve found the app you’re looking for, just tap on it to switch to it.

This new App Expose interface is far more useful than the old one, and it makes finding and switching between apps on the iPad much easier.

Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil is the best digital stylus for the iPad, and it just keeps getting better. With the launch of iPadOS 14, Apple has added even more features that take advantage of the Pencil’s unique capabilities. Here’s a rundown of everything new in iPadOS 14 for Apple Pencil users.

One of the most anticipated features for Apple Pencil users is Scribble, which lets you handwrite text in any text field using your pencil. This includes not only Notes and Mail, but also third-party apps like Slack and Evernote. If you’re using an app that doesn’t support Scribble out of the box, you can use the Universal Clipboard to copy text from that app and paste it into another app that does support Scribble.

iPadOS 14 also introduces new tools for markup and annotation. In apps like Mail and Safari, you can now use your pencil to draw shapes around objects or select multiple items at once. And in Preview, you can use the new laser pointer tool to highlight important parts of a document while giving a presentation.

If you’re an artist or designer, you’ll be happy to know that iPadOS 14 introduces major improvements to Apple Pencil support in creative apps like Procreate, Pixelmator Pro, and Affinity Photo. These updates include new tilt and pressure sensitivity options, along with enhanced palm rejection so you can rest your hand on the screen while drawing without worrying about accidental input.

Apple Keyboard

A apple keyboard has been one of the most heavily requested features for the iPad, and while it hasn’t been announced yet, there are plenty of rumors swirling that one could be on the way. The possibility of an Apple Keyboard was first hinted at in a leaked internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac, which said that Apple is working on a ” foldable ‌iPad‌ case with a built-in trackpad and keyboard.”

This rumor was given more credence when Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple is indeed working on a keyboard with a built-in trackpad for the ‌iPad‌. Gurman said that the product is still in early stages of development and may not ship until 2022, but it’s clear that Apple is at least exploring the possibility.

Foldable keyboards have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to devices like the Surface Neo and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, so it makes sense that Apple would want to enter the market. Such a keyboard would presumably work with all current ‌iPad‌ models, and it would be especially useful for the iPad Pro, which already has support for mouse input.

If Apple does release an ‌iPad‌ keyboard with a built-in trackpad, it’s likely to be similar to Microsoft’s Surface Keyboard, which doubles as a cover and offers a laptop-like typing experience. Apple could also take inspiration from Logitech’s recent Foldable Keyboard, which offers a more compact design. Regardless of how it looks, an ‌iPad‌ keyboard with a trackpad would be a welcome addition for anyone who wants to use their ‌iPad‌ as a true laptop replacement.

Privacy

iPadOS 14 will include a number of key privacy enhancements. In particular, the new OS will make it harder for apps to track your location without your permission. When an app asks for your location, you’ll now see a new pop-up that provides more information on why the app needs your location and what it plans to do with that data.

You’ll also be able to limit an app’s access to your location so that it can only access your location when you’re using the app. This is a major change from the current situation, where many apps have access to your location at all times, even when you’re not using them.

iPadOS 14 will also introduce a new feature called “Sign in apple id ” This will let you sign in to apps and websites using your Apple ID instead of creating separate accounts for each service. This should make it much easier to keep track of your login credentials and reduce the amount of personal information that you need to share with third-party services.

Apple is also making a number of changes to Safari in iPadOS 14 that are designed to improve privacy and security. For example, Safari will now block all third-party cookies by default. This will prevent advertisers from tracking you across the web and building up detailed profiles of your online behavior.

Safari will also warn you if a website that you’re visiting is trying to track you with cookies or other data collection methods. And if you try to visit a website that has been reported as phishing or malware, Safari will block the website and warn you about the risks involved.

Overall, these are all welcome changes that should help improve your privacy when using iPadOS 14.

Apple Silicon

Apple is expected to announce the switch from Intel chips to its own Apple Silicon chips at WWDC. This will be a big change for the Mac, and it’s not clear how it will affect existing Mac apps or future updates to macOS. Apple Silicon chips are already used in the iPhone and iPad, so we expect them to be powerful and energy-efficient.

Introduction

Apple is set to unveil its next-generation Mac processors, based on the company’s custom ARM-based design, at WWDC 2020. The new chips, which are expected to be called Apple Silicon, will power a new generation of Macs that will be able to run iOS and iPadOS apps natively.

Apple Silicon is also expected to bring significant improvements in performance and power efficiency to the Mac, potentially making Apple’s laptops and desktops competitive with the best ARM-based devices from Microsoft and Qualcomm.

Here’s everything we know about Apple Silicon heading into WWDC 2020.

Transition

Apple has already started the transition to Apple Silicon with the introduction of the new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. The company is expected to release more details at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 22.

As part of the move to Apple Silicon, iOS and iPadOS will be optimized for the new chips. This will result in better performance and longer battery life for devices like the iPhone and iPad. In addition, Apple is expected to announce a new Mac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip.

The transition to Apple Silicon is a big change for Apple, but it’s one that should ultimately benefit users. By moving to its own chips, Apple will have more control over its products and be able to deliver better performance and longer battery life.

Developer Transition Kit

Apple is releasing a Developer Transition Kit (DTK) to help developers transition their apps to Apple Silicon. The DTK is a Mac mini with an A12Z Bionic processor and 16 GB of RAM. It comes with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and developers can request access to it through the Apple Developer Program. The DTK will allow developers to port their apps to Apple Silicon and test them on real hardware.

Apple is also releasing new versions of Xcode and macOS that support Apple Silicon. Xcode 12 includes a new porting tool that can automatically convert code from x86-64 to ARM64, and macOS Big Sur includes an emulator that can run apps compiled for Apple Silicon.

Finally, Apple is working on a new version of Rosetta that will allow existing apps compiled for x86-64 to run on Apple Silicon devices. Rosetta 2 will be installed by default on all Apple Silicon devices, and it will transparently translate code at runtime.

Rosetta 2

One of the most anticipated features of Apple’s upcoming WWDC is the introduction of Rosetta 2. This exciting new technology will allow apps designed for Intel-based Macs to run on Apple’s new line of Macs powered by Apple Silicon.

Rosetta 2 will launch in beta at WWDC, and will be available to all developers later this year. Once it launches, all you’ll need to do is download Rosetta 2 from the App Store and install it on your Mac. After that, you’ll be able to run any Intel-based app on your Apple Silicon Mac, without any modification.

In addition to making your favorite apps available on Apple Silicon Macs, Rosetta 2 will also improve performance and efficiency. So not only will you be able to run your favorite apps on Apple Silicon Macs, but they’ll also run better than ever before.

Universal Apps

Apple is continuing its tradition of cross-platform compatibility with the move to Apple Silicon. Any app that runs on an iPhone or iPad will also run on Apple Silicon Macs, and vice versa. This means that developers will only have to create one version of their apps to support both platforms.

In addition, Apple is introducing a new type of app called a “universal app.” Universal apps are designed to work seamlessly across all of Apple’s platforms, including iPhone, iPad,ipod touch Mac, and even the Apple TV. Universal apps will be available for both iOS and macOS, and will be able to take advantage of all the features of each platform.

As part of the move to universal apps, Apple is also changing the way that app bundles work. App bundles will now be able to include both iOS and macOS versions of an app, so you can buy one bundle and get both versions of the app.

Native Apps

One of the big questions on everyone’s mind is whether Apple will transition to using its own processors for Mac laptops and desktops. The company has been using Intel chips since 2006, but rumors have been swirling for years that Apple would move back to using its own chips, like it does for the iPhone and iPad.

At WWDC, Apple finally confirmed those rumors: it is transitioning to using its own chips, which it’s calling “Apple Silicon.” The company says the transition will take two years, and in that time, it will release new Macs with both Intel and Apple Silicon chips.

The move to Apple Silicon has some significant implications for third-party developers. For one, it means that all future Mac apps will need to be converted to run on the new chips. Apple is providing a tool called “Rosetta 2” that will let you run existing Intel-based apps on Apple Silicon chips, but all new apps will need to be built specifically for Apple Silicon.

The good news is that Apple is making it fairly easy to convert existing apps to run on Apple Silicon. The company says that most apps can be converted with just a few clicks using its Xcode developer tools. And once an app is converted, it will be able to run natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.

Apple is also working on something called “Universal Apps,” which are designed to work across all of its platforms: iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. Universal Apps will be able to run natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon chips, making them ideal for developers who want their apps to work across multiple platforms.

Overall, the transition to Apple Silicon should be pretty seamless for users. Most apps will continue to work just fine, and the ones that do need to be updated should only take a few clicks in Xcode to convert. For developers, there will be a bit more work involved in supporting both Intel and Apple Silicon chips in the short term, but in the long term, Universal Apps should make things much easier.

Performance

The new Apple Silicon Macs are expected to offer huge performance gains over their Intel counterparts. One report suggests that the new MacBook Air will be three times faster than the current model, while the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will offer twice the performance of its Intel counterpart. The new MacBook Pro is also said to be capable of running for up to 20 hours on a single charge, which would be a significant improvement over the current 10-hour battery life.

Battery Life

One of the frequently asked questions about Apple Silicon is “What will the battery life be like?”

According to Apple, the M1 chip offers the best battery life ever in a MacBook Air. The M1-powered MacBook Air gets up to 18 hours of web browsing and 20 hours of video playback.

In terms of raw power, the M1 chip is up to 3x faster than the previous generation Intel Core i5 processor, and it offers up to 6x faster graphics. So not only will you get better battery life, but you’ll also see a significant boost in performance.

Conclusion

As we come to the end of this article, it’s important to remember that WWDC is first and foremost a developer event. Apple will no doubt use the week to show off some exciting new features for its public beta testers, but the company will also use the event to set the stage for the year ahead for its developers.

That said, there are a few things that we as consumers can expect from WWDC:

-We’ll get our first look at iOS 15 and what new features it will bring.
-iPadOS 15 will probably be shown off as well, along with new features specific to the iPad.
-Apple will almost certainly announce a switch to ARM-based Macs. It’s unclear exactly when these machines will launch, but it’s possible we could see a few of them this year.
-There could be other surprises in store, but these are the three big things we’re expecting from WWDC 2021.

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