As the Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 begins, millions of developers and fans stick to YouTube to get plenty of exciting and fruitful updates. With Tim Cook and his team revealing new features and updates with Apple products, it has become one of the biggest tech announcements this year.
The event will be continued till 26th June and this is the first time Tim and Apple’s tech team is going to have a virtual streaming event in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Silicon Valley tech giant will get the event live on its official website, Apple TV, and its own developer website.
As the presentation started at 10.30 PM IST on July 22nd, Tim Cook began with a Coronavirus outbreak and a recent incident happened in America – Black Live Matters. He displayed a characteristic that stands strong against police brutality and racism.
He said, “the following events have caused everyone to face long-standing institutional inequalities and social injustices.”
Further with the presentation and as the event glides, Tim unveiled Apple’s new iOS 14 updates. The company has brought some new features like:
- New home screen with App Library
- New widgets on Today view
- A whole new interface for Siri
- Picture-in-picture mode
- Memoji Updates
- Built-in Maps improvements
- Refined Universal search
This latest version of iOS is perfectly compatible with other devices like the iPad and iPod Touch. “We’re starting with the Home Screen. Pages and pages of apps on your iPhone will be a thing of the past with a new feature called the “App Library,” which will make it easier than ever to reach your apps,” says the senior VP of software engineering – Craig Federighi.
The new CarPlay Feature
As Apple announced iOS 14 updates, it explains a lot about its new features and functionalities. And one of the major ones is CarPlay. The software has EV charging, digital keys, new wallpapers, and some more features. It will allow users to have control over their cars without any keys. The feature is compatible with more than 80% of the vehicles.
Apple also unveiled its new project for CarPlay called Car Keys. The project basically offers a secure element in your iPhone with enhanced security levels (as present in biometrics). BMW 5 series will be the first vehicle to support the technology, however, more vehicles will get the feature integrated into it.
Integrated Maps with Featured Elements
With iOS 14 updates, Apple also introduced some great features in Maps. For better user experience, updated Maps will allow people to explore guides for cities or any particular region. The step has taken a level up as Apple collaborated with some great brands that users can follow and visit.
- Feature for Cyclists
The feature allows users to get detailed information for environment-friendly routes and reach the destination as quickly as possible. From encountering stairs in the way to detecting bike lanes, it can help users to track the path from different perspectives.
App Store Upgrades
With the announcement of iOS 14, there are certain upgrades soon to be available in Apple’s App Store.
- App Clips
The feature offers a smaller version of the app that can be downloaded and run on the device instantly. This version of the app will let the users do a specific task and use the interface to experience the working of the actual application.
- App Library
The library will store all the app clips for the user to download the complete application later or remove them from the list. This feature simplifies the criteria for users to categorize favorable apps.
Messaging & Interaction
iMessage has been a common feature for users in iOS devices. With iOS 14 updates, there are some user-friendly features getting available during the release:
Users will be having a better experience while messaging by just swiping right on a particular conversation. This new pinning feature will help users to interact with the closest contacts for quicker and easier replies.
Customization of Memoji will be available in new iOS 14 updates. With over trillions of combinations available, users can customize Memojis and share it in conversations. Feature avails face-covering options, age editing, and new sticker options.
Thread style is introduced in the updates for messaging, which allows users to use in-line replies. This will let iOS users keep track of a conversation on a specific topic without affecting the entire group interaction.
Siri get’s mature!
The major voice control assistant of iOS gets more capable of recognizing human speech. Apple has upgraded its functionality with enhanced graphics and completely different interfaces. Using Siri will end up giving the results in a new neat little box on the top of the screen.
Moreover, Siri now allows users to get the translation for more languages. However, Apple has also introduced a different app Translate, having 11 languages, and it also works offline. As compared to Google Translate, Siri’s translation looks really cool.
With the announcement of iOS 14 updates, there is no confirmation with its release date. However, we can expect Tim to announce it in the upcoming sessions as the event will be continued until June 26th.
Moreover, the developer preview of iOS 14 is available on Apple’s developer site while its beta version will be available on beta.apple.com.
For now, this is all we have to share with you peeps. Stay tuned as we will keep sharing with you all the latest updates regarding the announcements on WWDC 2020 this week.
A young entrepreneurial technocrat who is the Co-Founder & CEO at Appventurez Mobitech. After completion of his masters in Computer Application, he dived into the world of technology as an iOS developer. As a CEO, he firmly believes teamwork and collaboration are the essential tools for any company’s success.
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