It’s that time of the year when Apple hosts the Worldwide Developers Conference to announce new features and software updates for its iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod and the rest of its hardware line. This year too Apple has announced key software updates like macOS Mojave, iOS 12, tvOS, watchOS 5, and updated Siri.
The Developer beta for the OS’ are now available for download. The public version of all the announcements will be rolled out in this fall.
- As expected, the new Mac OS introduces Dark Mode.
- The new OS update introduces ‘Dynamic desktop backgrounds’ where it automatically changes wallpaper according to the time of the day/night.
- Apple has also introduced a ‘Desktop Stack’ a new feature which keeps your desktop screen organized.
- The Finder feature also gets updated with new ‘Gallery View’ which will offer a big preview on the top and thumbnails at the bottom.
- The macOS also gets new sidebar which now can showcase full metadata including camera make and last edited and what not.
- Apple has also made improvements to its screenshots in Mojave. Now, it gives quick access and also lets you including screen capture for video which can now do screen record.
- Apple News and Apple Stock apps are also making their way to the new macOS.
- The macOS Mojave enhances security aspect by making its sites harder to track your usage and browser tracking.
- Apple is also revamping the Mac App Store.
- With new macOS, the MAC PCs will support eGPU.
iOS12 For iPhones, iPads and iPods
- The iOS 12 will support all iOS 11 supported devices.
- With iOS 12 the Apps will launch 40 percent faster, Keyboard opens up 50 percent faster. Also, the camera opens 70 percent faster on older devices, Apple claims.
AR Kit 2.0
- Apple is taking AR to next level. It has collaborated with Pixar to develop new AR format called USDZ. The new format comes with Universal Scene Description, Optimized sharing, compact file and open file format.
- The new USDZ format is already supported by a number of companies including Adobe, Autodesk, Sketchfab, and, Quixel.
- ARKit 2 is also here. It will offer better face tracking, 3d Rendering and 3D object detection.
- With AK Kit 2.0 you will able to share experiences with friends.
- Photos also get a new update with iOS 12. With this latest update, you can search for places by business names, concerts, sporting events, multiple search terms like surfing + vacation to look for images in your album.
- The Photos App also gets ‘For You’ tab that will feature photos, or highlight a photo from the past years on the same day.