Apple’s WWDC 2018: What’s next for your favorite Apple devices?
Writer + Creator of CRTVCHURCH
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 (WWDC) is in full swing. The Apple Leadership Team (#squadgoals) took the stage earlier today to announce what’s next for our favorite Apple devices software: iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and the rest of the software drives on Apple.
The event opened with this satirical ‘Planet Earth’ style look at the annual pilgrimage of developers to WWDC.
As real fans of Apple already know, the annual WWDC is a chance for Apple to showcase their latest work. The keynote is becoming must-see viewing for dedicated Apple creators. That said, we watched and compiled key takeaways from the event.
1. iOS 12
Measure app: Allows users to measure real-life objects with their iOS 12 devices by utilizing new AR (USDZ) features from Apple.
DoNotDistub: Gently ease into your day with new DoNotDisturb features that block notifications while sleeping.
ScreenTime: The app will track which apps you are spending time in throughout your week and set cut off time notifications for apps you want to spend less time using.
Animoji: You can stick out your tongue now, and we are getting new Animojies like ghost, koala, tiger, and t-rex.
Memoji: The Bitmoji killer… That allows you to create a custom animated emoji.
Messenger Camera Effects: Fun effects into the Messanger camera that offers you different filters, effects, and… it’s a discount Snapchat.
Group FaceTime: Allows users to FaceTime with up to thirty-two different users. Users can go from a Group Chat to a Group FaceTime with ease. Effects will also be available on the FaceTime app.
2. Apple Watch
Workout Detection: That will track when you are working out and prompt you to start a workout should you forget; allowing you to retroactively follow your workout and give you credit if you do not remember to begin. Workout Detection will also prompt you to stop when it detects you’ve finished working out.
Walkie-Talkie: A new app on Apple Watch that allows you to connect with different users and works over cellular data or WiFi via our favorite communication format… Walkie-Talkies!
Better interface connection with Siri: Raise your wrist and talk to Suri vs. using the command ‘Hey, Siri!”
Apple Podcasts: The Apple Podcast app is coming to Watch iOS 5 allowing you to listen to podcasts while using the Apple watch.
Live Sports and News: Bringing the content level of Apple TV to 100+ video channels.
Charter Spectrum is coming to Apple TV allowing customers of the cable network to access channels via Apple TV.
Ariels: Adding new locations like footage from the International Space Station and captions allowing users to know the different ariels shown on the Apple TV.
4. macOS Mojave
Dark Mode: Switching to dark mode allows images and graphics to pop off the screen keeping them the primary focus and makes it easier for users working in lowlight environments.
Desktop Stacks: Automatically arranges and organizes content on your desktop into different stacks. Keeping your desktop clean and comfortable to use.
Finder Gallary View: Gives users a better way to view images and graphics.
Finder Enhancement: Allows users to watermark images right from their finder instantly.
Screenshots: New update will allow users to not only capture images, but video screen captures as well.
Microsoft is bringing their products to the Apple App Store.
5. Closing thoughts on WWDC 2018
In years past, we’ve seen less and less innovation coming from Apple; unfortunately, this year is no exception. Most of the ‘improvements’ and ‘app-dates’ (puns are not punny, Apple) offered by the company are elements we’ve already seen from other third-party companies. While filing these all away into one cohesive software platform could better a user’s experience, it’s nothing new. With that said, I can’t wait to design my Memoji…
Oh… And, the closing video was kind of cute…