Apple WWDC keynote
Based on a reading of https://www.anandtech.com/show/15870/the-apple-wwdc-2020-keynote-live-blog.
TLDR: Apple saved their big ARM macOS announcement for the end, dwarfing the rest of their OS(es) announcements, basically.
- “App Library”, a revamped home screen. Also: widgets for iOS, finally.
- New “Translate” app, translates voice/text between 11 languages. Includes a conversation view, for two people to use on a single device.
- Messages app updates, including pinned conversations, Memoji is back [ed: were they ever gone?], inline replies, Mentions.
- Maps: cycling directions, albeit not for Singapore (yet), electric vehicle (EV) routing to account for EV charger access.
- Carplay: unlock and start your car with your iPhone, perhaps using the U1 chip in cars starting next year.
- “App Clip”, an (up to) 10MB in size; i.e., part of a (much bigger) app.
- Sidebar UI element for apps such as Photos, Notes, and Files.
- Calls are merely notifications, rather than full-screen events, and for iOS too!
- Pencil support: Auto shapes when drawing, handwriting recognition (e.g., in text fields).
- Seamless transitions between Apple devices.
- Spatial audio for AirPods Pro.
- Multiple complications, displaying several complications on a watch face?
- Cycling directions on Maps.
- Workout app renamed to “Fitness”.
- Sleep tracking, no further details?
- “Wind Down” feature, to help users transition towards going to bed; e.g., turn on Do Not Disturb.
- Handwashing detection.
- “Big Sur”, very iOS-ish in its outlook at least.
- Latest version of Catalyst seems much improved; e.g., Maps for macOS.
- Safari, 50% faster than Chrome?
ARM-based SoCs transition
- Specifically built for Macs.
- All of Apple’s own apps have already been ARMed.
- Universal 2: x86 and ARM binaries.
- Demos for M$ Word/Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Docker!, Maya, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Linux VM using Parallels Desktop!
- “Apple Development Platform”, A12Z-based dev box in a Mac Mini chassis (16GB memory, 512GB SSD).
- iPad/iPhone apps, running natively on macOS!
- First customer Mac by the end of this year, 2-year transition.
PS: I’ve skipped over tvOS and Homekit: