Here's everything Apple has announced during WWDC18, in detail.
Tim Cook probably is the most excited person when we're talking about AR (Augmented Reality). With iOS 12, AR gets even more realistic. You can now share your Augmented Reality experience with up to four friends, and AR objects can be sent with Messages and Mail.
Screen Time: "Be more aware of how you and your kids use your devices." That's the slogan Apple uses, but you can also view your own using-report. Screen Time is a new feature that helps give you a better understanding of the time you and your kids spend using apps, visiting websites, and on your devices overall. So you can make the most of how you choose to spend time on your iPhone or iPad.
Apple has also dramatically reimagined the notification management. Notifications from the same app will be grouped, and the notification management in iOS 12 gives you more ways to handle a notification.
Like the notification management, Do Not Disturb was also given a new life. There are times you don't want to be interrupted with notifications: when you're at school, at work, or at night. Do Not Disturb can now be 3D-touched in the control center to turn it on for the location you're at, or for a certain amount of time. When it's turned on, you won't see any notification.
Stocks, Apple Books (called iBooks in previous versions), and Apple News are completely redesigned. Voice Memos comes to iPad, third-party navigation apps can now be used with CarPlay, and Wallet now gives you the option to add a Student ID card.
iOS 12 is compatible with iPhone 5s or above, iPad mini 2 or above, and the iPod Touch 6th generation.
watchOS 5 brings many great, new, and exciting features!
First of all, watchOS 5 introduces more ways to stay active. Activity competitions allow you to start a competition with another Apple Watch user. Apple: "Now in addition to sharing your activity, you can challenge a friend to a seven-day competition in which you earn points based on the percentage of your Activity rings that you close. Healthy competition has never been so healthy."
Apple Watch now also automatically detects when you're exercising, sending you a request to start a workout on your Apple Watch. Two new workouts have been added: yoga and hiking. When you're behind your target pace, you'll get a notification as well, motivating you to run faster for example. With watchOS 5, you can also see your steps per minute during your running workouts. Running at your optimal cadence can help increase efficiency and reduce injuries.
Like we expected when writing our WWDC18 expectations, Apple has finally added the Podcasts application to the Apple Watch, providing access to more than 18 million talkshows, radio stations et cetera.
The all-new Walkie Talkie application lets you talk live with another Apple Watch owner, with the idea of a Walkie Talkie: hold the button which appears on your Apple Watch to talk, and when you're done, lift your finger. Your conversation person will hear what you're saying live, and can respond by doing the same.
With watchOS 5, Siri has become a lot smarter, like in iOS 12. "The Siri watch face uses machine learning. As it gets to know you, it gets better and better at proactively suggesting relevant content and shortcuts at the right time and place throughout the day. Just finished with work? Your “Drive Home Playlist” is waiting right on your wrist." Siri now also works with your favorite third-party apps, to give you all information you want at the right time. You no longer need to say "Hey Siri" just raise your wrist and tell Siri what to do for you. For example, when you're asking Siri to call an Uber: with watchOS 4 you had to say "Hey Siri, get me an Uber." With watchOS 5, you can just say "Get me an Uber."
Notifications are obviously improved. They are interactive, allowing you to read web content sent in an e-mail, or check in for your flight via the notification. Those notifications are, like with iOS 12, grouped, so you can easily determine the different notifications.
A new and useful feature for students is the 'Student ID Cards' feature, that allows you to pay at the campus using your Apple Watch. This will work only at The University of Alabama, Duke, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Oklahoma, Santa Clara University and Temple University in the beginning, but Apple will expand the 'Student ID Cards' feature to more universities in the future.
watchOS 5 is compatible with Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3.
macOS Mojave brings some important privacy/security changes, the long-desired Dark Mode, and more!
Apple says on their website: "macOS Mojave. Simply powerful. Using a Mac has always inspired great work. Now macOS Mojave brings new features inspired by its most powerful users, but designed for everyone. Stay better focused on your work in Dark Mode. Automatically organize files using Stacks. Take more kinds of screenshots with less effort. Try four handy new built-in apps, and discover great new ones in the redesigned Mac App Store. Now you can get more out of every click." This certainly is a good summary of what macOS Mojave is all about.
First of all, Dark Mode: the long-desired feature by many customers. Dark Mode turns all light colors into dark blue, which helps you to focus on your work, and it makes the Mac software even more beautiful.
Best of all: the wallpaper has a Dark Mode option to! It adapts to the current time in your time zone. For example: when it's morning, you'll see the sun rising above the desert. When it's evening, it's dark blue. Apple calls it 'Dynamic Desktop': "Customize your work environment with a time-shifting desktop picture that changes to match the time of day wherever you are. Your Mac is now an even more beautiful place, all day long."
Another great new feature is Stacks. Stacks automatically organizes your files into related sets, to clean up a cluttered desktop.
With macOS Mojave, there's also a new view for Finder: Gallery View. Gallery View allows you to scroll through big previews of your files to visually identify the one you’re looking for.
The new 'Quick Look' feature lets you edit a file without even opening it. By tapping the space bar, you can perform actions like marking up a PDF, rotate and crop an image, or trim audio and video. When you're done editing the file, you can instantly share it with your other devices or with other people.
The next feature was firstly introduced with iOS 11 last year, namely 'Screenshots Snaps.' You don't have to know all commands to take a screenshot on your Mac, but an easy-to-use menu includes new screen-recording tools and options like setting a start timer, showing the cursor, and even customizing where you’d like to save your screenshots.
Finally, Apple has added three new apps, which were only available on iPhone until now.
Apple also did some privacy and security changes, to better protect your personal data.
macOS Mojave is compatible with MacBook Pro (mid 2012 and newer), MacBook Air (mid 2012 and newer), MacBook (early 2015 and later), iMac (late 2012 or newer), iMac Pro, Mac Pro (late 2013 or newer, or mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with Metal capable GPU), and Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer).
tvOS 12 doesn't bring many new, exciting features. In short, the only new things are a new screensaver and a TV application for iOS update.
The new screensaver is probably the biggest new feature with tvOS 12. It looks beautiful: a cinematic animation of Earth, shot by NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
That's all WWDC18 brought us. No hardware this June, but four great, new software updates. All software updates will be available this fall, probably around September or October.
New iPhones and Apple Watches will be announced in September too, and it's likely Apple will have an October event for new iPads and Macs.
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