Apple WWDC 2018 highlights: iOS 12, watchOS 5, macOS Mojave announced

    Here are the highlights from Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2018.
    | Updated on Jun 05 2018, 12:39 PM IST
    Apple kicked off its annual WWDC today with key announcements for its software platform.
    Apple kicked off its annual WWDC today with key announcements for its software platform. (REUTERS)
    Apple kicked off its annual WWDC today with key announcements for its software platform.
    Apple kicked off its annual WWDC today with key announcements for its software platform. (REUTERS)

    Apple's annual developer conference Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2018 kicked off today. Apple began the event with the keynote addressed by company CEO Tim Cook. At WWDC 2018, Apple announced new updates and upgrades to its different OS platforms.

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    Apple announced iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads which comes with AR-focused features. iOS 12 gets ARKit 2 which introduces a multi-player mode for AR games. Apple has also improved performance on iOS 12 for newer and older devices. Photo app on iOS 12 gets new features like a 'For You' tab and sharing suggestions.

    Apple also announced watchOS 5 for the Apple Watch which comes with improved notifications, Podcast application, and new features for fitness enthusiasts. Apple's digital assistant, Siri gets new features called 'Shortcuts' and 'Suggestions'. You can now create shortcuts for different apps on Siri with iOS 12. Siri on iOS 12 will also suggest actions based on your daily usage.

    Apple TV will get new content along with 4K HDR support. The new Apple TV 4K also comes with Dolby Atmos support, and Dolby Vision. For Mac devices, Apple announced its new macOS 'Mojave' which comes with features like 'Dark Mode' and 'Desktop Stacks'. Apple has also introduced iOS apps like 'News' and 'Stocks' for macOS Mojave.

    Here are the highlights from Apple's WWDC 2018 Conference.

    Apple's WWDC 2018 is scheduled to start at 10.30PM IST. Here are the live updates.

    12:41am: macOS Mojave developer beta will be available starting today.

    12:39am: Apple will allow developers to create and update apps with iOS features. This will be available later in 2019.

    12:36am: Apple says that it is not merging macOS and iOS.

    12:35am: Apple introduces 'Create ML' tool for people to learn and create machine learning products.

    12:30am: Apple updates the 'App Store' for macOS with a redesign and dedicated tabs. Apple will also bring Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Lightroom CC to App Store later this year.

    12:25am: macOS Mojave makes it difficult for data companies to track you by making your fingerprint more secure and safe. This feature will be available for iOS users as well.

    12:21am: macOS Mojave also gets the 'Home' tab.

    12:20am: macOS Mojave gets 'News', 'Stocks' app and 'Voice Memos' with the same features available on iOS.

    12:18am: macOS Mojave gets screen recording as a shortcut to its screenshot tab.

    12:12am: Apple announces 'Desktop Stacks' for macOS Mojave which arranges all scattered content on the desktop into stacks by content, and tags.

    12:10am: Apple introduces 'Dark Mode' for macOS Mojave.

    11:58pm: Apple TV 4K also supports Dolby Vision. Users will get free upgrades to 4K HDR content.

    11:57pm: Apple TV 4K comes with Dolby Atmos support.

    11:56pm: Apple TV gets a facelift. The platform gets new content and 4K HDR support.

    11:54pm: Apple announces new Pride-themed Apple Watch wrist bands. These bands are available from today in the US.

    11:53pm: Apple's new watchOS comes with new customisation features.

    watchOS gets more intuitive
    watchOS gets more intuitive (Apple)
    watchOS gets more intuitive
    watchOS gets more intuitive (Apple)

    11:50pm: Apple watchOS 5 will deliver improved notifications.

    11:47pm: watchOS 5 will also come with Apple's popular Podcast application.

    11:45pm: watchOS 5 has improved notifications. Users no longer need to say Hey Siri to activate the voice assistant on Apple Watch.

    11:44pm: Apple's Siri watch face supports third-party applications.

    11:42pm: watchOS 5 comes with a new Walkie -Talkie application to send real-time voice messages. Users can add their frequent contacts to Walkie-Talkie application.

    11:41pm: watchOS 5 uses the new eSIM cellular connectivity in the newer Apple Watch. ALSO READ: Apple announce 'Shortcuts', 'Suggestions' for Siri

    11:40pm: watchOS 5 comes with a set of new features for fitness enthusiasts. New features include improved Activity Tracker.

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    First Published Date: 04 Jun, 09:25 PM IST
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