WWDC 2020 Highlights: Here's everything Apple announced

    WWDC 2020 Highlights: Here are all the updates from Apple's developers conference.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jun 23 2020, 00:28 IST
    Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., June 22, 2020. WWDC, in its 31st year and held virtually for the first time, runs through June 26.
    Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., June 22, 2020. WWDC, in its 31st year and held virtually for the first time, runs through June 26. (Apple via REUTERS)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., June 22, 2020. WWDC, in its 31st year and held virtually for the first time, runs through June 26. (Apple via REUTERS)

    Apple held its annual developer conference (WWDC) earlier tonight. Apple made a slew of announcements where it revealed new updates for the iPhone, iPad, TV and Watch. The iPhone maker also announced its new Apple Silicon chipset which will power Macs.


    In case you missed it, here are the highlights from WWDC 2020.

    23 Jun 2020, 12:18 AM IST

    Apple software updates timeline

    Developer beta for the latest software updates release today. Public beta will be available this July, and stable versions will release this fall.

    23 Jun 2020, 12:17 AM IST

    Apple Silicon powered Macs

    Apple will release the first Macs powered by Apple Silicon by the end of this year

    23 Jun 2020, 12:14 AM IST

    iPhone and iPad apps on Macs

    With Apple Silicon, Macs will be able to run iPhone and iPad apps directly on Macs.

    23 Jun 2020, 12:09 AM IST

    Microsoft, Adobe apps on Apple Silicon

    Apple is working with Microsoft and Adobe to improve apps and introduce native support on Apple Silicon-powered Macs.

    23 Jun 2020, 12:07 AM IST

    A12Z processor based MacOS

    23 Jun 2020, 12:04 AM IST

    Apple Silicon chipset for Macs

    Apple Silicon chipset for Macs come with advanced power management, hihg-performance GPU, low-power video playback and more. New family of SoCs announced for Macs with features and performance-focused features. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:56 PM IST

    Safari finally gets translation

    22 Jun 2020, 11:55 PM IST

    Extensions on Safari

    You can choose how long the extension will stay active on websites on Safari.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:54 PM IST

    Safari gets new customisations

    22 Jun 2020, 11:52 PM IST

    New features for Safari

    Apple says that Safari loads pages 50% faster than Google Chrome. Users can now get more info on privacy of websites that they visit on Chrome. The App Store on macOS is also getting a tab for Safari extensions. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:49 PM IST

    New version of Maps on macOS

    Favourites are coming to Apple Maps along with Guides. You can also see your friends' ETA updates that they've shared on the Maps app on macOS. Also, all Maps features announced for iOS 14 are coming to macOS Big Sur.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:47 PM IST

    New features coming to the Messages app on Mac.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:46 PM IST

    Control panel comes to macOS.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:46 PM IST

    macOS Big Sur announced 

    The Mail app and Photos app on macOS get a new sidebar. iWork is also getting a visual revamp. Apple is also bringing the control center on macOS. You can also access the notification center from the time icon on top. It's also easier to clear notifications at once. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:37 PM IST

    Apple TV

    Multi-user support for gaming is coming to the Apple TV. You can now start off your game where you left off. tvOS 14 is also adding PiP mode for the Apple TV. This can be used for AirPlay as well. A new Apple TV+ original was also announced and it's called “Foundation”.  

    22 Jun 2020, 11:34 PM IST

    Home app on iOS 14.

    It's easier to add new devices to the Home app. You can simply scan these smart home devices. Apple has also updated the Home app with accessories that are of priority. Apple is also adding adaptive lighting for smart bulbs that can be controlled on the Home app. You'll be able to define activity zones for important areas. Face recognition is also coming to the Home app. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:30 PM IST

    Privacy updates

    Apple is improving security with options for users to know their past recordings. It will even indicate if apps are actively using your location. Apple will also share more details on third-party apps using your location and how much they've used.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:25 PM IST

    Hand washing mode on watchOS 7

    Apple Watch will now detect when you're washing your hands and guide on doing it the right way.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:24 PM IST

    Wind Down on watchOS 7

    Wind Down will help you get ready for bed starting with a dimmed down lock screen. Your Apple Watch will also go to sleep. You can also choose slow and soft alarm tones. The sleep section is also getting updated on the Health app. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:21 PM IST

    Workout app gets dances

    The workout app on watchOS now has a new dance mode. Users can try out different dance styles like Bollywood. There's also a new functional strength training coming to watchOS. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:20 PM IST

    watchOS 7 announced

    Apple is introducing face sharing on watchOS. You can easily add watch faces now on watchOS 7, and share them to your contacts and on social media. Apple Watch users will also get cycling directions on watchOS 7.

    22 Jun 2020, 11:16 PM IST

    Spatial audio comes to AirPods Pro

    22 Jun 2020, 11:15 PM IST

    New features for AirPods

    AirPods will now seamlessly move between devices without having to manually change them. Apple is also introducing spatial audio on AirPods Pro. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:12 PM IST

    iPadOS 14: Apple Pencil improved

    Apple Pencil gets a new ‘Scribble' feature on iPadOS 14. Apple Pencil will now improve drawings well scribbles into more refined ones. You can also double tap to select words, change colours and move it around on the notes app. Apple Pencil will also recognise phone numbers and prompt the call option. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:09 PM IST

    Search tool improved on iPadOS 14

    22 Jun 2020, 11:09 PM IST

    iPadOS 14: New app experiences

    An incoming call will now appear as a small notification on top and not take over the whole screen. This feature is coming to iOS as well. Apple has also updated its Search tool with a more compact design. Users can search from the home screen or any app on iPadOS 14. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:06 PM IST

    iPadOS 14 announced

    iPadOS 14 gets a new sidebar for users to easily access different features for different apps. Sidebar is coming to the Photos app, Notes app, Calendar app and the Apple Music app. 

    22 Jun 2020, 11:02 PM IST

    App Clips codes

    22 Jun 2020, 11:02 PM IST

    iOS 14: App Store

    Apple introduces ‘App Clips' which are basically shortcuts to apps on iOS 14. You can also launch App Clips from the newly launched App Library. You can also launch it from the web and users can share it with others. It even works with NFC and QR codes.

    22 Jun 2020, 10:58 PM IST

    iOS 14: Car Play, iPhone car key

    On iOS 14, Car Play gets new wallpaper options and new categories for apps. Apple also announced its digital car key. You can now use your iPhone to unlock your car. Apple car key is first coming to the 2021 BMW 5 series next month. It also comes with privacy features. Apple car key will be enabled on iOS 13 too.

    22 Jun 2020, 10:55 PM IST

    EV routing on Apple Maps

    22 Jun 2020, 10:55 PM IST

    iOS 14: Apple Maps

    Apple is improving its Maps app with easier ways to find places. Apple Maps is getting Guides for users to easily explore interesting places. Apple Maps is also getting cycling routes with real-time updates on traffic and more. This is coming first to cities in the US and China. Apple is also adding features for EVs on Maps. It will show features like places to get your EV charged.

    22 Jun 2020, 10:50 PM IST

    iOS 14: Messages app

    Messages app gets new updates on iOS 14. Users can now pin important chats on top of the app. Memoji gets new hairstyles, age options and face masks! Group messages are also getting inline replies and mentions. Users can also opt to get notified only when they're notified in group chats. Users can also create a customised group icon for group chats. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:47 PM IST

    iOS 14: New Translate app

    iOS 14 is getting a new app called ‘Translate' that can work even offline. It uses machine learning and neural engine to translate languages during conversations. Users can converse in two different languages. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:45 PM IST

    iOS 14: Siri gets a major makeover

    Siri gets a major makeover on iOS 14. Now instead of Siri taking over the entire display, it will instead open the app completely and show updates on top of the page. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:43 PM IST

    iOS 14: Picture-in-Picture

    Apple is finally bringing Picture-in-Picture mode on iPhones with iOS 14. You can drag the video screen around the phone and pinch to zoom. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:42 PM IST

    iOS 14: Widgets

    Apple is improving widgets with a better layout and more details. You can also move the widget from the Today screen to the home screen. You can do this by simply dragging and dropping the app. You can also select different sizes of the widget. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:40 PM IST

    iOS 14: Homescreen 

    Apple is updating the iPhone's homescreen with ‘App Library'. It will automatically categorise apps on your iPhone. It creates different pages along with a search tool. It also has recommended apps and recently added apps. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:38 PM IST

    iOS 14 announced

    Craig Federighi announces iOS 14. iPhones are set for a major visual revamp with iOS 14.

    22 Jun 2020, 10:36 PM IST

    Most unique WWDC: Cook

    Cook says that this will be the most unique WWDC Apple has ever hosted. Apple is also making its developer sessions free for everyone. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:35 PM IST

    Cook thanks healthcare workers

    Cook talks about the pandemic and thanks healthcare workers around the world. He talks about how people are more dependent on Apple products now with the ongoing situation. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:34 PM IST

    Tim Cook keynote 

    Apple CEO Tim Cook starts WWDC 2020 with his keynote address. Cook talks about the ongoing protests in the US due to the death of George Floyd. Apple announced $100 million as its commitment to the Black community. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:32 PM IST

    WWDC 2020 kicks off

    WWDC 2020 has officially started. 

    22 Jun 2020, 10:24 PM IST

    First virtual Apple event

    WWDC 2020 is Apple's first virtual event. This year we won't be seeing a physical event which would otherwise have taken place at the Apple Park. Many companies have already adopted virtual events as the new norm and this will be Apple's first online-only event. It's interesting to see how Apple pulls it off.

    22 Jun 2020, 10:09 PM IST

    iPad OS: What to expect

    What we know about iPadOS 14 so far is that it will bring a new PencilKit feature that will add more functionalities for the stylus, also known as Apple Pencil. One feature that's widely expected is the ability to convert handwritten texts into text. Apple could also improve mouse support for iPads with the latest OS update.

    22 Jun 2020, 10:00 PM IST

    iOS 14: What to expect

    iOS 14 is going to be the most popular announcement, no doubt. And the latest iOS version is expected to come with a new way to view apps in a list like the Apple Watch. There could be a fitness app for not just the iPhone but Watch and TV too. 

    An AR app codenamed Gobi is also expected to make its debut on iOS 14. More features expected include Slack-like mention system and retractable texts, while Safari may get the ability to read out text on the webpage.

    22 Jun 2020, 09:45 PM IST

    Apple could rename iOS, iPhone

    There have been rumours flouting around Apple possibly renaming iOS and iPhone. The new names are supposedly iPhone OS for iOS and Apple Phone for the iPhone. Now it's not clear why Apple would rename these or if it will even go ahead with it. 

    22 Jun 2020, 09:30 PM IST

    Major announcement expected

    Other than the routine announcements, Apple is also expected to make one major announcement. Apple could announce its move to ARM-based chips for its desktops and laptops. This will also mark the end of Apple and Intel's partnership after 15 long years. 

    22 Jun 2020, 09:15 PM IST

    New hardware?

    It's rare to see new hardware at WWDC but rumours and leaks suggest there could be one this year. And it's speculated that Apple will launch a new iMac. The new Apple iMac is expected to come with upgraded specifications and features such as T2 security chip and AMD Navi GPU. Apple could redesign the iMac too with slimmer bezels.

    22 Jun 2020, 09:02 PM IST

    New software updates

    Apple will unveil the latest software updates for its devices. iOS 14 including new versions of watchOS, iPadOS, and tvOS will be unveiled today. Apple will also release the public beta versions of these OS upgrades. The stable versions are expected to roll out sometime this September. 

    22 Jun 2020, 08:47 PM IST

    Tim Cook's keynote address

    WWDC will start with Apple CEO Tim Cook's keynote address. Cook is expected to announce some major developments in Apple's software ecosystem. Earlier today, Cook tweeted an Apple Animoji saying, “Hello developers! I am really excited for an incredible WWDC. See you all online very soon.”

    22 Jun 2020, 08:34 PM IST

    How to watch the event

    Like every year, Apple will livestream its WWDC event. Interested users can head to Apple's Events page to catch the event live. iOS users can also watch it from the Apple Events app. WWDC is scheduled to start at 10:00 am PDT which is 10:30 pm IST for viewers in India. 

    First Published Date: 22 Jun, 20:34 IST
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