Takeaways From Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote
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Apple's annual WWDC had a lot in store for software geeks. Although, those expecting a new device to be announced will have to wait longer.
The tech giant updated and revamped a number of apps, including Photos, Apple News, Stocks, Apple Books and Voice Memos. It added a new Shortcuts app to its digital assistant Siri. The Apple Watch, Apple TV and Macintosh computers, all got new software updates with improved functionalities.
And its augmented reality platform -- the ARKit -- that was met with much fanfare, got a more refined update.
Here are the highlights of what happened at Apple's WWDC 2018.
Memes? Or Emojis?
Meet Memojis. They’re basically Animojis, that Apple launched last year, but now you can make them look like yourself. And "Memojis" can also be used as an overlay in the camera while clicking selfies.
Hanging Out On FaceTime
Apple demonstrated the group FaceTime that allows a video call to happen with up to 32 users. Users can also use "Memojis" while on a FaceTime call.
Updating The Watch
Apple has continued making health and fitness related updates to the Apple Watch, that has shown strong sales over last year. But to do that, Apple has also stripped down some of the Watch's excesses and made it simpler to focus on tasks and fitness.
You can now set workout competitions with friends and see who's winning in the latest watchOS 5. New workout types have been included which can count laps or strokes depending on whatever you're doing.
The Watch is also capable of setting workout goals for the user. There's also automatic workout and yoga tracking feature. It also has a Walkie-Talkie app in the Watch that was announced in 2014 but never released. Users can now also open links directly on their watch.
Cutting Down Smartphone Addiction
Apple unveiled a new set of features to cut down the amount of time you spend staring at your smartphone screen.
A new feature "Screen Time" will give users detailed weekly reports of how they use their iPhones and iPads. Users will have the power to set limits on themselves for using specific apps. Parents can set limits on their kids' iPad usage times, types of content, websites and apps. This is similar to the reports that Google showcased for Android P last month.
There will also be a new Do Not Disturb feature, already existent in Google's Android, that basically sets start and end times of when users don't want to be distracted by notifications.
Notifications can also be clubbed together and be sent to the notification centre. They can be organised based on apps or custom groups.
New Apps, Updated Older Apps And More
Apple has announced updates to its various apps.
The Photos app has new features that allow for more refined searches. It also has a shared suggestions feature that can suggest people to send a photo to based on who is in it. Google has a similar feature.
Apple News also saw a major upgrade with a new "Browse" tab. The stocks app has also been remade and the Apple News is now integrated. That's means you can get news related to your stock portfolio. The news will be curated by editors at Apple.
The Voice Memos and Books apps were also revamped.
Siri, Apple's very own digital assistant, also received some new functional updates. It showed a new Siri Shortcuts app that allows users to add their own commands and integrates with any other app. It's based on app called Workflow that Apple had acquired two years back. The tech company said that Siri, with 12 billion requests a month, is the world's most used digital assistant.