Apple’s big WWDC 2018 keynote is a wrap! Millions of Apple fans around the world tuned in to Apple’s live stream of the event because they couldn’t wait to see what Apple has in store for its various software platforms in 2018. Of course, some people have things like jobs and other pesky obligations that might prevent them from focusing on an Apple event for several hours. Don’t worry if you missed out on watching Apple’s big show on Monday though, because we’ve got you covered. In this post, you’ll find all of the biggest announcements from WWDC 2018 in one place.
Apple kicked off its big event with the star of the show, the newest version of Apple’s mobile software platform for the iPhone and iPad. This is the first modern iOS release that will be made available to all devices that currently support iOS 11. That’s a huge deal, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg for Apple’s new iOS 12 release.
Apple’s second major ARKit release brings tons of big improvements to the company’s AR development kit. The big news here is multi-user support for augmented reality, which lets different users see the same AR objects from different perspectives with their devices. LEGO got up on stage to give a demo of some of the new ARKit 2 features using virtual LEGO toys in augmented reality, and it looked incredible.
Along with ARKit 2, Apple announced a new app called Measure that lets you measure objects and distances in augmented reality.
Apple added some cool features to Siri, including a new Shortcuts feature and app based on Apple’s Workflow acquisition.
New Animoji and Memoji
Apple added four new Animoji characters in iOS 12, and it also added a feature called Memoji that lets you create your own Animoji characters that look like you or anyone else. You can now use Animoji and Memoji.
FaceTime finally gets group video chat support in iOS 12, with the ability to have as many as 32 different people on a single FaceTime video call. Also cool: Live Animoji and Memoji are now supported in FaceTime.
Apple, of course, unveiled a brand new version of its Apple Watch operating system, watchOS 5. T
tvOS 12 and Apple TV
The platform that powers the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K gets a nice update. Apple TV 4K gets Dolby Atmos support with the new update, which is obviously a big deal. Also cool is a new “zero sign-in” feature in tvOS 12 that unlocks all supported channel apps automatically, This way as long as your Apple TV is on your pay TV provider’s internet network, you don’t have to log into channel apps at all for channels included in your pay TV package.
Apple’s macOS operating system gets a big update this year with a great new feature that users have been clamouring for. iOS users. Dark Mode is coming to macOS this year, but not to iOS 12 on the iPhone or iPad. There are still some awesome new capabilities coming soon to your Mac in macOS Mojave.
iOS apps in macOS
Apple is building tools that will allow developers to bring their iOS apps to macOS with barely any code changes needed. These tools will become available to developers sometime in 2019, though Apple already used internal versions of these tools to bring iOS apps like Apple News and Stocks to macOS Mojave.