Announcements From Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC20) | Thingee’s Tech-Talk
July 1, 2020
Posted by: Jeff Bromley
Blog, Thingee Tech-Talk
Rob and Jeff are back with this week’s Tech-Talk and they’re giving the rundown of what was announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference.
It’s that time of year again: Apple’s 31st Worldwide Developers’ Conference. And who better to give you the technical highlights than your favorite technology duo, Rob and Jeff. There’s a lot of ground to cover so let’s get started!
For the first time ever, the entire WWDC20 was online-only, free for anyone to attend, and seen by millions around the world. Tim Cook delivered his keynote address in an empty auditorium in full Dolby surround sound.
Apple announced significant operating system updates across all of its platforms, but here we’ll cover the key iOS 14 updates for the iPhone:
Redesigned Home Screen: which includes an App Library to organize and sort your apps
Widgets: This small program is a shortcut to features found within your apps. Widgets provide an “at-a-glance” view of information such as the weather, your heart rate, or a calculator. Widgets can now easily be added to your home screen which allows Apple to catch up to Android by adding this highly useful feature.
“Quality of Life” Improvements:
An incoming call is now a small notification, with a picture of the caller, at the top of your screen. Gone are the days when a call takes over your whole screen.
Siri has become a “glowy light” at the bottom of the screen so you have more real estate on your iPad when invoking your digital assistant.
FaceTime is now a “picture-in-picture” that also allows you to see other apps while you’re talking,
App Clips, small applets discoverable at the point of use, have been added to let you preview an app for a specific task. Ex. If I want to rent a bike in San Francisco, I would walk up to the bike rental and that app clip should be available when I get close to the rental rack. Since it’s a lightweight version, you can download the app clip quickly to try before downloading the full version.
iOS 14 now allows you to use your iPhone as digital car keys to unlock and start your car. The first implementation is on the BMW 5 series.
There’s a lot more to share with you. Give us a call and we can talk to you about how the iOS 14 improvements can help you improve your products and services. Or, we can talk about other technology challenges you may have.
Jeff Bromley Jeff@thingee.com 973-644-9012 ext. 11
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