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Thingee WWDC20 Update: iPadOS 14 & watchOS 7 Features| Thingee’s Tech-Talk

  • Posted by: Jeff Bromley
  • Category: Blog, Thingee Tech-Talk

In this week’s Tech-Talk, Rob and Jeff continue reporting on announcements from Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC20). 

iPadOS 14 — Apple has packed a lot of new features and improvements in the latest operating system update for the iPad:

  • Augmented Reality (AR): Built right into iPad OS and iOS, AR support includes a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Scanner to bring the real world into the virtual one. This visualization is especially useful with medical apps.
  • Trackpad and Mouse Support: Trackpad and mouse support are now built-in and include a round cursor that automatically transforms, depending on the app and where you are within it. 
    • Trackpad is helpful for those who simply need basic applications on the iPad, such as Microsoft Office and the Adobe creative suite. With Apple silicon, we may see the convergence of one app for all Apple devices. 
    • The Scribble feature allows Apple Pencil users to convert handwriting to typed text
  • Widget Support: 
    • Widgets have been added and make use of the larger iPad screen (vs. iPhone). The amount of data displayed on the iPad can enable you to, for example, not only view your next meeting but also the meeting location, time, and with whom you’re meeting. Apple also added intelligence so that the right widgets are displayed on your screen at the right point in your day.
  • Slide Over:  You have ready access to multiple apps on your home screen with Slide Over.

watchOS 7 — This release is significant not in the amount of new features but because they are ones Apple watch users have wanted:

  • Watch faces: Apple makes it easier to view and change watch faces seamlessly, create custom watch faces, and see more information at-a-glance on your watch screen.
  • Improved Health App:
    • The Apple watch has revolutionized individual health awareness with features like fall detection, electrocardiogram (ECG), and other vital sign monitoring throughout the day. The amount of data you can get about yourself is almost overwhelming.
    • The improved Sleep app differentiates between sleeping and waking states, helps you establish a bedtime routine, and gives you a morning weather report and battery level check. There’s also a tactic alarm that taps you on the wrist to wake you up at the right point in your sleep cycle. The sleep tracking app is one of the most requested features for the Apple watch.
    • The hand washing app uses motion sensors and the microphone to know how long you’ve washed your hands. If you stop washing in less than 20 seconds, it encourages you to continue. It can also remind you to wash your hands when you get home. “Important safety tip, Ray. Thanks.” (Ghostbusters)
    • The updated Noise app has been expanded to include headphone levels so you can protect your hearing while in a meeting or listening to your favorite music.

So how do you tie these new features together into technology solutions that move your business forward? Thingee has over 20 years of experience in helping life sciences professionals do just that. Give us a call.

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Jeff Bromley
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