WWDC20 Look up: iOS 14 or big changes, and “hard goods” such as ARM Macs

Apple has always been known for its “soft and hard collaboration”, behind each piece of hardware is the underlying software services, and even in the eyes of some people, Apple software built the ecology is the main reason why they have been inseparable from Apple hardware. So in addition to the fall launch, the WWDC Developerconference conference in June will also attract a lot of attention. This year’s WWDC20 will open at 2 a.m. Beijing time on June 23, and according to Apple, it will be the “largest” worldwide developer conference to date.

Although it is not possible to hold it online for some well-known reasons, the first virtual hosting format has also made the developer conference more anticipated.

In accordance with WWDC’s past practice, new versions will be available in Apple ecosystems such as iOS, iPad OS, watchOS, macOS, etc. While hardware releases are not WWDC’s “fixed programs,” it’s also rumoured that we’ll welcome more than one new product at WWDC20.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

After the “stability” of iOS 12 and iOS 13, iOS 14 may bring more new elements that are eye-catching, starting with “New List View” and “Screen Widgets.”

Apple hasn’t changed much of the home screen map on iOS in the past, and the layout of the app grid has been tested over and over again, familiar to users since the first iPhone and continues to do so. But according to code found bymedia from earlier leaked versions of iOS 14, iOS 14 will add a “new list view” to the reserved app grid layout, where users can view all apps on the device in a scrolling list of pages, similar to the list view of the Apple Watch.

In addition, iOS 14 is said to include elements of the Desktop Widget, but unlike the fixed widgets in iPad OS 13, iOS 14’s Desktop Widget sits freely on the home screen, just like an app icon.

For example, a built-in weather app can provide a real-time icon that is slightly larger than a normal app icon that shows outdoor temperature and weather conditions. The Fitness Records app also provides full-size widgets that show the day’s sports rings.

iOS 14 may also support changing the default app. Because frequent approval of first-party apps hinders competition, last yearmedia said Apple was considering allowing users to change default apps and music services, such as HomePod, which is no longer limited to Apple Music, but can default to Spotify, and iOS, which can replace default preferences such as Apple’s safari and Mail apps with third-party browsers and mail apps.

As with last year’s iOS 13, this year iOS 14 will also upgrade several bring-your-own apps, including Maps, Safari, And Find.

Map: More elements will be added to highlight the elements found in the map, such as the specific service information of the store, such as the reservation of the Genius Bar, the timing of today at Apple, etc., when you can find the nearby Apple Store;

Find: New notifications will be added, and the updated Find app will include a new option that will notify the user when someone doesn’t arrive at a specific location at a scheduled time of day (make it easier for girlfriends to check posts…? );

Safari: Will have chrome-like translation sit-ins built-in and thanks to a neural engine that can be used even without Internet access

In addition to the above, iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 may have the following new features:

New wallpaper settings page: includes images by category, as well as featured images from the “Shot on iPhone”;

The new “Clips” API: will allow users to experience some features without downloading the full app, and users will scan the code linked to the app and then interact with them directly on the card on the screen;

Added a variety of Emoji 13 emojis: 62 new expressions, such as tearful smiley faces, polar bears, seals, pearl milk tea, pickups, hot pot, teapot, wand, beetle, Pinata, and more.

iCloud Keychain: Advanced features such as two-step verification may be added.

Suitable devices: There is a lot of evidence that the iOS 14/iPad OS 14 will be the same as the iOS 13/iPad OS 13 and will support devices such as the iPhone 6S, released in 2015, and the iPad Air 2, released in 2014.

WatchOS 7

Last year’s watchOS 6 focused on features such as watchface, standalone App Store, health features, and hearing health. Unsurprisingly, Apple will also unveil watchOS 7 at the WWDC20 developer conference, with the upgrade likely to continue to focus on features such as watchface and health monitoring.

As a new element essential to each watchOS, the watchOS 7 will also introduce a new dial, perhaps including a new graphic dial called Infograph Pro, the biggest highlight of which is the introduction of a new component called the “speedometer”, a feature frequently used on the mechanical table that measures the speed of the travel distance by marking the speed of the gradually smaller on the outer side of the bezel (e.g. 300, 275, 250, 225, etc.). It can also be used to calculate workload and calculate completion time.

In addition, watchOS 7 is said to support watch disk sharing, allowing users to share their custom dials with other Apple Watch users.

In other ways, watchOS 6 may also include two new features, Children’s Mode, which allows parents to set up and manage their children’s Apple Watch on their iPhone, and School Time, which allows managers to set up which apps and complex features are available at certain times, such as school hours.

Other interesting new features include:

Photo Dial will allow “Shared Albums” as a wallpaper source;

“Sleep Mode” and “Noise Detection” will be added to the control center;

The new fitness app will guide users through workouts by displaying some dynamic icons;

Hardware

While WWDC is Apple’s stage for developers around the world, much more revolves around the software ecosystem, there are occasional “hard stakes” such as WWDC19’s Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR; WWDC17’s iMac Pro, iPad Pro, HomePod; WWDC13’s “Trash” Mac Pro, and more.

Looking ahead to the WWDC20, the likelihood of Apple launching new hardware this time is also very high.

The first is the ARM Mac. Rumours of The Mac’s adoption of Apple’s own ARM chip have long been the “evergreen tree” of tech gossip, and it was first rumoured that Apple is developing a project codenamed Kalamata, including software and hardware, to make iPhones, iPads and Macs work together more seamlessly.

Last year’s “Project Catalyst” by WWDC should be the way Apple is making the arm Mac. With this technology, developers can easily port apps for iOS/iPad OS to macOS platforms.

Bloomberg reported last week that they said Apple would announce the ARM Mac at the WWDC conference as soon as possible, and they also claimed that Apple would develop at least three of its own processors for the Mac, the first based on the A14 chip, but that the internal design could be adapted to the Mac.

The first ARM Mac could be a 12-inch MacBook, which was launched by Apple after the new MacBook Air was released. Of course, because the hardware transition takes several months, the timing of the ARM Mac’s release is still subject to change. It’s more likely that Apple will only announce the ARM Mac on WWDC20, but not the hardware, which will leave developers with enough time to adapt.

IMac is also likely to launch a new model, and will feature wide design elements such as four-framed iPad Pro, with an overall look that is closer to the Pro Display XDR display launched last year, which has been found in the leaked iOS 14 code.

According to Dickson, the new iMac will feature amd Navi Series graphics processors introduced last year and will achieve all-flash storage, away from the hybrid Fusion Drive system, which has paired smaller SSDs with larger traditional hard drives to balance speed and capacity.

In addition to ARM Mac and iMac Pro, the following hardware is also likely to be unveiled at WWDC20:

Bluetooth Locator AirTag;

New Apple TV;

Headset AirPods Studio;

New HomePod

The outbreak of new Crown pneumonia has brought many uncertainties around the world, and as the first Worldwide Developers Conference in virtual online format, WWDC20 will bring many new experiences and make people look forward to the official opening of the conference.

June 23 at 1 a.m. Weifeng network will also open graphic sitcoms and videos for the whole live broadcast, if you are interested, don’t miss!