WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

If the iPhone launch is a “tech-ring ingon”, WWDC is a “straight-through spring evening”, and as iOS devices become more and more popular, WWDC, which has become Apple’s “wind vane”, has attracted a lot of attention. But under the influence of this year’s global outbreak, the much-anticipated MWC was forced to cancel, followed by Computex 2020, and even Google I/O released a beta version of Android 11.

In this case WWDC instead gives the exact timing of the event, certainly not unexpectedly held online, but also because it attracted all the world’s attention to come together, become the largest WWDC in history, can be said to be the vast number of technology enthusiasts expected.

On June 16, Apple sent out an invitation to WWDC 2020 online events, announcing that the developer conference will be held online on June 23 at 1:00 a.m. Beijing time and will also be broadcast in Tencent videos, Aichi, Youku and Beep. The Geek Choice will also be the first to bring coverage.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

In accordance with the practice of previous years, iOS, iPad OS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and other platform operating systems will usher in a major version of the update. On the hardware side, the old-time iMac 2020 and the ARM-chip Mac notebook are likely to unlock the mystery. Of course, there is now a lot of relevant exposure information, in WWDC has a week or so before the geek choice with everyone to “preview” the knowledge point in advance. Of course, most of this information is the industry’s explosive and some from the leaked update package found the end, if the end does not come true, you should not be too surprised.

iOS 14 and iPad OS14

It is understood that iOS 14 will be compatible with all devices that can run iOS 13, which means the iPhone 6s, released as early as 2015, will also be available.

Home screen view with new list style

From the beginning of the iPhone, the home screen view with a grid style has become a typical layout for smartphones. In iOS 14, Apple may add a list-style home screen view based on the app grid, where we can sort apps by frequency of usage, suggestions from Siri, and more.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

More dynamic icons / widgets

In iOS 14, the home screen of the iPhone and iPad will support a variety of style widgets that can be placed on the home screen like a normal icon or moved freely. Developers can create three different types of icon styles to choose from.

1. Classic static icon

2. Dynamic icon sing-out display of data and keys

3. Full-size widgets

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

iPad OS 14 will support global mouse

Messages from the 9to5Mac, according to the exposed code, show that Apple will introduce global mouse support in iPad OS 14, which will bring the iPad experience closer to the MacBook, but one difference is that the cursor pointer will automatically disappear if the user does nare without touching the external mouse or trackpad for a few seconds.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

New PencilKit features

IOS 14 may include a new feature of PencilKit that transforms text written by Apple Pencil into electronic text through OCR recognition. For example, when we receive a message, we can use Apple Pencil to write a message to someone, automatically convert it to electronic text that is easier to read and edit, and then send it to the other person.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

Allows you to set your own default apps

This iOS 14 will be more open, supporting making third-party apps as default apps such as browsers, email, music, and more.

watchOS 7

In recent years, apple Watch has become increasingly competitive with health monitoring. On this WWDC, the watchOS 7 upgrade will also focus on health, with new dials and more.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

Support for blood oxygen monitoring

Apple has plans to add blood oxygen monitoring to watchOS 7 and Apple Watch Series 6, according to the code leaked in iOS 14. But it’s unclear whether the feature only supports Apple Watch Series 6, and if it’s a new feature for WatchOS 7, it’s likely that older Apple Watch will support blood oxygen monitoring through a system upgrade.

Add sleep monitoring

The Apple Watch has never had a built-in sleep monitoring app, and it’s possible to include this feature in watchOS 7, which generates relevant sleep data and makes targeted recommendations to improve sleep.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

Join a new dial and support dial sharing

WatchOS 7 will introduce a new dial called Infograph Pro, which supports a speedometer that measures the speed of travel over a certain distance. In addition, watchOS 7 will support watch disk sharing, allowing users to share their watch face to other users.

Join child management and work patterns

In this update, watchOS 7 may include two new features, Children’s Mode and Learning Time. The former allows parents to manage their child’s Apple Watch on an iPhone, while the latter is similar to the meditation mode in a smartphone, enabling it during special time periods such as study and work, where only certain necessary apps can be opened.

Arm processor-based Mac

Apple is likely to unveil arm-based Macs at this year’s developer conference, according to Bloomberg. Perhaps the first product is the 12-inch MacBook, which hasn’t been updated since 2015 and is positioned to be the best fit for ARM processor sourcing. ARM’s innate lying low power and energy efficiency ratios over intel Core M processors of the same class, coupled with Apple’s extensive experience with “high-performance” custom versions of A-Series chips, is likely to perform much better than Intel processors of the same class.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

If the product succeeds, Apple is likely to break away from Intel by covering all of its PC product lines in the future. There may also be a cheap MacBook that will take up more market share.

iMac 2020: Big Look Update

In addition to ARM notebooks, Apple’s desktop iMac is also likely to be updated at the conference, and the iMac’s appearance hasn’t changed much since 2012. Recently, foreign sources have reported that the iMac 2020 is likely to have a completely new design, and that icon footage has been found in the leaked iOS 14 code.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

Combined with the information available, the new iMac removes its wide chin, uses a design language similar to the iPad Pro, and has a narrow bezel design on the Pro Display.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

Apple’s first headset

In other hardware, Apple’s first headset is likely to appear at the conference, after an earlier leaked version of iOS 14 revealed an icon footage of what appeared to be a headset. Available in black and white, the headset is a wireless noise-cancelling headset that supports Siri voice wake-up.

WWDC 2020: Software ecology is still powerful Hardware products or surprises

More information about this WWDC will be available on June 23 at 1:00 A.M. Beijing time.