Although in strictly online format, Apple's WWDC developer conference has started this year as well: announcements exiled to online broadcasts due to the coronavirus epidemic have brought important innovations, including around iOS, iPadOS and the MacOS house. The whip event, of course, erupted at the end of the event, with perhaps the most important announcement of the past 15 years that the company is also transitioning to proprietary ARM-based processors on Macs – remembered in a separate material.
ALL APP IN ONE PLACE on, the company has made spectacular transformations, as he puts it, this is the “biggest update ever” to the home screen interface. One of the main innovations is the introduction of the App Library, which can be accessed by scrolling to the last page of the home screen: here all apps can be accessed in a single interface, automatically categorized, thus reducing the number of duplicate pages on the home screen. The concept is strongly driven by the Android app account available on most app launchers from the beginning, which Apple speculates with the aforementioned auto-grouping, and automatically pre-places apps deemed useful in a given situation. There is also a search bar at the top of the interface.
Widgets will be smarter, users can attach them to any point on the home screen in different sizes – the widgets can also be called Smart Stack, with the latter always on the device.
Finally, incoming calls and conversations with Siri don't take up the entire screen either: the former appear in a compact bar at the top of the screen, and you leave the app you're currently using. while Siri interactions are hosted by an animated icon at the bottom of the screen. Also multitasking-friendly is the support for Picture-in-Picture mode across the entire width of the system, including FaceTime calls. In this case, the conversation or video being played can be tracked in a smaller window by navigating to the home screen or another application. The iOS messenger is also updated, with Messages allowing users to top important conversations at the top of the list, and group conversations with the ability to mark individual members and reply to selected messages.
Between announcements there is also a solution called App Clips: the latter is reminiscent of the Android Instant Apps solution, ie it allows you to access certain pages and functions of an application without fully installing it. “Application slices” can even be shared from web interfaces or inbound messages and also support Sign in with Apple.
With Apple Maps, route planning capabilities are enhanced, with the ability to create bike itineraries. In these cases, in addition to the traffic, the application also takes into account whether there are stairs on the given route and what elevations the user has to deal with. In addition, roads in the map folder can be planned specifically for electric cars, including chargers on demand – of course, the app also takes into account their type. Maps also gets a new feature called Guides, which helps you explore a city’s attractions and popular sites, based on recommendations from various online sources such as The Washington Post or AllTrails.
IOS 14 also expands the privacy arsenal: all apps already need permission to track users, and with location sharing, you can only share your approximate geographic location with an app, instead of the exact location. In addition, more detailed information about the camera and microphone access of the apps is provided, and in the App Store, developers must list their own privacy practices on the pages of each app in a format that is easy for everyone to understand. Users can also retrofit their existing accounts in various services to the Sign in with Apple sign-in solution. The more secure protection also extends to the Safari browser, which adds a Privacy Report interface that tracks exactly what trackers the browser has blocked and whether the user's saved passwords have been affected by any data leaks.
Also worth mentioning is the newly introduced Translate function, which currently supports 11 languages, be it text or voice-based translation. With this, Apple is also trying to build its own alternative to Google Trasnlate, but of course it will take some time if it wants to compete seriously with its much more extensive language support.
We can already open and launch certain cars through this – of course, if vehicles that support the technology are also on the market. The feature is expected to be supported for the first time by next year's BMW 5 models. Users will also be able to store digital keys in iCloud, so if they lose their device, they can access it from another device – but even share it with iMessage.
iPad: FOCUS ON CERUZA
As for iPad-specific innovations, iPadOS 14 also seeks to make better use of its available screen interface and, like field iOS, translates incoming calls and Sirit into a compact form. The search has been completely rewritten by Apple, allowing you to search for other apps, files, contacts, or even web content on your device without leaving that app.
Sidebars are updated in a number of company applications, including [Photos] Files, Files, Notes, Calendar, and Apple Music apps, making it easier to navigate them while keeping content visible.
With Apple Pencil, users can now use the “Scribble” feature
Handwriting recognition is all the way takes place on a device so potentially sensitive information doesn’t leave the iPad in the meantime. In addition, the system can now recognize addresses, dates, or phone numbers from written texts and offer users the next steps, such as saving the number or adding an event to the calendar.
The AR capabilities of iPads are also expanded: ARKit 4 comes with a new Depth API for depth detection that allows developers to access precise depth information. Apple promises that this will give way to features such as real-time, precisely tailored virtual garments for the user during AR garments, or virtual repainting of walls in a room just before real painting.
The release of iOS and iPadOS 14 Developer Preview is available to Apple Developer Program participants on the company's developer site today, and a public beta of the system will begin next month.
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