Apple made several huge announcements during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). For the first time, Apple held the annual event entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, Apple announced updates for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about what Apple announced during the WWDC 2020 event.
If you want to know more about Apple’s announcements about macOS 11 Big Sur, check out our first-hand review of the new operating system here.
WWDC Announcements for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
During this year’s WWDC, Apple unveiled new updates coming to iPhones and iPads this year. The new operating system for iPhones, called iOS 14, will bring improved features and a new look. The new operating system for iPads, called iPadOS 14, will bring improvements for the Apple Pencil, redesigned apps, and more.
One of the biggest updates included in iOS 14 is the Compact Calls feature. With this feature, all incoming call notifications will no longer take up your whole screen. Instead, the notification will be a short rectangle with the name of the caller, their profile image, and the icons for answering and rejecting the call.
Compact Calls will also be available for iPads with iPadOS 14.
The updates for iOS 14 will also let you continue using other apps while you are making a video call. With the new Picture-in-Picture feature, you can swipe up while making a FaceTime call to move your video to the corner of your screen.
This feature can also be used for any videos you are watching via an app like Safari. Then you can watch your videos while using other apps without interruption.
Home Screen Widgets
Both iOS14 and iPadOS 14 will also let you add widgets to your Home Screen. That means you will be able to see your calendar, weather forecasts, and more without swiping or scrolling. You will also be able to resize these widgets and arrange them in any way you like.
Additionally, the new iPhone and iPad system updates will also bring improvements to the Safari, Messages, and Maps apps. Most updates will be the same as the ones for macOS 11 Big Sur.
Other iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Updates
Apple also announced other iOS 14 features to look forward to during the WWDC event. Some of the new features include CarPlay, which lets you unlock and start your car with your smartphone. There’s also improved features to manage your smart home devices, better AirPods experience, a new Translation feature, and more.
You will be able to install iOS 14 for free this fall on iPhone 6s models and newer models.
If you need to upgrade your iPhone, check out our review of the new iPhone SE 2020 here.
Apple’s WWDC announcements about the new iPadOS 14 include improved features for the Apple Pencil, such as handwriting and shape recognition. You will also be able to use the Apple Pencil on any text field on the tablet, not just on a drawing or a note-taking app.
The new iPadOS 14 will also bring you augmented reality experiences. It will let you “travel and explore” cities and famous landmarks.
You will be able to install iPadOS 14 for free this fall on the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later
WWDC Announcements for watchOS 7
If you use an Apple Watch, you will love the customization updates that will be unveiled this fall with watchOS 7. As revealed at this year’s WWDC, Apple Watch Faces will now be customizable and shareable. You can share a Watch Face you have created via a text message, email, or a link. The App Store will also make it easy for you to find Watch Faces you might like.
The new watchOS7 will also have a Sleep Mode, a sleep chart that lets you monitor your sleep cycles, and more features that are sure to help you get a good night’s rest. New workouts will be added to the Fitness app, and bike-friendly routes will be viewable on Apple Maps.
Moreover, watchOS 7 will come with a handwashing reminder and a timer that lets you know when you’ve washed your hands long enough. The Noise app will also see improvements to keep your auditory health in tip-top shape.
You will be able to install watchOS 7 on any Apple Watch Series 3 and up this fall. You will need an iPhone 6s or newer running iOS 14.
Beyond OS Updates
At the WWDC event, Apple also announced that it will stop using Intel chips in its computers. Instead, Apple will be producing and using their own chips from now on. This change will make it possible to run iPhone and iPad apps on new Mac computers, as well as Intel-based and Linux apps.
While we wait for fall for the release of these new updates, you might want to look into Apple’s back to school sale first.