WWDC 2018: The Good, The Bad and The Meh

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Apple’s WWDC is the tech giant’s annual developer conference. Held from the 4th of June 2018 to the 8th of June 2018 at the San Jose Convention Center in California, the WWDC 2018 is a go-to place for anyone who is interested about all that Apple has to offer.

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Here’s what we found cool at WWDC 2018 (Image Credits: CBS)

This year, however, rather than blow our minds with new products such as Macbooks, iMacs, and new iPhones, Apple rather decided to improve (at least they tried to) upon what they have. As such WWDC 2018 was sort of a precursor to Apple’s bigger launch that would take place in September this year. So what exactly did Apple announce at WWDC 2018? Well, we made a list of the more interesting ones.

iOS 12

Making its debut at WWDC 2018, the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile platform comes with a variety of new features. These include group face Time, new Animoji, improvements to Apple’s mobile assistant Siri and also a number of performance improvements to older generation iPhones.

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Highlights of WWDC 2018 (Image Credits: The Verge

Speaking of older generation iPhones, Apple also made no qualms in emphasizing that Apple and iOS 11 have the highest adoption rate amongst smartphones. In comparison, Android is sadly somewhat left in the dust. So in order to soothe over older generation iPhone users, they also spoke a lot about how iOS 12 would run smoothly on devices such as the iPhone 6.

Making a joke of yourself

With the advancements in AR and VR and also with apps such at Bitmoji, it’s gotten a lot easier to express the funny side of ourselves. Apple’s new Memoji features showcased at WWDC 2018, allows you to create a customized avatar of yourself akin to an Animoji and it will follow your head as you move it around.

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With iOS 12, you can find new ways to make a meme of yourself (Image Credits: 9to5Mac)

Get more FaceTime

With iOS 12, iPhone users can now carry out FaceTime video calls and chat with up to 32 people. That’s essentially talking with everyone at our office if we all had iPhones. Of course, video conferencing is nothing new. And it’d probably be easier just to get everyone together in the cafeteria.

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Ever wanted to have a 32 person conversation? Well, now you can (Image Credits:.Trendolizer)

A smarter Siri

If you felt that Siri was in need of an update, well this might be what you were waiting for. A new feature called “Shortcuts” mixes with apps to create custom voice commands. Using the Tile Bluetooth tracker, the demo at WWDC 2018 showcased the creation of a voice command “find my keys” to activate the Tile app locator feature.

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Siri gets a lot smarter with iOS 12

Once identified, you can add these features to Siri via the “Add to Siri” option located within apps. Further, you can also train Siri to launch a set of actions with custom commands.

Running late for a meeting? Siri will give you prompts to inform your colleagues if it looks like you’re getting late. At the movies? Siri will also remind you to put your phone on silent. Want to book an appointment for a haircut? Siri will not do that for you. Despite the advances, it’s still a far cry from Google Assistant.

Know your Limits

Following in Google’s footsteps, Apple too is joining the bandwagon of letting its users know that they are spending too much time on their phones. This is especially useful to prevent eye fatigue for both adults and children. In addition, if you’re on a limited mobile data plan, it can help you save data and not go overboard.

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With App Limits, iOS users can set a limit on how long they can use an app for. (Image Credits: MacHash)

With “App Limits’, iPhone users can set a specific duration on how long they want to use an app. Once the limit time is reached, a full-screen notification will popup stating that the allocated time has been reached. In addition to this, iOS 12 will also show how much time a user has been spending on all apps.

ARKit 2.0

Perhaps the coolest feature Apple announced at WWDC 2018 was ARKit 2.0. In case you were wondering, ARKit is Apple’s framework for augmented reality apps and games. Available to the iPhone, ARKit 2.0 offers improved facial tracking, more realistic rendering of objects, 3D object detection and shared experiences.

So how impressive is ARKit 2.0? Well, have you ever wanted to measure the length of something but didn’t have a tape close at hand? Well, ARKit 2.0 can help you with that particular scenario.

watchOS 5

The latest update to Apple’s wearable platform, the Apple Watch, watchOS 5 brings about new ways for you to stay healthier. It introduces new workout types, challenges for friends and even an automatic workout detection.

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You can also transform your Apple Watch into a Walkie Talkie. There are no exact details on how it would work. For example, would all watches have to be on the same Wi-Fi network, akin to how real walkie talkies are on the same frequency? We don’t really know for sure, but we are assuming that Apple is doing this to get more people to buy Apple Watches

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You can now use your Apple Watch to talk with your friends over short distances (Image Credits: CNET)

Meet macOS Mojave

Now, this is for all the Mac users. The latest version of the Mac operating system, titled “Mojave” brings a number of updates. First off is the dark mode that dims most of the elements on the screen.

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Then you have a collection of new tools that help you stay organized. This takes the form of Desktop stacks. This essentially groups related icons into one pile. You can even set your desktop wallpaper to change according to the time of day. Needless to say, none of these are novel and we’re actually quite disappointed by Apple at this point.

And that’s what we saw at WWDC 2018

Well, these are some of the things we saw at WWDC 2018. There’s not a lot of awesome stuff. Just a bunch of updates that likel will not change the minds of hardcore Android or Windows users. With Apple’s next big launch set to happen in September, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the company is working on.

You can also check out the Apple Website for more info on past WWDC events as well.

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