Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2020 is just a day away and is going to happen online for the first time, given the circumstances. This makes it although more exciting as the fans from all over can catch the conference from the comfort of their homes. It will be interesting to see how the conference has been planned this year.
What can we expect from WWDC 2020 Keynote?
iMessage is rumored to get some new features this year and we can’t wait. One of these includes a new typing indicator for group chats, which will enable you to see who is writing in the group at that time. This is an interesting feature as previously iMessage didn’t have this facility and it will make it easy to understand who is responding to the group chats.
Sources also tell us that iMessage will get support for mentions which means that, just like on Whatsapp, you can mention someone in the group chat to divert their attention towards your message.
iOS 14 (Or iPhoneOS 14) And iPadOS 14
Another exciting update that we can expect is the iOS 14 update which we can expect anytime in fall. The update will come with a plethora of new features including the new iMessage feature, an AR app called ‘Gobi’, changes to the home screen, widget support and so much more.
Improved “Find My”
Other sources reveal that Find My App will get a new feature. Users will be able to set alerts if a person doesn’t reach a specified place at a set time which can be used in various ways like to check whether your kids are at school on time or not, and many others.
iCloud Keychain Improvements
iCloud Keychains may also be getting modifications. This is a built-in password manager that helps sync across all the Apple devices. iOS 14 update for iCloud Keychain will warn you if you reuse the passwords across different websites. This ensures the security of devices and personal information.
Apple Pencil, a feature of iPads will get an update wherein you will be able to use the Apple Pencil to write texts in the text fields, helping you to fill forms by just writing in them and the iPad will automatically convert the handwritten text into the standard text before you submit the form. This will make it quite easy for the users to make notes, send emails, conduct searches, and so on.
It is also rumored that Apple may rename iOS 14 to iPhoneOS 14. We don’t know how authentic the statement is, but it is definitely something we can watch out for, since last year Apple gave iPadOS.
Other updates that we can expect in WWDC 2020 conference include the following
Apple may also release a developer beta of iOS 14 after the event, with a public beta that may follow. But we can expect the iOS 14 Launch in fall this year.
Following the last year release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, this year Apple plans to launch macOS 10.16, about which not much is known.
Reports suggest that Apple might replace the Message app on Mac with a Catalyst version of iOS’ Messages app, which means that all the iMessage features will be available on Mac too including the message effects, mentions, and all other changes.
On the lines of iOS 14, we may get a developer beta for macOS10.16 post the event as well.
The Apple Watch may get the sleep tracking feature helping you to track your sleep. It will also have a kids mode, which includes the new Activity App that will measure movement time instead of the calorie burn. Another School time feature will allow parents to decide what apps will be available to the kids during specific school hours.
A new watch face feature is also in the talks, which suggests that a new ‘Infography Pro’ face with a built-in tachymeter will be available for the Apple Watch. Other features include blood pressure monitoring, and measuring blood oxygen levels.
tvOS 14 will be announced in the WWDC 2020 keynote. Reports suggest that Apple TV may get a fitness app, the same as on iOS 14.
Rumors suggest that iMac may have a redesigned look, which is definitely due since it’s in the same pattern since 2012. It may also have face ID, come with a T2 security chip and AMD Navi graphics and SSD storage.
iMac may be available for purchase in the latter half of this year.
Rumoured Hardware Announcements
Some hardware announcements may be on the cards as well.
AirPods Studio: Reports suggest that Apple may launch its own headphones. Most likely they will be called Airpods Studio and will be amongst the range of Airpods, Airpods 2, and Airpods Pro.
The Airpods Studio may have Active noise cancellation, equalizer settings, and other features. Also, they may use head or neck detection to automatically play or pause music. These may be priced at $349, and an affordable version might also be launched which will be fitness-oriented.
AirPower Charging Mat: Even though the Airpower was supposedly canceled, the company is rumored to be working on a smaller charging mat similar to AirPower. Jon Prosser recently tweeted that ‘Airpower isn’t dead’ and if reports are to be believed the company has tested the Airpower for charging Apple Watch.
Refreshed Apple Tv: The Apple Tv may have a new look with A12X Bionic chipset, storage options, and a redesigned remote, giving it a revamp.
So get ready for the first-ever online formatted WWDC 2020 conference as the company lists down its newest updates and additions in the keynote. One can expect some innovations and experiments on the company’s part to keep the event interesting in the online format. Let’s see what WWDC 2020 has in store for you, as you know Apple has many surprises up their sleeves for its fans and we can’t wait. Tune into Apple’s Website at 10.30 pm IST on 22nd June 2020 for a different experience altogether.
We’ ll be certainly back after the event with the updates. Stay tuned.