On June 22, Apple will hold is annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC).
But rather than gathering thousands of developers and journalists inside the
McEnery Convention Center in San Jose California, the event will be
an?online-only experience?due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
But the new format isn?t stopping Apple from announcing new versions of its
operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, tvOS, and watchOS during its
Special Event Keynote.
While nothing is confirmed, plenty of rumors over the last few months have
allowed us to piece together what we can likely expect for all of its platforms.
But there?s also been speculation beyond software. In addition to new features
on devices on the iPhone and Apple Watch, the company might also announce its
future plans for switching to an ARM-based chip on its Macs.
And, speaking of Macs, there?s also talk of Apple unveiling aredesigned iMac
[https://www.macrumors.com/2020/06/09/imac-redesign-wwdc/]complete with thinner
bezels, a T2 chip, and more.
But let?s not get too ahead of ourselves, because clearly there?s a lot to
unpack here. So, let?s dive into some of the new features to expect at this
iOS 14? could pack a ton of new features.With iOS 13, Apple really focused onhowweusethe iPhone by adding features like
Dark Mode, a swipe-based keyboard, a new reminders app, and more. The operating
system essentially helped to make the phone feel a lot more intuitive.
With iOS 14, it seems like Apple might be giving us some fun features in
addition to the more practical ones.
But let?s start with the name of the operating system, because it looks like we
might be referring to it asiPhoneOS14.
Well-known Apple Leaker, Jon Prosser, simply tweeted the words ?iPhone OS?
without providing any further explanation. But I truly don?t think you need to
be a rocket scientist to figure this one out.
> iPhone OS.
? Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 18, 2020
[https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1273639086939611136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] Another noted leaker, Max Weinbach, responded to the tweet not only
corroborating the rumor but also mentioning the iPhone might now be called the
Apple Phone. But we?ll most likely have to wait until the September hardware
event for the latter.
As for iPhoneOS though, the new name does make sense given the fact that all the
other operating systems are named after its device: iPadOS, MacOS, WatchOS, etc.
I?m actually surprised it took this long to make the switch but better late than
never, I guess.
When it comes to features, let?s start with the one I?m most excited about: new
According to MacRumors, users will be able to do things like tag contacts to get
someone?s attention. For those of you who set your group chats to ?Do Not
Disturb? (AKA me), you?ll be able to receive push notifications if you?re
directly tagged in the chat.
Additionally, there might also be typing indicators in group chats to show who
is texting in real-time. You might also be able to mark messages as ?unread,?
complete with an icon to remind you to get back to it later.
Meanwhile, those of you who have a habit of sending drunk text messages to your
exes (also me) will be ecstatic to know you might be able to retract sent
messages. There?ll also be a little notification within the iMessage window that
clearly says ?message retracted? but you can always blame that on the glitchy
new operating system.
Another big feature for iOS 14 is an entirely new standalone Fitness App (also
[https://www.macrumors.com/2020/03/09/apple-ios-14-fitness-app-guided-workouts/] ). Said to be available on WatchOS 6 and tvOS 14, users will be able to download
workout routines across a wide range of activities (running, cycling,
stretching, core training, and more) to their iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple
Apple is reportedly working on an Augmented Reality app, too. According to
[https://9to5mac.com/2020/03/10/apple-developing-new-augmented-reality-app-for-ios-14-testing-apple-store-and-starbucks-partnership/] , the app will allow you to find information about a product by holding up your
iPhone and scanning the QR code. Things like pricing information and features
will then appear right in front of you.
Of course, the list of potential new features certainly goes on.
For instance,Apple Pencil
[https://www.macrumors.com/2020/03/09/ios-14-ocr-apple-pencil-text-conversion/] users might also be happy to know they might be able to handwrite text in a text
input field which will then be converted into standard text before pressing
send. On Safari, users might have the ability to translate web pages without
having to use third-party apps.
Then, there?s areport from Bloomberg
[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-20/apple-weighs-loosening-restrictions-on-rival-iphone-music-apps] that also states iOS 14 will allow users to set third-party apps as their
default options. Rather than having to stick to pre-installed ones like Safari
or Mail, they can go for Chrome and Gmail instead.
While it?s unclear exactly how many of these capabilities will make it into iOS,
er, iPhone OS 14, it?s obvious that Apple is truly making an effort to pack in
as much as possible.
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