Apple showcases iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 at WWDC
At its Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple announced a slew of new and updated features for its operating systems for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Mac; and Apple Watch. All of these updates to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS will release this fall.
Most of the WWDC presentation focused on iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. Some of the major features that came out of it that impacted both were major redesigns for Apple News and Stocks. The redesigned versions of these apps made for iOS 12 will also be incorporated into Mojave as part of the "first phase" of a multi-year project to enable developers to more easily port iOS apps to macOS without losing what makes the two operating systems unique and easy to navigate for the hardware designed to use them.
Another improved feature that will be used by multiple Apple operating systems is FaceTime. FaceTime will now be able to support group video and audio conversations with up to 32 participants on devices running iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 (the last of which will be able to join via FaceTime Audio).
Major features improved for iOS 12 include Animoji (and the introduction of more personalized "Memoji" that will seemingly be a viable alternative for Apple users to Bitmoji), augmented reality, and notifications (users will finally be able to group notifications together and clear them based on both app and category). Apple CarPlay will now be able to support third party navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze. Improvements have also been made to Siri and the iOS Photos app, allowing users to use Siri for all apps using a dedicated Siri Shorcuts app and also allowing users to search for photos based on key features such as the people, objects, or locations within them.
The iOS 12 update will be compatible with all devices that are currently compatible with iOS 11, including the 6th generation iPod touch.
Version 10.14 of Apple's operating system for its Mac hardware has the official name of macOS Mojave. Alongside an official dark mode for the OS, Apple is also introducing a new feature called "Stacks" to help users declutter their desktops by enabling them to group together files based on their type and their creation time. Improvements to Quick Look will enable editing files without opening them in Preview, allowing users to mark up, crop, and rotate images and PDF documents, as well as trim audio and video files.
Apple has published all of these details and more on pages dedicated to iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. Apple also has a recording of its WWDC 2018 Keynote Presentation available on its website.
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