Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote: What's Next for the iPhone, iPad and Mac

James Marshall
June 5, 2018

The new update will be available this fall and it will be available to all devices which now have iOS11. Multiple reports have suggested Apple is testing a new redesigned iBooks app that will focus on curation.

There is also a dedicated WWDC app in the Apple App Store.

We only saw a brief demo of this, but it looked like a fun new app. Apple is also using AR in other ways to: showing you what a guitar will look like in your house, for example. It's an open source format and all native iOS apps will support reading USDZ files. The company also brought on stage executives from Adobe, who announced support for USDZ throughout its Creative Cloud. The game-slash-experience supports up to four players for cooperative play. The Lego AR app tracked the position of the physical set and built virtual Lego sets around it to create a Lego town.

Its new abilities appear to be an attempt to expand its capabilities without requiring the kind of personal data-sharing that Android requires to get the best out of Google Assistant.

Siri is getting a new feature, too. As part of all this, there is a new Shortcuts app by Apple.

Stocks and Voice Memos coming to the iPad. There will be iCloud support, as well.

Apple has received criticism, from protesting Stanford students to large company stakeholders like the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the latter of which penned a letter criticizing the iPhone's addictiveness particularly for children. Participants can be added at any time, join later if the conversation is still active and choose to join using video or audio from an iPhone, iPad or Mac - or even participate using FaceTime audio from Apple Watch. The new Bedtime mode dims the display and keeps notifications from disrupting the user's sleep until the morning. DND is also easy to activate in various forms from the Control Center.

Carplay will now let you pick which app you use for navigation.

The most notable enhancement is called "Screen Time", an activity report showing how much time you're spending inside of individual apps, how often you pick up your phone and which apps are sending you the most notifications.

This is the event where Apple previews the next major updates to its iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Watch software at WWDC. They can set time limits on specific apps. New characters incoming include a ghost, koala, tiger and T-rex. Yes, now you the iPhone X will detect your tongue movements, yay! Even though it isn't as big as one would have expected, key new features such as notification group, shortcuts for iOS, search on Photos, and all the digital health features make up for an update that seems quite promising. You can chat with up to 32 people and it's integrated into iMessage.

FaceTime has also been integrated into Messages, so a group message can be turned into a group FaceTime call.

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