- Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place on Monday.
- Apple has announed new features for the iPhone, and is expected to launch a sleep tracking app for the Apple Watch, and its own processors for the Mac.
- The event comes as Apple’s App Store policies have been under scrutiny as it faces an antitrust probe from the European Commission.
- We’ll be covering the event live as it unfolds, so refresh our live blog below to get the latest updates.
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Apple is kicking off its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, where it’s expected to announce new features for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other major products as well as the development of its own processors for the Mac.
WWDC is one of Apple’s biggest events of the year, attracting developers from all over the world. The tech giant is holding the event virtually for the first time in the conference’s 31-year-history because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple typically uses WWDC as an opportunity to provide developers and consumers with a preview of what’s to come for all of its major products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch, Mac computers, and Apple TV. The company sometimes announces new hardware products, but the focus of WWDC is usually on Apple’s software platforms rather than individual gadgets.
One of the biggest announcements we’re expecting to see is the the unveil of new processors for Mac computers that are based on the iPhone’s chips — signalling a big move away from chipmaker Intel.
We’ll be covering the event live below, so be sure to refresh for the latest updates as the event unfolds. All times are in PDT.
Now we’re talking about CarPlay, the feature that lets iPhone owners use their phone through car dashboards.
Apple Maps is getting a dedicated cycling option as well that includes information about bike paths and elevation. It can also let you know if a steep passage is coming up or if you’ll have to carry a bike up a flight of stairs during your route.
Apple Maps is getting Guides in iOS 14. These are curated guides for sightseeing and other points of interest. Google has offered similar features in Google Maps for years.
Now Federighi is back on stage to talk about Apple Maps. Apple is adding new features that make it easier to find places, he says.
Now we’re talking about the Messages app. You can now pin Conversations in the Messages app so that they’re easier to access quickly. New customizations and age options are coming to Memojis too, including the ability to add face coverings to your Memoji.
Apple is launching a new Siri app called Translate, which translates language on device. You can speak a phrase to Siri through the app, and get the translated text and audio immediately after.
Apple is also announcing some big changes to Siri. Apple’s voice helper is getting a new user interface and more advanced translation features.
Apple is also bringing Picture-in-Picture to the iPhone, the iPad feature that lets you watch a video in a smaller window while using other apps.
Apple is also making changes to how widgets look on the iPhone. The new designs have more data and are available in a variety of sizes. You can also drag them from the “Today” view, which is located to the left the home screen, and drop them on the main home screen.
With App Library, Apple automatically sorts apps into categories so that you don’t have to create home screen folders manually.
There’s a new space at the end of your home screen pages called the App Library. It groups apps into different folders for categories like Suggestions, Recently Added, Entertainment, and more.
First up is the iPhone home screen. He’s talking about how the iPhone’s home screen has stood the test of time.
Now Apple’s Craig Federighi is on screen to talk about iOS. He’s about to unveil iOS 14.
Apple is committed to being a “force for change,” Cook says.
Cook is starting off by addressing the issues racism, inequality, and injustice. “We must all aim far higher to build a future that lives up to our ideals,” he says. “This means taking action.”
Now we’re seeing Tim Cook on stage in an empty Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s campus.
The event is minutes away from starting. The live stream is showing what appears to be a satellite view of Earth speckled with Memojis, Apple’s customizable animated emojis.
Early rumors indicated that Apple could announce a new iMac and possibly other products at WWDC, but some are saying there might not be any hardware announcements this year.
—Mike Murphy (@mcwm) June 22, 2020
WWDC starts at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
—Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 22, 2020