Apple opened up the conference by informing us that there are now 20 million apple developers world wide, this week the money developers earned through appsotre will top $100 trillion.
Apple confirmed 81% devices are on iOS11 and there is a 95% customer satisfaction rate, device support for iOS12 will be the same as iOS11:
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- 9.6-inch iPad
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
Apple unveiled ARkit 2 which gives multi player AR games, improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection. Apple went on to bring the Director of Innovation at LEGO Martin Sanders, who demonstrated a new LEGO AR iOS app that will integrate with ARKit 2 features and connect to physical LEGO sets.
Apple went on to show Siri improvements coming to iOS 12 with a new app called “Shortcuts.” Shortcuts will let users connect certain third-party apps to Siri to greatly streamline voice controls. Shortucts looked like Workflow on steroids.
Users can create a Shortcut to automatically open an app when you get to the gym every day, turning on Do Not Disturb at the movies, calling a family member on their birthday, and more. With the Shortcuts app, all of these customizable edits can be added and connected to an invokable Siri phrase.
Apple went on to show a new redesigned Apple Books app instead of iBooks, stocks app with apple news built in, Voice recordings got a redesigned and iPad support as well.
As expected apple went on to show off new controls for the iPhone which included group notifications, location Based DND, time based DND so when you check the time at night there will not be any notifications to distract you. Apple also introduced screen time alerts so you can set time limits for yourself, users will also get weekly screen time reports.
Family controls are even easier with parent able to restrict App usage to time limits and weekly reports for both children and parents. Apple also showed off new Animoji and an all new Memoji.
Users can now group FaceTime call up to 30 people. and FaceTime can now be accessed in messages, people will be placed in Tiles which automatically get bigger when you speak. Group FaceTime works on iPhone, iPad, Mac and can even be answered on the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch will be getting even better with watchOS5, users will now be able to have 7 day competitions with others and also has the ability to use the Apple Watch for Yoga. Podcasts finally made its way to the Apple Watch and apple also introduced a new Walkie Talkie app for the watch. Web content has made its way to the Apple Watch, it’s not a full blown web browser but makes accessing links in things like messages etc even easier.
Apple moved on to talk about TvOS 12 will bring support for Dolby Atmos audio and will work with the Dolby Atmos soundboard, the only sound bar to support both Dolby Atmos and Vision.
The upgraded audio experience will be coming to iTunes this fall and will be a free upgrade to applicable media.
Apple announced MacOS Mojave with Dark Mode which was discovered on the weekend, Mojave also changes colour throughout the day, continuity camera allows users to take a photo on phone and it auto pastes onto the Mac.
Apple is also brining the News app to the Mac which again was found on the weekend, Voice memos are also coming to the Mac and will sync via iCloud, Apple is also brining Home to the Mac at last allowing users to control their smart home from the Mac.
Apple talked about privacy on the Mac with protection alerts for things such as camera, iTunes device backups, locations and routines. Apple is shutting down cookies that track you with an alert so you can choose if you want to allow it or not. Apple will be making it harder for advertisers to identify you by making all Macs look alike.
The Mac Appstore got a redesign with a more iOS Appstore look, Office 365 and Adobe CC will also be coming to the Mac Appstore. Apple confirmed that MacOS and iOS are not merging. Apple gave a sneak peak at a a new tool for developers UIKit coming in 2019, Apple is currently using UIKit for testing its own iOS apps in Mojave.
Apple ended the event with a special made video for Developers. Let us know in the comments what you think of the announcements.