Apple WWDC 2020 live blog | CNET

Apple WWDC 2020 live blog

The Worldwide Developers Conference is where Apple outlines the new software features for the iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod and the rest of its hardware. Expect news on iOS 14 and much more.

  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:07:10 PM
    This year, he says "today, we're doing more on our iPhones than ever before" -- and introduces that the company's adding features like widgets, picture-in-picture and other things to allow you to easily do more with the phone at once.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:07:34 PM
    Put another way, would you want a MacBook that ran Windows, or something like a killer Windows gaming laptop that ran MacOS?
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:08:03 PM
    There's a new feature called App Library that basically creates folders for your iPhone automatically. "I've lost track where a lot of things are" Federighi said
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:08:09 PM
    Personally, I hate folders, I never remember what's in them. and any attempt at organizing fall apart because I forget where I put things.
  • Sarah Tew 6/22/2020 5:08:19 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:08:38 PM
    Apple's also going to allow you to hide app pages, and instead get to the "App Library" so you can search the apps or see them in predetermined folders.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:09:16 PM
    I do like front-loading recently used apps -- I use that pull-down-from-the-middle-of-the-screen move for that.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:09:17 PM
    He also notes that apps you use most will automatically be at the front of each folder. (Smart)
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:10:02 PM
    Next up is widgets.  Federighi says he was inspired by Apple Watch -- bringing a lot of the look and feel over to the iPhone, but of course a little different too. "The new designs are more data rich than ever." They also come in a variety of sizes.
  • Sarah Tew 6/22/2020 5:10:17 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:10:37 PM
    Oh, that's nice. Big widgets on your phone menu screen.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:10:53 PM
    BTW, the number of words said per minute here are insane. The natural slow and methodical sound, and the clapping that slow down the announcements, aren't here.  Federighi is just blowing through. If you don't know what he's talking about, I imagine you fall behind kinda quickly.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:11:04 PM
    Does that mean I can finally see the actual weather without clicking on the app?
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:11:22 PM
    To be fair, he is talking in a mostly normal cadence. It's just faster than I'm used to hearing on stage.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:11:31 PM
    Ok, next up, picture-in-picture.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:11:49 PM
    Plus, Ian, not doing this live, we're not going to get any of those unexpected moments, where things don't work right, something is inadvertently revealed, etc.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:12:01 PM
    This is probably the smartest and easiest win -- PiP was in the iPad (though it's dependent on various apps to work -- some don't support).
  • Sarah Tew 6/22/2020 5:12:06 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:12:09 PM
    Those little human moments. We're basically in full-on Apple Bot mode here.
  • Sarah Tew 6/22/2020 5:12:10 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:12:43 PM
    (Dan, absolutely, although I bet they'll have jokes built in anyway. At least I hope so -- I like the personality we get every once in a while. They don't do it too much to make it seem cheezy -- it's a wink and nod to how we're all nerds and in on the joke).
  • Sarah Tew 6/22/2020 5:12:49 PM
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  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:13:05 PM
    Frankly, those as all pretty great updates. More useful-sounding than anything from the last iOS version.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:13:20 PM
    Next up -- new ways to not use Siri! ;)
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:13:33 PM
    Ok, Siri now getting an update. This year, "we've completely redesigned the Siri experience" -- which is to say, it doesn't take over the whole screen, it just brings up a bubble at the bottom of your screen and doesn't take over
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:13:39 PM
    Kidding -- I actually just, at the age of 40-something -- bought my first car.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:13:57 PM
    And I'm all-in on Car Play now, and using Siri for lots of car stuff.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:14:09 PM
    Next up: Yael Garten. Director of Siri Data Science & Engineering.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:14:38 PM
    She's talking about Siri -- and how the company is using internet search technology to learn info and tell you. So like "when do seasons start?"
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:14:55 PM
    I can only imagine what this is going to be like when 4chan gets a hold of it (sigh).
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:15:24 PM
    Audio messages, audio tweets -- is this the year of audio communication? I suppose it makes sense, as we have zero face-to-face convos now.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:15:30 PM
    Siri will also have translation -- live translation feature that's private and works completely offline.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:15:48 PM
    English, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish and more.
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:16:05 PM
    Oh, new translation app -- that's something Android has really been ahead of the curve on, compared with iOS.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:16:25 PM
    "Translate will make communicating between languages easier than ever before"
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:16:44 PM
    No Klingon? C'mon Apple!
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:17:02 PM
    I wonder how much Siri is going to be stored on the phone. Google did this last year with Google Assistant and it did indeed speed it up.
  • Sarah Tew 6/22/2020 5:17:16 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:17:33 PM
    True point about messages threads getting buried under new junk.
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:17:39 PM
    Next up: Messages. Of course this means more Memoji
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:17:50 PM
    Ok, so pin key ones to the top -- simple enough. Why did it take so long?
  • Ian Sherr 6/22/2020 5:17:57 PM
    20 new hair and headwear (including cook's hats) and face coverings
  • dan.ackerman 6/22/2020 5:18:15 PM
    Hi, can I get more giant beard Mimojis? Am I spelling that right?
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