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WWDC 2024: Apple’s game-changing announcement revealed

WWDC 2024 is over and Apple has topped its busy 2023 event with many new features for iOS 18 and its other platforms. The event was highlighted by the introduction of Apple Intelligence, a breakthrough artificial intelligence service. This innovative tool can generate images, summarize content, create emoticons, improve Siri’s contextual understanding, and much more.

Here are Apple’s key announcements from WWDC 2024. Plus, here’s how developers can download iOS 18 beta 1.

How to watch the WWDC 2024 keynote

The WWDC 2024 keynote is over, but you can watch the entire event on Apple’s YouTube channel or via the embedded video below.

WWDC 2024 announcement

Here are the big announcements from WWDC 2024, starting with visionOS 2.

visionOS 2

visionOS 2

Apple kicked off WWDC 2024 with visionOS 2. This first major software update for Apple Vision Pro brings the following improvements to users:

  • Improved display options for Mac-connected screens on Vision Pro
  • Spatial Photography feature on Apple Vision Pro
  • Travel mode for use on trains
  • New immersive environments
  • SharePlay support for Photos

Apple Vision Pro extension

Apple Vision Pro is rolling out to nine more countries. According to Apple, pre-orders for mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore will begin this Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 PM PT, with the device available on Friday, June 28. Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom can begin pre-ordering the Vision Pro on Friday, June 28th at 5:00am PT, with availability beginning on Friday, July 12th.

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iOS 18 unveils a major redesign of the home screen

Home screen redesign

Apple is introducing a major redesign of the Home screen for iOS 18, along with a redesigned Control Center and a host of new features. The main advantages include:

  • Control Gallery: Apple is improving Control Center by adding more customization options. You can now resize and reorganize widgets and more.
  • Lock screen widgets: Apple allows you to choose other widgets in addition to the camera and flashlight.
  • Tapbacks: Tapbacks have been redesigned to allow reactions with any emoji or sticker.
  • Scheduled messages: You can now schedule messages to be sent at a later time.

iOS 18 introduces new features for AirPods

new features with iOS 18

This fall, AirPods Pro 2 will get these new features:

  • Siri interaction: AirPods Pro users can now respond to Siri notifications by nodding their head for yes or gently shaking their head for no.
  • Sound isolation: Machine learning powered by the H2 chip in AirPods Pro and connected iPhone, iPad or Mac improves voice clarity and reduces substantial background noise.
  • Personalized surround sound with dynamic head tracking will be available for gaming with AirPods 3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

tvOS 18 introduces additional features

tvOS 18

In addition to the WWDC 2024 announcement, Apple will upgrade tvOS 18 with the following features:

Improve dialog: Apple TV 4K uses machine learning and computer audio to deliver better voice clarity over music, action and background noise.

Smart Captions: With TVOS 18, subtitles are now automatically displayed at optimal moments, such as when the spoken language in a show or movie is different from the language of the device, when users mute the sound, or when they rewind.

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21:9 Support: tvOS 18 adds 21:9 support for watching movies and shows on projectors.

New screensavers: Apple introduces new screensavers, including Portraits, TV & Movies, and Snoopy.

HomePod SharePlay: Anyone can control music playback from HomePod and HomePod mini using SharePlay and Apple Music.

Apple Fitness+ redesign: Apple Fitness+ has been redesigned in tvOS 18 to maximize its extensive library, keep users motivated and maintain a consistent fitness routine. Updates include a customized For You section, Explore and Library sections, search capabilities, and improved awards.

watchOS 11 elevates your activity level like never before

watchOS 11

Here are WatchOS 11 announcement from WWDC 2024:

  • Training mode: This feature evaluates how the intensity and duration of training affects your body. After completing the exercise, you can rate your effort. Your Apple Watch will then let you know if your training load is above or below your average, helping you adjust based on your fitness goals.
  • Daily Goals: In watchOS 11, you can set goals for all three rings for each day of the week. In addition, you can now pause ringtone tracking to maintain your streak.
  • Vitals app: According to Apple, the Vitals app allows Apple Watch users to «explore your most important health metrics» at a glance. If any metric falls outside of its normal range, Vitals will alert you.

iPadOS 18 focuses on the Pencil

iPadOS 18

Apple introduced several new features in iPadOS 18, including:

  • SharePlay screen sharing
  • Text effects
  • Freeform scenes
  • The Calculator app and the new Math Notes feature
  • Customizable control center
  • Game mod
  • Smart Script in Notes
  • Redesigned tab panel for various built-in applications.
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One of the WWDC 2024 announcements is macOS Sequoia

macOS Sequoia

In addition to the new WWDC 2024 announcements, Apple unveiled macOS Sequoia, the upcoming macOS update that will launch this fall. With macOS Sequoia, users can look forward to the following features:

  • iPhone Mirroring: Control your iPhone from your Mac
  • Hiking in maps: Tourist routes and functions in Maps
  • Apple Pay in other browsers: Use Apple Pay in third-party browsers
  • Automatic Safari Summarization: Safari now includes automatic article summaries
  • Universal Passwords app: Password app compatible with both Apple devices and Windows computers

Apple Intelligence is Apple’s answer to AI

Apple Intelligence

It finally happened: Apple unveiled its artificial intelligence product designed to improve its devices. As speculated, Apple’s artificial intelligence is called Apple Intelligence. This personal intelligence system integrates powerful language models into iPhone, iPad and Mac devices.

As expected, Apple Intelligence emphasizes privacy. However, if you are not satisfied with Cupertino’s solution, you will have the option to use ChatGPT and in the future also other major language models.

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