- iOS 14
- iPadOS 14
- Watch 7
- All sorts of nice little things
- MacOS Big Sur
- MacOS on Apple Silicon
In recent years, more and more criticism towards Apple has been heard. Like, the company thinks only about money, pays less attention to innovations, only borrowing, and in general Android with Windows is gaining momentum. And when the crescendo of criticism began to cause a headache, Apple accurately, clearly and concisely showed that it can do both innovations and earn money, and most importantly, create thoughtful products that will delight its customers, and not cause spasms of irritation from boiling chipsets. piles of advertising and crooked software.
However, let’s start with the obvious. It can be seen that during the time of self-isolation, Tim Cook, like all of us, picked up a little. On the day this text was published, the gyms were back in operation, all of us were allowed into the streets, so grab something tasty at last and start losing weight! I’m doing this already!
Another great fact. Apple has taken a thoughtful approach to organizing the speakers. The stage was visited by people of all genders and colors, and at the end of the presentation, captions were released, informing that everyone was wearing masks (except for those in the frame), kept their distance and generally did everything right!
At the presentation, they talked about new versions of operating systems for all Apple gadgets, and also presented the transition of MacBooks from Intel processors to ARM chipsets called Apple Silicon.
But Craig is in shape!
Looking at the new features in iOS 14, the thought never left me, how beautiful and graceful everything is with Apple. How many Google, Samsung, Huawei or realme do not come up with their designs and shells, but it turns out to be a visual tyap-lyapshchina, which at times is still not always convenient to operate.
Apple has figured out how to visually unload iPhone desktops by hiding multi-meter rows of applications. Now you can leave only two or three required screens, and send the rest of the applications to the AppLibrary. This is a separate screen where all applications will be located, grouped by type. There will also be an alphabetical search, which is also very good.
Widgets have been in Android for a long time. But they are still a foreign element on the desktop, taking up a lot of space. And their beauty is doubtful. Apple has figured out how to perfectly fit widgets into the homescreen. See how the icons flow around the widgets.
And Apple wouldn’t be itself if it hadn’t improved the existing solution. She added AI to widgets by creating a Smart Stack. This is the central large widget that you can scroll through and other widgets will be shown. Already good! But artificial intelligence will rotate widgets according to your habits. If you look at the weather right away in the morning, and you have a to-do list at breakfast, then it will be so. The first time will show the weather, next time the calendar or to-do list.
Now you can start the video in the window, and at this time do other things. This feature has been on Android for a long time. It worked especially well on Samsung. But Apple has brought the idea to perfection even here. The video will not be interrupted when you are calling recent applications or typing. The sound will play in the background. You can use this mode for video calls too!
First, Siri has become much smarter again, knows more facts, is better at answering difficult questions. Secondly, if earlier Siri occupied the entire screen, now it will be compact. Take a look below. First what happened, then what happened.
Siri will answer simple questions with small windows, like widgets.
Apple’s proprietary app just got better. You can exchange voice messages, voice-to-text recognition and a branded translator from Apple, which also works offline, will appear!
And groups in Messages will become much nicer thanks to new mimojis and visual design. See, for example, how the chat participants are grouped around the group logo.
You can now get directions for bicycles in maps on iPhone. A woman in a stroller spoke about this function. And at first I did not understand why she was asked to talk about it. And then she said that the routes will be laid so that there are no steps. Or they will warn about the steps. They will also say about the road up the hill. Accordingly, the new option is useful not only for cyclists! So far, apparently, only 5 cities have launched the application – 3 in the USA, 2 in China.
And since all iPhone owners are conscious people and drive electric cars so as not to spoil our planet, the maps also include route planning in such a way as to call in at an electric station.
CarPlay and collaboration with BMW and then other automakers
Apple brings the future closer. Now your brand new BeEmWe can be opened from the iPhone using NFC. U1 special security chip is used. The algorithm is as follows. You open the door, put your iPhone on the wireless charging pad and you’re ready to start! You can also send access to the car to someone through the Messages application. So far, only BMW, but Apple is working and hoping that its technology will become the standard in the industry.
I know that the clever guys have already come running in the commentary (without even having finished reading), that it is necessary to say “biemdable”, and this is the only way everyone does it. First, look at how they say in the homeland of BMW in Germany. Secondly, this is how it should be in life, there is nothing to say in order to act with such banal rhyme.
AppClips is a super simple and useful gadget that you want to give Apple money. I think you are familiar with web applications on Android and Windows. This is when, instead of the application, a page is opened in the browser and everything happens without installing the application. Google even with the help of this came up with the idea of previewing applications in its store. But for more ingenuity was not enough.
And then Apple comes in and says: “Let’s all be useful and good for people.” For example, instead of downloading an application to pay for parking (or rent a bike or scooter), you can simply launch AppClips using a QR code or NFC and pay for everything. In this case, you do not need to register or enter card details. The iPhone itself uses Apple ID and Apple Pay data. So simple, elegant and right! Very soon Google will copy and everyone will be happy.
First, everything that has appeared on the iPhone will also appear here, including a new compact call screen.
Now there will be applications created specifically for the iPad (taking into account all its features). It is very good.
Siri is now just as compact here, a new search that allows you to immediately search for everything (and requests, and documents, and files, both on the device and on the network).
But the iPad’s main gimmick that takes it to the next level, making it even more attractive (who now buys Android if he has money for an iPad ?!) is the Scribble with Apple Pencil (only $ 129, sold separately). Previously, you could use it to take handwritten notes. Ok, but not really comfortable. The text will now be recognized immediately, but still appear to be handwritten. What does it do? The text can be copied and pasted into another application already as printed. The recorded phone number can be immediately recognized and called. You can write in any window. Although in the address bar of the browser, everything is recognized. The coolest thing is that you can also draw. Simple objects will be recognized and replaced with an ideal shape. For example, I drew a rectangle or a curved line, and it was automatically replaced by a straight line. Most of all, it kills me why Samsung, which has been making smartphones and tablets with stylus for so many years, did not think of such a function. For example, I can still recognize the phone number and the text. But no one will draw a straight line for me!
There is only one feature, which is actually a brilliant INNOVATION! For example, you have a MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and AirPods. This happens with those who are lucky, and who are engaged in the right things in life (because these are techniques for almost half a million rubles). So, you listen to a podcast on iPhone, pause, play video on iPad, and then play music on MacBook. AirPods will recognize all this and instantly switch between devices!
The watch now recognizes new activities. For example, dancing. All sorts of dance goals can be set there. Some calculations of the movements of the upper and lower body. Understood nothing. But if I had an Apple Watch with WatchOS 7, I would immediately give you a report, as I danced a little with delight during the presentation.
Now you can create your own watch faces by placing the desired counters and third-party applications on them. The trick is that these dials can also be shared! Friends send or publish on the site. I feel there will be a new trend. All fashion magazines will offer their own customization ideas.
Another feature that everyone will moan from is sleep tracking. You can also set sleepy goals.
And the last actual trick. Now Apple Watch will recognize when a person washes their hands and start a timer to wash for 20 seconds, and all coronaviruses are washed away! A very correct thing. But I think it needs to be finalized. For example, I have a jock in the gym with an Apple Watch. Here he sits in the toilet, makes all sorts of loud sounds, sighs there heavily, and then comes out like this and happily galloped to the bar. And then it would be good if the watch reminded him that he had to wash his hands.
You can also use the watch as a translator, dictate text, use it to take a photo when the iPhone is on a tripod (wasn’t that there?). And the watch will tell you, if you listen to music too loudly, that you need to take care of your ears.
All sorts of nice little things
If you forget, Apple, Google and Microsoft have agreed on a partnership in the field of smart home. Now everything will be more versatile and secure.
Apple has tweaked the smart home use cases. For example, the cool thing is scripting. You can have the lights turn on or the garage door open when you arrive.
There is a function “adaptive light”. Smart bulbs can change their color. The function assumes that colder light will be used in the morning and afternoon, and warm in the evening.
And if there is a smart doorbell, then it will be possible to recognize faces. In this case, it is not necessary to add anyone to the database. It is enough if the person you have photos, or already a contact in the phone.
Based on the series of novels “Founding” by Isaac Asimov, Apple will make a mega-cool series. Check out the trailer. Exit in 2021. I’m looking forward to it. Very cool!
MacOS Big Sur
The new version of macOS is called Big Sur. This is an area of the coast in California where mountains drop abruptly into water. They say that it is very beautiful and popular with tourists. Let’s believe!
Just look at the new design, notification center, widget block. Sumptuously!
Safari browser just got better. New design, new extensions, the ability to use your own pictures for wallpaper.
MacOS on Apple Silicon
The predictions turned out to be true, and Apple did announce that macOS will soon appear on a proprietary ARM chipset, which it dubs Apple Silicon. I already had a couple of articles on this topic. Check it out if you want to know what the benefits of moving to an ARM architecture are, and why Apple has the most powerful ARM chipsets on the market.
Apple believes it can make devices that are as powerful as a desktop, but with low power consumption. They will occupy the area marked in blue on the chart.
So, the main news points:
- Transition dates were not announced.
- Release dates for the new ARM MacBooks have not been named either. Apple even said that they have at least one more version of Intel MacBooks planned.
- Intel-based MacBooks will continue to support “many years”.
- To run applications from x86 systems on ARM, you will need to use Rosetta 2. It works just fine. They even showed how great Tomb Raider works on ARM.
- On ARM, it will be possible to run iPhone applications. They, as I understand it, will open in a window in the form of a phone screen.
- All key applications, both creative and Microsoft Office, will be redesigned for ARM. Final Cut perfectly allows you to edit video, Photoshop easily rotates files of 5 GB.
- For developers, a set of makmini on the A12Z chipset was offered. So we will soon find out the whole truth about how macOS works on ARM.
- A virtualization feature is available for Linux installations.
- If you look at the picture with the functionality of the chipset, you can see that there is graphics, that is, without a video card.
Apple’s presentation is a delight. All 2 hours in one breath. Each new feature will be in demand by users. Everything is done with intelligence and care!
On Wednesday, material will be released with a more balanced and rational approach to business. Let’s talk about what is good, what is bad, and how it should be better.
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