WWDC ’18 Features a Slew of New Software Updates

Vision of screen at WWDC 2018, with the words iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS written on it.

Be honest: how much work did you get done last Monday morning? If you’re anything like us, you were glued to your computer screen—perhaps not being the most productive as you tuned in to the livestream of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 (WWDC) keynote.

The annual conference has been around for nearly 30 years, and despite rumors of new hardware announcements, this year’s WWDC was true to its roots: focusing on many new and exciting software updates for iOS developers (and users).

During the WWDC 2018 keynote last Monday, Apple revealed iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. If for some reason you didn’t catch the action live, here’s the scoop on each new operating system:

iOS 12

Image of screen from WWDC 2018, featuring statistics for iOS 12 app and keyboard speed

iOS 12 was the first to be announced during last week’s keynote, with Apple CEO, Tim Cook, saying the new operating system would focus on performance (with apps launching 40% faster) and fewer bugs, and—in a new twist—would also be available on every device that supports iOS 11.

There were a ton of new features announced with iOS 12, most notably: Group FaceTime (with up to 32 participants!); Siri Shortcuts, which enables any oft-used apps to expose quick actions and create “shortcuts” for Siri; and a new animoji feature personalized by your appearance and aptly-titled, Memoji.

According to Apple’s Senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, customer satisfaction for iOS 11 is at 95%. It will be interesting to keep an eye on user adoption and satisfaction for iOS 12.

macOS Mojave

The highlight of the new macOS Mojave release was the hotly-anticipated new “Dark Mode” feature. Dark Mode doesn’t just turn down the brightness of your screen, it changes the entire interface—including on popular apps like Finder, Calendar, Messages, and Mail—so that every element on your screen is darker and easier on the eyes.

The new Mac operating system also featured a completely redesigned App Store with new editorial content, and updates to four major apps: Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos. The update will be available to Mac users later this year.

watchOS 5

Image of different faces of WatchOS 5 from Apple at WWDC '18

WatchOS 5 focuses on making it easier (and more fun!) to workout and stay connected with friends and family—whether that’s by setting up shared exercise challenges; through a richer Web and email experience; or with easy-to-execute voice messaging.

The new watch operating system offers automatic workout detection (and gives credit retroactively for workouts you forgot to log!); a Walkie-Talkie app for voice messaging; and the ability to view rich HTML content in emails, amongst other updated features. The new OS also allows for a few new types of common workouts: yoga and hiking.

tvOS 12

Image of Tim Cook onstage at WWDC '18

During last week’s keynote, Tim Cook shared that Apple’s TV business has grown 50% year-over-year. (Perhaps why they set a $1 billion budget for the development of their own television shows?) So it should come as no surprise that, directly on the heels of last month’s tvOS 11.4 release, Apple released tvOS 12 at WWDC.

The latest Apple TV operating system features support for Dolby Atmos audio, as well as updates to the TV app and additional control features on the iPhone Control Center and other smart home remotes. tvOS 12 also offers a new Zero Sign-On feature that ensures you’ll never have to input your cable credentials again, so long as you’re connected to the same cable company’s broadband.

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Those are the big WWDC updates for iOS developers! They’re not the only features that make developers’ lives easier though: BetaCrash makes storing and shipping all of your updated iOS 12 apps simple and efficient. If that sounds like a solution you could use, try it out now for free.

Image Sources: Apple Insider, Cult of Mac, SiliconANGLE, and ZDNet