Apple has unveiled and previewed the next major software updates to its various product platforms. Including iOS 14 for iPhone, watchOS 7 for Apple Watch, a huge update to Mac, and more. All of which are due to arrive later in Spring, 2020 as a free software update.
iPhone gains the biggest update ever to its Home Screen pages and more with iOS 14. This year’s release focuses on the ability to add widgets to the home screen. A new translate app. Redesigned Siri experience that doesn’t overtake the entire screen. And new features to Apple Maps, Messages, Home app, Safari, CarPlay, AirPods, and lots more.
iPad gains many of the same features iOS 14 brings to the iPhone, but there are some unique experiences to the iPad. Bringing these experiences, iPadOS 14, a free software update to iPad.
Some key features to iPad 14 includes: Made-for-iPad app designs, streamlined system interactions with compact UIs for Siri, Search, and calls, powerful new handwriting features with Apple Pencil, and more.
Apple Watch gains significant new features in personalisation, health, and fitness. It will now be easier to personalise and customise a watch face and share it. While tracking your sleep will now be possible by wearing an Apple Watch.
These days we are washing our hands a lot more often due to COVID-19. With watchOS 7, Apple Watch will automatically detect when handwashing is being performed and remind us to do so for 30 seconds.
Other features include additional workout types including dance, and a new hearing health feature gives greater insight into overall well-being. Maps now include cycling directions, and Siri now offers language translation.
The biggest announcements from WWDC 2020 was for the Mac. With the unveiling of macOS Big Sur. And Apple transitioning Macs to use Apple silicon – departing from Intel chips overtime.
macOS Big Sur is the next major software release to the operating system of Mac. Bringing with it a brand new redesign that is entirely new, yet will be familiar to Mac users. Safari includes brand new features, including the ability to automatically block trackers, easy and quick translation, and more.
Many of the features from iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 come over to the Mac with macOS Big Sur. Including new features to messages and Apple Maps.
In Australia, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur will be officially available in Spring. With an exact release date/day yet to be revealed by Apple. However, based on previous years the release should be expected mid-late September.
For now, developers can test the software with Developer Builds already available. Then in July, Apple will release versions that can be tested early by the public. Allowing developers and users around the world to submit feedback and bugs before release.