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Here’s everything Apple announced at the WWDC 2024 keynote, including Apple Intelligence, Siri makeover

It’s time for the WWDC 2024 keynote! Every year, Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developers Conference with a few hours of head-to-head announcements, like the highly anticipated Apple Intelligence and a redesign of the AI ​​smart assistant Siri. We expected a lot of it to revolve around the company’s AI ambitions (and here), and it didn’t disappoint. We also bring you Vision Pro news and lots of feature updates.

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Developers should expect hardware and software updates as usual, as well as other items we initially thought we’d reveal. Brian Heater also spoke about Equity. Now sit back and relax as the team breaks down all the biggest news in an easy-to-navigate summary.

It’s a playground of images and emojis

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One of the Apple Intelligence-based features coming in iOS 18 will allow iPhone users to create AI images of the people they’re communicating with – a feature that works a lot like an AI-enhanced Bitmoji. The goal, of course, is to make your “daily conversations more enjoyable.”

Apple Intelligence will understand who you’re speaking with in a messaging conversation, so if you want to personalize that conversation with a custom AI image, you can create one on the fly. Learn more

Apple TV+

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For those of you using Apple TV+, there is a new feature called InSight. This feature will allow viewers to learn cast names and song titles as they appear on screen. Lauren Forristal writes that this is similar to Amazon’s X-Ray technology, where Fire TV users get a glimpse of cast biographies and behind-the-scenes information while watching TV shows and movies.

What stands out about InSight, however, is its Shazam-like functionality, which highlights the song playing in the TV show or movie and gives users the option to add it to an Apple Music playlist to listen to it later. Learn more

Siri

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Apple has also made some improvements to its intelligent assistant, Siri. These include the addition of generative AI features that make Siri feel more natural and personal. There is also a bright new light. And Siri can also handle speech errors and understand context better. Additionally, for those who prefer to type, you can do so now. Learn more

Apple Intelligence is here

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The new feature is called Apple Intelligent (AI, get it?). The company promised that the feature would be built around security, as well as highly personalized experiences.

“Most importantly, it needs to understand you and be grounded in your personal context, like your routine, your relationships, your communications, etc.,” CEO Tim Cook noted Monday at WWDC. “And of course it has to be built together with respect for privacy. This all goes beyond artificial intelligence. It’s about personal intelligence, and it’s the next big step for Apple. Learn more

Passwords app

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Although you can already use your iCloud account to store and sync passwords across your devices, it hasn’t been easy to figure out. Now, the company has introduced a Passwords app. Some features include a new column on the left that makes it easier for you to browse your password collection. For example, you can view all your passwords or just Wi-Fi passwords (a new addition), passkeys, or codes that aren’t tied to a website or service. Learn more

Smart Scripting on iPad

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A new “Smart Script” feature that will clean up your handwriting when you use an Apple Pencil to write in Notes. Apple says this makes handwriting your notes even smoother and straighter. The feature improves the appearance of your handwriting as you write by using on-device machine learning to recreate your handwriting from your notes. You will see your own handwriting, simply smoother and more readable. Learn more

Calculator for iPad

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Who would have thought that a calculator would host a developers conference? Well, Apple’s new iPad Calculator app has everyone excited.

iOS’s perennial advice calculator app is finally coming to a bigger screen. The feature uses the extra screen real estate to bring new features that the company couldn’t really fit into the iPhone. The biggest new thing here is the addition of Math Notes. The add feature effect does the math for you. Learn more

MacOS Sequoia

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The latest version of the operating system is called MacOS Sequoia.

One of the most important features of this new operating system is iPhone mirroring. Now, with the Continuity feature in MacOS, you can mirror your iPhone screen and control it directly from your Mac. Notifications on Mac put you in mirror mode of the iPhone, and audio from the iPhone also comes through the Mac, but the paired iPhone remains locked in mirror mode. Learn more

Ok, let’s dig a little deeper into iPhone mirroring. Although Apple hasn’t detailed many use cases for this feature, Sarah Perez writes that it appears it would make it easier to demonstrate apps on video calls or in person, as users could switch between a slideshow presentation to a live demo of the iPhone app. launching it as if it were another application on your Mac. Learn more

Satellite messages

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This new feature works a lot like Apple’s Emergency SOS feature. When you have no signal, you will have the option to find a satellite to relay the data. You’ll need to keep the phone pointed in the right direction while you do this, however, there is an overlay above your messages to remind you. Learn more

Photos app

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Apple showed off the new Photos apps as they will appear in the next version of iOS software. The new app introduces new navigation, new organization features, and more ways to discover your favorite photos, including those of your friends, family, pets, travel, and more.

A few things to know: The new design will reduce your time searching for photos because it puts everything you need right at your fingertips.

One major change is how the app has been unified into a single view with the photo grid at the top and the library, organized by theme, at the bottom. Learn more

Tap to cash out

One of the more interesting additions is Tap to Pay, which is more or less what it sounds like, allowing users to pay for things by joining a pair of iPhones.

As Brian Heater writes, this feature is actually an outgrowth of Apple Pay’s long-standing Tap to Pay feature. Likewise, the new addition likely uses the device’s NFC functionality. Apple notes that the feature transfers money without having to share personal information – an added element of privacy. Learn more

iOS 18

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Users will now be able to lock an app when they hand over their phone to do things like show someone a photo or let them play a game. When you lock an app, if someone tries to tap your phone , he will have to authenticate using Face ID, Touch ID or his password. As long as the app lock feature is enabled, information from the app won’t appear in other places, like search and notifications. Learn more

Apple also shared some first details about the next major version of iOS, its operating system designed specifically for the iPhone. As expected, much of this involves artificial intelligence. Remember when icons were locked to the grid? Well, now they can be arranged any way you want on your home screen so they don’t hide your background photos.

“iOS 18 is an important release that offers more ways to personalize your iPhone, stay connected and relive special moments,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. Learn more

Speaking of icons, most of these updates concern long-requested features, like the ability to set app icons and widgets wherever you want on the home screen, as well as support Supports dark mode icons with different color combinations. Learn more

VisionOS2

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VisionOS 2 brings productivity improvements and “new immersive experiences.” One of them allows you to “spatialize” photos from ordinary photos, taking advantage of AI technology. Another option is a new navigation option: VisionOS 2 lets you jump to the Home screen with a simple tap, or flip your hand to view the Control Center with notifications, shortcuts, and more. Learn more

One of the biggest announcements is the ability to turn existing images into space photos. The new feature uses machine learning to create additional angles, marking a change from the existing method, which required images to be taken on an iPhone 15 Pro or the Vision Pro itself. Learn more

For those of you outside the United States, the Vision Pro headset will be available in eight new countries. Learn more

Useful AI, not flashy AI

Apple has fallen behind its peers in the AI ​​race, and it probably looks like it needs to pull out all the stops to impress fans and shareholders. But that shouldn’t mean over-promising on features. Learn more

Generative AI

For smart assistants: While the company is rumored to have shifted a number of employees to generative AI operations following the implosion of its electric car, all signs point to Apple ceding a significant head start on competition. As such, its most logical play is a partnership with a reigning power like OpenAI. Learn more

Maybe not for the iPhone 15: Some other rumors say that when this generative AI comes into play, a limited number of older devices will also be able to run the system, including iPads and Macs with an M1 chip or higher and the iPhone 15 Pro. That means the standard iPhone 15 might be left out on this one. Learn more

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