Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2024: iOS 18, AI, and more

Ah, it’s that magical time of year again! The tech world’s eyes are glued to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC if you’re feeling acronym-savvy. This is the hallowed event where Apple unveils its latest and greatest, mostly centered around tantalizing new software updates for all its gizmos and gadgets.

WWDC 2024 is pulling no punches, marking one of Apple’s most substantial showcases in recent memory. With updates spanning iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and beyond, there’s a veritable smorgasbord of announcements. Don’t fret – we’ve got you covered with a roundup of all the juicy details.

 

Everything Apple has Announced (So Far) at WWDC 2024

 

VisionOS 2

Apple Vision Pro gets a swanky new update with visionOS 2, enhancing the Photos app with machine learning to convert old photos into spatial photos. That’s right, your nostalgia just got a 3D upgrade! SharePlay also gets a boost, allowing FaceTime callers to share and interact with spatial photos and videos at life-size scale. Plus, you’ll soon be editing spatial videos in Final Cut Pro and a shiny new Vimeo app.

Other goodies include a new gesture for accessing the Home view, updates to the Control Center, and new frameworks and APIs for developers. In short, Vision Pro users are in for a treat.

 

iOS 18

Your iPhone is about to get a major facelift with iOS 18. You can now place app icons anywhere on your screen, customize app tints to match your mood, and enjoy a revamped Control Center. Privacy is beefed up with “Lock an App,” protecting sensitive info via Face ID, Passcode, or Touch ID.

Messages now feature enhanced Tapbacks, message scheduling, and text effects, while satellite messaging ensures you’re never out of touch. The Mail app introduces smart categories, and Maps brings topographic maps and offline hiking routes. Wallet and Photos apps also see significant upgrades, making your digital life more organized and fun.

 

Audio and Home

Apple TV and AirPods are stepping up their game. AirPods will now understand head gestures for those moments when speaking isn’t ideal. Siri and voice isolation improvements make calls crisper, while a new game setting personalizes spatial audio. Apple TV gets the ability to show details about on-screen actors and music, with enhancements mirrored in the iPhone Remote app. Plus, 21:9 format support for projectors and refined voice dialog in tvOS 18.

 

watchOS 11

Apple Watch fans, rejoice! watchOS 11 introduces Training Load to help you balance workout intensity and recovery. There’s also a new Vitals app for quick health metrics, enhanced pregnancy tracking, and better activity ring customization. The Smart Stack adapts widgets based on time and location, and the Photos watch face gets a machine learning upgrade to showcase your best snaps.

 

iPadOS 18

The iPad gets a slew of new features, mirroring iOS 18’s updates and adding a floating tab bar for focused app use. The Document Browser is enhanced, and SharePlay now supports collaborative drawing. An official Calculator app finally arrives, with special Apple Pencil features, and Smart Scripts in Notes improve handwriting recognition.

 

macOS 15 Sequoia

macOS 15 Sequoia borrows heavily from iOS and iPadOS 18, with standout features like iPhone Mirroring, interactive notifications, and a presenter preview tool for video calls. The long-awaited Keychain app makes its debut, Safari introduces Highlights, and the Game Porting Toolkit 2 promises to simplify game development for Macs.

 

AI

Apple’s AI, dubbed “Apple Intelligence,” is set to revolutionize your device interaction with natural language understanding and enhanced privacy. New writing and image tools, personalized Siri improvements, and innovative AI actions make tasks more efficient and secure. Features like Genmoji and an image playground add fun, creative dimensions to your Apple experience.

 

What Wasn’t Announced

Interestingly, this year’s WWDC skipped on new hardware announcements. No new MacBooks or Vision Pro gadgets this time. However, all the software goodies will be available in developer betas soon, with public betas coming later this summer and full releases in the fall.

Stay tuned – the best is yet to come!