Apple makes big announcements at its 2024 WWDC

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote introduced several major updates and new features across its devices and operating systems, significantly focusing on artificial intelligence (AI).

Key Announcements from WWDC

Apple Intelligence

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  • Generative Models: Apple introduced “Apple Intelligence,” a system that integrates powerful generative models across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This allows new capabilities such as image generation and text summarization.
  • Security: The system emphasizes security by deciding whether to use on-device processing or Apple’s private cloud.
  • Availability: Free for iPhone 15 Pro, iPads, and Macs with M1 chips and later.

Siri Enhancements

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  • Deep Integration: Siri will now be more integrated into iPhones, appearing as a pulsating light.
  • Improved Understanding: Leveraging large language models (LLMs), Siri will better understand user queries and follow-up questions.
  • ChatGPT Integration: Siri will determine if a query is better suited for ChatGPT and seek user permission before sending it to ChatGPT.

iOS 18 Features

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  • AI-Powered Tools: New tools include email summarization, custom emoji creation (Genmoji), and an AI image generator called Image Playground.
  • Photos App: Enhanced search using natural language and background object cleanup.
  • Notes and Phone Apps: AI-powered transcriptions and summaries.
  • Control Center Customization: More customizable options.
  • Game Mode: Optimizes gameplay by minimizing background activity.
  • RCS Support: Confirmed for iOS 18, enhancing messaging capabilities.
  • iMessage Upgrades: Text scheduling, SMS via satellite, and new text formatting options.
  • AI-Powered Tools: New tools include email summarization, custom emoji creation (Genmoji), and an AI image generator called Image Playground.
  • Photos App: Enhanced search using natural language and background object cleanup.
  • Notes and Phone Apps: AI-powered transcriptions and summaries.
  • Control Center Customization: More customizable options.
  • Game Mode: Optimizes gameplay by minimizing background activity.
  • RCS Support: Confirmed for iOS 18, enhancing messaging capabilities.
  • iMessage Upgrades: Text scheduling, SMS via satellite, and new text formatting options.

Apple TV Plus

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  • Enhanced Viewing Experience: New features include swiping down to view actor information, current song identification, automatic subtitles when muting, and support for 21:9 projectors.

Passwords App

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  • Cross-Device Management: A new app for generating and storing passwords, similar to LastPass and 1Password, available on various Apple platforms and Windows.

iPad Updates

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  • Calculator App: Introducing a Calculator app with Math Notes for solving equations using the Apple Pencil.
  • Smart Script: Uses machine learning to improve handwriting and spell-check notes.

macOS Updates

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  • iPhone Mirroring: Allows interaction with iPhone from a Mac, including viewing notifications and audio playback.
  • Safari Highlights: Uses machine learning to highlight interesting parts of a webpage.

watchOS 11

Source: Apple
  • Automatic Widgets: Widgets appear based on user needs.
  • Vitals App: Tracks important health metrics.
  • New Features: Enhanced cycle tracking, Live Activities, and Check In support.

visionOS 2

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  • Vision Pro Updates: Adds depth to photos using machine learning, support for ultrawide virtual Mac display, intuitive gestures, and travel mode.
  • Global Expansion: Vision Pro will be available in more countries, including China, Singapore, Australia, Canada, France, and the UK.

AirPods Pro Updates

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  • Siri Interactions: New feature allowing head gestures to respond to Siri.
  • Voice Isolation: Improves voice quality by reducing background noise.

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