The first major Apple keynote of 2018 is just hours away, and it’s going to be a doozy. Apple is expected to give us our first look at iOS 12 and macOS 10.14, plus new software for Apple TV, Apple Watch and Apple Music. Some new hardware might also be in the cards as well, but we’ll have to wait until Tim Cook takes the stage to find out.
The WWDC 2018 keynote is set to kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific and we’ll be at the event and live-blogging all the festivities. Come on in and enjoy the fun with us!
WWDC 2018 live blog
And that’s a wrap on your totally hardware-free WWDC 2018. Here’s all the big stuff Apple rolled out during the software-focused keynote:
- With macOS Mojave, Apple gives Mac some much-needed love
- Apple previews iOS 12 with ARKit 2.0, huge performance boost
- watchOS 5 is ready to push Apple Watch into the future
- tvOS 12 brings cinematic sound to Apple TV
- ARKit 2.0 will make you actually want to use AR
- Photos on iOS 12 brings order to your picture library
- Stocks app finally comes to iPad in iOS 12
I guess they uttered the word “HomePod,” but there was literally no mention of AirPower, was there? You’re right, Buster – Tim is totally having a laugh at hardware lovers.
Nothing but a heartwarming video about hardworking developers.
Tim Cook walks off stage LOL’ing so hard at everyone that was expecting new hardware.
I don’t think we’re going to get a… one more thing like Steve Jobs loved so much. The sneak peek of the “merging” of iOS and macOS will have to do instead.
No, Apple isn’t combining iOS and macOS. However, Craig is now going to offer a sneak peek at a coming technology. How will Mac tap into the massive universe of iOS apps? Currently, porting an app is hard, he says. So Apple is going to start testing running its own iOS apps on Mac — you know, like Apple News and Stocks (mentioned early). This capability will be coming to devs next year so they can start bringing their own third-party iOS apps to Mac.
A new tool called Create ML lets coders easily add machine learning to their apps, even if they’re not experts. The computation training time for adding this AI boost has been drastically cut as well — 30 percent faster on-device computation. This undoubtedly means better apps for everyone, coming soon to an Apple device near you.
That’s obviously why Julz decided to do her watchOS workout *during* the demo, Lewis
Two hours and counting. This keynote is a freaking blockbuster. My Apple Watch won’t stop nagging me to get up off my butt.
But will the big Mac software developers use the App Store when they don’t have to?
The Mac App Store product pages will look more like the iOS App Store. Ratings get more love thanks to a ratings and reviews API. That means more feedback from users.
Loved the applause and whoops from the devs in the audience when they finally said they’re giving the Mac App Store some love.
Thank god. The Mac App store has been completely rebuilt. Maybe you’ll actually want to use it now. It’s been horrible for forever.
Safari in Mojave and iOS 12 will make tracking you online much more difficult in other ways, as well. Safari will give data miners only stripped-down info like system configurations, installed fonts, etc., so your basic Mac setup will look like loads of other basic Mac setups. So long, personally identifiable data!
Apple are the *best* when it comes to respecting user privacy. The new Safari sounds awesome.
Like and share buttons that empower ads to track you around the web are about to get a big smackdown in Safari. “This year, we are shutting that down,” Federighi says. Sorry, Facebook.
macOS is getting all the iOS apps. Home has been added too. You can control all your HomeKit devices from it just like the iOS app.
OMG Home is coming to the Mac as well. Anybody with HomeKit devices has been wanting this for a long time.
Apple News is coming to Mac. It has all the stories you expect from the iOS app. It looks slick and has a sidebar that lets you drill into topics.
Stocks and Voice Memos have also been added to the Mac.
Continuity Camera looks super useful. It lets you select an area on a document where you want to add a picture. Then you can choose to take a picture and it automatically opens your iPhone camera and transfers it to your Mac instantly.
macOS Mojave is really going to make working with screenshots a lot easier. Not a “gee whiz” set of features but probably one everybody will use every day.
Safari tabs in Mojave have icons! Finally
Mojave will auto arrange a cluttered desktop into Stacks. Sounds great, but I wonder if I’ll agree about what Stacks items should be put into.
I want Dynamic Desktop for iPad!
Mojave has a new feature called Dynamic Desktop. When you’re using it your desktop background pictures changes throughout the day.
And the new name is:
Dark mode looks awesome!
It looks so good. Why did it take Apple so long to do this?!
HERE’S DARK MODE!!!
And now for a brief history of Mac operating system California names. After a “four-year mountain-bound bender,” Craig Federighi says, it’s time for “some striking changes. And we’ve left the high country for a place entirely different, but no less beautiful.”
Lewis, I was wondering if they’d say anything about its $1B TV plans today too. I guess that will be its own event.
And here comes the macOS stuff.
I’m suspicious whether Comcast “We don’t play nice with nobody” Xfinity will support Zero Sign-on.
Is it true that Apple didn’t even mention its $1 billion push into original content for Apple TV?
I honestly can’t believe they didn’t offer the ability to figure out where those amazing Apple TV aerial screensavers were from previously. And I can’t wait to see the Earth one, coming soon.
Our planet — from space! That should fix you up, Graham.
New Apple TV screensavers! Thank goodness – I was getting really bored with Dubai and the Hollywood Hills
Zero Sign-on for Apple TV? Yes, please. “No credentials needed, it just works!” Charter Spectrum will be first cable provider to offer, with more coming in time. If this works, it will eliminate the single most annoying thing about Apple TV.
Dolby Atmos is finally arriving for tvOS, giving you amazing sound to go with the stunning 4K visuals.
tvOS time, now. And iTunes apparently offers the world’s largest collection of 4K movies.
No third party apps were demoed on the watchOS segment – or did I miss something? Just notifications
New Pride band #want
This bicycling demo is wacky, Graham! Reminds of something from the 1950s or a TV telethon. Still, I’m impressed by her ability to talk while pedaling.
It’s really clear that the Apple Watch is heavily used as a fitness monitor. The demo has been all about exercise.
This demo of Apple Watch on an exercise bike shows what a distraction it can be when you’re supposed to be working out.
Maybe I’m just really unfit, but I feel bad for anyone having to present on stage while also cycling on a stationary bike. That seems unusually cruel!
Third-party apps on the Watch face. That should be pretty useful, whether you’re logging meals or tracking runs.
Auto workout detection in the Apple Watch looks very much like my wishlist. Just sayin’
Cadence and target pace alerts for runners is cool
Apple Watch really saves lives.
We’re hearing about how the Apple Watch has saved lives. That’s a real thing, and it’s pretty astounding!
Group FaceTime with Memojis:
That’s Tim Cook, BTW.
I might start answering my sister’s FaceTime calls if I can hide my face behind an Animoji now.
I guess having Memojis, Animojis, filters and stickers in Group FaceTime will make all those virtual meetings a lot more … interesting.
Wow, big tiles show off key people involved in a Group FaceTime, with a “Roster” at the bottom of the app showing everyone participating. The thumbnails blow up to showcase whoever is talking at any given moment.
FaceTime is finally getting group FaceTime. You can now FaceTime with up to 32 participants at the same time! It’s being integrated with Messages too so you can start a big group call straight from a text message conversation. Looks super useful, people can jump in and out of the call at will.
I gotta admit, Tongue Detection is fun:
“So many hairstyles” to choose from in Memoji … and also you can fine-tune the amount of freckles. #gingerwin
I don’t think ghosts have tongues.
Prepare for comparisons to Samsung’s equivalent of Memoji.
There’s Memoji too! You can create your own personalized Animoji to look like you or whatever you want. It’s like bitmoji, only Animoji.
Memoji? Did Apple just copy Samsung?
Ghost, koala, tiger and T-Rex animoji are being added.
Oh god, Miley Cyrus is gonna go crazy for tongue detection. Prepare yourselves.
I bet everybody’s first weekly Screen Time summary will be a bit of a shocker, though, Graham. Will be interesting to see exactly how much time you spent in each one across iPad and iPhone.
Animoji is getting tongue detection!
Kids around the world are dreading App Limits for Minecraft
New screen time control feature could be a game-changer for parents who worry about their kid using their phones too much.
The Screen Time icon looks kind of like an insulated wine glass. (That glass is half-full BTW.)
App Limits makes sense for parents, but I don’t get adults treating themselves as kids
The new ScreenTime app:
You can now set app limits so you get a notification that your time is almost up. Once you’ve reached your limit the app tells you to move on. Limits sync across your iPhone and iPad. For parents, a new feature lets you set time limits on each app or for a category of apps.
“Screen Time empowers you with both insight and control over how you spend your time,” Craig says. Each week, you’ll get a weekly summary of just how much time you spent with your iPhone, what you did and when, etc. How much time you spent in apps, which apps sent you the most notifications, and more.
App Limits will let you clamp down on apps that hammer you too hard.
Yea, Grouped Notifications!
Plus, Instant Tuning will let you tweak notifications directly from your iPhone or iPad lock screen.
Grouped notifications are coming to iOS. That’s going to be very handy!
You can also set DND mode to turn off automatically at certain times
A new Do Not Disturb during Bedtime feature will hide your notifications if you happen to wake up and check that evil device in the middle of the night.
Here comes the big “we’re going to protect you from your iPhone” spiel.
In iOS 12, CarPlay will support third-party navigation apps. That’s a win for Waze lovers.
The redesigned Stocks for iPhone:
Bye-bye, iBooks. Hello, Apple Books.
Stocks app is coming to iPad.
Siri Shortcuts look pretty slick. Set ’em up to kick off a series of standard events/scenes. For instance, you might set up one called “Heading home” to turn on your AC, give you driving directions and load your favorite streaming radio station. Hope they work as seamlessly as advertised. (Also, you can run them from your HomePod or Apple Watch.)
And you’re absolutely right, Ed — the fact that Shortcuts are baked into Siri will make this feature much more likely to be used. If it works.
You might use Shortcuts more when it’s on your phone in your pocket.
Apple News is getting a new sidebar to make it easier to navigate and dig into categories you’re interested in. Oh! and Apple redesigned its Stocks app, if you’re into investing and stuff.
Yeah, it’s similar to that and Workflow for iOS if you ever used that app.
Siri Shortcuts reminds me of Automator for Mac, and I never used that once. Did anyone?
“Siri is more than just a voice,” Craig says. Now Siri is going to start offering up a ton more suggestions. For instance, it might remind you to turn on Do Not Disturb when you get to the movie theater. Or pester you to order your favorite coffee drink when you step into your local cafe.
Next up Siri: Apple is opening up Siri with shortcuts that pull in specific tasks from apps that have access to the home screen. There’s a new Shortcuts app too! It looks like Apple is finally integrating Workflow stuff into iOS 12
I like that all the AI in Photos used to recognize people and places is done on the device.
It’s all done with on-device machine learning and end-to-end encryption, though. Will be quite a feat if Apple can pull it off and achieve parity with Google’s app.
iOS 12 adds a new For You tab to Photos. It brings up photos you took on this day in past years. Effect suggestions are also offered to help make your shots look better. It looks a lot like Google Photos tbh.
iPhone captures 1 trillion photos per year! This year Apple is making the Photos app better with improved search. Search suggestions will surface pictures that it thinks you might be interested. You can search for places, people, or categories.
I will never get tired of watching grown men play with video games live, onstage, with gigantic grins on their faces.
One of those LEGO sets is real, the other is AR. Which is which?
LEGO is demoing its new ARKit app and it looks so dope. Kind of like a mix of Minecraft and AR games. The app can detect your LEGO set and then lets you add stuff to it digitally. You can play with 4 friends in the same space.
ARKit 2 brings shared experiences for AR. You and your friends can now experience the same environment in real time.
Shopping for a guitar with AR.
In case you’re wondering, here’s Pixar’s USDZ file format spec sheet. “USD provides multiple features that could make it a compelling choice for 3D content delivery,” the document says.
It’s like having a tape measure and other tools with you at all times. Hopefully it’s more accurate than some of the other ARKit that already do this.
iOS 12 brings a big ARKit update. There’s a new app called Measure that makes it really easy to measure anything pretty much using the iPhone’s camera sensors.
Craig is smart to talk up the silicon inside Apple devices. Apple’s A series chips give iOS devices a gigantic leg up on the competition.
This focus on older devices is a response to the bad press from battery throttling
iOS 12’s biggest changes are under the hood. Not very exciting, but if it means my iPhone X crashes less I’m stoked.
iOS 12 will be available on all the same devices as iOS 11. This will be the largest device base ever.
iOS 12 is going to double down on performance. Top to bottom improvements to make it more responsive.
Spoiler alert: The next version of iOS will be called “iOS 12.” Thanks, Craig.
And there’s the de rigueur Android dis: 81 percent of iOS users run the latest version, while Android sits at a pathetic 6 percent.
Craig Federighi is here to talk iOS 12.
“Today is all about software” says Tim. Sorry, hardware lovers.
Tim Cook is talking up the importance of coding and plugging Everyone Can Code. It’s now available to tens of millions of students, he says.
Tim reminds us that the App Store turns 10 next month. With 500 million visitors per week, it’s the world’s largest software marketplace. (Hence the big money.)
Tim Cook busting out a Dr. Evil sized check for developers for $100,000,000,0000. Had to double check I put enough zeros in that.
This week, the money app developers have made will top $100 billion. That’s… a whole lot.
20 million Apple developers around the world apparently. 6,000 folks in the hall to watch it live (including our own Leander Kahney.)
And here’s Tim Cook. “Good morning, good morning! Welcome to WWDC 2018. It’s great to be back in San Jose.”
yeah hands down the best apple video in a long time. The Hair Force One cameo was brilliant
Best WWDC opening for ages.
It’s actually funny!
You’d think this was a Linux convention, what with the penguin-themed faux documentary.
And here we go. With a sonorously voiced Brit who isn’t Jony Ive! It’s someone doing an impression of David Attenborough, spoofing Planet Earth. Good stuff.
Service (Wi-Fi and cellular) is so bad inside I can’t even get a text out.
— Greg Barbosa @ WWDC (@gregbarbosa) June 4, 2018
Leander isn’t the only one with Wi-Fi and/or cellular problems today.
Just one minute to go. Exciting times!
I’m expecting additional uses for the facial scanners currently only in the iPhone X. Unconfirmed reports indicate all of the 2018 iPhone models will have these scanners, New animoji are just the start.
I agree, Buster. Although this is sometimes forgotten, this really is Apple’s developer conference, Time was, Apple didn’t announce any hardware here. Still, it has modified this rule enough that some people look for new phones and tablets. And HomePods.
Tim Cook is too cool to dab
One teen asked Tim Cook to “dab on the haters” today during a q&a at Steve Jobs theater. His answer? “I’m not going to do that.”
— kif at wwdc (@kifleswing) June 4, 2018
Stop insulting squirrels!
Remember the WWDC keynote is geared towards developers, not normal Apple users. Hardware rarely makes an appearance at the event.
Apple has been beefing up its Siri team, so I’m confident good things are happening. Apple is likely to make some promises about Siri today because this voice-activated digital assistant has received so much bad press. I personally have called it “dumb as a squirrel” on any number of occasions.
Everybody wants that iPhone SE upgrade, Buster. Everybody. And they also want AirPower. Like, right now. Apple should hand them out to all attendees (along with the wireless charging cases for AirPods).
Also, I predict Apple is just going to pretend that it never announced AirPower in the first place.
Prediction: No iPhone SE 2 – makes no sense to reveal it at WWDC. And NO iPads Pro. Although it’d make sense to reveal those today. I really hope they do. I need a new LTE iPad
There’s got to be new HomePod and Siri stuff, even though we just got AirPlay 2 last week with iOS 11.4. They’ve got to give Siri more powers on HomePod if they want to compete with other smart speakers. (And I hope we don’t need to wait another year for the new features they talk up today to actually, you know, roll out.)
A replacement for the iPhone SE has been in plenty of rumors, and the current model has been out 2 years. It’s a possibility for today, but hardly a lock.
I’m torn about whether there’ll be any new iPad Pro models. I’m really expecting to see tablets with Face ID, but the iPad Pro line was refreshed a year ago, and Apple has moved to an 18 month schedule for replacing its tablets. So it seems a bit too soon.
We already know about a few things likely coming today: A new web player for Apple Music, an augmented reality boost for multiplayer gaming with ARKit 2.0 and possibly powerful new MacBook Pros. And of course new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS are practically a given.
What else will Apple showcase today?
While we’re waiting for the keynote to start, I’ll throw out some predictions about what we’ll see.
It’s a big cavernous room here for this morning’s keynote. There’s a giant screen up front and two big ‘side’ screens on either side for all the people on the fringes. Someone said the room is accommodates 6,000. The room is filing up fast. There’s a real buzz. Folks are very excited.
Of course, we’re having tech troubles: WiFi is already crapped out, and so is the local cell network. Working hard here to figure it out!
“Big lines,” Leander says. “About 6,000 people lined up already.”
We have confirmation: Leander is on the ground. He’s in the gigantic press scrum waiting to get inside. He says the guys from Spark are really jazzed.
At last year’s WWDC, we got some awesome hardware — 10.5-inch iPad Pro, HomePod and iMac Pro — plus all the usual software updates. In case you want to kill a couple minutes while waiting for the live stream to start, check out these WWDC 2017 “sketchnotes,” which are basically a comic book recap of the big event.