Speed through the WWDC 2018 keynote with sketchnotes


Apple WWDC 2018 keynote in sketchnotes, Part 1 of 4.
Sketchnotes deliver all the WWDC 2018 keynote highlights the easy, visual way.
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac It is always exciting to capture the WWDC keynote in sketchnotes, and this year I filled up four pages of my notebook with drawings showcasing the biggest new features coming in iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5.

As seen in my first sketchnote, above, iOS 12 makes performance on both old and new devices a priority. ARKit 2 brings more augmented reality goodness to Apple devices, including the ability for up to four people to share the same AR space at the same time.

For a quick and easy recap of the rest of the WWDC 2018 keynote highlights — plus a bonus sketchnote that proved kind of prescient — check out the rest below.

Siri Shortcuts, app updates, Screen Time and Memojis

Apple WWDC 2018 keynote in sketchnotes, Part 2 of 4.
Siri is up for an upgrade in iOS 12.
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

Apple’s AI assistant will gain enhancements with Siri Shortcuts. The new feature should help people get to their apps faster, and automate tasks and workflows in their everyday lives. Other apps like Apple News, Apple Books and Voice Memos also will get updates or come to Mac for the first time.

Apple acknowledged that we can all spend more time than we like on our devices, so the company introduced new settings for Notifications and Do Not Disturb. A new app called Screen Time should help.

Four new Animojis — now with tongue detection! — will arrive with iOS 12 for iPhone X owners. However, the coolest new feature powered by Apple’s Face ID has got to be Memoji. Apple will give everybody the opportunity to customize their own personalized Animoji.

Group FaceTime, watchOS 5, Dolby Atmos, and tvOS

Apple WWDC 2018 keynote in sketchnotes, Part 3 of 4.
Are you ready for Group FaceTime?
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

Group FaceTime means up to 32 people can conference in at the same time. Better yet, it will include the ability to use the new Animojis, iMessage Stickers and effects on group chats.

watchOS 5 will add more features to the Activities app with competitions, automatic workout detection, and tracking for hiking and yoga.

Plus, Apple Watch will get new Pride bands and a Pride watch face.

macOS Mojave brings dark mode and a new Mac App Store

Apple WWDC 2018 keynote in sketchnotes, Part 4 of 4.
Finally, the Mac gets some love with macOS Mojave.
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

macOS Mojave will introduce many new features like dark mode, desktop stacks and Continuity Camera. The Mac App Store will also get a long-overdue makeover, adding new app features, a ratings and review API, and newly designed product pages.

Apple TV didn’t get left behind, either: It will get some beautiful new aerial views of Earth from space.

Apple and the great developer migration

WWDC migration sketchnote
Getting to WWDC is half the battle!
Photo: Andy McNally/Cult of Mac

Lastly, the WWDC 2018 keynote opened with a humorous, mockumentary-style video about developers migrating to the annual coding conference. Apple and I had the same idea: I created a sketchnote on developer migration on Sunday’s plane flight WWDC.

Get more details on the WWDC 2018 keynote

Want more on Apple’s big reveals for iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5? Get the lowdown on all of Apple’s WWDC keynote announcements in our roundup: “All the important new stuff Apple revealed at WWDC 2018.”


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