Apple Offers First Look At iOS Software With Some New Features
This first official look at the new software was unveiled by the tech giant onstage at its worldwide developers' conference (WWDC 2020) and demonstrates the largest change to Apple's screen view in years.
That means that Apple has brought in widgets, which come in all shapes and sizes and nestle into the Today view, but can also be added to the main Home screen and sit there right next to all the apps.
There is also a new widget gallery in which you can add and customise the aforementioned widgets, as well as a 'Smart Stack' widget that reacts to the time of day to show you the most relevant apps.
While it represents something of a departure for those who have used Apple products religiously for many years, it's something that - Apple obviously believes - people will eventually find easy to use and quickly get used to.
As well as this new screen feature, the tech giant has also announced a new 'app library' that will do the organising of your apps for you, sticking them automatically into groups and lists.
That means that you can hide apps from the main home screen, and also allows you to have all of your apps of a certain type handily stored away for you in one place - similar to the Android app drawer.
There are yet more new features, too.
iOS videos will all feature picture-in-picture, meaning that they will hover over apps and can be made smaller or bigger - or folded away to the side to play in the background - as you so desire.
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Interestingly, there's also an 'App Clip' feature that allows for certain features of apps to be used when necessary without it being essential to download the full app.
So, in case - like most - you don't understand how or why this could be useful, examples given include accessing a coffee shop reward program, but without having the full app for the shop.
Or if you've got a parking pass, but not the parking company app.
Still confused? You're probably not alone there, but you'll get it eventually, maybe.
Siri has also had a redesign, allowing it to just occupy a small part of the screen rather than dominating the whole display, and it can now send audio messages rather than just dictated messages.
Apple also announced a new built-in Translate app that will allow you to - well - translate stuff?
Basically, it's going to be a whole new world - familiar, yet different. If only there was some sort of pertinent comparison to make, eh?
The new software is expected out this autumn, but Apple Developer Program members can get a preview as of today, and a public beta test will take place for ordinary iOS users in July.
It's going to be compatible with the iPhone 6S and upwards, which is the same as the devices that supported iOS 13.
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