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Apple rolled out a bevy of new product features today at its annual WWDC event, held virtually for the first time due to the global pandemic. Here’s what you need to know, with selected commentary. Watch the full presentation below.

Apple silicon

Perhaps the biggest news from Monday was Apple’ confirming plans to shift its Mac lineup to its own processors, moving its notebook and desktop computers away from Intel chips after 15 years. Apple will ship the first Mac with “Apple silicon” this year and make a full transition by 2022. “The transition to Apple silicon represents the biggest leap ever for the Mac,” Apple said in a statement. Apple said Microsoft and Adobe are already updating their software for the new architecture.

iOS 14

The new iPhone operating system now includes support for Widgets on the 凯发官网登录手机版home Screen, eliciting this brilliant tweet from The Verge’s Tom Warren:

There’s an App Library, which organizes apps; picture-in-picture support for FaceTime calls; and App Clips, which lets users quickly access specific in-app actions. More jokes:

New iMessage features include more support for group chats, such as inline replies and pinned chats. There’s also a new feature to unlock car with your iPhone, and a way to set default email and browser apps.

iPadOS 14

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Apple’s newest tablet OS has new design changes for apps such as Photos, Music, and Calendar. Universal Search lets users launch apps, find documents, and search within apps. Scribble converts handwriting to written text. And you can now set default email and browser apps on the iPad as well.

watchOS 7

Apple Watch will now track sleep and hand-washing.

macOS Big Sur

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The latest version of the Mac operating system will get a notable redesign, as well as a Control Center and an updated Messages app. The Notification Center will group notifications together. There are new features for Safari, such as a custom start page and a new Privacy Report, and a revamped Maps experience.

tvOS 14

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Apple TV users will be able to access 凯发官网登录手机版homeKit-enabled video cameras and accessories, as well as multi-user features for Apple Arcade.

Watch the full WWDC presentation here:

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