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21 game-changing announcements Apple made at its biggest conference of the year

June 06,2018 00:39

1. Good news for owners of older iPhones: iOS 12 will work on any device that supports iOS 11, and it will even give a speed boost to some older devices. Apple says the iPhone 6 Plus, for instance, launches apps up to 40% faster and takes photos up to ...

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Getty/Justin SullivanApple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC, officially kicked off on Monday.
It began with a two-hour presentation from Apple in which top executives took the stage at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, to showcase the latest developments in iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, Siri, and much more.
While Apple made a ton of announcements, these were the 21 biggest highlights from WWDC 2018:

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1. Good news for owners of older iPhones: iOS 12 will work on any device that supports iOS 11, and it will even give a speed boost to some older devices. Apple says the iPhone 6 Plus, for instance, launches apps up to 40% faster and takes photos up to 70% faster while running iOS 12.

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2. Apple teamed up with Pixar to make a new compact file format called USDZ, which is optimized for sharing GIFs and videos that feature 3D graphics and animations. This will be ideal for sharing your augmented-reality experiences with the world.

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5. Apple is making Siri much more useful, thanks to Siri Shortcuts, a new feature born from Apple's acquisition of the excellent Workflow app. With Siri Shortcuts, you can create unique phrases that perform multiple activities in one or several apps. For example, you could create a shortcut for the phrase "I lost my keys," which could automatically trigger your Tile app to play an alarm so you can find your device.

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9. Apple is taking Animoji to the next level with a Bitmoji-esque feature called Memoji, which lets you create a personalized Animoji. You can make your avatar look like the real you or like someone else entirely.

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14. The Apple Watch has a new way to communicate: walkie-talkie. Just choose a person to talk with, and once that person accepts your request, you two can chat whenever you like — you just push into your watch and start talking. This works over both cellular and WiFi.

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15. Another clever new Apple Watch feature: If you raise your wrist, you don't need to say "Hey Siri" to start talking to your Apple Watch — it will automatically recognize that you want to talk to it. Just say whatever you want! (Within reason, of course.)

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16. Students are going to love this one: In watchOS 5, you can add your student ID card to your Apple Watch so you can access your dorm or library, or even pay for snacks or laundry or dinners, with only your Apple Watch. It'll start at seven universities, including Duke, this fall.

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18. The Mac is finally getting a true dark mode with the newest macOS release, Mojave, coming later this year. The optional dark mode affects the entire system, from Apple's own apps like Photos and iTunes to all of your windows and filters. It even works in Apple's programming environment Xcode, which should make coding much easier on the eyes.

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19. In the new macOS Mojave, a new feature called "stacks" can easily organize all the random contents on your desktop into neat little batches of documents. If you click on a stack, you'll see all the contents. And the best part is they stay organized! If you keep adding images to your desktop, macOS Mojave will automatically categorize them.

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