webmasterJune 14, 2018June 14, 2018The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WDDC) commenced in San Jose, California last week. While much of the conference was confidential and held away from the public eye, Apple did unveil the four new operating system upgrades coming out this year. WWDC18 Announcements iOS 12 Many changes are coming with this new software level, which is expected to be released this fall for iPhones and iPads. Significant performance improvements when launching applications Screen Time, currently a separate app, will be integrated into the operating system. It will show a weekly summary of application usage and let you set time limits for each one. In my opinion, this is in direct response to the open letter by Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System to address their perceived phone addiction with children and teenagers. Shortcuts will appear in three places to allow faster access to apps: Proactively presenting shortcuts to actions from apps based on your usage In Siri, it will be triggered by your voice commands Custom-built shortcuts which will be coming later Group FaceTime which will allow thirty-two people to chat at the same time ARKit 2 has two significant upgrades: Measure app will use AR to quickly gauge the size of real-world objects USDZ, which will be designed to deeply integrate AR throughout iOS and make AR objects available across the ecosystem of Apple products Improved Photo app search and indexing. It will have a single tab for automated suggestions. macOS Mojave Scheduled to be an autumn release, this free upgrade will have new data privacy features, faster screenshot annotation and a Continuity Camera to shoot photos and videos directly into an open document. tvOS Apple has partnered with Spectrum to give their subscribers access to channels and on-demand programming on the Apple TV which will also continue supporting the App Store. WatchOS 5 This app will allow each Watch to act as a walkie-talkie, allowing for real-time voice messaging between them. In addition, the Podcast app works with this OS level. Lastly, no more need to say, “Hey Siri”, just ask it what you want. Brought to You by Hartford Technology Rental Whether you have a need for a single device or bulk quantities of Apple rentals, we have the products to suit your organization’s needs. We will build you a customized rental solution. Give us a call at 888.520.5667 to learn more!