TL; DR Review of WWDC20
iOS screens reorganized
Apps can now be automatically organized in libraries. This reminded me of an old Mac program we used to in university computers to organize apps for students. There is also a widget idea that is nothing new but will allow quicker access to information. None of this is earth-shattering or super exciting. This update made me feel like the Apple iOS team took it easy on COVID-19 days to get used to working virtually and went for simple features. I won’t blame them; we all had a hard time getting used to the new normal.
Hmm, this reminds me of Java applets too much!
Siri, still alive?
I am not a fan of Siri. But, Apple keeps on trying to beat the Google beast. Being at home, I use Alexa a lot more than anything else. Sorry, Siri lost her job a long time ago.
Improved group messaging
I liked the thread-like features in the upcoming messaging. Even within a group message, you can reply to individuals separately without needing to open another private chat.
Apple Map, Really?
I only use the Apple map when Google Maps cannot talk to my car via Bluetooth. It happens once in a while. Sorry, Apple, the map train has left the building.
Digital Car Keys?
I dislike bulky key fobs, so digital car keys sound outstanding. I hope to use this feature in the next car I buy as long as the Porche dealer does not charge me an extra $5K for it!
My two kids are spending four hours on average during summer on their iPad Pros. They learn, play, and socialize with friends using FaceTime with these devices. I don’t use iPads anymore. I use two MacBook Pros and an iPhone 11 Pro and do not see any need for iPads at all. The iPadOS updates are like the iOS update, so nothing special here.
We kind of expected it for a while. I wouldn’t mind seeing this happen as I don’t need the bleeding-edge processor for my next MacBook Pro.
As long as an external GPU can be used with my next MacBook Pro for dedicated video processing, I am OK with a low-power hungry CPU from Apple Silicon.