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

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

1. iOS 12 will work on any device that supports iOS 11 — and Apple made sure iOS 12 works great on older devices in particular. On the iPhone 6S, for instance, apps launch up to 40% faster and you can take photos up to 70% faster thanks to iOS 12.

1. iOS 12 will work on any device that supports iOS 11 — and Apple made sure iOS 12 works great on older devices in particular. On the iPhone 6S, for instance, apps launch up to 40% faster and you can take photos up to 70% faster
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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.

4. iOS 12 makes it easy to share your augmented-reality experiences. Apple worked with Pixar to create a new file format that's optimized for sharing but has great 3D graphics and animations.
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3. Apple introduced a special new app for iOS 12 called Measure, which, as the name suggests, lets you measure distance and length using only your iPhone. Just tap on your phone and drag a line with your finger to get a measurement.

5. A new iOS 12 app called Measure lets you, yes, measure distance and length using augmented reality. Just point your phone's camera at what you want to measure, then tap and drag a line with your finger to create a measurement.
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4. Sharing photos with friends is much easier thanks to iOS 12. If you take photos with friends, iOS can detect which friends are in your photos, and offer to send those photos to them. And your friends can get similar notifications to share their photos

4. Sharing photos with friends is much easier thanks to iOS 12. If you take photos with friends, iOS can detect which friends are in your photos, and offer to send those photos to them. And your friends can get similar
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5. Apple just made Siri much more useful, thanks to the new feature Siri Shortcuts — borne 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.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, discusses one of the new features in Siri, Apple's voice assistant, at the company's WWDC developer conference on Monday.
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, discusses one of the new features in Siri, Apple's voice assistant, at the company's WWDC developer conference on Monday. Apple

6. Apple made CarPlay, its system that lets your iPhone interface with your car's stereo or display, much more attractive: In iOS 12, CarPlay will finally support third-party navigation apps, so you can get directions from popular apps like Waze and

9. If you have a car that supports Apple CarPlay, iOS 12 for the first time provides support for third-party navigation apps, including Google Maps and Waze.
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7. Apple is also updating Notifications. In iOS 12, Apple will finally group notifications (!!) by app, topic, or thread. And you'll also be able to more easily fine-tune which apps can send notifications in the first place.

7. Apple is also updating Notifications. In iOS 12, Apple will finally group notifications (!!) by app, topic, or thread. And you'll also be able to more easily fine-tune which apps can send notifications in the first place.
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8. Apple added App Limits for people who need help managing their time on their devices, so, for instance, you could choose to spend only an hour in Instagram per day. Parents can also set App Limits on their kids, too: Apps can be managed individually or

8. Apple added App Limits for people who need help managing their time on their devices, so, for instance, you could choose to spend only an hour in Instagram per day. Parents can also set App Limits on their kids, too: Apps can
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9. Apple is taking Animojis to the next level with a Bitmoji-esque feature called Memoji, which lets you create your own personalized Animoji. You can make your avatar look like the real you, or like someone else entirely.

9. Apple is taking Animojis to the next level with a Bitmoji-esque feature called Memoji, which lets you create your own personalized Animoji. You can make your avatar look like the real you, or like someone else entirely.
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10. Apple's Messages app will be much more like Snapchat in iOS 12. The camera function in the Messages app will be able to add filters, text, and stickers — you can even apply Animoji and Memoji in your videos.

10. Apple's Messages app will be much more like Snapchat in iOS 12. The camera function in the Messages app will be able to add filters, text, and stickers — you can even apply Animoji and Memoji in your videos.
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11. Apple dialed FaceTime up to 11 with Group FaceTime, which supports up to 32 simultaneous participants. FaceTime is now integrated with Messages so you can go right from a group chat to a group FaceTime, and members can drop in and out at any time.

11. Apple dialed FaceTime up to 11 with Group FaceTime, which supports up to 32 simultaneous participants. FaceTime is now integrated with Messages so you can go right from a group chat to a group FaceTime, and members can drop in
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12. Oh, and the best part about the new FaceTime? You can also apply stickers, filters, Animoji, and Memoji there, too, which can result in some horrific team meetings.

12. Oh, and the best part about the new FaceTime? You can also apply stickers, filters, Animoji, and Memoji there, too, which can result in some horrific team meetings.
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13. The Apple Watch is now much smarter about your workouts, thanks to watchOS 5. The new Apple Watch software introduces automatic workout detection, which can suggest an activity based on what it thinks you're doing (in case you forget to program your

13. The Apple Watch is now much smarter about your workouts, thanks to watchOS 5. The new Apple Watch software introduces automatic workout detection, which can suggest an activity based on what it thinks you're doing (in case you
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14. The Apple Watch has a new way to communicate: Walkie-talkie. Just choose a person to Walkie-Talkie with, and once that person accepts your request, you two can Walkie-Talkie whenever you like. You just push into your watch, and start talking. This

14. The Apple Watch has a new way to communicate: Walkie-talkie. Just choose a person to Walkie-Talkie with, and once that person accepts your request, you two can Walkie-Talkie whenever you like. You just push into your watch,
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15. Another clever new Apple Watch feature: Now, 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

15. Another clever new Apple Watch feature: Now, 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
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16. Students are going to love this one: In watchOS 5, you can add your Student ID cards to your Apple Watch. This will let you access your dorm or library, or even pay for snacks or laundry or dinners, with only your Apple Watch. It'll start at seven

16. Students are going to love this one: In watchOS 5, you can add your Student ID cards to your Apple Watch. This will let you access your dorm or library, or even pay for snacks or laundry or dinners, with only your Apple Watch.
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17. The Apple TV is getting a nice new feature called "zero sign-on," which lets you access all your supported apps included with your TV service on your Apple TV as long as you're both using the same broadband network. That means if you buy a new Apple

17. The Apple TV is getting a nice new feature called "zero sign-on," which lets you access all your supported apps included with your TV service on your Apple TV as long as you're both using the same broadband network. That means
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18. The Mac is finally getting a true dark mode with the newest macOS release coming later this year, Mojave. 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

2. Dark Mode.
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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

3. MacOS Mojave introduces several new features to Mac computers, but perhaps the best among them is a new feature that automatically organizes your desktop files for you, called Stacks.
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20. Apple made Continuity, its system that lets you pick up where you left off on other Apple devices, much more powerful in macOS Mojave. Now, if you're working on a document on your Mac and you invoke a function to take a photo, it will automatically

3. Continuity Camera
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21. Apple also offered a sneak peek of an ambitious project it's working on: the ability to easily convert iOS apps into Mac apps. Apple used this new tech to bring its Voice Memos, Apple News, and Stocks apps from the iPhone to the iPad and Mac this year

5. Apple also offered a sneak peek of an ambitious project it's working on: the ability to easily convert iOS apps into Mac apps.
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