All the Major Updates from the Apple WWDC 2018

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Apple held its annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, and even though there wasn't much in the way of new hardware, there still were plenty of exciting announcements. In case you didn't have the chance to stream the keynote live, here's everything you missed (and make sure to stop by our Shop Apple page for all of the latest specials for Apple products).

iOS 12

As expected, Apple announced an update to its mobile operating system, now in its twelfth iteration. The latest version includes quite a few enhancements and upgrades, including major boosts to performance, communication tools, and added personalization features—just to name a few.

Talking performance: iOS 12 promises to improve the speed of select features, including faster launch time for apps, keyboard display, and swipe-to-camera response. On the communication side, arguably the biggest announcement was the upgrade to FaceTime, which now supports video chatting with up to 32 people at once. How you interact with your mobile device also received a lot of attention. Now, you can further personalize your notifications, adjust the parameters of Do Not Disturb mode, and receive detailed reports on activity usage.

Other major enhancements, such as the new Shortcuts feature, which looks to significantly bolster Siri, and upgrades to Photos and AR Kit suggest iOS 12 could be a major improvement for users and developers.

macOS Mojave

Mojave, Apple's latest operating system for the Mac, doesn't appear to be as dramatic an upgrade as iOS 12. Instead, it seems more aimed at refining certain aspects of the previous OS to improve overall experience. Dark Mode, which adds a kind of spotlight to the program you're working with, and Stacks, a useful desktop organizer, are two prime examples of this: Neither adds a lot beyond improving focus and organization, but those are still helpful updates that will most likely yield a positive response from users.

Mojave will also incorporate the new improvements to FaceTime, which should be great for video conferencing big groups of people, such as coworkers, clients, or friends and family. Also, controls for screenshots have been revamped and expanded—something creatives might find useful. On top of those features, a redesign for the Mac App Store and Apple News were both announced, rounding out the update as nice, if not revolutionary.

watchOS 5

The Apple Watch's operating system got a decent overhaul that includes upgrades to existing features and plenty of brand new ones, as well. In terms of refinements, several of the Watch's activity features were upgraded, including workout updates, new competition modes, activity detection, and more; also, for all podcast-lovers, Apple Podcasts are now available on Apple Watch—an announcement that got a pretty good pop from the WWDC crowd.

In addition to the upgrades, watchOS 5 also comes with some brand-new functionality, including the surprising announcement of the Walkie-Talkie feature. Exactly as it sounds, Walkie-Talkie allows users to communicate with one another using a single button tap. Once it's all set up, press the button and you'll be able to talk live to another Apple Watch user—just like a Walkie-Talkie.

tvOS

The updated Apple TV OS didn't have a ton of new features to show off, but it does include Dolby Atmos support, which is pretty big news in itself. The inclusion of Atmos means Apple TV is the only streaming player that currently supports both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, so home-theater enthusiasts should be pleased.

Overall, the theme of this year's WWDC 2018 seemed to be more about making good things better. Most of the updates were refinements to existing platforms and applications, but all appear to be useful, well-thought-out additions that should make Apple users happy.

What new features are you most looking forward to with the new software upgrades? Was there something in the keynote you wish had gotten more attention? Sound off in the Comments section, below.

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