WWDC 2018: Apple announces iOS 12, ARKit 2 and more
Presumably, iOS 12 is built with performance in mind, and the UI doesn’t change much. ARkit 2 has more offers with multiple new features and additions
Apple has launched its World Wide Developers Conference 2018 (WWDC) event. The keynote address begins with Tim Cook taking the stage. He shares some interesting insights, such as the more than 20 million Apple developers who will make $ 100 billion this week from the launch of the App Store. Then comes the most awaited announcement of the event, iOS 12. Carl Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of software engineering, took to the stage to describe the features of the new operating system, but not before releasing some numbers like how half of their customers have been updated to iOS 11 in just seven weeks. Apple has said it is “down” in performance with iOS 12, and the good news is that all iOS 11 devices will support iOS 12 as well.
Apple says the new OS will enable 40 percent faster app launches, 50 percent faster keyboard pop-ups and 70 percent faster camera boot-up on older devices. Another addition to enhance performance is the device’s instant ‘ramp-up and ramp-down’ performance, which will be enabled on all devices updated to the new iOS. Moving to ARKit 2, it now brings new features like shared experiences, endless AR and much more that allow users to interact with each other in the AR space, allowing VR experiences to be located in a specific location, object detection and image tracking.
Apple has partnered with Pixar to bring a new open file format called USDZ. The company says it allows an AR experience almost anywhere on iOS, including apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files and News. Adobe, Autodesk, Sketchfab and many more companies will support the new AR file format, and Adobe’s EVP and CTO Abhay Parasnis says native support for native USDZ is coming to Adobe Creative Cloud. There are also major apps for iOS devices that use AR to measure real-life objects. It is said to identify objects of different sizes, for example, rectangles, and 2D images to show their shapes. The USDZ format will also work when surfing the Internet and users will be able to tap on a file and use the image to view objects in 3D space.
Apple has also announced for Siri, the photo app, which you can see here. Click here for the latest watchOS, tvOS 12 and more.