💻 Good morning! An intense 24 hours with a monumental change finally confirmed by Apple. (This newsletter brought to you by coffee and at least one Simpsons joke!)
Whew, Apple’s keynote from its WWDC 2020 event yesterday tore through about 1 hour 47 minutes of new features and information, in a pre-recorded set filmed in Apple’s campus in California. That stream worked well, easily the best presentation in this COVID-19 era. It was also breakneck speed, and from the notes I took and the keynote summaries doing the rounds, and having slept on it all, parsing what matters and what it means is all in the execution and delivery.
First, a bunch of the stuff that will matter most across all the announcements made:
And Big Sur led to Apple Silicon.
Apple Silicon: What we know:
Apple Silicon: What we don’t know:
Need new Apple gear? What should you do?
Finally, no new hardware. We didn’t see anything you can buy: no new Macs or new HomePod or new headphones (AirPods Studio) or AirTags, etc. It is a developer conference, after all.
More Apple bits:
🤔 Following the Hey controversy: Apple developers can now challenge App Store guidelines and rules, and issuing fixes for bugs won’t invoke guideline violation delays (apple.com)
📺 Apple gives us our first glimpse of Foundation on Apple TV Plus, adapted from Isaac Asimov’s series (Ars Technica).
📺 Apple TV will finally stream YouTube in 4K (Engadget).
🤔 Can your Apple devices run the new OSes announced at WWDC? (Ars Technica).
🔓 With iOS 14, Apple once again crushes Android makers on software update support (Android Central)
🗣 Interview with Apple’s Craig Federighi on WWDC’s big privacy upgrades and beyond (Fast Company).
🐞 And a fun one: Apple typo calls new MacOS Big Sur 'Bug Sur' instead (CNET).
🆕 The speedy-sounding Asus ROG Phone 3 will launch in July (Android Authority).
😦 Realme has hilariously copy/pasted Huawei’s product strategy, slides and all (Android Authority).
🕹 10 best new Android games from June 2020! (Android Authority).
🤔 Also, interestingly: Nintendo is backing away from mobile games as Animal Crossing blows up and its own mobile games often whiffed (Bloomberg).
🗄 A Japanese supercomputer has been crowned the world's fastest, and it’s fighting coronavirus (NY Times). Also, it is ARM-based, like Apple’s new chips...
🚔 Google employees demand company stop selling tech to police (TechCrunch).
💸 Microsoft quietly revealed it is giving up on Mixer, despite paying a fortune to Ninja. The news was released right while WWDC was happening to try and hide it (Wired).
🚗 South Koreans can now store their driving license on their smartphones (Engadget).
🚀 China launched its final Beidou satellite to complete its GPS-like navigation system (Space).
⛔ President Trump just suspended the tech industry's favorite visa, a likely disaster (Wired).
🦟 Stuck at home, scientists discover nine new insect species (Wired).
☄ “We see videos of meteors falling, burning bright, etc. However they appear to always travel at a steep angle. Is there a reason why meteors can not fall to the earth at a perfect perpendicular to the earth’s surface?” (r/askscience).
A good day for this chart, showing Moore's Law or the evolution of tech over time (individual charts here). Just a note this shows a logarithmic scale, meaning Moore’s Law doesn’t look quite as exponential:
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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