Apple's WWDC keynote gave developers a lot of work to do
Apple announced a lot of new features — and some big changes to how apps work.
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Over the course of a nearly two-hour WWDC keynote, Apple announced a lot of new features today. But the biggest changes were reserved for the Mac. Not only is Apple redesigning the Mac's software to make it look much more like iOS, as the two platforms continue to look and feel more alike, it also confirmed it's making the switch to using its own chips. Buh-bye, Intel.
How big a deal is this for Apple? It's calling the new MacOS version 11.0 — which means after 19 years of running ever-higher numbered versions of OS X, Apple thinks it's onto something new.
That's a lot of new stuff for developers to invest in, and it'll require some prioritization. The Arm transition in particular likely won't be as easy as advertised: One developer told me they're worried that things like Electron apps won't make the transition well, and pointed out that Microsoft has been experimenting with Arm chips for a while now, and it hasn't been easy.
As for the event itself? It felt more like a 90-minute Apple promo video than a live event, Apple ditching the live aesthetic for something much slicker and prerecorded. Other than a few of Cook's early remarks about Apple's work for racial justice, there wasn't much indication that the videos hadn't been made months ago. But it was slick, fast-moving, and only had a handful of awkward jokes and more awkward dance moves. So as virtual events go, that's a win.
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David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.