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Apple's WWDC 2020 keynote highlights on the AppleInsider Podcast

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Apple announces its transition to "Apple Silicon" for Mac, plus coverage and details of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS 11 Big Sur, watchOS 7, tvOS and much more in today's special episode of the AppleInsider podcast.

On today's show we summarize all the changes that are set to debut with iOS 14 this fall, including the addition of home screen widgets, Messages improvements, Siri updates, a new standalone translation app and changes to the App Store.

iPadOS 14 benefits from many of the same features as iOS 14, including Messages and Siri updates, as well as new navigation features and Apple Pencil mechanics. For example, Apple has surfaced toolbar navigation in many apps and adds a dedicated sidebar to help navigate its first-party apps. For Apple Pencil, a new feature called "Scribble" was announced that automatically converts handwriting into typed text.

App Clips is a major App Store feature that allows users to scan NFC tags, QR codes, new Apple-designed app codes and links in Safari, Maps and Messages, to download a bite-sized portion of an app. The feature will come in handy for retail, pay-to-park and other apps that users need only a part of to complete a specific task. In addition to App Clips, Apple is also launching new privacy features in the App Store that will force developers to disclose what user data is being logged and where it will be shared outside the app.

Sleep tracking is coming to watchOS 7, plus new Workouts including dancing, core training, and cool downs. With the new OS, users will also be able to share and download customized watch faces from friends, on social media, and even on the web.

HomeKit updates included a partnership with Google and Amazon to increase interoperability between smart home devices. HomeKit Secure video is also receiving custom activity zones and the ability to watch secure video on tvOS 14.

Some of the biggest changes come to the new version of macOS 11.0 "Big Sur." The desktop OS is getting a major design update across all apps, a new iOS-style Control Center, a streamlined notification and widget view, and a much-improved Safari.

macOS 11.0 is also the start of Apple's transition to "Apple Silicon" for Mac. While no hardware was announced at the event, developers can apply for a Developer Transition Kit which includes a Mac Mini running macOS 11.0 with an A12Z processor. Apple says it's already worked with Microsoft and Adobe to have a working version of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite ready to run on Apple's new architecture.

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