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Apple tipped to rename it’s long-standing iOS to iPhoneOS at WWDC 2020



Apple tipped to rename it's long-standing iOS to iPhoneOS at WWDC 2020 1

Apple’s annual Developer event – the WWDC 2020 might only be kicking off tomorrow but the speculations on new software and changes aren’t abating either.

Apple WWDC 2020

Amidst big changes coming to the Apple ecosystem that includes ARM-powered MacBooks, Apple is also reportedly mulling over a possible rename for its old-age iOS to iPhoneOS at WWDC 2020.

Well, according to popular Apple tipster Jon Prosseur!

Only speculations for the next few hours but we know they all come with backup evidence right.

Apple tipster Jon Prosseur put out a cryptic tweet some days ago which hinted at the possibility of Apple rebranding it’s iOS to the iPhoneOS.

Apple tipped to rename iOS to the iPhoneOS

The simple logic is this, Apple usually names its software the same as the hardware it powers. MacOS powers the Mac. watchOS for the Apple Watch. iOS is the only exception, which may soon be corrected at WWDC 2020 slated to begin on June 22.

The claim surprisingly has garnered more mileage after another heavy Apple follower, Max Weinbach, replied to Prosseur’s tweet claiming of having heard something similar.

However, with the change in name to the iPhoneOS, it remains to be seen what happens to the iPod Touch, which also ironically runs on the same operating system as it’s smartphone.

Apple is also expected to unveil new versions of its operating systems, namely iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7 and macOS 10.16. With a LiDAR sensor being offered in the new iPad Pro and tipped in the upcoming iPhone 12 series, we may see some AR-centric developments as well.

Considering how WWDC is used as a platform to launch new software by Apple for its hardware launch event in September, announcing the change in name wouldn’t be surprising.

We just hope it’s not a day light strategy to build anticipation towards another gas steam camera device in September.

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The announcements will be made at a keynote address scheduled for June 22, 10 AM PDT (17:00GMT).


Google Covid-19 Exposure Notification Tech in our phones: Here’s Everything we know so far



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Google and Apple have both rolled out the Exposure Notification feature for Android phones and the iPhone to Nigerians.

It might be the very first day of the month but the world of tech doesn’t do thrillers only blockbusters right? HAHAHA

So, shout out to every avid Naijatechguy reader and returning visitor out there. We go again!

Now this is it…

Remember those ‘chip implant’ rumours? Yeah it’s happening; Maybe the conspiracy theorist were right anyways right?

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Hol’up hol’up just a second for a proper explanation.

If you check your iPhone privacy settings under “Health” you will see something called “COVID-19 exposure logging”. Similarly, if you check privacy settings for Google on your Android phone, you will see something similar.

Both Google and Apple have now updated their phones and software with an inbuilt exposure notification tool that can be used to track Covid-19 patients, and their contacts, somewhat similar to how India’s Aarogya Setu app and the UK NHS app does.

Although, the software for the iPhone and Android phones were updated last week to include this tool, it has not stopped the conspiracy theorist from taking another dimension to what they percieve to be an imminent ‘New World Order’

Different claims have been making rounds in this part of the world that this is a huge security risk and that Google and Apple will now work with NCDC to now track every Nigerian with a smartphone.

However this is not accurate on its entirety and will not be very much useful to you. Here’s a better explanation:

How Google and Apple Covid-19 Exposure Notification Feature Works

Google and Apple Covid-19 Exposure Notification feature explained

  • The Apple iPhones and Android phones have received the “Exposure Notification” API that Apple and Google had been developing for quite some time. However, it doesn’t track your locations and other details until you allow it to do so.
  • When you try turning on the Exposure Notification toggle on your Apple iPhone, the message below the toggle tells you that you cannot turn on the Exposure Logging without installing an authorized app that can send Exposure Notifications.

So contrary to the claims, unless you consent to download a compatible designated tracking app, the “tracker installed” is as good as nothing.

This is because the Google-Apple tool is an API that can be used only by an authorized app. This app, say Google and Apple, can be made only by a government or a government-authorized agency. Also, there is only one such app allowed by Google and Apple per country.

There could be limitations…how about user privacy?

Globally many governments have either made or are making contact tracking apps to keep a check on coronavirus infections. If you download any of these apps, the phone will then communicate with other phones for contact tracing.

Google exposure notification effectiveness and user privacy safeguard

But two main differences between an app based on Google-Apple API and any other app is going to be related to not just effectiveness but also user privacy.

Whilst the UK NHS contact tracing app, for example, requires information such as the location of users for contact tracing to work effectively, the Exposure Notifications, on the other hand, is strictly against collecting the GPS information because the APIs for this feature are designed to collect anonymous data.

Google and Apple seem to prioritize user privacy. We’ve had our butt stuck to the public or far too long though.

For example communication between phones with Exposure Notification feature turned on happens using random IDs through Bluetooth. The random IDS your device collects are stored in an exposure log for 14 days, the app then notifies you if you come in contact with any COVID-infected person.

  • If a person is infected with COVID-19, he or she can share their device’s random IDs with the authorized app so it can notify the other users who have come in their contact. All this would be done without revealing the identity of the infected person.

In India, the government has its own app Aarogya Setu, which too is used for contact tracing. Currently, the Setu app is not compatible with the Google-Apple API for contact tracing and hence cannot use the feature now available in smartphones.

However, as many as 23 countries have shown their interest in the tech. In fact, countries such as Switzerland and Italy have already begun testing the APIs for Covid-19 Exposure Notifications feature for their own contact tracing apps.

Tis’ is it…

The bottom line is this, the exposure notification feature in your smartphones won’t work until the government (under NCDC) or a legalized firm makes an app that can use it.

Also, whether you believe the Coronavirus pandemic to be a hoax or not, the day to day happenings will surely give you second thoughts and a definite rethink.

Stay Safe.

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WWDC 2020 Roundup: Here’s everything Apple announced during its Keynote event



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A lot has happened since Apple’s last Developer Conference; face masks have become a scarce commodity in this part of the world with the Covid-19 pandemic ultimately forcing this year’s new product showing to an online-only event.

The WWDC 2020 keynote began with Apple CEO Tim Cook taking to the live stream to address the audience about the Black Lives Matter movement and Apple’s initiatives to support the movement.

Apple support for Black Lives Matter movement

Tim Cook also spoke about the Covid-19 pandemic and he lauded the efforts of healthcare workers at the frontlines. Next, Apple’s SVP of engineering Craig Federighi then took to the stage to talk about iOS 14.

Here’s everything App announced during its WWDC keynote event.

iOS 14 Update: Home screen widgets, App library, Picture in picture mode and more

Unarguably, the most anticipated reveal of the night has to be an update to Apple’s native Operating System.

WWDC 2020 iOS 14 update

The first feature however, was the new App Library. Apple announced that this is essentially a folder system for iOS that allows you to organise apps in neat folders and can be accessed by swiping right and reaching the last screen. The App Library allows users to hide certain app pages while quickly search for apps too, via a search bar at the top.

The next surprise feature on show for the new iOS 14 is addition of Home Screen Widgets.

Apple announce new Home Screen widgets for iOS 14

These widgets are better organised than before and you can even add these to the home screen. This dramatically changes the way your iOS home screen looks, something that has been pretty much the same since iOS was first launched. You can also add a Smart Stack widget that automatically shows you relevant widgets.

Quite suprising because it took Tim Cook and co. a lengthy 13 years to implement a feature that certain section of smartphone users have had for like decades.

An update is definitely an Up-Dirt right??!

The next feature Federighi announced was was Picture in Picture for iPhone.

Basically, this entails that whenever you open a video and minimise the app, the video continues playing in a small window on the iPhone.

We’ve seen something like this somewhere before…

Truth be told, Apple only made this feature exclusive to its iPad device before yesterday. Also, you can swipe to the side and audio continues playing on the side.

Apple also announced the introduction of guides in Apple Maps, and cycling directions in iOS 14.

Another nifty feature is EV routing, “which will help you avoid range anxiety in electric cars by picking the best path and helping you find charging stations,” Apple said.

The last notable iOS 14 feature for the night has to definitely be about the App Store which ultimately is my favorite yet.

When you don’t have an app you need, you can use a feature called App Clips to quickly run an app without installing it. These app clips will only stay on your iPhone as long as you need them.

App Clips are easier for businesses that have an iPhone, and these can be created by developers even if they don’t have an iPhone apps.

macOS 11: Big Sur

Apple officially names the macOS 11 as Big Sur

Big Sur is officially the name of the new macOS 11.

Takeaways from the reveal shows users will be getting a new redesign on the new Mac with new buttons, a Control Centre interface for basic controls such as Wi-Fi, dark mode, night shift, etc.

Apple also revealed new app icons for all default apps such as Finder. You also get redesigned apps such as Podcasts, Calendar, etc. The menu bar is translucent and menu layout has been updated too.

Messages on Mac is also getting new features such as better search, a redesigned photo picker to make sharing photos and videos easier. You also get Memoji on Messages on Mac. iMessage effects finally play on the Mac and the groups enhancements.

macOS Big Sur at WWDC 2020

Apple Maps also comes with a redesigned on the Mac and you can create your own guides here too and check your airport gate with indoor maps and explore cities via the Look Around features.

AirPods Software Updates: Spatial Audio

WWDC Apple AirPods software update

Apple also announced a major feature update for its AirPods called automatic switching. Essentially, this allows you to switch between multiple Apple devices instantly.

If you get a call on your iPhone while watching a video on Mac, AirPods can auto switch to the iPhone and back once your call is done.

AirPods Pro is also getting spatial audio for more immersive sound experience. Spatial audio works with 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos audio.

Privacy Improvements: More control over your data.

Apple announced more privacy controls for users at WWDC 2020

Definitely another major talking point going into WWDC 2020 with the Cupertino-based company recently having to contend with series of cases on user privacy and data eavesdropping.

Federighi spoke about the new privacy features coming to the Apple ecosystem.

Now, users have the option to share approximate location instead of precise location with apps. Also, if your mic is being used to record, you’ll see it right in the status bar.

Apple privacy option for iOS

That is what you call making a statement!

Tracking control is another feature that will require apps to ask for your permission for tracking your data across websites or apps.

Every developer will also self-report their privacy practices and you will be able to see what data an app collects on the App Store.

Mac’s shift from Intel to Apple custom processors

Apple ditches Intel processors

There were rumours leading to this just before the keynote event yesterday and Apple just about confirmed it after all.

Having succeeded in building high-performance chipsets for iPhones, Apple is now switching its Macs to its own A-series chips.

This development started with the A5X and subsequent X improvements to the chips used in iPads. On the Mac you will get a family of SOCs designed specifically for Mac. Apple said it has used Xcode to optimise its first-party apps for Apple chips on Macs, and some of these apps are advanced such as Final Cut Pro.

Apple has created Universal 2 to make it easy to port apps to macOS running on Apple silicon. Microsoft and Adobe are also reportedly working on bringing on Office and Creative Cloud apps to Apple chipsets on macOS.

Apple announce the silicon at WWDC 2020 keynote

Federighi said he was using Macs with Apple silicon to demo things during WWDC 2020.

We also saw demos of apps such as Lightroom and Photoshop, running on Apple silicon on Macs. FCP can add effects to videos in real-time. It can play 3 streams of 4K footage at the same time on the A12Z chip that is designed for Mac.

macOS Big Sur also has Rosetta and Virtualisation features which will be useful for developers.
This is also good news for games as controllers are supported on Mac and existing games can be run on the Mac.

Now, I’ve had folks who vehemently advice against running Virtual machines on Macs. But Apple is kinda reassuring users they can access Linux, and run iPhone and iPad apps on Mac too. You can download iOS apps on the Mac App Store, and most apps will need no changes, Federighi said.

Of course you need to use a Mac with Apple silicon for this, and those are not available right now. For developers to get started, there is a quick start guide and private developer forums. Developers will get a 16GB RAM Mac Mini with an A12Z SoC to develop apps for this platform.

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Now, this all looks promising but what the future does hold for Intel and the state of its shares is anyone’s guess.

Apple promises the first Macs with the A12Z chip will ship by the end of the year and Apple will complete this transition to A-series chips in two years.

Other features and software updates announced include; better multi-user support for tvOS 14, face sharing and a new fitness app for the watchOS 7 and improved handwriting support for the new iPadOS 14.

Apple says all OS releases will be available as a developer preview today, and in public beta in July, with final releases in the Fall, which is September and October 2020.

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