Hello! Apple just wrapped its WWDC keynote and while I intend to deliver you a fuller set of thoughts in this newsletter tomorrow, I wanted to get some quick impressions out to you right now. Of course, we'll have analysis on the website sooner than that, so head over to The Verge often today. :)
The big news, as expected, is that Apple will be transitioning the Mac to its own silicon. I've written quite a lot about this, and my first impression after the keynote is that Apple is handling it very well. Some apps will be easy to transition and others will apparently run pretty well using the Rosetta 2 translation layer — if you believe Apple's demo.
Surprisingly, macOS is also getting a wholesale redesign that takes dozens of elements from iOS and brings them to the Mac. Elements that, well, sure do look like they want to be touched with your finger instead of clicked with your mouse pointer. Just saying.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 got smaller updates, if we're being honest, but some of them are quite important. I'll drop some brief commentary on everything in the links below.
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┏ Apple announces macOS Big Sur with a brand-new design. As I mentioned above, this is a much bigger change to the Mac than I was expecting. Instead of trying to make Catalyst iPad apps more Mac-like, it sure looks like Apple is going to try to make the Mac a little more iPad-like. That said, I like some of the ideas here: a customizable Control Center that lets you drag items into the menu bar. A single area for showing both widgets and notifications so you don't have to toggle between them.
┏ iPadOS 14 comes with redesigned apps and Universal Search. This seems like a small thing, but I am over the moon about the fact that Universal Search (which, yes, was on webOS first) includes real web results now. Every platform I use, except for the iPad and iPhone, makes it fast and easy to search the web with a shortcut. Now they will, too.
Chinese regulators can reportedly take months to approve games, giving developers the chance to profit from titles that otherwise risk being banned. Bloomberg says that Rockstar Games has relied on the loophole to sell titles from the Grand Theft Auto franchise in the country, for example. However, back in February, Apple began reminding developers that they would need to obtain licenses by June 30th or risk their games being banned and removed.
The company has submitted a new version of Hey that meets the strict letter of Apple's rules but clearly defies their spirit: the company will now offer iOS users a free temporary Hey email account with a randomized address, just so the app is functional when it is first opened. These burner accounts will expire after 14 days. Hey is also now able to work with enterprise customers, as Apple initially took issue with the app's consumer focus.
You are reading Processor, a newsletter about computers by Dieter Bohn. Dieter writes about consumer tech, software, and the most important news of the day from The Verge. This newsletter delivers about four times a week, at least a couple of which include longer essays.