This year’s edition of Apple’s WWDC, in which the hotly anticipated rumors are revealed, was muted by the coronavirus crisis, which made it impossible to have its customarily boisterous live audience to cheer.
Rumors of new devices and models did not materialize into announcements, but three overarching themes emerged amid a smattering of software announcements.
The first theme: A unified and flexible Apple experience.
Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook left the job of emcee largely to his software chief Craig Federighi, who revealed updates of iOS, macOS, WatchOS, and AirPod OS. Many of these seemed incremental, but design-wise Apple said it considered the new macOS Big Sur the most revolutionary update since Mac OS X emerged in 2001 – 19 years ago.
While Apple didn’t blow anyone away, the updates across all operating systems highlighted flexibility, customization, and a flow of ideas between the devices. For example, phones took design