Recapping WWDC 2024 from Apple Park

Recapping WWDC 2024 from Apple Park

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There was no new Apple {hardware} at WWDC 2024, however Apple nonetheless had tons of stories round AI and its upcoming working methods. On this bonus episode, Cherlynn and Devindra courageous the California warmth to debate Apple Intelligence and the way it’s totally different than different AI options. They usually dive into different new options they’re wanting ahead to, just like the iPhone mirroring in macOS Sequoia and iPadOS 18’s surprisingly cool Calculator app.


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Hosts: Devindra Hardawar and Cherlynn Low
Music: Dale North and Terrence O’Brien

Devindra: What’s up, of us? That is Devindra right here, and we’re reside at Apple Park. Cherlynn and I are in the midst of overlaying Apple’s WWDC convention. Cherlynn, what’s up? How’s it going?

Cherlynn: We’re, I really feel fairly zen proper now, as a result of though I’ve much more conferences developing, we’re seated outdoors, it is good out, and though it is actually sizzling, it is not dying. it is good. I am chill.

Devindra: It is good we’re each, we have gone via 4 to 5 conferences. For each of us. We have gone via the keynote. We’re writing a bunch of stories of us. So we’re simply gonna sit down and Provide you with our ideas about what is going on on. Cherlynn and I additionally did a video that is up on our YouTube channel recapping why we predict Apple intelligence is doing issues somewhat in a different way and possibly higher than Stuff from Microsoft and Google, however yeah, Sherlyn, you have been speaking with Apple quite a bit.

What’s your common takeaway from this 12 months’s WWDC?

Cherlynn: Yeah, to set the stage somewhat, I believe, this morning 8 a. m. I had my first assembly after which it has been 4 conferences such as you mentioned, Devendra, overlaying subjects like Apple intelligence, privateness, iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 and watchOS 11 as effectively. My predominant factor is that sure, we’ve really all through the keynote, we heard issues that we have seen in different platforms, proper?

Like they’re blatantly copying magic eraser from Google’s editor on, this factor known as cleanup and pictures. they usually’re including various things like, oh, now you can rearrange your apps and pores and skin them the way in which you possibly can in Android’s materials you. However, the way in which Apple’s thought issues via proves and continues to show to be totally different from everybody else.

It’s kind of extra considerate, a bit cleaner, a bit extra subtle. And, once more, I believe you see this most in Apple Intelligence. And, Devindra, you have been asking everyone right here, can we are saying AI? Can we?

Devindra: I do not know. So one factor I began figuring it out, or not less than as we had been writing about Apple Intelligence, is that Making an acronym for it’s robust as a result of I am unable to simply name it AI after which speak about That stuff versus Copilot or versus OpenAI and I’ve began utilizing Apple AI as a technique to shorten it However I’ve been asking Apple of us right here mainly everybody we have encountered about how they shorten Apple intelligence and the resounding response I get is sort of a information processing error.

It is like watching a human type of identical to cease having the ability to course of data. They give the impression of being over to the PR individual. They’re like, what do I see right here? However the response I all the time get is, Apple intelligence. That is all we are saying. We solely ever say Apple intelligence. One individual mentioned, private intelligence, which is a phrase Tim Cook dinner used.

However yeah, it’s humorous that it’s, it appears virtually like a company command to not name Apple intelligence AI or shorten it that method in any method.

Cherlynn: they consider the phrases AI, or the letters AI, to face for Apple Intelligence, it appears After which the phrase that they fall again on once they do not wish to say Apple Intelligence is simply Intelligence. three syllables, is just one greater than saying AI. Nonetheless, although, AI is a lot simpler to say, in my view.

Devindra: It simply looks like they’ve stumbled themselves into this bizarre branding gap, the place they took the letters A and I, however they can not use AI. However additionally it is an AI powered factor. I simply suppose it is humorous, and reveals, like, how I do not understand how absurd these firms might be at some factors. however yeah, let’s briefly speak about Apple Intelligence, Cherlynn. I am extra impressed by what Apple’s doing right here as a result of it does appear to be they’re saying options that we really would wish to use, and it is extra centered on options inside apps, stuff like making Siri higher, quite than what Microsoft did.

Microsoft was identical to, hey, no person likes our search engine. Right here we put AI in our search engine then everyone unexpectedly thought it was cool After which they put that copilot they rebranded as copilot They put that in Home windows and it is like dot revenue I do not suppose it really led to something.

I do not care about copilot in Home windows It hasn’t been functionally helpful for me However simply wanting on the stuff right here that Apple has proven off like I wish to use this new Siri I wish to use plenty of these new options that they are exhibiting off. I do not know should you really feel in a different way

Cherlynn: I believe Siri is just one a part of the Apple intelligence puzzle.

I believe there’s plenty of different stuff that they had been, that they demoed that will be very intriguing. I do really feel like plenty of their writing instruments, issues that we’ll see on Mac and iPad, are issues we have seen elsewhere, like Copilot, like Gemini and OpenAI, have all supplied some model of rewriting one thing for you, summarizing it for you, offering a TLDR.

Apple clearly being the kind of, vertical integration king that it’s good at Bringing it in order that if you spotlight a physique of textual content or one thing, you possibly can see this like blue or yellow or no matter circle up right here on the high left, the place you discover your copy and paste choices, you may also go there to get a writing software like, yeah, assist me regulate the tone of this cowl letter that I am writing, for instance. it is Stuff that we have seen, however but utilized a only a bit higher, a bit extra thoughtfully. the Siri stuff, they’ve redesigned Siri to higher perceive you should you, interrupting your self in the midst of, issuing a command. should you’re like, Oh, regulate this timer. Oh, sorry, set it for 15, not 20 minutes, that kind of factor. it is going to do it. It is good sufficient. it’s positively, extra thought out and extra system huge and deeply built-in. And to make use of their very own phrases, Private, extra personally, contextually conscious than say, Gemini on a Pixel telephone. And that is the one actual different place I can examine it to as a result of the Copilot on Floor PCs do not appear that deeply built-in simply but.

Devindra: It virtually looks as if Copilot is directionless. It is like Microsoft was identical to, Hey, OpenAI is cool, do you want ChatGPT? look, we put it in Home windows. are you not entertained? Aren’t you cheerful about this? And I wasn’t, I’ve examined these things for some time. I believe Google’s not less than making an attempt to be somewhat extra, Considerate additionally about the way it’s doing it with Gemini.

Prefer it’s making an attempt to love hook into all of the Google providers and all of the stuff you are already counting on. However Apple’s complete factor is like they’re constructing on the privateness requirements that they’ve talked about earlier than plenty of this Processing is going on on gadget with their native fashions They do go to the cloud for a few of their like extra advanced issues.

However we additionally learn in regards to the what’s it the personal cloud? connection that they had been speaking about and even that appears cool I would suggest you all it is like bizarre to even talk about one thing like this, however they’ve mainly Created a cloud answer that’s they are saying is safer You it is an anonymized connection.

Like when, initially, Apple’s fashions solely ship little bits of knowledge to their cloud. It is anon anonymized in a method, just like the, the VPN relay factor that they’ve on iPhones is, these servers do not save your information. They do not save logs. In order that’s additionally one thing that may forestall, authorities like police or the FBI from getting information of what you are doing. however Apple’s identical to conserving your self out of that. They usually additionally say that they are publishing the photographs. of the software program getting used on the servers for researchers to audit and to try and your telephone can solely discuss with mainly servers operating the precise software program that they count on it to so your telephone must maintain getting up to date there’s like simply a number of layers of safety which isn’t the kind of factor I believe most individuals take into consideration once they’re doing like cloud providers, not less than from what I’ve seen.

Cherlynn: I believe, so one factor, the irony of Copilot being directionless is simply fairly humorous to me. you do not need a Copilot or a Pilot to be directionless. However anyway, yeah, the personal cloud computing is unquestionably one thing that, Apple is approaching in a different way in comparison with Microsoft and Google, the place they explicitly lay out how anonymized and the way protected and encrypted your information is. and true. Apple’s level, which one thing that Craig Federighi identified through the keynote as effectively, they really put it on the market. They need impartial verification and validation that their stuff is securely taking place and all of the switch of your course of. for instance, proper after the keynote, a sure co, CEO or proprietor of a sure social media community or platform was like, OpenAI integration with this factor goes to be a safety threat, proper? I’m referring to Elon Musk’s tweets on X. And, from my understanding, having taken plenty of conferences since, the OpenAI integration is going on like this. everytime you ask Apple Intelligence gadgets a question, Siri for instance, the very first thing it is doing is determining whether or not it could actually do it on gadget or if it must ship via privateness cloud compute to the servers to course of.

Then, on gadgets clearly like fairly direct, proper? But when it must move your data on to speak GPT since you’ve requested it one thing that, no matter. It’ll first floor hey, do you wish to move your data to speak GPT? And it’ll do it each time. you are not going to say sure as soon as after which afterwards by no means should be requested chat GPT entry once more. after which there’s a contractual factor between OpenAI and Apple which prevents OpenAI from storing your requests. and in addition Apple is simply not handing any IP tackle data over. It’s utilizing that kind of personal relay factor, to move on like every IP tackle data wanted. It is simply hiding the precise information. after which as soon as OpenAI has completed chat GPTing your solutions for you, It’s alleged to erase your data or no matter and eliminate it. It’s a contractual factor supposedly, and that continues to be to be seen, proper? that is how a lot you belief OpenAI to try this. after which the same kind of ideas for privateness, cloud compute right here.

So once more, very effectively thought out, proper? simply very Apple in its strategy.

Devindra: Considerate, I believe, is the phrase. I do not wish to sound like I mentioned this within the video. Not an excessive amount of of a fanboy. We’ve not seen these things in motion but or within the wild. However, I believe just like the preliminary I do not know. Issues we noticed was one thing like Microsoft Recall, which was a cool concept.

However Microsoft, it was like a blunt pressure strategy to Hey, we’re simply going to recollect all the things you probably did in your pc by capturing all the things we did in your pc. And we’ll serve it, we’ll put it aside in a database in your system that, Hey, anyone can apparently entry with like little or no protections round it.

And it actually took days for safety researchers to even be like, what the hell is that this? that is. Very simple to interrupt via. Microsoft ended up having to, mainly rework how that function is. Initially it was, it was a function that was all the time enabled and also you needed to decide out of it. Now it is decide in. individuals needed to complain to alleviate these very apparent points. And I believe on the very least, I haven’t got that sense with Apple. Like I really feel like they’ve not less than sat down, possibly additionally talked with researchers and be like, is that this cool? Is that this really copacetic by way of like privateness and consumer security and all the things?

So I do not know you probably have any additional ideas on that.

Cherlynn: As a result of Apple is aware of that the kind of value to pay if it is caught with egg on its face is so excessive and truly arguably larger for it than any of its different rivals to be, is all of the extra invested in ensuring that is going and being completed the best method and truthfully I want Google and Microsoft would take notes. I’ll say there’s plenty of different privateness issues which are very intriguing to me. I did, I’m contemporary from like a privateness associated demo that, was very, so the passwords app is a brand new factor that I am very enthusiastic about, I am very welcome. I really feel very welcome. Or I am welcoming it? No matter. they’re additionally altering sure issues just like the permitting entry to all of your contacts or limiting entry or no matter within the permission settings for numerous apps that want.

Like for instance, if I am taking part in Match Manufacturing facility, why do they should get all of the entry to all my contacts they do not want? I additionally suppose it is humorous, no, possibly not humorous. one of many new options coming to iOS 18 is locking and hiding. particular apps. locking is sensible. I get it. Hiding, although, looks as if you are, like, Ashley Madison ing issues for everyone, letting the cheaters of the world maintain secrets and techniques.

I do not understand how I really feel about that, however, it is the, atomic bomb factor, proper? Do you make it after which let individuals use it how they may, or, I do not know who at Apple determined this was a crucial function. Are you going to make use of this function Devendra?

Devindra: pay attention, I might have my Tinder account by some means.

I do not know. however I do suppose the app blocking factor is cool as a result of mother and father typically have to provide their gadgets to children and Oh, you do not need them to swipe away, you do not need them to do different stuff. So this fashion you possibly can lock an app if you wish to exhibit your pictures or exhibit one thing to any individual and simply have them not poke round, which has been.

It is also like a quite common downside we see on like TV reveals and films the place any individual could be like, Hey, can I check out this photograph? They usually’re like, get all of your private information out of your telephone immediately as a result of it is open. So it looks as if a really good method of coping with privateness too.

Cherlynn: And really Apple esque in that, should you lock an app, say, your messages, for instance, then it, additionally the contents of that app will not present up, and search will not present up, and sequence solutions, or highlight solutions, or, even map solutions. there’s only a lot right here. and, simply to remove broader notes from WWDC2, like I mentioned earlier, there’s plenty of, small modifications that, that make all the things appear very meaty. iOS 18 really is perhaps an enormous improve. the messages updates which are coming. the brand new faucet again, emoji.

Lastly, we are able to do greater than exclamation marks. Typically I simply wish to make a tragic face. I am unable to try this. I’ve to do thumbs down. I like that they are coming. Oh, and I am again to the Apple Intelli I do know I am leaping round a bit, however speaking about emoji, one other factor that Apple did proper from the get, I believe as a result of it has been capable of observe the pitfalls that different individuals have fallen into is to be like, okay, we’re limiting it to those very clearly cartoonish kind of graphic like illustration, so no photorealistic.

After which when it is creating photographs of individuals in gemmoji, you possibly can solely use your personal creation. So that you’re mainly selecting from a template or based mostly in your like individuals that you’ve in your pictures or your individuals gallery kind of scenario. However as a result of it is in a cartoonish illustration, individuals are by no means going to mistake it for somebody that is really an actual life.

You’ll be able to’t, for instance, there are guardrails in place that like, forestall you from making the picture playground generate one thing that appears dangerous or violent or is exploitative. which once more, goes to point out, Apple’s thought this via, proper?

Devindra: And I believe lots of people are asking, what are, the place, what are these fashions skilled on?

As a result of Apple’s speaking about plenty of its personal fashions, small ones that run immediately in your gadget, bigger ones which are within the cloud. And sometimes they’re going to attain out to OpenAI for chat GPT stuff. Apple has informed us that they’re coaching their fashions on licensed information, like photographs, issues like that.

Some stuff from the open internet, publishers can refuse to take part. Like they’ll say their web site shouldn’t be crawlable by Apple stuff. they usually say that, Apple will, if any individual modifications down the road, like what they wish to be accessible to their very own fashions, Apple will replicate that with additional updates.

So once more, it is opaque, however not less than what they’re telling us. To me sounds higher than what I’ve heard from Google and positively from open AI. so I believe that is cool actual fast. Let’s speak about macOS Sequoia, which has many of the options once more All these options just about come throughout all of its merchandise.

So apple intelligence goes to be a factor that is by the way in which goes to be engaged on Max operating Apple Silicon, so M1 to M4 No M4 Max but, however M1, M sequence Max and in addition the iPhone 15 Professional Sherlyn you wrote a bit in regards to the options individuals can count on you probably have an iPhone 14 Professional Principally, you are sore out of luck.

You get some iOS 18 options, however not all the things, proper?

Cherlynn: Yeah, all of the iOS 18 options, however not one of the Apple intelligence options, sadly In order that redesigned Siri with the glowing edges. That is not coming. It’s so fairly I additionally wish to say that the iPadOS issues that appear actually cool, all of the pencil options, the handwriting stuff.

So plenty of the, Keynote or like in demos I’ve taken, some options will likely be like, that is ML energy, it is like Sensible Script, for instance, is powered by ML, nevertheless it’s not a part of Apple Intelligence. So you’re nonetheless going to get that in iPadOS, 18 if you improve, no matter whether or not you will have the M1 iPad or like an older one. however yeah, I gotta discuss to you about MathNodes, Devindra. Had been you blown away by that demo? Like, once they simply draw the equal signal, then that, factor simply sums itself. The answer simply solves itself. It is Imply Women Mathletes, however on a complete different stage to me.

Devindra: It is, it is cool, and that is additionally one thing they are saying is ML powered, not essentially Apple Intelligence powered.

So you probably have older iPads, you will note some advantages of that. It is cool, however I additionally really feel like, Bye for now. It is like a superpowered calculator. I do not understand how many individuals have Apple Pencils and are like scribbling down math formulation, nevertheless it’s cool. I dig it.

Cherlynn: I believe to, to start with the truth that an iPad by no means had a calculator app earlier than this, it is like astonishing.

However then now that it is right here, Apple’s clearly considered look, we’re bringing this to the larger display screen. We wish it to be pencil pleasant. We wish it to be massive display screen pleasant. Let’s actually take into consideration the structure right here. And that is explains why there’s been a delay. And I really get it. there’s you possibly can go into the historical past tab to see your earlier like calculations. There’s much more calculations you are able to do on this calculator, A forex conversion, which I forgot to ask, like, how is it pulling the precise fee? However no matter, after which you possibly can go into the notes part after which I really feel like virtually really feel like calculator is a misnomer on this case as a result of it is doing far more than calculating and fixing equations.

It is like you possibly can draw like a blueprint of a home and have it measure the areas like size and width, no matter, however on the similar time, map that to love value calculations, like value estimates, like should you use this materials. So one thing I noticed occur was such as you did Value equals X, space equals Y, after which value occasions space equals, and when you draw the world, it is like programming mainly, however all completed within the notes app.

And that is actually it blew my thoughts somewhat bit, which I hate to confess as a result of I do not wish to be so like, fangirly, however rattling, that was cool.

Devindra: It was cool. Perhaps the excuse for not having a calculator app constructed into the iPad. one factor I wish to point out about macOS Decoy is iPhone mirroring. Which was one thing I like half predicted.

Like I wrote a want piece for what I’d wish to see in Imaginative and prescient Professional and Imaginative and prescient OS 2. And one factor was I’d actually love to have the ability to mirror the iPhone simply the way in which like you possibly can mirror a MacBook inside Imaginative and prescient Professional. have a full projection of the display screen. That is not coming to Imaginative and prescient OS 2. Imaginative and prescient OS 2 is like very minor updates it appears.

However It’s one thing coming to Mac Sequoia and to make use of that it is advisable to use a telephone, an iPhone. With I 18 A Mac with Mac, Sequoia, you get virtually immediately. I have never seen projected, like the way it really works in actual time, nevertheless it does appear to be you hit a button, you get a window view of your iPhone and you utilize it.

In your Mac as you’d in actual life you see your own home display screen you possibly can scroll between apps You’ll be able to your notifications like very well are reintegrated into the max notifications. That is enjoyable you might play video games in your iphone and if you launch a recreation, the window will go widescreen The audio appears to return via fairly rapidly simply looks as if a extremely cool function as a result of A minimum of on Macs, like I all the time have my telephone close by.

It is all the time like doing different stuff, however I’d love to have the ability to like simply have that open and in addition see different notifications coming in. It is identical to very extensible by way of like the way you’re interacting along with your {hardware}. The iPhone, by the way in which, keep the display screen stays locked. So it would not appear to be any individual is rather like you are identical to mirroring a direct pc or one thing.

One factor we discovered from Apple as a result of I have been asking round about this. For those who mirrored your Mac inside the Imaginative and prescient Professional, After which that Mac was additionally mirroring an iPhone. Would you really have the ability to do the iPhone stuff from throughout the Imaginative and prescient Professional? And I’ve heard from a few of us that’s mainly not going to occur.

You’ll be able to run one continuity function. iPhone mirroring is a part of continuity. So these options that allow you to like copy and paste throughout gadgets and stuff. You’ll be able to solely run one mirroring function at a time. So mainly you possibly can’t try this with the Mac. I am nonetheless sitting right here ready for iPhone mirroring in Imaginative and prescient OS.

Clearly although, like they’ve the potential. The Imaginative and prescient Professional is operating an M. 2 chip. If iPhone mirroring works on M. 1 and M. 2 Macs, there isn’t a cause why that is not going to be in Imaginative and prescient Professional ultimately. So I am kinda, I really feel like we half gained that guess, mainly.

Cherlynn: I simply gotta say that Home windows and Android have been making an attempt to do that eternally.

I can bear in mind like years in the past although, when the primary like Galaxy books attempt to do that. That is not less than my earliest encounter with it. It really works. I have never seen this occur, but on the iPhone aspect of issues, as in I have never personally taken a demo, so I could not let you know if it is really higher or extra considerate. understanding Apple, understanding its deep integration prowess might be gonna work higher.

Devindra: most likely. Apple additionally offers superb demos, in order that’s one thing we have discovered. do you will have any additional ideas about WWDC or what’s forward for Apple, Sherlyn?

Cherlynn: I’ve a lot to dive into intimately, just like the watchOS stuff, the iOS and iPadOS options.

I assume broad strokes. It is it feels virtually revolutionary as a result of Apple is lastly leaping on board the AI prepare, and renaming the prepare, taking up mainly. And you understand what? The factor is, I hate this, however now individuals are going to concentrate. As a result of what? now my associates really are going to understand what Genmoji is meant to do, what you possibly can really do by, feeding AI, generator.

It is gonna, and we’re gonna begin seeing extra, writing software assisted emails and evaluations, I believe it is momentous. I believe individuals are actually going to begin listening to what AI means and what it could actually do. I do not know if it is good for the world, however yeah, it simply looks like massive.

Devindra: We ran out of time speaking to Apple individuals, however I did wish to ask them, do you suppose these writing instruments are literally useful?

As a result of then it simply, All our emails, all our conversations are going to begin to sound like weirdly robotic or additional formal AI paperwork or AI texts and I am not a fan of that, not too , however the Genmoji stuff is cool as a result of it is like we’ve had Dali and different issues like create these AI photographs, what do you do with them? submit it on social media? I do not know. Genmoji is simply if you wish to create an emoji based mostly on a particular feeling, you possibly can create a factor to your liking. Only a actually good use of that. That know-how, So anyway, I’m within the course of of putting in the, the iOS 18 developer beta on my telephone. I believe in accordance with the foundations, you possibly can’t speak about that, however we are able to speak about it once they launch the general public beta. In order that’s, later subsequent month, I imagine. However we’ll be testing these things out. We’ll be fascinated about these options. every other takeaways from Apple, Sherlyn?

Cherlynn: No, ship us your ideas although, proper? podcast@gajed.Com is probably the most direct technique to attain us. however come again on, we do a Thursday livestream at podcast@gajed.com Japanese on our YouTube channel the place we’ve direct Q& A classes the place we are able to most likely reply your questions, in actual time. And I am fairly positive we’ll nonetheless proceed to dig deep into what we discovered, this week on our episode, that drops on Fridays or Thursday nights, proper? come again for all of that.

Devindra: Yeah, positively. We’re nonetheless gonna be doing an extended, a standard podcast episode this week. Cherlynn and I are in California now, however we’ll be flying again tomorrow and able to podcast on reside stream on Thursday. So we’ll be again of us. tell us what you concentrate on all this information, podcast@gajed.com. Thanks of us. We’re out.

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