Summary: The major announcements during Apple’s WWDC20 keynote

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is completely online this year, but that doesn’t mean the company held back on its announcements. Since there was no live audience to interrupt the keynote with applause, hoots, and hollers, Apple covered a ton of ground at a brisk pace during its two-hour presentation on Monday. You can watch the keynote in its entirety online, but if you don’t have the time, you can find out what happened in our summary right here.

Macs switch to Apple ARM CPUs

It’s been rumored for a while, but Apple’s announcement that it will switch from Intel processors to its own silicon was the final segment of the keynote, saving the biggest news for last. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has planned for a two-year transition, with the first ARM-based Mac coming later this year.

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Apple has a kit available for third-party software developers to create software that can natively run on ARM-based Macs. The company also revealed Rosetta2, technology that will allow users to run software originally created for Intel-based Macs.

We have the complete details on Apple’s transition to its own ARM processors.

macOS 11 Big Sur

Usually, the Mac is a short section of the WWDC keynote. This year, it’s front and center, thanks mostly to the ARM switch. But there are also big changes coming to macOS this year. The next version of macOS is called Big Sur, and it’s officially version 11.

If you felt like macOS was started to look a little tired, you’re in for a treat with Big Sur. It features a revamped user interface, with reworked menus, app sidebars, and app icons. Notification Center has improved functionality, and Control Center—a main UI element for iPhones and iPads—is now available on the Mac.

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Apple used its Mac Catalyst technology to convert the iOS versions of Maps and Message to new Mac versions. And Safari has a slew of new features, including improved speed, start page customizations, improved support for Extensions, and new privacy features.

Learn more about the new features of macOS Big Sur.