Our WWDC 2018 Keynote Cheat Sheet – Home on the Mac

WWDC 2018

This years WWDC keynote has just finished. It was filled with excitement such as the voice memo app coming to the iPad (8 years on) and a redesigned stocks app – woo hoo. All the OS updates are available this autumn as usual, here are some of the highlights…


  • iOS12
  • “Doubling down on performance”
  • Available to all devices that support iOS11
  • New AR File format – USBZ – Adobe supporting
  • New Siri ‘shortcuts’ allow apps to assign phrases to actions
  • Can be used to build smart home (HomeKit) macros
  • New Apple Books app replaces iBook
  • 3rd Party App Support comes to CarPlay (Waze!)
  • Limit distraction and focus with ‘Do Not Disturb’, ‘Screen Time’ & ‘Activity Report’
  • Grouped Notifications (at last)
  • Memoji – build your personalised avatar animoji
  • Group FaceTime – up to 32 people at once

Apple Limits


  • watchOS 5
  • New Hiking & Yoga workouts
  • Automatic workout detection
  • New features for runners
  • Walkie Talkie mode over Cellular or WiFi
  • Apple Podcasts app coming to Watch
  • 3rd party apps can play background audio (eg Audio Books)

WWDC 2018 - watchOS


  • Dolby Atmos
  • Apple TV support coming for Crestron, Savant & Control4


  • macOS Mojave
  • New Dark Mode
  • Stack – tidy up your desktop mess into file groups
  • New Finder ‘Gallery’ view
  • Finder sidebar supports meta data view
  • Quick Look supports markup, video trim etc
  • Apple News comes to the Mac
  • Home comes to the Mac
  • Privacy & Security enhancements
  • New redesigned Mac App Store
  • Apple’s iOS Apps Coming the the Mac (3rd party apps in 2019)

WWDC 2018 - Home

3 Comments on "Our WWDC 2018 Keynote Cheat Sheet – Home on the Mac"

  1. Mike McGregor | June 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm |

    I was disappointed there wasn’t much work on HomeKit. Afterwards they did a separate technical brief where they did add remote control support but I was really hoping for some extra device definitions like robotic vacuum cleaners, electric blankets, etc. And a lot more stability would be nice too

  2. mark, just to say really appreciate the cheat-sheets – saves so much time !

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