Craig Federighi is currently a popular guest in the podcast landscape. After just chatting about the WWDC with Apple blogger John Gruber, the next appointment with Marques Brownlee was coming up. Of course, the WWDC was the top topic here too, and so Apple’s software chief answered some questions about Apple Silicon, macOS Big Sur, iOS 14 and more.
Apple Silicon and Apps
Apple had advertised its Project Catalyst for the 2019 WWDC and explained that developers only have to select a checkbox to bring iPad code to macOS. Now Brownlee wanted to know how easy it will be to switch to Apple Silicon – i.e. the switch from Intel to ARM technology. Federighi explains:
“We feel really great about how the transition has already started and how it will go. Most of the apps out there have really modernized over the years. They use our latest developer tools to work cleanly with 64 bit and access modern frameworks. It turns out that switching to Apple Silicon literally means just recompiling in some cases. ”
macOS Big Sur
A concern that Mac enthusiasts have long voiced is that Apple is further simplifying the Mac and making it more and more iOS-like. Due to the new design of macOS Big Sur, the first alarm bells rang for the fans. However, Federighi says that people should only judge after using the system for some time:
“First of all, I would like to explain that we are all so attached to the Mac UI. I mean, we use them all day long. […] It’s now a big part of the visual scenery of our lives, so that’s what seems right to us. […] If something changes, there are all sorts of little pattern recognizers in our brains that say, “Wait a minute! Something is different. » I feel like the user interface, after using it for months, feels natural and fresh and is clearly Mac-typical, and I love it. ”
Next, Brownlee is interested in iOS 14 and wants to know from Federighi what the philosophy behind the update is. As Apple’s software boss explains, personalization and convenience are in the foreground this time – of course, alongside the now mandatory improvements to privacy options. The new widgets and app clips in particular are intended to simplify the digital life of users, as Federighi lists:
“Personalization and comfort are well represented. Having more information at a glance is more convenient. […] Things like app clips where we imagine that it’s now much easier to move around the world and discover things that you can do with your smartphone and that you can act super fast. ”
Regarding data protection, iOS 14 gives users more control over their personal data and how the information is processed. In future, all apps will be required to obtain the user’s permission for all tracking practices. Throughout the year, App Store product pages will also display summaries of the privacy practices that developers have specified in a simple, easy-to-understand format.
The virtual WWDC 2020
Federighi tells in the podcast that WWDC has always been the most hectic part of the year for the Apple software team. The virtual event this year hadn’t changed anything – on the contrary: the time was “maybe twice as hectic”, recalls Federighi.
But the team quickly recognized the opportunity to create something special and new. The concept was to take viewers through Apple Park and show where the team worked. This type of presentation can be found in many of the virtual WWDC sessions.
Although you might have thought that the Apple format would leave enough time to take a close look at the whole thing, Federighi explains that he actually only saw the full opening presentation on Monday for the first time.