What WWDC’s announcements mean for the future of the Mac

What WWDC’s announcements mean for the future of the Mac

The Vergecast’s annual WWDC episode is here. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference started on Monday, and The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn run through the important announcements from the event as well as the updates you may have missed.

The first half of the show starts with a special guest: Wall Street Journal columnist and Verge alum Joanna Stern. Nilay, Dieter, and Joanna analyze the most talked about news from the event: Apple is moving the Mac to its own silicon and away from Intel. The trio discuss what this might mean for the diminishing line between a tablet and a laptop, the probability of a touchscreen Mac in the near future, and Apple reasserting their dominance in the laptop space.

Verge news editor Chaim Gartenberg joins in the second half to discuss the other Apple updates you may have missed within the announcements of macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, and Apple’s various other operating systems updates, including setting default email and browser apps, the end of running Windows in Boot Camp mode, and support for third-party music services on the HomePod.

Listen here or in your preferred podcast player to hear it all.

Stories discussed this week:

Fire and plague prepared these teens for the world New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will quarantine travelers from states with surging COVID-19 cases The EU plans to ban US travelers indefinitely after haphazard COVID-19 response The healing power of Black art Big Sur is officially macOS 11.0 as Apple finally leaves OS X behind Macs with new Apple-built chips will natively run iPhone and iPad apps Apple’s new ARM-based Macs won’t support Windows through Boot Camp Apple details iOS 14, its next major software update iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will let you set default email and browser apps watchOS 7 announced with sleep tracking and rebranded Fitness app Apple TV 4K will at last play YouTube in 4K with tvOS 14 update AirPods updated with automatic switching and a new ‘Spatial Audio’ feature Apple teases new tracking protections and an approximate location feature in iOS 14 Apple approves Hey email app, but the fight’s not over After outcry, Apple will let developers challenge App Store guidelines Hey opens its email service to everyone as Apple approves its app for good Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming Mixer failed — here’s why

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