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  1. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was this Monday, and included a slew of news related to their iOS and macOS platforms. One of the biggest announcements was improvements to their augmented reality platform, ARKit, which have the potential to transform AR from a novelty to a piece of technology we use every day. We think ARKit could mean big changes in real estate, too – so stay tuned to the blog for a post from Chad that lays out how the software will transform the industry.
  2. While there was no direct announcement about how Apple’s hardware and software will continue to evolve with smart home technology, CNET put together a great resource on how the company’s updates work within your smart home.
  3. We don’t want to crowd all of this 54W with Apple news, but the company also quietly added a huge win for privacy into iOS 12 – a restriction where third party hardware can’t be used to unlock your iPhone. This forces the use of a passcode when plugging the phone into a USB accessory after a short amount of time with it locked. The main need for this technology is to stop police from cracking into a phone, which we hope you’d never encounter, but it’s a good piece of mind if you find yourself without your phone full of personal information.
  4. Tesla has installed so much renewable energy storage that it’s actually making an impact on how much renewable energy costs for consumers around the world. The storage solutions, installed in multiple countries, have made renewable energy more reliable, lowered costs for energy in those countries, and made renewable energy storage more visible so that other companies can follow suit. We’re still a long way off from being a huge dent in how we consume energy, but its great to see these strides being made globally.
  5. New software uses your phone’s camera to help plot out maps. Incorporating real-time camera images into apps that rely on mapping software – like those steering self-driving cars – maps can be kept as accurately as possible, meaning those cars will have up-to-the-minute road information. Other uses include keeping tabs on overgrown trees that could affect power lines, tracking pedestrian traffic during events, and watching for flooding in the middle of a rainstorm.