Apple’s keynote is on folks and if like us, you have been keeping a tab on the event, you are bound to be in advanced stage of excitement by some of the announcements that have been made. However, in case you have missed one or other of the occurrences, no need to fret. The TechPortal is bringing you a complete, comprehensive coverage of everything important, that has taken place at WWDC 2016. Read on.
Apple’s announcements can be evenly distributed across 4 of its major platforms namely, the watchO, tvOS, macOS (formerly OS X) and iOS (iPhone/iPads). Lets take a look at the changes brought in each category, one by one.
Apple Watch Is Now Smarter – Big Time!
And Arya Stark is not the only one who is learning to have many faces. Apple’s Keynote update has brought several brand new watchfaces for its Apple watch including one for when you are working, another for when you are wanna have fun with Minny Mouse and yet another for physical activity(in case you are wondering, yes, the last one displays your step count, calorie count, etc).
Users can now switch between different watch faces by swiping to the left or to the right right on the homescreen. The company has also introduced a brand new dock interface that will let you pin your favorite applications and then quickly shuffle between those running. It also has included an Action Center, much alike to that on your iPhone, which you can pull up by wiping up from the bottom of your smartwatches’ screen.
Apple Tv Is Now Better – Courtesy, A Tweaked TvOS
Yup. The Apple TV operating system — tvOS — has received a string of updates that promise to significantly alter and improve the viewing experience.
First off is a dark mode for those who found Apple TV’s extremely bright screen, irritating. The new mode features a toned down, darker screen that is easier on the eyes. Also, downloading a video app to your iPhone results in an auto download of the app — if compatible — to your Apple TV.
You can also call upon Siri to assist you in looking for content on third party platforms, such as YouTube. However, if you would rather now, you can also use your iPhone to simple type your query. The hassle of login into different network has been cut down to a single sign-in process on the Apple TV.
Yes, thanks to the slew of updates Apple has brought in, the iPhone is now at par with your Apple TV dedicated remote control. Apart from using it to switch channels, type, and navigate the user interface, you can also use your iPhone as a game controller — all because of the iPhone’s gyroscope.
OS X Is Now MacOS And Man, Ain’t It Awesome
Yes sir, after years and years of faithful operation, the mac operating system has been re-branded to macOS. The new name is much more fitting as compared to the old OS X due to two pretty little, interesting reasons.
Firstly, after iOS 9 it is iOS X’s turn this year and having another OS X would have been unnecessarily confusing. Secondly, WatchOS, TvOS, iOS, OS X? Apple does not make any devices that are called X. It makes ‘Macs’. Enough said.
The first version of the newly christened macOS will ship this fall and will be called macOS Sierra. The new operating system packs a bunch of new features including the ability to automatically unlock on detecting your presence in front of it — provided of course, that you are carrying either your iPhone or Apple Watch.
The company has also introduced a much needed universal clipboard with Sierra, that has the ability of letting you copy stuff on one Apple device (your Mac for example) and pasting it on another(iPhone, iPad etc.). Much Wow!
What’s more, the new OS will also automatically upload files you haven’t used in a long while to the cloud and remove their local copies — leading to more free space on your device. The files are made available again as soon as you need them.
The new operating system also brings you the last word in cash transaction security by allowing the use of Apple Pay to pay retailers using the Web browser. Simply start a transaction in Mac, confirm purchase through a Apple Pay pop-up and use the fingerprint sensor on your iPhone to confirm your identity and make the payment. Nice, eh?
Apple also brings along Siri and all of it’s personal attendant voice activated capabilities to the Mac. Apart from asking Siri about the weather and chatting aimlessly with the AI in case you have too much spare time upon your hands — you can also ask Siri to perform very specific tasks such as copy files from one folder to another and much more.
And now, let’s slide to the platform you’ve been dying to know all about……
iOS 10 – Being Called Apple’s Biggest iOS Release. Ever.
A new iOS release has become almost customary with every year’s WWDC Keynote. The announcement forms the highlight of the event and packs the most interesting and major Apple updates. There is so much to tell you this year too that we will take it easy and start off with the basics — namely, the lockscreen.
Many-a-time, we have touched the home button on our iPhones to take a look at the notifications, or to just view the time — only to have the whole phone unlock. Well, Apple has take care of the problem. With iOS 10, simply raising your phone will wake it up without unlocking it — letting you view your notifications, the time etc.
The new lock screen also lets you interact with notifications without needing to unlock your device and do other amazing things –all thanks to the Force….err touch. For example, you can force touch an iMessage to see more messages from the same thread or touch an Uber notification to view the current position of your driver on a map.
Force touch has also been integrated with App widgets and Force touching an App’s icon will bring up it’s widget, while it may seem like a bit of a giveaway at first glance, the feature can prove to be quite useful. WhatsApp widget for example, lets you practically read all messages without going online, the mail widget lets you view all sent and received mails and so on. All this and more can be done by touching the app’s icon.
One of the most important announcements was also the one we knew about from quite some time. Siri can now be integrated with third party applications letting you do a whole host of stuff like sending messages on third-party apps, booking cabs, ordering food etc. Third-party developers are also getting access to iMesseges and while not as useful as the Siri integration, the move will probably lead to some interesting and productive results(ahem Messenger!).
QuickType has also gotten significantly smarter and will intelligently help you respond to conversations. It may offer to send your coo-ordinates when someone asks for your location in a chat or it may offer to send person X’s contact details if someone asks you about person X during a chat.
Maps have received a boost too and will offer intelligent directions based on your transition history. So if you are in the habit of going to this restaurant at 5 in the evening, it will automatically offer directions thither come 5. Meanwhile, similar to Siri, Maps integration with third party applications has also been announced.
iMessages are also getting a major re-haul and while most of these features are fun focused than anything too serious, we are sure that they may just help bring the era of phone messaging back(but only for iPhone users). For example, sending links will now lead to a rich media preview of the link content instead of just the link, being sent to the recipient.
Also, iMessages now has a feature called Invisible Ink, that will garble messages until the recipient swipes a finger across them. This can have a variety of uses — from shielding the messages from snoopers and over the shoulder voyeurs to adding a fun factor to conversations.
The company has also launched an iPad app called “Swift Playground” with the aim of introducing users to the basics of iOS app coding. The lessons are simple and the user friendly UI seeks to offer the first step rather than lead you to develop the next Clash of Clans. That said though, its certainly a good place to start and Apple probably hopes to increase the strength of its developer community with the move.
Finally, in a move aimed towards ensuring that your the smart devices at your home are never to far from your control, Apple has introduced “Home”. The app brings all of your connected apps into one single hub and lets you control them from your iPhone. The app also allows you to set up different modes like killing the lights and locking doors at night, or turning on the AC when you get home and so on.
In case you are wondering, the developer preview of Apple’s iOS 10 has launched today, however, the public beta will ship in July followed by a general release in the Fall.
Plus, if you’ve been expecting to see some new hardware at the Keynote event, well to add to your disappointment there was none. We were expecting to see a new thin and sleek Macbook Pro lineup, but it was a no show.
So that is it folks from the WWDC 2016 Keynote Event. We hope you enjoyed reading about Apple’s announcements. Frankly speaking, the announcements also give us a significant insight into the company’s plans for the near future. Force touch and other ways of interaction unique to Apple are slated to continue playing a significant role in the company’s schemes. As are Siri and Apple Payment. The company also appears to have some serious intentions for IOT and connected homes with its iPhone at the center of everything.