The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016 – Highlights

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In this blog post, I am going to over the highlights and takeaways from Apple’s WWDC 2016 event that took place on June 13, 2016.

The following topics will be covered:

Let’s get started!

watchOS 3


Highlights

  • New version: watch OS 3.0
    • Free upgrade this fall
  • Serious acceleration
    • App launch time (7x faster)
  • Side button triggers the new Dock screen (faster access to apps)
  • Control center like interface
    • Triggered by scrolling up from the bottom of the watch screen
    •  Useful for Quick interactions
  • Replying to messages is faster
    • Smart replies
    • Scribble
      • Write the message on the screen of the watch (English and Chinese)
  • New watch faces
    • Watch face for activity rings
    • Numerals face
    • Switch faces (by swiping left or right)
    • More complications to the faces
    • Quick start workout from the watch face
  • SOS functionality on the watch
    • Press and hold the side button
    • Notify the emergency contacts + send the location information + Medical ID
    • Works internationally (knows the emergency number from the world)
  • New health app
  • Fitness features for Wheelchair users
    • Time to roll (ala “Time to stand up”)
    • New movement algorithms
  • Apple health additions and apps
    • Breathe app for deep breathing exercises
      • Integrated as a reminder (like the “Time to stand”)
      • Beautiful visuals
      • Haptic feedback with gentle taps (when used with eyes closed)
  • Apple pay support for in watch apps
    • Pay within the apps (pay for Lyft from the app)

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tvOS


Highlights

  • Support for molotov.tv
  • Support for up to four split screens
  • Single Sign-on feature
    • To sign on to all the TV apps
  • Dark mode
  • ReplayKit
  • Live Tune-in

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macOS Sierra


Highlights

  • OS name change
    • No more “Mac OS X” name
    • New release name is “macOS Sierra”
  • Continuity feature improvements
    • Secure P2P protocol to move tasks seamlessly from a device to others
  • Auto Unlock
    • With the Apple Watch, open the MacBook -> unlocks automatically
      • Checks if your are close to the MacBook and opens it
  • Universal Clipboard
    • Copy from iPhone and paste on the macOS
    • Completely automatic
  • iCloud improvements and features
    • iCloud Drive now synchs the desktop contents, making it available on other devices as well
    • Optimized Storage feature
      • Make space for new files by moving old files to iCloud
  • Apple Pay support in the web
    • A big number of web stores front will support Apple Pay
    • Uses the Continuity feature to verify with the iPhone’s TouchID (or the Apple Watch)
    • Apple Pay is expanding geographically into more countries
  • Tabs support in the OS
    • Tabs functionality will apply to all multi-window apps automatically
    • Works out of the box with existing apps
  • Picture in Picture
    • Ala iPad Picture-in-Picture but also in macOS
  • Siri on the Mac
    • Access from the dock (click on it)
    • Let Siri search for your files and do other tasks intelligently
    • Pin the result from Siri to notification center
    • Let Siri send SMSes (using your iPhone)

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iOS 10


Highlights

  • Biggest iOS release ever
    • iOS 10
    • 10 big features
  • Overall User experience improvement
  • Lock screen improvement
    • Raise to wake: Wake the iPhone up and see the notifications by raising the phone
    • 3D touch to interact with the notifications and messages from the lock screen
  • Search results screen improvements
    • More interactivity
    • Interact with various items directly from the search results
    • Live rendering in the Search Results (play video clips, etc.)
  • Siri improvements
    • Much smarter (understands the context and domains)
    • Now Siri is accessible to app developers
    • Siri can now do messaging with Slack, Weechat, etc.
    • Siri can now interact with ride sharing apps: Uber, Lyft, etc..
    • Siri can now deal with payments (Send money, etc.)
    • Do Voip calling: Skype, WhatApp, etc.
  • QuickType keyboard
    • Smarter keyboard with relevant and contextual suggestions
    • Siri helps the QuickType keyboard intelligence
    • Uses deep learning technologies
    • Multilanguage support without having to switch keyboards
  • Photos
    • Places : See all the photos on a map
    • Face recognition from the photos
      • Advanced deep learning techniques
      • Face recognition happens on the phone itself (and not the cloud)
    • Object and scene recognition
    • Live Photos editing
    • Memories feature
      • Analyze all photos and creates a nice scenario / stories
  • Maps
    • All new design
    • Proactive and gives smarts suggestions
      • Slide up from the bottom to show suggestions
      • For example, Maps can learn your usual routes and travel times (going to work suggestion) ala Google Now
      • Nearby restaurants suggestions
    • Easier navigation
      • Automatic zoom in and out
      • Pan and zoom
      • Route details (restaurants, stations, etc…)
      • Live traffic on route display
    • Maps is now programmable
      • ex: OpenTables app now integrates with Maps
  • Music
    • Easier navigations between recently added, my music, suggested music, etc.
    • Lyrics: show lyrics when supported
  • Apple News
    • 2000 publications
    • 60 million monthly users reading in news
    • All new design
  • HomeKit
    • Control various accessories from within a single interface
    • Major makers has announced or shipped support for HomeKit
    • New app called “Home”
    • Apple Watch “Home” app to control the appliances
  • Phone
    • Voicemail transcription
    • Phone app is now programmable
      • Tencent security integration to help identify spam
    • Voip API
      • Get call notifications from the lock screen
      • Call using a VoIP app of your choice
  • Messages
    • Highly improved and lots of features added
    • Rich links
    • Videos play right inline
    • Camera and Photos integrated into the message composer
      • ex: Live rendering from the messages app
    • Emoji -> 3x bigger
    • Bubble effects
      • Say it loud
      • Say it gently
    • Invisible ink
      • Share a surprise picture or message
      • The receiver has to swipe on the garbled message to reveal the contents or media
    • Quick thumbs up interaction
    • Handwritten messages
    • Digital touch (ala Watch)
    • Full-screen effects
    • Conversation view
  • Other features
    • Notes collaboration and live edition
    • Split View in Safari on iPad
    • Privacy and end-to-end encryption
      • On-device intelligence (don’t send private information to the cloud)
      • No user profiling
      • Differential privacy technology

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