Monday, June 20, 2016

Apple WWDC 2016 and iOS 10

Just one month after Google IO, Apple's World Wide Developer (WWDC) conference took place in San Francisco last week.  Watch the videos on Apple.com.  Key announcements included:
  • iOS 10 includes a redesigned lock screen, Siri SDK, a new an improved Messages app with a new app store, HomeKit app, improved Apple Music and Maps app, the ability to delete several iOS installed apps, Cisco VoIP integration (Enterprise)
  • watchOS 3 includes improved app performance (faster app launches), a new app launcher, activity sharing, new Breathe app and new watch faces (e.g. Minnie Mouse), scribble feature feature to reply to text messages
  • macOS Sierra, the new name for OS/X, includes Siri integration, auto unlock with Apple Watch, deeper iCloud integration, Universal Clipboard with iOS (Continuity), deeper iCloud integration
  • tvOS 10 includes improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, single sign-on authentication, and new Apple TV Remote app for iOS
As expected, there was no mention of new hardware (e.g. (new Macs, new Apple Watch, new iPhone) as the event is focused on software. New hardware announcements are coming. 

Overall, it was a solid but not knock-your-socks off event. As is typical, Apple didn't show all the new features.  The developer betas have even more than what Apple was able to show on stage and even more features are expected when the new operating systems ship this fall.  Public betas are scheduled for next month.

I liked that Apple acknowledged improvements are needed (e.g. Apple Music) and the focus on integration with other Apple devices (e.g. Continuity) which is a key strength and advantage over Android.

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