Apple made a few announcements at their WWDC 2016 keynote including a look at iOS 10 and watchOS 3 to a name change to OS X.
Tim Cook starting things off by saying that there are more than two million apps in the App Store with 130 billion downloads.
In the new version, Apple has introduced Instant Launch, so apps will launch instantly on your Apple Watch. It should improve the usability of the device.
Also, when you press the side button on your Apple Watch, it will now bring up a new feature called Dock. It will show you all your favourite and recently used apps. There’s also Activity Sharing which will allow you to compete with your friends or family.
Apple also introduced a new algorithm that was made specifically for wheelchair users. They also introduced SpriteKit and SceneKit for developers and opened up the support for Crown and Touch events.
watchOS 3 will also come with a Minnie Mouse watch face and you can customize how she looks.
The developer preview for watchOS 3 is available now and a public release is coming this fall.
Apple introduced a few new features that are coming to tvOS. The first of which is a dark mode which should be easier for watching movies at night.
The next feature is that Siri can help you find specific movies by topic. For example, if you were to say, “show me the best teen movies from the 80’s”, and then Siri will bring up more than 650,000 movies and TV shows on iTunes and search YouTube as well.
To help make it easier, Apple has introduced single sign-on for people with cable subscriptions. So when you sign into an app that you’ll need your cable account info, you only have to type it in once and Apple will remember it for other apps that require the same login.
Beside the improvements to tvOS, Apple also introduced a brand-new tvOS remote app for iOS, it even includes the ability to use Siri commands in the app. A developer preview of this new version of tvOS is available today and a final release will come in the fall.
OS X is now called macOS and the latest version that is coming this fall, is called Sierra.
Siri is now in macOS, Siri will be able to the most basic tasks such as locating files and asking it questions.
Apple Pay is coming to Safari in macOS Sierra and Apple Watch users can instantly unlock their Mac when their watch is in proximity. You’ll also be able to unlock your Mac using TouchID on your iPhone.
The developer beta for macOS Sierra is available now and the full release will be able this fall.
Apple has given iOS a visually refresh for the upcoming version. Lockscreen notifications are more rounded. Apple is making Maps better with better traffic information.
Photos is going to become more powerful with the help of machine learning and automatic ‘Memories’ albums which will collect the photos and videos you took from a certain day or place and combine them into a little slideshow album.
Also in iOS 10, there’s a new raise to wake feature. Apple is also opening up Siri to third-party developers to compete with likes of Google Now.
iMessage is also getting it’s own app store and cool little features, in a similar way to sticker packs on Facebook Messenger.
Apple has redesigned Apple Music from the ground up, so it’s easier to use. The new Apple Music update will have support for lyrics as well.
There’s also widgets that live on the left of your main home screen. Apple also has included a new Home app which will allow you to control your HomeKit-enabled device.
The iOS 10 developer preview is available now and a public beta will be available in July with a final release in the fall.
iOS 10 will be compatible with the following devices:
- iPad 4
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Pro
- iPad Mini 2
- iPad Mini 3
- iPad Mini 4
- iPod Touch 6
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
Swift Playgrounds is a new iPad app that help anyone learn how to code. According to CEO Tim Cook, Swift Playgrounds “will revolutionize the way people learn to code.”
The new app is aimed to make coding easy, even for kids. The first lesson in the app first introduces a coding concept and an interactive world to go along with it.
The free app is available for developers now, with a public beta in July and a final release to launch alongside iOS 10 in the fall.