Tech giant Apple kicked off its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote at Bill Grahams Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. On the first day of the event, the company announced important updates to its software and services, including iOS, OS X, Watch OS, Siri, Apple Music and more.
If you missed Apple WWDC, here is a recap of the important announcements that are relevant for you. We take a look at 10 key highlights of the WWDC 2016:
Watch OS3 gets faster, now has an SOS feature:
Apple's Watch OS gets big changes and upgrades. The company has improved the speed of launching and using apps on the Watch. Apple says that the OS now works much faster than before.
The Watch OS3 features a dock, which is an app switcher interface that works similar to the one we get on the iPhone and iPad. Also, the company has added a few new health apps, has handwriting support, smart Message replies and more.
Another interesting feature is an SOS mode that allows user to quickly call 911 for help, by pressing the side button. The SOS mode will send a message to user's emergency contacts and map the location from where user sent the alert message. If the user is in international city, the SOS notification will go directly to the local emergency number.
Besides, Apple has added new watch faces, including a Minnie Mouse face and two new Activity faces. Moreover, users can now see Watch faces by simple swipes instead of having to use a 3D Touch gesture.
The update is coming for free to consumers this fall. You can get more details about it here.
Apple tvOS gets updated with new remote app and more!
The new update to Apple tvOS brings a new remote app for the iPhone and iPad, which allows users to write text in all text fields. Users can use the app to replace the physical remote, or if they need more remotes for multi-player games.
For those who don't like syncing their cable account to access live TV or video on demand on the Apple TV, the updated tvOS feature a single sign on mode. The new mode lets user log in once to get access to all the channels available from online service by cable provider.
Apple introduced third party development on Apple TV at last year's WWDC. The tvOS has since increased its video channels offerings from 80 to 1,300. The company announced that Sling TV is coming to Apple set top box.
OS X is dead, rebranded as Mac OS!
As expected, Apple has rebranded OS X as macOS, with the latest OS version being called Sierra. The all new macOS Sierra has a slew of new features to it, with a focus on continuity. Such as, it has Auto Unlock feature that will let users automatically unlock Macs with an iPhone or Apple Watch. Another new Continuity feature includes Universal Clipboard that lets a user copy text from one Apple device to paste it on another Apple device. It works across all devices on which a user is logged in. The macOS Sierra allows users mirror their desktops across multiple Macs.
Moreover, the macOS brings Apple Pay to the desktop, with new web integration and payment feature. It allows purchases to be authenticated with an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch through Continuity. It also lets user to open window over window, for instance it lets you open videos in a window on top of another window.
If it is not enough, Siri is finally coming to Mac, and will be available right on the dock.
iOS 10 gets major overhaul:
The update to iOS has lot to offer to its users. The iOS 10 has a redesigned lock screen, which brings new raise-to-wake feature that wakes up to show the lock screen without having to touch any buttons, 3D Touch gesture to reply to messages or apps straight from the lockscreen, easy access to the camera, and more. The iOS 10 also features updated maps app, photos app, music app, news app, home app, and more. You can read more about it here.
Also, it gets updated version of Siri that has new features and is smarter than before.
Siri arrives on Mac, brings new features for iOS 10!
Speaking of Siri, Apple's virtual assistant service is finally coming to Apple's desktop, courtesy macOS Sierra update. The virtual assistant on the Mac is capable of doing almost everything that is available for iOS. In addition to that, it can show files in the Finder, manage media, and syncing files, and can search the web to show results in the Siri window.
The updated Siri for iOS is more intuitive, intelligent, and faster.
The good part is that the digital assistant has come to the keyboard on the iOS 10 to use contextual info. Moreover, Siri is opening up to all third-party apps.
Photos App can now create separate albums automatically:
The iOS 10 fetaures a new photos app with advanced deep learning techniques. The new Photos App allows users to see a map-view of where the photos were taken. It is also capable of recognizing faces to keep them in separate folders. It can group people, objects, and others into separate albums automatically, which is similar to the Google's Photo app. Also, it gets a new Memories feature that will automatically group photos to create movies, slide shows and more based on photos.
Maps App is now open to third party app developers:
The update to Maps app lets user get new recommendation shortcuts to find what you look for using Maps. For instance, it now offers traffic on route to guide users around traffic to their destination and give approximate time to reach the desired place. It can now show cuisine types in a restaurant search mode, search for nearby stops on a map route, and more. The interesting part is that Maps will now be open to developers, which will make the app more useful for users. For instance, it will allow users to make dinner reservation from the map through a third party app, or let them book a ride to go to a venue using Maps, and do more.
Cleaner Music App:
The Music app also gets redesigned. It has a new user interface that is much cleaner than old app. It now features larger photos, better tabs with new recommendations based on user's behavior and find music that a user has recently added or downloaded, a lyrics tab, a daily-curated playlist, and more.
Revamped Apple news app with new UI:
The Apple News app is one of the most popular Apple app, with over 650 million monthly readers. The company has now completely redesigned, with a new UI to offer better user interface and enhanced user-experience. It has quick access to a user's favorite topics, can even create new topics based on what its user likes and their search behavior, and do more. It now has Subscription service, and lets user activate breaking news notifications and alerts.
Apple has launched Swift Playgrounds app for iPad for kids to teach them how to code with Apple's Swift programming language. The app features simple and interactive tutorials to help kids learn different principles and lessons, in a rather light and fun way. It will be available today in the iOS 10 developer beta, and be launched for free for general public with iOS 10 this fall.