You might have been aware of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference taking place this past week. And although I couldn’t be there physically, I of course followed the whole thing on the WWW. A lot of the comments on the internet about this conference have been “mehh”, and I kind of felt like I was the only one excited about the announcements. I know Apple hasn’t brought out new hardware or super cool new innovative features, but the things they have shown this past week shouldn’t go unnoticed.
I have a Macbook and iPhones, and I know for sure I don’t use them to their full potential. For example, I have never used Siri. I believe with the new updates Apple has announced at the WWDC, I will definitely be more open to use Siri, or even look into Homekit. I am a loyal Spotify user, so not sure about Apple Music…but who knows!
Let me list the things Apple has announced that sounded really cool to me!
Apple Pay – for the entire internet! Buy things with your TouchID! I think it’s safe to say I will be broke soon.
Siri – coming to your desktop. I’m not a big Siri user, but with all the developing around going on around her (for home, phone and now desktop), I might have found my new PA. I’ll have to give in. You can hail an Uber, start and stop apps like Runkeeper, and use her to start up your home.
Swift Playgrounds – an iPad app where kids can learn to code. I wish I had this when I was younger. Although, Lego was the sh*t back in my day.
iMessage – FUN! Emojis show up big and beautiful, pictures, videos, handwritten messages, special effects, iMessage apps. I’m all over it. Move over, WhatsApp.
Predictive AI – this is something I find especially interesting. Predictive AI can automatically detect the right place in a text to put emojis. By itself. So, if you were to type in the word “laptop”, the laptop emoji wil appear.
iOS 10 – Duh. There will be more functionality to the 3D touch, such as previewing messages on your lock screen. I love the idea of the lock screen functioning as the new homescreen. Hopefully I’ll unlock my phone a lot less. Also, a more advanced keyboard is on its way. Maps has improved. And you can now fi-nal-ly delete those awful standard iPhone apps. My life without the stock exchange app isn’t going to be the same…
Further updates include:
Voicemail transcriptions and spam detection.
Homekit gets a big upgrade where Siri can start up your house.
A redesign of Apple music.
A lot is being openend to developers (iMessage, Maps).
MacOS Sierra – the new operating system, with many features including auto unlock, copy and paste functionality across all of your devices, better iCloud storage.
WatchOS 3, some cool updates that make the watch more functional.