WWDC 2015 Keynote Summarized
Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference this year was everything we anticipated and then some. If you didn’t have the time to watch through the hour-long keynote, here’s a rundown of the highlights at WWDC 2015.
As expected, iOS 9 is released and with plenty of features. First is the context sensitive features that include the ability to tell Siri about everything. For example, you can ask Siri to remind about a webpage you just visited.
Siri can also guess who’s number is calling by searching through your emails to find matches. Also, Siri can suggest people to invite for meetings or suggest apps that you might like based on your usage behavior on a particular day.
Some of the updates we expect to see from the iOS9 like:
- Improved Maps with transit information.
- Multi-window support
- New gestures like two-finger tap on the keyboard to turn it into a touchpad.
Move to iOS
Move to iOs is Apple’s attempt to get people from Android to move to iOS without complications. Android users will be able to transfer contacts, message history, videos, photos, email, bookmarks, wallpaper, sons, and books to Apple. It will also suggest third-party apps to add. This feature will be available to iOS9.
Apple News is replacing its own mobile reader to an app that directly competed Flipboard. Similar to Flipboard, Apple News lets you pick the list of publishers, top topics to follow and it will also provide a customized news reader.
Note has been revamped and puts closer to its competition to third party apps like Evernote. The updated notes let you draw sketches, add photos, makes checklist, maps, and add websites. These are some of the usual things you can do with Evernote and is now available in Notes.
Apple’s contactless payment service has agreed with eight major banks, including Lloyds, HSBC, and retailers like Marks & Spencer and Boots.
In total, Apple Pay now supports 250,000 merchants. This feature will initially be available in the UK and can also be used as a way to pay for fares in London buses and the Underground.
OSX El Capitan
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced the name of the latest OSX, the OS X 10.11: El Capitan.
El Capitan has new features headed its way like gestures like shake to enlarge mouse cursor, Pin websites on safari, split screen, ability to mute noisy tabs in Safari, a cleaner interface and Metal for Mac.
Metal for Mac
Along with the announcement of the new operating system, Apple announces Metal for Mac. Metal is a graphics engine platform designed for the iOS games and apps. Now, Apple announced that this platform will be coming to OSX.
Mac developers can now take advantage of Metal to produce games with high quality graphics in Mac. Epic Games, the maker of the widely popular Unreal Engine demoed Metal with a new game, Fortnight.
Metal for Mac works much in the same way as iOS8. It essentially combines raw compute power of OpenCL with the graphics and capabilities of OpenGL into a single core-level graphics API that has built-in support for both.
The advantage for developers is that it gains low-level access to GPU with minimal overhead. This means that performance gains are substantial as it provides up to 50 percent of faster rendering performance.
Apple also officially confirmed Apple Music. Apple Music is a streaming service powered by iTunes. It is basically Apple’s answer to all the music streaming services prevalent today.
With Apple Music, users can search for their own music in the My Music section. The “For You” tab, on the other hand, is a music streaming section that gives you a list of artists and playlists based on the information your provided.
Apple Music will also work contextually with Siri. You can issue commands to Siri like play you favorite song or play a specific artist by simply talking to Siri.
Apple Music is a subscription-based service that is offered at $9.99 a month. There is also a family plan that will be available for $14.99 per month. The service will launch on June 30.
The new face of watchOS will be headed on watchOS 2. This includes features like the ability to rotate the digital crown to “Time Travel” and see future data such as appointments and weather.
The new update will also include the ability to respond to emails, watch videos, the Photo Album face, FaceTime audio calls directly from the watch itself.
The next version of Apple’s programming language, Swift is also announced in WWDC. Apple mentioned that Swift 2 will be open source and would be available for Linux this year.
Also, there will have new support for developer kits in Apple. This includes hydration, reproductive health support, gaming development and HomeKit.
Apple WWDC 2015 features what’s next to comes at Apple. iOS9 has some surprising new features and some have been buffed and tweaked not just to let users to use their own apps more, but also to compete with reigning apps. Apple is definitely playing catch up with today’s WWDC.
One thing we noticed with today’s Apple WWDC is diversity. At the start of the event, ten people appeared on stage at Apple’s WWDC Keynote. Eight were men, two women.
Two were musicians and were people of color. Most of the people on stage were still white people, but with added diversity. If you’ve been to Apple’s previous events Apple has only put one woman on stage: Christy Turlington Burns, a model and a founder of a non-profit organization who used Apple watch for a marathon.
Apple is aiming for a better diversity and this years WWDC proves that. However, they still have a long way to go.
What we’re excited about is how Metal will be appreciated in OSX. Will this give us more Mac games? Or would developers won’t care to use it.