Everyone loves Apple, the company behind the iconic Macintosh, MacBook, and the biggest of all iPhone. Every year Apple held its developer conference WWDC where the company showcases new development of its different Operating Systems. This is also the time where Apple showcases its new features for developers to incorporate in new and existing apps.
No new hardware was announced at the WWDC 2016 event so people who were somehow expecting a new device were disappointed. But as expected every OS from the Cupertino giant is updated. Apple’s iPhone iOS gets its yearly update to iOS 10, Apple Watch is getting a new OS watchOS 3.0 this year. Apple TV is getting a new update to its tvOS, but the biggest surprise was renaming of OS X to macOS, although this was mostly leaked before the event even started. So without further ado let’s take a look at new features announced at the WWDC by Apple.
With the launch of its watch, Apple entered into wearable arena to take on the likes of Fitbit, Pebble and Android Wears. Kevin Lynch, Apple executive unveiled new watchOS 3.0 showcasing new improvements and features. The most improved feature of the new OS over its predecessor is its speed, seven times faster. So now there is no lag after opening an app and apps are opened instantly. With new OS Apple Watch side button will bring up the DOCK feature, which will show the most used apps of the users.
The new watchOS 3.0 brings up new SOS feature, with this feature users will be able to connect with emergency number. Hold down the side button and the watch will bring up the SOS option, the watch will connect call with 911 emergency number. This new SOS feature is smart as when you are travelling abroad the watchOS will contact with the local emergency number.
With watchOS 3.0, Apple Watch is gaining support for Control Center which is a nice addition. Now Apple Watch users can directly access quick settings similar to iOS. There are new watch faces like Minnie Mouse, Activity Ring face and many others also included in this upgrade. For wheelchair users, Apple has included a new “Time to Roll” notification instead of “Time to stand” a nice indeed. The watch now recognizes wheelchair movements better and includes them as exercise.
A new app to help you out in deep breathing is also included in this update. This new app is named Breathe and includes features like a range of breathing and relaxing. Another new feature added with watchOS 3.0 is Scribble; this allows you to write quick messages using your finger. To use Scribble just write down your watch screen and your writing will be converted to text message.
tvOS (gets new dark theme)
When everything is updating how the tvOS can be left behind. Apple is bringing new features and apps to its Apple TV with the update to tvOS. With the new update, Apple is bringing Single Sign-On which will allow you to sign-in once and have access to all of your network apps. This is a huge improvement over the present system of signing in every time for different network apps. tvOS also brings Live Tune-In, this will allow users to ask to SIRI to play live TV, just say “ watch xyz channel” and the live stream of the channel will be played.
The new updated OS brings new third party games and apps: Fox Sports Go, Molotov, Sling, NBA 2K, MineCraft Story Mode and SketchParty. The new update also brings the dark mode to tvOS; also the developers will now get access to ReplayKit, PhotoKit and HomeKit APIs. The company reiterated that the future of TV is apps.
Siri is now getting more capabilities which include searching across apps, YouTube search. There is now Topic search for movies which will give users the ability to ask Siri for movies using topic or theme. YouTube search will allow you to search content on YouTube by just asking Siri. Apple TV will now give users control of HomeKit accessories by using Siri. The new tvOS update is available for developers now via Developer Program. For users, the new updated OS will be available later this year as a free software upgrade for Apple TV.
Phew! Just two OS and so much to share, and I even have touched upon the iOS 10 and macOS with their changes and new features. So how did you liked the new features and announcements by Apple, or were you expecting more tell us below in comments. There is so much to look forward to for me especially for iOS10 as it is downloading now on my iPhone. With iOS10 I’ll be bringing the hands-on in a short while as soon as the download and installing is done.