By David Becker and Conor
Yesterday, Apple had their World Wide Developers Conference at the famous Bill Graham Center. We saw updates to software and operating systems such as iOS 10, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. With that said, here are the headlines and complete over view of WWDC 2016.
tvOS: Apple made some big updates to its Apple TV 4th Generation’s operating system by making more apps available in the App Store like FOX Sports GO and Sling TV. The nice thing about the FOX Sports GO app is that it will allow users to watch up to four screens/channels at once, and that is exclusive to the Apple TV 4th Generation. Another big feature was the addition of Apple’s new “single sign-on” feature. This will allow for users to sign-in to their cable or satellite provider for one app and have it be universal, meaning that you only have to do it once and it is accepted across all other TV viewing apps (it will also be brought to iOS as well). Apple also added a Dark Mode to the Apple TV, so that the TV will not hurt people’s eyes when watching TV at night. In addition to these great features, now when you download an app to your iPhone or iPad, the app will be added to your Apple TV if it is compatible. This means that if you download the Netflix app to your iPhone, it will added to your Apple TV.
macOS: First of all, the name has been rebranded to “macOS” to match the other three Apple operating systems. However, it will be called macOS Sierra. Siri for the Mac was also added, meaning that you can ask Siri your usual questions and ask her to do things like set reminders, alarms, internet searches, etc. One thing Apple did highlight during the event is that Siri gets over two billion questions per-week now. You can now unlock your Mac from your Apple Watch. Apple also made this cool feature where if you copy and paste an item from your iPhone (a text message or a note from the Notes app), it will be the first thing you can paste into your Mac. Think of it like if you texted “I miss you” to someone, copied it on your iPhone, and now it is available to paste on your Mac. No need to email it to yourself or have it sync through iMessage. Apple announced there are now over 10 billion documents in iCloud Drive. I believe the biggest new feature and addition in macOS Sierra is addition of Apple Pay. When you are online on Apple Pay accepted websites, you will now see a “Pay with Apple Pay” button and will be able to pay with Apple Pay on your Mac. When you have clicked that button, you will have to confirm it on your iPhone 6-iPhone SE smartphones (iPhones that have Apple Pay and Touch ID embedded). Just like that, your item has been ordered seamlessly via Apple Pay on the Mac. Picture-in-Picture has now been added, so if you’re writing a Pages document and want to watch the Finding Dory trailer at the same time, you can do so.
iOS: Today, iOS 10 was released to developers. In Apple’s latest version 10.0, we are given some awesome features. First off, is the ability to delete stock apps like Videos and Mail. They can then be reinstalled from the App Store. Secondly, is the biggest lock screen change in Apple history. You can now view the "widgets" from the lock screen. You can also view search from the left pane. In order to login you must click the home button and then Touch ID or put your password in. iMessage got a huge update today as well. Apple has integrated an “App Store" into the app and all new bubble animations. Users can now send digital-touch drawings and Stickers. Much like Instagram, emojis are 2x bigger. Contacts and Settings in iMessage got a redesign. Also added, were new bubbles for icons in contacts. Apple News and Music apps got a redesign (Apple News with a new icon.) Siri got some updates and a new icon. Apple added a HomeKit app called Home to control all your HomeKit devices. Control Center even got a rounder view and lighter background.
watchOS: Designed to be like "an all new watch" with the best features yet! Apple has added a dock to Apple Watch. You can now switch between apps easier. They added some new apps like Breathe and Reminders. Provided wheelchair support, and added a new faces setting to the iPhone app so you can edit the faces from your iPhone.
Overall, I think we all can agree that WWDC 2016 was the best keynote Apple has had in years. They are simply giving us what we want and then some. This fall is going to be a very exciting time for Apple fans and developers. Please be sure to share your thoughts on WWDC and what you think the best part was and what your favorite feature is!