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Apple’s WWDC 2016: Updates on iOS, macOS, tvOS, Watch OS


Apple announced major updates to iOS 10, macOS, tvOS, and Watch OS. Updates include changes on how Siri performs voice commands, memory optimization, notifications, and facial recognition, among others. The announcement was made during the Apple WWDC developer conference held yesterday. Below is a lowdown on updates specific t each operating system. Here is a lowdown on updates specific to developers.

iOS 10

Apple has changed how users view notifications and schedules, upgrades to lock screen, new 3D touch features, and memory management in its new operating system for Apple smartphones. You can now delete most of Apple’s default preloaded apps like Calculator, Compass, Contacts, etc. to make up more memory space. 3D touch can be used to load smaller windows within a message conversation, or view notifications from apps from without launching it.

Notable updates:

-Siri can perform complex in-app functions like sending WhatsApp messages, booking hotels, viewing your day’s schedule, all without launching an app.

-Apple has introduced a new facial recognition engine within iOS. This will let users identify friends and family members in photos. iOS can also detect objects, scenery, mountains, water, locations, etc, and users for example can search for “Pics taken near mountains”.

-Apple Music gets a rejig with a new user interface to make it less cluttered. Music is now organized between locally stored tracks and streaming tracks, lyrics support, better library view and discovery, etc.

-Control center gets a major tweak. It is now made of two window-panels: when you swipe from top or bottom, you get the usual control center or notification pane; when you swipe right, you get a dedicated control center for music player only.

macOS Sierra

Firstly, Apple has decided kill the name “OS X” to rename the latest operating system as ‘macOS Sierra’. The Auto Unlock feature will let you unlock a Mac using Apple Watch. Universal Clipboard will allow copy-pasting text, images, etc directly with a mouse click across apple devices. Preview the Beta version of Sierra for free here

Notable updates:

-Sierra will have Apple’s native intelligent assistant Siri deeply integrated into the new macOS. Users can search for specific files on a Mac by asking complex queries like: “Retrieve all image files from email attachment than I sent to Sneha yesterday” or even play customized playlists from Apple Music.

-Multi-tasking is now better using Picture-in-Picture feature on the new macOS. Users can extract a video player from a browser, or play a video file and resize it in a separate window atop any application.

-Optimised Storage feature will allow users to clear up space by deleting temporary files, junk images and videos, old media files and email attachments, etc. Users can also opt for uploading important files to the cloud and invoke those files, whenever needed, locally.

-Apple Pay is now available on the Safari browser. You can now payments across Apple’s partner merchants and authenticate it using an Apple Watch or Touch ID on iPhones

Watch OS3 and tv OS

Probably the most useful feature on Watch OS3 is Instant Launch: It lets users to launch Apple Watch apps instantly with a tap. Activity Sharing, to share workout or presentation progress with friends. A handwriting recognition, that will recognize words as you draw over your Apple Watch—meant for quickly replying to messages without opening the iPhone.

For Apple TV users, tvOS 10 will feature Siri and its voice command features. The remote for iOS is tweaked to support Siri, so now you can perform better search discovery. For e.g. you can ask Siri to “Find Mr. Bean episodes from the 2nd season” via NetFlix, etc. A dark mode for viewing movies is also available with the new tvOS.

Image Credits: Flickr user  Mike Deerkoski under CC BY 2.0

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