This years WWDC was divided into 4 key areas. The overall keynote felt more of improvements to current systems / apps instead of anything ground breaking. This is not a bad thing if it improves the user’s experience.
- Apple News app allows you to get all the latest news in a very rich way (pictures, animations etc). I been told by others it’s like Flipboard, sad times for Flipboard.
- Apple Pay is coming to the UK and Apple Wallet allows you to group your store / credit cards together.
- Maps now show Transit routes for major cities.
- New iPad only split screen / multitasking modes that allow you to use 2 apps at the same time. Looks super fun and cool but the best parts are only supported on a iPad Air 2.
- Swift 2 announced and is going open source.
- iOS 9 installation size will be a lot smaller than iOS 8!
The biggest announcement from a developer’s point of view was WatchOS 2
- Native Apps. This is the big change, you now have access to the watch hardware (sensors and buttons). The watch can now do stuff without being connected to the phone.
- Third-party complications. Complications are basically watch face widgets that you can create. You could create a Complication that shows your heart rate as part of your watch face.
- Better health and fitness performance
- New Siri capabilities. You can now ask Siri to start a 5 mile run, or go for a 300 calorie bike ride
OSX El Capitan
Lots of small improvements however it felt like a maintenance release instead of a new big shiny thing. The support for split screen for apps is cool, but Windows 8 has had that for a while. Mac gets the 3D engine called Metal which iOS got in iOS 8
Apple has merged it iOS and Mac developer program which is a good move, the Mac app store is a bit of a graveyard.
This was Apple’s big announcement. In summary, imagine Sportify + a 24 hour radio station managed by Zane Lowe. $9.99 a month or $14.99 for families (up to 6 people)