WWDC 2016 Overview
The event started with a solemn word on the senseless act of violence in Orlando, FL. Tim Cook reminded us that Apple is made up of people from everywhere and that they celebrate their diversity as we do here at CupertinoTimes.
27th WWDC was sold out with millions watching the live stream. Attendees include people from 77 countries. Apple has rewarded 350 scholarships this year. There was also 100 attendee under 18 years of age with the youngest being only nine years old.
Over 2,000,000 apps are in the app store at this time with 130, billion downloads.
Tim Cook went on to discuss the four platforms categories to be covered at this year’s event.
Mac OS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS which serve MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV
WatchOS 3 providing a new level of performance with Siri acceleration, keeping favorite apps in memory, background updates, the addition of a dock and a whole lot more.
tvOS has been enhanced with improvements to Siri. She can now search by topic as well as search YouTube and other live channels.
Mac OSX 10.12 has been renamed Mac OS (hmmm) I have personally been waiting for the addition of Siri to Mac OS and I am happy to say the wait is over once it ships in the Fall.
The star of the show is iOS 10. Many new features including opening up Siri to developers, which opens many possibilities for Siri’s integration with Apps. A much-needed redesign of Apple Music, Access from Lock screen, multilingual typing, a new Home App for all your smart home devices, a totally new messages app and much more.
Something of particular interest to me was a new way to learn SWIFT code. Swift playgrounds include lessons, a coding keyboard and more and will likely become the main entry point for young people to enter into the world of programming.
We will be covering all of these topics and more in detail throughout the week.