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These are Apple’s big announcements from WWDC 2016 — from imore.com by Joseph Keller
Apple made several interesting announcements today during its WWDC 2016 keynote. Here are the major announcements from the event.
Highlights from Apple’s WWDC 2016 Keynote — from fastcompany.com
From Messages to Music, and Siri to Apple Pay on the web, here are the most important announcements from Apple’s event today.
Apple launches Swift Playgrounds for iPad to teach kids to code — from techcrunch.com by Frederic Lardinois
Apple today announced Swift Playgrounds for the iPad, a new project that aims to teach kids to code in Swift.
When you first open it, Swift Playground presents you with a number of basic coding lessons, as well as challenges. The interface looks somewhat akin to Codecademy, but it’s far more graphical and playful, which makes sense, given that the target audience is kids. Most of the projects seem to involve games and fun little animations to keep kids motivated.
To make coding on the iPad a bit easier, Apple is using a special keyboard with a number of shortcuts and other features that will make it easier to enter code.
What’s new in iOS 10: Siri and Maps open to developers, machine learning and more — from arc.applause.com
The biggest news for Siri from the WWDC keynote: Apple’s assistant is now open to third party developers.
Apple is now opening Siri to all of those potential interactions for developers through SiriKit. Siri will be able to access messaging, photos, search, ride booking through Uber or Lyft etc., payments, health and fitness and so forth. Siri will also be incorporated into Apple CarPlay apps to make it easier to interact with the assistant while driving.
Photos is getting a machine learning boost and automatic ‘Memories’ albums — from imore.com by Dan Thorp-Lancaster
Speaking at WWDC 2016, Apple announced that it is bringing the power of machine learning to the Photos app in iOS 10. With machine learning, the Photos app will include object and scene recognition thanks to what Apple calls “Advanced Computer Vision.” For example, the app will be able to automatically pick out specific animal, features and more. Facial recognition is also available, all done locally on the iPhone with automatic people albums.
Home is a new way to control all of your HomeKit-enabled accessories — from imore.com by Jared DiPane
Apple has announced its newest and easiest way to control any and all HomeKit accessories that you may have in your house: Home. With Home, you’ll be able to control all of your accessories, including Air Conditioners, cameras, door locks and other new categories. 3D Touch will be able to give you deeper controls at just a press, and notifications from these will also have 3D Touch functionality as well.
Here’s what Apple is bringing to the Apple TV — from fastcompany.com
tvOS is taking a step forward with updates to Siri, and new features such as single sign on, dark mode, and more.
Less than nine months after the first version of tvOS, there are now over 6,000 native apps for the Apple TV. Of those apps, 1,300 are for streaming video. Popular over-the-top Internet television service Sling TV arrives on the Apple TV today. Live Fox Sports Go streaming will come this summer. Speaking of apps: Apple is introducing a new Apple TV Remote app for iOS that allows people to navigate tvOS using Siri from their iPhone and iPad.
Download apps on iPhone and get them on Apple TV
Now when you download an app on your iPad or iPhone, if there is an Apple TV version of the app, it will download to your Apple TV automatically.
tvOS 10 FAQ: Everything you need to know! — from imore.com by Lory Gil Mo
Apple iOS 10 “Memories” turns old photos into editable mini-movies — from techcrunch.com by Josh Constine
Using local, on-device facial recognition and AI detection of what’s in your images, it can combine photos and videos into themed mini-movies complete with transitions and a soundtrack.
Apple announces iOS 10 — from techcrunch.com
Apple launches iMessage Apps so third-party devs can join your convos — from techcrunch.com by Jordan Crook
Don’t brick your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch by installing developer betas — from imore.com by Serenity Caldwell
As a reminder: You shouldn’t install developer betas on your primary devices if you want them to work.
This is our yearly reminder, folks: Unless you’re a developer with a secondary iPhone or Mac, we strongly, strongly urge you to consider not installing developer betas on your devices.
It’s not because we don’t want you to have fun: iOS 10, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS have some phenomenal features coming this Fall. But they’re beta seeds for a reason: These features are not fully baked, may crash at will, and probably will slow down or crash your third-party applications.
You already have the ultimate Apple TV remote, and it’s in your pocket — from techradar.com by Jon Porter
Apple quietly outs ‘next-generation’ file system destined for full product lineup — from imore.com by Dan Thorp-Lancaster
watchOS 3 FAQ: Everything you need to know — from imore.com by Mikah Sargent
Addendum on 6/15/16:
First, some resources:
Secondly, some thoughts:
Given the extremely fast/breathtaking pace that Steve Jobs had Apple run while he was alive, it’s difficult to sustain that pace over so many years. He set some very tough and high expectations that are difficult to match. So when an Apple TV or an iWatch isn’t released, we think nothing happened. But there were some important things announced yesterday, including the biometric scanning situation, but I admit that I also felt a bit let down.
I think that Apple is being extremely cautious — afraid to mess up on anything, lest people will say, “See! Now that Steve’s gone, they can’t do it.” Not that it matters, but I would urge them “to go hard with it,” forget about “the score,” and let the score take care of itself. It’s ok not to hit a home run every time to bat. That’s something I think we all need to practice, given the current 180 mph environment that we live in.
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