I’ve been thinking about what types of things I’d blog about. My first thought – the latest announcements from Apple at their annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC).
It’s probably a good thing to know – I’m firmly in the Apple camp. I’m writing this blog post on a MacBook Pro. My current phone is the iPhone 6 Plus. I carry my iPad Pro (9.7″ version, with the Apple Pencil) everywhere and use it for everything. Each television in our house has an Apple TV, and our living room has the latest version (love it). And, I wear an Apple Watch. If you ask me to recommend a device – it’s most likely going to be something from Apple. That’s probably another post. I do also use Android devices, but that’s also likely another post.
So, getting to the announcements…
- Apple TV
- I love, love, love, love the new single sign-on feature. As someone who has numerous apps on their Apple TV and had to constantly authenticate for each one – it’s tedious, annoying and time consuming. Knowing this is going away is very nice to see.
- macOS, RIP OS X. The name change makes sense. It fits well with the other names (iOS, tvOS, & watchOS).
- Siri, coming to the Mac. I don’t know how I feel about this yet. I’ve yet to jump on the virtual assistant trend. I just have never felt comfortable talking to nobody. I mean, I guess Siri, with her pleasant voice and all, isn’t nobody, but you know what I mean. It’s a positive move forward with the technology, but not sure how much I’ll use it.
- Apple Pay on the web will be convenient (I am a big fan of Apple Pay).
- Unlock via Apple Watch. I already use an app for this (MacID, in case you’re wondering what about is about to become useless). It’s a nice, convenient feature.
- Universal Clipboard is also convenient. There have been numerous apps I’ve used to help with this. There are definitely times where I want to read or, typically, purchase something that I find on my phone and get that onto my MacBook.
- watchOS – This is probably my favorite of all the updates. I’ll summarize this by saying what everyone else has said – this is what the Apple Watch should have been released with. I’ve enjoyed playing with my Apple Watch and look forward to the new capabilities from this iteration.
- iOS – It’s all about Messaging, right? If I was Facebook, I would be slightly worried. Apple just upped their messaging game. Personally, I can’t wait to freak out the wife with the new swipe to view feature.
All of these updates will be available in July for a public beta and the Fall for official release. Around the same time we’ll get updates to the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV hardware.
That’s all… for now!