WWDC: Everything Apple has in store for user and developer
Every year, the big technology and product giant, Apple use its WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WDDC)) to announce the company’s latest updates on software, hardware, and design. The company rolled out cutting edge technology that could well prove to be our first step into the next generation of Apple products.0 Comments
What’s New this year?The first major update came with Siri, with Peer-to-Peer payments not allowed through iMessage and the likes. This feature is available for iPhones with iOS 11 and watchOS 4. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account, which is like Apple’s own mobile wallet. The money received can be sent to someone else, used to make purchases using Apple Pay in stores and apps, or transferred to their bank account. Apple also announced that Amazon Prime video will be available on Apple TV this year, but has not announced the exact date. It is a surprising announcement since Apple TV is a competitor to Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Stick. It is also surprising because of the fact that Amazon had stopped selling Apple TV on their retail site in 2015. On the hardware front, Apple has announced a new iMac Pro which they claim is the most powerful Mac they have ever made. The iMac Pro will be launched in December 2017 at a base price of $4,999. Refinements have been brought to Safari, Photos and Apple Mail. In Safari, Apple has introduced an advanced tracking prevention. This way, your browsing history remains private. It also has been bestowed the capability to block videos that play automatically when one visits such websites.
macOS high sierraThe MacOS desktop operating system didn't get a major update, as you can tell from the name, just some refinements. The latest updates:
- Safari: It "helps give you a serene browsing experience." It is faster, more responsive, a little more intuitive, and also helps block autoplay.
- Mail: Split view for the compose window, smaller storage footprint.
- Photos: New organization and editing tools, filter by keywords and file types, better face recognition, synchronization across devices. The editing tools can now synchronize with other editing tools. And there are new photo book partnerships.
- The file system: This has needed an update for a long time, and now the much more modern APFS is the default.