Apple’s highly anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just a few days away and it is showing promise of featuring some very exciting announcements. This year’s conference is even more eagerly anticipated than most for Mubaloo, as we will have one of our own iOS specialists in attendance. Matt Colliss, Senior iOS Developer, is lucky enough to have won the opportunity to join Apple experts and developers from around the world at WWDC.
Although Apple has revealed no details of what will come from WWDC 2016, expectations are for the event to be almost entirely focused on new software releases and therefore feature the unveiling of the latest versions of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. There hasn’t been a significant update to the look of iOS, since iOS 7 in 2013, so some design changes are expected to be announced this year. This could potentially include design changes and refinements for the release of iOS 10. Expectations for big enhancements to Photos, iMessages money transfer via Apple Pay and a Siri SDK have also been getting a lot of attention amongst speculators.
As 13 June approaches, we share what to expect from this year’s conference and the impact announcements may have specifically for organisations deploying iOS solutions.
Apple will likely reveal the next version of its iOS operating system,with some tweaks and refinements as part of design refresh for iOS 10 . Improvements to notifications are also expected to be announced and there are even hints that users may finally be able to delete Apple’s stock apps from their iOS devices.
Apple Pay support for web browsers may also be introduced as a new feature to enable users to make purchases online using Apple Pay. However, without question, the most highly anticipated update to iOS is the expected announcement of a Siri SDK. A Siri SDK will allow third-party developers to add Siri support into apps. This will significantly enhance the functionality of the personal assistant and enable better interaction with third-party content. Apple has previously been hesitant to develop a Siri API to improve functionality because of privacy concerns, but while privacy will always be at the core of Apple’s offering, this move could go a long way to taking on competitors like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Now.
OS X 10.12
An updated version of the Mac operating system will also likely be introduced at WWDC. OS X 10.12 seems to be shaping up to be a significant update with some major feature additions.
Again, one of the main features for OS X 10.12 may be Siri integration. This could bring Siri functionality, available currently on iOS, like answering queries, opening apps etc. to OS X. Speculation suggests that although Siri may be accessible through the standard icon in the OS X Menu bar or app icon, a hands-free voice command search could also be made available.
Apple is also thought to be working on functionality which allows an iPhone to unlock a Mac, when in close proximity, thereby eliminating the need to enter a password for a password-protected Mac in OS X 10.12. Presumably this feature will work similarly to the automatic unlocking function on the Apple Watch, which uses iPhone’s Touch ID authentication introduced in iOS 8.
There are also suggestions that there may be a name change in store for OS X. Apple could update the naming scheme that is used for the Mac operating system, transitioning from ‘OS X’ to ‘MacOS’. This would bring OS X in line with the company’s other operating systems iOS, tvOS and watchOS.
This is all likely to only be the tip of the iceberg and we will have to wait for Monday’s event and Apple’s full reveal to understand what impressive improvements are being introduced. Mubaloo is eagerly anticipating what WWDC 2016 will deliver and, along with all businesses deploying mobile solutions, we are bracing ourselves for the opportunities these advancements present.