Apple had lots to announce at its yearly mecca for Apple Developers, the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016. Every year, the company announces a slew of software features and enhancements for developers working on iPhone, Macs, and now Apple Watch, and this year was no different. A lot of new enhancements were announced across the board and we look at the key ones that made news:
Perhaps the biggest announcement of them all was the bucket list of enhancements that come with the next update to iOS, the iOS 10:
- With iOS 10, users will be to preview the notifications when they pick up their phones. Many Android phones already offer this feature
- 3D touch will now offer great level of interaction with notifications from lock screen
- Control center has got a tweak too
- A redesigned cleaner interface for Apple Music
- Maps opened up to third party apps for integration, design tweaks that make it similar to Google Maps
- Siri integration with Apple Keyboard to make typing more contextual
- iMessage becomes a platform, offering rich media support in messages, enhanced emojis, and third party integration
Apple will now be offering a Siri SDK that will allow developers to incorporate Siri into their apps. This means users will be able to call Siri from within the app to pass on commands contextual to that app.
Apple announced an update to watchOS which will bring improved performance along with many new enhancements. The company has claimed a 7 times increase in speed over the previous version. Watch OS 3 will also feature a dock and a control center like iOS does.