WWDC 2016: Apple’s top announcements


The leading Apple Company has introduced many new concepts at WWDC 2016 over its four platforms- iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Along with launching iOS 10, MAcOS and an upgraded Siri at the event, Apple has also launched the new versions of watch OS and tvOS. As expected, Siri was in the limelight with Apple opening it for third-party app developers. Now Siri will be available on macOS too with the Sierra update.

Let’s take a look at the Apple’s top announcements.

  • Apple opened up Siri for third-party developers. So now you can ask Siri to call a cab on Uber or book a meal on Zomato. Siri interacts directly with the app and is not limited to using the knowledge available natively on iOS.
  • Also, Siri finally finds its way into macOS. This move is a bit reactionary, in a way defying Cortana, the Windows 10 personal assistant.
  • Apple's WatchOS 3 is going to be seven times faster than the previous generation,  says Apple. Apps will be updated instantly and background app refresh will be part of the OS. Scribble now works in Chinese too. SOS now comes as a long press on the watch.
  • Apple Watch will now have apps for wheelchair users. Activity sharing will let users watch steps and workouts of others in their friend list, which could be a good motivator for a lot of users. The WatchOS 3 is coming to all Watch users this Fall, and its preview is already live.
  • Apple's TV OS now has 1300 video channels with 6000 native apps. Also, Sling – which was once an OTT device of its own – is now an app on Apple TV. Even games on the TV can now be played with the phone.
  • Apple's Live Tune in takes users live to TV channels. Single Sign-On allows users to authenticate all apps in one go. Apple is bringing the Darm mode to TV OS.
  • Apple previewed iOS 10 featuring updates to Messages, ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music, News apps; and more. Messages with iOS 10 have become more expressive with the ability to send across animations like balloons, confetti or fireworks.
  • Apple has opened up Messages to developers,  iOS 10 will allow developers to communicate in a thread with stickers, which can to be peeled and pasted into conversations directly from the App Store. They can also personalize GIFs, edit photos, send payments or schedule dinner, movie from within Messages.
  • OS X is now Mac OS, revealed Apple. The new OS is called Apple Mac OS Sierra. Apple responds to Microsoft’s Hello with Auto Unlock. Universal Clipboard will let users copy paste stuff across devices from Apple. Desktop now will be available across apple devices, which will make it easier to free up space on Sierra. Mac also gets the Apple Pay experience.
  • Apple has redesigned Maps in iOS 10 to make the app simpler and more intuitive. Maps are now open to developers with new extensions, apps like OpenTable that can integrate bookings right in to Maps; and services like Uber and Lyft to book a ride, without leaving the Maps app.
  • Apple has also redesigned the Home app in iOS 10 to control home in one place. Accessories can be managed individually or grouped into scenes so that they can be controlled by using Siri.
  • Apple seems to be veering towards differential privacy with iOS 10. This new technology will link each user’s data to their actual profile and will be customisation of privacy features, for the first time in scale. Apple will also using APIs from third party apps like WeChat and TrueCaller to alert users about potential spam calls.