4 of the biggest announcements from Apple’s WWDC 2015

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Yesterday was Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) where they traditionally show off what changes they are bringing to their devices and what Apple users can look forward to. Among those are the new iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. This year’s WWDC was not unlike past years when it came to these announcements, but there were a few new tricks Apple had up their sleeve that are worth mentioning. Here are 4 of the biggest announcements that came out of the conference.

OS X 10.11: El Capitan

Apple has decided to continue with its Yosemite themed Mac OS names and announced the newest iteration coming to iMacs, MacBooks, and Mac Minis. El Capitan brings new ways to interact with your Mac such as new gestures that enlarge the mouse curser and new ways to pin sites to the native web browser, Safari. Safari will also include a speaker icon that will remain on the URL bar that will allow the user to mute the audio coming from any tab. Spotlight is also getting more intuitive by adding the ability to search for files on your Mac based on a description. For example, you can search for “files I worked on a week ago.” EL Capitan also adds the ability for users to split their screen like in Windows 7, 8, and 10. Lastly, Metal 3D graphics and SDK are coming to OS X 10.11 to improve gaming and decrease the time it takes to launch and switch between apps.

While these may seem like minor changes, to Apple users these are big. One of the many reasons that I have been favoring my Windows devices lately over my MacBook Pro is the ability to multitask and split my screen with ease. The master Safari mute button is just icing on the cake. Who among us hasn’t had that annoying experience when you have many tabs open and you have search to find where the annoying ad audio is coming from?

iOS 9

Apple’s mobile operating system is getting an upgrade with the newest release, iOS 9. The core changes made to this operating system seem to be centered around making the operating system more intuitive and intelligent. Siri’s new context sensitive features give you the ability to say “Siri, remind me about this,” and it will know you are referring to the webpage you have opened. Siri will also search emails when receiving a phone call from a number that is not in your contacts to try to find matches. It will also be able to suggest people to invite to meetings and apps that you might like.

Improvements to native iOS apps, such as Maps and Notes, are also coming with the new update. Notes will start indexing links and Maps will now include transit information that is more exact to your location than before. The old app that everyone stuck in their “Other” folder, Newsstand, is being replaced with News. A customizable news app that reportedly is very similar to Flipboard where you can add sources that will automatically feed into the app.

Other iPad exclusive iOS updates that are coming include new gestures, multi-window support, and a slide-over view as well. Much like in the new OS 10.11, iOS on the iPad will allow users to have two windows open side by side. Users can also watch videos picture-in-picture within other apps. Lastly, users will also be able to use the slide over view that allows them to slide other open apps over from the side for quick glances (i.e. to check Twitter notifications).

All of these changes will more than likely be welcomed with open and grateful arms among iPhone and iPad users, however none of these changes are revolutionary. Other operating systems, such as Windows and Android, have had these features for a while and, frankly, Apple is a little late to the game.

watchOS

Even the brand new Apple Watch will be getting some updates to the operating system that include new watch faces and the ability to add flight times and sports scores on the watch face. Users can use the digital crown to see future data such as upcoming appointments and weather using the new feature “Time Travel”.

The new operating system will also bring the ability to respond to emails, watch videos and make FaceTime audio calls straight from the Apple Watch without having to use your phone first. Live transit data via Maps is also headed to the new watchOS as well.

Apple also talked about the new WatchKit that will allow developers to create apps that run on the watch alone, without a companion app running at the same time on an iPhone, but instead over known WiFi networks.

Apple Music

Arguably the biggest announcement from WWDC was the release of Apple Music, Apple’s subscription based music streaming service. Users can search content under “My Music” or find personalized recommendations under “For You”. Categories such as “Hot Tracks,” “Recent Releases,” and “Top Charts” will also be available. Siri will also be able to interact with Apple Music by responding to “Play top songs from 1982.”

Apple Music will also include a radio station, Beats1 hosted by former BBC Radio One DJ Zane Lowe. The service hopes to deliver great music to users at the right time and help users discover new content. Artists can also upload their music to Apple Music Connect to help increase their exposure whether they are signed to a label or not. Apple Music will launch on June 30th for $9.99 a month with no free option available. Android support is even coming in the Fall.

Mac OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 are available for developers starting now with a public beta version available in July. Full versions will be available in the Fall.

What do you think about the announcements that Apple made at WWDC? Will this keep you or sway you towards Apple products? Keep the conversation going in the comments below.

Source: The Next Web

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