OS X gets a new name macOS

Apple announced that OS X is getting a new name and will be called macOS Sierra.

MacOS now brings full support for Siri on the desktop, which users can access by saying ‘hey Siri.” Siri will help users find files, send messages, help users perform tasks, and more.

Users will also be able to unlock their Macs with their iPhone or Apple Watch, by placing it close to the mac and its called “auto unlock.”

Users also get universal clipboard, that gives users access to a single clipboard which works across iOS and macOS. Apple is also going to improve support for iCloud Drive, making files available easily across devices.

Apple also now makes it easier for users to sync between multiple desktops. Apple Pay also is now available in the browser. Last but not least tabs similar to Safari are available to apps on macOS.

Apples Siri is now available for developers

Apple has announced at WWDC that it will be giving developers access to Siri’s voice functionality, which they can use on their apps.

Apple gave an example of how this new functionality could be used by sending a “WeChat to say you’ll be five minutes late.”

Apple’s SVP Craig Federighi, listed examples where users can call up app services via Siri, such as Slack, WhatsApp, Uber, Lyft, making payments using Venmo, keeping up with workouts using Runkeeper, using Skype or Viber, and so much more.

 

Apples turning to help people in emergencies with SOS button

Apple has introduced an SOS button for the Apple Watch at WWDC.

WatchOS 3 has the ability for users to long press the side button to start a call with emergency services. After holding the side button, a countdown starts, a call beings, and users are able to talk with emergency services. Apple Watch also knows which country you are in and will be able to dial the correct number.

Apple Watch will also send a message to the emergency contact with a map of your location once the call has been finished. It will then display all the medical details of the user, which is entered in the Health app. HealthKit-enabled apps can also provide data for your medical details. Just in case the user is unconscious medical services will have info they need.

 

Apple TV changes, its faster and better!

Apple announced minor updates to their Apple TV OS.

Apple SVP Eddy Cue announced updates that offer more apps and makes apps easier to use on Apple TV. They have also made it easier to setup streaming media players to watch and access other video channels.

Single Sign-On is now available on Apple TV that allows the user to log in once and then get access to all their apps in the network. This update is also being included in iOS as well.

Siri integration has been taken to a new level on Apple TV. You can now search YouTube using Siri for example ” Search YouTube for Steph Curry three pointers.”

New apps will also be included such as Sling, Fox Sports Go, and over 100 live TV Stations. The developers preview of tvOS is available today and in the fall will be available to everyone.

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WatchOS gets an upgrade

WWDC is live and Apple has launched the third release of watchOS.

The company has focused on speed and how fast apps will run, which is a major improvement since the earlier releases were a bit slow and lagged from time to time. Apple says the apps now launch and react “seven times” faster than the previous OS.

Apple has done this by allowing 3rd party and built-in apps to be saved onto the memory, and when apps are being used they update and refresh in the background.

Navigation speed has been increased through a new feature called “dock” that lets you swipe up to launch different apps. It will also have a control center where you can swipe up to see quick commands such as Bluetooth, WiFi, and more.

Messages has a new feature called scribble that allows you to draw letters which are converted to text.

New faces will be available in the new OS such as Minnie Mouse, Roman Numerals, and more. Users will be able to switch between different faces by swiping left and right.

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Some things to expect at Apples WWDC Conference

Apples biggest conference, WWDC, or Worldwide Developers Conference, is almost here, just next month!

It’ll be the 27th WWDC, it starts on June 13th, very ominous, and ends on June 17th, and will be hosted in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. But what can we expect from Apples biggest conference? Lets take a look at all the rumors and predictions.

Apple Music

We can expect to see something for Apple Music, its music service that was launched in 2015. The service did not meet Apples expectations or ours. Apple reportedly has an estimated 13 million subscribers but even then the service can’t compete with Spotify, which has an estimated 30 million subscribers and recently modified its family plan to match Apples. And while the service did grow there were reports and complaints about its user interface and integration issues.

So we might see an upgrade to the service such as new artists, new functionality and features, better and improved user interface, better streaming, and an expansion in its radio service. If Apple wants to get into the top it’ll also have to make a better royalty fee policy. 

OS X

This year’s OS X will definitely be showcased at the conference, as Apple recently came out with beta updates for developers. The new beta of OS X El Capitan  includes an update for tvOS and iOS 9.3.3. We might also see an integration of Siri for Mac, much like Cortana on Windows 10. MaRumours recently reported on a possible  Mac dock icon and menu bar icon for Siri. If you want to jump into the beta you download it from the Apple Developer Center, but be careful it’ll be riddled with bugs so use a backup device just to be sure.

iOS 10

ioS 10 will most likely also make an appearance, it’s pretty much expected. We might see user interface changes, performance improvements, new features, and new apps in the App Store. We’ve seen new iOS released at past WWDC conferences so it might follow suit.

Macs!

WWDC is mostly oriented at software although we have seen hardware showcased at the conference. So don’t be surprised if you see a new Mac. There have been many rumors about the possibility of a new MacBook Pro this year.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was released in April of 2015, so we demand to see another release. Well hopefully we’ll see something new. It has tough competition with the Samsung Gear S2, especially now that the company is in the works to introduce iPhone compatibility. There’s also the much coveted Sony Smartwatch 3, Asus ZenWatch 2, Moto 360 2, Huawei Watch, even Garmin and Pebble have smart watches. There are a lot of second generation and 3rd generation smart watches. If Apple wants to compete it’ll have to come out with a new watch that’ll outshine the rest.

WWDC will be a conference to see all kinds of new things from Apple. The conference will be held on June 13 – June 17 and you stream the event live on their WWDC App or at the website.

Goodbye Siri, Welcome Viv.

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer the creators of Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, have created the next generation artificial intelligence (AI) assistant called Viv.

Kittlaus and Cheyer have been developing this AI for the last four years and today, May 9th 2016, they debuted Viv for everyone to see. Viv functions differently by connecting to various services, at Disrupt NYC the AI handled multiple complex requests by connecting with third-party merchants to buy goods and even book reservations for its user. Viv will also be capable of learning and teach itself, allowing for more personalization and growth through more usage.

Viv is considered the next gen Siri though Viv looks and behaves entirely different. With Siri you had queries sent off to a search engine to display results and requests, and could only handle a small number of tasks. Viv behaves more like Amazon’s Alexa by connecting to different platforms, devices, and services. Viv is in an essence more social than Siri, it also handles natural language comprehension better than Siri.

Currently Facebook and Microsoft have their own AI that handle multiple complex requests and can connect to third party services. Microsoft recently announced their bot engine and showed Cortana connecting with different apps and Facebook has their open platform that allows developers to build bots for Messenger. Though Viv feels more like Hound. Hound is more of a underground AI that hasn’t taken off with general consumers. It has an incredible ability to understand natural language and boasts its dominance through speedy results.

Viv’s creators also showed “Dynamic Program Generation,” which shows the codes used by Viv after a verbal request and giving a view into how it understands and handles requests.

Viv and other AI like it could change the way we interact with services. In the future you may no longer be required to call or look online to purchase good or services, you could just tell your AI what you want and it could do it for you. Ordering food, booking flights, rooms, or renting cars may all be done through AI assistants.

Apples iPad Pro succeeds iPad Air and offers Office 365.

Apple releases the iPad Pro, not Air, to succeed the iPad Air 2, which was released in October 2014. Much like the iPhone SE this newest iPad Pro is smaller than the rest at 9.7 inches.

There are two options for the Pro: a 9.7 inch with 2048 X 1536 resolution and 12.9 inch with 2732 x 2048 resolution. The smaller 9.7 inch iPad Pro features a 25 percent brighter display than the Air 2, 500 nits of light, and reduced display reflectivity by 40 percent. It also comes with the newest iOS 9.3 feature Night Shift that shifts the display yellow for when the sun begins to set. It can also adjust white balance using two four channel ambient light sensors, which can measure the ambient light with more accuracy.

It has an M9 processor, up to 10 hrs of battery lift, 4 speakers, faster LTE with its A9X chip, and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. It comes with a 12 megapixel camera that can shoot 4k video, the same camera on the iPhone 6s. The only downside is the bump on the back due to the camera, which might only result in as a nuisance rather than a concern. You can also use the Apple Pencil, which is a plus for the users that prefer to use the pencil. The 9.7 inc iPad Pro comes with a built in Apple Sim so that you can subscribe to a data plan and no it did not replace the nan Sim card, its still there.

The lower end iPad Pro starts at $599 with 32GB of storage, $749 with 128 GB, and $899 for 256 GB. Its more expensive than the Air 2, which right now goes for $399 but it does pack more performance. It will be available in silver, black, gold, and rose gold colors. Its 6.1 mm thick and weighs under a pound.

iPad Pro PC

“We believe that iPad is the perfect expression of the future of computing,” Said Tim Cook. Just from the keynote it looks like Apple is trying to bring back the iPad and have a vision for it to replace computers in the future. So much so that Apple wants the iPad Pro to replace windows and offers a Microsoft Office 365 subscription option with the purchase of the Pro. Office 365 is a subscription service that offers productivity software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, mobile apps, and has home, personal, and university versions with different features. Apple has also added this subscription offer on the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 4.