Apple announces a slew of features that is coming to the latest versions of OSX, iOS and watchOS. With the update slipping into Apple devices by Fall, the developers gets first crack at the new features that was announced at the WWDC 2015.
First, Apple introduces a new app to the family called News, where curated news, as well as user-defined content can be displayed on the iOS devices in a curated manner. All content will be tailored for the users, and laid out in an easy-to-read layout – and will be free.
The new version of OSX is now named El Capitan, and it features a few new features to make life easier such as enhanced gestures, human language-like search in Spotlight, and new for Mac – Metal for Mac, where developers can take advantage of the Metal framework to create better graphics for application and games for OSX.
For iOS 9, Apple introduces a new multitasking mode for the operating system, allowing iOS devices to run multiple apps at the same time. Mainly designed for the iPad, users can now snap apps to the sides of the screen, and run two windows simultaneously. Apple also announced that over 100 Billion apps has been downloaded from the Apple App store, and more than USD30 Billion has been paid out to app developers from the sales of their apps in the store. For Apple Maps, they have introduced a new feature – aimed for public transit users called Transit, where users can plot a course, and Apple Maps can give detailed step by step for travel.
Apple also announced that over 100 Billion apps has been downloaded from the Apple App store, and more than USD30 Billion has been paid out to app developers from the sales of their apps in the store.
Finally, with watchOS, Apple has finally announced the availability of native apps for the Apple Watch. With the native apps, developers can now access features such as HealthKit, HomeKit – and even hardware that is currently on the Apple Watch such as the microphone and speaker for their apps. Apple also introduces new photo watch faces for the Apple Watch, as well as Time Lapse watch faces.
El Capitan, iOS 9 and watchOS will be available to the public from fall, while Developers can get their hands on all three versions starting right now.