Here are Apple’s Big Announcements from WWDC 2016

by June 14, 2016 0 comments

Apple has announced many key updates at WWDC this year. Updates to OS’s for the Mac, iPhone, Watch, and TV, as well as opening up services like Siri and iMessage to developers are some of the highlights. Siri is now on desktop, and Apple Pay will now work on Safari, for example. Apart from that Apple has redesigned new notifications and lock screen interactions for iOS; a new command center for the Apple Watch and changes to Apple News, Music, Maps, and other services.

Apple Pay on Web

Now, you will be able to use Apple Pay to make payments online through Safari. Authentication will work through TouchID, either through your phone or Apple Watch, thereby eliminating the need to type credit card details. Apple Pay is available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Singapore, and will be rolling out to Switzerland, France, and Hong Kong.

watchOS 3 brings a host of updates, but perhaps most importantly, it loads apps seven times faster than the previous OS, thanks to background refreshing and keeping apps stored in memory.

Apple Watches will also come with a new SOS feature, which when activated with the side button held down can 911 to send location information to first responder and emergency contacts. It’ll also share users’ medical ID, by displaying their allergies, age, and existing medical conditions.

Apple News will now features over 2,000 publications and over 60 million monthly readers. Apple will roll out an all-new design with features including Top News, Trending, and Sports. The app will curate the new sections based on users reading habits and will also include a Featured Stories section with editor picks.

Apple Maps has been re-designed to provide users with a whole new feel. Users can also book rides through Maps, pay for them with Apple Pay, and make restaurant reservations. Apple Maps is also coming to CarPlay and will show traffic and offer alternative routes.

Apple tvOS which hosts 1,300 video channels and over 6,000 apps is going to expand its library by adding Dish’s Sling, Fox Sports Go and Molotov, a French TV service next month.

Siri is now opening up to developers. That means you’ll be able to ask Siri to send a message through Whatsapp, ask it to call an Uber, search for photos on instagram etc.

MacOS is the next version of Apple’s operating system for desktops and laptops. Apple has dropped the prefix ‘X’, for the new ‘macOS’. With macOS, Siri makes its debut on Apple’s computers for the first time. The update will come with a number of other features and improvements, including updates to iCloud Drive.

 

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