WWDC is our favourite event of the year. Here's a roundup of the biggest news and updates from San Jose, California.
WWDC is Apple Inc's annual developer event. Here at 8bytes, the announcements made by Tim Cook and Co. will directly affect how we build and scale apps in the future. As such, we pay very close attention to this event each year. Here's our quick roundup of WWDC 2017.
Miss the keynote? Find the full video here.
1. iOS 11
Arguably the most important announcement to come from the San Jose event was the introduction of iOS 11.
Amongst other things, iOS 11 will introduce ARKit and Core ML to iOS developers. ARKit makes it easy to build augmented reality experiences into apps. Core ML allows developers to use machine learning to create apps that become more intelligent.
Other updates include:
- Redesigned Control Centre and notifications
- A smarter version of Siri
- Maps and Do Not Disturb improved for in-car use
- Airplay 2 will enable multi-room audio play
- A new app, Files, that will allow for better file management
"With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal, and intelligent devices they’ve ever been."
2. App Store Redesign
The App Store has been redesigned from the ground up to help users and developers alike discover new apps and games. You’ll now see daily stories curated by App Store experts, a dedicated "Games" tab, lists for all kinds of apps, and more.
This is a pretty big deal for startups and companies looking to gain more visibility for their apps and games. We're excited to see the full rollout of this one.
Check out the preview here.
3. New macOS: High Sierra
Apple’s macOS High Sierra operating system promises to be faster, safer, and help applications use less space than ever. For the beta program, click right here.
Here's just two of the big new features:
With the rising popularity of 4K video, Apple has introduced a new industry standard for Mac — HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265). The firm claims that it can compress video up to 40% more than H.264, the current standard for video compression.
Please Note: Playback of 4K HEVC content requires a Mac with at least a sixth‑generation Intel Core processor or newer.
Apple File System
Apple cites that in today’s flash‑based Mac, their current file system is open to big changes. With macOS High Sierra, they're introducing the Apple File System to Mac, with an advanced architecture that brings a new level of security and responsiveness.
This will include a new 64‑bit architecture designed for today’s flash technology and built‑in encryption, crash‑safe protections, and simplified data backup on the go.
If you're a hardware fan, WWDC 2017 was a real treat. Apple announced the release of a new iMac Pro, the Homepod Speaker and new MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
If you have the time, head over to the Homepod product page. It's truly food for the soul.
A great day for Apple - a bad day for the wallets of Apple enthusiasts everywhere.
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