Apple Kicks Off WWDC 2016 With Rebranded, Updated Operating Systems

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-06-14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Apple Kicks Off WWDC 2016 With Rebranded, Updated Operating Systems

    At WWDC, Apple unveiled updated watchOS, tvOS, iOS and macOS operating systems. Here is how they will enhance the user experience when they launch this fall.
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    Say So Long to OS X
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    Say So Long to OS X

    As expected, Apple made the decision at WWDC to phase out its 15-year-old OS X branding. Now, its desktop operating system will be known as macOS to keep in line with the company's other branding (iOS, tvOS and watchOS). Despite its new name, macOS doesn't come with a substantially different design in its latest iteration, Sierra, which will launch for free in the fall.
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    Siri Finally Comes to macOS
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    Siri Finally Comes to macOS

    At long last, Siri will be available to macOS Sierra users. After installing the macOS software, users will be able to query Siri to find files, create calendar events and even analyze files to provide relevant details on a particular topic. Siri is a major addition to macOS.
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    Optimize Your Storage in Sierra
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    Optimize Your Storage in Sierra

    Apple has delivered a new feature that will allow users who have storage issues to offload content to the cloud. Once a user wants it back, he or she can simply pull it down from the cloud. Apple also touted the feature's intelligence, saying that when users run out of storage, macOS will help them find useless files, like duplicate downloads and caches, that can be deleted to free up space.
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    Users Will Welcome Universal Clipboard
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    Users Will Welcome Universal Clipboard

    Universal Clipboard is arguably the simplest, but one of the most appealing, additions to macOS. The feature will allow users to copy content from an iPhone, for example, and then paste it directly to the Mac. The clipboard is essentially a cloud-based platform that allows users to synchronize content, regardless of where it originates.
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    More Messages Features Than One Can Count
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    More Messages Features Than One Can Count

    In iOS 10, which launches in the fall, Messages has received the biggest refresh. Users will now have the ability to scribble messages, vary the size of the text bubble based on what's said and even send stickers. Messages will also include app support, so third parties can build programs that integrate with Apple's service.
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    Siri Gains Deep Learning Capabilities on iOS
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    Siri Gains Deep Learning Capabilities on iOS

    The under-the-hood addition that users just may find the most value could be Siri's deep learning capabilities on iOS. Siri will be capable of understanding a conversation's context and delivering more accurate recommendations while users are typing. In addition, Siri and its learning features can be integrated into third-party apps, so the virtual personal assistant becomes far more useful in apps Apple hasn't developed.
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    One Home App to Rule Them All
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    One Home App to Rule Them All

    To be at the center of the Internet of things movement, Apple has built a Home app that controls all the connected devices in a house. So, any product that relies upon HomeKit will be featured in the app, giving users one spot to turn lights on and off, open doors and more. There are also built-in presets, so users can quickly have several connected devices act the way they wish at specific moments, like when they walk in the door.
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    The Watch Operating System Users Always Wanted
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    The Watch Operating System Users Always Wanted

    It might have taken three attempts, but watchOS 3 now offers features users have been desiring. According to Apple Vice President Kevin Lynch, watchOS 3 is "seven times faster" than its predecessor, can load apps far more quickly and can respond to user inputs with ease. In addition, the user interface has been overhauled, users will be able to share activity data with friends, and scribbling messages is now offered. There's even an SOS feature to dial for emergency services.
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    Apple's tvOS Gets Some Nice Upgrades
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    Apple's tvOS Gets Some Nice Upgrades

    The operating system running on the Apple TV, tvOS, also received an update at WWDC. The operating system now includes support for many more applications, including Sling, which offers live-streaming of television content. Users will also find improved performance and a better iOS-based remote app for those who don't want to use the hardware remote. Perhaps most importantly, Siri has been expanded to now search other video services, including YouTube.
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    Apple Brings Coding to Children

    Apple is hoping to raise an entire generation of children coders. The company at WWDC announced Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that helps kids learn how to code in a "fun way." Swift Playgrounds puts users into a gamelike interface, but uses coding language to help them get from one point to another. By the end of Playgrounds, Apple believes kids—and novice coders—should be able to create apps using its coding language.
 

The keynote address for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 13 was everything market analysts had anticipated. The keynote, which was headlined by the company's CEO Tim Cook, didn't offer any new hardware, but instead focused on new user experiences and apps across Apple's four core platforms— watchOS, tvOS, iOS and macOS, the operating system formerly known as OS X. Apple also unveiled new designs for Apple Music, talked about the many improvements it's made to Messages and made the lock screen built into iOS far more useful. But for the average user, all of those updates won't be coming until the fall, when Apple officially launches its latest builds. Between now and then, developers will have the opportunity to try out beta versions, work out the bugs and prepare their applications for public launches. This slide show covers some of the major announcements from the show's opening keynote and explains what users can expect to see when the company launches its new and updated operating systems.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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