Yesterday, Apple announced a bevy of new capabilities for the OS X, iOS, and Watch OS at WWDC. I was particularly impressed by these new features:
- iPads will support side by side apps 1, and picture-in-picture video playback.
- iPads also get a cool new keyboard mode where two-finger swipes act like a trackpad while editing text.
- iPhones will now guess the name of unknown callers. It’ll do this by searching your phone’s data for clues linking a name to the unknown number.
- WatchOS gains a nifty alarm clock mode while the watch is charging.
- Developers will be able to make native Watch apps and watch face complications. 2
- Apple Maps users will now have access to mass transit directions and schedule information. 3
- Safari on the Mac gains pinned tabs and tab silencing.
- All iOS users should see some more free space with App Thinning, where the App Store will only install the assets necessary for your device. 4
If you’re curious, you can watch an official video of the Apple event here.
Unfortunately, I’ll need to upgrade from my retina iPad mini before I can try the side by side apps. I’m guessing the retina iPad minis are too RAM constrained to run two full apps simultaneously. ↩
At first, transit functionality will only be available in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, D.C., London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Toronto. ↩
Currently, app downloads could include 1x, 2x, and 3x sets of artwork even though your device will only ever use one of them. ↩