Unless you spent last week on the moon, you must have heard about the Apple WWDC conference. There was lots of interesting news both for end users and developers, among which was the release of Swift as Open Source. Just fot you, we gathered all essential news into a digestible blog post.
Unless you spent last week on the moon, you must have heard about the Apple conference. Yes, the 26th WWDC 2015 is here! There was lots of interesting news both for end users and developers, among which was the release of Swift as Open Source. But let’s start from the beginning!
New versions of OS X and iOS were unveiled - no surprise there :) . OS X El Capitan is focused around the user experience and includes some performance improvements. Search and spotlight has gained some new language skills as it now understands natural expressions like “Documents I worked on last June”. There had been rumours of a new multitasking mode circling for a while and this year Apple confirmed them. Working with windows now happens in a more intuitive fashion - side by side.
But it’s more just than a Side by Side view. User will be also able to enjoy something called Swipe View which means a thin view of the app that sticks to the edge of the screen and allows you to perform a quick action in the other app. Complementary to those two views, Apple allows a Picture in Picture view which works perfectly for videos.
With the newest iOS version, the user can now implement CarPlay wirelessly inside top of the range models produced by all market leaders in the car industry. You can check the full list of providers on the official CarPlay page.
iOS 9 is heavily focused on tweaking the overall experience. Siri has become a Proactive assistant by using the data on your phone to give contextual advice and options. The user will get suggestions of which app they might want to use at a certain time of day, who they might want to call or what news to read.
Apple is also catching up with Google. As of iOS 9, public transportation is a pleasure to use with the new Transit view in Maps.
Gaming was never treated seriously on OS X, but now Apple is trying to turn things around - this year they made a giant step forward. Metal, Apple’s groundbreaking graphics technology introduced last year for iOS, has been brought to El Capitan. It is expected to boost system-level rendering by up to 50 percent.
Last but not least, Apple also presented watchOS 2. Apple Watch can now run native apps instead of being a mere iPhone minion. Developers can use Digital Crown, animation APIs and Taptic Engine to build a whole new set of applications that are designed to be personal. Speaking of developers, Apple made a beautiful video to thank all developers for their hard work on bringing this mobile app magical experience to life.
Now moving back to the essentials: Apple was so fast in enhancing Swift that they’ve progressed from 1.0 to 2.0 in one year! Swift 2.0 brings enhancements in performance and introduces a new error handling model (stay tuned for a special blog post!), protocol extensions, Swift-er SDKs and Availability to make developers’ life easier.
Also, there are some good financial news for all iOS devs! Apple combined iOS and OS X programs into one Apple Developer Program. So, what are you going to do with the other $99 left in your pocket?
We're sure you kept track of all the news that appeared at WWDC this year! Is there anything you would like to add to our roundup? Let us know in a comment!
If you're taking your first steps in Swift, you could probably use some help - and that's why we released an open source Swift style guide, to help developers tame the syntax and move around Swift with ease. Feel free to jump in and add your five cents!