Apple’s eagerly awaited developer conference, WWDC saw most of the rumoured announcements confirmed, with a few extra product updates. Here are the key features and themes that interested us the most.
Gestures & Multitasking
Apple focused on improving the user experience for iPad users with the introduction of multitasking and QuickType keyboard in iOS 9. ‘SlideOver,’ allows apps to be brought in on the side of the screen, meaning apps like Mail and Messages can be brought up with a quick gesture. ‘SplitView’ allowed two apps to be viewed and used simultaneously side by side, and picture-in-picture means you can watch a video whilst checking email at the same time.
Additionally, Apple’s new Mac OS X, El Capitan will also allow users to split the screen into multi-tasking windows through improved gesture. Other new gestures include shake to enlarge mouse cursor, and the addition of a speaker icon on the URL bar, allowing users to mute sound coming from a browser window.
Search, context and deep linking
With iOS 9 Apple has made some big updates to its search. The new API for Search displays results from within apps meaning users who tap on the require results are deep linked to the respective app. Spotlight for El Capitan will become contextual. Users don’t need to know the filename they require, a simple command such as ‘show me files from last month’ will bring us relevant documents for that period.
As ever, privacy was highlighted, with Apple was quick to outline that users are in control of their data and features are not linked to an Apple ID.
Apple Pay comes to the UK
Apple’s mobile contactless payment system, Apple Pay, will be available in the UK from July. Available in more than 250,000 locations, Transport for London will integrate Apple Pay on their transport network and retailers including M&S, Boots and Waitrose are already on board, supported by most UK credit and debit cards.
A full roundup of WWDC including Apple Music, updates to Note, Maps and Health can be read here.
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