Wednesday Morning News
As with every Apple event, we’ll probably be playing a little catch-up while I sort out what’s what — separate the think pieces from the listicles and the untucked shirts from the tucked ones, so to speak. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of news, and without further ado…
The Next Web kicks us off with a recap of everything Apple announced, and although they’re calling it one handy list, that doesn’t mean there were a lot of announcements packed into Apple’s nearly two and a half hour keynote. I still think Apple’s Music reveal could have been significantly shortened without losing any of its pizzazz, but hey, I’m willing to indulge Apple this once.
The 2015 Apple Design Award winners were also announced yesterday at WWDC, with titles such as Fantastical 2 for Mac, Workflow for iPhone, and even the Australian-developed Crossy Road making it into Apple’s honour roll for this year.
MacStories also had the numbers from WWDC this year.
With the trio of new operating systems announced at WWDC, the good news is that if your current Mac or iOS device can run OS X Yosemite or iOS 8, then you’ll be all set for OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 when they launch sometime before the end of August. Ars Technica has the full list of compatible computers and devices, if you’re not sure.
Apple News is a strange one. It does a lot of what Flipboard does, also overlapping Newsstand a little. An overview of Apple News from MacStories breaks down the service into what it does, and how it does it differently to what already exists, with Re/Code saying the new News app will replace Newsstand entirely, with Newsstand content going back to the home screen.
One of the minor changes in iOS 9 is that devices equipped with Touch ID sensors will have a six digit passcode by default, instead of the usual four digits. It’s a small but significant security upgrade, with the possible combinations now at one million instead of just 10,000.
App Thinning wasn’t really talked about in any great detail, but the idea is sound: by letting developers upload one set of assets to the App Store and letting the App Store handle device-specific versions of assets, all developers have to do is package up the logic and working bits of their apps. Ars Technica takes a look at how App Thinning will result in more usable space on devices with lower storage capacities.
Six Colors takes us through some of the WWDC fine print, telling us about the little details that may have been overlooked during the main keynote or just weren’t mentioned. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as some of the points actually add clarification on some features, such as being able to do picture-in-picture with FaceTime calls.
Apple also took the liberty of unifying the Mac and iOS developer programs. It’s now $99 per year for both development programs, which of course gives you access to any beta builds of OS X and iOS. Our own impressions of iOS 9 are pretty good, to start off with.
I’ve read a few Apple Watch reviews in my time, but none more entertaining than the Apple Watch review from The Oatmeal.
ADA award image via KlickTock.