Apple WWDC 2016 Dates Revealed

Every year in June, Apple hosts their WWDC event and this year is the same. During the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple usually announces new OS X, iOS and other OS revisions. After running from June 8 to 12, this year’s event will go from June 13 to 17. Interestingly, the first about the dates came out from Siri when she was asked about the event.

Since Siri spilled the beans earlier today, Apple has since updated their event page, officially confirming WWDC will run from the 13th to 17th. Registration begins now till April 22nd with a $1,599 price tag for the San Francisco event.

This year, Apple is planning make major announcements for OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Some reports are suggesting that OS X might get a brand update to MacOS to bring it in line with the rest of Apple’s lineup. In addition to renaming the OS, there may be updates to Mac hardware as well due to newer Intel CPUs.

With a June event timetable, we may hopefully see some new GPUs in Macs as well. Computex will be happening 2 weeks prior so we may well get Polaris or Pascal GPUs in the refreshed Macs. We’ll bring you more information on WWDC as it comes out.

Redditer Discovered Hidden Feature in iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan

We got a lot of information out of what to expect from iOS 9 and El Capitan this fall at Apple’s WWDC in June. Even so, developers are said to be good at discovering Apple’s ‘hidden’ new features, but this time around, it seems that one of them, who I think is actually useful, was actually discovered by someone else.

A redditer going by the name of homeboi808 seems to have stumbled upon a feature who went on unnoticed so far. On both iOS 9 and El Capitan, if you tap on a flight number in either the Mail, Messages or Notes app, the OS’ will work the flight out and give you a flight path overview, along with all information about that flight. This includes arrival, departure times, possible delays and even airport terminal details.

It seems that Apple has added a built-in feature that detects and reacts to gestures when it finds a flight number. However, that needs to adhere to the actual flight number style, so don’t expect it to do the same with just anything you type in. Even so, the flight number needs to be valid in order to get information about it.

Even so, the feature is really helpful when you’re expecting to pick someone up from the airport or are planning a journey. Getting up-to-date information about your flights is a must from my point of view. What do you think?

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Apple Announces iOS 9

Apple has just announced their next version of iOS called iOS 9 (what a surprise!). With the latest version of the smartphone OS; Apple are focusing on making it a more clever operating system, starting  off with a major upgrade to Siri. Siri will have a feature called Proactive that can offer awesome new features like application suggestions and even more. Of course, this depends on contexts such as time of day or location. Proactive allows Siri to see what apps you have on your phone and suggest useful ones based on what you’re trying to do. Apple is also saying that Siri can even look into your inbox to ID incoming calls that aren’t in your address book. All of this is wrapped into a new user interface for Spotlight.

iOS 9 also introduces deep linking within these searches, letting you access content inside apps whenever you do a system-wide search, instead of just opening the app’s main page. Spotlight also can do unit conversions without opening a web search, something that Siri has done for a while, but now queries can be typed in addition to spoken. Apple says that all of this new intelligent processing happens on the phone itself, meaning your data isn’t being sent to a server in the cloud. It’s a different stance than Google or Microsoft take, which leverage cloud processing to power their virtual assistants on Android and Windows Phone. Of course, this may mean that you will be able to use some basic features whilst offline.

Apple Pay is also due to launch in the UK and will be compatible with more banks and credit card providers. They’re even going to kill the passbook name and replace it with an application called Wallet which will be able to integrate with credit cards, debit cards and more all in one place.

Apple also plans to update their much-slated Map application including support for trains, buses and subways. It will be launching in more than 20 cities, including London.

Are you Apple fans excited?

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Apple Takes a Radical Approach with its Swift Programming Language

Apple just announced something really radical today at its Worldwide Developer Conference. We all now how strict and closed the company is with its software and hardware, but it looks like things are about to change and we might see them before the end of this year.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president, announced that the company will make their latest programming language, namely Swift, open source by the end of the year. This is quite surprising since the company enforced a strict closed box policy on their products up until now. So why the change of heart?

Nonetheless, Federighi said that the compiler code and libraries for iOS and OS X will be made available to everyone and it looks like they are planning to go even further and release the latter for Linux as well. This means that developers will be able to program in Apple’s code on all major operating systems once the code gets released.

Don’t get too excited though. A similar promise was made by Steve Jobs in the past, who said that the company would deliver the FaceTime protocol to developers so they can integrate it into other software outside Apple’s own OS’. As you can imagine, the protocol is still not available, so take the recent information with a grain of salt until you actually see Swift’s code available for download.

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Apple Pay Will Be Available in the UK Sooner than Expected

Apple is going to announce something the UK will look forward to at its WWDC, among other annual things the company usually reveals each year. But seeing how digital currency is favourable in both US and UK, we might see Apple announcing the introduction of Apple Pay in the UK.

It is said that there have been multiple attempts in introducing the latter technology, but so far it was met with conflicts within the industry or lack of interest from consumers. But Apple is not about to back down from a 40% smartphone market dominance in the UK just yet.

The company has been in talks with banks and retailers to kickstart the Apple Pay feature release in the country and we might see it in action this summer. It would make sense for them to force Apple Pay into consumers’ lives given that the UK has a big market for digital purchases.

Statistics show that iPhone users are big spenders and prefer digital currency compared to paper money. Last year, £2.3 billion digital purchases were recorded in the country and the number is likely to increase this year. But we also like to hear your opinion. Are you an iPhone user? How likely are you to use the feature once it is available?

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Apple WWDC 2015 Could Bring 12-inch iPads and Dual-App View Mode

We are nearing that time of the year when Apple will unveil its stuff at the annual World Wide Developer Conference. Out of all rumours, the most interesting ones consist of 12-inch iPads, dual-app view mode and a multi-user login feature.

Since Microsoft released their Windows 8 and provided split-screen app support for both desktop and Surface devices, Apple has been keen on adding the same thing to their iPads. However, up until now, the feature gave the Cupertino-based company a lot of headaches, which eventually forced them to push back the feature release date.

The latest iOS 9 firmware is now rumoured to bring the aforementioned feature, which might debut at the WWDC in June. Word is that the feature will support 1/2, 1/3 and 2/3 views and could be shown on current iPad models.

Aside from the above, Apple might introduce two new 12-inch iPads codenamed J98 and J99, which could be the long anticipated iPad Pros we heard about in the past. Due to their size, Apple is now rumoured to be working on tweaking the iOS and resizing core apps and features such as Siri, the Notification Centre and others in order to make them display properly on the larger displays.

Last but not least, Apple might even introduce support for multiple users. Similar to the Macintosh OS, users will be able to sign into their own accounts and have access to their own personal apps and files. Rumour has it that the feature will not come with the first iOS 9 build, but since Apple is strongly considering to enter the business and education sector, we might see the feature added in an update by the end of the year.

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Apple Might Add Transit Maps in iOS 9

Since Google was dropped as the official provider of map data, Apple hasn’t been able to provide users with any Transit data. Word is that the Transit system should have been added in iOS 8 last year, but it was eventually cut shortly before WWDC 2014.

The Transit service is said to give users the ability to navigate bus, subway and train routes from the official Maps app, similar to what other map apps have built into their features. In addition to the latter, Apple is said to alter the icon size inside Maps for users to easily spot airports, subway and train stations.

Apple was faced with a lot of problems regarding the data and small coverage for the Transit feature, so they decided to pull it right before it was announced. Previous iOS 8 betas are reported to present the feature, but nothing eventually landed in the final iOS releases.

This time around, Apple is said to have added more cities, a new push notification feature and perfected its data. This means that we might see the Transit Maps integrated and revealed at this year’s WWDC.

Besides the Transit feature, Apple is rumoured to be working on some indoor mapping project that would allow users to navigate office buildings, landmarks and other indoor points of interest. But the project is still at its early stages, so it’s highly unlikely we will see something like this added this year.

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Industry Giants Google And Apple Consider Expanding To The Automobile Industry

The car industry has quickly caught the attention of both Apple and Google. After fiercely competing with each other in smartphone, web browser, and tablet markets, both the companies are now working with leading car manufacturers to develop in-car entertainment and information systems.

Google and German automaker Audi AG are said to be working together on Android based in-car infotainment systems and they plan to announce their partnership at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Google announcement is being seen as the answer to Apple’s “iOS in the car” initiative, which was launched in June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As part of the initiative, Apple is developing technology to integrate iPhones with car’s dashboard control panels. Apple is said to be collaborating with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda Motors for their projects.

In terms of tech features, while Apple is going for the iPhone attachment to the car, Google is taking to a more embedded approach and is working on integrating the Android OS with the car’s dashboard. According to the report, 80 million new cars and light trucks are sold every year. Quite clearly, the market has huge potential and this is the reason Apple and Google are trying hard to penetrate it. The concept of smart cars has also opened the doors for leading chip-makers like Qualcomm, Intel, and Nvidia, to enter the car business.

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