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WWDC 2017 Summary June 5th, 2017

It is that time a year again when Apple hosts their all-eyes-on-me event, WWDC. With hopes of a new iPhone and a fully redesigned iOS, here is what made talks at the Keynote.

MACOS HIGH SIERRA (10.13)

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Though not many physical changes to the OS, High Sierra brings a lot of new features under the hood. Since 1998, Macs have been using the HFS+ file system to store and organize files and documents. Last year's WWDC Apple announced a new system called, who'd have guessed, Apple File System (APFS). This year, it comes to macOS.

APFS makes the move to an advanced 64-bit architecture, bring better security with built-in encryption and as Apple VP Craig Federighi demoed at the Keynote, will cut down heavily on copying times.

The Photos app is one of the most used Apple apps on the Mac, but with High Sierra, we gain a whole new level of editing. Some of these features that will change this application for the better are new built-in tools, such as curves, color dropper, and new filters, smarter organization, and adds a new Memories category.

IOS 11

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This new version of iOS includes a large number of improved and new features. With new improvements to Siri and Messages, here's what we learned.

First of all, Control Center was completely redesigned. You now have a single page of toggles that when 3D Touched let you do certain tasks. 3D Touch on the flashlight icon and you are given 4 different, easily useable lighting modes, 3D Touch on the Music player and you get a bigger, better view of what is play.

On top of the usual Control Center functions, you can now add many others such as an AppleTv Remote, a toggle for Low Power Mode, a built-in screen recorder, and much more.

The Lock Screen and Notification Center are combined now. When swiping down into the Notification Center it will bring you to what looks like the Lock Screen with missed notifications. Swiping down farther, you can view the rest of your notifications.

Next up, Siri. She (and her male counterpart) gained a more natural sounding voice. With changes in emphasis, pitch, and tempo, Siri now has a very 'lifelike' sound to her. Along with a new voice, she can translate a few languages, French, Chinese, German, Italian, and Spanish, and assumed, more to come soon.

Additionally, Siri uses on-device learning to enhance user experiences and suggestions in other applications such as Safar, Mail, and Messages.

Messages gained a bit of a redesign in terms of the app drawer which makes it easier to send stickers and to access messaging apps. It also now has person-to-person payments with Apple Pay and two new full screen text effects, Spotlight and Echo.

A new feature called Do Not Disturb While Drive will help you pay attention to the road. When enabled will mute all incoming notifications and will auto-reply to people to let them know you are driving.

Speaking of driving, Apple Maps can now show you indoor maps of certain malls and airports around the world and will now give you lane guidance features.

In Apple Music, users can create a playlist that friends can access and add their own music to without stopping what's currently playing and ruining a parties vibe.

Some smaller updates that still deserve recognition are Live Photos gain new options to Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure. When taking a photo in iOS 11, the new High-Efficiency Image File Format will help cut down on the image size to save space. The new AirPlay2 gives the ability to have multi-room audio. Apple also released ARKit SDK, which will help developers create better AR experiences, games, and applications. AirPod users can now change the double tap feature to allow them to go forward or backwards a track. And there is even a "secret" Dark Mode hidden in the Accessibility settings.

On top of all that, the iPad gets its own additional features. This includes a new customizable Dock where frequently used apps and even documents can live. iPad users can swipe up from the bottom while in any application and get the Dock to show.

Multi-tasking is even better on iOS 11, with better Spilt View and Slide Over functions and the new App Switcher makes it so you can quickly view everything you have up. With the ability to drag-and-drop between apps, this will surely boost productivity on the iPad.

With Apple Pencil, you can now tap on the Lock Screen and instantly create a new drawing or idea in the Notes app.

With new features added to Messages, tons of new customizable areas, and the bold look to the App Store, iOS 11 shows that small changes to design and bolder fonts can change the look and feel of how the whole OS.

WATCHOS 4

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With a new OS version comes a new set of watch faces. The Siri gives you a personalized suggestion based information that helps you stay on time and productive throughout the day. The Kaleidoscope face gives a trippy effect when you rotate the Digital Crown, and there are three new Toy Story faces, Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear.

The Activity and Workout apps gained the ability to notify you if you are close to achieving your goal for the day and a new ability to use NFC tags on gym equipment to maximize your workout.

The Music app and the dock interface have both been redesigned, and there is a new News app for watchOS.

TVOS 11

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Thought this version of tvOS is not as glamor as the other Apple OS', it still comes with a few nice features.

In tvOS 10, Apple introduced a new Dark Mode that will help dim some of the bright light that comes from a television at night time, in tvOS 11 there is a new option that will allow users to have it automated based on location.

Home Screen Sync seemed to be taken away in tvOS 10, but in this update is brought back. Home Screen Syn gives the user the ability to have the home screen layout sync in iCloud.

Just like its iOS counterpart, tvOS will receive AirPlay2 and its multi-room audio. AirPlay also gains a change in Access Control settings where the user may give permission to anyone in range of the TV or just users on the Wi-Fi. Along with this, it gives the security feature to pick between making other users sign in with no passcode, a one-time passcode, or always have the user use passcode.

HOMEPOD AND IMAC PRO

Apple also announced some hardware both to be shipped in December.

The first of which they hope to take on Amazon's Echo and Sonos. This $349 speaker, smart-home controller is called the HomePod. It uses spacial awareness to maximize sound quality in a room and also has a built-in Siri "Musicologist" that can tell you what song is playing and to turn on your lights. HomePod can also be used as an anchor for home automation while you are out of the house.

The other hardware, when spec'ed out, is a gnarly 18-core processor, 5K displayed, 16GB of VRAM, 4TB for SSD storage, and 128GB of data corruption-protecting ECC RAM called the iMac Pro. Also featuring 10Gb Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and keeps the SD card slot. Apple states this is not only the most powerful iMac ever made, it is the most powerful MAC every made, even outranking the Mac Pros.

The iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999.


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