WWDC 2017 Announcements
iOS 11 for Developers
ARKit – Apple wants to position itself a a leader in AR and one of its most notable updates is support for augmented reality with the release of ARKit. iOS pp developers can now create more immersive augmented reality user experiences by integrating the ARKit framework in their apps.
Core ML – Developers can take advantage of CoreML to build more intelligent apps with machine learning capabilities with just a few lines of code. CoreML integration makes the apps more intelligent by enabling advanced machine learning features.
Depth API – Developers can work with the Depth API to update or release fun photo apps. The AV Foundation framework now offers support for enhanced photo capture and the manipulation of Depth data.
App Store Redesigned – The Apple app store has been redesigned for the first time since its launch and has made app discovery easier. When you launch an app, you will be taken to the today tab and will see new collections, daily lists, themes and tutorials. Another new tab titled Games is a dedicated to popular and new game discovery.
Siri Improved – Deep learning is everywhere. Once again Apple has unleashed the power of deep learning to give Siri a more natural voice and an improved visual interface. It can now translate what you say to French, Italian, German, Spanish or Chinese. More languages are due to be added shortly. It can also suggest better music.
Indoor Maps – Maps of indoor venues such as airports, shopping centres and museums is coming soon. With iOS 11, a Do Not Disturb feature can be activated to send callers a message.
ApplePay person to person payment – ApplePay for person to person payments is now available and is integrated into messages as an iMessage app.
iOS 11 is available for iOS developers already, but the public can expect the beta version some time in the summer and the full version in autumn. App developers can find more information about the iOS 11 features here.
Mac OS High Sierra
The new Watch OS4 automatically displays information that is most relevant to you by using machine learning. This includes personalised notifications and the new music app that will automatically sync music based on your favourite tracks.
Also the Workout app has been enhanced with a new UI to be easier and more powerful to use with the ability to exchange information with Gym equipment. Other updates include the introduction of new characters and native bluetooth on the watch. The Developer Preview is now available.
In this years keynote, Apple introduces its powerful speaker called HomePod, which works with Apple Music and is controlled through natural voice communication with Siri.
You can find more information about the beta versions by visiting Apple’s website here.
These are just a few of the exciting announcements to come from the Apple keynote address in the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference.
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