There was a lot more announced at this year’s Apple WWDC than I anticipated. I’ve very excited about a few things in particular.
On iOS, it finally looks like Siri will be opening up to developers, a bit. An App called Siri Shortcuts will allow you to create phrases you can activate with Siri and that hook into apps that support it. This looks a lot like WorkFlow and I’ll be it is taken directly from that.
There’s some work on the default iOS apps. Stocks and Voice Memos will finally come to the iPad. Stocks will also get a hook into the News app and be able to display news from each stock you follow.
Apple is implementing some things that have to do with time management and overuse of mobile devices. You’ll be able to set your own voluntary time limits on apps, and force them on your kids too. You can also view a report of how you spend your app time.
A huge deal, I think, is the introduction of Memoji. These are like Animoji, the animated characters you can use to send voice messages, but you can customize them to build your own and even make them look like you. They will be available in Messages, but also in FaceTime. I’d rather send video voice messages using a cool avatar rather than just plain video. I think a lot of people will as well.
Another huge deal is group FaceTime. You’ll be able to have 32 people talking all at once. Teens have been wanting this for a long time.
How about the Mac? The new macOS will be called Mojave as many predicted. It will include dark mode, stacks of icons on the desktop, a new Gallery View to replace the CoverFlow view, and a new Mac App Store design. Plus, Apple seems to have convinced a lot a Mac App Store hold-outs to come to the store (Panic, Bare Bones, Microsoft and maybe Adobe).
There will also be some new apps. News, Voice Memos, Stocks and Home will all come to the Mac. In fact, Apple says they are porting these from iOS using some new tools, and that those tools will be available to developers in 2019 so they can also build cross-platform apps.
There are some interesting enhancement to screen capture, where you can see all of your options clearer and go right to markup and sharing after a screen grab. Also, it looks like you’ll be able to trigger your iPhone’s camera to take a picture or scan something from your Mac.
macOS Mojave will also bring the current file system, APFS, to regular hard drives and Fusion drives.