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Apple WatchOS 2

  1. Native Apps! – The biggest news is that developers can now write native watchOS apps. Currently, all watch apps are written as extensions for iPhone apps so that the bulk of the CPU processing is done on the iPhone itself. Now apps can be truly standalone. How much this impacts on battery life is yet to be seen, but we love the idea!
  1. Facetime Audio – If this is able to be used over Wi-Fi without an iPhone, this would be awesome. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
  1. APIs, APIs, APIs – Developers now get access to all the watch sensors including the digital crown.
  1. Nightstand Mode – When the Watch is on its side and charging, it automatically goes into Nightstand mode – displaying a digital clock. The Crown transforms to a snooze button and the side button turns off an alarm. Very cool.
  1. Time Travel – A new feature that lets you scroll from the current time into the future, letting you see upcoming events and weather forecasts. So, if you have a meeting at 3PM, you could check your watch at 1PM and scroll forward 2 hours to see if you’ll need an umbrella, all without entering any dedicated calendar or weather app. Clever and obvious now that I’ve seen it!
  1. Voice Activated Workouts – You can use Siri to start and end workouts if you can bear to be seen talking to your wrist in the park.
  1. Support for HealthKit and HomeKit APIs through Siri – “Siri,,turn my living room lights play me some Eric Clapton in the kitchen” or using the new APIs, turn the digital crown to adjust your room temperature in the Nest app? You get the idea.

WWDC 2015

So WWDC 2015 happened and what a show as these are starting to look like worldwide events rather than just a tech company keynote.

Quite a bit happened last night as we followed it on TheTechSpy’s Live Twitter account as literally every minute there was something new to announce.

So here it goes, all the best bits for iOS9 in bitesize chunks for you lovely people to digest;

iOS 9

1: With the new Proactive Assistant, Siri is starting to look a lot more like Google Now. As you speak to it, Siri will learn your habits, locations and when and where to open apps that you use. For example, if you pop your headphones in every day, it will just launch the music app or suggest directions when you jump in your car.
2: One of the interesting additions to iOS9 is the Caller ID suggestions for unknown calls. This is based in what it finds in your email, so I am not sure how much use this will actually be.

3: They are now bringing us Split displays, allowing you to have two apps open side by side and even adjust the sizing of the apps you are viewing and drag content either side. unfortunately this will only work on iPad Air 2 and of course anything coming out in the future.

4: The other cool new feature was the keyboard upgrades, allowing you to swipe on the keyboard acting like a trackpad. This feature is great for instantly highlighting words or moving the cursor to a new place.

5: Good old transit maps, or Tubes to us Londoners. This will overlay the tube map and stations into maps and will give you details of the stations and train/bus arrival times.

6: Passbook renamed Wallet – Our very own Mr Carroll got very excited at this addition as Apple Pay is finally being introduced to the UK. You will be able to have all of your credit cards and loyalty cards all in the same wallet making paying and earning seamless. The best part is from the start, London Tubes will be accepting Apple Pay as a way to pay your fare….Very nice indeed!

7: My personal favourite is News, it looks a lot like Flipboard and this is superb. This pulls in content from various publications and displays articles in a very smooth and cool way. It delivers newspaper and magazine type articles based on your habits and has beautiful hi-res galleries of photos and can even play video direct from the publication itself.

8: Along with this we particularly liked the idea of being able to have video content from an app while you are doing something else. Imagine writing an email while having YouTube up in a small screen in the top right of the screen.

Part two to follow

The big question on everyone’s lips at the moment with Apple is “What next?” for the giant whose share price has fallen from grace in the last few months. The company issued a record $17bn of bonds yesterday to raise money for future ventures even though it has a mammoth cash pile that the likes of Cyprus would be jealous of. The problem is the money can’t be moved back to the US due to the serious amount of tax that they will incur in doing so, as most is held overseas.

At first glance it looks worrying, but I really don’t think they have anything to worry about. After the high-profile bodge-job they made with the new maps and the subsequent firings at the company to repair the damage, the company is left with trying to fix the issue and coming out with new ideas and products to sustain their reign at the top.

Apple have begun creeping into the car market, with signings like Ferrari and Bentley using the personal assistant Siri to aid driving assistance. According to multiple sources close to the project, Apple plan to move aggressively into the in-car integration space within 2013. As more and more companies offer accessories for the car, Apple have moved away from creating accessories trying to cash into their products doing it natively, slowly removing market share from everyone else. The company has always been concerned with 2nd rate accessories being used with their products they have concentrated so much to perfect.

Apple is apparently working with car makers to update car centre consoles to work with iOS devices. The iPhone could be plugged into a car using a redesigned version of Apple Maps which would appear on the car’s built-in display in a mirror format. The benefit with this is that user will always have access to updated maps controlled by Apple and the millions of developers who could create apps for it using API’s and external info. Currently, the best offerings are from companies like Dension, which are good, but still a little limited due to the car manufacturers not properly teaming up with them. The big problem with the stock systems that come from the car manufacturers is the fact they are poorly updated and limited. Our state of the art cars, too frequently have not caught up with the advancements in tech, so mostly disappoint when you use the control system.

Apple announced at WWDC that it is working with car makers on the Eyes-Free Siri system, including BMW, Toyota, Audio, Honda, and Land Rover. It is likely that Apple is talking to the car makers to take advantage of the new Maps which they will hopefully release in June along with Siri’s car-integrated offerings.

One of the most interesting moves at Apple is the fact that the meticulous product visionary Jonathan Ive is now heading up software. He has already promised to make a complete overhaul of the look and design of iOS which some would say is overdue. The company is rumoured to be trying to finish iOS7 for June’s preview at WWDC, but no release date has been set as yet.

Apple seems to have always had an interest in the car market, with Eddie Cue now sitting on the Ferrari board of directors and Steve Jobs reportedly wanted to take on Detroit with a car design of his own….imagine that, the iCar!

This will be a very interesting sector for Apple to get into as there is so much scope for improvement and not forgetting the famous Apple-esque refinement that some of the luxury brands are missing.

BMW

 

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What better way to kick this off this week with news of the Ferrari and Apple tie up finally ripening after Eddie Cue (Apple’s Vice President of Internet Software and Services) joined Ferrari’s board of directors in November, the super car makers finally announced Siri and the iPad mini being at the core of the cars infotainment system.

Announced at the Geneva Motor Show, the FF which is Ferrari’s all wheel drive 4 seater will have iPad Minis in the headrests as part of a new rear-seat entertainment package for passengers to enjoy games and movies. The driver will be able to enjoy a personal assistant in the form of Siri’s complete package to aid them while enjoying the 651 bhp.

The Bentley Mulsanne was the first car that could be specified with iPads and wireless keyboards for rear-seat passengers, so does this show us what could be possible for the future of Apple and Ferrari? The unique collaboration with Apple will be as standard in all 2013 future models.