Yesterday, Apple had its 2015 WWDC event and trust me to stream it live – Apart from the exciting things Apple brought to the table, I particularly enjoyed all the drama that unfolded. So for those who didn’t catch the event, grab your popcorn and your drink and read how it all happened in 3D 😀 ( In order to keep the best for the last, I would be starting with the:
Yesterday, Apple unveiled the new features that would be coming on the IOS 9 and sorry Apple Fans, many of them are straight from the Android OS and the Windows 8 (But who doesn’t copy, right?)
Meet The New Siri – With the functionality of Microsoft’s Cortana assistant and Google Now.
Apple took out some of the functionality of Microsoft’s Cortana assistant and Google Now to add to Siri, One of it is, Siri can now search your address book or email to find information and act on it. It will also allow you to set powerful reminders or app suggestions based on your location.
In case you didn’t know, this feature has been integrated in Google now since 2012 that uses your search history, emails, calendar entries and locations to give you relevant information. The main difference between Siri and Google Now is that the information Siri gathers for you isn’t being sent to the cloud for processing unlike Google Now that sends your information to Google
Multitasking – Microsoft Surface Tablet Incoming.
If you have ever used the latest Windows OS or a Surface tablet, you should know about the multitasking feature that allows you run apps side-by-side or with a 70 / 30 percent split. Well, Apple is copying the exact same thing with their iPad and MacBooks. In case you don’t know, Microsoft introduced the feature in 2012, Apple is introducing it 3 years after.
Power Saving Mode.
Power saving mode shouldn’t be a new thing if you are an Android user, however, this feature is very foreign to iOS users. Yesterday, Apple announced that the power saving feature that would be available on iOS 9 which would give you three hours more battery life than normal usage when you need it.
As if the copying wasn’t enough, Apple took several jabs at Android and Windows due to their low adoption rate. The jabs generated a lot of delight at the WWC event.
They proclaimed that 83% of active iPhone users are running the latest version of IOS while Google’s rate of adoption for Android 5.0 is still at 12% (See the image below)
Windows wasn’t left out, as Apple also claimed that Microsoft has a 7% adoption rate for Windows 8.2 compared to Apple’s 55 percent for Yosemite.
BIG FAILURE ON STAGE
I think the Tech gods wanted to punish Apple a bit for all the Jabs and copycat behavior – I was busy trying hard not to laugh so I would not have to explain some tech terms to my dad.
So how did it start?
In order for Apple to introduce its new streaming music service, they made a 90 minutes presentation that had important people like Tim Cook, Jimmy Iovine (Cofounder of Beats) Drake and Eddy Cue (Apple’s VP) present it….. Oh my days, did it go awkward – I don’t even know where to begin with the presentation – All the aforementioned guys that made the presentation had various hitches with their presentation INCLUDING DRAKE! (What i mean is, they didn’t flow with the presentation so it was a little bit awkward).
To crown the not so cool presentation, (now this is the major fail) Eddy Cue wanted to show the New Siri features, He asked Siri to “play the song from Selma”. Apparently, Siri was probably being controlled by the Tech gods, she got so confused and played a different song.
Watch the video below:
Moral of the story: None! :p
Here is an overview of all the important things to note at the WWDC event
Apple new OS update would be called OS X El Capitan ( Lol). The name was California -inspired and would feature various mouse actions like the ability to make the mouse cursor bigger by shaking the mouse. Also with the Safari, you get the chance to mute a tab with just a tap ( Tab tap . gerrit? …never mind)
Swift 2 would be the latest version of Apple’s own programming language, to all my developer bros and sis out there, this should be a good news as Apple confirmed that Siri will be an open source. This got a wide applause from developers in the room.
The Beta version of the IOS 9 would go public this July and it will be a free update that will support all IOS devices that got iOS 8.
Lastly, I think I like this feature more, iOS 9 would now tell you who a mystery caller might be so that you can stop ignoring unknown numbers. ( This is for someone like me – I don’t pick up unknown numbers. To do this, it scans your email what this means is, if the stranger calling you has never sent you an email, it might not work as well. 🙁
There you have it, all the interesting drama that unfolded at the Apple WWDC Event 2015.