Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 17 took place this Summer from June 5-9 in beautiful San Jose, CA. This annual conference is globally anticipated by both fan boys and investors whom have an interest in the company. The conference kicked off with a keynote from Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, and other presentations from selected members of his executive team. Tim Cook, provided a brief breakdown of the company’s financials, and global sales successes, followed by the Main Event “What’s New” in their iOS 11 software from their talented team of developers.
Let’s take a dive into a review of some highlights from this year’s conference.
iOS 11 Overview
iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advance mobile operating system. It makes both the iPhone and iPad better and more capable than before. This new operating system is indeed robust bringing numerous enhancements to Apple’s intelligent devices.
Introduced in iOS 11 is ARKit, a new framework that brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices. ARKit, enables developers to build unique AR experiences for millions by blending digital objects and information with the environment around you. Apple boasts “like never before, games and apps can offer fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that are out of this world, yet virtually within it.”
ARKit leverages the internal camera of an iPhone and iPad and analyzes the scene from the perspective of the camera view while detecting horizontal planes in the room. ARKit runs on the Apple A9 and A10 processors. ARKit can be optimized with Apple’s Metal2, and SceneKit. It also integrates with third-party tools like Unity and Unreal Engine.
Before last year’s AR sensation Pokémon Go, many consumers didn’t quite get what Augmented Reality is. Moreover, Apple with ARKit is investing heavily to do more than some camera phone tricks. As you look deep into iOS 11 build, we can expect some AR glasses in the very near future.
New Files App
The highly anticipated new Files app brings all your files together. This app running on your iPad has a GUI resemblance to the Finder app found natively on devices running Mac OS Sierra. You can easily browse, search, and organize all your files within the Files app. Also, you can explore files across other cloud services too.
The New Dock
Other new enhancements and features include the new Dock. The new Dock, is available from any screen, and fully customizable. Its easily toggled and can switch between apps instantly.
Drag and Drop
When the feature Drag and Drop was announced, the crowd erupted with great appreciation that this feature finally came to the iPad. Drag and Drop allows you to move text, photos, and files from one app to another. This feature really shines on the large iPad Pro Multi-Touch display.
These are just some of the numerous new enhancements and features coming to Apple devices in Fall 2017. Stay tuned for an in-depth review of iOS 11 this Fall on your favorite podcast “Technocrats” followed by an article in Empower Magazine.
At the close of the keynote, CEO Tim Cook announced Apple’s new smart speaker “HomePod”. The Apple HomePod will enter the arena with Amazon Echo, and Google Home. It will feature voice control, Siri intelligence, and remote access and home automations through the Home App. Although HomePod is a smart speaker, it was initially designed to bring about wireless high quality audio. HomePod should flatten its Echo and Home competitors in the sound department. Yet in terms of its main functionality, Apple is light on the details. The Apple HomePod releases December 2017 at a price point of $349.00.
Tune into “Technocrats” for more exciting TechTalk on Apple’s WWDC17, and hear from Gaming Agent & and Founder of Highpoint Gamer Mr. Derek Watford and more where we supply you with the ins and outs of technology to empower the “digital you”.
About the Author: Jonathan D. Davis is a technology geek, entrepreneur, minister, educator, and dedicated mentor to children. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and electrical industry. He has traveled extensively, while serving in a wide assortment of IT roles including Research Support Engineer and Subject Matter Expert. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jonathan caught the technology bug at a very young age. Since then, he has developed a curious knack for identifying the next game changing technology and technological innovation. From the age of four years old, he showed early signs of his gift by his enjoyment of taking any piece of electronic hardware apart to see how they worked and putting each back together. Shortly after, a school field trip sparked his excitement in learning about robotics, electronic gaming, and aerospace. He became inspired by his favorite inventors, Granville T. Woods and Nikola Tesla who are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, to pursue an education in the same disciplines. He currently serves as an IT Business Consultant with AstroTesla, LLC.