Monday 8 June 2015 saw the WWDC take place in San Francisco.
Apple usually unleashes lots of announcements at this event and this year was no exception. Below I’ve briefly outlined the major announcements.
The main features of iOS seem to be the enhancement of performance and making many of the features already available – such as Siri – more intelligent. It will also take less space to install than iOS 8 and promises battery performance enhancements. iOS 9 will work with any device that iOS 8 runs on.
For the iPad, there are new Multitasking modes, including Split View and Slide Over. The availability of these depends on the iPad – Split View is only available on the iPad Air 2, whereas Slide Over is available across the iPad range.
Apple also announced new apps for iOS 9, including News, a Newsstand replacement and enhancement, plus enhanced Notes app and Passbook is to be replaced with the Wallet app.
Availability – Now for developers, July for a public beta, autumn for general release.
OSX 10.11 El Capitan
This update to OSX focuses on performance and stability, with a few extras thrown in.
Spotlight is being enhanced, including a new search feature called “search in their own words”.
The Apple Metal graphical engine will be incorporated into El Capitan, as was done with iOS 8, this is mainly for games but also good for graphics heavy type apps such as 3D modelling.
Availability – Now for developers, this autumn for general release, which will be a free update.
Apple Watch OS 2
Apple announced Apple Watch OS 2, which will allow native apps on the Apple Watch.
Availability – Now for developers, autumn for general release
Apple Pay is arriving in the UK in July 2015 and will work with a large range of banks and shops, plus also work on TfL transport – tube, buses, Overground etc.
The range of banks and shops in the US accepting Apple Pay is also increasing.
The Apple Music service was announced, its a replacement for the Beats Music service.
It will cost $9.99 per month.
Availability – With iOS 8.4, due June 30, for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. Also available in the autumn for Windows and Android.