Apple announced some exciting new features today; nothing as exciting as a new iPhone and, unfortunately, no new Apple TV or TV service. There was a new product announced, however: Apple Music. There was also some interesting Apple Watch news — that I’ll put in a separate post for you. It was so blah I decided not to even include it in this list. Instead I’ve chosen to include some of the more practical items from today’s WWDC.
iPad Multitasking, Adjustable Screen Split and Picture in Picture!
iPads finally have multitasking. You can now have two different apps open at the same time; and you can adjust how much space each takes up (screen split). The crowd cheered when this was announced, but even more so when the Picture in Picture (PIP) demo was launched. Now, if you’re watching a video in YouTube, you don’t have to stop when you need to switch to another app. Just like on TVs, the video can shrink and be moved around the screen as you work within other apps.
Extended Battery Life in iOS 9
This is cool: iPhone users who install iOS 9 should get up to an additional hour or so of battery life by default. What’s more, there’s a new low-power mode that will let you get up to another 3 or so extra hours of battery by making background adjustments and settings tweaks. You can flip it on or off easily.
El Capitan, the New OS X Name, is Much Faster
The new version of OS X is officially named El Capitan. And it’s much faster than previous versions of OS X. This may not be the most exciting news in the world, but it’s good news. Apps, for instance, will now launch 1.4 times faster. And that’s not all — just about everything gets a speed boost.
New Tricks in Spotlight Search on Mac
You can now use Spotlight search for more than just finding apps or files. You can search for the latest sports scores or even the weather forecast. But the way Spotlight finds documents and files has gotten smarter; you can search using queries like, “documents I worked on last June,” for instance.
Swift is now Open Source
Apple announced today that Swift (now Swift 2) is going Open Source. This means that far more people are going to be able to use Apple’s beloved new coding language. If you are wondering what the best new coding language to learn is, you probably want to go with Swift. There’s going to be plenty of opportunity now.