I really liked Apple’s keynote this year, which you can watch online
. It showed off a solid, healthy collection of updates coming later this year to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The Apple TV gets some good stuff too, but I am personally much less interested in those this time around. Here are just some highlights:
For iPhone, there is FaceTime for up to 32 (!!!) people, a way to turn yourself into an animated emoji, big performance improvements for older iPhones, and tools to monitor and restrict device usage. For Mac there’s a Dark Mode, much better Quick Look and iOS-like screenshot tools, a new Apple News app, and a much needed Mac App Store redesign. For Watch there are lots of new Activity and Workout options, as well as a Walkie-Talkie feature for instant audio messages to friends. On tvOS we get Dolby Atmos 3D sound support, much more 4K contact, and a new “zero sign-in” option for apps to automatically unlock content from your cable subscription.
Plenty of the keynote caught my attention, but I’ll leave you with a final thought: there was yet another big demo of new AR features coming to iOS, this time involving virtual LEGO toys. While they were impressive on stage, just like in past years, I don’t imagine they’ll be much of a hit. I also can’t shake the feeling that this entire ARKit initiative is just developer training wheels for when Apple is ready (and so are we) to introduce AR on a totally new device. I’m talking Mac -> iPhone level new device, and I’m on board with the current assumption of some sort of ‘smart AR glasses.’
If you have the time, or can do video in the background, I think this year’s keynote
is worth checking out. Otherwise, you can see overviews of all the big stuff at Apple.com
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