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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Since this week's topics on Clockwise were all related to the WWDC announcements, I decided it makes more sense to drop these all in one post. The question this week was, "Which new feature announced at WWDC – for the four respective OS upgrades – is most interesting to you?"watchOS 3Clearly speed is a big deal. I've been really enjoying my Apple Watch lately, but I do wish it was faster. Sometimes apps feel like they get "stuck" when you try to launch them, and as a result I don't use apps as much as I'd like. But I think the thing I'm most looking forward to is the "sketch to text" feature.Being able to draw letters and have it interpret it as text is a feature that I'm surprised didn't ship with the watch. I've been looking for it since day one. I've been known to sketch full conversations with my friends when I'm in a position I don't want to take out my phone (e.g. movies), but that only works if they also have an Apple Watch. Since most of my friends are lame and do not, I end up having to pull out my phone to text back.I am concerned about the current sketch and heartbeat features. Apple already announced that the button to bring up your friends is being repurposed. Will the sketch to text replace the ability to send sketches? I really hope not.iOS 10Two things stood out for me as a really big deal... the Messages updates and multi-lingual typing. Neither of those are big for me, but I see them being huge in all of the areas outside the US. Most other countries use texting apps a lot differently than we do here locally. So, while things like stickers might not seem important to us, it is a big deal in other parts of the world.Personally, I'm looking forward to the updates to the lock screen. Raise to wake looks promising, and I'm interested to see how well it works. The new notifications also look great, so I can't wait to try them out.I also like how much farther Apple is allowing app extensions to go. Being able to hook your apps into Messages, for example, should lead to some really great user experiences.macOS SierraI don't feel like I'm seeking new ways for my Mac to work. I use it more than any device I own, and I rarely find myself wishing it did something that it doesn't. The one exception is logging in. I've tried a few iPhone apps that promise to make logging in easier. For example, Knock was a promising app that allowed you to tap your phone when you were within range of your laptop and it would unlock. But I found it constantly lost connection and wouldn't work. So I cannot wait to be able to open my laptop and have it log in automatically because I have my Apple Watch on. This kind of integration is what makes Apple stand out. You're going to have difficulty getting Android or Windows to pull this off.Ironically, Picture-in-Picture was a feature I didn't know I needed until it was announced... while I was trying to maneuver Safari windows around on my screen so I could watch the announcement and work at the same time.tvOSNot much was announced for tvOS, and it's
probablydefinitely the Apple device I use the least. That's no complaint about the product. I just don't watch TV very often. So I'll have to say "dark mode" is most interesting to me.