I’m just putting together a quick couple responses to Apple’s WWDC news from the day – everything is a little bit crazy at the moment, turns out that moving is a lot of work. So, things I found interesting:
Split View is apparently the Big Deal with this update, and I suppose ripping off features from Windows 7 is fair game now that Windows 10 is adding a Spaces knock-off.
Spotlight updates are looking like they’re powered by the same backend as Siri, but there’s… still no Siri for Mac? Especially with HomeKit, I feel like that’s a big gap: they’ve clearly got Handoff for Siri working, thanks to WatchOS integration with iOS, and all I’ve been able to think about since HomeKit was announced is wiring up the entire house to an iPhone just so I can use ‘hey Siri’ and pretend it’s JARVIS.
Notes might be interesting – they’re getting into the space that I think Evernote is technically dominating, but since I haven’t cared about Evernote for three years now, I’m going to say it’s a competitor to OneNote, which I use almost religiously. Probably won’t get me to switch.
Safari added one interesting thing and two Google knockoffs: tab muting, pinned tabs, and video-specific AirPlay.1
Other than that, it’s just a few things I don’t care about, some performance updates that I’ll probably start caring about in a couple years when I’m writing software for Macs, and one cool little addition:
Lost your cursor on your crowded desktop? Just shake your finger back and forth on the trackpad or give your mouse a shake, and the cursor gets bigger so it’s easy to spot.
Not a big thing, but one that will probably be super helpful.
Wallet! God I am looking forward to the lawsuit that pops up when Google (the giant behind Google Wallet) notices. Should be fun to watch. Nonetheless, I’m excited about the features – I’ve got three cards in Apple Pay, and about seven passes in PassBook at the moment. I made it a goal a while back to empty out my wallet of all the gift cards, and hopefully I’ll be able to get rid of some rewards cards and more of the gift cards soon.
Security boosts are a nice feature, although not one I’ll actually use – I’ve had the ‘complex passphrase’ feature or whatever it’s called on for a while. I’m too paranoid to trust a series of numbers.2
The News app should be interesting, but there’s really not nearly enough there for me to pass judgement on yet. I’ve no doubt I’ll wind up using it, I’m just not sure how much. I’m kinda wondering if I’ll be able to hook it up to my subscriptions to magazines, get digital editions that’re actually worth the effort to set up.
Siri is getting deep-linking capabilities, and taking over the Search engine of the OS. I wonder how the Siri team felt when Google announced app deep-linking in web search a couple weeks ago – I’m willing to bet they had that feature ready before then, and it must’ve sucked to let people think Google beat them to the punch.
Other than that, it’s general Siri updates, improvements to performance, and other stuff that I don’t care about.
Except I took a moment to dig in to the developer page, and found this about HealthKit:
New data points are now available to store reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake, and sedentary state.
Now that is interesting. There was a big mess back when HealthKit and the Health app were first announced, because there was nothing in there about menstrual cycles. Yeah, that thing that about half the population has to deal with for most of their lives? Apple completely ignored it. Not nearly enough people ripped into them for that, and I’m really hoping that ‘reproductive health’ is a reference to that. If it turns out they’ve added a data point for ‘how many STIs does the user have?’ and are still ignoring their entire female market… well, at that point I’d hope the ghost of Steve Jobs would show up and yell at someone. If he doesn’t, I certainly will.
This got a little bit longer than I planned, but whatever. Somehow I think I beat John Gruber to the punch. Can someone pay me thousands of dollars a week for blogging?
- I don’t know if that’s technically a Google knockoff, but it feels like something Chromecast has been able to do since it came out, so that’s what I’m calling it. ↩
- I’m barely able to trust TouchID, considering how idiotic it is to use a fingerprint – something we leave everywhere – as our password. I’ve no doubt there’s enough fingerprints on my phone to get past TouchID, but I’m also fairly certain that I’m not actually worth that much effort to hack. Fun side note: legally speaking, unlocking your phone is fair game for a cop if it’s fingerprint-enabled, but not if it’s password/passcode-locked. Weird precedent. ↩