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MUMBAI: Despite a decision to not tease any hardware this time around, Apple had quite a few announcements to make at their Worldwide Developer Conference. The company was clear that its whole ecosystem is about four platforms; iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. So here’s our quick and easy list of the biggest announcements at WWDC 2016.
The Apple Watch now has improved app load times, the company claims it’s up to seven times faster. There’s also a new dock feature that shows your apps running in the background, and a Control Centre, just like in iOS.
The company also added handwriting support called “Scribble”, as well as a new SOS mode. Hold the side button and it alerts the police, your friends, and even sends your location. So far, this works with police in most international cities.
There’s a new Sign in mode on tvOS that’s plannedto prevent having to resign into various channels or video on demand. There’s also a new remote app for iPhone. You can use Siri to make genre-based searches on AppleTV, and even search YouTube.
First and foremost, OS X is being renamed macOS, to bring it in line with the nomenclature of the other platforms. The latest macOS is called Sierra. Among other features, it brings auto unlock with the Apple Watch, and a Universal Clipboard to copy-paste across devices. iCloud Drive is also upgraded to now let you access your home desktop and files on other Apple devices. Most importantly however, Siri is coming to macOS, and she’s bringing all the tricks she uses on iOS.
iOS 10 has a redesigned lock screen with a new “raise to wake” feature, as well as expanded 3D Touch to let you interact with notifications from the locked screen.