We are on Grouvy Today of embarrassment of Apple's riches. The company's March event will take place in less than a week, but with the official announcement this week of the 2019 World Developer Conference, a lot of looks are already set on this point, in three months.
Whatever we do in March, it will almost certainly pale in comparison to WWDC, which is probably the most important event on Apple's calendar. Certainly, the launch in September of new iPhones and their ancillary devices will perhaps attract more attention, but it is to WWDC that the company defines its program for the next year or years.
Although we are in a few months, it is never too early to start thinking about areas in which Apple might seek to focus the priorities of its many and diverse platforms.
The crown jewel of Apple's platforms is of course iOS 13. However, as usual, rumors are rare. Unlike hardware, where the company has always struggled to prevent leakage in its increasingly large supply chain, software tends to be a much better kept secret.
That said, leaks and whispers find their way into nature. Reports suggest, for example, the introduction of a system-wide dark mode, echoing a change added in macOS Mojave last year, and some reading tea leaves from the image of announcement of WWDC 2019 from Apple proclaimed it as a new proof of this change. .
IOS 13 could it introduce a host of new features specific to the iPad?
In trying to determine what Apple could do this year, you can do worse than look at some of the things that seemed to be falling out of favor the year before. iOS 12, for example, was badly lacking specific changes to the iPad. There has been a lot of talk about iOS 13, which could see a larger series of tablet operating system updates, possibly including enhanced multitasking features. This is still where the Mac retains a significant advantage over the iPad, and rethinking the way the system works could help further expand the appeal of the iPad among frequent users. (Similarly, improvements made to the Files application, which have also been presented as a potential update.)
The rumor is perhaps the most tempting, it has been suggested that Apple could finally rearrange the iOS home screen, which could mark one of the biggest changes ever to have occurred on the platform and give a similar appearance to the company's mobile devices for years to come.
If rumors iOS are rare, macOS rumors are even rarer. Almost all seem to focus on something we already know: the ability to run iOS applications on the Mac platform. In Mojave, Apple has introduced several iOS apps (News, Home, Voice Memos, and Stocks (yay)) on the Mac platform, although this is rather rudimentary proof of concept.
Expect the macOS section of WWDC19 to show how developers can transfer iPad apps to Mac.
Whatever the name of macOS 10.15, it will not fail to drop the other shoe. According to rumors, developers will have this year the opportunity to transfer their own iPad applications on Mac, followed by iPhone applications and universal binaries the following years. The developer Steve Troughton-Smith has already demonstrated that the tools that Apple itself used in Mojave were quite possible, but there were also a lot of faults and non-macular behaviors that seemed to have to be solved before any be ready. prime time. Apple's decision to address this issue – and the story it will tell – will tell a lot about the company's vision for its two largest platforms.
Beyond that, there is very little information about what could happen in a new MacOS update. Over the past two years, Apple has implemented a major release cycle followed by a more targeted update, as evidenced by its designation scheme: Yosemite in El Capitan and Sierra in High Sierra. This year, we could move from Mojave to a specific place in the desert, and I cross my fingers for Devil's Playground.
The next version of watchOS could be a maintenance release to streamline performance.
The Apple Watch Series 4 works pretty well – if you allow the phrase ", has proven to be a substantial update over previous models, but the watchOS software has begun to lag behind." WatchOS 6 would benefit from working the basics of the software, including standardizing the old monitoring interfaces with the newer options in the 4-series and giving preference to third-party developers to create their own monitoring interfaces.
Personally, I would like to focus on performance as well. Although the combination of the Series 4 and WatchOS 5 watches has generally worked well, there are still things that do not work as well as they should: complications that are not updated, applications that take a lot of time to to charge. Apple has managed to reduce the work of Apple Watch and make it more efficient, and hopes that this trend will continue.
With the possibility of a new video streaming service to be unveiled soon, tvOS will be treated to some attention at WWDC19.
The Apple decoder has little love in 2018, but as the company's streaming service is about to start this year, it seems likely that it is getting a little more attention this time around. Closer integration with the company's streaming service – and perhaps its music and information services? – seems likely, and I have no doubt that Apple will push its TV application much stronger. It would be nice to see a redesign of the home screen and some improvements to Siri, especially regarding the control of your Apple TV via other devices such as the HomePod or the HomePod. ; iPhone.
Again, the fact that the company has opened its AirPlay 2 protocol to other manufacturers suggests that Apple TV might not be a priority for Apple. This could very well be one of the places where the end-of-the-month event could give us a better idea of what we can expect in June.
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