June 14, 2016
The spring is an exciting time in the tech world. Last month, we watched he much-anticipated Google I/O. And now, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, which took place on Monday in sunny San Francisco. As always, people of the tech world gathered to see what new products the notoriously secretive company would reveal.
The focused 2016 Apple WWDC leaned towards software updates. One of the biggest announcements was MacOS Sierra, marking the end of Mac OS X’s 15-year run. The new OS brings Siri to your Mac (this should be interesting), as well as a number of other features including an updated iCloud drive, optimized storage, “picture-in-picture” video, and a universal clipboard.
It also looks like Apple Maps is finally going to get some respect, after a history of controversy and criticism. The app has been completely redesigned. Aside from working better, the new Apple Maps will show traffic and alternate travel routes and will even allow you book and pay for rides and make restaurant reservations using it.
They also introduced an exciting new app for kids to learn coding using their iPad: Swift Playgrounds. The app uses gamification to engage young learners and teach them basic principles of coding. Here comes the next generation of developers!
These are just a few of the exciting updates Apple announced. Apple has a longstanding history of building cultish excitement around their product announcements, due largely to the secrecy surrounding their releases. The conference itself started back in 1995, with the keynote beginning in the mid-2000s. Now, people all over the world stream the keynote–whole workplaces even pause their work to tune in. We never know exactly what we’re going to get.
This infographic shows the epic timeline of Apple’s product announcements at the WWDC over the last decade. What do you think–have they still got it?
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