It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s because I try to keep my promise to only post when I have something worthy to write about (plus I’ve been busy with my wonderful clients)! I’m excited about writing this post, because it is all about fun things (unlike my most recent Verizon posts)!
Apple kicked off their annual WWDC Conference yesterday in San Jose and opened with a keynote from Tim Cook. Wow, did he have a lot of exciting things to announce and it’s been a while since I’ve seen them release a lot to get excited about! This post will not put a dent in covering all the news, rather I am writing about the announcements most exciting to me and what I think my clients will love most.
I’m not saving the best for last, I’m beginning with it!
iOS 11 (Available Fall 2017) – these are just a few of my favorite new features . . .
- iMessages will synchronize between devices, and will free up storage space by storing things like old photo messages to the cloud. This is a biggie! Not only is it annoying to have to delete the same messages on multiple devices, but many of my clients find that saved iMessages are hogging all of their device storage. Sounds like iOS 11 fixes this!
- Apple Pay Cash – Apple Pay will now support person-to-person payments via iMessage!
Do not Disturb While Driving safety mode, will silence notifications, show a blank screen on your phone, and auto-reply with an “I’m driving!” message while you’re driving.
watchOS 4 (Available Fall 2017) – I mainly use my watch for working out, so these updates make a big difference for me!
- Safety Feature – you will be able to use the watch face as a flashlight or blinking light during runs or walks.
- Playlists – watchOS 4 will support more than one playlist (yeah) and you will be able to connect a specific playlist to a workout!
- Multiple Workouts – The Apple Watch’s Workout app currently only supports one workout at a time. Many of my workouts include more than one activity. Frequently I will run and then walk for a while or I will use the elliptical and then lift weights. The new watchOS 4 will support multiple workouts in one session.
High Sierra (Fall 2017) – will be the next OS X following Sierra. While it has many features, I’m only going to focus on ONE because my clients have been asking for this! Apple was a pioneer in the printed photo books, but you could only create them using Apple Books. High Sierra’s Photos app is going to integrate the ability to make books through other vendors like Shutterfly!
New Macs – available this summer.
- The iMac is getting a better display, faster processors and graphics performance, more memory capacity, and some new ports. There is also an iMac with Retina Display that is getting a lower entry-level price
- The MacBook and MacBook Pro are getting faster chips and drives and the 13-inch MacBook Pro is getting a lower entry-level price.
- The MacBook Air is getting a faster chip.
New iPad Pro 10.5″ – Many of my clients have been holding out to buy a new iPad. Apple recently updated their iPad Air 2 and called it simple, iPad. It’s faster, but slightly thicker and not an exiting update. Today Apple introduced a new 10.5-inch version of the iPad Pro. It has thinner borders around its edges, but still has a home button, and will support a full-width keyboard cover. It features a display with better color and a new feature called ProMotion. ProMotion updates content up to 120 times per second, making it feel smoother and more responsive especially when using the Pencil. It’s faster and will come with twice the standard amount of memory at 64 GB.
HomePod – last, but not least . . . Apple’s answer to Sonos and Amazon Echo! I love my Sonos and was just getting ready add to my collection, but I think I am going to wait until December (think Christmas shopping) and give HomePod a try. I won’t need to be with my phone or Mac to talk to Siri!
As I said, this is just a brief list with only the improvements that really excited me! More to come . . .