The cool cats at MacRumors have assembled a demo video of using the Siri beta on macOS Sierra, which is due for release this fall. Siri on the Mac can perform many of the same functions available on iOS, like answering simple queries, looking up information, sending messages, opening apps, and more, plus there are Mac-specific functions.
Siri can be accessed through the menu bar, a dock icon, or a keyboard command, and the Siri results, displayed in individual windows, can be pinned to the Today section of the Notification Center or added to documents and files.
In a recently published patent application, Apple describes a technology that could reduce image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display’s contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.
In its “Devices and methods of image-splitting for dual-layer high dynamic range displays” application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple touts the optical benefits of dual-layer LCD systems, specifically the ability to reproduce high contrast imagery.
In another sign that Flash is pretty much on its way out, Apple engineer Ricky Mondello announced that Safari 10, which will arrive in the upcoming macOS Sierra operating system, will arrive with legacy plug-ins like Flash turned off by default.
The Mac maker is planning similar measures with other plug-ins like Java, Silverlight and QuickTime. This move will force websites with both plug-in and HTML5-based media implementations to use their HTML5.
In the midst of new announcements and changes at WWDC, Apple took the wraps off its Apple File System during its Platform State of the Union event after the keynote speech. The change marks the replacement of the HFS+ file system, which has been used by Apple for more than 18 years.
According to a document on Apple’s Developer site, Apple File System improves on HFS+ while supporting “nearly all” of its features. But it’s optimized for flash and SSD storage, with modern touches like 64-bit support and strong encryption.
It may be a convoluted mess to dig through, but sometimes source code hints at some interesting new resources that portend upcoming technologies.
Hidden inside Apple’s API differences web site for macOS Sierra are references to several additions that could include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID support.
Last month it was reported that Apple was planning a major MacBook Pro revamp that would bring support for Touch ID as well as a new OLED touch bar in place of the function keys. Now, macOS Sierra API changes further hint at those upcoming features…
An article over on Buzzfeed points out that yesterday’s keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference highlighted some changes that Apple seems to be making definitively address the female market.
In doing so, Apple seems to be moving some of its focus away from addressing the male market. Like Pinterest and similar services, the female market seems to be the new focus of attention for Apple’s future markets.
Among yesterday’s announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.
Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.
Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.
The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming streams from certain networks (including ESPN and Disney) by just commanding Siri to put them on.
Amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s announcements, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch.
The new operating system seems to focuses on addressing comments made about the speed and responsiveness in previous versions of watchOS, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and new uses for the side button.
During the demonstration, watchOS head Kevin Lynch showed off the speed factor and explained that favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly.