(W)e (W)ill Take a (D)eep Breath (C)uz We’re Going to Need It 🍎
*panting* … Do Not Read Until Monday.
(W)e (W)ill Take a (D)eep Breath (C)uz We’re Going to Need It
Apple brought forth a bushel of updates at its WWDC event this week, so let’s just get right into it.
Given that like a billion people own devices running it, iOS got a ton of new or updated features. First off, it’s RIP iTunes as Apple will split it into Music, Podcasts and TV apps. Photos, another longstanding, long-stagnant app, will also get a significant refresh. The slightly younger, if similarly criticized, Apple Maps will get enhanced navigation and a ‘lookaround’ feature.
iOS will no longer be for iPads going forward, as the tablets will now have their own iPadOS. While this may seem extraneous, Apple’s really leaning into iPad as an independent device, with USB support also announced. At the same time, it’s also adding a “Sidecar” feature using the iPad as a second screen.
Apple’s desktop hardware saw arguably the largest changes. Shredgate saw the ushering in of a more traditional (rectangular) Mac Pro update compared to its trash can-esque predecessor. It also continued it’s #Throwback streak by announcing a new (sick) display monitor, its first since 2016. It also has a $999 monitor stand and – you guessed it – people have opinions.
Streaming & Gaming
Thanks to announcements earlier this year, Apple had “one more thing” than usual to talk about – entertainment. It’s established hardware, AppleTV, got updates including multiple profiles, but also now works with Xbox and Playstation controllers in advance of the Apple Arcade launch.
HomeKit & CarPlay
You’d be forgiven forgetting about Apple’s smart home endeavors, but it’s leaning into privacy features to make HomeKit a contender. Multiple user support, and device handoff, will be coming to HomePod as well. CarPlay’s biggest updates will allow users to put two apps side-by-side, and Siri to work with third-party apps.
Siri, meanwhile, will get updates to sound more human.
Apple also presented a plan for the internet to escape the Google/Facebook duopoly – of signing in to websites. The new sign-in function can authenticate with Apple data like FaceID, and there’s like no possible conceivable way someone could then steal that data and make Deep Fakes, right?
Wow, if that seems like a lot, maybe it doesn’t seem so far-fetched they’re being investigated for anti-trust proceedings.
Odds + The End
- Get ready: TikTok’s testing interest-based ad targeting.
- This bias-fighting chatbot is the bot we need, not the bot we deserve.
- In response to criticism, YouTube stated homophobic and racist language did not violate its policies.
- Then it turned around and updated its Community Guidelines to “prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence.”
- Facebook must be slipping – it’s only now managed to copy Bitmoji.
- Snapchat is the new Fortnite … I guess?
- Netflix, in the face of increasing competition from established media companies entering streaming video: Screw it, let’s just become Instagram.
- Want to play a game? Snarkaholics on Twitter are trading Instagram ad targeting profiles.
- Natural conversation, trying on make-up together and wardrobe suggestions – does Amazon want to win customers or just have a sweet slumber party?
- NY Times breaking news: WhatsApp is super popular DUN DUNNNN in EUROPE!
- Fresh off teasing the end of Windows and demoing a product at an Apple event, Microsoft’s entering the body wash market and Bill Gates pulled a shift at Dairy Queen.
- Uber’s under investigation by the IRS.
- Podcast playlists may be on the way for Spotify.
- Tinder’s integrating orientation to profiles, while Russia swipes right on its user data.
- If ya can’t beat ‘em, buy someone who can: Twitter just bought an AI startup to stamp out fake news.
- It also apologized after ~accidentally~ blocking a bunch of dissidents in the lead-up to the Tiananmen Square anniversary.
- June 7, 2019