Apple’s WWDC 2018 Announcements That Will Redefine Mobile App Development
Posted on June 11, 2018 By Vishal Virani
While Google wowed us just a month back, Apple’s WWDC 2018 failed to work its charm, despite being the most sought after event. After having attended a number of WWDC conferences, the attendees found this one to be slightly underwhelming.
However, there have been a few announcements that will change the way app developers work. The biggest of them all being the unveiling of iOS12. With the end of the event, developers can download and start working their way around the iOS 12 Beta version.
The Unveiling Of iOS 12
The unveiling of the iOS12 was not just the most awaited but also one of the best highlights of the event. The new OS version highlights a number of features that will improve the user’s experience while using any application or the iPhone in general. With this new version, the company claims that the apps will open faster and the camera will launch quickly as against the earlier versions. They keyboard appearance would be more swift. The animations are more quick performance wise. The swipe to multitask would be fluid and responsive, which is what smoother animation means to the user and to the developer. So, when you are integrating swipe or scroll function in your app development, you are basically working more towards improving the experience.
SMS authentication for code autofill will be automatic. So, if you were to receive a code for the SMS then, you won’t need to manually enter the code anymore.
Siri will be more vocal, and will help identify the password for the apps that are not opening anymore. The new OS has allowed for an expansion in the knowledge base of Siri, which means there are more things you can ask Siri about. ‘Shortcuts’ a new feature integrates with apps to create customized voice commands.
RAW and JPEG photo support and album creation are better with iOS12.
The new OS has been designed in a way that it will work towards offering better interactivity to the users thus leading to increased engagement.
The New ARKit 2.0
The event unveiled the new ARKit 2.0, which will enable developers to devise AR apps or integrate Augmented Reality into their apps with ease. This new version of the app will offer improved face tracking, 3D object detection and make the way for persistent experiences. The AR will also lead to shared experiences between users for better app engagement. Face tracking and realistic rendering are the icing on the cake for this new version of development kit.
Numerous instances have demonstrated how AR can literally change the way we function, and how we interact with the apps. Pokemon Go has been a huge revelation on how AR works. They want more robust development kits that can garner the progress developers have made with this technology. This new kit is the gateway for developers to focus their research and development on AR and boost their app solutions for businesses.
The New Focus On Performance
The focus of this event has been solely on performance of the OS as well as the Apple devices. So, if you using the old iPhone 6s, then the performance has been considered for your phone as well. The battery has been optimized while using the latest OS, and there have been several instances of optimization technically made for the old iPhones too.
The idea is to unveil new instances of OS while, keeping up with the needs of the old users. So, if you are an app developer, and wish to roll out an app for the older as well as the latest iPhones, then the performance would not be a let down for you. The new apps will excite the existing users of iPhone, and keep up with their functionality needs.
WatchOS 5 Released
The new Apple Watch 3 was released a few months ago, and the design was focused on LTE model and running. The new WatchOS 5 will be released with a purview on health and fitness. You can challenge your friends for a quick run, and plenty of fitness competitions with the WatchOS5. Even Yoga exercises and runs can be tracked with the WatchOS5.
The new WatchOS will also allow you to watch podcasts, and will sync the audio with various devices. The assistant will also be a part of your watch, which is again a splendid idea.
The wearable category has built a niche for itself in the health and fitness segment, and the Apple WatchOS 5 will be the perfect partner to devise new fitness apps for your business. This is where the market is in the future and the one that developers need to target. So, it is definitely time to start working on the nuances of WatchOS 5.
Apart from this, CarPlay will support the third party apps such as Google Maps and Waze. This will work as an improvement for CarPlay. The new MacOS Mojave was also released during this event. There is a “dark mode” available with this new OS, which will dim most of the elements on the screen. The OS marks the arrival of new tools that will help users with organizing their files and finding their documents easily. The idea is to improve engagement with the OS.
Coming To An End
The keynote ended on a happy note. Though, most of the updates were expected, there were some that were unveiled a bit earlier than expected. The developers are a happy lot as most of their experience and engagement work will be done with the performance and animation updates made to the operating system as well as to the phones.
Coruscate is all geared up to download and use the iOS12 beta version. We look forward to the new updates and releases made with this new version. If you want to discuss the new update in depth or want to know how we can upgrade your app to iOS12,get in touch with us via email or phone.
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