This week the Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) brings news of OS X and iOS integration along improved user experience in the new Yosemite and iOS 8 operating systems.
We are dedicated Apple users at Dubspot and we pay close attention to movements in the company’s technology (check out our recent workshop with BT as an example of how we’re always learning new things about Apple computers). Naturally, we are tuned-in this week for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference which happens from June 2nd to 6th in San Francisco. What we’ve seen so far is a long term plan for integration between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which could allow for big changes to our creative workflow in the near future. As Dubspot’s Adriano Clemente put it,”this will be a game changer. The borders between OSX and iOS are getting extremely thin!”
OS X Yosemite
The most obvious change coming with Apple’s next OS X operating system is (as expected) a beautiful new interface. Yosemite promises to bring improved user experience with functions such as the Notification Center, Spotlight, Safari, iCloud Drive and Mail. Along with improved UI, Apple also hyped some new functions such as Markup, which allows you to make notes on images and Handoff, which allows you connect your computer and iPhone/iPad in a much more graceful way than previously possible.
Handoff – Connecting iOS and OS X
“Handoff could be the linchpin for the whole iOS-OS X merger because it seems so darn slick. In short, it allows you to start an activity on one device and then pick it up on another. In the perfect example, you might start banging out an email on your phone and realize you need to type to get your thoughts across properly. Your Mac will be aware that you’ve been using your phone and you can pick up the message there. The transitions work in the other direction as well. Your Mac will also be able to use your phone as a hotspot much easier than before, making it as easy as connecting to a MiFi, according to Apple.”
Core Audio Update, MIDI Over Bluetooth
One of the biggest announcements from WWDC for musicians and producers is the news of an overhaul to Core Audio in OS X Yosemite and also the addition of built-in MIDI over Bluetooth capability. Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn tipped us to this information in an article on CDM where he explains,”Apple kept parts of the (development) schedule under wraps until the end of the WWDC keynote. Much of this is to do with new APIs for notifications, data, cloud services, and the aforementioned visual goodies. But Core Audio is, as rumored, getting an update, too. From the (public-facing, non-NDA) session description.”
See what’s new in Core Audio for iOS and OS X. Be introduced to the powerful new APIs for managing audio buffers, files, and data formats. Learn how to incorporate views to facilitate switching between inter-app audio apps on iOS. Take an in depth look at how to tag Audio Units and utilize MIDI over Bluetooth LE.
While we are not yet sure what changes will come to Core Audio, we can imagine that MIDI over Bluetooth could become a standard for easily using your iOS devices as a MIDI controller in the near future .
The new mobile operating system from Apple seems to extend the same formula into the future with lots of user interface improvements such as a predictive, content-sensitive keyboard called Quicktype and Widgets for your Notification Center. There are also new apps such as Healthbook and Homekit which claim to manage health and home on your iOS device.
Siri + Shazam
One interesting note in relation to music is the integration of music analysis technology Shazam with Apple’s Siri. As Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch explains,”The Shazam integration was actually something that people had been floating as a possibility for a while now. It will let people ask Siri, “What song is playing?” and Siri will call up the answer using Shazam’s audio database. It shows how music will continue to be a central part of how Apple develops iOS, and will integrate it further into the core functions of devices running the operating system. (And that gives you one more indication of why it was so important for Apple to own its own music streaming company and have its own home-team talent working on how to use it.)
One of the biggest changes in iOS 8 is “extensibility,” which is the function that allows iOS applications to share information with one another. As Mario Aguilar at Gizmodo explains in a recent feature,”Until now, Apple has had very stringent rules about how apps can run in iOS. Apps have always run in “sandboxes” so they can’t talk to each other. Apple is finally loosening this restriction so that apps can work together.” Will this include a built-in feature allowing audio apps to communicate and send audio to one another?
While these new functions sound exciting, it will take some time to see how Apple refines these features and how developers will put them to use. Both operating systems are due out this coming fall, which leaves plenty of time for us to speculate on what the future of the Apple experience will be like.
What developments are you most excited to see? What features are you wishing that Apple would implement? Tell us below in the comments!