Apple announced today their new versions of Mac OS X and iOS at Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, with lengthy demonstrations from Craig Federighi, Greg Joswiak and other senior members of the Apple. You can watch the keynote to see all of the pieces in motion. If you’ve got the time to pass, you could pass it many worse ways than watching the masters at Apple do a Keynote better than pretty much any other major player in tech.
There are some big changes coming this Fall, and they’re not just coming to your Computer or your iPhone/iPad, they’re coming to both platforms, bringing them closer and closer together.
The Mac + iOS preview page on Apple’s website is very specific about the iOS and Mac OS tie-ins - these are platforms each made better by the other, to be used as an intertwined whole.
Sure, you say, I’ve been doing that since 2008! You’re right, you have, but the chasms between the two spaces were quite large and joined by very narrow, and sometimes tenuous, bridges. Finally, with the new Extensions functionality, as well as a vast new array of extensible service gateways in OS X and iOS, the bridges between the two spaces are growing more frequent, and are bringing the two sides closer and closer.
Affirmative participation is now something that can be granted once and assumed as a default going forward. The best example here is the new method for activating your personal hotspot on your phone. Once your laptop is paired properly - and, I’m assuming, if you have the same AppleID in both places - your computer can activate your hotspot without so much as pulling your phone out of your coat pocket. In iOS 7, it’s at least four taps on your screen before it’s done.
When you look at some of the opportunities added to the new Handoff feature, it’s hard not to get excited. Step off the Metro, type out the first paragraph of an email on your block’s walk home, then sit down at your machine and that paragraph’s waiting for you to keep editing.
Make changes on your iPad to a Pages or Keynote document, and by the time you’ve walked up the front steps, they’re on your desktop waiting for you.
Between that, and the expansion of iCloud and AirDrop, there’s an awful lot to like here.
Looking at the Developers’ portion of today’s Keynote, though, it’s hard not to look at Extensions as anything but completely revolutionary. We finally have a secure path between application sandboxes, and a way for apps to interact that’s secure, private, and easy. That’s been holding people back for a long time. The examples that Apple gave today - Bing and Pinterest - are fairly light-weight. I look forward to seeing what the next three months of coding from the heavies in the marketplace will bring us for utility.
Your sharing section, and your action section, of the phone’s Share dialog is going to get more crowded, but it’s also going to get a helluva lot more useful.
This is a fascinating time to be a Mac and iOS admin, and I look forward to seeing everything that’s going to come out over the next three months.
And now to dive in myself and start playing with Server 4, Yosemite, and iOS 8…