Special guest Cillian Dwyer returns to That Old Pod to share his thoughts on this week's WWDC conference. Conversation dives into how Apple's announcement positions them relative to their competitors, what surprised us, and how we see the tools and advancements announced this week impacting the future. Longer discussion around the impacts of Apple joining the AR/VR revolution.
What is WWDC 2017?
Watch Apple’s 2017 WWDC Keynote which is the basis of today’s conversation, watching this first will drastically improve the listening experience
Google has their own version every year called Google I/O and its held each year in late May
Microsoft's conference is named Microsoft Build which is generally held in early May each year
A seasoned Apple Developer commenting on the relaxed atmosphere of WWDC being held in San Jose
Amazon Prime tvOS app announcement
Here’s Apple’s product page for watchOS 4
Apple has opened up the future of Bluetooth accessories working directly with Watch
What is NFC?
Potential glucose monitoring for Watch
Watch compared to proper chest monitors
Watch distance calculation is best in class
Apple allowing gym equipment providers to directly sync with Watch
Customers call using Pay on the watch a magical experience
watchOS 2 to 3 was a major overhaul of the user experience
Siri speaks 21 languages and 36 localizations, Cortana speaks 8, Google Assistant 4 and Alexa is merely bilingual
You can read Apple’s privacy page which does a terrific job of explaining how Apple prioritizes your privacy; the section on Siri has yet to be updated for iOS 11 where your device will sync the Siri data with each other, but that data will not be available to Apple; the best way I’ve seen this described was Horace Dediu who framed it that “Siri knows you, Apple does not”
Siri’s learned behaviors are synced between your devices with iCloud in iOS 11
Extensions allow the user to pass data between apps, something Android has allowed in a far less elegant form I believe since 2008 when the OS first launched, but certainly since 2009 when Cupcake added support for widgets
Apple announces MacOS High Sierra
What is Apple File System (APFS)?
Many of the features of APFS such as full disk encryption and modern concepts such as snapshots and clones will theoretically allow Apple to provide drastically better solutions for system wide file encryption than File Vault, or system wide backup with Time Machine
What is this ZFS Lucio speaks of?
Remembering Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
ZFS support stripped from Snow Leopard
What is HFS+?
Apple to enforce 2FA as mandatory in iOS 11
What is 2FA for Apple accounts?
Mac OS Sierra and iOS 11 support HEVC, what is it?
What is an eGPU?
What is DirectX?
I had trouble finding the exact article Cillian was quoting to compare frame rates of World of Warcraft in Mac OS Sierra and Windows 10, but apparently performance in metal is terrific
New iMacs announced
Nvidia explains why GPUs are so important for tasks such as augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality/machine learning/neural networks
Apple finally making desktop caliber video cards standard in all its 4k and 5k iMacs with the Radeon Pro 500 series
AMD and it’s new Radeon Vega line
John Knoll, co-developed Photoshop with his brother and later started Industrial Light and Magic which has produced such movies as The Abyss, Pirates of the Caribbean, Speed Racer, Avatar, Hugo and all the modern Star Wars movies among many others
Cost of a graphics cards
Apple stuns the world with the iMac Pro
Cost of iMac Pro is stunningly low
Apple’s 5k displays are getting ridiculous
Affinity Photo app
Affinity Photo demo
What is ECC RAM?
what is a teraflop?
22 Teraflops is 4x more powerful than the Xbox Microsoft has teased releasing sometime this year codenamed Scorpio
AppleCare+ for Mac
Macbook can now be configured with Intel’s i5 and i7 kaby lake chips
iOS memory management
16GB ram limit for Macbook Pros
Apple’s official dev kit for eGPU
The Talk Show goes live with Craig Federighi andPhil Schiller
iOS 11 preview
New App Store design aesthetic
What is Aqua?
Here’s a terrific history on the evolution of the Mac’s user interface design
iTunes design evolution on the Mac
There are currently around 2.2 million apps available in the App Store
Netflix prediction algorithms are gaining notoriety
Netflix paralysis is being used to study human’s response to overwhelming options
What is dogfooding?
iMessage sync with iCloud and the new iMessage App drawer
Apple Pay with person to person payments in iOS 11
Split view has been an option on the iPhone since the launch of iPhone 6 and iOS 9, provided you are not in zoomed mode
Control center is redesigned to one page and is now customizable
What is jailbreaking?
All about Notification Center
A nice comprehensive look at all the design changes in iOS 11
Airplay 2 and it’s support for multiple rooms
What is a QR code?
The iPhone camera app is now a basic QR code reader
When guests are attempting to join your wifi network, iOS 11 will prompt you to provide your wifi password
Apple adds indoor maps for airports and malls
Apple Maps gaining lane guidance and a specialized automatic Do Not Disturb Mode
1Password showing off their new iPad experience
iCloud keychain works within apps in iOS 11
OS level integration of Facebook and Twitter was introduced in iOS 6, now removed
What is iCloud keychain and how do I use it?
What is Authty?
What is an air gapped computer?
The myth of security by obscurity
Music starts with workouts on watchOS 4
Apple and silence is a dangerous combo
New iPad Pro, including new 10.5” screen size
iPad Pro 12.9” offers 2732 x 2048 which is 5,595,136 at a density of 264 pixels per inch; the 15” MacBook Pro offers 2880 x 1800which is 5,184,000 pixels (about 2% more) with a density of 220 PPI
Understanding ProMotion and the variable refresh rate display
Battery testing difficulties
iPad Pro performance improvements
Previous gen iPad performance was already astounding
Apple launches ARKit, a tool to allow developers to make augmented reality apps
ARKit demos are already absolutely mind boggling, remember these are being made by people on their iPhones and iPads less than 4 days after the tool launched while all of these people have been busy at the conference it was announced at (i.e., no free time)
Understanding the new Depth API
Maui Jim sunglasses
Platforms State of the Union Keynote
ARKit supports all A9 and A10 devices
This drag and drop demo from 3-5 minutes is absolutely stunning
What are permissions?
A10X SoC with 3x performance cores, 3x efficiency cores and a 12 core GPU
Apple announces the HomePod
Spotify collaborative playlists
What is Chiptune?
Reviews of quality of sound for the HomePod are very positive
Ben Bajarin, Lucio butchers last names
HomePod spatial awareness
Lucio always assumes “late in the year” means the 2nd week in December, thus he is basically guaranteed to be correct or pleasantly surprised
HomePod does have a display, and according to Neil Cybart it’s the whole top, not the Siri waveform
Microsoft Satya Nadella, again, Lucio butchers last names
Lucio and Cillian have discussed in much further depth on the topics of AR/VR here and on AMD here and here
Thanks for listening! Lucio will be posting a written form of his WWDC impressions as soon as he can finish it.