iOS 11, MacOS and WatchOS 4 – expectations for WWDC 17

We’re a little over 24 hours away from Apples 2017 World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC17), by this point you may have read or seen a few predictions about what the tech oracles of Palo Alto may or may not be sharing with us soon.

Either way, it won’t hurt to read another set of predictions from another delusional Apple fan, me.

MacOS 

Let’s start with the elephant in the room, the Macintosh operating system. The last version or two have disappointed me a little, the oracles have been going big on convergence with iOS and I must say they have yet to perfect it. Right now MacOS is losing its self to all these unnecessary features and functions that a desktop operating system does not need; remember the days of Leopard? Even the lions, these were good solid operating systems, they had their flaws but they just worked. I’m not saying Sierra is not a great OS, I’m just saying the power users are losing the freedoms we enjoyed from previous Mac’Os one update at a time, a good example is Gate Keeper :-/ don’t let me get started with Gate Keeper. I guess as popularity grows and more and more muggles start to use the system the more the Oracles have to adjust to the muggle expectations.

I assume that this Years version will still be named after a forest or river in California, maybe Eldorado although that doesn’t sound white enough.

I also predict that there will be more force touch, Taptic feedback and touch bar functions this year. The size of the new touch pads on new MacBooks is testamant to this.

Lastly, we can expect Apple to introduce some sort of framework or mechanism for developers to work with the operating systems through the developer program.

WatchOS

I don’t have much to say about watch OS, there’s still a long way to go but it’s right now the most intuitive watch operating system I know. Probably now Developers will be able to create their own complications or at least have custom widgets, maybe even the design might change a little, it’s over due.

 

iOS

Pièce de résistance. I don’t expect much to change, nor should it. I guess they might do away with the way apps are located on the screen, more so the 4 we have permanently on the dock. Since we’re going to lose the home button, it’ll probably mean the interface will have to change just enough for you not to miss the button.

I foresee more emojis (yes) 🌝 and better system wide integration with Siri. Another app or two for security improvement and perhaps a better way for Apps to be installed on iOS. Apple will probably try to kill the music app and replace it with an Apple Music app or we’ll see something along those lines.

Lastly, Notificaions will be more or less intrusive and we’ll get a reboot of the app icons, hopefully this time developers won’t have to supply 50 different versions of the same icon with different resolutions.

That’s it, enjoy #WWDC17.

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Addendum 

Apple Home 

This is something we really need from Apple and I’m surprised it’s taking this long, an Apple speaker with Siri integrated is a must especially since Google and Amazon are already on their second generation. I can see a Airport Apple TV combo with a blue tooth speaker interface and satellite extremes for every room.