The Apple Keynote just finished and there were a TON of announcements. Basically anything that’s been on people’s iOS wish list including updated Messages, and replying from the lock screen which I didn’t think they were going to go anywhere near.
Let’s start from the start. OS X:
OS X looks great. They’ve definitely added a ton of power user stuff.
iOS has been completely blown out.
And Continuity. Continuity is inter-OS communication between iOS and OS X. This is the biggest news. It means if you start an email on your computer then pick up your phone you’ll get a little icon in the bottom left (similar to the camera icon in the bottom right). Swipe up and you’ll see the email you started writing. That will work across many of Apple’s applications, but no word yet if will be open to developers.
What is clear is that it’s going to change the way we use our computers. It’s certainly going to make me switch to Safari and Mail.
Apple also introduced a new programming language for developers, home automation kit, camera kit, cloud kit. and Quick Type. They just kept blowing it out of the water. Developers were cheering.
With these moves iOS is going to take on a drastically different look and feel. One where your thumb print can turn on the lights in your house, and you use a Swift Key keyboard to reply to messages from the lock screen. And I like it.