Tech Hangout 2.0 #9: WWDC 2015 Wrap Up


Ben Roethig

Patrice Brend’amour

Mikel Potts

Andrew Rouch

Paul Gans


News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Apple TV – Nein

  • Rumors held true
  • No AppleTV or AppleTV SDK Announced
  • Nothing on when or if they’ll show up.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan

  • Improved Mission control
  • Side by side for apps
  • Natural language support in spotlight
  • Improved Notes apps and Improved
  • Pinned Tabs and autoplay tab mute in Safari
  • OS X Photos gets extensions like iOS
  • Many under the hood improvements
  • 1.4 to 4x improvements in speed
  • Biggest change is to graphics system with Metal
  • Replaces both OpenGL and OpenCL
  • Low-level low-overhead graphics API
  • Similar to Vulkan or Direct 3D 12
  • gives app and game devs complete access to the GPU
  • better integrates CPU and GPU
  • Ships in fall, Public Beta in July

iOS 9

  • New Siri and Spotlight with Proactive Search
  • Natural language support and will offer suggests
  • Low power mode and general power saving
  • Healthkit now has support for UV and reproductive health sensors
  • Homekit supports Security systems, blinds, and new types of sensors
  • New GamePlayKit, Model I/O, and ReplayKit
  • New news reader app called News. Similar to Flipboard or Pulse. Replaces Newsstand
  • Move to iOS App to transfer data from Android device
  • iPad split screen multi-tasking
  • Picture in Picture for iPads
  • New keyboard with two finger cursor drag
  • Enhanced support for physical keyboards
  • Like OS X ships in fall, beta in July

Swift 2

  • Swift is now Open Source
  • Compiler and code library will be offered
  • Apple will handle OS X, iOS, and Linux code
  • Error Handling Model and Protocol Extensions
  • Availability- tells developers if an API is incompatible with an older OS

Apple Pay and Passbook… I Mean Wallet

  • Offered by 2500 Banks/ Credit unions and just shy of 1 million retail locations
  • Adding 4th major US credit card issuer Discover in fall
  • New version will add In-Store credit and debit cards from Kohls, JC Penney, and more
  • Also adds Store rewards cards from companies like Walgreens, Dunkin Donuts, and even airlines rewards cards
  • Cards will reside in New passbook will will be renamed wallet
  • Available in the UK in July
  • 8 out of the 9 largest UK banks (exception of Barclays)
  • will have 250,000 retail locations at launch
  • Worked with Square on new wireless reader that supports Apple Pay, EMV Chip Cards, and old magnetic stripe cards


  • Wireless CarPlay
  • Support for new aspect ratios, screen sizes, and higher resolution displays
  • Automaker apps with hardware control


  • New Transit Maps
  • New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore, Toronto in North America; London and Berlin in Europe; and 300 cities in China
  • Nearby attractions
  • shows Popular attractions, restaurants, Cafes, bakeries, dessert places, fast food joints, and grocery stores
  • Displays whether or not the place supports Apple Pay

Watch OS 2

  • SDK for Native Apple watch apps
  • Also allows for creations of watch face complications
  • Gives devs access to taptic engine, controls, microphone, and sensors
  • Siri support for glances and starting workouts
  • third party fitness apps communicate with workout and activity apps
  • multiple friends lists
  • color control for emojis
  • Activation lock

Apple Music

  • New streaming service
  • Combines the functions of Beats Music and iTunes radio
  • Conceived by Jimmy iovine and the Beats crew
  • access to the entire iTunes library of 30 million songs via iCloud with offline downloads
  • Beats 1 live radio station
  • DJs in LA, NYC, and London
  • Expertly curated playlists and radio stations
  • Connection social media/ blog for artists
  • will release in 100 countries June 30th
  • $9.99 for individual account, $14.99 for up to 6 family members per/mo
  • Works via iTunes for Mac/ Windows and Music for iOS
  • AppleTV and Android apps coming fall

Developer Accounts

  • OS X, watchOS, and iOS now rolled into a single account for the same $99 price.