10 posts tagged iOS 8
My expectations regarding Apple’s next moves.
Here are my expectations regarding the forthcoming Apple event now officially scheduled for 9.9.2014.
We all know that Apple will announce the next iteration of iPhone devices. But only recently we’ve come to hear about Apple’s plans regarding the iWatch. I mean, we all know they are working on such device but now rumours are persistent about the possibility of actually seeing the device in two weeks (compared to rumoured date of October or event early 2015).
My thinking about the “iWatch” follows.
First, my expectations are low. If Apple is about to create a new device category, the device Apple will show to the world in two weeks will be a version 1.0 of something bigger. I prefer to skip the iWatch name and talk about iWearable. I don’t think the device will show time or notifications. Think about this more like an addition to something bigger: the iPhone and the ecosystem. Sounds similar to the current Apple TV if you ask me.
The iWearable device Apple will announce will be the first of many. Apple will eventually start to sell two or more devices with different sizes, functions or features in the future. But in the sort term, I expect the device itself won’t be enough to be an instant buy. I expect the device to become really useful only when considered and coupled with the iPhone and iOS 8’s Health app. It is clear to me follow the WWDC 2014 conference that Apple is willing to augment its ecosystem with services that take advantage of having all our things from the. Apple wants to attract new users and add another reason for other people to stay. Eventually Apple could create a real iWatch device as technologies required to build a real good one become available. Certainly, Apple will show us the exact kind of mariage they want to see from others OEMs to create between a tracking and wearable device and iOS 8’s new health kit APIs.
I expect the iWearable to work with current iPhones starting with the iPhone 5. These generations of iPhones are equipped with Bluetooth LE which is required for the two devices to exchange data under low power consumption rules. I’m not sure the new iPhone 6 will add special features for the iWearable value as it will come with the updated motion processor.
In 2014, Apple is adding even more building blocks to their ecosystem in order to increase stickiness and keep people from thinking of going elsewhere. the iWearable is part of this grand scheme of things to come.
Apple’s advantage: security.
Quite few people were surprised to learn that Apple will no longer develop Aperture. Many more were surprised to see Apple do the same with iPhoto, an application that was the center piece of Apple’s digital hub strategy back in 2001. As you know, both of these applications will be replaced by “Photos” on Yosemite. But like a few others, I think those apps were outdated and built on a decade old code base at a time where iCloud and iOS weren’t even in Apple’s labs.
Photo management on iOS and OS X was not optimal and were lacking integration in regard to storage. Under the new Apple where iOS team and OS X team better work together, I can see that Apple management wanted to better integrate both platforms so they decided to start fresh and build a better application that will help users with their workflow starting from one device and going to the others. They did the same with Keynote and Pages back in 2013. These apps were made 100% compatible together and available with the same feature set over iCloud.com. Here is how Apple could play the scenario early next year.
After releasing iOS 8.0 and OS X 10.10 in the fall of 2014, users will start to get used to Photos on iOS and learn how they fit in their workflows. iCloud will play a major role here as this will help users store many more photos than their device can actually store themselves. With OS X 10.10, iPhoto and Aperture will see minor compatibility updates while Apple is still working on Photos for OS X. Then, beginning of 2015, Apple will release an update to Yosemite that will include their new photo management app coupled with a last update to iPhoto and Aperture. Upon starting the newly released Photos for the first time, users will be prompted to decide what to do with their current iPhoto library: leave it as is or migrate it to the new Photos format. By doing so, all pictures and most of the metadata will be migrated and optionally made available over iCloud. On iOS devices running with iOS 8, pictures from iPhoto being uploaded to iCloud will start to appear in their Photos library. The same kind of workflow will be available to Aperture users. As with previous versions of iOS, Apple will probably release iOS 8.1 at the same time early 2015. This release could include new photo management and editing features as well.
In the following months of 2015, Apple could release other iOS 8 updates with new Photos features coupled with similar updates for OS X Yosemite’s Photos. From now on, each of these platform will be kept in sync in regard to photo management and editing. At some point, people will be able to delete iPhoto or Aperture as they no longer being updated by Apple.
This is the kind of scenario Apple could play next year in regard to iPhoto and Aperture replacement. People will have choice. Some will stay with Aperture, many will go to Adobe’s Lightroom and iPhoto users will be happy to use a modern and refreshed photo management solution built for the next ten years or more.
Speaking of Apple and gaming, here’s Sean Heber:
Apple now has everything they need to disrupt the game console industry in a way that none of them see coming. I predict that we’ll see a new AppleTV update (and hardware) this fall along with a new app extension type for AirPlay. AirPlay will become about more than just streaming video to your AppleTV - instead that’ll simply be one of the things you can do with it. Apps (mostly games, I suspect) will be able to bundle an AirPlay extension inside - just like how apps can now bundle photo editing or sharing extensions as of iOS 8. The key difference is where the AirPlay extension app actually executes - instead of running on your device itself from within another host app, the AirPlay extension app will be automatically uploaded to whatever AppleTV you are currently AirPlaying with and will run directly on the AppleTV natively instead. This means no video streaming lag and minimal controller lag. Your iPhone would then turn into a generic game controller with onscreen controls or, if you have a physical shell controller attached to your iPhone, it activates that instead. The game controller inputs are then relayed to the AppleTV and thus to the AirPlay extension app using the new game controller forwarding feature.
This is a very interesting idea — apps as air(play)borne viruses that “infect” the Apple TV unit. It sounds almost crazy enough to be true.
Remember that while it’s stated to have no internal storage, the Apple TV (the hockey puck variety) does actually have 8 GB of memory. This would certainly be enough for any single app (of which games are almost always the largest) to fully reside temporarily, while playing.
The wild card here in my mind, is the input. The long-rumored new Apple TV box has long been said to be built around some sort of new control paradigm. Will a “magic wand” or some other such controller work with these games as well? Or will there be something else? Or will it simply rely on an iPad/iPhone?
[via John Gruber]
Interesting idea indeed.
This piece from Mark Gurman is about the fact that the current beta of iOS 8 has quite a few missing pieces and they don’t compare to leaks he got. One expression to sum this up: iterative design. Another expression really useful here to better grasp what is going on: beta software.
iOS 8 is by far one of the most massive update to iOS since its beginning. Nearly everything has been tuned, revised, augmented with a total of 4000 new APIs. One cannot be surprised to see a few pieces that didn’t make the cut for the first beta. iOS 8 is scheduled for release this fall which is after september 20, four months from here. We can expect at least 5-6 betas. We should expect more tweaks here and there, just like we saw during iOS 7 gestation.
A nice one from John Gruber on the subject of iterative design at Apple.
Now a more interesting question: do I prefer the leaked HealthBook back in march or the one currently shipping in iOS 8 beta 1? The leaked version which is pretty much based on the Reminders and Passbook apps seems to offer a better interactive experience. But, what do I know?
A few hours ago I asked on Twitter: Apple doing HealthKit is ok. Would this be the same with Google doing the same?
This isn’t the first time “extensions” are possible within an operating system from Apple. Now they are possible on iOS 8 but with better security model.
I like the idea of having Shazam technology built right into iOS. What I don’t like is the idea of having to invoke Siri to ask “what song is playing”. In many environment where we hear a song and want to know what is playing, Siri couldn’t even understand what we are asking because of a loud environment (a bar for example). I can see a much easier way to invoke Shazam: from within the Control Center by touching a mic button on directly on the lock screen, just like the camera button. Finally, just like John Gruber asked: why not buy Shazam altogether?
If this is a leaked screenshot of iOS 8, as reported by 9to5mac.com, two things come to my mind: the icons aren’t iOS 7nized and doesn’t fit current iOS visual language. Second, I just don’t know why Apple would include Preview on iOS as we can, for example, as of today preview mail attachments without resorting to this app… why is that? I just don’t buy it.