Yesterday we told you about the mobile announcements at WWDC 2015. Today let’s look at other news from the keynote.
After big cat names went by the wayside two years ago, Apple started naming each operating system version after California landmarks. This year’s name, El Capitan, is named for the most famous mountain in Yosemite National Park (itself the namesake for last year’s version).
Usability improvements will include a mouse cursor that gets larger when you jiggle it; a split view for two applications side by side; and pinned tabs in the Safari Web browser. Behind the scenes, El Capitan aims to open and switch between apps more quickly.
The Metal framework, used mostly for games on iOS, will be integrated into El Capitan. Apps other than games will be able to take advantage of it for more direct access to graphics rendering hardware.
Like iOS 9, OS X 10.11 is now in beta form for developers, will be in public beta this summer, and gets its official release this fall.
The biggest cheer from the audience full of software developers was for the announcement that Swift would be released as open source.
Swift was first introduced last year as a unified programming language for iOS and OS X. Swift 2 promises shorter compile time, protocol extensions, pattern matching, and testing support. It will be open source for iOS, OS X, and Linux later this year.
Apple likes to save big announcements for the end of its events. Combining a streaming service, artist-to-fan social network, and a curated online radio station, Apple Music took the “One more thing…” spot yesterday.
A monthly fee will make the whole iTunes library available for streaming. Apple is also putting resources into curating playlists and recommendations based on artists and genres. Free for the first three months, Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month for a single user or $14.99 for a family of up to six people.
Without paying, users can follow artists as they post photos, videos, song snippets, and fan messages. They can also listen to Beats 1, a 24-hour Internet radio station with DJs in Los Angeles, New York, and London.
Apple Music launches June 30 on iOS and Mac OS X, with Android and Windows available this fall.
What are you most looking forward to?
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