Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s WWDC 2016 Keynote [John Gruber/Daring Fireball]
It seems possible that with iOS 10 we may be able to change our default Web browser. I’ve been wanting that for years. It’s something you can easily do on the Mac, and it’s a simple area where the iPhone and iPad lag behind Android.
Also, I’d like a way to change the default keyboard. Right now you can do it in a halfway fashion; it doesn’t stick. It’s like Apple wants you to use the stock keyboard as default while switching to alternatives for occasional specialized tasks. I just want to be able to use a third-party keyboard 100% of the time. Again, a simple area where Apple lags far behind Android.
I don’t understand what’s going on with the lock screen in iOS 10, and don’t want to devote the time to watch the keynote video. I’ll just wait and see what comes out over coming months.
What to Expect at WWDC 2016
I’d be very interested in a Siri SDK to allow developers to integrate Siri into their apps.
I might be interested in Siri on the Mac, though a keyboard and trackball work very well for me, so it’s hard to imagine switching. It would be more interesting if I could type queries to Siri – which, come to think of it, Apple has already been doing with Spotlight updates.
Proximity unlocking the Mac using the iPhone would be very nice. I’ve tried third-party utilities that did that, but they proved unreliable.
I like very much the idea of Apple implementing security features in iOS and iCloud that are so tough that even Apple can’t break them.
iMessage for Android? Sweet. Would love to bring my Android friends onto my iMessage network. On the other hand, would Android users use an Apple app? Probably not.
[Juli Clover – MacRumors]
Apple Joins Home Automation Wars
Nice analysis from my colleague Mari Silbey about how Apple’s home automation strategy compares with cable and telecom companies on the one hand, and device providers on the other.