Apple's kicks off WWDC 2014 with their keynote which starts in about 15 minutes. For many, it's like a nerd Christmas. (For others, it's annoying and obnoxious.) Regardless, there's bound to be a lot of interesting news. Let's talk about it right here!
I feel like we're at the point where there's basically no need to jailbreak your iOS devices anymore. For me personally, at least, I can't think of a single thing I need anymore that's available in Cydia. It's pretty crazy to see Apple loosen their collars a bit.
(I'm sure there's stuff I'm not thinking of though right now?)
So as you can imagine, I'm less than impressed with Apple's entry into the home automation market. At the very least, they're helping tie together the proprietary products that are coming out these days (Hue, Nest, August). But if it only works on iOS devices, what's the point? Plus, for many of these products you need their own controllers to be installed and set up, creating more clutter and complexity. I just don't get it.
I also think there's an issue if you try to decentralize the stuff they're talking about. I'm hearing "It'll be great, you can tell Siri 'I'm going to bed now'" and it'll turn the lights off and lock the doors. That's great, but something has to tie those actions together, and does that something only live on your phone or iCloud account? Can you share it with other iOS users in your home? Can your scenes and such be coordinated with the other people in your household?
I often feel like modern home automation is directed entirely at single San Francisco condo dwellers who don't have to consider other people in their lives. This feels just like that.
I kind of really really want to install it on my Mac mini at home, but eh. I'm not going to be running the iOS 8 beta, so a lot of this handoff functionality that I'm really interested in isn't going to be useful for me. So, other than having an updated UI (with translucent title bars!!!!1!) there really isn't much I want to check out right now.
Maybe widgets? But I can't imagine a lot of apps will support that until OS X is released.
(And obviously this is a beta, but I've been hearing major issues that things like Chrome do not work in the initial beta release.)
Yeah, pretty neat! I've definitely had an issue with this going back and forth between my computer and phone and working on different stuff. This sort of stuff is really powerful -- I've always wondered why they haven't done that yet.
No worries! But I really am curious what their other prices are. I wasn't able to tune in for the keynote so I'm catching up. All I was able to find were articles that talked about storage up to ~400-500GB for iCloud, and Apple's own site seems to only mention their old prices...
Hah, I wonder how much more they can redesign it, other than getting much thinner! I have to agree with the predictions that we probably won't see any laptop hardware updates -- there aren't really any new Intel processors in the pipeline until later this year.
We'll see though, I'd love to be wrong. Retina MacBook Airs?!??! ;)