So far I’ve watched the Keynote and the Platforms State of the Union.
The biggest thing to me was that a wishlist item I had this year and last year was finally done: watchOS apps will keep the screen on, not just show a blurred view with the current time. I had only asked for this for workout apps while doing a workout, but they are just doing it always, which is great.
They reworked the Breathe app, so I hope that they allow meditations more than 5 minutes. Also, I kind of want Tai Chi to log mindfulness minutes instead of workout minutes.
Swift first class concurrency support is obviously great, but since Swift is open-source, we’ve known about this coming for quite a while. They seemed to have implemented it much like it’s implemented in other languages. I’ve been doing a lot of Typescript this year, and it seems basically the same.
They have also done a few important things related to this.
- If your asynchronous function returns a Result with a non-Never error type, they will automatically turn that into an exception.
- They provided async compatible versions of asynchronous APIs throughout their frameworks.
I am very much looking forward to the various Focus modes. I’m not sure that the new APIs will result in anything I want, but I am interested in innovation here.
Xcode cloud isn’t going to be out for a while, but I signed up for the beta. My personal usage will depend on cost. I am using GitHub workflows for a new open-source swift framework I am building. In the past, I have used Microsoft’s App Center. Apple’s ability to provide cloud services to developers is mixed.
Things that are part of the app runtime, like notifications and CloudKit are excellent. They are reliable and fast. But, AppStoreConnect, the dev portal, and things like that are a mess.
If Xcode Cloud is considered mission critical and treated like notification delivery, then it will be great. But, I do suspect it’s more likely to be like AppStoreConnect (and I’m just talking about speed and reliability here — not the other pain points).
Face Time Data Channel
As part of the new Face Time improvements, they added an API to sharing data in a group to be used however the app wants. The demo was a shared whiteboard. I think this will be interesting beyond the obvious applications for streaming apps and games.
There were a bunch of other random things that seem interesting.
- iCloud+ seems to come with a VPN now
- All the RealityKit stuff seems great — especially the object capture
- Playgrounds being able to make and deploy apps is great, but I don’t think this is for professionals.
- Multitasking menu on iPad will finally make this usable. This is the only thing that makes me want to update my OS immediately.
- Hoping on-device Siri works well, but my problems are with Siri just never responds sometimes (mostly music requests while out for a run).