Apple has updated their WWDC app today ahead of their annual developer conference set to kick-off on Monday, June 8th @ 1 pm EST. If you have never taken the time to look over the iPad version of the app, I urge you to take a look. There is a vast library of audio and video sessions from previous World Wide Developer Conferences that are available for free. You can create favorite lists to sort and set aside to view later, download or stream videos, and even leave feedback if you so desire.
Apple has really done a great job of providing a ton of information for developers who are unable to attend the conference in person , as well as anyone else who is interested in learning about specific sessions. A quick glance of the available content indicated that Apple is making sessions from as far back as 2011 available to view.
When Apple introduces iOS 9 next month at WWDC, they are widely expected to use their typical yearly upgrade cycle as an opportunity to shore up the OS, and concentrate on stability versus a laundry list of new feature sets. Some refer to the idea as the Snow Leopard update–referring to the OS X update that did the same for the Mac several years ago. While this would be a welcomed change for the die-hard iOS faithful, an iOS update without new features would not go over well with the masses.
Enter Force Touch to save the day! Force Touch was originally introduced on the Apple Watch last fall at the iPhone 6 announcement. It has most recently made its way to the new MacBook, and is expected to be the major feature update to new iPhones and iPads in late summer/early fall. With Force Touch your touch screen reacts to changes in pressure and produces real-time haptic feedback. Described as a new level of control that responds to the heaviness of your response, Force Touch might replace common toggles and media controls simply by adjusting how hard we press on our iPad screen.
Unfortunately, we probably won’t see or hear about Force Touch at WWDC since new hardware features are unlikely to be announced months before new iPhones and iPads make an appearance. However, Mark G of 9to5 Mac is reporting that Apple is working with developers to integrate their apps with Force Touch to coincide with iOS 9 when it is released along side new iPhones and iPads later this year. He goes on to say that deep integration with stock Apple apps is likely. Pressure sensitive scrolling in media players, adding new events in the calendar app, dropping pins in Apple Maps, and system-wide definitions are all a possibility with Force Touch.
One of the most sought after “missing” features on the iPad platform has been the ability ti use split-screen multi-tasking. Other competing tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Surface Pro 3 have already successfully offered this feature. One could argue whether the implementation is on point–but nonetheless, it’s an option that the iPad doesn’t offer. This summer, however, that may all finally change if you believe what M. Gurman from 9to5Mac is reporting. Gurman says that Apple is set to debut a variation of multi-tasking as early as WWDC next month. He goes on to report that they were working toward a release last summer with iOS 8, but ended up putting it on the back-burner while they diverted resources to complete work on the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Gurman also reports that multi-tasking should be available for iPads running iOS 9, but that the feature was ultimately intended for the new, larger sized iPad Pro. It is believed that apps that support the feature will divide the screen real-estate into variations of 1/2, 1/3 or 2/3 views depending on which apps you may be using at the time. In addition, Apple has designed the screen-sharing to work with two separate apps or the same app displaying multiple views side by side.