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APPLE’S LATEST KEYNOTE: WHAT IT MEANS FROM A DEV PERSPECTIVE

10 Sep 2015
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In case you missed it  (and weren’t having a giant watch party and eating pizza in one of your conference rooms like, um, some of us), yesterday was Apple’s September Keynote, during which Apple dropped a few bombs on us—some more expected than others.

And while we could give you an extensive rundown of every announcement and its associated reaction (A rose gold iPhone!? *Squeal*), summaries…well, those have been done. Instead, we went straight to the source and asked our experts here at Chaotic Moon what this all means on the tech side of things.

Here’s the lowdown on how the new technology and updates will affect developers and—regarding the Apple TV—what, exactly, we can expect to see in the future…

THE LOWDOWN FOR DEVS

So what does all this news mean from a dev’s perspective?

“Increased job security,” joked Chaotic Moon’s first employee, Senior Architect Jason Job.

But in all actuality, Job said that all of the news means the following for devs…and, in some cases, designers:

– iOS developers will need to ensure they are making use of Apple’s Size Classes and AutoLayout so that their apps adapt well to the new bigger iPad Pro screen.

-Designers will need to consider uses for the Apple Pencil, while developers will need to learn to implement those use cases.

-The Apple TV provides a whole new platform (tvOS) on which to develop apps, providing devs with even more opportunities to build apps.

-Developers will be able to deliver apps that can be downloaded for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, all from one universal purchase (tvOS apps will be standalone binaries, but can be built from a separate target in your iOS Xcode project)– along with, of course, companion Apple Watch apps.

-Developers will want to get up to speed on how to implement the 3D Touch features on the new iPhone.

-Developers and designers will want to consider that use case of apps running in split-screen multitasking mode, alongside other apps.

APPLE TV PREDICTIONS

“We believe the future of television is apps,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said when introducing the Apple TV part of the program.

Between the web and the insight of our own devs, including Senior iOS Developer James Logan, here’s what we’re expecting on the Apple TV front…

The new content discovery feature means that cable providers now have a competitor in Apple, and apps are going to be able to deliver live or recorded content faster and more effectively than traditional outlets–all directly to the TV. Imagine watching a live event, switching between camera angles–some of which are provided by spectators–and reading personally curated news feeds related to the content, all from the comfort of your couch.

Both iPhone and iPad apps are going to be able to interact with their Apple TV counterparts, and the speed of app advancement is also likely to be faster than that which we’ve seen with any other iOS platform as developers have so much prior experience.

Meanwhile, given the fact that the hardware for Apple TV is cheaper than it is for most consoles–and the fact that they’re already in many homes and serve as a great streaming device–there will likely be a surge in Apple TV games, and the app store will make it easy to get them.

It’s also likely that Apple TV will also become a central hub for homekit-related devices.

Want some throwback Apple info? Check out our WWDC Wrap-up!