WWDC And A Year With The Apple Watch
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Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.

Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) takes place on June 13 to 17 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The conference showcases the future of Apple’s devices and its operating systems, namely OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Each year, interested parties look forward to the Keynote and State of the Union, presentations that promise exciting news. Additionally, the Apple Design Awards recognizes the achievements of outstanding developers.

While updates on the Macbook Pro and the Macbook Air line of laptops are expected, many are hoping for big reveals like the iPhone 7, any updates on the Apple Car and, of course, the Apple Watch 2.

Yes, it’s been over a year already since the first generation of the Apple Watch was officially released on April 24, 2015. Analysts estimate that sales in the first year have reached around 12 million watches sold, double that of the iPhone’s first year of sales. The Watch has since found a comfortable place amidst the burgeoning market of wearables.

What can we expect from the Watch 2? Integrated cell-network connectivity is a potential big addition. Imagine streaming content from YouTube or Spotify without connecting through your iPhone. Of course, fans are right to expect a faster processor and improved battery life, important boosts for any mobile device. And, whether or not the Watch 2 is revealed at this year’s WWDC, we can at least safely expect an upgrade to the device’s operating system — watchOS — with performance enhancements and spiffy new faces.

Another opportunity for improvement is an upgrade in memory. While the current Watch offers 8GB of memory, only 2GB of it is reserved for personal media (about 500 songs; a lot for 1996 but scant for 2016). This leaves room for your favorite apps, but it means you’ll likely be streaming your media from your iPhone if you prefer to access an extensive collection.

In other words, when it comes to entertainment, your Watch is as good as your iPhone, so your iPhone better have ample space. If you’ve got a high capacity iPhone, you’re hopefully set. If not, you can expand your iPhone’s memory with a mobile storage option like SanDisk’s new iXpand Flash Drive.

Critics argue whether or not the first generation of the Apple Watch was a “success.” When it comes down to it, it’s all about consumer perspective: the majority of people seem satisfied. And while the Watch has its flaws and much room for improvement, let us not forget, as we faithfully await the Watch 2, that neither the iPod nor the iPhone were perfect when first they were birthed.

And, oh, look how they’ve grown today.

 

UPDATE (14 June 2016):

The WWDC Kickoff has come and gone, and now we have the updates. While the Apple Watch 2 didn’t make an appearance, users of Apple’s current wearable wonder can look forward to watchOS 3, an operating system update that loads seven-times faster and includes the Scribble handwriting app and new faces. Other operating system updates include tvOS (new remote and faster sign-on) and macOS (formerly called OS X), of which the latest version, macOS Sierra, features seamless operation across all Apple devices. Users can look forward to the Universal Clipboard, and Apple Pay and Siri desktop integration. Usability upgrades for iOS 10 were announced as well, including the ability to access messages and apps using 3D Touch from the lock screen. Other upgrades include improvements to Photos and Maps, new designs for Music and News, an invisible ink feature for iMessage, and new emoji options. Finally, Swift Playground, a free app for the iPad, hopes to teach kids how to code.


The iXpand Flash Drive is available at Amazon.

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About the Author

Product Mgr. Consumer Mobile Apps | Ram is an iPhone addict with no cure in the near-future. He is responsible for defining the mobile user experience at SanDisk. He recently launched the iXpand Sync app and is working on SanDisk Connect mobile apps. Prior to SanDisk, he was at Yahoo and worked on improving user experience on Yahoo Search App and Yahoo Answers Mobile web products.



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