WWDC, how to join the beta program, Apple Design Awards, Siri for Mac, App Review comic, Parallels celebrates


All the best slides, charts, and factoids from Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote — The US Monday’s World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote was jam-packed with info about Apple’s core operating systems – iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS – with info neatly presented in detailed slides that seemed to zip by a mere second or two after they hit the screen. Macworld’s put together a slideshow. Apple has posted the WWDC 2016 keynote video, iOS 10 ad and the Swift developer story online. There are more links at Apple Insider.

How to Join Apple’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Beta Program — If you love rushing in where angels fear to tread, or just want to start playing with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra before they’re officially available this fall, you can sign up for Apple’s public beta program.  Here’s how. You’ll get access to pre-release versions come July, but keep in mind “beta” means “not ready for daily use on mission-critical devices.” [This is true – I ran the Beta on my only machine and suffered a major wifi outage it took me a day to sort out. More fool me, but I wanted to see what was coming and I only have one device … so be warned!]
Sierra (macOS  10.12) has dropped support for several Mac models (basically, anything from before 2009). Apple is introducing a new file system, APFS, with macOS Sierra. And here are the top 5 productivity enhancements from WWDC.

Apple announced the Apple Design Awards at WWDC — Apple has announced its 2016 Apple Design Awards for this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The awards honour the most innovative macOS and iOS apps as well as the best and most creative uses of Apple’s products – at least as determined by Apple. The winners are:
Frame.io by Frame.io
Chameleon Run by Noodlecake Studios
Auxy by Auxy
Streaks by Zervaas Enterprises
Lara Croft Go by Square Enix
Complete Anatomy by 3D4Medical
INKS. by State of Play Games
Zova Personal Trainer by Zova
Ulysses Mobile by The Soulmen
dj Pro by Algoriddim
The student winners are Linum by Joaquin Ramirez Vila and Dividr by Joshua Deichmann.

Siri for Mac: how it works in Apple’s macOS Sierra and what it’s capable of — macOS Sierra, revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, will be the first Mac operating system to include Siri. Although many people are familiar with how the virtual assistant works in iOS, there will be quite a few differences on desktops and laptops.

AppComApp Review Guidelines: The Comic Book — Apple developers often find that writing and testing an app is easier than actually getting the app approved by Apple. The company has a set of strict App Review Guidelines that are incredibly difficult to read through. So yesterday at the end of the Apple Design Award ceremony, the company announced it has made the App Review Guidelines a lot easier to digest by turning them into a comic book, which is here.

10 years of Parallels Desktop for Mac celebrated with limited time price cuts — Parallels has announced that June 14-21 it will celebrate 10 years of innovations and industry firsts in Parallels Desktop for Mac. The online celebration will highlight a decade of features that allow you to run any application – on Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10, Chrome, Linux and Android – on a Mac.


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