AMITIAE - Wednesday 29 June 2016
WWDC 2016: Ripples in the Bay (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Most video I want is available these days with HTML5. I do not understand why a site can provide this to my iPad, but the same link on the Mac insists on Flash, which I dumped over a year ago. MotoGP, which I subscribe to, does this. Instead I connect using the iPhone and feed the content through my AppleTV, giving me a better picture than from the cable company (particularly when it rains) and no advertising.
With Sierra, Safari will ensure that HTML5 is used. If a site has no other option, the user will be able to download Flash and run it once. Even Adobe is preparing to drop Flash. As a sidenote, last week Apple once again blocked older versions of Flash due to another vulnerability (MacRumors).
Sharing Desktop and Documents across Devices - Image Courtesy of Apple
For a while, the iCloud Drive folder on iOS devices has shown a folder for TextEdit, along with several other expected folders (Pages, Keynote, Automator). I also added my own folders (Transfers, and others) so I could keep certain files with me. A screen shot from a WWDC session, showed what appeared to be a TextEdit icon, so there is some speculation that this underrated app on the Mac, could also be available soon on iOS.
HomeKit, that was announced last year, has a prominent place in iOS 10 with a new Home app that allows users to set up compliant devices: what some people call the Internet of Things. There are not many examples in the wild as yet, although Apple has a list of manufacturers: just under 50 devices are shown now. More will be on the way.
Those listed are for security (locks), lighting (Philips Hue and others), temperature control, and other appliances. There are a couple of plugs (iHome) that can be controlled using the Home app. I have seen no devices yet here, although some are available on Amazon.
Some apps already available for control of devices using iOS
Although this was not mentioned when Craig Federighi introduced some of the features of iOS 10, code was found in the first beta that suggests this may indeed be coming: a black background with small bright icons would be nice and easy on the eyes too.
There was also the introduction of Differential Security, allowing Apple to collect data on behaviour, without identifying individual users. The system will be opt-in so users worried about privacy need not join.
Developers Waiting for WWDC Doors to Open
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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