At WWDC 2015 last week, Apple unveiled the next version of Mac OS X, El Capitan. It’s coming this fall, and there will be a public beta beginning sometime in July. It will be free for all users.
Apple is hoping to lure developers away from the temptations of the URL scheme, which Twitter infamously made use of last year to track what apps are installed on your iOS device, To do that, they’ve introduced a new alternative in Universal Links, which can direct users right to the relevant content within your app, using just a standard web link preceded by either http:// or https://.
Apple first announced the Swift programming language at WWDC 2014, albeit in beta form. It was released alongside an extensive iBooks manual, and it was later discovered that Apple coded the WWDC app for that year’s conference in Swift without telling anyone. Sneaky.
While tech pundits have long insisted that Apple and Google are growing more alike as rivals in smartphone and tablet computing, this week's WWDC should provide clear evidence that Apple is on a completely different track compared to the Android train operated by its formerly close iPhone services partner.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook echoed words from the security community on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s current push for backdoor encryption, which could weaken the current mobile encryption techniques used by Apple, Google and other technology companies.
Speaking at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington DC, Cook said “So let me be crystal clear: Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people who are using it for the right reason,” and called the FBI plea for removal of mobile encryption “incredibly dangerous.”