Since Apple decided to put all the meat on the table and bet on an annual release schedule for each of its operating systems, the focus of the developers of the apple has been swinging between: A. The imperative need for the current version to be error-free and to provide support for new features introduced gradually with each new device or service; and B. The next big date, the red-mashed date on the calendar for the next major version with the great features that need a longer ripening period.
Of course, it’s not as if every engineer on the block stopped working on iOS 9 one day and started on iOS 10. Instead, the different teams flow from one to the other until finally only a small group, usually dedicated to security, has to go back and apply a patch here or there. Well, if in July before the release of iOS 9 and while the final version of iOS 8.4.1 was being finalized there were already groups working on iOS 10 , now the company is at full speed so that we will also have new toys in 2016.
In September, Apple put a large portion of its resources into the development of iOS 10 and OS X 10.2
In September, Apple put a large portion of its resources into the development of iOS 10 and OS X 10.2, and web page navigation logs such as 9to5mac began to reflect a good number of connections made from devices and computers with these versions, but the figure has shot up between the end of October and this month, reminding us that the new iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2 (and tvOS 9.1) betas are just another point on the apple’s roadmap.
It is not known what novelties they will bring us although at least we know the key name of the next version of OS X: Fuji , named not after the ski resort (as it would be if we were talking about iOS) but after the huge apples created in 1930 by the Fujisaki (Aomori) growers, a variety of this sweeter and crunchier fruit that makes it very popular around the world.
I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve crossed our fingers to get Siri to land at once on OS X, but really, it’s time. Microsoft has taken the lead with Cortana in Windows 10, but Apple can say four things about it if instead of just adding the voice assistant to our Macs, it teaches her a few new tricks that will make her really useful in that context. Some ideas:
- Hey Siri, find a nice picture of Ana and send it to her while I finish this.
- Hey Siri, collect information about Miguel de Cervantes and create a Keynote presentation with it.
- Hey Siri, I’m tired of working, recommend me something fun on Youtube.
- Hey Siri, look for that page I was looking at yesterday about the new Apple car and open it again in Safari.
- Hey Siri, I connected a USB stick and I don’t see it, is something wrong?
Apple libera la tercera Beta de OS X 10.11.2 e iOS 9.2 y la segunda de tvOS 9.1 para desarrolladores y Beta Testers
And since proactive seems to be the buzzword, let it be even more so and let Siri herself take the lead in the conversation for a change: Miguel, you have a lot of emails pending, if you want I can show you the most important ones and save the rest until tomorrow so you don’t get overwhelmed.
That wouldn’t be bad, would it? Moving on to iOS 10, well, as usual an important part of its new features will be directly linked to those of the iPhone 7 so maybe it’s the right time to show you this concept design :
Just don’t be too disappointed when you see next year’s real design, okay? You know these imaginative 3D creations are great, but they’re as likely as Disney opening a new theme park next year with flesh-and-blood dinosaurs. Everything will come (including the dinosaurs probably), but in time.
PS: About the names of the Apple operating systems and their versions: iOS x.y, tvOS x.y, watchOS x.y, OS X 10.x.y One of these four should change system, guess which one. No, seriously, macOS 11 sounds much better and makes more sense today, don’t you think?