My WWDC Prediction Results
Late last month, I had made two posts about my predictions, one for iPhone and iPad and another for macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Let us see how I did. First, here are all of my predictions in one table.
|iOS Split View Changing||100%|
|macOS iMessage apps||95%|
|32-bit iOS Apps going away||90%|
|macOS Server Software Update Service going away||85%|
|watchOS Face being on all the time||80%|
|Fast split view app swapping on iOS||75%|
|New watchOS Workout Types||70%|
|Third-party Apple Watch Faces||50%|
|iOS Split View App Groups||50%|
|Sticker Pack creation from iPad Pro||30%|
|Notifications about health anomalies||25%|
|iOS Drag and drop Data Transfer||25%|
|Synchronize Health Data||10%|
|4K Movies and TV in iTunes||5%|
Let us go through all of these. Predictions one by one.
iOS Split View Changing
This absolutely did happen. There were a ton of changes with SplitView, This will be covered in detail in a bit.
macOS iMessage apps
Nope, this did not happen. I do not know if it did not happen because of the differences in capabilities between iOS' UIKit and macOS' AppKit, or for other reasons. There is always next year for this.
32-bit iOS Apps going away
This absolutely did occur. There is no longer 32-bit app support in iOS 11. This means that you will see a message indicating that the developer has to update their application in order for it to run.
macOS Server Software Update Service going away
This did not happen either. The Software Update Service is still available for administrators. However, as I mentioned, if it did not happen this go around, it would most likely occur next year.
watchOS Face being on all the time
Nope, this did not come to fruition. Even with all of the battery life available on the Apple Watch it still does not allow the face to be on all the time.
Fast split view app swapping on iOS
As mentioned above, there were a ton of changes in Split View. This is one of them. Is it now possible with iOS 11 to be able to switch applications quite easily. This includes, being able to have an application layer on top of one another as well as using Split View on both the left and right sides in portrait as well as landscape views. This will absolutely help productivity.
New watchOS Workout Types
My guess at this occurring was 70%. And it did in-fact happen. There is now a new workout type called "High Intensity Interval Training". This is one of the more popular forms of exercise, and it will be a benefit to be able to track the workouts a bit more accurately.
Third-party Apple Watch Faces
Unfortunately, this did not occur. There are a few new watch faces, Woody, Jessie, and Buzz from the Toy Story franchise, but that is all of the new watch faces.
iOS Split View App Groups
Just as with Fast Split View switching, App groups have also come to the iPad in iOS 11. There is absolutely no configuration needed for setting an app group, simply put the apps you want to use together side by side, and they will be considered an app group. You can change the groups at any point.
Sticker Pack creation from iPad Pro
With all of the new features for the iPad, the ability to create stickers directly on the iPad did not happen. I do not know if this is because it does not fit into the overall direction of the iPad, but it would be nice to have.
Notifications about health anomalies
The ability to get notifications about health anomalies did not occur either. The likelihood given was low, and it did not happen.
iOS Drag and drop Data Transfer
The Drag and Drop Data Transfer feature was added to iOS 11. You are able to drag and drop images and text without any app updates. You can also drag and drop other types of data, provided the developers add support.
Synchronize Health Data
While it was not announced on stage, there is now synchronization of health data across all of your iOS apps. This is available in the iCloud settings. This will definitely a benefit to all users who want to make sure that their health data is up to date on all of their devices.
An iTunes Refresh was a very long short. I honestly did not expect this to happen, and it did not. Maybe sometime soon?
4K Movies and TV in iTunes
I did not honestly expect that to happen at this event. While we did get Amazon Prime Video coming in the fall, 4K content has not arrived. It may come in the future, possibly with a new Apple TV.
Those are all of my predictions. I only got 7 out of 15 correct, that is a mere 46.6%, not quite half, but it is still a decent percentage. Maybe I can get more correct next year.