WWDC 2018 Aftermath

It’s a weird WWDC this year. On one hand Apple released tons of features. On the other hand there were only a few big tickets items.

All in all I’d summarize as: Apple went for all the low hanging fruit this year, filling obvious blanks in their platforms but they left the big changes for another time.

Highlights

The biggest change for iOS will be the Shortcuts app. Integrating Workflow into Siri and seriously expanding upon the Sirikit capabilities.

Marco Arment hoped for “tell App to do thing” during last weeks ATP.fm. This is basically it.

Speaking of Podcasts, the availability of the app on watchOS was long overdue and will make going out without your iPhone a lot more fun. This combined with the automated Workout detection are two cool new features  for the Apple Watch.

I’m not a big macOS fan but I can’t wait for the Finder Actions to come to iOS. Desktop stacks on Mac feel like they belong in the iPads home screen too. Replacing the app grid with documents and widgets and moving all apps to the iPad dock seems a logical move someday.

The iPad also got a little love. Control center is now an overlay of the home screen. The menubar is less cluttered and contains a date now. And the combined notifications are yet again an example of finally.

Wishlist

I had a wishlist. Let’s see how I did:

  • ✖️New reminders app that forgets the cards concept
  • ✔️Integration for third party apps in Siri watch face
  • ✖️iOS Safari Desktop Mode which would makes site backends like Squarespace or Zendesk finally work.
  • ✔️Podcast.app for Apple Watch
  • ✖️Time Machine backups to iCloud, or expand synced iCloud Drive Folders in macOS.
  • ✖️Change Flashlight shortcut on iPhone X to app if choice
  • ✔️True black mode for iBooks
  • ✖️Sync Home.app Room photos
  • ✖️The ability to receive more than one document at once via AirDrop
  • ✖️The ability to change photo album cover photos on iOS
  • ✖️Background downloads for iOS Safari.
  • ✖️Shared iCloud Drive folders with family members
  • ✔️Shared iCloud Photo a library albums with family members
  • ✖️A way to distribute IAP via VPP
  • ✖️A way to push macOS releases to devices via MDM (installhighsierra)
  • ✖️SAML integration for Managed AppleIDs for easier deployment via OneLogin, Okta or Google or AD.
  • ✖️Apple Pay in Belgium
  • ✖️Apple News Worldwide
  • ✖️TV app to replace Movies
  • ✖️Predictive keyboard in Dutch
  • ✔️NMBS in Apple Maps
  • ✖️De Lijn in Apple Maps

WWDC 2018

More as a reminder for myself than a real useful thing, but below you’ll find my Keynote wishlist.

iOS, watchOS, macOS

major bits

  • New reminders app that forgets the cards concept
  • Integration for third party apps in Siri watch face
  • iOS Safari Desktop Mode which would makes site backends like Squarespace or Zendesk finally work.
  • Podcast.app for Apple Watch
  • Time Machine backups to iCloud, or expand synced iCloud Drive Folders in macOS.

little bits

  • Change Flashlight shortcut on iPhone X to app if choice
  • True black mode for iBooks
  • Sync Home.app Room photos
  • The ability to receive more than one document at once via AirDrop
  • The ability to change photo album cover photos on iOS
  • Background downloads for iOS Safari.

iCloud and Enterprise

  • Shared iCloud Drive folders with family members
  • Shared iCloud Photo a library albums with family members
  • A way to distribute IAP via VPP
  • A way to push macOS releases to devices via MDM (installhighsierra)
  • SAML integration for Managed AppleIDs for easier deployment via OneLogin, Okta or Google or AD.

Localization

  • Apple Pay in Belgium
  • Apple News Worldwide
  • TV app to replace Movies
  • Predictive keyboard in Dutch
  • De Lijn and NMBS in Apple Maps

Wishful thinking

  • iCloud Movies Library, making all your movies available everywhere
  • Desktop mode for iPad with support for keyboard, trackpad and display.
  • Siri available on any device with the same feature set without the need for third party apps to be installed on that device.

1Password 7

I’m not the first to write about 1Password, and I certainly won’t be the last. But if you don’t already use 1Password to manage your passwords, logins and licenses, download the latest release and give it a spin. You won’t regret it.

I currently have a Team account running for Work, and a Family Account shared between me and my wife. Honestly, I’d have no idea how my IT Team could work without shared vaults. One Time Passwords, SSH keys and certificates safely shared and available to all team members, continuously updated? That alone is worth its money.

Awesome app.

Trigger

“By the way, here is an important lesson about delegation: remember that everyone else is also most productive when they’re doing what they like, and do what you’d want other people to do for you—try to figure out who likes (and is good at) doing what, and delegate that way.

If you find yourself not liking what you’re doing for a long period of time, seriously consider a major job change.  Short-term burnout happens, but if it isn’t resolved with some time off, maybe it’s time to do something you’re more interested in.”

— Sam Altman

Some things you read resonate more than others. This one gave me the final push to quit my job last week.

I’ll start somewhere new later this summer. More on that later.

Call it my shoelace moment.

iCloud Messages and a 5GB limit

The following tweet for Greg Pierce made me think about something I wrote last year.

I know a couple of friends who have disabled iMessage in their iCloud backups because they don’t fit in that pesky 5GB limit.

Since users who have iCloud Backup enabled and have a 2FA iCloud account get automatically enrolled into iCloud Messages, surely Apple has foreseen the fact that tens of thousands of users’ iCloud Storage limits will cry out in terror and backups will be suddenly silenced?

So now I wonder.. what if Apple releases Messages in iCloud at WWDC18 combined with an increased storage limit for iCloud? 50GB instead of 5GB should do nicely and is a nice way of showing off iCloud Messages during WWDC18 without making it a rehash of last years backup by reframing it within an iCloud upgrade:

“iCloud now has a 50GB limit. BOOM. Perfect to store all your messages, photos and documents in the cloud and synced across devices.’

One can hope.