Do you care about Apple’s future? If so, then you are among many gazillions of customers, investors, and techo-critics who follow the company’s every move and are willing to share their perspectives ad nauseam.
I bring this up because my RSS news reader, News Explorer, told me to. I have somewhere around 100 different websites to check each day for something interesting to read or new trends to follow. What’s the latest? Apple’s future. Again.
Audience Of Who?
Or, is it whom? I get them mixed up sometimes. Regardless, every techo-writer I read is attached to a techno-publication and if there isn’t much tech news going on– there isn’t– then they make up a controversy or publish something that makes it look as if they are in the know and you are not.
How to use Apple’s 6 cool new watchOS 6 tools
Let me hit the pause button for a moment.
Watch 5 is not on the streets, and watchOS 6 has been released to app developers, and not the general Watch user; so it is not in much circulation, yet techno-gadget publications are full of all the details that absolutely none of us will see until watchOS 6 is launched later this year; probably to coincide with Watch Series 5. And why are those numbers different?
So, who is the audience for this?
How to use voice memos, the App Store, split the bill, website access, speak time and the new Noise app in Apple’s watchOS 6…
That’s nice, but it isn’t as if I can whip out my wrist and check them out. I have to wait a couple of more months and there is a good chance I will forget about Evans’ article and his tips by then.
Apple’s watchOS 6 will ship this year, likely announced when iOS 13 and iPhone 11-ish is launched. So, will you remember all these items on Apple’s list?
- Accessibility settings on watch
- Chance of rain complication
- Smart guidance in maps
- Shuffle workout playlist
- Current elevation metric in workouts
- Use Stopwatch during workouts
- A new monochrome watch face
- Apple Podcasts stations
- Spoken Navigation in Maps
- Shared lists in Reminders
- Wind complication
- Dynamic smart replies
- Shazam with Siri
- Account login on watch
- Reorder faces on watch
- Cellular connectivity complication
- Redesigned Walkie-Talkie
- Workout summary on watch
- Tap to speak time
- For you in Apple Music
- Mute Mail threads
- Automatic software updates
- Now Playing App with dynamic media controls
- Siri support for Find Friends
- Shortcuts for Siri watch face
- Siri web search results
No. I can remember a few, though. The Watch App Store sounds good. Siri Shortcuts. The noise alert seems like a nice feature, but I would rather have an alert when the boss is nearby.
You see the same thing all over the Applesphere and interwebs. Every day there is a new article about some already announced feature in macOS Catalina, or iOS 13, or even iPadOS– none of which are available to the general Apple customer public, so, again, what’s the point?
I think this kind of regurgitation falls into a few distinct camps; 1) slow news day, 2) writers and tech publications want to be on top of new tech, 3) app developers, 4) there are at least 127 people worldwide who want to know what is coming but are not app developers, 5) the rest of us who are curious but adhere to tl;dr and just want bullet points.
If you don’t pay attention to what Apple is doing now to bring the future to us, then how will you know what it is when it gets here?
Makes sense, right?