Very Special Event: how we watched the presentation of Apple and what we think about it
From the presentation of Apple, which was due on Sept. 1? nothing much was expected: three new iPhone models and a new version of Apple Watch - they knew about these new products in advance. Nevertheless, we in Avito could not miss this event. When a couple of days before the Very Special Event, we realized that a company of those who did not want to watch the broadcast on their own was formed, then they decided to invite our friends - iOS developers from other companies. View the event together, discuss new items (and how they affect the development of applications for iOS), eat shaurma, drink smoothies, that's all.
I tell you under the cut as we watched the Apple Special Event, and what my colleagues think about the new devices and features of the company from Cupertino.
Photos of new devices that Apple introduced, the 9to5mac edition showed two weeks before the presentation. In addition, there were many rumors from "proven sources" about the technical characteristics of new models of phones and watches. Nothing new - such leaks occur every year. Of course, when all the novelties are known in advance, there was practically no enthusiasm to watch the presentation. But then as with football: even if you are not very interested, when you watch a match in the company, you always get pleasure and a lot of emotions. Therefore spontaneously we decided to organize a joint broadcast viewing in our office. It turned out fun.
We started with a cultural program - predictions about the presentation. Our guests had to tell what Apple would show without using the words "n". As it turned out, this is very difficult (after all, "n" is presentation, predictability). Only one person coped. In return, he received fashionable sports pants with large pockets - to make it more comfortable to wear the new iPhone XS Max.
Like real fans of Apple's fashionable gadgets, they watched the presentation with shawarma and smoothies - a hipster dinner.
The main feature of the new Apple Watch was the ability to create directly on them an electrocardiogram that you can send to your doctor. Good technology, but in Russia it is not available. In addition, our guests at the meeting, and the Internet managed to joke that even this innovation would work with its own specifics.
Apple Watch can now do an ECG.
And the nurse at my polyclinic does not have
- Bob Farber (@Bobchensk) September 1? 2018
The novelty does not cause any reaction from our guests.
Confused and the emergence of two sim cards in the new models of the iPhone. Especially, that in the Chinese market there will be two physical sim cards - in other countries (Russia is not among them) one of the SIM cards will be virtual. Many jokingly thought that Apple is inspired by the manufacturers of Chinese fake phones. In the next iPhone, as we joked at the meeting, we are waiting for the telescopic antenna and TV.
Apple will present the new iPhone in 2019.
After the presentation of Apple Watch, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max presentation has ceased to be so dynamic - from the stage told about minor improvements in devices, their environmental friendliness. I wanted to believe that the insides that everyone found out were untrue, and nothing new will be shown. Or we will wait for "One more thing" and something quite steep. But suddenly the iPhone XR is presented in several colors - and all are exhaled. The presentation also turned out this time without surprises.
Despite the expected releases from Apple, to gather and watch the presentation in a small company of developer friends, joking at how many times Tim Cook or Phil Schiller pronounced the word "innovative", it turns out very cool.
Now a little bit about technology. I talked with colleagues from Avito, with whom we saw the presentation together, about how the emergence of new devices and technologies will affect iOS-development and why Apple still has much to strive to improve the life of iOS-specialists.
Will the output of the three new devices with a larger screen size affect the update of our application?
Alexey Kudryavtsev, iOS-developer
"It seems that no. The biggest changes were at the exit of the iPhone X. There was changed not only the screen size, but also its format. I had to maintain a new form of corners ("ears"), safe area. This required quite a lot of improvements. Now Apple has just expanded the versions of the same phone. In addition, the company has long ago presented tools for dynamic layout on different screen sizes. The development should not be affected by anything - just by iron. "
Vladislav Alekseev, leading iOS-developer
"I think minimal tuning will be required. We will not have a headache with new devices. In terms of UI, the only possible pain is the iPhone XS Max, because the rest of the devices have the same screen size as the previous ones. But I think we'll just switch one of our simulators to the iPhone XS Max, and UI tests will not change from that. "
Vadim Smal, leading iOS-developer
"Each output of the new device is at least a bit, but it complicates the work. The device needs to be tested, the entire environment is updated, and a new Xcode is installed. This increases the time to develop new features. But the phones almost nothing has changed - for example, even the aspect ratio remains the same. Only the resolution of the iPhone XS Max increased. And therefore, it may be necessary to generate new pictures for a larger resolution, so that they look better. But in general, Apple did not provide any new features that could affect the product part. Except for shorties for Siri. "
The technology in new devices and iOS 1? which you would like to use: from AR, Siri shortcuts to ECG for Apple Watch
"Everything here is pretty sad. If we talk about AR in iOS - the topic haypovaya, of course. Many people have tried it, there are some applications for this, but there is not something really interesting there. Shorty Siri we tried. Quite simple and uninteresting thing - you can write certain commands and only in a certain sequence. Simply improved automation of the former Siri. "
"Nothing really new Apple did not come up with. Of course, machine learning in iOS in terms of technology in places works very well. For example, it's cool that the model is automatically trained only by simply populating a group of files on Xcode. But AR, although it is presented as a finished product, hardly anyone will fully use it. "
"AR has not changed much in this version - it became a little faster. Minor changes in fact. Under the clock, few people make applications. A good device - you wear it on your hand, you look at the notifications, but it's quite pointless to do a full application for it. Shorty Siri is easy enough technology to develop, and while in certain applications it will be useful. Say, for an alarm clock. Probably, this is the only thing I would try, even in Avito's application. "
What technology, feature or device was expected most of all
"Some kind of cache for swift files. Swift compiles on the local machine, but Google, for example, has something like Gradle. You can raise the distributed cache. Apple has never had anything like this, and because of this, we all suffer. "
"Perhaps the dark mode on iOS. The latest iPhone has an OLED display, and this would affect both convenience and battery life. Improved Do Not Disturb. Now you can turn on the mode, for example, for an hour, you can by geolocation, but for half an hour, as I need, this can not be done. I even started a bug in support when there was a first beta. But Apple has so far ignored my request. "
"I really want wireless charging. They will not let her out in any way. They wrote that they have a problem with overheating. And I want to fix it at last. "
A bug that never sawed out, although very much like
"I'm doing testing, so the instability of their infrastructure is most annoying. We have to come up with crutches to run tests properly and Xcode worked fine. Xcode itself inhibits. Each time you press the test start button it takes 30 seconds. It is too long. Therefore, instead of a hundred tests a day can do only ten. "
"The notification curtain works crookedly. In general, there are some bugs that are about seven years old. For example, with core data. At the location of the database stores there are relations between the objects in the database. Relations are not generated correctly, and you need to use a special crutch so that it is properly generated. "
What most did not like the presentation
"They did not introduce a smaller iPhone. "Ten" is quite large and it is not always convenient to use it. But Apple, unfortunately, introduced phones of even larger size. If this continues, I will have to buy a separate bag for the phone. "
"Everything was known in advance, and nothing surprised. Though some "One more thing": new AirPods with soundproofing, a new Mac Mini - we would have it very useful in Avito ".
"Apple boasted that they increased the battery life of the iPhone by 15 minutes. It seems that this is just an error that they once measured and decided that this can be represented as an achievement. "
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