Winners from the 2016 Apple Design Awards

As part of Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) currently being held in San Francisco, 12 talented developers were recognized as having the best designs. The Annual Apple Design Awards has been in effect for nearly 2 decades and it seems that each year gets better and better. Below are highlights of the winners. If you didn’t see Apple’s product announcements on the first day of WWDC, read that blog first to get the latest.

Exclusive Medical App: Complete Anatomy

This one of a kind anatomical app, 3D4Medical Complete Anatomy, generates quality 2K and 4K resolution displays of the human body internally and externally. Currently available on iPad, this hardware renders 3D anatomy managing the CPU and GPU to eliminate lag and offer accurate visuals for medical scholars and professionals.

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Lifestyle Management App: Streaks

Essentially a digital regimen platform, Streaks encourages its users to become more organized and develop productive habits. Complete with intelligent timing, customized complications and set notifications, this app is perfect for time and life management. Only available for iPhone and Apple Watch.

Fitness Training App: Zova

This app is for the exercise fanatic or workout wannabe complete with training instruction and crisp video. In hopes of motivating users to establish a healthy routine to stay and/or keep in shape, Zova is available for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

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Video Creation and Critique App: Frame.io

This beautifully crafted video collab platform, Frame.io,  allows groups of people to work together and seamlessly handle the filming process. Its phenomenal visual design, motion effects, supportive auto layout and 3D touch quick actions work hand in hand with Swift while effectively facilitating Final Cut Pro X. Presently on iOS.

Writing Wizard App: Ulysses

Available for Mac, iPhone and iPad, this cutting-edge text editor, Ulysses, is in perfect alignment with demands from creative authors, students and journalists. It comes with a handful of nifty features but the most exciting are its device handoff and iCloud synching capabilities.

Engaging Videogame App: Chameleon Run

Developed by Noodlecake Studios, Chameleon Run is an eye-catching auto-running videogame that is easy to use yet difficult to put down. Compatible with 8 different languages, Chameleon run works with the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

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Classic RPG App: Lara Croft GO

Currently on iOS, Square Enix Inc., Lara Croft Go keeps the tomb raiding character alive with a modern look while maintaining some traditional elements. Utilizing Metal to render, it’s compatible with Game Center and iCloud that both offer highly responsive playability.

Truly State of the Art App: INKS

INKS is a unique app effectively blends vintage pinball with paint. It starts out as any digital pinball game would but the as the ball collides with its surroundings, explosions of hues mix with the trailing colors that follow. This gives a whole new meaning to the term “paintball.”

Music Production App: Auxy

With more than 5,000 5-star ratings, Auxy offers a high quality music creation experience completely integrated with Core Audio for its users. Written with simplistic Swift coding, Auxy’s user-friendly nature and contemporary appeal gets people composing in no time.

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Disc Junkie App: Djay Pro

Djay Pro incorporated over 70 iPad Pro Keyboard shortcuts, cloud content synching, enhanced multi-tasking abilities with even more mix/master functions via desktop. This expansive platform comes with full VoiceOver compatibility.

Puzzle Processing App: Linum

Linum’s smooth UI allows users to quite literally connect the dots through an engaging layout while gradually increasing its level of difficulty. Moreover, it effectively uses standard system technologies such as StoreKit and CoreData.

Retro Arcade App: Dividr

This 2D arcade game makes players guide illuminated squares around obstacles while racking up points in the process. With such a simple concept, Dividr is actually very intriguing.

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By Rich Foreman, CEO / Apptology and Director of Startup Grind Sacramento. Rich co-authored the book Tap into the Mobile Economy and his blog has been listed in the Top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014.  Follow Rich on Twitter at@ApptologyCEO or attend a Startup Grind Sacramento Event.

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Announcements from Apple’s WWDC Keynote 2016

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On June 13th 2016, Apple’s first day of its annual WWDC Keynote Conference  was held in San Francisco, CA making some new and exciting announcements to its four pillars: watchOS (Apple Watch), tvOS (Apple TV), OS X (macOS), and iOS (iPhone/iPads). The event will continue until the 17th of June. Most of these items and updates will launch during Fall of this year.

watchOS 3 Updates

-Upgraded app downloads for optimized performance

-Dock interface that allows users to easily manage multiple apps that are open

-New and improved faces for watch

-Face exchange allowing users to cycle between watch faces based on preference

-New “Scribble” function allowing easy fingertip swiping

-Advanced support for wheelchair users

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tvOS Updates

-“Single Sign in” eliminates having to manually login to each AppleTV app

-“Dark Mode” for night owls or those that prefer a dim looking screen

-Automatically downloads associated AppleTV app after downloading iPhone video app

-Advanced “Siri Voice” search capabilities

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iPhone Updates

-iPhone now has remote control capabilities

-Emulates touchpad letting users to easily manage AppleTV’s Interface

-Utilize iPhone’s keyboard on AppleTV

-Gyroscope now can be used as a game controller

-Advanced lock screen and 3D touch support; “deep press” for more app details and simply move body away from phone to lock

-Automatic voicemail transcriptions

iPhone Updates

-New “Swift Playgrounds” allows users to get their feet wet in coding by offering how-tos, tutorials, and user-friendly lectures for the building blocks of app development

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OS X Updates

-Rebranding OS X to simply macOS  (first name change in over a decade)

-Upcoming OS will be called macOS Sierra

-Auto-unlocking capabilities; Sierra can detect when you’re next to it by identifying your iPhone or watchOS

-copy and paste between any device; copy something from iPhone and paste into Sierra

-Advanced storage space reduction capabilities; removes temp files, old mail, etc. while auto-downloading when needed

Apple Pay integration allowing complete secure and anonymous transactions with fingerprint authentication

Picture in Picture (PIP) allowing seamless window management; watch YouTube while working without taking up space on screen

-Advanced “Siri Voice” capabilities; from generic to complex queries

-Debut of iOS 10; Craig Federighi said it will be “the biggest iOS release for users ever”

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Widget Updates

-Access an app’s widgets by 3D touching its icon

Siri Voice Updates

-Integrates Siri Voice for 3rd party apps

QuickType Updates

-If someone asks via SMS, “What will the weather be like this week?” QuickType will conduct an automated search and provide an accurate response

VoIP Updates

-Skype and WhatsApp will now be integrated eliminating outdated notifications when people call

Map Updates

-Maps will now have the ability to access your schedule and whereabouts to provide accurate directions

“Extensions” enabling users to integrate 3rd party apps to easily call Uber for example

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Apple Music Updates

-Better appearance and easier navigation capabilities

HomeKit Updates

-The standard app for smart home/IoT devices now has features such as “Night Mode” that automatically locks your doors and dims the lights

iMessage Updates

-Online previews of links rather than an ugly url code

-Auto-emoji matching with text; type in “happy” and a correlating emoji will pop up

-Invisible ink; messages that will only appear when you allow via swipe

-3rd party access; allowing developers to incorporate their use into messages. For example, pay a recipient within messages via Square Cash

 

If you do decide to use “Swift Playgrounds” to develop your own mobile app, check out the 5 challenges commonly experienced by a modern appreneur to stay ahead of the curve. We don’t know about you, but we are excited for Fall to experience Apple’s new products firsthand. Check out Apple’s official website for more information and ordering process!

 

 

By Rich Foreman, CEO / Apptology and Director of Startup Grind Sacramento. Rich co-authored the book Tap into the Mobile Economy and his blog has been listed in the Top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014.  Follow Rich on Twitter at@ApptologyCEO or attend a Startup Grind Sacramento Event.

Quick Summary of iOS 8 Enhancements

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If you didn’t have a chance to view the WWDC Live Stream, Apple unveiled iOS 8 and OS 10.10 (Yosemite).  Since we’re focused on mobile apps, I’m highlighting the upcoming iOS 8 features which is expected to roll out in the fall.

HealthThis collects information from different health apps and creates one dashboard.  This seems similar to their  Passbook App.

Homekit:  This is standard for common protocol that can be used for controlling external devices in the home.

Extensibility:  Allows apps to share functionality with other apps.

Family Sharing:  Allows for 6 family members to share  their purchases on iTunes.

Photos:  Improved sharing of photos across devices along with a new cloud base storage model.

iMessage :  Improved messaging to make it more competitive to services like WhatsApp

Interactive Notifications :  Allows users to respond to messages directly from the notification banner

QuickType :  Introduces Predictive Text where keyboard is able to learn your writing style and offer suggestions (can’t wait to see how this compares to auto correct).

iCloud :  More robust iCloud to take on Dropbox and Google Drive

Greater Connectivity within Apple Devices:  Greater sync between apple devices (iPhone, iPads, and Mac) in conjunction with Yosemite.

Spotlight:  New search tool that takes location and context into account.

Enhanced SDK:  Apple touts this as the biggest release for developers.  There’s actually a lot of stuff here and we’re still digesting it.  I’ll talk about this in a future blog.

Enterprise Enhancements:  Apple introduced several Enterprise enhancements specifically towards security, productivity, and enhancements.

In future blogs, we will dig deeper into iOS 8 upgrades.