AAPL stock surging up. iOS 10 bricking early adopters’ phones. “Courage.”
There’s really nothing like September in Silicon Valley. This is Apple’s time, and this year they did not disappoint.
But rather than go over the lack of headphone port for the millionth time, let’s take a dive into the new software layer that Apple put out for iPhone users this month (did you forget?).
With iOS 10, Apple has made some subtle, divisive—maybe underappreciated—changes. And in the right light it looks like a preview of a very different future.
Tomorrow, September 7th, Apple’s annual fall showcase will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. They’re expected to unveil this year’s iPhone—the iPhone 7—as well as release an official date for its operating system, iOS 10.
In that spirit, we thought we’d try and predict just how quickly people will adopt iOS 10. To do so, we went back and looked through data on the last few iOS launches.
What we found suggests that iOS 10 will probably, barring serious technical glitches, be adopted by users faster than any update since iOS 7.
The future of Slack, messaging app and reportedly the fastest growing business app of all time, has long been the subject of intense speculation. After Microsoft nixed plans to acquire the now-$3.8 billion company, analysts weighed in to predict that Slack would reinvent everything from online documents to Facebook.
At a Friday press conference, however, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield put the rumors to rest, offering up the clearest statement we’ve heard from Slack about what the high-flying company wants to be next.
The future of Slack, he said, is to become the “browser and the command line for the enterprise”—in other words, a whole new operating system just for businesses.
App developers can’t stop talking Android Instant Apps, one of the biggest announcements from this year’s Google I/O.
In a nutshell, Instant Apps are “lite” versions of native Android apps that users can use without having to download anything. When a user taps on a deep link associated with an Instant App, they are redirected to a small “app”-version of the mobile website. Instant Apps open as quickly as mobile websites (sometimes even quicker), but they function like native apps. No downloads necessary. This makes user acquisition frictionless for app developers.
What that means for analytics is huge: no more working towards vanity metrics like installs and Play Store rankings just because people need to download your app to use it. Now, you’re free to focus 100% on what comes after—building an awesome user experience, improving your retention, and bringing even more users to your native app.
Hundreds of thousands of people “wanna be the very best, like no one ever was,” as evidenced by the wild success of Pokémon GO.
Brainchild of Niantic Labs and Nintendo, the augmented reality game is now installed on twice as many mobile devices as Tinder and has record-high user engagement, beating out social behemoths like Instagram and Snapchat for average time spent in-app per day. Even more mind-boggling: according to data from SimilarWeb, the app is on its way to having more daily active users than even Twitter!
(Mm. Dat hockey-stick curve.)
(Note: This post is full of spoilers for the 6/19 episode of Silicon Valley.)
No one can stop talking about Apple’s latest announcements at WWDC 2016.
The annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicked off this week, is an avenue for “Apple’s renowned developer community [to come] together to learn about the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.” Most of the world waited with bated breath to hear what was in store for Apple operating systems over the next year.
Here are some highlights from Apple’s Keynote announcements and some food for thought from industry experts.