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Kicking Apple Continuity to Level 2

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Apple brought out continuity throughout their iWork suite of productivity application a couple years ago. With the introduction of iCloud, the abilities have grown, every year adding a new ability to the cross device experience. However with all these additions, there also needs to be products added to the list, and with iOS 10, macOS Sierra and watchOS 3 this is what is happening starting to happen.

A up trend is happening in the Apple eco-system, Apple is moving to a more continuity system to their products. One thing that has always been true is that Apple products have been easy and simple to use and they are trying to make switching from one device to another flawless, with the help of iCloud. When iCloud was introduced, it was a reboot of a cloud based system that updates documents in their iWork, now divided into Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications. They have applied this to more application since and have a whole suite of apps built on the iCloud framework allowing for full continuity.

Allowing you to start an email on your iPad and finishing it mid sentence on your iPhone while walking out the door.

In the past years, connections have been happening within the eco-system and they are going to continue to grow. The ‘hand-off’ feature was first displayed in iOS 8 and bridged with Mac OS Yosemite, it was the first time that you were able to answer a phone call or answer a text right on your Mac. Last year the AppleWatch came out, with hand-off like features too,  for things like using Siri, if a request on the AppleWatch does not come back correctly or it needs more display, it can hand it off to the iPhone.

Coming down the pipeline is pretty significant for devices, software and services

Your AppleWatch knows that its you, so with watchOS 3 and Mac Sierra together, when you use your Mac it will automatically unlock for you since it knows that it’s you. And speaking of ApplePay, the new Safari has the built in ability to ‘Purchase with ApplePay’ on webpages now, when you press any buttons online that say that it prompts you to verify the purchase with the TouchID on your iPhone, once verified, continue to surf the web.

However with new additions happening with the AppleWatch, where does the iPad play its part in continuity, how will the product of the AppleWatch service the ability to hand-off to an iPad? As well as the other product that is a significant player since its fourth generation update last year, the AppleTV. What sort of continuity can be built into that system that allows for full continuity, walking into my living room, sitting and walking out again. We won’t see any additions in this years suite of software, but future continuity is highly feasible.

Apple’s continuity is going to continue to grow as the product lines get larger, the abilities come to other products and eventually we will have a continuity system and the only thing left is the experience of using a phone versus a laptop, and not the restriction of what we can or can’t do on that device.

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Celebrating 10 Years at the WWDC

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: The World-wide Developer Conference is just around the corner, kicking off on June 13th with the most important keynote where Apple shows off some new things that developers get to use throughout the week. This year is the celebration of iOS turning 10.

Celebrating 10 Years at the WWDC

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iTunes Continuity

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: In 2014, Apple released a new way to interact with all devices. It was hand-off and it helped with being able to start a document on one device and ending it on another. This has been applied to most services but one, the most important one of all.

iTunes Continuity 

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Three Months in with Apple TV

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Apple just released a new commercial for this device, covering a range of applications and reforced that apps are the future of AppleTV and Apple is right, applications are what is going to make this product great.

Three Months in with Apple TV

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AppleTV 4th generation was released the last week of October and has had a great holiday season if the predicts of devices sold was correct. Apple released a new commercial to cover all the options of applications to use on the device. And the apps look familiar, and they are. Over 80% of the applications shown in this commercial were actually applications that were previously on other AppleTV’s or were at the very least present on the device since launch date.

In television, content is key, as applications hold the reason why Apple’s iPhone got so big run and continues to grow. But in television, games are not going to be what puts this device in its own category, it might one day but for right now, content is what it needs to be successful.

People want content specific, searchable content that is able to be found in one click, or something very simple… like search. Search and voice hand in hand will make this device go even farther, as we see with the adoption rate. Personally I like searching titles, but when I know what I want, I just ask and it displays and it ready to go in two clicks, one to active Siri and one to click on the title of the movie. And thats how simple it should be for everything I want to watch.

The way AppleTV will explode is in applications that allow for easy content grabbing, pulling it into one central place, or having it saved in a very convenient place. Having content right there in front of me, ready for me to see it. Interactions with tv’s can’t have too much menu searching, jumping or cycling, it should be short and sweet.

The next two year will really expand on the idea of content ready devices like this. That is a streaming device but also can support a lot of locations to pull from. The gain will be in displaying content in an easy way, and Apple is in the right direction with voice. It’s easy, simple and everyone can speak.

‘The Future of TV is Apps’

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Apple isn’t Doomed, So Shut Up

Written by: Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Every week there has been some sort of article about how Apple is doomed, and is on the end of the line. It is the same topic articles that have been getting released. But the fact is, the facts aren’t straight and it is getting sorta annoying to read.

Apple isn’t Doomed, So Shut Up

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Solid Predictions of Products From Apple for 2016

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Yearly predictions have become sort of a repetitive nature from Apple recently. Before the iPhone and other markets they took on, the map was not as on course as it is now. Here are the solid predictions of products from Apple in 2016.

Solid Predictions of Products from Apple for 2016

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Pressing Pause on the new AppleTV

Written by: Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: In recent news, Apple has allegedly put their streaming tv service on hold, after years of speculation. Originally suppose to launch beside the fourth generation AppleTV, however nothing was shown at the Fall event and no evidence of the service at all.

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Pressing Pause on the new AppleTV

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Product Launch Timelines

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: Over the years, the spring has been a release time for a couple products from Apple, however in recent years, has been a lot of moving towards the christmas season to drive more sales year over year. However this year Apple Watch was released, being the first spring launch of a product since the iPad.

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The Huge Step Forward In Television for Apple

Written by Tyler Hackbart

Prologue: In less than a month, we get to experience the new AppleTV first hand, there is a lot changing in this little box that the everyday consumer should get excited for, but developers are too because of two simple words: TV Applications.

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The Huge Step Forward In Television for Apple

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