WWDC Cool things

WWDC was this week! So in my post today, rather than writing about any cool Swift stuff, I’m just gonna talk about what I’m pumped about from WWDC.

MY LIST OF COOL THINGS I’M GONNA PLAY AROUND WITH AFTER WWDC ‘17

SiriKit

Obviously, SiriKit isn’t new, but I’ve been looking for an excuse to build something with it. What IS new is that Siri can now share what it learns about you across all your devices. Cool!

HomeKit

The new AirPlay 2 protocol adds speaker support to HomeKit. I’m actually building an app right now that could use this feature. Awesome!

CoreML

This is the big one everybody seems to be talking about. A machine learning framework that can be used to integrate machine learning models in an application. Look! Documentation!

I’m definitely bought into this one. While there are some existing third party frameworks for machine learning in Swift — like Swift AI — the benefits of having a native framework are huge. CoreML will instantly have a huge, supportive community, with the full resources of Apple behind it. Rad!

HomePod

I’ve been wanting to build some things for one of the little magic home box thingies for a while now. Now it looks like I won’t have to learn a whole new language to do so. Nifty!

ARKit

And last but not least, we have a brand new augmented reality framework. Once again, it will be great to have a thing that already existed, but with the full support of the Apple community behind it. Tubular!

That’s the list! Next week I may take a look at CoreML or ARKit and see what trouble I can get into with them. Until next time, cool people!

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