Apple Said to Announce Siri, Marzipan, and AR Improvements at WWDC 2019

Citing sources familiar with the development of Apple’s new operating systems, the folks over at 9to5Mac have shared some details about the new features and APIs for developers that Apple is expected to announce at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 that kicks off on June 3rd.

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Sources say that AR on Apple’s platforms will gain significant improvements this year, including a brand new Swift-only framework for AR and a companion app that lets developers create AR experiences visually. Developers will be able to adopt new Siri intents, including media playback, search, voice calling, event ticketing, message attachment, and more.

A new framework will give developers more control over the Taptic Engine. NFC is also expected to get significant improvements, including the ability for third-party developers to read any ISO7816, FeliCa or MiFare tags:

Developers porting their iOS apps to the Mac will have access to new APIs that allow their UIKit apps to integrate with Mac-specific features such as the Touch Bar and menu bar (including keyboard shortcuts). UIKit apps on the Mac will also be able to open multiple windows.

Split View apps ported from iOS will have the ability to be resized by dragging the divider and its position reset by double clicking the divider, just like native Mac apps.

Apple’s WWDC event this year will be held between June 3-7, at the McEnery Convention Center in San José, California, USA.