Brian Tong here, and welcome to The Apple Byte where all the good and bad inside the world of Apple.
Now as WWDC 2015 gets closer, a whole lot of info about iOS9 has been revealed thanks to the team at NIne to Five Mac.
Now, according to reports.
Apple's preparing a new iOS9 feature.
That will combine Siri, contact, calendar, passbook, and third party apps to create their equivalent of Google now for the IoS platform.
Its codename proactive but not to be confused with the skincare products Adam Levine promotes.
Right at the very beginning of being in the band, we would play shows and I had acne.
But I can tell you first hand the solution is ProActiv Plus.
Now it's goal is to provide timely information based on what a user's doing at the time and their data patterns.
Proactive is expected to be shown off at WWDC and will be found on the left side of the home screen where Spotlight used to live in hopes that it will boost its usage.
Now this sounds great and I've always been jealous of Google Now and Google's voice recognition.
But Apple's going to have to take a major leap to best Google's brand new Now on Tap feature.
That takes Google Now to the next level.
And the reality here, Apple is just playing catch up.
Now Apple finally released transit directions in iOS 9 after it was pulled before WWDC last year.
Apple plans to debut bus, Subway, and train route information to update the maps app.
But don't get too excited just yet.
Reports say it will only support a half dozen cities on launch.
Including New York and San Francisco in the US.
Canada will only get support for Toronto.
And the first supported cities in Europe will be London, Paris, and Berlin.
Also, Apple Pay will be bringing a rewards program to WWDC according to the New York Times.
Details are scarce, but people familiar with the service say Apple will be offering perks, to consumers who make purchases with the service.
I'm pretty excited because I can just imagine using something like Apple Pay to buy a meatball sub at Subway, and getting an extra meatball.
Hey look it's an extra meatball.
[UNKNOWN] And that sandwich was good.
Alright, nine to five mac reports Iowa's Nine will also bring a new app called Home, which will work with Apple's home kit platform in an attempt to control the connected home and it's myriad devices on your iPhone, iPad, and even Apple watches.
So we'll see how Apple's vision of the smart home starts coming together- After its introduction last year at WWDC.
Now, Apple will also be using its own design, San Fransisco font, that was developed for the Apple watch, and integrating it into iOS 9, as well as OS X 10.11, to really give it a fresher look and feel.
Developers have already hacked OS X Yosemite, so you can get a good feel of how it will look like right here.
Overall, guys and gals, don't look for any major new groundbreaking features in iOS9 and OSX 10.11, code name Gala.
The focus here is really quality and refinement with a lot of under-the-hood optimizations.
So think of it like Snow Leopard back in the day.
Now the company has even been working on ways to optimize iOS9.
To run more efficiently on older iPhones and iPads so we'll see it all on June the 8th.
Now shifting gears to the rumored Apple TV.
Recode reports Apple reportedly wants to include live local programming in their [INAUDIBLE] Apple TV streaming bundle, but seeing a reveal at WWDC might not happen.
Apple wants to include live local programming from TV stations to broaden the appeal, especially with people trying to cut the cord entirely.
But you know, it takes time to get individual local TV deals signed.
Now my own sources working on video shoots with Apple told me while they were on set, they were interacting with entirely blank screens with iPhones and iPads And directors told them to swipe from right to left to get to the live TV feature.
They were talking about it like a feature that didn't exist.
But they had to use it for their advertisements or tutorial videos.
So get ready, it's coming, even if no deals have been signed.
Now in some Apple Watch news, Apple [UNKNOWN] VP of Operations, Jeff Williams, Revealed at the code conference that this fall native watch app will finally be made possible so you don't have to wait those annoying five to ten seconds for an app to load from the I-PHone first.
I know first world problems.
Now he says Apple will be releasing a dev kit for native watch apps at the conference Now when asked about Apple's car project, he said the car is the ultimate mobile device.
Giving a little wink, wink at the rumors that Apple is working on a car of its own for 2020 with the code name Project [INAUDIBLE].
And let's just forget about the Apple Watch mission.
We showed you a service That charges $400.00 to turn your watch to gold.
Well, how about a do it yourself home kit for $115.00.
The Midas Touch Kick Starter will allow you to gold plate your own watch with 24 carat gold.
There's also a package for 159, that covers the entire watch and a band It's an electro chemical reaction that bonds the gold atoms to the steel and they can be removed with a polish if you want it back to it's original state.
All right guys and gals, let's get to our feedback of the week from our last episode.
comes to us from Carlos Lopez who says, had to fast forward the beginning because Brian just just ain't funny.
I'm starting to dislike him a lot.
But Carlos, you still watched the entire rest of the video.
And an honorable mention goes to Don Angel who said, I thought it was just me that licked my products.
All right, that's gonna do it for this week's show.
You can email me at theapplebyte or tweet me @briantong.
I know this is longer than expected, but I'm gonna throw my Apple Watch review in next week because, come on, barely anyone has one anyways.
Thanks for watching, and we'll catch you all next time for another bite of the Apple.