WWDC Roundup: System integrations will expand the app experience in iOS 10

Posted June 23, 2016
Dan Cuconati, Mobile & Web Practice Lead

Late spring and early summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for mobile developers. Google held its Google I/O event in May, announcing that it is putting the finishing touches on Android N, its new mobile operating system that will be released later this summer. 

More recently, at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference in June, the Cupertino company announced updates to its software platforms, including iOS, OS X (now called macOS), tvOS, and watchOS. 

The iOS 10 release, which is expected to be available to the general public in the fall, includes redesigns of the user experience and interface, improvements to system functionality, and new system integration extensions that I’ve been exploring with the iOS developer beta. 

System integrations for third-party applications were initially announced two years ago with the use of app extensions, which give users access to an app’s functionality and content throughout iOS. For example, I normally have to switch between several apps to find a restaurant, read reviews, book a reservation, find directions, and get transportation. In iOS 10, I can do all of those things directly in Apple Maps.

Apple has doubled its extensions into system functionality in iOS 10. It now provides third-party applications integration into iMessage, Maps, Siri, Phone, and Notifications. Here’s a few examples of the applications that most of us use daily:

Mobile development is a fast-paced industry that requires developers to learn and deploy rapidly. Thanks to iOS 10’s new system integrations, I look forward to working with Trifecta’s clients to integrate and expand their apps to use the new functionality.