At WWDC, Apple finally turned all its devices into one big platform

“Stage Manager, an all-new interface for wrangling multiple apps and their overlapping windows, is coming to both MacOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.

iOS’s new Lock Screen customizations clearly draw considerable inspiration from how watch faces work on the Apple Watch, and the interface for choosing them is remarkably similar.

People without Apple Watches will still be able to use Apple’s Fitness app on their iPhones, turning the smartphone into a sort of Apple Watch you don’t wear on your wrist.

Apps such as Mail and Messages are getting new features that will debut on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac as soon as their updates are available this fall.
Freeform, a new Apple app for collaborative whiteboarding, is coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple’s Weather app, long an iPhone mainstay, will finally make its way to the iPad and Mac.

Apple’s most neglected operating system, the Apple TV’s tvOS, isn’t receiving much in the way of new features—but some of what it will get, such as support for Nintendo Switch game controllers, will also be available on other platforms.”

For the metaverse to grow, mobile digital identities are necessary

  • “Gartner expects that by 2026, ‘25% of people will spend at least one hour a day in the metaverse for work, shopping, education, social media and/or entertainment.’
  • I believe that the metaverse isn’t just a destination we reach through technological devices, but rather a digital identity we carry across platforms and experiences. It seems that regardless of how we define this concept, the role of digital identity remains a constant across all visions of the metaverse.
  • For the metaverse to ultimately succeed, I believe there are three main technological capabilities that must be present:
  1. Personalization of the user’s identity or identities.
  2. The ability to carry identities across platforms.
  3. Access from the user’s mobile device.”

What Is Google Firebase and Why Should You Use it?

“Google Firebase offers many features that pitch it as the go-to backend development tool for web and mobile apps. It reduces development workload and time. And it’s a perfect prototyping tool. Firebase is simple, lightweight, friendly, and industrially recognized.

5 Useful Features of Google Firebase

1. Storage

2. Hosting

3. Authentication

4. Firebase ML

5. Built-In Push Notifications”

85% of Deposits Now Made Digitally at Bank of America as Growth in Client Engagement with Digital Continues

  • “Today 85% of deposit transactions are being made through the Bank of America app, ATMs and other automated channels – driven by nearly 48 million checks deposited digitally during the second quarter alone.
  • As of the beginning of last month, more than 70% of Bank of America clients are actively using digital channels for more of their needs
  • All generations are engaging with Life Plan, particularly Millennials (43%), to set and track financial goals.
  • More than 21 million clients have used Erica to complete more than 430 million interactions.
  • Bank of America clients used digital channels to schedule a record 871,000 appointments with financial specialists during the second quarter.
  • Over 14 million Bank of America clients, including small businesses, use Zelle®.
  • Digital now makes up 25% of small business sales, up from 19% last year.”

Qualcomm’s Vision: The Future Of … AI

  • “The latest Snapdragon 888 has a sixth generation AI engine powerful enough to process significant AI models on the phone, enabling applications such as on-device speech processing and even real-time spoken language translation.
  • To add more talent and IP to Qualcomm’s AI research lab, the company announced today that it has acquired a team from Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH (TwentyBN), including their high quality video dataset that is widely used by the AI research community.
  • Clément Delangue believes that Transfer Learning will be the next big thing in AI. ‘I think, in five years, most of the machine learning models out there will be transfer learning models. And that’s super exciting because they have new capabilities but also new opportunities for them to be smaller, more compressed, to be trained on smaller datasets, thanks of the unique characteristics and capabilities of transfer learning.’”–ai/amp/