WWDC 2015 keynote slide El Capitan little features 002

Monday’s WWDC 2015 keynote talk was a jam-packed day of announcements that included iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS 2, Apple Music, the News app and updates to Apple Pay, so much so that Tim Cook had to immediately cut to the chase and skip his opening round of business updates (“Everything is going fine”, he joked).

There just wasn’t enough time to talk about every little enhancement and nice-to-have so Apple execs focused on big ones that make for great headlines while relegating a bunch of platform updates, that mostly matter to developers anyway, to a single slide.

My colleague Cody already compiled an interesting list of nearly three-dozen features in iOS 9 that Apple didn’t talk about during the keynote. If you’ve found his post compelling, you may be interested in my list of technological improvements in OS X El Capitan that Apple didn’t show on stage.

This is what I was able to gather based on a slide Craig Federighi put up during the El Capitan segment, pictured top of post:

  • New system font
  • Flights data detector
  • New color picker
  • Find My Friends widget
  • Photos editing extensions
  • New Dictionary languages
  • Last search
  • Arabic and Hebrew dictation
  • Keyboard shortcut for Chinese to English
  • Safari top hit in Spotlight
  • Resizable Spotlight window
  • Suggested contacts
  • Mute a tab
  • Redesigned crayon picker
  • Rename from context menu
  • Chinese multiple-character input
  • Time to leave
  • Redesigned Disk Utility
  • Improved Pinyin predictions
  • Improved AutoFill
  • Shared Links extensions
  • AirPlay video
  • Strikethrough in Mail format tab
  • File copy resume
  • Copy file path in Finder
  • Autohide menu bar
  • New Japanese input method
  • Create reminder from Share menu
  • New Chinese system font
  • Suggested events
  • Custom font in Safari Reader

Again, most of these aren’t headline features and as such will cater mostly to power users and those who write software for a living. But as these technologies make their way into your favorite Mac apps this fall, their impact on your desktop computing should be as profound as ever.

Anything in particular caught your eye?

  • Moltakfire

    Quick note,

    Resizable Spotlight windows were talked about. 🙂

    • Matheus Lisboa

      The post was actually writing what was on the slide Craig showed, some of these features were talked about

      • Moltakfire

        No no, the post is writing about the things that were shown on the slide, but not talked about. Craig talked about the resizable spotlight windows. I remember because he followed up with “I mean, there’s innovation, huh?” Chuckled a little.

      • Matheus Lisboa

        that part of the post didn’t take off the things Craig talked about… only wrote what had on the slide.. Craig also talked about muting a tab for example… read the part where they list the features again

    • TheShade247

      Woooo resize able spotlight window. Now this is called “INOVATION”

  • Infone

    Auto hide menu bar = Fullscreen Safari?

  • Elle

    They did mention about the resizeable spotlight window. But it was really quick.

  • What means “Flights data detector”?

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    FYI, they mentioned muting tabs and resizable spotlight 😉

  • moofer

    Seems like they’re working hard to improve/strengthen their offering to the Chinese customer. It’ll be fun to see how all of this is received in the quarters ahead. Go AAPL!

  • siddique

    Arabic 😀

  • ScooterComputer

    “File copy resume”…huh, I’d just take “File copy in a reasonable amount of time”! Since 10.8, I think, Finder copy has been borked, especially over network connections. So resuming a broken, slow-boat file copy sure is nice, I guess.

    • bradmacpro

      CopyDoubler was great, but I don’t recall it supported paused and resumed copies.

      • ScooterComputer

        Hrmmm, I dunno. There was another one too. Can’t remember the name of that one. (At least) ONE of them did resumable copies.

  • James G

    “oh nice” I exclaimed after seeing copy finder path.

  • Yarin Azulay

    Hebrew! 🙂

  • Great feature set, about damn time they copied these handy time/screen-space savers from Windows:

    “- Rename from context menu
    – File copy resume
    – Copy file path in Finder
    – Autohide menu bar”

  • Ed

    Airplay video from Safari is pretty big, I am surprised this wasn’t mentioned in the Keynote.