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WWDC 2015 Keynote: Apple announces iOS 9, Apple Music and watchOS 2

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The annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference started a few hours ago with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook. He, along with several members of the Apple team, announced many new software products like Mac OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2 and more.

Mac OS X El Capitan

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The next-generation operating system for Mac has arrived. This update has two major focuses: experience and performance. For changes in experience, Apple added many new features that enhance the way the Mac is used. For example, Split View allows you to work on two apps simultaneously together. Like Windows, the computer will automatically size two apps to fix next to each other in your fullscreen window space. Apple also expanded the Notes app, Mail, Safari, Photos, Maps and made Spotlight Search more like Facebook’s Graph Search. For performance, they added the Metal graphics core technology which increases the performance and graphics of apps.

Comes out to developers today, to public beta testers in July and the public in the Fall.

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iOS 9

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Apple announced several new updates with the next-generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Like El Capitan, the team focused on key areas when talking about the updates. In terms of Intelligence, Siri has been updated with a new colorful user interface and more capabilities. Siri can search through your photos and videos in the Photos app to provide specific answers to requests, like searching for those pictures you took last year at WWDC. There’s a new page to the left of the Home screen (where the search bar used to be pre-iOS 7) that displays suggestions for people to talk to, apps to use, what’s nearby in terms of food, drinks, shopping and fun and what’s currently in the news. This section is also for Spotlight Search and it has expanded capabilities to return search results with videos on YouTube and Vimeo, third-party apps, measurement conversions and more.

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The second key area is Enhancements and this, simply put, means that Apple has updated several of their apps with more functions. For example, the Notes app has a new toolbar that has shortcuts for formatting options, the App Switcher has a completely new user interface, the Health app can track more data points, the Maps app can provide transit directions and Apple added a new app called News, which provides magazines and news articles from several sources in an easy-to-read format.

Apple also focused on increasing performance with the iPhone. They reduced the total available space to 1.3GB in order to install iOS 9 instead of the 4.6GB needed for iOS 8. The team also increased the energy efficiency by adding an additional hour of battery time for devices running iOS 9 and a new function called Low Power Mode that will switch off many functions to add up to three additional hours of battery life (on top of the hour).

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For the final area of focus, Apple designed specific features of iOS 9 to solely work on the iPad. After nearly two years of rumors, Multitasking is finally here on the iPad. Like the iPhone, there’s a new App Switcher user interface. The iPad can use two apps simultaneously next to each other with features called Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture.

Comes out to developers today, public beta testers in July and the public in the Fall. All the devices that could upgrade to iOS 8 will be able to update to iOS 9 as well.

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Apple Watch (watchOS 2)

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Even though the Apple Watch is only a few weeks old, Apple has announced the second-generation operating system. On a side note, this means we can expect a new operating system every WWDC (so watchOS 3 in June 2016). Anyway, watchOS 2 adds a lot of new functions, like photos for the watch’s face, third-party complications, new apps can run without the need for the iPhone, support for transit directions, Siri can control HomeKit-enabled devices and more.

Comes out to developers today, the public in the Fall.

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Apple Pay

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To start off talking about Apple Pay, the team went into detail about the success the payment service has seen. Apple Pay has been out since October 2014 and is now accepted in over one million locations. Several major retailers have announced they will soon be accepting the service in their stores too, like JCPenney, Forever21, Dunkin Donuts, Trader Joe’s, Best Buy and many others. With iOS 9, the Passbook app has been renamed to Wallet and there’s a new icon. Store credit and debits cards and loyalty and rewards cards will also be stored in the app. Finally, Apple announced that Apple Pay will begin its international expansion by entering the United Kingdom in July.

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One More Thing…

Apple Music

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As rumored, Apple announced their new music streaming service that will directly compete with Spotify and Rdio. This music service will allow for unlimited streaming for every song found in the iTunes Store (some of which are not found on Spotify). It will recommend playlists and albums based on the music you listen to, show you top charts, new music and more, allow you to connect to your favorite artists and view the content they share, like photos, videos and sound bites, and there’s a 24/7 global radio that is live from New York City, Los Angeles and London. The music streaming service, which is found in the all-new Music app, will be available for $9.99/month per person or $14.99/month for families of up to six people. Apple is offering a three-month free trial for those who want to test out the service.

The new Music app with streaming service comes with iOS 8.4 and is available to download on June 30th. Apple will also be releasing an app on Android in the Fall.

WWDC 2015 invitation hints at new Apple Music and Home app

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Perhaps this post is a little late, but it’s better late than never. The Worldwide Developer’s Conference is kicking off at 10am PDT today (or 1pm for those of us on the East Coast) with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook talking about the latest developments at Apple. Since April 14th, we have seen the invitation and only now do we really believe what the invitation is hinting towards. Honestly, the invitation makes a lot more sense once we compiled all the rumors together in our expectations for the keynote. So without further ado, here we go!

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When we first looked at the above invitation for WWDC 2015, we immediately saw circles and squares making up the design. Since it is a developer’s conference where developers get together to learn about the latest developments at Apple, the circles are for the Apple Watch apps and the squares for iOS apps. The “epicenter of change” refers to what the purpose of WWDC is: bringing developers together to learn about how to enhance their apps and help them to create new ones. Apps can change the way we see the world so Apple wants to help this happen anyway they can, which is one of the reasons why WWDC exists.

After scraping off the obvious clues from the invitation, we see a second possible reference. If we see the center square as less of a random app and more of the new iOS 9 Home app, then everything else immediately makes sense. The Home app is expected to be the central control center for smart home accessories. The “epicenter” is the Home app, while the “of change” is that the app will control smart home accessories and this will change the way we live. Instead of just flicking a switch to turn on/off a light, a smart home light fixture can change colors, brightness and more. By adjusting the color from white to blue or red, the entire environment and mood can change in a home. The square below the Home app could be the new Apple Music app (or Music app). Since both squares are prominent in the invitation and above all other apps, they will likely be the focus of the keynote today.

We have a final theory as to what the center square could represent. Although this rumor was squashed by The New York Times because Apple isn’t ready to announce it just yet, the square could be the fourth generation Apple TV. The apps around could refer to the new Apple TV App Store and the “epicenter of change” refers to the Apple TV being the central hub for all smart home accessories.

Come back to the blog after 3pm EST for a summary of today’s announcements.

How to watch the WWDC 2015 keynote live

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On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will kick out the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) with a keynote announcing the latest developments at Apple. We expect to see iOS 9, new Apple Music, updates with Apple Pay and a whole lot more. The event, as confirmed by Apple, will be live streamed, but it will only be available to watch on Apple products. The fun starts at 10am PDT (or 1pm for those of us on the East Coast).

On the Mac

To watch the keynote on your Mac, please go to www.apple.com/live. Your Mac is required to be running at least OS X 10.8.5 with Safari 6.0.5 or later. If you are running Yosemite or Mavericks, you are all set.

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On the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

To stream the keynote on your iOS devices, please visit www.apple.com/live. Your device is required to be running at least iOS 6.

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On the Apple TV

There’s a special dedicated channel on the Apple TV called “Apple Events” that will stream the keynote when the time is ready. Your device is required to be either a second- or third-generation running at least software 6.2 or later.

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On Android or any other non-Apple devices

Unfortunately, this year’s WWDC keynote will only be streamed on Apple products. If you have an Android device and still want to catch the announcements, you can watch several blogs in attendance at the event posting live and definitely watch your Twitter feed (this is usually the best since pictures are posted immediately from several angles).

Sources: Apple

Expectations for WWDC 2015 Keynote: iOS 9, Apple Music, Apple Pay international expansion

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This year’s second major special media event, which kicks off the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) on June 8th, will be primarily focused on the next-generation operating systems for Mac and iOS. Rumors have suggested that we may also see the fourth generation Apple TV with Internet TV streaming service, Apple Music with Spotify-like unlimited streaming and Apple Pay expanding to more countries. Without further ado, here’s everything we expect in terms of iOS for WWDC 2015.

iOS 9

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The ninth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is guaranteed to be present at Monday’s event. At every previous WWDC keynote, Apple announced the next-generation operating system for iOS and this year is not expected to be any different. Especially since the entire week is designed for developers to get a feel for the new operating system and how to improve their apps. We don’t expect any major design overhauls, mostly just improvements, bug fixes and a handful of new features. For the features, we will see a new Home application that will be the control center for all smart home accessories (HomeKit), support for train, bus and subway navigation in the Maps application, a new system-wide font called San Fransisco, a new Siri interface with more colors like the Apple Watch and much more.

The major iOS update will be released to developers immediately and to public beta testers probably about two weeks later.

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Apple Music (with iOS 8.4)

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In addition to the all-new Music app that will come out with the release of iOS 8.4, Apple is working on a new Spotify-like music streaming service. The service will allow users to stream any music that is available on the iTunes Store any time they want for a monthly subscription price of $9.99. A trial period of one to three months will also be announced at WWDC to entice users to switch from Spotify to Apple Music. The service will come with a social aspect called Artist Activity that will allow listeners to follow their favorite artists, view exclusive content, find tour dates and more.

The all-new Music app in iOS 8.4 is expected to be released in the last week of June.

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Apple Pay

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Apple’s virtual payment service, which came out in October 2014, will see updates at the conference next week. Since there are now more than 300 supporting institutions in the United States and as of March, over 700,000 stores accept the service, we expect Apple to brag about the latest numbers. We also expect that Apple will announce Apple Pay’s international expansion with Canada likely being the first country outside the United States. The United Kingdom and China are also rumored to be in talks with Apple about using the payment service, but these might not be announced on Monday. In addition, Apple will announce their new rewards program that will incentivize users with perks for using the payment service.

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Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch came out in April exclusively online with an enormous amount of support and quickly sold out. The Apple Watch will be hitting store shelves soon and at the end of the month, it will be available in several more countries. Apple will definitely give us numbers about the success the Apple Watch has seen. A new Apple Watch software development kit (SDK) will be announced that will allow developers to create native apps that don’t require the iPhone. Currently apps are created on the iPhone first and extensions are displayed on the watch. These new apps will work without the iPhone. In addition, the apps will be able to use the watch’s sensors instead of relying on the paired phone’s sensors.

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Apple TV with Internet TV Streaming Service

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For several months leading up to WWDC, the redesigned fourth generation Apple TV and Internet TV streaming service were both expected to be announced at the conference, but they are apparently not ready yet. The new Apple TV will come with a slimmer box, redesigned and more tactile remote, support for Siri and an App Store in addition to the Internet TV streaming service. The service would be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. Apple is still in talks with some networks so they plan to hold off until everything is ready in the fall.

Although this most recent report came from The New York Times and they are very credible, we are not ready to let go of this just yet. We expect to at least see the Apple TV at the event in one form or another so that’s why we didn’t completely write it off.

SourcesMacRumors, 9to5Mac, The New York Times

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WWDC 2015 Scheduled for June 8-12

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It has been two months since Apple held their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference and now we are looking towards the next one.  According to a calendar on the website for Moscone Center, June 8th to June 12th has been reserved for a “Corporate Event”.  This is the same venue Apple uses for their conference and it blocks off dates that Apple will likely use for WWDC 2015.  MacRumors notes that the calendar has pointed out previous conference dates in the past using a similar manner.

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Although we can’t speculate too much about what Apple will reveal at the conference, it is certain that iOS 9 and Mac OS 10.11 will be displayed.  It is unlikely that the new operating systems will go through a drastic change like iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite did so don’t expect another overhaul in design.  The operating systems will likely bring us features with more integration between the mobile devices and the computer.

Apple revealed iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014. In the next few months, we will see the next-generation iPhone, iPad Air and iPad mini.  It is also rumored that we will see the iWatch, redesigned Apple TV and iPad Pro.