Best of WWDC 2016: Hands-on with iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS, watchOS 3, and more

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Apple laid out the future of its evolving ecosystem at WWDC 2016.
Apple laid out the future of its evolving ecosystem at WWDC 2016.
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Cult of Mac has all of this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference covered for you. Check out all the WWDC 2016 announcements worth getting excited about as well as the best hidden iOS features not mentioned by Apple.

It’s all in this week’s free Cult of Mac Magazine. We give you hands-on videos of the latest developments including iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS and watchOS 3. Plus, how to improve your fitness with Apple Watch.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Apple reveals why iMessage isn’t coming to Android

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iMessage is the only major messaging service that's exclusive to iOS.
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Android fans who have been waiting for Apple to bring its popular iMessage platform to Android won’t be getting blue chat bubbles anytime soon, according to Apple executives at WWDC.

Despite pre-WWDC rumors that Apple planned to push iMessage across the Android divide, the company revealed this week that it has some pretty good reasons to keep it as an exclusive iOS feature.

tvOS 10 hands on: Taking Apple TV to the next level

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Check out the betas for tvOS and the new iOS Remote app in action.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Along with macOS, iOS and watchOS Apple recently unveiled the latest system update to their Apple TV operating system: tvOS 10.

tvOS 10 brings some great new additions along with a new iOS remote app. To see the new Apple TV and remote app updates in action, check out the video below.

5 reasons your Apple experience is about to get even more amazing

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Watch WWDC as a developer is a completely different experience.
Devs at WWDC 2016 see plenty of under-the-hood tweaks that will ultimately mean big things for users.
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Most Apple fans don’t start drooling at the mention of speech-recognition APIs, Xcode thread sanitizers, Metal tessellation or Pixar USD model support. However, if you’re a developer, those can be huge game-changers that mean you can make your apps better than ever.

While Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 keynote revealed loads of fresh features coming in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra — including some amazing stuff that should delight iPhone, iPad and Mac owners when the final versions launch this fall — developers watching Monday’s event saw tons of seemingly minor updates that will let them make apps better than ever.

To find out what the little updates could mean for typical users, Cult of Mac asked some of this year’s Apple Design Award winners what WWDC additions they’re most excited about.

Here’s what they told us.

Apple forces additional security requirements on iOS apps

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Apple will only collect iOS 10 data if you opt-in.
Apple plans to make HTTPS mandatory for apps.
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Apple is finally dropping the ban hammer on HTTP.

As part of its overall efforts to increase security on iOS, Apple revealed to developers at WWDC that it will soon force all apps to use a secure HTTPS connection to access web service, so that users’ data stays encrypted while in transit.

Photographers rejoice! iOS 10 lets you snap RAW images

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The iPhone's camera is getting a big update.
The iPhone's camera is getting a big update.
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Pictures snapped from an iPhone are about to take a huge step closer to pro status this year and you won’t even need to buy the iPhone 7 Plus’ rumored dual lens to get them.

For the first time ever, Apple is finally bringing RAW image files to the Camera app in iOS 10 thanks to a new AVCaptureOutput that will also allow third-party apps to snap Live Photos along with RAW.

iOS 10 ensures you never forget where your car is parked

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Apple will only collect iOS 10 data if you opt-in.
iOS 10 helps keep tabs on your car.
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“Dude, where’s my car?” is about to become a question of the past thanks to a new feature in iOS 10.

The underrated new feature went unmentioned during Apple’s two-hour keynote yesterday, but it might solve one of the biggest problems with going to any mall, festival, airport, hotel or hospital: remembering where you parked.

OS X is dead! Long live macOS

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macOS Sierra is here!
Apple's desktop OS has been rebranded.
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OS X is dead. The name, at least.

Apple’s desktop operating system will become macOS this fall with its next major update, which will bring a whole host of exciting new features and improvements — including Siri integration, automatic unlocking, and Apple Pay for the web.

Catch our WWDC 2016 hardware and software predictions on The CultCast

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Next week's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco is looking pretty momentous.
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This week, on The CultCast: it’s our WWDC 2016 predictions! We’ll tell you what hardware and software to expect. Plus: Apple makes huge changes to the prices you’ll pay for apps; this year’s Back to School specials are some of Apple’s best yet; and Steve Jobs… the opera? Don’t miss more weird and wild stories from the Cult of Mac.

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Apple Pay may take on PayPal with web payments

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Apple Pay is everywhere.
Apple Pay is everywhere.
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Pretty soon when you’re shopping online, Apple Pay might become the quickest way to checkout instead of using PayPal.

Rumors have been floating around the web for months that Apple plans to bring Apple Pay to the web and according to a new report, Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote will be the site of the grand unveiling.