Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is ready to kick off and Cult of Mac will be here ready to liveblog all the action and glory as it happens.
We’re expected to get our first glimpses of the new and improved iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, both of which will supposedly feature a bunch of performance improvements, but could some major new features surprise us? Apple’s new music streaming service will also premiere at the event, and Apple Watch apps are about to get their own SDK.
Come enjoy the show with us as we break down all the awesome new features and products Tim, Craig, Jony and the rest of Apple’s team drop on us. The action starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, but we’ll be cranking up the liveblog around 9:30 a.m.
And that’s all folks! Have a great week and please pick up your Ping to Connect conversion packets on the way out the door.
I would, but the endless Music presentation has me weaknd.
At least you got the spelling right. Somebody buy that guy a vowel.
Confession – I know who The Weeknd is, but i don’t know any of his songs. So, I’m probably just like 95% of the WWDC devs. At least it’s not U2 though
The Weeknd’s new song will magically appear on your iPhones later today.
The Weeknd is giving the final performance of the keynote. Apple really got diverse this year by throwing two women and two black rappers onstage to go with their old rich white guy routine.
The Weeknd premieres a new song …
Oh god; now Tim Cook has a song we, like, totally have to listen to, dude.
no you didn’t black out
Please not U2 …
Buster, I think I blacked out and had a dream that Apple Music was completely boring.
one last thing….
It looks like they’re wrapping up.
Apple heard you like ads, so it put an ad in your ad.
Tim’s back! Save me, Tim.
“And that is Siri, and that is Apple Music.”
But that is not all.
The biggest news of Apple Music is that it’s launching on Android. WHAT?!
Apple Music’s Connect feature lets musicians bring you all the behind-the-scenes studio stuff, like guitarists laying down rhythm tracks. Because watching tracking and ProTools editing sessions is so enthralling. Not sure this is going to change the world.
Eddy Cue has basically just been showing off his music library the past 20 minutes. It’s like when you go to your hipster friend’s house and they want to show you their vinyl collection, but you’re like totally not interested because that collection includes a special Bruno Mars LP.
This is one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. And I almost got stabbed once.
Eddy Cue is dancing on stage. This keynote is going off the rails. MisDrakes were made.
Apple Music knows Eddy Cue likes Latin music, so it’s suggesting a Cuban playlist. Apple Music could not, however, have predicted the Eddy Cue dance.
Apple Music will cost $10 per month. A free 3-month membership will be offered to iOS users, and you can get a family plan to stream music to six different family members for only $15 a month.
More info about Apple Music right here.
At least Drake is excited.
Drake is onstage now talking about the hard knock life of growing up as an artist in the cold netherlands of Toronto. I still don’t get what Apple Music is, but wow, Apple brought Drizzy to WWDC?! His vintage Apple employee jacket is pretty fly too.
The third leg of Apple Music is Connect – A single place to connect with your favorite artists. Basically, it’s like MySpace only you have to be a musician but it doesn’t matter how popular you are.
No. It is not.
I just took a bathroom break. Is Apple Music interesting yet?
Beats 1 – the world’s best radio station, meets the world’s best voice, starring Zane Lowe.
The ‘My Music’ section lets you browse songs you’ve downloaded and bought. The ‘For You’ section recommends songs based on what you’ve listened to, and artists you love. There are also some real humans doing the picking for you too.
Apple Music is an ecosystem built around connecting musicians with music fans. Kind of like MySpace (god I hope it’s not like MySpace).
Beats One is a radio station for “great music.”
Thanks for all the details.
Here’s Jimmy’s 20 second pitch for Apple Music –
It’s one single app that is really three things in one: a revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and a platform to connects fans with artists.
Apple Music: It’s for f***ing.
but it’s so pretty Evan. That is all that matters
I don’t feel like I understand Apple Music any more than I did before.
Apple Music is coming. “The next chapter in music”
We’ve got a video about music. There better be a Dr. Dre appearance.
One more thing…
watchOS looks way better as a logo.
Seems kinda weird that he’d mention it’s free, right?
WatchOS 2.0 beta is available today for developers. The public release isn’t coming until this fall though.
I’m still waiting for Siri to be able to punctuate without me having to end every dictation by saying, “Period.”
The biggest feature of WatchOS is native access to the sensors. Developers can now run all their code on the S1 chip, and access some features that were closed off before.
Here are some new things third-party apps are getting:
– Access microphone
– Play audio through Apple Watch speaker
– Play shortform video
– Access to HealthKit
– Talk to HomeKit devices
– Access accelerometer movement data
– Taptic Engine
– Control UI elements with the Digital Crown
Siri is getting some nice upgrades with mass transit directions and HomeKit integration. It can also pull up Glances to certain apps at your request.
Engraved virtual achievements for Health & Fitness. Trophy makers must be quaking in their boots.
Apple is doubling down on the achievement medals by letting you share them with friends. I’d rather be able to share my 10k run with friends though.
Health and Fitness apps will run natively with WatchOS 2, and the activity from those apps will be added to your daily activity counter.
WatchOS 2 lets you add sets of friends to the contacts screen. You can now use multiple colors in your Digital Touch drawings. You’ll also be able to reply to email and make FaceTime audio calls, right from your wrist.
I don’t have more than 12 friends.
Nightstand Mode puts the time on the side, and transforms it into a beautiful little alarm clock.
New Time Travel feature – Rotate your digital crown to go forward and backward in time to see future (or past) events on your calendar, weather forecasts, dates, and more.
Apple has invented time travel. Damn it, Apple. I was going to make the Flux Capacitor joke.
With WatchOS 2 developers will be able to make their own Complications for the clock face, working with the modular and other watch faces to give you quick info at a glance.
watchOS 2: It’s complicated.
WatchOS is adding new features to Timepiece – New watch faces are coming, including a Photo face that lets you add your own photo or album as the clock face. A new Time-Lapse face shows your favorite locations everytime you raise your wrist
WatchOS is bringing native apps to the wrist. Apple’s bringing back its resident nerd-in-chief, Kevin Lynch to talk about it.
Next up, watchOS. Tim Cook says watchOS is a ‘giant moment’ for Apple, akin to the launch of the App Store on iOS.
Yeah, the Apple Watch is a month and a half old. Let’s freshen this shit up.
So, apps are great and powerful — even helping deaf people hear music. What is this building up to? Just a thank you to the devs who have helped transform the world with apps?
Does that include the ones you can’t delete, like Stocks?
Average person has 119 apps?!? I use maybe 10
Or they’re on their way out of the Fortune 500…
10 companies in the Fortune 500 don’t have apps. They’re clearly doing alright, though.
Lot of celebrity appearances at this nerdy developers conference. Neil Degrasse Tyson holding it down in this developer appreciation video.
$30 billion has been paid out to developers. Of course, Apple got its taste of that money too.
100 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store in seven years.
Not sure how many of those were fart apps, but I’ll leave that to analysts.
I just keep reading it as “El Caption.”
My voice just automatically switches to a thick spanish accent everytime I say ‘El Capitan’
iOS 9 developer beta is coming out today! Public beta comes out in July. Public rollout will be a free rollout in the fall. And it supports every device that worked with iOS 8.
Swift is going to be Open Source. There’s also some new language features coming to Swift 2.0 that I don’t really understand but developers will love it.
Swift 2 is coming with all-new optimization tech. “Whole module optimization.”
“We think Swift should be everywhere and used by everyone.” It’s going open-source!
CarPlay is now wireless! It also now supports apps by the automaker to control things in your car without leaving the CarPlay experience.
And reproductive health, Buster.
iOS 9 adds HomeKit support for window shades, carbon monoxide sensors, security sensors, and remote access to your home via iCloud.
HealthKit is getting a lot of additional measurements like hydration, and UV exposure.
Software update is going to make everybody get on iOS 9 by reducing the amount of free space you need to upgrade. Instead of needing 4GB of space your iPhone only needs 1GB to get the new software.
Battery life gets a nice bump from iOS 9. You can get a full extra hour on an iPhone with typical use. There’s also a new ‘Low-Power Mode’ that can extend battery life for an extra 3 hours.
Slideover is only available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 and 3. Splitview is only available on iPad Air 2.
Want to watch ESPN and check your email at the same time? iOS 9 adds picture-in-picture so you can still watch Steph Curry drain 3s on LeBron while typing up an email to your boss.
I may actually get an iPad now. So I can watch all of the sportsballs.
Multi-tasking goes to a whole new place in iOS 9.
Double tapping the home button brings up a new task switcher that gives big, full screen previews for all your apps. The new Slide Over feature allows you to get quick glimpses of your other applications. Switch between photos, messages, notes, or anything you want while working in another app.
iPad is getting the software update it’s deserved for years today, making a more powerful experience.
iOS 9 keyboard adds shortcuts to so you can copy/paste, add attachments, or format font quicker. The keyboard can be turned into a trackpad by using a two-finger tap and drag so you can edit text while working on a document.
Physical keyboards are finally getting shortcuts for formating, searching, and multi-tasking.
Here are the magazines and sites coming to News.
Apple’s incorporating tons of magazines into Apple News, with launch partners like The New York Times, ESPN and Conde Nast. But blogs and other publishers will be there too. Apple News will come first to U.S., UK, and Australia.
News creates personalized feeds based on your interests. It supports animations, galleries, videos, and bookmarks.
The more you read, the more it knows what you want to see. You can also hit “Explore” for suggested topics. Apple News format gives you all the rich content.
News creates personalized feeds based on your interests. It supports animations, galleries, videos, and bookmarks.
The more you read, the more it knows what you want to see. You can also hit “Explore” for suggested topics.
Susan Prescott is here to talk about News.
Maps is used 3.5x more than Google Maps on iOS, which is a pretty big shocker. So Apple’s adding a lot of new stuff today, like public transit directions. You can see all the lines that run through a station. It includes ‘multi-modal routing’ so you can go long distances without getting confused by crazy train schedules.
The Notes app comes with a handy toolbar with new formatting options. There’s also a new option for Notes on the iOS share sheet
Notes fans, listen up. Taking checklists, photo support, lists, and headings. You can also draw sketches and drop them into notes.
Passbook is now Wallet.
No loyalty rewards directly in the app, but stores are letting you add their loyalty cards into the app, so merchants can track your purchases with that, instead of sharing your credit card info.
U.K. fans, your Apple Pay is coming next month with 250,000 locations supported at launch. You can also use Apple Pay on the London Transportation system.
Pinterest is getting that Apple Pay support. Good thing they just added Buy Buttons.
New Square reader launching this fall — pre-orders today. Square will let small-business owners accept Apple Pay.
Some big updates coming to Apple Pay today:
– Square is about to start accepting Apple Pay with a new reader. Pre-orders start today.
– 1 Million retailers will start accepting Apple Pay next month
Discover is joining Apple Pay this fall. Trader Joe’s, Baskin Robbins, and JC Penney are upcoming retailers. Along with Cavs and Warriors stores.
“Goal of replacing the wallet.”
Apple Pay demo features a woman presenter – Jennifer Bailey
Craig’s taking a moment to remind developers that Apple doesn’t want none of your data. All the info is on your device, “and it stays under your control.” Take that Google. THAT is intelligence.
New Photos app will include a scrubber bar, and Siri can take you right there just by saying “show me my photos of X person doing Y thing at Z location”
Poutine fans are in the house.
There’s also a News app….
Looks like there’s a new iOS icon called Wallet.
Most importantly there’s an API for search so third-party apps can load in the results
Here are the cities getting Maps Transit.
Siri will suggest who unknown callers are by scanning your email for phone numbers. Now I can evade telemarkers with more confidence.
iOS 9 will have a “proactive assistant.” Your iPhone can now take invitations you receive via e-mail and tell you when to leave based on current traffic.
Siri can now add links to Safari in your reminders. That’s kind of nice. Don’t think I’ll ever really use it though.
New UI for Siri — “Show me photos from Utah last August.”
40 percent reduction in Siri not understanding what you’re saying.
Oooo! looks like the ‘experience of the iPad’ is about to get taken to ‘the next level.’ Whatever that means, I hope it includes split screen apps
83 percent of iOS users are running the current version.
I’m up! Let’s talk iOS 9.
El Capitan is available to developers starting today. A public beta will open in July. The full upgrade will roll out to everyone for free this fall
Metal is coming to the Mac! Making games and graphics faster. There’s a 40% reduction in CPU processing power needed for graphics. It adds 10x performance increases. It’s also great for high performance apps.
Improved performance is the biggest new feature for El Capitan. It’s 2x faster at most basic tasks. Deep architectural improvements were also made.
Dragging windows up past the top of the screen now allows you to set it up as a full screen app.
Multi-window stuff looks slick as hell. It would have been pretty useful to have, say, right now. For this.
El Capitan comes with a very Windows-7-esque feature that lets you snap two app windows to the side of the screen so you can look at them side-by-side
Mission Control is smoother, simpler, and faster than ever. Swipe up to reveal all your windows to manage them or enter full screen.
Spotlight search now brings up scores, stocks, weather, and can search for more specific items contextually.
Safari is picking up new pinned sites so you can keep tabs on your favorite websites all the time. You can also mute tabs just by tapping on them.
El Capitan features a new and improved Spotlight that’s more powerful, with built-in apps and improved windows management.
I’m not saying that.
And the name for OS X 10.11 will be… El Capitan!
“OS X Yosemite had the fastest adoption rate of any PC operating system ever,” says Craig Federighi.
OS X, iOS, and ‘watchOS’ are all on the docket for today, but I really hate the way they’re spelling watchOS so maybe we won’t cover any of that.
Coming up: OS X, iOS 9, Watch OS. In that order.
Tim’s bringing up the ransomed baseball hit by the Cleveland Indians. Here’s the full shopping list the bullpen demanded in exchange for his 100th homerun. http://www.cultofmac.com/324836/indians-bullpen-ransoms-100th-homerun-ball-for-a-ton-of-apple-products/
Tim is going to pay the full ransom. No word on where he picked up the 50 gallon bucket of lube.
Here are some numbers.
i saw room on the floor. There was room for more people, Tim. Like me and Evan….
Tim Cook says “Good morning.”
Tim’s on stage!
“Thanks for joining us, and welcome to San Francisco….We have a lot of great things to talk about this morning”
Even my tech-phobic wife is entertained watching this video. Though we still both have no idea what it’s about.
Yeah, but their copyright notice had a comma splice, Buster.
Apple’s starting out with a funny intro video this year with Bill Hader. Better than Google I/O’s odd intro video about a misplaced semi-colon
Man, that carpet looks comfy.
Still waiting …
Here’s the stage. I see they went with an Apple logo this year.
Apple’s clothing line isn’t very diverse. Same jacket for the past six years.
On the ground inside Moscone Center. This guy clearly needs an Apple logo shaved into his hair.
Tim, Eddy, and Phil are ready to party.
The lucky devs who got a ticket to WWDC 2015 are filing into Moscone Center in San Francisco. Won’t be long now.
How I feel waking up on the morning of WWDC