Nerds rejoice. WWDC is finally here!
Apple’s annual developer conference is set to get underway in just a few hours. The company is expected to unveil the future of iOS, OS X, Apple Watch, Siri and much more in what is expected to be one of the most action-packed keynotes we’ve seen in years.
Cult of Mac will be liveblogging all the action of today’s events right here and we won’t stop until every last morsel of info has been dished out by Tim Cook and the rest of Apple’s team. If you’re not sure what to expect from today’s keynote, take a look at this quick refresher — “Everything to expect from Apple’s jam-packed WWDC 2016 keynote” — and then join us for our WWDC liveblog below. The keynote starts Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific.
Write the code, save the world!
“We believe coding should be a required language in all schools,” Cook says, calling the free Swift Playgrounds app a gift to the next generation of coders.
Swift Playgrounds will hit the App Store this fall, but a developer preview will be available next month. Apple is making the app totally free to encourage kids to code.
In addition to teaching kids the basics of Swift, the app also teaches some more advanced lessons, like controlling physics.
Swift Playgrounds will transform how kids learn to code, Apple says. The app offers lessons and challenges that teach you things like the fundamentals of Swift with interactive learning games.
Cook’s talking up Swift, the language Apple introduced two years ago and has quickly become a go-to language for app developers. “Because Swift is so easy to learn, it has the potential to bring many more people into coding,” Cook says. A new iPad app called Swift Playgrounds will “revolutionize the way people learn to code,” he adds.
Developer preview of iOS 10 available today. Public beta comes in July with the general release coming in the Fall. Back to Tim …
Apple is doubling (or maybe tripling) down on privacy — talking up end-to-end encryption baked into apps like Messages, Home, etc. Plus, Apple doesn’t build user profiles, so your every movement is not being tracked. Now Federighi is talking up “differential privacy,” which keeps data from being personally identifiable. “We believe you should have great features and privacy,” Federighi says.
iOS 10 will also include Notes collaboration, conversation view in Mail, Live Photos editing, and Split View in Safari on iPad, so you can finally put web pages side-by-side.
Messages is being opened up to devs, too, says Federighi. Maybe devs can make something that isn’t overly cutesy and annoying. (Not sold on the full-screen effects, bubble effects, etc.)
Apple is now showing us a demo of Digital Touch in Messages. It looks pretty awesome, but just like Digital Touch on Apple Watch, we’ll probably forget about it within a few weeks.
Instead of replying to your friends pics you can now just double tap them like Instagram to show a heart, because why bother with words.
As are full-screen effects!
The Apple Watch’s Digital Touch features are coming to Messages as well.
Digital Touch is also coming to iOS.
Messages in iOS 10 also supports handwritten messages!
Messages bubbles are changing, too! Bubble effects let you “say it loud” with shaking bubbles, and “say it more gently” which smaller bubbles. You can also use “invisible ink,” which hides your message and media until the receiver swipes across it.
QuickType keyboard now recommends which emoji to use to replace words with.
Other emoji improvements include emoji prediction, and “tap to replace,” which lets you swap words for emoji characters after typing out what you want to say.
Apple is also making emoji 3x bigger! You can finally get a closer look at the emoji you’re sending and receiving.
Messages, which is the most frequently used app on iOS, according to Apple, now supports rich links, so you see artwork and more info when sharing URLs. Videos can also be played inside the Messages app, and the camera interface for sharing media is even better.
Messages is getting some big updates, too. Rich Links mean you’ll get videos, etc., right in the Messages app. You can add pictures, too, and … emojis are going to be 3x bigger!
VoIP apps, like Skype and WhatsApp, finally have access to the lock screen. So you can see who’s calling in a flash.
Fed up with phone spam? Aren’t we all! iOS 10 is helping to eliminate it by warning you that spammers are calling.
iOS 10 also includes voicemail transcription, so if you can’t listen to a message, you can read it.
Glad to see HomeKit is finally getting some love. The new Home app — which will work with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV — looks like the kind of wide-ranging home-automation we’ve been waiting for ever since the platform was announced.
Apple Watch also works with Home, so you can control all your smart devices from your wrist, too.
Apple announced a new Home app for iOS 10 that makes it a lot easier to interact with your HomeKit supported accessories. You can pull up the app and turn off your lights, adjust the thermostat, lock your door and more. The app is built right into Control Center so you can do quick tasks like check your front door security camera from the lock screen.
A new design, subscriptions, automatic sections according to your interests, and breaking news notifications — that’s what’s new in Apple News. Shortest segment yet.
Now Eddy is talking up changes coming to Apple News — kinda forgot that even existed. Now there are 2,000 news sources and 60 million monthly users, Cue says.
Although trying to get devs to rap wasn’t the best idea…
Apple Music now has lyrics!
A new section called Downloaded Music makes it easy to see every track on your iPhone, says Apple exec Bozoma Saint John. Plus Apple Music is getting lyrics, and better For You playlist suggestions.
Apple Music is getting redesigned too with a much simpler interface that focuses on Music. It’s more intuitive and very white.
Apple Music has hit 15 million subscribers — time to redesign it from the ground up! “Beautiful new design language” makes music the “hero,” says Cue.
Maps is also getting opened up to developers, says Eddy Cue.
Maps is getting an all new design that makes it easier to access the controls. The app is also more proactive and has better search filters. Navigation now includes the traffic on your route and quick controls like the option to see nearby gas or food stops on your route.
Eddy Cue is back on stage to talk about Maps.
Mac is getting a lot of the new Photos features too.
Photos is adding bunch of new features. The first is a new map section that shows where you’ve taken your pics. Face recognition tech will now sort pictures of your friends. The technology can also intelligently sort pictures by locations and other combos to bring back special memories.
If they are going to make Siri even more central to the iOS and Mac experience, they need to get this right. The only thing worse than no autocomplete is bogus autocomplete.
QuickType is getting Siri Intelligence which using deep learning to give better context for its response suggestions. If someone asks you where you are, Siri will suggest sending your location. If someone asks for someone’s phone number, it will bring up that person’s info if you have it. It can also intelligently schedule events for you. It also support multi-lingual typing.
“We’re bringing Siri intelligence to the keyboard,” Federighi says. Uh oh.
The rumors are true: Siri is getting opened up to developers in iOS 10.
Siri is going to be able to do so much more now, because Apple is opening it up to developers.
It’s easier than ever to get to the camera from the lock screen. Just slide over from the right. To access widgets, slide over from the left.
User Experience – the lock screen is redesigned with quick interactions with apps. Simply raising your iPhone now wakes the device. Notifications are more rich and detailed, and you can jump into specific items with 3D Touch and respond to them from the lock screen.
iOS 10 is out with 10 big features.
Siri on Mac is a great alternative to Finder. You can ask it to find you specific files and also use it to multitask with other apps while you’re working in another.
Siri: “Hi, it’s me. It sure is great to be on the Mac. How about a demo?” Siri is coming to the Mac.
Siri is coming to the Mac, too.
Tabs are coming to every multi-windowed app. There’s not developer adoption required. Tabs will be everywhere.
Instead of taking your Mac with you to pay for stuff, Apple Pay is embedded in the web and authenticates via your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Apple Pay is coming to Mac
macOS Sierra now brings storage optimization, essentially killing off hundreds of Mac Cleaner apps.
You can now have your documents and desktop folders synced across all of your Macs and even iOS.
Announcing Universal Clipboard, copy on your iPhone and paste on your Mac. Or vice versa.
No need for passwords on your Mac if you own a Apple Watch.
The name for the world’s most advanced computer operating system… is macOS.
After more than a decade, Apple has switched from OS X to calling it’s operating system, macOS.
ReplayKit, PhotoKit and HomeKit have been added for developers, along with multiplayer game sessions and four-player game controller support.
Authentication is getting a redesign with a new feature called Single Sign-on. You sign in once on your Apple TV and you get access to all of your apps, so you no longer have to put in your details for each one.
Dark Mode is also being added to make the UI more pleasant to use late at night.
Siri is getting a lot smarter on Apple TV. You can now make requests like “Find high school movies from the ’80s” and it will bring up stuff like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Siri can also grab videos off YouTube and other channels with general requests.
If you hate the new Apple remote and prefer to use iOS, there’s finally a new app for that. All the features of the Siri remote are available, and you can play games on it. Plus you can enter text with the keyboard.
FoxSports go will be available later this summer. Molotov.tv is coming next month too.
6,000 native apps on Apple TV. Sling TV is finally coming to Apple TV today.
Eddy Cue is now coming up to talk tvOS.
The first watchOS 3 developer preview is available today, and the free upgrade will rollout to all this fall.
There is SpriteKit and SceneKit support, support for embedded video, and lots more.
watchOS 3 is also more friendly for developers. There are new APIs that add support for Apple Pay within Watch apps, allow fitness apps to run in the background during workouts, and allow for better games.
If watchOS 3 is as good as they are claiming, this could be the thing that makes Apple Watch truly useful/usable — and that could help take care of your “none of my friends have Apple Watches” problem, Buster.
I can’t wait to download it. If I never have to see that spinning circle as a Watch app struggles to load, I will be very happy. In the demo, the app loaded blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast.
New Apple Watch app called Breathe helps you to calm down after seeing all those panic inducing notifications that keep coming.
— Steven Levy (@StevenLevy) June 13, 2016
Apple Watch now reminds you to breathe. In case you forget.
We’re also getting breathing exercises.
There are two specific apps for wheelchair users, and the activity rings will be changed to support wheelchair pushers.
This is pretty awesome. Apple is now giving wheelchair users a better way to track their fitness with time to roll notifications and steps will equal pushes. It’s not something they had to do, but they did.
The problem with the new activity sharing is your friends have to have an Apple Watch too. Most of my friends that workout use more serious watches that don’t die in one day.
You can comment on shared activity data with supportive or competitive messages — or send “smack talk” in voice messages.
Shared activity data includes things like daily step counts, calories burned, and more.
This is great if you need some competition to motivate you to workout.
Apple Watch users are getting activity sharing, so you can share workout data with friends and family.
Apple is also enhancing its activity and workout apps.
Jay Blahnik, Apple’s fitness guru, is coming out to talk about fitness.
And if you’re traveling, Apple Watch will know which emergency number to use based on your location.
The feature also notifies your emergency contacts that you’re in trouble, and automatically displays your medical ID.
If they don’t add third-party clock faces I’m going to be pissed. That is literally the only thing I wanted in watchOS 3.
watchOS 3 adds a new SOS feature for emergencies. You simply press and hold the side button, and your device dials 911.
Kevin Lynch is back on stage to tell us even more about this update.
Apple is now giving us a demo of watchOS 3, including the new dock, which supports third-party Watch apps.
Interesting that Apple demo’d Lyft instead of Uber. Bad blood from the Didi investment?
watchOS 3 also includes a new timer app, which offers a bunch of preset timers.
You can now swipe on the Apple Watch screen to switch faces! No more Force Touch gesture.
An Activity watch face is also coming in various designs — analog, digital, and chronograph. There’s also a Numerals face that’s super clean and simple, and offers a variety of fonts.
watchOS 3 also adds scribble, which lets you write letters onto the Watch’s display to type. I believe Android Wear already has this.
Message replies are more powerful, and you no longer need to press a reply button — your “smart replies” automatically appear beneath your messages.
watchOS 3.0 has a Control Center — just like on iOS!
watchOS 3 is 7x faster than watchOS 2
Starting with Watch OS 3, adding background updates. Which should make the Apple Watch feel bit snappier.
watchOS 3 is up. It’s going to be faster, with background updates, says Kevin Lynch.
Apple is talking about watchOS 3.0 right now!
So far OS X is still being referenced as OS X.
Cook says four platforms will be discussed today: Mac, iPhone & iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV
Theres now over 2,000,000 apps on the app store, downloaded over 130 billion times. Developers have earned over $50 Billion.
The youngest WWDC attendee is only 9 years old. “Wow! I met her yesterday and she is going to make one heck of a great developer,” said Cook.
70% of WWDC attendees are there for the first time. Still waiting for my ticket..
Beginning with the facts, 13 million devs on the App Store, over 5,000 attendees from over 74 countries.
“We have a really big and jam packed morning for you!”
Tim Cook is on stage and greeting the crowd like a beauty queen. Starting off by talking about the Orlando tragedy.
“We offer our deepest sympathy to anyone who was touched by this violence,” said Cook.
Tim Cook is taking a moment to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in the horrific event in Orlando.
Jony Ive is in the building. He was conspicuously absent from Apple’s last keynote.
Yes, Jony is here.
— Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) June 13, 2016
Forget iOS 10, Apple apparently needs to up its coffee game
Apple had like two urns of coffee for 5000 people. Must be tough being on a tight budget.
— John Gruber (@gruber) June 13, 2016
WWDC lobby / Ran out of coffee. These people came to party / Heavy metal swag like Jony #momrap
— Susie Ochs (@sfsooz) June 13, 2016
I could see Tim getting down to “C.R.E.A.M” by Wu-Tang Clan before an event. Him and Jony rolling up to the back door in the Bentley, speakers blasting.
What do you think Tim Cook is jamming to right now to get pumped? “One Dance”? “Work”?
My money is on “Can’t stop the feeling” as Timmy’s numero uno.
30 minutes until Tim takes the stage….
We’re just over two hours away from Apple taking the stage at the Bill Graham Auditorium, but the lines are already craaaazy.