Apple WWDC 2016 Summary:
* Apple unveiled iOS 10, the latest iteration of its mobile software, which includes a softer aesthetic, an interactive lock screen, and personalised home screen widgets
* The software update also includes a revamp of Music, News, Maps and HomeKit
* Siri launched on Mac, as it was given a massive makeover that includes voicemail transcription, image search and writing messages
* watchOS and tvOS have been redesigned too, with the Apple Watch becoming faster and more health-focused, and TV gaining enhanced search
* OS X was rebranded macOS, the next generation of which will be called Sierra and come complete with Siri, Apple Pay and auto-unlock. A host of new features also make it easier to work across Apple devices
Apple has revealed plans for all its devices in the coming year including a more intelligent Siri and Messages app, quicker Apple Watch and easier to use laptops.
At the technology firm’s annual software conference, WWDC, chief executive Tim Cook and fellow executives revealed software updates for all of Apple’s products – iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, Apple Watch and Apple TV – with Mr Cook saying the company’s work “should lift humanity”.
The annual refresh of the mobile operating system saw iOS 10 unveiled. The most prominent feature revolves around the Messages app, which has seen its interactivity expanded. Users will be able to replace words with emoji in a single tap, and send handwritten notes, while special “invisible ink” messages will appear when the screen is swiped, and animations can be added to a conversation that fill the entire screen.
The app has also been opened to developers for the first time so it can be used to complete financial transactions and other tasks.
The move is seen by some as a response to the growing popularity of other messaging apps, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
iOS 10 update includes automatic voicemail transcription Credit: Apple
As part of the update to Apple’s desktop computer software, OS X was renamed macOS, with this year’s version named Sierra after the mountain range that spans California and Nevada.
Siri, Apple’s voice-based virtual assistant, has been added to the Mac for the first time, as has the ability to pay using Apple Pay. An option to use the payment service will appear on websites, with confirmation requests sent to a user’s phone, where they can use their fingerprint to authorise them.
Mac users will also be able to use their Apple Watch to unlock a Mac when in close proximity to their laptop.
Apple Music, the subscription-based streaming service launched at WWDC last year, was also given a redesign after many reported the app to be too confusing to use. A user’s existing music library has been pushed to the front of the app, with more playlist suggestions being offered by Apple.
All the updates showcased are being made available to developers this week, ahead of free upgrades for all Apple customers in the autumn.
Mr Cook took time out at the beginning of the presentation to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shootings, telling the auditorium that Apple offered its “deepest condolences to everyone whose lives were touched by the violence”, before leading a moment’s silence in tribute.
4:28AM ‘Too little, too late’?
Apple unveiled a series of improvements to its Siri digital assistant on Thursday, but the tech giant still trails rivals such as Google and Amazon in the red-hot field of artificial intelligence, experts say.
Apple’s biggest move was to open up the talking iPhone assistant to third-party developers for inclusion in their apps, paving the way for users to hail a ride from Uber or send a message with Tencent’s WeChat using voice commands.
Experts in artificial intelligence applauded the move as an important step forward, in part because the more people use an artificial intelligence system, the better it becomes.
But some wondered why Apple had not made Siri an open platform much sooner, noting that competing products including Amazon.com’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and the Google app are already open to developers.
Oren Etzioni, who is CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a professor at the University of Washington, said:
Is it too little too late? Siri is five years old and still trying to learn how to play well with others.
12:14AM Bye, bye Game Centre
It seems Game Center, which made its iOS debut in 2010, is being ditched. There are are a number of pre-installed apps that can be deleted now, such as Stocks, but Game Center will now no longer even be available. Instead, there will be a new platform called GameKit, according to the Cult of Mac website.
10:46PM The best new features in iOS 10
We’ve rounded up the best features in the new iPhone software, including that all-important emoji replacement tool. Read all about it here.
The tap to replace tool Credit: Bloomberg
10:11PM Apple’s shares close down 1.5 percent
Looks like WWDC didn’t have much of an impact on the company’s share price today. It fell before the event started and stayed at that price for the rest of the day.
9:38PM IMPORTANT NEWS: You’ll finally be able to delete the stock apps
This wasn’t actually mentioned in the keynote, but it looks like iOS 10 is going to let you delete those pesky apps like Stocks and Compass that clog up your home screen.
Eagle-eyed Apple watchers have noticed that the App Store now contains many of the apps that have been hanging around a little too long on your iPhone, including Podcasts, Maps, Tips and Calculator.
And those who have downloaded the early beta of iOS 10 have also noticed the change.
Find Friends, we hardly knew ye.
9:04PM Bye bye voicemail: iOS 10 update includes automatic voicemail transcription
Having to listen to a rambling caller’s answer phone message could become a thing of the past after with the iOS 10 technology that automatically converts voicemails into text.
8:54PM What to expect from macOS Sierra
Full Siri integration, including file and internet search, and the ability to play music and make a call
Greater integration with other Apple devices through an iCloud Drive update, and new Universal Clipboard feature
Unlock your computer using your Watch with new Auto Unlock
Picture-in-picture means you can have a video play in a separate box while browsing other things
Apple Pay for the web brings a button to Safari that lets you authenticate payments with the TouchID on your iPhone or through your Apple Watch
Optimised storage will automatically shift old files from your computer to iCloud and remove unecessary duplicates, caches and logs
To summarise, here are the key features coming to iOS 10
8:07PM Cook has left the stage after announcing a host of updates to Apple software.
7:59PM Apple’s learn to code app will be free and available in Autumn
Swift Playground will be in the iOS app store from the Autumn in time for the release of iOS 10. There will be a beta version available from today for the app that will be free for everyone.
“We hope this will make coding part of the school day,” says Cook.
7:53PM People are disappointed that there’s no iMessage for Android users
7:51PM Everyone can code for Apple with Swift Playground
“We believe it’s the best way to teach absolutely everyone to code,” said Cook about Apple’s app Swift Playground that’s designed to teach people to code.
The app includes lessons and challenges in Swift, Apple’s coding language.
7:48PM Apple assures WWDC it respects its customers’ privacy
After reiterating that Apple uses end-to-end encryption by default in FaceTime, iMessage and HomeKit, Federighi stressed that the company won’t use the on-device intelligence or searches to build user profiles.
7:39PM Emojifiable: iMessage updates are playful and a bit ridiculous
“The children of tomorrow will have no understanding of the English language,” said Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, as he announced a range of new playful features for iMessage.
The additions include the trebling in size of emoji, and a quick search function for “emojifiable” words, which highlights words and brings up relevant emoji.
The iMessage update also has a music share function, Digital Touch keypad through which you can share sketches or your heartbeat, and full screen effects that take over the backdrop of the messaging screen. Bubble effects also let you send messages that appear more slowly, or need to be swiped to be revealed.
Lastly, you can search for pictures within the keypad, like in Facebook’s Messenger, but with the live camera as well.
7:28PM HomeKit is now an app that can control your home
The HomeKit app can now be used to control a range of smart home gadgets, from the garage door to dining room light to thermostat.
7:25PM Apple News gets a redesign and subscription capability
With over 60 million people are reading Apple News monthly., Cue announced a bold new design for the app with sections including top, trending and featured stories.
Plunging the knife deeper into the media industry’s wounds, Apple is launching subscriptions so users can read everything within Apple News.
“We want News to be the place where you read all of the stories from your favourite publications,” says Cue.
7:19PM All-new design for Apple Music looks like iTunes and Spotify
After heavy criticism for being clunky, Apple has redesigned Music – and it now features song lyrics. It has also brought back useful iTunes features, including Recently Added and Recently Played sections. And it has added information in Browse and For You that include daily playlists, top charts and radio – a bit like Spotify Discover.
7:12PM Apple Maps gets an overhaul
Eddy Cue is back on stage to introduce an all new design for Maps, which is more proactive. It knows when you’re going to work, can check your calendar for places you’re meant to be going, and has a better search function for amenities close to you.
Apple Maps now has a dynamic view for directions that looks a bit like the Google Maps navigation function.
The stock app is also being opened to developers, leading to added functions such as booking a restaurant, calling for an Uber, and paying for it with Apple Pay.
7:08PM Artificial intelligence enhances messages and photos
Apple’s quick type function for the iPhone can offer relevant contact information, location details, and intelligent suggestions to help speed up your messaging. It can also read messages to fill out your calendar. Apple stresses that the deep learning only uses local information on your phone for privacy reasons.
But some fans are concerned about the security of today’s updates.
As well as intelligent messaging, Apple announced advanced computer vision will be used in the Photos app to help search for images, and group relevant photos into albums. It also has a feature called Memories that gathers photos, videos and locations into mini snapshots.
Finally, Apple is opening Siri up to all third party apps, which will eventually lead to more uses for the voice recognition software.
7:00PM iOS 10 has a new interface and interactive lock screen
In iOS 10 you’ll be able to view notifications from your lock screen, and use 3D touch to respond to messages and accept calendar notifications without unlocking your phone. The interactive lock screen also works with third party apps such as Uber.
Apple has also responded to demands for the interactive notifications and widgets that people admire in the Android system.
The redesigned iOS has soft, curved edges that bring it in line with watchOS, and you can use the Activity Rings on the phone.
6:53PM People are excited about universal clipboard
6:52PM Update: macOS isn’t a new name
One savvy Twitter user has been investigating and confirmed that macOS isn’t a new name for OS X, but a return to the last century.
6:51PM Siri is coming to Mac
As predicted, Siri is coming to your computer. She can search for local files, send messages, play music and search the web.
On stage, when asked how she likes being on a Mac Siri answered, “Nice, unibody walls. No complaints about the lack of Windows”.
6:47PM Apple finally calls mac software macOS
The next iteration of mac software will be called macOS Sierra, and it features greater integration between Apple devices.
MacOS Sierra has an auto-unlock function that means you can unlock your computer from your Apple Watch. It also has a universal clipboard that lets you copy on your iPhone and paste onto your mac.
After a terrible joke about how to bring Apple Pay to the computer, Apple announced that it is launching Apple Pay for computers.
6:38PM Quick update to tvOS
Apple announced a quick update to Apple TV including a new Apple TV remote app that includes an enhanced Siri search function, and Siri integration with YouTube.
It also includes a single sign-on for both Apple TV and the apps you have stored on it.
And it has a new dark mode, automatic syncing of apps between iPhone and Apple TV.
That’s all for tvOS, which has a developer preview available from today.
6:32PM New watchOS 3 coming in Autumn 2016
Other updates featured in watchOS 3 include support for Apple Pay, and fitness apps that can run in the background during a work out. The update will be widely available from this Autumn, with a beta version available to download immediately.
6:28PM Apple Watch updates designed to help users exercise and breathe
WatchOS 3 includes an activity sharing feature that lets you see how much exercise your “Activity Friends” have been doing. The feature is designed to help friends keep each other motivated.
It also has a new feature for wheelchair users underpinned by a dedicated algorithm, and an app called Breathe that encourages you to take time to, as you might imagine, breathe.
6:20PM watchOS 3 is ‘lightening fast’ – but what does that mean for battery?
In watchOS 3 apps launch instantly with updated content thanks to a new background update feature. The change means apps will open and update seven times faster, but some people are worried that it will affect battery life:
WatchOS 3 also features a better way to reply to messages from the Apple Watch with a feature called “Scribble”, in which you can hand write a message letter-by-letter on the Watch screen.
With the new interface you can also swipe through watch faces, swipe open the notification centre similar to an iPhone, and see updated information in an app without opening it.
6:09PM Over 2 million apps in the iOS store
Cook says there is now over 2 million apps in Apple’s app store that have been downloaded 130 billion times, earning $50 billion for developers.
The figures come after this week’s Telegraph exclusive that Apple will launch a major overhaul of the App Store, with paid search ads and subscription changes.
6:07PM Youngest WWDC developer is only 9
The youngest attendee at this year’s WWDC 2016 conference is only 9. She joins over 100 attendees at Apple’s conference this year are under-18, says Cook.
6:05PM Tim Cook calls for a moment of silence
Before starting his WWDC 2016 keynote Tim Cook first calls for a moment of silence for the victims of yesterday’s shooting in Orlando.
6:01PM Apple share prices
Ahead of Tim Cook’s appearance, here are Apple’s share prices from the last year.
5:58 PMTune in online
With five minutes to go people are tuning in to watch the WWDC 2016 live stream. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 you can watch the keynote online here, or through the WWDC iOS app. You can also stream with a 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV.
Beats One radio is playing in the background while Apple fans wait in San Francisco and online.
5:25PM Apple shuts down its beta site with 40 minutes to goCredit: Apple
As is the norm ahead of Apple launches, the company has shut down its beta site. The website down time indicates that there will be a new program available for wider release today – perhaps an iOS public beta.
5:19PM Features we want to see in iOS 10
As Apple prepares to announce the latest iteration of its software, James Titcomb has compiled a list of the features we’d like to see in iOS 10.
Some of the things we’d like to see include:
A better Siri that can order pizza, hail an Uber, or reply to a WhatsApp message
The ability to delete or hide stock apps, such as Apple Maps, Email and Calendar
More controls for Low Power mode
Improved iMessage that can rival Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp
Automatic commands, such as turn Wi-Fi off when I leave the house and turn islent on in the office
4:43PM iOS through the ages
A round-up of the changes to Apple’s flagship mobile software since it was released with the first iPhone back in 2007.
4:34PM Will Apple unveil the iPhone 7?
It’s pretty certain that we’re not going to see an iPhone 7 or new iPad at WWDC. In fact, reports suggest that all hardware is off the table. That’s despite it being a while since we’ve had a new MacBook Pro, and the circulating rumours about an Amazon Echo-style device.
But we will get a sneak preview of some of the features of the iPhone 7 when Apple unveils iOS 10, the software that will be released alongside the handset in September.
Rumours suggest iOS 10 will introduce Apple Pay support for mobile sites, a way to remove stock apps, and more power for Siri.
4:24PM What we’re expecting Apple’s WWDC invitation Credit: Apple
Apple is expected to lift the lid on iOS 10 before its release alongside the iPhone 7 in September. Details are thin on the ground, but a design refresh and new notifications could be in the line-up of changes.
The Mac OS X annual update could be dramatic this year, with the desktop and laptop software finally getting Siri, Apple’s voice recognition software that is also due a revamp. Siri will probably become more widely available to app developers, which might enable it to be used to control third party apps.
Dramatic improvements are also expected for the Apple Watch’s watchOS and the company’s streaming service Apple Music.
Expect to see updates to the iPhone and iPad operating system iOS, as well as news about Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Apple Music.