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Everything you need to know about the WWDC 2015 keynote

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The WWDC 2015 keynote started off with a fun little sketch by Bill Hader and a handful other other notable comedians pretending to prep a big show. Tim Cook took the stage to talk about how many attendees were coming from around the world, and the sessions they'll be offering.

OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

First was OS X 10.11 named El Capitan coming this fall and available to developers as beta today. New touchpad gestures allow for easily marking e-mails as read, Safari tabs can be easily pinned and muted, Spotlight search has been in enhanced, new window management is available with Split View, and there's a new notes app (more on that later).

OS X El Capitan developer preview available today, public beta in July{.cta.large}

Apple brings Metal to the Mac, bringing graphics down to the chip{.cta.large}

OS X El Capitan will bring enhancements to Mission Control and window management{.cta.large}

Spotlight gets contextual search and more in OS X El Capitan{.cta.large}

Safari in OS X El Capitan will allow for sites to be pinned to the tab bar{.cta.large}

On top of experience improvements, there's significant progress in performance. The Metal technology used on iOS devices will be available on Mac to reduce processor load for graphics rendering, both mundane and high-demand. This cuts out OpenGL and allows game developers to optimize for Mac at an unprecedented level. The new Unreal Engine plays nice with Metal.

iOS 9

iOS 9 at WWDC 2015

The WWDC keynote then moved on to talk about iOS 9, including improvements in foundation, intelligence, apps, and more. iOS 9 enters public beta in July, will be a free update in the fall, and won't be dropping support for any devices.

Apple officially unveils iOS 9 at WWDC

iOS 9 beta goes to developers today; public beta coming in July{.cta.large}

iOS 9's performance boosts focus on efficiency and battery life{.cta.large}

Siri will see an improvement in location-based reminders and proactive assisting, such as predicting incoming calls from numbers not in your address book, easily adding contextual reminders, or offering music to listen to in certain situations. Search now has an API available for developers to get their hooks into, not to mention new kinds of tailored results out of the box. The search presentation closed with a reassurance talking about Apple's dedication to privacy, and affirming that the user is always in control.

Siri in iOS 9 gets a new look and more intelligence{.cta.large}

Apple Pay at WWDC 2015

Apple Pay was next up. New partners are signing up with Apple Pay, including Square with a new reader. 1 million locations will be using Apple Pay as of next month. Apple Pay is big with apps too, getting twice as many checkouts. Pinterest will allow users to buy pinned items with Apple Pay soon. Apple Pay is coming to UK in July with support for many major banks, with more coming in the fall. 250,000 UK locations, including Oyster, will support Apple Pay at launch. Apple Pay is adding store, credit, and debit cards. Passbook has been renamed to Wallet in light of all of the new features.

Apple Pay now being used by 2,500 bank locations in US, will launch in the UK in July

Following Apple Pay, the Notes app was shown off with checklists, photos, drawing, web links, and a new view which highlights attachments. Apple's native Maps app is getting an update too with transit information in major cities in China and the U.S. Maps now has search based on category.

Maps in iOS 9 brings detailed transit maps to the fore{.cta.large}

Add photos, create checklists, draw sketches, and more with Notes in iOS 9{.cta.large}

Apple News at WWDC 2015

One of the more exciting iOS announcements was a brand new app called News. Slick transition animations, embedded video, in-line photo galleries, and rich typography are all available. Bookmarks help you pick up where you left off, and suggestions help you find other publications based on your reading habits and manually-entered interests. Major publishers like Conde Nast, ESPN, Wired, and Wall Street Journal are on board. U.S., U.K., and Australia will be the first to get the News app.

Apple introduces News to keep you up to date with your favorite publications

iPad is due for some updates in iOS 9. The QuickType keyboard will have cut, copy, and paste shortcuts, along with a few others up beside your text predictions. A nifty double-swipe gesture allows you to select text without leaving the keyboard. Additional optimization has been made for hardware keyboards.

New multitasking features are coming to the iPad as part of iOS 9{.cta.large}

iPad keyboard gains new shortcut bar, can become trackpad, and more in iOS 9{.cta.large}

Multitasking on iOS 9 at WWDC 2015

Multitasking on iPad is getting a big upgrade in iOS 9. SlideOver is a new feature that lets you swipe in a split view of two apps running at once. Split View is unfortunately only available on the iPad Air 2, though you'll be able to peek at incoming notifications on older devices. A new multitasking interface now shows larger previews of the apps immediately available. Picture-in-picture video lets you shrink, resize, and move thumbnails of videos while you're in other apps. APIs are going to be available for developers to make use of PIP video.

Talk about iOS 9 closed off with a smattering of additional announcements. An extra three hours of battery life are going to be available through a new battery saver mode. Two-factor authentication is coming to iCloud. The over the air update to iOS 9 will only require 1.3 GB of free space, as opposed to much larger historical updates.

iOS 9 brings a variety of developer goodies including GamePlayKit, ReplayKit, and more{.cta.large}

iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud{.cta.large}

Then there was a lot of great stuff for developers. Three new frameworks are going to be available to developers called GameplayKit, Model I/O, and ReplayKit. HealthKit can now monitor hydration and reproductive health. HomeKit is adding support for sensors, window shades, and security, with remote control over iCloud. CarPlay is adding wireless support, and expanded support for car manufacturers. Swift 2 was announced at WWDC 2015, with a bunch of improvements, and will be going open source. iOS, OS X, and Linux compilers will be available in late 2015.

Swift 2 programming language will become open source project by Apple{.cta.large}

CarPlay will be going wireless in future cars{.cta.large}

HomeKit supports remote access via iCloud, wide variety of connected devices

watchOS 2

watchOS 2 at WWDC 2015

Tim Cook got back on stage to sum things up, and announce the the App Store has served up 100 billion downloads, has 1.5 million apps available, and paid out $30 billion to developers.

Then there was watchOS 2. The developer beta launched today, and coming to the public in the fall. Apple Pay, Maps, Siri, and Timepiece are all getting improvements on the Apple Watch. Individual photos and albums can be used as faces, alongside new city-based timelapses, and customizable "complication" faces with additional contextual information like weather and upcoming flights.

Apple announces watchOS 2: native apps, more friends, smarter Siri

Apple watchOS 2 Developer Beta available today, public launch this fall{.cta.large}

Apple Watch app creators will be able to put in more native features{.cta.large}

Time Travel comes to watchOS, shows what you have coming up quickly{.cta.large}

Time Travel is a neat new feature that lets you zip forward with the Digital Crown to see how those complications will change, such as which meeting is after your next one. Nightstand mode is a new landscape alarm mode that can kick in while your Apple Watch is charging.

The friends system lets you add buddies more easily and have multiple sets of friends. Digital Touch now supports multiple colors. E-mail will have the ability to to reply, and FaceTime can handle audio now.

Fitness apps can work independently and sync up whenever it restores an iPhone connection. Fitness has some cool new achievements. Apple Pay on Apple Watch includes the membership cards we'll be seeing in iOS 9. Transit directions on maps will be there complete with Siri commands. Siri will also support home control over your Apple Watch.

For developers, app logic will be able to run natively on the watch, without needing to rely on your iPhone. Developer access to audio and video playback will be available on watchOS 2, plus HealthKit, HomeKit, accelerometer, microphone, Taptic Engine and the Digital Crown.

Apple Music

Apple Music at WWDC 2015

Tim Cook came back on again for "one more thing", which was Apple Music. Apple Music aims to tie together video, audio, and social into a unified service. It comes out June 30 in over 100 countries for $9.99/month, or $14.99 for a family up to 6 users. The first three months will be free, and the app will be coming to Android later alongside a new version of iTunes.

Jimmy Iovine took the stage to introduce the service, and Trent Reznor appeared on video talking about his creative involvement. In addition to on-demand streaming of iTunes music is a 24/7 radio station based out of three cities called Beats One. There's also a curation section of the app that allows you to view songs suggested by Apple's human musical experts. Drake took to the stage to introduce the Connect feature in Apple Music, followed by Eddy Cue who did a walk-through of the app.

The show closed off with a concert by The Weeknd. That's about it, but be sure to read up in more detail on all of the announcements below!

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

34 Comments
  • It's actually spelt The Weeknd
  • Everything we need to know? That Jimmy Iovine and Eddie Cue should not be allowed to talk or demo products on a stage. Ugh. People could hate Apple Music just because of their looking & boring presentation
  • Couldn't agree more. Dancing on stage? like,seriously.
  • I keep thinking this has to be some sort of prank, this is ios 9??? That's it? Did someone mistake ios 8.4 for ios9?
  • Apple Music will be released with 8.4, but this article is a rundown of everything from the WWDC keynote, including iOS 9.
  • What's missing?
  • Ally will have that article soon.
  • If not Ally, someone else will...
  • Ally? Ally is gone from iMore as far as I know.
  • Considering it has the same layout as iOS 8...I guess it's a continuation. Correct?? Sent from the iMore App
  • Its all about under the hood changes this year apparently. iOS 7: Design refresh, iOS 8: feature and use case refresh. iOS 9: under the hood refresh. We needed a break from year after year feature upgrade to get a breather and do the things right before adding a ton more stuff. So it no prank. Its all there is to it.
  • Two questions. Is the iOS system font San Francisco? Is Newsstand gone now that we have News? Sent from the iMore App
  • The font has changed, looks like SF to me (running El Capitan and iOS 9 on my devices currently). Newsstand is gone, but I don't seem to have News on my devices, might be App Store or coming in a later build.
  • 1) Do you mean that Newsstand.app is no longer on your device? It's on mine. (iOS 8.3)
    2) are you running the iOS 9 beta already?
    3) Will News.app handle magazine subscriptions instead of Newsstand.app in iOS 9? Sent from the iMore App
  • It's clearly stated that he's running El Capitan and iOS 9 on his devices as of his posting. Newsstand being gone isn't a bad thing, if they integrate the "Newsstand" into the News app. And the News app is something that isn't bad at all. Not only do a lot of people seek 3rd party apps for curated news, but many of those 3rd party apps use 3rd party sign-ins and some track your reading habits because of the "mother ship's" business model. Additionally, having their own 1st party news app will allow them to integrate it with apps like Safari (i.e. Reading List) and the Sharing System quite deeply. I liked how Microsoft has their own app for News, and it's what I'm in 90% of the time on my Windows Tablet.
  • I loved what I saw with the News app in the presentation. I'd totally dig it on my Mac, too. With Continuity.
  • Not so happy..:( Sent from the iMore App
  • This was an aggressively luke warm WWDC. Google I/0 was pretty mellow this year, too. I am wondering if the maturation of these platforms is stalling out some of that "wow" factor we used to experience. Hopefully the phone manufacturers pick up the slack because the software department looks like it will be pretty boring this year. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Expectations are rising while possibilities are plateauing. The funny part is, besides minor spec bumps or gimmicky features, people don't know what they want, but there are still those who expect Apple to cause a word-wide-everyone-shts-their-pants-innovation every year / keynote. We'll see if Apple stock starts to reflect this, then hopefully once it comes back down to reality they'll stop trying to be a stock driven monster and go back to Thinking Differently. Sent from the iMore App
  • Agree. Microsoft's event could have been different, but they've been pretty open about what they've been developing so it ended up falling a bit flat there as well (other than the Holo Lens stuff, which was incredible to see). On the other end, I don't see a problem with what they've done. Performance is something they absolutely needed to tackle, especially on the OS X side of things. I use OS X and Windows side-by-side. The Performance Regression going from my Windows Notebook to my iMac is very apparent, despite the fact that the CPU in the iMac is about 30+% better than the AMD APU in my Notebook, and it having faster RAM (but same capacity). I think even the Iris Pro graphics are even a bit better than the Radeon GPU in that APU (it's a Mid-Late 2013 A-10 Elite Quad), but still Windows just performs better in almost every way even when loading and running more complicated applications. They needed to focus on this. Not only was it affecting perception of their latest machines (people notice when they walk into an Apple Store and the iMac feels comparatively sluggish compared to their Windows machines in load times, etc.), but it was obsoleting their earlier machines prematurely and causing a lot of headaches for users (and thus, bad by-mouth advertising). I reckon the Split Screen stuff isn't coming to iOS because all iPhones only have 1GB RAM. It's likely why it's only on the iPad Air 2. IMO, Apple - with the way they support their devices - have the most to gain by future proofing the specs on their smartphones. I think not putting 2GB RAM in the iPhone 6 series was a mistake. However, I'm certainly not going to upgrade for a feature I barely used on my Note 3 and basically never use on my Windows Tablet (I just don't find it a productive way to multi-task, and prefer to use a PC OS on a PC form factor if I'm going to work that way). I'm a bit underwhelmed that they haven't updated iWorks. Numbers being so bad basically makes Office the only alternative, which the indirect result being no iCloud Storage plan because I get so much OneDrive storage with Office 365. Photos update was a bit underwhelming. I was expecting more features to make it over from Aperture, but I suppose that was wishful thinking. Note app got a huge update, but it's still no match for OneNote or Evernote, especially when you factor in their much superior desktop apps (and if you use Office, especially if you use it across OS X and Windows, OneNote wins virtually by default because it's Windows app is about 500x better than even the OS X app). I feel like iOS can use an update to the dialer. I want to be able to press buttons and get contacts suggested based on the letters on those buttons. I hope they add an option for iTunes to not add audio files to the library when you play then. I literally play all of the audio files I download on my Windows Notebook and avoid it on my iMac because it's just too much effort to constantly work around that. Windows Media Player has an option to prevent that. iTunes should, as well. It's such a basic, logical, common sense thing to fix. I'm just astounded the "issue" still exists.
  • Pfffh io was great tons of great new Google now stuff and refinements to lollipop which I'll admit needed a refresh though wwdc was Windows 8 features and Google now features Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Finally Split View.....Split Screen is something I really like when using Windows.
  • I was hoping for a larger iPad and better native note/drawing capabilities.
  • I think a larger ipad announcement will probably come in the fall.
  • After their past endeavours my expectations couldn't have been lower so I'm fine. Everyone knows what's still MIA and what he wants from iOS X in 2016. - El Capitan is a bad name for a system (even if it's incremental optimisation like Snow Leopard was)
    - time will tell if News is just another useless app on my Home Screen (since I've been using others for years)
    - bla, bla, bla.... the Watch is getting better, naturally devs celebrate Swift + Metal (open source is nice)
    - Beats radio ? ok, now I know why they bought it
    - no new hardware means aTV is still an afterthought and every month without a 12" inch tablet that can compete with Surface is a mistake
    - but FINALLY the iPad gains the real multitasking that he was lacking from the beginning, maybe I'll even think about purchasing one of those in the future again
  • Not to nitpick, but isn't "OS X 10 El Capitan" a typo? The Version is 10 (X) and the Sub Version is 11, which is named "El Capitan." Seeing "OS X 10" just seems a bit redundant. No offense ;-)
  • Where's OSX Siri? Sent from the iMore App
  • Ya I was almost 100 percent sure on that odd omission Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • This year's WWDC is all about OS's and services. I believe a lot of people wanted these type of updates. Some of the rumors were true, but I think a few no one expected. IOS 9, OS X update, Music expected. But Watch 2.0, I think everyone expected 1.1. The lack of any hardware is unexpected.  TV update was probably held up, because content. But I believe the hardware could have been shown. I believe IPad Pro or iPad w/ force touch are a fall device launch if they happen. Overall I believe that OS updates were necessary, especially the iOS multitasking and easier updating. Sent from the iMore App
  • El Capitan?
    Are they serious about his name?!
  • Named after a cliff in Yosemite.
  • Oh Capitan! My Capitan! I bet Mr. Keating helped name this one. Sent from the iMore App
  • Apple=meh.
  • I'm pretty stoked for the iOS 9 and  Watch 2 improvements. Though many of you are underwhelmed, I am quite pleased with the pace of enhancements and am very much looking forward to this fall. Sent from the iMore App