WWDC is the annual Worldwide Developers Conference held by Apple in San Francisco, California. The 2015 kicked off on June 8 with a keynote address where the company is expected to announce new versions of its desktop operating system, OS X EI Capitan, its mobile operating system iOS 9. Also expected is the WatchOS 2 and a new music streaming service in collarboration with Beats Music, which Apple bough for $3 billion in 2014.
To watch on event live, you can watch on an Apple device, according to the company’s website, “Live Streaming video requires Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.”
The following article will provide you a detailed view of above mentioned announcements.
As the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 9 was introduced at the keynote event with developer access starting immediately. There will be a public beta in July and public availability in the fall, mostly likely in the September timeframe when Apple typically introduces its new iPhone hardware.
The great improvement for iOS 9 is its intelligence and proactivity, which help iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, open up apps before we need them, make recommendations on places we might like and guide us through our daily lives to make sure we’re where we need to be at the right time. Siri and search improvements drive those new capabilities, with other improvements including transit directions in Maps in select cities, a much more robust Notes app, a new News app, and Apple Pay enhancements such as support for store-brand cards and rewards programs.
There will be some great upgrades on iPad with iOS 9. Improved multitasking functionality such as Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture video, and exclusively for the iPad Air 2, a true Split View experience running two apps independently side-by-side.
OS X 10.11 EL CAPTIAN
A solid operating system upgrade will also takes place on Mac this year. Apple has decided to name it OS X EI Capitan after the famous rock information in Yosemite National Park. OS X Captitan will be launched immediately by developers, with a public beta to following in July and an official launch in the fall.
User experience will be greatly improved by OS X EI Capitan. Including significant improvements to Spotlight such as natural language search entry with new data sources integrated for improved results and functionality. With a revamped Mission Control, Window management has also been improved. It will be easy to deal with multiple apps and spaces, by taking advantage of new Split View functionality, you can use two full-screen apps simultaneously side-by-side.
In OS X EI Capitan, Mail, Photos and Notes have also seen nice improvements. Safari has added features like Pinned Sites and the ability to easily mute audio coming from any tab. It is much faster to launch and switch between apps under EI Capitan with Under-the-hood improvements. The Meta for Mac graphics technology will enable demanding apps to see significantly improvements performance.
Apple>showed off watchOS 2>at WWDC just six weeks after the launch of the Apple Watch. The biggest improvements on WatchOS 2 is the support for native apps running directly on the Apple Watch rather than being projected from a paired iPhone as an extension, with those apps, you will also get access to the Apple Watch’s sensors, Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and more.
There are also other improvements include new watch faces such as photo and time-lapse faces, third-party complications to allow users to view data from third-party apps right on select watch faces and a Time Travel function to easily see data like upcoming appointments and weather forecasts by using the digital Crown to move ahead in time. A new Nightstand mode will display time and alarm functionalities while a watch is laying on its side charging overnight.
WatchOS 2 will roll out to the public in the fall, the developer tools and beta software are available now to allow developers to begin apps supporting the new features.
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Apple is making a big push into streaming music with streaming music rapidly overtaking the download market with the debut of Apple music. Launching in over 100 countries on June 30 with the release of iOS 8.4, Apple Music is priced at $9.99/month for a single user or $14.99 for a family plan and integrates access to over 30 million tracks from the iTunes Store with a user’s own music collection, making it all available for streaming access from a variety of devices.
Besides the subscription service, Apple is also debuting Beats 1, a new worldwide 24/7 streaming music station headed by former BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Available free of charge, Beats 1 will complement the former iTunes Radio streaming options, which will remain available free of charge as Apple Music radio stations with improved curation. The new Connect feature where artists can share audio, video, photos, lyrics and more directly with their fans is also included in Apple Music.
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