Apple announced a lot of news at the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. Here’s a summary of all the big news.
Apple announced a big update to OS X, which is now rebranded as macOS, with the latest version dubbed Sierra. MacOS Sierra will be the first desktop OS from Apple to fully integrate Siri integration, tab support in every app (not just browsers) and picture-in-picture with YouTube videos.
Not only that, macOS Sierra lets you unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch, get big gains in storage by optimizing your files with the cloud, and support for web payments with Apple Pay.
Apple shared some details about iOS 10, the company’s next big mobile operating system update due in the fall. The new OS will be available for iPhone and iPad users, of course, and will include new features like a redesigned control center and better 3D Touch integration to get previews of apps without opening them and more.
Apple’s Photos app is also updating to sort your images via location, which you can view like a normal folder or as a map, or you can create memories folders around something like a vacation.
On top of that, Phone getting voicemail transcription, so you can read your voicemails instead of listening to them.
Maps is getting a new and improved design to make navigation easier and give alternate, faster routes. It’s also being opened up to developers so apps like Uber and Open Table can be used right inside Maps.
However, iOS 10 won’t be supported in some older devices. The iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini and iPhone 4S will not get the update.
Some of the most fun updates are coming to the iPhone’s Messages app, which will have improved keyboard features with better word suggestions as well as a features seen in other third-party keyboards like emoji suggestions.
Messages now also lets you use dynamic word bubbles to add more feeling to your messages, and to make it super personal, you can now handwrite your own script with your finger. You can also hide messages and photos with “invisible ink,” which your recipient can swipe away to reveal the full message.
Not only that, Apple is opening up Messages to developers for deeper integrations, it’ll let you to pay people through messages, and you’ll be able to see rich links instead of URLs. There are stickers, too. Watch out, Facebook Messenger.
Apple announced some big Siri updates at WWDC this year. The voice assistant is officially coming to macOS, making it similar to Microsoft’s cross-platform Cortana.
Apple is also opening up Siri to third party developers with an open API, which means we’ll be seeing Siri incorporated into different apps and services in the near future like WeChat, Uber, Slack and more.
Apple Music has had issues, and a lot of people aren’t happy with how the music-streaming service is designed. To fix that, Apple announced it will be overhauling the iPhone app to make it simpler and more user-friendly.
When you open the new Apple Music, it will go to your music library first, which is a huge improvement right off the bat. Apple Music also has better and clearer navigation throughout
An update is coming to watchOS that brings faster computing and new features to your Apple Watch. Now, right from your wrist, you can draw letters for quick replies, share your activity stats with people through the Activity app, follow deep breathing exercises, make Minnie Mouse your watch face and more. Apps also launch faster — in some cases up to 7x faster.
Apple TV users will now be able to subscribe to and download new services, including Sling TV and FOX Sports. And setup is no longer a pain point: For all the different tvOS apps, Apple is introducing single sign-on, so you only need to activate through a browser once.
On top of that, tvOS 2 has received a better remote app for your iPhone and expanded integration with Siri, including the ability to search YouTube videos with your voice.
Apple announced a new app called Home, which is your personal hub for all your connected devices, right on your iPhone. You don’t even have to open the app, as Home will be available right in your control panel.