Apple revealed dozens of new software upgrades at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, also known as WWDC, in San Francisco on Monday, June 13.
Apple execs unveiled updates and new features across four of Apple’s largest platforms: iPhone and iPad software (iOS), Mac software (macOS), Apple Watch software (watchOS), and Apple TV software (tvOS). Apple also announced changes that will open up services, such as Siri and iMessage, to third-party developers.
According to The Verge, many of the changes discussed were geared towards making transitioning between Apple devices easier—Siri is now on desktop, and Apple Pay will now work on Safari, for example. A number of redesigns were also announced during the two-hour event.
From messages and music to Siri and Apple Pay, here are the highlights from Apple’s WWDC 2016.
Mac’s Operating System Has a New Name, More Continuity Between Devices, and Siri
Apple changed the name of its Mac operating system from OS X to “macOS.” The newest macOS version, called “Sierra,” will be available this fall. Continuity across devices is one the main focal points of the new operating system. Apple’s Senior V.P. of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, demonstrated a new feature called Universal Clipboard, which allows users to copy and paste across multiple Apple devices. You can also save your Mac desktop to the cloud and access it from a different computer using iCloud drive. Learn more about macOS Sierra here, including these 7 standout features.
Siri Updates and On The Mac
Apple’s new Sierra OS will expand Siri to the desktop, which will be accessible in the dock and in the top-right corner near Spotlight. In addition to now being on the Mac, Apple’s widely-popular voice-activated assistant can now perform numerous new actions and functions, which you can read about here.
Numerous iPhone and iPad iOS Updates
Apple introduced a host of new features for iPhones and iPads, with Federighi calling the newest changes “the biggest iOS release ever for our users.” A few iOS 10 updates include a complete redesign for Music and Maps, new notifications, and an expanded role for 3D Touch. Learn more about iOS 10 here.
Apple Music Updates
Apple Music is getting a complete redesign just one year after its launch. In addition to increased navigation, Apple Music’s new “Discovery Mix” feature tailors playlists to listeners’ music preferences. There will be daily curated playlists by Apple’s music editors that will make it easier for users to discover new music and artists. You will also be able to read song lyrics. Learn more about the changes coming to Apple Music here.
Maps is also getting a design update. Users can book rides though Maps, pay for transportation with Apple Pay, as well as make restaurant reservations. Map displays will be larger and directions will now include traffic updates. Maps will also be available via CarPlay, which will show traffic and possible alternative routes. Learn more about Apple Maps update here.
New iMessage/Message Features
One of the biggest aspects of iOS 10 are the new messaging features coming to iMessage/Messages. The new iMessage will include larger emojis and suggestions for turning certain keywords into emojis. People can share songs directly from Apple Music and send texts in their own handwriting. Users will also be able to pay someone through a message thread. Read more on the iOS 10 Message changes here.
Lock Screen Changes
One of the biggest changes to the iPhone’s software is happening on the lock screen, which will allow you to do much more on your phone without having to unlock it. A new feature called “raise and wake” will wake the lock screen when you lift your phone, revealing redesigned notifications that you can interact with using 3D touch. Watch a video demo of the iPhone’s new lock screen here.
Ability to Delete Preinstalled Apps
Apple will now allow you to delete preinstalled apps that many people fail to use. Until now, nearly 20 apps, such as Stocks, Tips and Voice Memos, have come preinstalled on every new iPhone and have not been removable. See a list of the preinstalled apps that you will be able to erase on the new iOS 10 here.
New Apple Watch Is Faster and Has More Features
Apple announced improved navigability and several new features coming to the Apple Watch, including the ability to upload apps several times faster than the previous OS. One notable new feature is the introduction of a keyboard called “Scribble” that wearers can use to respond to messages by either typing or drawing out each individual letter. Apple also revealed fitness-related watchOS 3 updates with the introduction of new activity-specific watch faces and a meditation app called “Breath.” Learn more about the watchOS 3 here.
Apple TV Changes
Apple unveiled a new way for its users to access content and channels on the Apple TV, along with a single sign-on feature that will let users login to all network apps at once, making Apple TV much easier to use. Apple will be rolling out a new Apple TV remote app, that will allow you to use touch navigation, Siri for voice command, and the phone’s built-in sensors for game controlling. Siri will also be able to search through Apple TV’s 650,0000 movies and shows, as well as live channels and YouTube. You can read more about the Apple TV updates here.
Apple Pay Will Be Online
You will soon be able to use Apple Pay to make payments online through Safari. Apple users can authenticate a purchase through Touch ID, either through their phone or Apple Watch, eliminating the need to enter credit card information.
iCloud Storage Saving Feature
Apple announced a storage-saving feature for the newest version of iCloud Drive that will move old and least-used files to the cloud so you can retrieve them later.
Introduction of Swift Playgrounds
Towards the end of presentation, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds, which Apple CEO Tim Cooks claims is “the absolute best way to teach everyone to code.” Since Apple introduced Swift in 2014, over 100,000 apps have started using the highly popular programming language to build some of their code, including Twitter, Uber and Lyft. To keep up the momentum, Apple debuted Swift Playgrounds on Monday, an official iPhone and iPad app for kids (and adults) to learn how to code with Swift. Read more about Swift Playgrounds here.