Apple has today announced major updates to its four operating systems – including the rebranding of OS X as macOS – at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Apple unveiled macOS Sierra as the follow up to OS X El Capitan, bring the naming convention in line with the rest of its OS line-up. macOS Sierra is packed with exciting new features, including the introduction of Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant, to the Mac, as well as a host of Continuity tools.
iOS 10 was previewed too, with Apple showing off 10 major updates to the mobile operating system. These included an overhauled Messages app, and completely redesigned Apple Music and News apps. There was, as rumoured, the introduction of a Home app, which brings together all your HomeKit-enabled devices into one friendly app.
watchOS was given possibly the biggest update of the night. Version 3 will bring a dock and Control Centre to the smartwatch. There are also three new watch faces, including a brand-new Activity one, and the ability to share your Activity progress with friends in Activity Sharing. Apple also announced a new app for Watch, called Breathe, which is inspired by meditation practises, and included features especially for wheelchair users.
tvOS was also updated, with Apple announcing that a raft of new apps would soon be available, including Sling, Fox Sports Go, Molotov TV, and a handful of game-based apps like Minecraft Story Mode and Sketch Party. Siri’s functionality was also greatly improved, and tvOS now supports single sign-on, so when users sign into Apple’s new feature, they’ll never have to go through the process again.
Developer previews of all the new software will be available immediately, with public betas expected next month. The new operating systems will be released in full in the autumn to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 7 and a range of new MacBooks.
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