After much fanfare, Tim Cook took the stage at this year’s WWDC event to announce several exciting new products and launches that we can look forward to in the upcoming months. While we all expected the latest news on both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, it’s their additional launches that have us particularly excited. Keep on reading and get all the information you need from this year’s event.
While iOS 9 isn’t as big of an update compared to the launch of iOS 8, it does include some additional features that should prove to be invaluable tools. Siri now includes a new feature called Proactive that will offer app suggestions, as well as ID calls and certain emails. Similarly, Spotlight is now more specific when producing results and interlinks with more of your iPhone’s core functions. Transit directions have been added to Maps and the Notes app is getting a much needed upgrade with better image integration. The one new app in iOS 9 is named News and brings together hundreds of content sources for users to collate the latest headlines. The public beta for iOS 9 will be released in July.
OS X 10.11
Known as OS X El Capitan, the new software update introduces new features and refines current ones. Safari has undergone a massive overhaul to make it as seamless of an experience as possible. Spotlight now will recognise commands to look at the weather, game scores and the latest information on stocks. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a new Notes app and a vastly improved Mission Control interface. OS X El Capitan will be available for users later this year.
It’ll come as no surprise that Apple has launched their own music service. Apple has added the likes of Dr Dre, Will I Am and Pharrell as DJs, but it’s the streaming side of things that really caught our eye. The Music app has undergone a massive redesign to accommodate the new streaming section, as well as offer users a new take on iTunes Radio named Beats One. A large portion of the Music app will now be infused with various social media elements, where artists can interact with their fans. As you’d expect, there are thousands of albums and artists supported, as well as a curated playlist feature called ‘For You’. Pricing starts at $9.99, or $14.99 for a family membership with up to six accounts allowed access.
The latest update for watchOS will include several new watch faces; including a Photo Album face. In addition to this, third-party developers will now be able to make their own Complications to add to any of Apple’s first-party watch faces. A full release of watchOS 2 will be out later this year.
Cars will now support different sized screens, as well as support for many first party apps. The biggest change, however, is the introduction of a new wireless mode. No cars currently support this function, so it’s entirely a project for the future.