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WWDC 2016: All the latest news as it happens


WWDC 2016

WWDC 2016: All the latest news from Apple's annual conference.

WWDC 2016 has officially begun, as Tim Cook takes to the stage in San Francisco to kick off the keynote address.

Apple uses the conference to lay out its plans for the year ahead, focussing on software and platform developments ahead of hardware reveals later in the year.

You can live-stream the event from Apple’s website, but we’ll be following the whole event here, updating you with the news as it happens. So read on for a full rundown of the big developments coming out of WWDC 2016.

Live Blog – Newest posts first

iOS 10

2000: Phew and that's it. So to recap we've had major watchOS, tvOS, macOS and, of course, iOS updates as well as a smattering of other interesting announcements. Here are some more in-depth features to get your teeth into:

iOS 10: Top features

Apple watchOS: 5 things that make it worth using

Apple TV: tvOS gets a major upgrade

macOS: New name, new features

1950: Swift now, Apple's simple programming language. Swift Playgrounds is an iPad app that "will revolutionise the way people learn to code". It's cute, with little tasks and challenges and will come out in the autumn following a developer preview and public beta.

1945: The iOS 10 will be released in the Autumn, but the developer preview will be available today. I wouldn't update my main phone with it, though just yet. There will be a public beta in July – go to beta.apple.com to join.

1940: Privacy is the name of the game now and Apple are trotting out some quotes from academics about how secure other people think its software is. Everything is done on device level so Apple doesn't hold a bunch of user profiles on us all. Apple is a "Privacy leader".

1925: Rich links in iMessage is next and that's pretty cool. It means links of images will show as a pic and YouTube vids can be watched directly. Less exciting is that emojis are three times bigger and words that have a relevant emoji are highlighted. Yay bigger and more emojis! The end of days is surely approaching. You can also change the size of bubble to SHOUT or be very very quiet. You can also write handwritten texts. Let's hope doctors don't use it. Does that squiggle mean I'm dying?

Apple Music is also integrated so you can play a track right from a message. And again Apple is opening Messages up to developers to tinker with and you can use third party apps to pay for stuff through it.

1922: Voicemail now transcribes messages for you. Awesome, I hope that transfers to Voice Memos too.

1919: HomeKit – that's more like it. Apparently HomeKit has support from every major home accessory manufacturer and there a new Home app. It finally looks like a usable product rather than a framework that lets you actually control things and create scenes. WatchOS 3 will support it too.

1915: Apple News looks a lot prettier on an iPad, like a newspaper or magazine. That's enough of that.

1910: Apple Music gets it's moment with a cringey song and dance. It looks a little different, and there a cool new feature – you can view the lyrics of song. Prepare to be disappointed when songs you thought you were signing correctly for years say something totally different.

1906: Maps gets an update. You can now slide up to get suggestions of where you might want to go, you can find petrol stations and it's now open to third party developers. Book an Uber or restaurant and pay with Apple Pay.

1901: Places lets you see your photos on a map, while Photos is getting 'deep learning techniques' to enhance face recognition, object and scene recognition. iOS can tell what's in a photo now. Creepy...

Keeping the creep factor up, Photos also gets a new feature called Memories, which can sort pictures by the locations it recognises in the shots, and suggests collections of photos based upon who's in them, where they were taken etc.

1900: Lots of messaging upgrades that look a lot like what Google introduced at I/O this year. Suggested responses to messages etc.

1857: Siri's up again. In iOS 10 she can do 'so much more'. Why? Apple's gone and opened up Siri to developers, just as we suspected. That means you'll be able to use the virtual assistant with non-Apple apps – order an Uber for example. There's already support for messaging apps including WeChat and Slack and loads of others.

1855: We got a full demonstration of the new mobile OS. Raise to wake lets you see what's on your lock screen without you having to touch a button. Just pick the phone up and the screen will turn on. There's also improved lock screen notifications which have extra 3D Touch functionality. You can use a lot of the app functionality from the lock screen itself.

Notification shade is also getting some 3D Touch functions, plus there's a redesigned control centre. Swiping right from the lock screen now opens the camera, while swiping left brings up widgets.

1851: Biggest iOS release ever apparently...

OS X – Or is that macOS?

1845: And there she is: Siri on the Mac. After politely introducing herself, Siri was demonstrated as an impressively responsive virtual assistant. You can speak to her using natural language, if the presentation is anything to go by. Ask her to play a playlist in iTunes, plus you can use Siri results by just dragging them straight into other documents.

You can also text people just by dictating to Siri through the Mac OS. More to come as the conference goes on.

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1843: Some exciting tab news. Yes, tabs. Third party apps can now use tabs in the same way that Safari can.

1840: Remote desktop functions introduced. You can get files from your desktop on other computers and your iPhone. Neat!

There's also some useful storage optimisation improvements which should help you keep your Mac clean and functioning well.

And, of course, Apple Pay made an appearance. You can now use Apple Pay 'on the web' by tapping the 'pay with Apple Pay' button on websites. You can then authorise purchases on your iPhone using Touch ID, and even your Apple Watch.

1838: We were told it was coming by various leaks, and now we know for sure. Auto-unlock will allow you to unlock your Mac simply by being close to it and having your iPhone with you.

Universal Clipboard looks like it might be quite useful, too. You can copy text and images on your iPhone and find it available on your clipboard on your Mac.

1837: It's official. Apple is changing the naming convention of its desktop OS. It's now to be known as macOS instead of OS X. On top of that, we've been given the official name of the next macOS: Sierra.

tvOS and Apple TV – Siri's a bit better and there's some new apps

1830: New apps announced for tvOS including Sling. Fox Sports Go, Molotov, and games including NBA 2K.

More interesting perhaps was a new version of the remote app, which has all the features of the Siri remote and uses the accelerometer and gyroscope to play games.


Siri is also getting an upgrade. You can now search for movies by topics. I.e "find high school comedies from the 80s". Siri can also search YouTube now.

Single Sign On will allow you to sign in once rather than having to authenticate individual apps, and a new 'dark mode' makes everything a bit, er, darker. It's the same thing that's been available on Mac OS since Yosemite, and makes the overall theme darker.

watchOS 3 – Faster app loading, Scribble, new watch faces

1827: Support for Apple Pay in watchOS apps announced along with a host of new APIs for devs. WatchOS 3 will arrive in 'Fall', Autumn for us Brits.

1820: Those looking for more fitness functionality will be pleased to know you can now share your activity rings and compare them against friends. You can also send your 'racing heart rate' to friends at the end of a work out for some reason.

Also new features to help wheelchair users improve their fitness and a new app called Breathe to help you 'de-stress' through deep breathing exercises.

Watchos Breathe

1818: Apple is introducing a feature called SOS which allows you to call emergency services with the touch of a button. Press and hold the side button on the Apple Watch and it will start counting down to calling the emergency services. It'll automatically know which number to call depending on which country you're in.

1814: A lot of new watch faces are on their way, including one which allows you to keep track of your activity logs. Other small upgrades include weather updates on the watch face home screen and easier switching between watch faces.

1812: Smart replies have been added to make responding to messages easier. There's also a new function called 'Scribble', which allows you to draw letters on the screen. It works in English and Chinese. Handy!

1809: First up is watchOS. Lots of talk about increased response time from apps. We were shown a demonstration of the time it takes for apps to load on watchOS 2 and watchOS 3. There seems to be a huge difference between the two – the newer OS is seven times faster according to Apple.


1806: "Our north star has always been about improving peoples lives", says Cook as he tells developers they are "part of everything we do".

1800: Tim Cook has opened proceedings on a sad note, offering sympathies to those affected by the Orlando shooting and asking the audience to observe a moment of silence.


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What are you most looking forward to at WWDC 2016? Let us know in the comments.

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