Monday, June 8, 2015

Live from Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote!

Apple WWDC 2015




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Dana Wollman
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Or, if you prefer, take a look at charts. (Yep, you can do this on competing services like Spotify as well.)
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There's a separate area too for "hot tracks" -- new singles Apple thinks you should be aware of.
Dana Wollman 3:08 PM
Once Apple Music knows what you like, it'll recommend certain playlists.
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Nicole Lee 3:08 PM
Some of those playlists include "Bring the Big Rock" that features, well, big rock anthems.
Dana Wollman 3:07 PM
But let's take a step back. Before you get set up, you've gotta help Apple Music understand what you're into. There's a UI that includes what look like lots of floating bubbles, each with a different genre.

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Let's peek at the Playlists feature. Eddy's already got a Warriors mix ready to go.
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Nicole Lee 3:05 PM
And now he's playing "Respect" by Aretha because why not.
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There are controls at the bottom you can expand to fullscreen. When it's minimized, you can see a list of albums, songs, what have you.
Dana Wollman 3:04 PM
OK, demo time.
Dana Wollman 3:04 PM
Eddy Cue says we're about to get a demo of Apple Music, but before he does that for us, he wants to wish Phil Schiller a happy birthday. (Bon anniversaire, Phil.)
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Dana Wollman 3:03 PM
Drake's last album went straight to iTunes. He's eager to do cool things with Apple Music too. (We are too, Drake. We are too.)
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Dana Wollman
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And now, thanks to Apple Music's Connect feature, it's easier to "assemble the right body of work" and have it all live in one central place.
  • Nicole LeeIt sounds a lot like the modern version of mySpace.
Dana Wollman 3:01 PM
He's talking about what it was like coming up in Toronto, where he grew up. "It's improbable to think that every artist is going to have the chance to have their vision validated."
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"What an honor it is to be in this room" with so many people who have changed the way we relate to technology. (Aw shucks, Drake.)
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Dana Wollman
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Actually no, starring Drake, who is here!
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Dana Wollman 2:59 PM
Let's hear more about the "Connect" feature. Demo starring Pharrell.
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Nicole Lee 2:59 PM
That artist connection service is called Connect.
Dana Wollman 2:58 PM
We're seeing another explanation video right now, by the way.



Dana Wollman
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We're seeing another explanation video right now, by the way.
  • Nicole LeeIt shows Zane Lowe, a live DJ that Apple is hiring for the new radio service.
  • Dana Wollman"Beats 1. We're always on, playing the music that we love." It's worldwide, 24/7, coming from New York, LA and London.
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"Internet Radio isn't really radio; it's just a playlist of song. We wanted to create a worldwide live radio station broadcasting 24/7." Beats 1.
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Dana Wollman
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Certain features in Apple Music are carryovers from iTunes, like the "Up Next" queue.
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If all this sounds vague, Apple's Eddy Cue is on stage to help explain.
Dana Wollman 2:54 PM
Another piece of this is connecting artists to their fans. A bigger draw for up-and-coming artists.

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That, he says, is because it was programmed by an algorithm, not a person.
Nicole Lee 2:53 PM
Iovine: Picture this, you're in a special moment. You're exercising or some other special moment. And your heart's pumping. And the next song comes on. Buzzkill.
Nicole Lee 2:52 PM
It's a "revolutionary music service" says Iovine.
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Dana Wollman 2:51 PM
"All the ways you love music, all in one place," says Iovine, as the video draws to a close.
  • Dana WollmanMeaning: It's a curated streaming service (kinda like Spotify), but also a place to download stuff.
Nicole Lee 2:51 PM
At the heart of Apple Music, there's Connect, where artists can share music with fans. Not just music, but photos, etc. as well.
  • Nicole LeeThey can also share unreleased songs.
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Dana Wollman
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Video explaining the service: "There needs to be a place where music is treated less like musical bits and more like the art it is." It's about supporting artists, including the smaller guys. (Sounds like the pitch behind Jay-Z's Tidal too, no?)
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He wanted "one complete thought around music."
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He's talking about how streaming in 2015 is a "fragmented mess."

Dana Wollman
2:48 PM
He's talking about how streaming in 2015 is a "fragmented mess."
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Nicole Lee 2:48 PM
Iovine's talking about the recent issues of digital music, Limewire, Napster, etc. Then he was introduced to iTunes.
Dana Wollman 2:47 PM
Jimmy Iovine, the famous producer behind Beats, is taking the stage. This is why Apple bought Beats.
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"Today we're announcing Apple Music: The next chapter in music."
Nicole Lee 2:46 PM
Now the video is transitioning to the modern age, with CDs, music downloads.
Dana Wollman 2:46 PM
Goodness, this video is loud.
Nicole Lee 2:45 PM
The video shows the evolution of music, from the phonograph to the jukebox to the car radio, etc.
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Nicole Lee
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The video shows the evolution of music, from the phonograph to the jukebox to the car radio, etc.
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Dana Wollman 2:45 PM
Music streaming announcement coming in 3-2-1.... [But first, a video from Apple.]

Dana Wollman
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Music streaming announcement coming in 3-2-1.... [But first, a video from Apple.]
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"We love music..."
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"Before we close this morning, we do have one more thing."
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And the update will be available to everyone in the fall. (Catch you at Apple's fall event, guys.)
Dana Wollman 2:43 PM
These features are available to developers today.

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Nicole Lee 2:42 PM
Now he's showing Vine playback on the Watch. Perfect format for the Watch due to how short the videos are.
  • Dana WollmanI was wondering exactly what "short-form video" meant. That explains it.
Dana Wollman 2:42 PM
So for messaging, you can use the mic to record an audio message so that your texting partner hears your voice. That's in addition to using Siri to dictate written messages, which you could already do.
  • Dana WollmanOh, and you can send stickers too.
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To be clear, when you're replying to emails, you're using Siri, just like you already can using the watch's messaging app.
  • Dana WollmanIt's not like there's an onscreen keyboard or anything. That'd be impractical.
Nicole Lee 2:40 PM
He's also now demonstrating Time Travel. He's rotating the digital crown to see how much charge left he'll have in the future, as well as the time of his upcoming flight. He also replied to a message from his wrist.

Nicole Lee
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Demo time. He's browsing through photos to select a watch face. Force touch, and there you have it, a new watchface.
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You'll be able to access accelerometer data like if you're working on your golf swing. There'll also be access to the Taptic Engine. He gives a demo of a car remote so you can turn on/off the headlights for example.
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Kevin Lynch is going through feature requests Apple got after the Watch first came out. Things you can do now: access to the mic. Play back "short-form" video on the watch screen. Access to HealthKit data on the watch. Like seeing your heart rate zone in Strava.
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Nicole Lee 2:36 PM
Now he's talking WatchKit and the benefits it gives to developers. With native watch apps, they'll be able to make developing for the watch faster and easier.
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Dana Wollman 2:34 PM
Nice to see the watch doing more, and through a software update, not necessarily new hardware.
  • Dana WollmanWould the early reviews have been different if it could have done all this stuff at launch?
Nicole Lee 2:34 PM
And, of course, you can also access Wallet on the Watch. As well as transit info from the new Maps.
  • Nicole LeeYou can start navigating with directions requested from Siri as well.
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There are now beautiful new 3D achievements for those fitness goals that you've reached.

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Nicole Lee 2:33 PM
There are now beautiful new 3D achievements for those fitness goals that you've reached.
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Dana Wollman 2:33 PM
For health and fitness, third-party apps can run on the watch itself, without the aid of an iPhone. (Good thing if you're not a fan of the stock Workout app.)
  • Dana WollmanIt responds to Siri commands too, so less fiddling with your fingers if you wanna start your workout. "Start a 300-calorie run," for instance.
Dana Wollman 2:32 PM
FaceTime audio is coming too.
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Oh, and you can reply to emails on the Apple Watch. Nice.
Dana Wollman 2:32 PM
Jumping around a bit. Just saw an "Add a Friend" feature, for adding a friend with a big plus sign in the existing Friends menu.
Nicole Lee 2:31 PM
There's also a new feature called Time Travel that lets you see what's coming up next by rotating the digital crown forward.
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New UI for when your watch is charging. Nightstand Mode. Can set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. It's basically a bedside alarm now. Use the buttons on the side to snooze it.
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You can also now make your own Complications. Show your flight time on United, look at the charge status of your electric car, your favorite team's sports scores and more.
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Dana Wollman 2:28 PM
New watch faces, including a Photos face. Make your own from your own photos. Or, you can choose an album. See a new pic every time you raise your wrist.
  • Dana WollmanInteresting way to make the Watch more interactive -- for a lot of people, it kind of just sits there on your wrist for much of the day. Not that that's a bad thing, but I think people want to feel like they can *do* things with the watch.
Dana Wollman 2:27 PM
Cook just invited Kevin Lynch (former Adobe guy, now at Apple) to the stage to talk about changes to watchOS.
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Nicole Lee 2:26 PM
Cook is now recapping the earlier parts of the keynote. Native apps on the Watch is first.
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Dana Wollman 2:25 PM
"On behalf of everyone at Apple, we wanna thank the developer community for everything that you've done. You have changed so many parts of all of our lives and transformed the world in the process."
Dana Wollman 2:25 PM
While this video continues, let me ask a question: What was up with the big group of tween/teenage developers we saw enter the auditorium earlier? Are we gonna see them at all so long as Tim Cook is on the subject of developers (and accessible programming languages)?
Nicole Lee 2:25 PM
The video flashes a note: 850 apps downloaded every second.
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Dana Wollman 2:22 PM
One wonders what we're building up to. What is this video a prelude to?
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"We don't have to own our own music." Foreshadowing?
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A nod to the iPhone making photography universally accessible.
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One developer is saying the App Store boom is bigger than the industrial revolution. Will leave y'all to debate that amongst yourselves.
Dana Wollman 2:20 PM
"We live in a time where the most powerful tools ever imagined to investigate and probe our world are in the hands of essentially everyone."
Dana Wollman 2:19 PM
How far have we come? Well, remember that the iPhone launched without an App Store. That came in 2008.
  • Nicole LeeThe video is a real love letter to all the apps and the developers out there who make the App Store a thriving marketplace.

Dana Wollman
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How far have we come? Well, remember that the iPhone launched without an App Store. That came in 2008.
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"We made a video about your incredible impact and just how far you've come in such a short period of time." And here goes.
Dana Wollman 2:18 PM
"We could not be more proud of the work you [developers] are doing," Cook says.
Dana Wollman 2:18 PM
And Apple has paid out $30 billion to developers.

Dana Wollman
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Tim Cook: The App Store recently surpassed 100 billion app downloads.
Dana Wollman 2:16 PM
Tim Cook is back on stage. We're doing a recap for now: OS X, iOS and Swift. But is there one more thing...?

Dana Wollman
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Device support goes way back -- like, to the iPad 2 from 2011.
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And you can sign up for a public beta today!
Dana Wollman 2:15 PM
"And that is iOS 9." Developer beta begins today.
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Swift is going open source.



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"We think Swift is the next great programming language."
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"Finally, let's talk about Swift." (That be the programming language, not the pop star.)
Dana Wollman 2:12 PM
CarPlay: Lots of minor updates and one big one. It's going cordless.
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Nicole Lee
2:12 PM
HomeKit will also have more sensors like thermostat, home security etc. You'll also now be able to access all your HomeKit devices from iCloud.
Nicole Lee 2:11 PM
They're adding lots of additional health metrics
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Nicole Lee
2:11 PM
Now an update about HealthKit.
Dana Wollman 2:11 PM
Not just Metal, but ReplayKit, for example (let users record their video and share it).
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Craig appears to be recapping what he's already told us about iOS 9, so not sure there's much more to see right now. At least not in terms of front-end features. Craig is also mentioning some behind-the-scenes features that will make developers' jobs easier.

Dana Wollman
2:09 PM
A note on security: two-factor authentication for iCloud. Also, a change to the architecture behind OS updates. Now you need just 1.3GB for the next software update. Not, like, four gigs.
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Nicole Lee 2:09 PM
iOS 9 will now have a low-power mode that'll be able to extend battery life for an additional three hours.
Nicole Lee 2:08 PM
Now on to battery life.

Nicole Lee
2:09 PM
iOS 9 will now have a low-power mode that'll be able to extend battery life for an additional 3 hours.
Nicole Lee 2:08 PM
Now on to battery life.
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Dana Wollman 2:07 PM
It looks like Split View is for the iPad Air 2 only. Sorry, folks, if you happen to have an older model.
  • Nicole LeeI'm betting the split view just needs that extra horse power of the new processor.
Dana Wollman 2:07 PM
As for developers, they're getting features like "auto layout" that will hopefully make it easier for them to make their apps ready for "Slide Over."

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Some color commentary: the developers in attendance here LOVE all this multitasking stuff.
  • Dana WollmanI bet they've been waiting years for this.
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We're seeing another multitasking demo, this one involving video. Introducing: picture-in-picture mode.
  • Dana WollmanIt is what it sounds like: the video is in a small box, that you can move around screen, or even off to the side, where you can hear it but not see it.
  • Nicole LeeThis is very similar to a function that Samsung phone users likely have already seen.
Nicole Lee 2:05 PM
He just showed us how he used the trackpad functionality to edit text far faster than before.

Dana Wollman
2:06 PM
We're seeing another multitasking demo, this one involving video. Introducing: picture-in-picture mode.
  • Dana WollmanIt is what it sounds like: the video is in a small box, that you can move around screen, or even off to the side, where you can hear it but not see it.
Nicole Lee 2:05 PM
He just showed us how he used the trackpad functionality to edit text far faster than before.
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Dana Wollman 2:04 PM
So: You can make that split view 50/50, but we've also seen demos where one app takes up a narrower pane.
Dana Wollman 2:04 PM
If you pin one app to the side, you can keep it there while changing the app on the other side.
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In "Split View" both windows side by side are active.

Dana Wollman
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In "Split View" both windows side by side are active.
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"Slide Over" is a feature that lets you -- you guessed it -- slide an app over to the side of the screen.
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Dana Wollman 2:02 PM
Double-tap the home button to see a new task switcher, with full-screen previews of all the apps.
Dana Wollman 2:02 PM
But onto what you really wanna know about: multitasking. (He says with an icon on the screen that appears to show a split screen.)

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If you ever hook up a physical keyboard, there are shortcuts for searching in spotlight, and app-switching.
Dana Wollman 2:01 PM
Ooh, watch him turn the onscreen keyboard into a trackpad.



Dana Wollman
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Remember that with iOS 8 Apple introduced the suggestion bar in the onscreen keyboard. Now, there are shortcuts in that bar. So with a tap you can cut, copy, etc.
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Nicole Lee
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Next, iPad.
Dana Wollman 1:59 PM
"We'll be rolling out news starting in the United States, UK and Australia," Craig says. "We think you're gonna like it."
Dana Wollman 1:59 PM
A note on privacy: What you read is not linked to other Apple services. (Privacy seems to be a recurring theme today. It's come up a few times now.)
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Nicole Lee 1:58 PM
You can just tap to zoom in the photos. It's meant to be highly interactive and a rich way of reading content.
Dana Wollman 1:57 PM
By the way, there's also a "Favorites" area, which makes sense.

Dana Wollman
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By the way, there's also a "Favorites" area, which makes sense.
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Dana Wollman 1:56 PM
Continuing our tour of the app, there's an "Explore" feature to help you discover other news sources, maybe other news topics you hadn't selected before.
  • Nicole LeeShe searches for "Swift", which brings up results like Taylor Swift and Swift, Apple's programming language.
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Dana Wollman 1:56 PM
For something like ESPN, you might also see infographics.
Dana Wollman 1:55 PM
Big cheers at built-in videos. (I mean, it's neat.)
  • Nicole LeeAlso, it's a video of Steph Curry, MVP and star of the Golden State Warriors, who is getting major shout-out during this keynote since it's the local team.
Dana Wollman 1:55 PM
You can bookmark stuff to read later. Which is a good feature to have in an app like this, if you ask me.

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Big cheers at built-in videos. (I mean, it's neat.)
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You can bookmark stuff to read later. Which is a good feature to have in an app like this, if you ask me.
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We're seeing a demo that includes both newspapers and magazines. Just to give you a sense of the variety of news outlets you might be sourcing.
  • Nicole LeeEach article showcases big photos, lots of graphics, and interactive elements.
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Dana Wollman 1:53 PM
News creates a personalized feed called "For You."

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Demo time. First, News needs to get a sense of what you like to read.
  • Dana WollmanWith recommendations popping up depending on what you choose.
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It's all about "custom layout, rich typography," says Craig. And it's interactive. It is indeed Flipboard-esque, as reported by Re/code not long before this keynote began.
Dana Wollman 1:52 PM
A new app for iOS: It's called News. Does it replace Newstand?

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A new app for iOS: It's called News. Does it replace Newstand?
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That's it for Maps right now.
Dana Wollman 1:51 PM
This transit feature will kick off in the US and China.
  • More cities to come later, I hope?
  • Nicole LeeJust a few select cities to start, but hopefully we'll see more down the road.
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Dana Wollman 1:50 PM
The map includes details like multiple entrances, accounting for some really massive train stations, like Columbus Circle in New York City.
  • Dana WollmanLike, you definitely need a specific entrance if you wanna catch the A train asap.
Dana Wollman 1:49 PM
Tap on a station, see the lines that run through it with departure times.
Nicole Lee 1:49 PM
Public transit in Apple Maps. Finally.
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Dana Wollman 1:49 PM
Next up: Maps.
  • Dana WollmanHah: Craig just referred to Google Maps as "the next leading mapping app."

Dana Wollman
1:47 PM
Notes now has a toolbar with formatting options.
Dana Wollman 1:46 PM
Onto the Notes app in iOS.
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Some other news: Passbook is now named Wallet.
  • Dana WollmanMake sense: It's a better name, given all the kinds of cards and whatnot it now supports.
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Nicole Lee 1:46 PM
It'll support loyalty cards too, which is useful for using rewards cards.
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Dana Wollman 1:45 PM
In iOS 9, you can add store credit cards in addition to bank debit and credit cards.
Nicole Lee 1:45 PM
Londoners will also be able to use Apple Pay on the transit system.
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Nicole Lee 1:44 PM
They're also working with Pinterest, which is launching Buyable Pins so you can buy stuff directly from your Pinterest board. Buyable Pins is on iOS only for now. This feature is coming later this month.
Dana Wollman 1:44 PM
Some news: Apple Pay is coming to the UK next month.
  • Dana WollmanMarks & Spencer is among various British brands that have signed up to support Apple Pay over in the United Kingdom
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As for Apple Pay, Apple says that sometime within the next month it expects to surpass 1 million retail locations that accept it.



Dana Wollman
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As for Apple Pay, Apple says that sometime within the next month it expects to surpass 1 million retail locations that accept it.
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Dana Wollman 1:42 PM
This fall, Square will launch a new reader. Pre-orders starting today. They'll hit Apple Retail this fall.
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Trader Joe's, Baskin Robbins and JC Penney will support Apple Pay this year too, joining an increasingly long list of big-chain retailers.
  • Nicole LeeIncluding gear from both NBA Finals teams at both Cleveland and Oakland arenas (for Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors)
Dana Wollman 1:41 PM
First, an update: Over 2,500 banks support Apple Pay.
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And to give us a demo, VP of the Apple Pay business, Jennifer Bailey.
Dana Wollman 1:40 PM
Next, Apple Pay.
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But what about privacy, you might be asking? It's all on-device.
  • Dana WollmanCraig seems insistent that Apple doesn't actually wanna know that much about you anyway.
  • Nicole LeeThat's a huge response to Google, as the Mountain View company has faced criticism for privacy issues with its recent Photos app.
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Dana Wollman 1:39 PM
Craig is using Siri again to pull up specific photo sets.
  • Dana Wollman"Show my karaoke photos of Eddie [Cue, another big Apple exec]."

Dana Wollman
1:39 PM
Craig is using Siri again to pull up specific photo sets, and this actually is a good time to segue into changes to the Photos app.
Nicole Lee 1:38 PM
He's looking up recipes now, and he's able to do measurement conversion on the fly.
  • Nicole LeeThose photos of poutine is making me hungry.
Dana Wollman 1:37 PM
Siri Suggestions includes, among other things, people you might want to contact. Locations nearby (breakfast places nearby in the morning, for example).

Dana Wollman
1:36 PM
As for that reminder Craig asked Siri to set, it's right there in the Calendar app, where you'd expect it to be.
Dana Wollman 1:36 PM
Later in the day, when Craig plugs in headphones, the music app comes up.
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Then he gets a text message from his boss asking him to remember to pick something up. If Craig says, "Remind me about this later today," she can make a reminder out of that.
  • Nicole LeeNote that all he has to say is "This" and Siri knows what reminder to set, because he already has that text message open at the time.
Dana Wollman 1:35 PM
So, Siri starts off by offering a meditation, because Siri knows Craig likes to meditate in the morning.
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Demo time: A day in the life of iOS 9.
Nicole Lee 1:33 PM
"We now have an API for search."
  • Dana WollmanMeaning, search results are deep-linked inside apps.
Nicole Lee 1:33 PM
Now when you swipe right on the home screen, you'll see "Siri Suggestions" based on upcoming meetings or your communication patterns.
  • Dana WollmanThis, too, is very Google Now-esque. The whole "swipe up or aside for information that might be useful to you" thing.
Dana Wollman 1:33 PM
Oh, and this is interesting: If there's an unfamiliar number, the incoming call screen might say something like, "Maybe: John Smith," suggesting who that strange number might belong to.
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Dana Wollman 1:32 PM
For instance, Siri will present the audiobook you've been listening to when you get in the car.
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"So Siri is a great assistant, but the best assistant is pro-active."
  • Dana WollmanI smell that rumored Google Now competitor.

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For iOS 9, Siri has a new UI.
Dana Wollman 1:30 PM
Let's start with Siri. "Siri has quietly become incredibly popular." Over a billion requests per week. 40 percent reduction in error rate to 5 percent, says Craig.
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Dana Wollman 1:29 PM
"This is a feature that remains unique to iOS."
  • Nicole LeeA slight dig into Android there.
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83 percent of active iPhone users are running the latest OS.
  • Dana WollmanImportant because they're up to date on security fixes, et cetera.
Nicole Lee 1:28 PM
Now on to iOS.
Dana Wollman 1:28 PM
The update reaches real-world users this fall. So more on that in a few months.
Dana Wollman 1:28 PM
El Capitan is available to developers today.
  • Dana WollmanBut not you, my pretties. Not you. Not yet.
Nicole Lee 1:28 PM
Plenty of other developers and game companies are also on board. They include The Foundry, Blizzard, 2K Games and more.
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Nicole Lee 1:25 PM
He's now showing a demo of Fortnite, where the character is chopping down cars and trees. Lots of effects now, with lightning and explosions. All happening with great detail.
  • Dana WollmanAnd the gameplay is smooth, I might add.

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Seeing a demo of the game "Fortnite." It involves a lot of in-game building and designing -- the sort of thing where smoother graphics would indeed come in handy.

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Nicole Lee 1:23 PM
Metal is also fantastic for games, supposedly, with 10x the performance. They brought in Epic Games to show some games to demonstrate the Metal engine.
Dana Wollman 1:23 PM
What does this mean for you? This is where demoes of apps like Illustrator come in.
  • Dana WollmanSpeaking of, Adobe says it's committed to adopting Metal in its Creative Suite apps.

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In particular with performance, Craig wants to tell us about Metal, the iOS graphics engine. What you need to know: The same technology is coming to Mac.
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1:21 PM
And now, performance improvements.
  • Dana WollmanExample: Open up PDF files 4x faster.
Nicole Lee 1:20 PM
He's recapping through the different features now, claiming that it has easy access to features, plus split view.
Dana Wollman 1:20 PM
More on split view: Craig is clicking on windows, dragging them to the top of the screen, where there's a panel of thumbnail-sized windows. You can create a split-screen that way by dropping a window on top of another.
  • Dana WollmanThis, too, reminds me a bit of Windows. The thumbnails of windows toward the top of the screen, and all that.
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Nicole Lee 1:18 PM
He then clicks and holds on the green button to drag and drop the window, and it automatically drops it in next to another open window.
  • Dana WollmanIt looks kinda like the Snap feature in Windows. (Someone had to say it.)

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Dana Wollman 1:17 PM
Craig is making a smooth transition from search language to window management.
  • Dana WollmanFor example: opening up tabs in the Mail app when composing a message. Or dragging and dropping an image into a draft in a different window.
Nicole Lee 1:16 PM
It also works with documents, like "Documents I worked on last June."
Dana Wollman 1:16 PM
Can also use this kind of search language in other apps, like Mail. Example: "mail I ignored from Phil." (Har.)
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He's showing off Spotlight Search now. Testing it with "SF Giants" and it actually shows off the weather as well as the upcoming game.
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Dana Wollman 1:15 PM
"Where is this audio coming from?" Craig asks about Rick Astley playing from a tab. You can use a gesture to mute that nonsense.
Nicole Lee 1:14 PM
He's showing off Safari now. He's using it to pin different sites like Twitter, Pinterest and ESPN.
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Dana Wollman 1:14 PM
First thing we're seeing are gestures. For instance, swiping individual messages in Mail to archive or delete.
Dana Wollman 1:13 PM
Overview time: Expect improvements to Spotlight and built-in apps (as always, with an OS X update).
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Dana Wollman 1:12 PM
OS X El Capitan is the name.
  • Nicole LeeOkay, I didn't see that coming.
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The team-building offsite was apparently held in a jacuzzi and at Burning Man (jokes, of course).
Dana Wollman 1:12 PM
"The only real question was what to call it," he says of the new OS.
  • Dana WollmanSo far, all we know is that WWDC's mysterious tag line this year is "at the epicenter of change."
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The adoption rate for Yosemite is incredible, he says. Over 55% of Mac users is running the latest update. Apparently it's the fastest adoption rate for any PC OS ever.
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Dana Wollman 1:11 PM
Software guy Craig Federighi just took the stage to enormous applause (this is a dev conference, after all). But first, a recap of Yosemite before we get into the new OS X stuff.
Nicole Lee 1:10 PM
"Everything's going great," Cook says.
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Dana Wollman 1:09 PM
And a new Watch SDK is coming. Native apps are here!
  • Dana WollmanThis was expected, by the way. Apple has said that third-party apps would eventually have access to the Watch's sensors without the help of the iPhone.
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Alrighty, down to business. OS X is up first, Cook says. With iOS news coming too, natch.
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Nicole Lee 1:09 PM
Cook has the ball right here in the audience! And he says he'll pay the ransom.
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Apparently his teammates held his ball for ransom, asking for a list of Apple gadgets in return.
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Nicole Lee 1:08 PM
Cook mentions Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians hitting his 100th career home run.
Nicole Lee 1:07 PM
"For the first time, we're not only livestreaming the keynote. We're livestreaming 30 sessions of the conference as well."
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Dana Wollman 1:06 PM
Cook says 80 percent of the people here are for the first time. Also, shout-out to 350 scholarship winners. Welcome, folks.
  • Dana WollmanIncluding a 12 year-old-girl from New York!
Dana Wollman 1:06 PM
Tim just got his first shout of "I love you!" (I think that's what he said) from a dude in the audience, over in the developer (not-press) section.
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And enter Tim Cook!
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"We better be getting free Watches out of it." And scene....
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Nicole Lee 1:04 PM
And there's a rap / hip-hop song with various apps from the App Store dancing.
Nicole Lee 1:04 PM
Hey, it's Abed!
Nicole Lee 1:03 PM
It's basically a "WWDC Rehearsal" skit, with an SNL/comedy bent.
  • Dana WollmanAnd "Birdman" camera angles.
Dana Wollman 1:03 PM
I still don't totally know what's happening, and I don't think anyone else in the audience does, but we're all laughing.
Nicole Lee 1:02 PM
And that's Charlyne Yi in the video. We also see a stuffed Angry Birds character, a flying drone. And lots of Tim Cook clones.
Dana Wollman 1:01 PM
Oh hey, a video with Bill Hader. Playing director "David LeGray."
  • Dana WollmanUnclear what's going on so far, except the video has already included a guy in an Angry BIrds costume.
Nicole Lee 1:00 PM
And the lights have dimmed. Time to get started.
Nicole Lee 12:58 PM
Uptown Funk is blasting now. Aw yeah.
  • Dana WollmanPros: Dancing in my seat. Cons: Hearing loss. (It's really loud up in here.)
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Nicole Lee 12:55 PM
And there's the announcement to silent our phones. We're about to get started.
Nicole Lee 12:53 PM
It also looks like Apple execs are already in the crowd mingling with the VIPs. Spotted Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller in the center VIP section, as well as Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann.
Dana Wollman 12:52 PM
As far as I'm concerned, the hardest part of the day is done for us. We got up at the butt-crack of dawn, waited in line for hours and may have strained some muscles sprinting for seats. But now we're here, and all we have to do is tell y'all what's going on.
  • Dana WollmanAnd right now, what's going on is alt rock music blasting through the speakers. That and celebrity sightings.
  • Nicole LeeWe also had coffee. That's important.
Nicole Lee 12:51 PM
Lots of celebrity sightings already. We spotted Trent Reznor, SF Mayor Ed Lee and apparently will.i.am is also in the crowd.
  • Dana WollmanI'm super pissed I missed Al Gore while I was in the ladies room.
Dana Wollman 12:50 PM
I just saw Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, by the way. I asked her what time it was before realizing who she was. How's everyone else's morning going?
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Dana Wollman 12:50 PM
Good morning from sunny San Francisco! I'll be your liveblogger for the day, along with senior editor Nicole Lee and senior mobile editor Chris Velazco on photos.
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