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WWDC 2015 live

  • And here's Music, so far

    Apple Music is far more than just a streaming service

    The IndependentApple has released Music, a streaming music service that also integrates social features and special radio stations.
    6/8/2015 7:11:54 PM
  • Here's a round-up of all the Apple Watch stuff

    The Apple Watch just got way more useful

    The IndependentApple is to make developers able to make watches for its wearable Apple Watch for the first time ever.
    6/8/2015 7:11:40 PM
  • While Apple tells us how great apps are, here's a round-up of the iOS announcements

    Apple’s iOS 9 knows who you want to talk to and what you want to read, even if you don’t

    The IndependentApple has unveiled the latest update to its iOS operating system, integrating new features that allow the phone to know what users want before they do.
    6/8/2015 6:26:36 PM
  • Strangely enough for an Apple event, it feels like we know almost everything that's coming more than a day before. (Though we don't, of course, know many of the details.)

    Here's our full post on everything that's expected, including updates to iOS 9 and Mac OS. Both are likely to focus on stability and performance improvements, rather than bringing in a bunch of new features — but there'll be new launches including Apple Music and Apple Watch improvements to keep the excitement up.
    6/7/2015 10:09:55 AM
  • It's sometimes strange following tech events like WWDC from the UK: it's never entirely clear how many of the exciting services Brits and other people outside of the US will actually get to use. But this time around the UK does seem to be getting some attention.

    It's pretty certain that Apple Pay will be launched in the UK tomorrow, having been US only since it was launched last year. And Apple Music, probably the biggest announcement of tomorrow, is rumoured to be coming to a "long list" of countries when it launches, likely later this month.
    6/7/2015 10:16:38 AM
  • Confirmation, if it were needed, that Apple Music is coming tomorrow. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris said during an interview that it's "happening tomorrow", according to Venture Beat.

    He didn't say how much it would cost or how exactly it would work, but Morris said that he expects Apple's huge budget and the vast amount of data it already has (including 800 million people's credit card details, from iTunes) should mean that it's a success. Morris said that he hopes it could be a "tipping point", shifting people over to streaming.
    6/7/2015 2:09:54 PM
  • The event will be held at the Moscone Center, a big convention complex in San Francisco. Some people have managed to sneak a peak at what's in there, including these three images depicting the three operating systems that Apple now runs.
    The image is interesting for a number of (mostly niche) reasons. First, Apple is definitely writing the Apple Watch's operating system as "watchOS" — which looks funny, but makes sense by analogy with iOS. Second, Apple is setting watchOS apart from iOS, even though it's really just a special version of it, in the same way that the AppleTV is. Third, the company is presumably going to roll out something for each of the different OSes, though we sort of knew that already. Fourth, the pictures could signal a new look, though it doesn't really tally with any rumours we've heard yet.
    6/7/2015 4:36:38 PM
  • While we're waiting for Apple to fling open the doors and the livestreams, it might be time to have a look back at WWDC 2014. Then, Apple launched the new Mac OS X, Yosemite, and iOS 8.

    WWDC was once definitely Apple's biggest event, but has slowly got competition from the iPhone launch event, as well as that for the iPad and now the Apple Watch. But it's still the big software event.

    Apple - WWDC 2014
    by Apple via YouTube
    6/7/2015 8:25:02 PM
  • Most of the stuff we see launched tomorrow won't be out for a while – iOS 9 probably won't land until the new iPhones come out,  likely in September or so, and the new Mac OS usually comes out in the Autumn.

    But we should get Apple Music – probably the big unknown for tomorrow – sooner than that. Rumours suggest that it'll be coming towards the end of June.


    6/8/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Apple has given everyone going to WWDC jackets themed around Swift, the new programming language that it launched at last year's WWDC.


    6/8/2015 1:00:00 AM
  • "Epicenter of change" is the slogan for this year's WWDC, and has been since the invitations were sent out weeks ago. Apple is stressing the name with promoted tweets this morning, sent from the App Store account. But nobody's really sure what it means.


    It had been assumed that it might refer to the Apple TV — the silhouette in the middle of the logo looks a lot like that little set-top box. And Apple is eventually expected to a lot more with the Apple TV, potentially making it a central part of its entertainment offerings and its connected home range.


    It could mean that the new Mac OS, which now have a name based around places in California, is going to be San Andreas, a fault that runs through California and is the reason for the state being so earthquake-prone. But that would seem a little distasteful, as well as stepping on the Rock's shoes.

    So it might just be that it's a cool little phrase, one that was perhaps adopted for the Apple TV but still works. Or it could be that it means something else entirely...

    (If you want to join in with the wild speculation about what might be coming up, or what the new Mac OS might be called, drop me a tweet at @_andrew_griffin, where we can talk about whatever you like.)
    6/8/2015 7:22:32 AM
  • Even though WWDC tends to be a software and services event, there's often big clues about the hardware. So it's worth keeping an eye on what doesn't appear, too.

    There's a lot we won't see at Apple's WWDC event. And it's as important as what we will

    The IndependentApple is set to hold its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, launching new software updates for all of its devices, as well as a streaming music service. But just as important as what will be shown off is what isn't — and what it tells us about the future of the company.A lot will be missing. But many of those things will be conspicuous, and telling, by their absence.
    6/8/2015 9:19:39 AM
  • You can watch along tonight, if you have the right kit.

    How to watch Apple's big event live, if you can

    The IndependentApple is gearing up to hold its Worldwide Developers Conference, where it will reveal the new iOS, Mac OS and services like Apple Music. If you want to follow along live, Apple is broadcasting a livestream — but only to select people.
    6/8/2015 10:45:08 AM
  • Livestreaming might be a pain, but here's the alternative: watching TV programmes about how mad Silicon Valley is, while you sit in Silicon Valley at 3am waiting for a presentation.


    6/8/2015 12:49:38 PM
  • Some big non-tech news about WWDC: it'll be the first time (we think) that a female Apple employee will ever speak as part of a keynote. No word on who that is — my guess is Angela Ahrendts, the company's head of retail who led the launch of the Apple Watch.

    You can expect to see a woman on stage at Apple's WWDC this year

    The IndependentApple CEO Tim Cook is determined to get diversity on the agenda in the technology industry – and this week marks a big change for the company.
    6/8/2015 1:36:55 PM
  • Samsung isn't going to let Apple have all the fun today, it seems.

    Samsung just tried to ruin Apple's big day by releasing a new phone

    The IndependentSamsung has unveiled a new durable and waterproof version of its flagship S6 smartphone.
    6/8/2015 2:58:47 PM
  • Here's the jackets that attendees at WWDC get. The lettering is written in the Apple-designed San Francisco typeface — all but confirming that Macs, iPhones and iPads will be getting a new font.



    6/8/2015 3:07:12 PM
  • This is a nerdy joke, but an important and telling one. One of the things introduced in the new versions of iOS and Mac OS was Discoveryd — the little process that lets Apple computers talk to each other on networks. Except it did a lot of other stuff too, like slow down connections and re-name computers. Apple will almost certainly be taking it out of the new versions of Mac OS X and iOS.



    There might be a lot of announcements like this today — not especially sexy, perhaps even niche, but ultimately vastly improving the performance of Apple products. Rumours have already suggested that much of iOS 9 will be focused on cleaning up the software, not adding new things, and most people agree that's really what's needed this time around.
    6/8/2015 3:12:09 PM
  • The App Store account looks like it'll be fairly busy today. I didn't know you needed that many different things to make coffee.



    6/8/2015 3:46:42 PM
  • Apple websites going down is a big part of the company's keynotes. And, as is traditional, the developer site is already offline



    6/8/2015 3:47:45 PM
  • As we wait, here's the view outside the Moscone Center, where people are queuing for the event to begin. Via Getty.











    6/8/2015 4:02:06 PM
  • Oh! Some late-breaking leaks, from Recode. Apple will be launching a new magazine app (like Flipboard) that will let people see stuff from partners including ESPN and the New York Times, they report. That will replace Newsstand, the special app that was used to subscribe to magazines.

    Peter Kafka compared the new app to Facebook's efforts to let publishers put content straight onto tech company's apps, and share the revenues.

    I thought we were all done until the event, which starts in just under an hour, but clearly not.
    6/8/2015 4:03:11 PM
  • Eddy Cue is the man in charge of Apple Music, as well as the rest of Apple's online stores and services, and so is expected to be central to today's announcements. But it seems like he's got other things on his mind. 


    6/8/2015 4:08:17 PM
  • Here's the room where today's big event will be happening. In under an hour it'll be full of yelping developers.



    6/8/2015 4:11:49 PM
  • The cameras are being set up and the developers are filing in. Half an hour left!



    6/8/2015 4:30:18 PM
  • This event is going to be on the music, and so it's likely that we're going to end up with at least some some musical interludes. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9yuqHDwCao">Remember when U2 played?)

    This time it could be Pharrell, by the looks of it. He's certainly hanging around...

    6/8/2015 4:38:17 PM
  • People who are already in the room have spotted this picture on the iMacs on stage. That, according to people who know, El Capitan — which could be the name of the new Mac OS.


    That's important because El Capitan is actually a mountain inside of Yosemite, rather than being a whole new Californian landmark. That would fit with the rumours that this version of the operating system will be as much about fixing stuff as anything else.

    Apple did the same thing with a similar update recently, Snow Leopard, back when the operating systems were named after cats rather than Californian places of interest. Snow Leopard followed Leopard — signalling that it wasn't a whole different beast, just a slightly more sleek one.
    6/8/2015 4:41:29 PM
  • This is going to be the first time that a female Apple executive will appear on stage. This chart from Quartz shows just how significant an event that is.


    That 'Other' was Christy Turlington Burns, the model and marathon runner that appeared on stage at March's Apple Watch event.
    6/8/2015 4:45:48 PM
  • Here's a nice little video from our man in San Fran, David Phelan, of everyone getting ready to head into the Moscone Center.

    6/8/2015 4:55:40 PM
  • The livestream is now live. You can get it here. (As long as you have the right hardware.)

    It's mostly high-fiving developers and funky indie music at the moment, as ever.
    6/8/2015 4:58:14 PM
  • 6/8/2015 5:03:25 PM
  • It's starting. A funny little video is on. A person dressed up as an angry bird, skits about an "opening number".
    6/8/2015 5:03:49 PM
  • This seems like it was probably quite expensive. And looks a little like Birdman. Abed from Community is here, doing a musical number. No features yet. But lots of App Store stuff — maybe this is the replacement for the normal Tim Cook bit, where he talks about how great the App Store is doing.

    Lots of things going 'wrong' in this bit.
    6/8/2015 5:06:47 PM
  • The silly opening video had a nice little payoff: a director realising that just having a laptop and a bottle of water on stage. "Either way, whoever gets up there better have something good to say."

    And here he is! Tim! Mr Cook! We're getting going properly, now.
    6/8/2015 5:07:55 PM
  • The first big update, and it's a developer focused one: because too many people want to come along to WWDC, Apple will be livestreaming some of the sessions as well as the keynote presentation.
    6/8/2015 5:09:42 PM
  • So here's another fun bit: Chicago Cubs baseball player Brandon Moss scored his 100th home run this week. He wanted to keep the ball but it got picked up by the opposition. They held it ransom, and asked for a bunch of stuff — most of which was Apple products. So Apple will give those products to get the ball back.
    6/8/2015 5:11:37 PM
  • NOW we're getting properly started. OS X first, iOS second, then watchOS last. Cook does one of the surprises: Apple Watch will finally be able to run apps properly.
    6/8/2015 5:12:19 PM
  • Tim Cook skips his usual update bit. He won't do the normal thing of saying how much App Store stuff has been sold, which is good, because those numbers didn't usually mean very much.
    6/8/2015 5:13:26 PM
  • The new name for OS X is: OS X El Capitan.

    That's as expected — it's an update on "experience" and "performance", rather than a whole new shake-up. And El Capitan is a mountain Yosemite, rather than a new place in California.
    6/8/2015 5:14:29 PM
  • Some little gesture features being shown off. If you shake your cursor to find where it is on the screen, for instance, it'll get big to find it. And you can do Mail gestures like on the iPad: pulling a message to the side will mark it unread or delete it.
    6/8/2015 5:16:21 PM
  • New Safari: you can pin tabs at the top of the page, for easy access, and they'll load in the background. You can also mute tabs, so they won't start making noises that you can't find to stop.
    6/8/2015 5:17:18 PM
  • And here's the new Spotlight, the search tool in Mac OS. It can look for specific things: searching 'slides from brian' shows specific slideshows that have been sent by Brian.

    The same natural language search works in Mail, too: searching for 'mail I ignored from Phil' shows just that.

    And in Finder: 'documents I worked on in June', will bring up what you asked for.
    6/8/2015 5:18:47 PM
  • Here's the new Mail: you can move the compose window around while you're in full screen, and you can compose in tabs to easily switch between the different messages you're writing.
    6/8/2015 5:20:04 PM
  • You can move windows around the page and they'll nicely slot next to each other. So rather than having to drag the corners around to place windows, you can just put them next to each and they'll size up to work split screen.

    You can then drag stuff between those: dropping Safari pages into the Notes app, for instance.
    6/8/2015 5:21:17 PM
  • Now we're turning to performance, which has been optimised "throughout the system". App switching is twice as fast, and so is getting new mail messages. Opening PDFs is four times as fast.
    6/8/2015 5:23:07 PM
  • Apple is putting some of the special tools they put on iOS last year, and putting them in Mac OS, which should make it faster. Metal, which was launched last year as a way of making graphics better, gives better performance and battery life, according to Craig Federighi.

    Some developers have already had a go. Adobe has used it in its apps, and it has sped up performance by up to 8 times.

    Games are up to 10 times as fast. We're hearing from developers Epic, who have already used it.
    6/8/2015 5:24:10 PM
  • We're seeing a big demo from Epic, of their game Fortnite. It's fairly impressive. But it's difficult really to see how much better this makes it — I've played games on the current Mac OS that look nicer than this...
    6/8/2015 5:28:57 PM
  • El Capital is available to all developers today. There'll be a public beta in July. And then everyone will get a free upgrade this autumn.
    6/8/2015 5:30:03 PM
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