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    Every device that could use iOS 8 will be able to use iOS 9.
    6/8/2015 6:18:00 PM
    We thought we missed Tim Cook's numbers bit, but we didn't. Here we go: 100 billion app downloads from the app store.
    6/8/2015 6:19:42 PM
    Video about the App Store now: inspiring music and big shots of the world.
    6/8/2015 6:21:10 PM
    The App Store is a bigger revolution that the Industrial one, of electricity and pretty much everything else, say a bunch of people in the App Store video. And it sounds silly, but they might be right: the numbers are huge.
    6/8/2015 6:22:44 PM
    And here goes watchOS: the developer platform for the Apple Watch. Cook says he feels about this like he did when the App Store was launched.
    6/8/2015 6:28:09 PM
    New features of the Apple Watch include improvements to it as a timepiece, Apple Pay, and the dictation and Siri.
    6/8/2015 6:29:30 PM
    First, timekeeping.

    There'll be new watch faces. Like the Photos one: which lets you see your photos as the background on your wrist. You can use your own pictures. You can also use Apple's own time-lapses, which correspond with the real time (so you'll see whatever it looks like in London, at local time where you are).

    And there'll be new complications: developers will be able to make their own. Previously, the little bits of information that came up on the watchface could only show Apple information. But now you'll be able to see your flight information, for instance, or sports scores.

    There's a new Time Travel feature. If you rotate the crown, it'll change the time and show you things that are coming up in the future, like calendar appointments or the weather forecast. (Flux Capacitor sold separately, Kevin Lynch jokes.)

    And there's a nightstand mode: so if the watch is on its side, it'll tilt over the time so you can see it. And the buttons on the side of the watch will work as a snooze or alarm off button.
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    Now: communication.

    The little friend wheel on the side will let you add more friends, using extra screens. The drawings on Digital Touch will let you use different colours.
    6/8/2015 6:34:52 PM
    Siri is getting cleverer, too. You'll be able to start more stuff just using your watch. For example, you can use HomeKit and tell Siri to change the setup in your house.
    6/8/2015 6:35:52 PM
    Here's the native apps: now there's software that will run just on the app, without getting information from the phone. They'll be able to access more of the phone: playing sound of its speaker, playing video, receiving data from the sensors in the watch, and so on.

    That will let people do stuff like biuld in the accelerometer into their apps. So the Ping Golf app, for instance, will be able to let people analyse their golf swing uses the watch's sensors.
    6/8/2015 6:39:05 PM
    Time to see all these new features in a demo: they're getting used on a special watch where we can see the screen.
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    You can reply to emails from notifications, now. Previously you had to go on your phone to reply. But like messages, it will use either dictation or canned replies.
    6/8/2015 6:42:26 PM
    Kevin Lynch is controlling the temperature in his car from his watch, so that he can warm it up before he gets there.
    6/8/2015 6:43:13 PM
    We're seeing Vine for the Watch — video seems to work nicely, though of course it might be a little more strange actually watching it on that tiny screen...
    6/8/2015 6:44:37 PM
    The beta of watchOS 2 will come today, and then will be given to the
    people later this year.
    6/8/2015 6:45:07 PM
    "One more thing" — here it comes, the Music app.
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    We're seeing a video "about the history of music". Presume that it ends with the inevitability of Dr Dre-powered streaming music services.
    6/8/2015 6:47:06 PM
    “We’ve had a long relationship with music, and music has had a rich history of change, some of which we’ve played a part in,” says Tim Cook.
    6/8/2015 6:48:14 PM
    Here it is: Apple Music. "The next chapter in music".

    Like the Apple Watch, the company is writing the Apple part with the little Apple logo rather than the word itself.
    6/8/2015 6:48:28 PM
    Jimmy Iovine is coming onstage. Some people say that much of the Beats acquisition — $3 billion, last year — was to buy this guy, who is one of the best connected people in the music world.
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    Iovine's speech is a little like the Steve Jobs ones of old: all about how technology and art intersect.
    6/8/2015 6:50:24 PM
    It's very explicitly looking to kill Spotify. Because having more than one service is "confusing", Iovine says.
    6/8/2015 6:51:59 PM
    Apple Music is very discovery and culture-focused. Beats One, a 24-hour radio station, will be at the heart of it. And 'Connect' will let people follow musical artists so that they can listen to new tracks and get updates.
    6/8/2015 6:52:55 PM
    "One complete thought around music" seems to be the phrase — Iovine said it once, and so did Trent Reznor.
    6/8/2015 6:53:28 PM
    It's three things:

    "A revolutionary music service", curated by the leading experts, to help you find what you want to listen to.
    A 24/7 global radio. "The first ever."
    And Connect, which lets people upload their music and then lets people find it.
    6/8/2015 6:54:17 PM
    Eddy Cue is dancing around a lot.
    6/8/2015 7:11:07 PM
    We're hearing what Beats 1 will sound like. It's a bit like Radio 1 — which isn't surprising, given it seems mostly to be led by Zane Lowe.
    6/8/2015 7:12:51 PM
    It features videos, so you can watch music videos. And Connect can have those videos too — we're seeing a little film from Bastille, who are showing off a work in progress.
    6/8/2015 7:13:28 PM
    All of this stuff works with Siri: so you can ask it to play an 'alternative' playlist, or tell it specific songs.
    6/8/2015 7:15:53 PM
    Or you can ask it to "play the top song from May 1982". And, wow: Joan Jett's I Love Rock 'N' Roll starts up.
    6/8/2015 7:16:31 PM
    The service will cost $9.99 per month, or families can buy a subscription for up to six family members for $14.99. But it will be free for the first three months.
    6/8/2015 7:19:09 PM
    The new features will be launched in over 100 countries later this month. It will come to the iOS, as well as iTunes on Mac and Windows.
    6/8/2015 7:19:13 PM
    Another ad up here, stressing the internationalism of the Music app: people in what looks like a huge range of countries listening to the Beats 1 radio station. But it's a Pharrell song — unclear whether the "global" radio station will play non-western music.
    6/8/2015 7:20:10 PM
    And that's it! Tim Cook is wrapping up: thanking the developers, the team "that have worked so hard on making and creating all of these products".
    6/8/2015 7:21:35 PM
    Oh wait, that's not it. We're getting a musical performance. Is it U2?
    6/8/2015 7:21:47 PM
    It's not U2! It's The Weeknd!
    6/8/2015 7:22:04 PM
    This is really good. A lot less awkward than Spotify's D'Angelo performance, a couple of weeks ago...
    6/8/2015 7:23:29 PM
    Here's the Spotify CEO's reaction. He's probably right to be worried.

    6/8/2015 7:26:22 PM
    And that's really it! It's all over!
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