Get ready to update all your Apple products.
Apple announced new versions of its operating systems Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. All Apple devices — iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Macs — will get updates this fall.
Some of the biggest announcements included OS X being renamed as macOS, the Apple TV getting Dish’s SlingTV, and Siri crossing over to Mac computers.
Another big announcement was the option to download the iPhone’s preintalled apps such as Stock, Compass and Tips — which could mean that the company will finally let users delete these useless apps to free up memory.
The only thing that Apple did not announce was that new hardware devices will most likely be unveiled at the company’s fall event.
Prior to all the software announcements, CEO Tim Cook took a minute to address the tragic shooting in Orlando Sunday morning.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to everyone whose lives were touched by this violence,” Cook said before asking for a moment of silence. “It was a senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate aimed at dividing and destroying.”
The whole auditorium then fell silent for a minute before the conference proceeded.
The conference had an overwhelming amount of announcements, but the Daily News put together a quick guide of the features you’ll need to know about once the time comes to update your device.
Here’s everything you need to know about WWDC 2016:
Apple’s iOS 10 update can be considered one of the biggest for the company. The update introduces several major new features for the iPhone and iPad, including home screen widgets and revamped iMessage app (more on that later).
The functionality of 3D Touch has been expanded with Rise to Wake, which allows users to overview notifications and updates every morning when they first look at their phones. The home screen will now support widgets that can display the latest sports scores, weather and music without having to open the app.
Siri is also improving with iOS 10. The voice assistant has more contextual awareness when listening to requests and questions. The AI will now make suggestions based on location, calendar availability, contact information and recent places visited. The software is also being opened to third-party developers.
Another big update is the new Photos App, which has a lot of similar features from Google Photos. Photos has new deep learning algorithms that can automatically sort your photos based on objects, faces and locations. The app will also be able to cluster photos and make albums based on your most current trips of events — it’ll even edit and produce highlight reels that can be shared on social media.
Lastly, iOS 10 is redefining voicemails. All voicemails will now come with a transcript, which makes it easier to get the memo. You’ll no longer have to listen to voicemails with transcription, you can just read them.
The iMessage app is about to change completely. Apple’s messaging app is borrowing elements from Facebook Messenger and Google’s keyboards to make texting more entertaining.
The new app update will let iPhone owners use giant emoji, doodles, type hidden messages with invisible ink, send their heartbeat and even fill up the entire screen with animations such as fireworks.
Most updates are just ways to keep a conversation fun, but the update will also have some helpful features such as link embeds. Whenever a YouTube link is pasted onto a conversation the video will show and play without having to leave the iMessage app.
The app update will also come with an improved keyboard that has emoji prediction and will support multiple languages at once. Users will no longer have to switch the language tab when they’re typing in different languages — the keyboard will predict the switch.
For a detailed list on all the updates you can visit Apple’s website.
After 15 years, Apple’s OS X has been renamed to macOS to fall in suit with the company’s brand. The new software update, dubbed Sierra, will introduce an array of new features including Siri for Mac (more on that later). Two of the most notable new features are the Continuity feature and the universal clipboard.
Continuity will allow users with an Apple Watch to unlock their computer whenever they walk up to it — it’ll save time from typing in a key phrase. The universal clipboard tool will allow users to copy and paste items between an iPhone and a Mac.
Apple’s iCloud will also be easier to manage with Sierra. Users will now be able to sync desktops between multiple devices; therefore each computer you log into will have the exact same set up — including the iPhone.
Apple’s intelligent voice assistant is now available on the Mac. Users who upgrade to Sierra will be able to use Siri to search through files, play locally stored music and perform web-based tasks. Siri will be accessible through a microphone on the top right corner.
Apple is also opening Siri to third-party developers, which means that any app can use the voice assistant to perform a task. iPhone owners can now use Siri to send messages on WeChat, call an Uber or start tracking a run on a fitness app. Hopefully more apps such as Spotify start using Siri soon.
Apple Music did not get a new big exclusive artist this time, but it did get a makeover. The music streaming app now has a user interface that’s much more visual and easier to use. However, the biggest new feature is the lyrics option that comes with every song. Users can now pull up the lyrics to a song without being redirected to another app — it’s great for singalongs or when you’re trying to learn a new song.
Apple Pay is now available for web. The company announced that users will no longer have to repeatedly type their credit card information when checking out. Instead, they can simply use Apple Pay to authenticate a purchase by using Touch ID. The new Sierra update allows users to sync their iPhone to the computer in order to execute such actions.
The Apple TV is getting easier to use and expanding its channels. The TV box now supports more than 1,300 video channels, including Dish’s Sling TV, which offers live and on-demand content — sports, news and entertainment — starting at $20 per month.
Users can access all their channels by simply singing in once with the new feature “Single sign-on.” The new app lets users enter all their login credentials to cable networks and streaming services once so they don’t have to do it individual for every app.
Apple is also letting users control the TV with a new iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the Siri remote. It’ll make it easier when you can’t find the remote, or when it runs out of battery.
The third update to watchOS is here, and it’ll make you rekindle your relationship with the Apple Watch. Apple is introducing a new feature called Instant Launch that opens apps up to seven times faster than it currently does.
The Watch’s user interface is also becoming easier to navigate with a revamped Control Center that can be accessed by swiping up on the display. The side button will now be able to summon a dock of recent apps used instead of the contacts page.
Writing on the display is getting revamped with a new Scribble feature that lets users draw letters on the screen to type out words — it’s actually similar to the Android Wear’s feature.
Along with a new UI, Apple is introducing new Watch faces, including one of Minnie Mouse to compliment the Mickey display. Users will even be able to change the color of her dress to match their Watch band.
The Apple Watch is also introducing new features and workout information for wheelchair users. Instead of reminding users with “time to stand,” the Watch will say, “time to roll.” On top of that, fitness tracking will now be shareable and friends will be able to “compete” with each other as a way to keep themselves motivated.
Other safety and fitness features that will be introduced with watchOS 3 this fall include calling 911 by holding down the side button and the Breathe health app, which is supposed to encourage relaxation and breathing techniques.
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