Apple WWDC 2016: The App Store started 8 years ago, with a little over 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone – we now have over 2 million apps, says Tim Cook during inaugural address of developer conference. Apple also announced watchOS 3.
Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the company’s annual software conference by acknowledging Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Cook says Apple is offering its “deepest sympathies to everyone whose lives were touched by this violence.” He called the shooting a “senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate aimed at dividing and destroying.”
He noted that Apple makes a point of celebrating its diversity and asked the crowd to rise and take part in a moment of silence.
A nine-year-old Indian-origin girl has earned the distinction of being the youngest app developer at Apple’s annual developer conference with her apps for children and she now dreams of meeting the tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook.
Anvitha Vijay from Australia is the youngest attendee at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco and has already built several apps for iPhone and iPad, a report in Fortune said. The conference will start at 10.30 pm.
Coca-Cola fell nearly 1 percent, Apple is down 3 percent and Facebook lost 2 percent ahead of the developer conference.
Some stunning updates: Copy text on your iPhone and you can paste it in on your Mac and all your documents and desktop synced across your Macs and availabe on your iPhone.
Apple developer conference live update:
12.16 am: The democratisation of coding? Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces new app for iPad called Swift Playground to make coding more accessible to more users.
12.15 am: Apple talks about user privacy on iOS 10. The company is promising work to bring differential privacy to scale, where they won’t be linking a user data to their actual profile, while offering smarter features. iOS 10 will be a free upgrade in fall.
12.11 am: Split view on safari for iPad and collabations on Notes other new features. Live Photos now come with stabilisation and can be edited now.
12.05 am: Emojis seem to be feeling a whole new life here, and Apple is really trying to woo people back to native messaging from party apps like Facebook Messenger.
11.57 pm: Emojis get bigger and there is now emoji prediction. Will show emojifiable words. Bubble effects make text seem loud or gentle. This is fun. Handwritten messages come to iMessages. Full screen effects introduced. Apple seems to be getting the message here.
11.53 pm: Voice mail transcription coming to iOS 10 Extensions to alert about spam calls. Great feature for India. Basically your iPhone will alert you about spam calls. VoIP too gets caller ID. Messages is most frequently used app on iOS. Rich links come to messages and even video
11.47 pm: 60 million Apple News users. But Apple would like to make it better with a design change.
11.45 pm: Apple Maps is getting redesigned in iOS 10. Apple Maps will be more proactive and there will be a slide-up menu with indications of how long it takes to get to work, etc. Apple is also opening up Maps to third-party developers. Eddy Cue talks about Zomato and how it will integrate Apple Maps.
11.35 pm: Advanced computer vision is what helps create these memories on the iPhone. iOS 10 can create movies on its own. Some of these features will also be available on the Mac
11.26 pm: Siri intelligence to the keyboard. Deep Learning and intellgent suggestions. offers Maps of location, Contacts and multilanguage typing suggestions.
11.25 pm: Siri Messaging across apps, Ride booking, start/pause Workouts in a variety of apps, send payments, VoIP calls adn it all also works in CarPlay.
11.22 pm: Apple opens up Siri to developers.
11.20 pm: Apple releases iOS 10 with redesigned lock screen, updated notifications, expanded 3D Touch. 3D Touch can clear notifcations.
11.15 pm: iOS 10 will have ten new features, reveals Craig Federighi.
11.12 pm: now get Apple Pay on the web, through Safari. Siri is also coming to the Mac.
11.10 pm: Now, get Apple Pay on the web, through Safari. Siri is also coming to the Mac.
11.07 pm: New feature: Now, users can auto unlock their Mac with their Apple Watch.
11.05 pm: Desktop now available across apple devices. Another wow feature. It will be easier to free up space on Sierra. Mac also gets the Apple Pay experience.
11.04 pm: The new macOS version is called Sierra.
11.03 pm: Apple renames OSX to macOS.
11.02 pm: Apple is making it easier to use its Apple TV set-top box as the new hub of a digital home. The new version of the tvOS system will enable you to sign in once to access multiple apps from various TV network providers. It’s also adding services like Dish’s Sling TV and Fox Sports Go. There’s also better integration with the Siri voice assistant. You can launch live TV viewing with voice command and search YouTube and the iTunes store for videos using Siri.
The company also enabled Apple TV to interact with photos stored in Apple’s online locker, iCloud, and interact with smart home devices such as thermostats that use the company’s HomeKit platform. The announcements are part of a string of updates announced at the company’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco.
11.01 pm: Eddy Cue: 1300 video channels on TV OS now, with 6000 native apps. Sling is now an app on Apple TV. Remember, Sling was once an OTT device of its own. Apple TV remote app comes form iOS. Even games on the TV can now be played with the phone.
11.00 pm: New Dark Mode for Apple TV with grey/black backgrounds.
10.58 pm: Siri now better than before – it ow searches YouTube, Live Tuning “watch ESPN 2” takes you right to the app. Available on both Apple TV and iPad.
10.57 pm: New Apple TV Remote app for iOS.
10.55 pm: New Sling TV app taody, live TV. Sports challen with 4 games on screen at once.
10.53 pm: Apple Watch will now have apps for wheelchair users. And this is the sort of thinking that makes this company so different from the rest.
10.51 pm: New app called ‘Breathe’, guides you through relaxing deep breathing techniques.
10.50 pm: watchOS 3 features activity sharing option.
10.49 pm: With watchOS 3, you can set goals, locate friends easily.
10.48 pm: Apple announces SOS on the Watch. Press and hold on the side button, it calls 911.
10.47 pm: Scribble is a new touch key board that lets users draw letters on screen to type.
10.46 pm: Smartwatch offers various options for replying on the same screen; has a new feature called ‘scribble’.
10.45 pm: WatchOS 3 is going to be much faster than the previous generation. Seven times faster, says Apple. Apps will be updated instantly and background app refresh will be updated. Dock will be able to add more apps.
10.44 pm: Kevin Lynch: Watch apps will now respond “instantly” with watchOS 3.
10. 42 pm: 350 scholars awarded this year by Apple; with the youngest developer picked being 9 years old, says Tim Cook.
10.40 pm: Cook says Apple can’t change the world on its own and how developers are part of everything they do. Expect updates on WatchOS, iOS, MacOS and TVOS. What’s coming on watch OS?
10.37 pm: Tim Cook on App Store numbers: 2 million apps downloaded over 130 billion times. Developers paid over $50 billion so far. No wonder so many of them are here to learn about their future. And new developments in the app store has made it more lucrative for them.
10.35 pm: Investing in the next generation of developers, says Cook. The 350 new developer scholarships of which 120 are under 18 years of age. The youngest is nine years old and she is an Australian Indian. ” I met her yesterday, and she is going to make one heck of a great developer,” says Cook.
10:33 pm: Apple will bring fitness tracking to wheelchair users in an upcoming Apple Watch update. Among other things, it will prompt users to wheel themselves about _ an equivalent to standing breaks. The efforts may boost the image of Apple’s smartwatch over stand-alone fitness trackers, though the target market isn’t huge. Apple partnered with two disability-fitness groups to help adapt distance and calorie formulas for wheelchairs.
The next version of Apple’s software for watches will also include an “SOS” feature that will automatically call for help in emergencies. It will have the ability to share exercise activities with other people to help motivate each other. Apple also has retooled the software, to be released for free in September, so apps on the watch launch more quickly.
10.31 pm: A tearful Tim Cook starts off by condemning the Florida shootings and underlines how Apple is a community that embraces everyone. “We’d like to take a moment to talk about the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Orlando. We offer our deepest sympathies…to everyone whose life has been affected by this senseless act of act of terrorism, hatred.” Cook calls for a moment of silence to honour the victims.
9.40 pm: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is filling up now. The total capacity of the auditorium is 70,000 and it appears almost full.
9.20 pm: Massive crowd outside the developer conference venue.
** WWDC 2016 Schedule:
Kickoff: Monday, June 13 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Learn about the future of iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS, then honor the developers behind the year’s best apps.
Sessions: Tuesday–Friday, June 14–17 at Moscone West
Get the technical information you need to build the next generation of apps using the latest Apple technologies.
Labs: Tuesday–Friday, June 14–17 at Moscone West
Learn more about implementing new technologies with expert advice from Apple engineers in a collaborative group setting.
Consultations: Tuesday–Friday, June 14–17 at Moscone West
Make an appointment with Apple experts for personal one-on-one help on user interface design, app distribution, marketing, analytics, and more.
Guest speakers: Tuesday–Friday, June 14–17 at Moscone West
Spend lunchtime getting inspired with talks by industry experts and luminaries.