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Apple WWDC 2016 highlights: iOS 10 has smarter Siri, revamped Photos app, iMessages and more

Apple's WWDC conference starts today at 10.30 pm IST. We'll be tracking the event live.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | San Francisco | Updated: June 14, 2016 6:44:02 am
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Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote brought in a lot of new features which users will see later this year. Apple  launched the new iOS 10, MacOS and an upgraded Siri at the event along with newer versions of watch OS and tvOS.

As expected Siri was among the highlights with Apple opening it up for third-party app developers. Siri will also be available on macOS with the Sierra update.

Full coverage here

Updates from WWDC below: 

12.30 am: Tim Cook is signing off. He calls the iOS 10 release the mother of all releases. It actually has 10 new segments.

We believe technology should lift humanity and enrich people’s lives in all the ways they want to experience it: Tim Cook.

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 developers, especially kids. It will release with developer preview, public beta in July. Swift playgrounds is free. This could trigger some serious coding prowess in kids. And remember, they will code in Apple’s Swift language.

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.

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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.

Messages have also been opened up for developers. Apple talking about iMessge apps that let you receive money, play with photos. There will be an app drawer just for messages.

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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. Users can also share Apple Music links via iMessage and just play it inside the app. There’s also a Digital Touch Photo and Video feature.

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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

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11.50 pm: Apple introduces new app called Home, which is based on the HomeKit app infrastructure. This one is for the smart home owners, who can create a based to control all their smart home devices like lights, curtains, to work via their iPhone. HomeKit updates use Siri too. But it’s sort of irrelevant to audiences in most parts of the world.

11.47 pm: 60 million Apple News users. But Apple would like to make it better with a design change. Subscriptions coming to Apple News , will interest the publishers too. Breaking news notifications also coming in

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11.45 pm: Apple Music has been redesigned entirely. Priyanka Chopra in Apple Music demo. App has been made more intuitive and easy to use. There’s also a new section called Downloaded Music on Apple Music, which many people will be happy about. There’s also a Recently Added section. And yes Apple Music now support lyrics. For you is the favourite Apple Music feature for lot of users.

Beats 1 is becoming largest radio station in the entire world.

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11.40 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

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11.31 pm:  Apple is completely revamping the Photos app with support for deep-learning, facial recognition inside the device. Photos now coming on maps, but ace recognition will be the big thing. You will see photos of people with privacy protected. Memories tab will create albums using intuitive data. Apple talking a lot about their deep-learning systems, and how they plan to use it to improve the Photos app. People and places will be natively added as layers in Memories.

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11.29 pm: Finally, some cool new use for 3D Touch. Control Centre is now better and easier and Camera is now a slide over from the right
Widgets have more controls. Live action and graphics comes to the widgets. Loud cheer from the audience

Siri get 2 billion requests a week. iOS 10 will open up Siri to developers as expected. Siri supports messaging on WeChat, WhatsApp and Slack. Ride booking on Uber and even activity trackers and payments covered. Skype calls also supported Siri intelligence also comes to the keyboard. Answer to messages are now pushed using Siri intelligence. Hopefully, this will make people respond faster.

Multi-lingual typing will be interesting for the Indian audience who switch easily between languages.

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11.20 pm: iOS 10 will have ten new features, reveals Craig Federighi.

Apple is redesigning the Lock Screen with a raise to wake feature. Just raise your wrist and the phone wakes up. 3D Touch is supported on the lock screen as well.

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11.15 pm: Apple Pay on web will work linked to the iOS TouchID. Quite innovative. Tabs coming to all Mac apps. And yes, Siri comes to the Mac. Siri comes to Mac with a bot on fun at the expense of Windows

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11.07 pm: What will OS X be called? OS X is now Mac OS, reveals Apple’s Craig Federighi. It just helps with the naming system of Apple. The new OS is called Apple Mac OS Sierra.

Apple responds to Microsoft’s Hello with Auto Unlock. Universal Clipboard will let you copy paste stuff across devices from Apple. That’s a wow feature.

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.

11.05 pm: Live Tune In takes you live to TV channels. Single Sign-On lets you authenticate all apps in one go. Darm mode is coming to TV OS, so let’s be certain its coming to iOS too. Developer preview starts today, customer preview coming in fall.

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11.00 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.

10.58 pm: Coming to all Watch users this Fall, the WatchOS 3 preview will be live from today. Eddy Cue now on stage to talk about TVOS

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. Breathing exercises come to the Watch, and it’s backed by Dr Deepak Chopra. Apple Pay support now coming to the watch.

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10.50 pm: Activity sharing lets you watch steps and workouts of others in your friend list. Could be a good motivator for a lot of users. Apple’s SOS feature will also send out messages to your emergency contacts, along with your location and even the health information.

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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 part of the OS.  Dock will be able to add more apps. Control Centre on watchOS, like in iOS. Scribble option to reply to messages taking input option on the Apple Watch to a whole new level.

The OS updates for the Watch seem to be getting a good response from the audience. And as a user, these are things I too appreciate.
The Watch is sure getting more user friendly. And this seem to be a good way to get people to make use of the entire functionality of the watch.Scribble works in Chinese too. Apple also catering to their big market in China. There are quite a few from the Mainland in the audience.  SOS now comes as a long press on the watch. The Indian government will sure love this feature. And it works internationally.

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.

10.31 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.

10.30 pm: Event is about to start. The Apple logo has come alive with code.

10.15 pm: We can see Eddy Cue and Phil Schiller up front. In fact, there was a loud cheer as they came in.

9.40 pm: The Bill Graham centre is slowly filling up. There are people from all over the world here. Remember, this is just day one and WWDC will carry on most rest of the week with developers attending multiple sessions at the Moscone Centre a few miles from here.

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9.20 pm: The front rows will be reserved for those who are part of Apple’s developer scholarship programme. The youngest developer is a 9-year-old Australian Indian girl.

9.00 pm: Mood before the launch: Thousands of people have lined up outside the Bill Graham Centre braving the early morning nip.

The Apple logo is already up on the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco as the century-old arena prepares for the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016. There will be over 6,000 attendees, packing the venue to near full capacity.

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It is always premature, and a bit foolish, to predict what Apple will launch at any of its events. But the (Mac) rumour mill is rife with reports that the event will focus a lot on Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. While some suggest a desktop version of Siri, others think Cupertino will finally allow third-party developers access to Siri.

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Both seem like strong possibilities: the former because of Microsoft’s Cortana, while the latter could be Apple’s way of offering an alternative to bots, which some tech giants in Silicon Valley consider the future.

Also read: Apple WWDC 2016: iOS 10, new OS X, and everything else that is expected

In all likelihood, there will be a new version of iOS and MacOS announced at the event. But whether we will see new Mac devices is anybody’s guess at the moment.

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However, it is pretty much clear there will be a lot of focus on software. So a new version of Apple Music and Watch OS also cannot be ruled out.

Anyway, it is best to wait a few hours for Apple CEO Tim Cook and others to take to the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

We will be there with live updates and commentary. Stay tuned here.

Disclaimer: The writer is in San Francisco on the invite of Apple, which is paying for travel and accomodation

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