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Apple Music, iOS 9 and other massive announcements from Apple’s WWDC

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Apple WWDC 2015

If September is the month for Apple hardware, June is most certainly known for its software. Apple has kept to tradition, hosting the annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference on the first week of June – and letting it act as a platform for its most important software updates for the year. So it was business as usual for the most part, until there was “One more thing…”

First up, Mac OS X. Apple has been bringing out annual updates for its Macbook and iMac OS for years now, and Mavericks last year was fairly substantial. This year’s update (called El Capitan, I kid you not), is far more behind the scenes work. It’ll increase performance of programs and apps, add the once mobile exclusive Metal API for enhanced graphical performance and make tweaks to Mission Control and Spotlight. There’s a beta out next month, but you’ll probably have to wait until Q3 to get your hands on it properly.

Knew I should've trademarked my first Twitter handle

Following that was the suspected iOS 9, which will bring with it some new native apps and a lot of under the hood enhancements. Battery life has been extended, performance increased and the overall size of the OS shrunk for easier upgrading. iOS 9 on the iPad will finally support Multitasking in various interesting ways, while the Newsstand app will be replaced by just News – which will aggregate news stories from multiple sources, like Flipboard.

The biggest change is Siri, who will now act as a more proactive rather than dormant assistant. Siri can now automatically generate calendar entires based on message, mails and more, while also automatically detecting when you want a particular type of music (like some energetic techno for a morning run). Siri will also try guess unknown incoming calls from numbers in your other apps, while also deep linking suggested apps you might want to use at certain times of the day. All of this with an added promise of privacy – with Siri now never taking information away from your device and storing it somewhere else.

The Apple Watch is also getting a new OS soon, which will add a ton more interactivity to the device. With gimmicks like new watch faces out the way, Apple is opening up Watch OS to developers in ways they expected at launch. What this means for the device is that it’s starting to look like something that actually justifies at least the base price – especially with fitness features being cracked open for other apps to meddle with. It’s still early days, but it could mean that the next Apple Watch is a far more focused, understood device.

Apple Music sounds revolutionary

But the biggest (although still expected) news was saved right until the end. Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with guests such as Drake, formally revealed Apple Music – the company’s very own streaming service. Coming June 30th with an iOS update, Apple Music will act as three different things. First and foremost, you’ll be able to stream a massive selection of music and videos, as well as listen to a new 24-hour Apple driven radio which is hosted by top musical personalities. That’s essentially what you’d expect the service to at least do.

In traditional Apple fashion though, it goes further. Using a feature called Connect, Apple Music will allow artists to directly connect with fans – allowing them to share videos, audio bits and more on personalised pages. Not only that, but the service will act as a platform for upcoming, unknown musicians to get their music out there, with the potential of a million strong user base having direct access to their creations. It’s a truly new platform for music, rather than just a Spotify competitor.

And it all comes for $9.99 (or $14.99 for a six person family plan). It’s not revolutionary in the way it approaches streaming, but having it native on your Apple device makes it far more handy. Not only that, but Apple Music will come to Android too later this year – in a move that basically confirmed how the Google owned OS can no longer be ignored. Ultimately, it was the biggest news from WWDC this year, and I can’t wait to try it out.

Last Updated: June 9, 2015

46 Comments

  1. RinceTheElfRoot

    June 9, 2015 at 09:42

    So when does Siri just take control of the damn thing and just do what it wants for itself?

    Reply

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    June 9, 2015 at 09:48

    Surely a software API will be better for graphics than a metal one? Or am I doing this wrong? O_O

    I also wish they’d stop with that lacist Siri name & just call it Sili.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

      June 9, 2015 at 09:49

      We all know only Ciri matters anyway

      Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        June 9, 2015 at 09:54

        if i would stop getting distracted by all the shit there is to do in Novigrad, id have found and rescued her by now.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

          June 9, 2015 at 09:55

          Hahaha. Dude. Me too.

          Reply

          • Matthew Holliday

            June 9, 2015 at 09:59

            “ciris probably over there, but lets do that later”
            geralts casually walking through Novigrad thinking “what even is time?”
            zero sense of urgency

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            June 9, 2015 at 10:00

            I blame the Crones of Crookbag Bog for cursing me with a lack of urgency.

          • Matthew Holliday

            June 9, 2015 at 10:01

            more concerned with my gwent deck
            ciris in danger, but i really gotta catch em all.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            June 9, 2015 at 10:09

            Good thing I played a certain character when I did, otherwise I wouldn’t have ended up with a unique card following a sequence of unfortunate events.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:26

            Yes. I was also quite relieved about that one myself. And I played said character three times (because I still sucked at gwent then) until I won.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:03

            “Let’s meditate on the walkways of the Novigrad Harbour.”
            “Oh, maybe then a round of Gwent with every single person I find who’s willing to try me.”
            “I think I should go visit that barber in Oxenfurt again, my hair needs a trim.”
            “Oooh, another Witcher contract, I have to check this out. Maybe find some good loot.”
            – All this while Ciri is out there, possibly fighting for her life

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            June 9, 2015 at 10:10

            I rescued a barber from a bandit camp. He took up residence in a little town a can’t remember the name of right now. I actually haven’t even started exploring Oxenfurt.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:25

            Oxenfurt is my favourite tbh. Nice and compact and central.
            I’m 62 hours in now, so it’s safe to say that I’ve explored Velen quite a bit.

        • Mossel

          June 9, 2015 at 10:27

          Same here! Encountered the wild hunt for the first time yesterday. And I’m like 25 hours in!

          Reply

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:28

            Oh, so you’ve scratched the surface then at least ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Mossel

            June 9, 2015 at 10:30

            I love how almost every article turns towards Witcher 3. News about Apple! Fuck that, let’s discuss how we are all doing in W3.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:32

            Haha. I agree.
            That’s because The Witcher 3 rules the internet! ๐Ÿ˜€ (and our lives at this stage)

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        June 9, 2015 at 09:56

        ^This

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  3. Captain JJ the_scarrrr

    June 9, 2015 at 09:48

    I hope they’re patching iTunes too. That thing is so buggy not even EA would release it.

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    • Alessandro Barbosa

      June 9, 2015 at 09:49

      Brand new version incoming with the launch of Apple Music. Probably still going to be shit ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

        June 9, 2015 at 09:54

        Haha. I seriously cannot understand how something so popular (yes I use it myself) can be so buggy.
        Hopefully they also change the home screen of the iTunes store – tailored to your purchase history. I mean if Google can show you ads according to your browsing history I’m sure one of the dummies at Apple can figure out how to tailor a storefront to its customer.
        Show me Rihanna kak one more time when I open the store and I’ll lose my sh!t.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          June 9, 2015 at 09:57

          you forget that you’re talking about a company who’se last item launch, was like, the most successfull launch for anything ever.
          and that wasnt even their iphone, that was for what is essentially an alpha version of a “smart” watch.

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          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 09:58

            If only apple could’ve taught me how to be popular at school whilst being an idiot. They seem to be brilliant at that.

          • Matthew Holliday

            June 9, 2015 at 10:00

            blame Canada.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:01

            I can do that ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Mark Treloar

            June 10, 2015 at 07:20

            Apple are like drugs dealers, they have convinced the world that they need their products even when they don’t.

        • Mossel

          June 9, 2015 at 10:33

          I think if you activate Genius then they will show you more relevant music. I’m still to try this, because it also pisses me off to see random Rihanna en Kurt Darren popping up.

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          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:35

            I googled about it but haven’t found something that properly works yet. I like using iTunes, it’s easy and it’s nice to actually legitimately own your music (which seems rare these days). It just needs some serious tweaking.

          • Mossel

            June 9, 2015 at 10:37

            Yup, I also like. Very convenient way to buy music. The only real thing that bugs me is that I cant purchase lossless music.

          • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

            June 9, 2015 at 10:39

            Ah. Haven’t actually thought of that.
            I tend to use bandcamp for my other music needs and support up-and-coming bands in the process. Some good stuff to be found there.

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      June 9, 2015 at 09:51

      I thought love was a battlefield, not iTunes. :/

      Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      June 9, 2015 at 22:20

      It’s not a bug its a virus.

      Reply

      • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

        June 10, 2015 at 07:07

        XD

        Reply

  4. PoisonedBelial

    June 9, 2015 at 09:51

    *Typical Android fanboi comment*
    *Typical iSheep fanboi comment*

    Reply

    • konfab

      June 9, 2015 at 09:51

      *Typical fence fanboi comment*

      Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      June 9, 2015 at 09:52

      *Atypical comment from a Nokia user.*

      Reply

      • RinceTheElfRoot

        June 9, 2015 at 09:58

        *condescending comment from Samsung user

        Reply

        • Matthew Holliday

          June 9, 2015 at 10:00

          generic android users have no room to be condescending towards trend setting windows users.

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          • RinceTheElfRoot

            June 9, 2015 at 10:27

            *condescending comment at windows platform with limited store tehehe

          • Matthew Holliday

            June 9, 2015 at 10:34

            *admits defeat*
            :<

          • RinceTheElfRoot

            June 9, 2015 at 10:34

            Hey, me too, I’m on the stupid platform too ๐Ÿ™

      • Gardos

        June 9, 2015 at 12:06

        I haz nyc kamra!

        Reply

    • Captain JJ the_scarrrr

      June 9, 2015 at 09:54

      *fake disinterested comment*

      Reply

  5. GooseZA

    June 9, 2015 at 09:55

    I am not an Apple person but I am a rock climber and judging from the pic I assume the OS is named after El Capitan in Yosemite, which is one of if not the hardest sport climbs in the world.

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    • GooseZA

      June 9, 2015 at 10:01

      Nope. Nope nope nope nope.

      Reply

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    June 10, 2015 at 08:16

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