WWDC: watchOS 3 unveiled, explained

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s announcements, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch.

The new operating system seems to focuses on addressing comments made about the speed and responsiveness in previous versions of watchOS, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and new uses for the side button.

During the demonstration, watchOS head Kevin Lynch showed off the speed factor and explained that favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly.

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WWDC: Apple reveals iOS 10 details at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 08:09
Category: Developer, HomeKit, iOS, News, Software, WWDC

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Yesterday, Apple officially announced iOS 10 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The upcoming mobile operating system 10 primary new features, going as follows:

User Experiencer: This incorporates an all-new lock screen, a refreshed overall look, the Control Center looks new, the lock screen now has widgets, and 3D Touch features are added to the lock screen. Widgets also appear in the Today view as usual plus the 3D Touch quick actions menu for new iPhones.

Siri: Starting with iOS 10, developers will have the ability to add features to Siri using a new SDK. Federighi used WeChat as an example. The UI for Siri looks similar, but now apps that work with Siri have much richer interface.

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WWDC: Apple reveals details about macOS Sierra

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 04:15
Category: Developer, iCloud, News, OS X, Sierra, Software, WWDC

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On Monday, Apple revealed details of its upcoming macOS Sierra operating system.

Sierra, which might otherwise be known as “10.12”, includes a swath of new changes, including a much-updated Siri, which will be incorporated into the operating system and feature a Siri icon within the Dock that activates when clicked upon. During the macOS Siri demo at WWDC, Apple VP Craig Federighi used Siri to find files and followed up the search to refine the results. Federighi also showed how Siri results can be integrated into other Apple apps, such as Reminders.

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WWDC: Apple posts full video of WWDC 2016 keynote on web site

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 13:03
Category: News, WWDC

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Right, there’s a metric TON of new stuff coming out of the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple just posted full video of its keynote address on its web site for streaming.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10, macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and new apps like Swift Playgrounds.

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WWDC 2016: Apple Pay coming to online transactions this fall

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 12:28
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail, WWDC

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Apple’s looking to bring Apple Pay to the Web.

Among the mucho announcements during the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company will begin incorporating “Pay with Apple Pay” buttons. The new feature will be available when the latest version of macOS, Sierra, becomes available to Mac users this fall.

Federighi said the online “Apple Pay” button will require users to authenticate their identity from a TouchID device—iPhone or Apple Watch—to preserve the security of their transactions.

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Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder, speculation brews ahead of WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Siri, Software

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Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

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IconFactory celebrates 20th anniversary with old-school BitCam app

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:47
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could be pretty nifty.

The IconFactory has released BitCam, a small graphics app that creates a retro feel for the pictures on your iOS device.

Created to celebrate the IconFactory’s 20th anniversary, the app is done in something of a Mac OS 6 feel, complete with old camera click sounds when you take a picture and an old-school color palette to boot.

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Designer’s renderings show what next-gen MacBook Pro could look like with OLED touch panel

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This could be really interesting.

Designer Martin Hajek has rendered a graphical simulation of a MacBook Pro incorporating an OLED touchbar, something that’s been rumored for the next-gen MacBook Pro, which has been anticipated for release later this year.

The concept shows what such an OLED system could look like in a current MacBook Pro and is pretty damn impressive.

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Bluetooth 5 standard to be announced next week, will double range, quadruple speeds

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Software

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Bluetooth 5, the next generation of the Bluetooth standard, is set to be formally announced next week.

The standard will offer double the range and quadruple the speed of the current Bluetooth protocol.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email this week. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

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Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS

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While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

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