WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new features to come

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 09:32
Category: News, Siri, Software, TvOS

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Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming streams from certain networks (including ESPN and Disney) by just commanding Siri to put them on.

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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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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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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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Apple to significantly overhaul App Store for the fall, add developer-focused changes, subscription models

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 07:05
Category: App Store, Developer, iOS, News

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As good as Apple’s App Store has been over the years, it still has its rough spots. It can be difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name and it’s tough for developers to stand out from each other.

This coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, stated that a variety of changes are coming to the App Store. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and now they actually can. Prior to now, only certain categories like news, cloud, dating, and streaming apps could sell subscriptions through the App Store. That’s going to change in the fall. The 85/15 percent split will kick in sooner than that, on June 13.

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Google releases Motion Stills for iOS, uses stabilized GIFs to create looping video content

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 12:55
Category: Google, iOS, Software

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The animated gif is by no means dead.

It’s just become high res looping video clips.

On Tuesday, Google announced the release of Motion Stills, an iOS app from its Google Research division that takes stabilized GIFs and creates looping videos out of them that can be shared via messaging or social media.

The app cites that it’s able to achieve a 40x speedup by using techniques such as temporal subsampling, decoupling of motion parameters, and using Google Research’s custom linear solver, GLOP. This, in turn, adds additional speed and conserves storageby computing low-resolution warp textures to perform real-time GPU rendering, just like in a video game.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate dark mode into iOS 10

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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WWDC is just around the corner and with it, some fairly intense speculation as to iOS 10’s user interface has come about.

One rumored concept that’s gotten some attention is the idea of a potential dark mode to be released with the new operating system. As such, a set of concept images has been leaked, the concept showing a system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more.

It’s been speculated that the feature could be set to automatically activate when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the Maps app.

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