Apple held its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco yesterday, and as usual the company that never does anything by halves, announced a whole host of new features that are coming our way.
Here’s a breakdown of everything that Apple announced:
Firstly, Apple are launching a new music streaming service called Apple Music that is set to rival Spotify. With Apple Music, users will be able to stream one of 30 million songs from within the Apple music library which will feature music from signed and unsigned artists. The streaming service is set to launch later this month and will be free for the first three months. Thereafter, the cost of using the service will be €10 a month, or €15 a month for up to six family members.
OS X El Capitan
Apple are rolling out a new operating system for the Mac entitled El Capitan. New features include improved Spotlight search, shake to enlarge the mouse cursor and a new way to pin websites to Safari. The browser will also include a speaker icon on the URL bar which will allow users to mute music coming from any opened tabs. El Capitan will also give users the ability to split their screen into multi-tasking windows by pressing down on the maximise button and dragging left or right. The browser will also come with built-in metal graphics technology which is set to enhance a user’s gaming experience.
With iOS 9, Siri is becoming smarter and more in tune to your user behaviour. For example, if you usually scroll through Twitter first thing in the morning, Siri will be able to detect this and automatically open that app for you.
iOS 9 will come with improved battery life(+1 hour) and a new battery saving mode that will allow users to shut down non-essential features to enhance their iPhone’s battery by an extra three hours.
iOs 9 is also adding built-in trackpad to iPads which can be accessed by putting two fingers on the keyboard.
Apple Pay will officially launch in the UK and Northern Ireland in July. According to Apple, it will be compatible with nearly 70 percent of all UK debit and credit cards and you’ll be able to use it in Boots, Costa, Starbucks, KFC, New Look, Marks and Spencers, Mc Donald’s and more.
Lastly, iOS 9 will include a News app which will feature personalised news content that will automatically update anytime the user opens the app
Perhaps most importantly, iOS 9 will only require 1.3gb to install, a huge drop from iOS8’s required space of 4.48gb.
Watch OS is the newly improved operating system for the Apple Watch. Apps will now be able to access the microphone and accelerometer, play audio through the speakers, and even utilise the Digital Crown. HomeKit will also be made available on the Apple Watch via Siri. A newly added watch face function called “Time Travel” will allow users to skip backward and forward to view past and upcoming events.Watch OS will also feature new watch faces, including several than can customise the watch face using a single photo or an updating photo album.
So there you have it. That’s all the main features that we can expect from Apple in the near future. Which announcement was your favourite?