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App Store smashes 100 billion download milestone

App Store smashes 100 billion download milestone

The App Store has passed 100 billion downloads, a huge milestone for the software marketplace that Apple launched seven years ago. The number, announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook today, comes along with a sizable running total of pay-outs to developers, with Apple handing over their cut worth $30bn in the time the store has been operating.

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CarPlay is getting support for auto maker apps and more

CarPlay is getting support for auto maker apps and more

Apple's CarPlay has gotten its moment in the WWDC 2015 spotlight, with Apple revealing there are a bunch of changes coming to CarPlay, but two big ones in particular: for one thing, it will support apps by the auto makers themselves, allowing for an overall better experience. More displays will also be support. Neither of those are the most significant, however -- says Apple, the most important is that things just got easier.

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Your iPhone could last hours longer with iOS 9

Your iPhone could last hours longer with iOS 9

Apple is touting its battery improvements with iOS 9, promising that an iPhone under typical use will last for around an hour longer than before. The under-the-hood changes will be delivered effectively seamlessly, Apple said. However, that's not the only boost in battery life that iOS 9 can deliver, if you flick the right switch.

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iPad Multitasking detailed: iPad Air 2 and future models only

iPad Multitasking detailed: iPad Air 2 and future models only

Apple has introduced Multitasking on the iPad, a big change for those hoping to make the iPad a "real" mobile computer. This update starts with the keyboard, with iOS 9's QuickType. A quick 2-finger gesture allows you to turn the keyboard into a trackpad. A new shortcuts bar is here, and they've brought on new support for hardware keyboards as well. There's also a Shift key. This update also brings on "slide over," a way to pull applications in from the side of the iPad's screen.

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Apple’s Transit adds public transit details to Maps

Apple’s Transit adds public transit details to Maps

Apple has detailed its transportation efforts at WWDC 2015, kicking off its discussion by saying that its Maps gets 5 billion user requests every week, and that it trumps the next leading mapping app by a factor of 3.5. Apple Maps will be getting Transit directions, it was revealed, allowing one to get all the details they need on transit lines and the time it will take to travel based on them. This lends better support for all the users out there that use public transit, giving a “great map just for them”. Such is Transit.

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Apple News for iOS 9 takes on Flipboard

Apple News for iOS 9 takes on Flipboard

Apple has launched News, a Flipboard rival intended to bring speedier, cleaner reading to the iPad and iPhone. The new magazine reading app, announced at WWDC 2015, sees Apple wade head-first into territory currently occupied by Google and others with the app that will come bundled with iOS 9. Although any news site will be able to be loaded in the app, Apple has partnered with a number of high-profile publishers: The New York Times (with thirty free articles a day), ESPN, and Condé Nast properties like Vanity Fair, Vogue, and GQ.

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Apple Notes update hints at new kind of iPhone

Apple Notes update hints at new kind of iPhone

Today Apple introduced an update to their iOS app Notes, an update which allows free-form note-writing. This sort of note-writing works with your finger, but lends itself to the use of a stylus. As Apple does not yet have an official stylus, it's been suggested - not by Apple directly - that a new type of iPhone might be coming in. With the iPhone 6 Plus already large enough to hold a stylus inside, why not? Can you imagine any reason why Apple wouldn't want to put a stylus in their iPhone?

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Apple Pay hits UK in July for your Cheeky Nando’s

Apple Pay hits UK in July for your Cheeky Nando’s

Apple Pay will launch in the UK in July, with over 250,000 locations supporting Apple's wireless payment service including London's Tube and bus network. Eventually fourteen banks will support Apple Pay in the UK, including NatWest, Santander, HSBC, Nationwide, and American Express. As for stores, Apple says that there will be more locations available at the UK launch than there were at the US launch.

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Apple on privacy: “You’re in control”

Apple on privacy: “You’re in control”

Privacy. It's a big deal, yes? The answer is yes, and Apple knows this. The numerous whistleblower leaks and government documents that have been raised over past years -- not mention all the instances of hacking -- have raised big concerns in consumers about their privacy and how big companies are handling it. And, again, Apple is reassuring its users that they don't have to worry. Apple understands privacy is a big deal, and it has detailed how your information is handled.

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iOS Search updated to include deep links

iOS Search updated to include deep links

Search in iOS is about to go a lot deeper, as Apple's Craig Federighi spoke onstage at WWDC 2015 about how this feature would be drastically expanded. Users will be able to search email to identify who is calling. Search in iOS 9 will be able to surface app content. Search will become much, much more useful in iOS 9 - offline and online - in the near future. This search expansion will start with iOS, but will likely expand on OS X and Watch OS in the near future.

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