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Apple Music introduced as “the next chapter in music”

Apple Music introduced as “the next chapter in music”

This week at WWDC 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple Music. This is a service which Apple suggests is the next step in music evolution, moving through the record player, boom boxes, CDs, speakers in the back of cars, and the iPod. Apple is suggesting that this release is as important to the history of music as their magnum opus, the iPod itself. "Today we're announcing Apple Music," said Cook, "the next chapter in music." He then introduced Jimmy Iovine of Beats.

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iOS 9 will require less space, support same devices as iOS 8

iOS 9 will require less space, support same devices as iOS 8

Apple has detailed when you will be able to get your hands on iOS 9: the public beta will be launching in July, marking another “first” for the company. The final version will be arriving later on this fall, and there’s more good news with that: it’s likely your current Apple device will be able to run it, at least if you're running iOS 8. The upgrade will be free in the fall, as expected, while the iOS developer beta will be available today.

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Swift for iOS is now open source

Swift for iOS is now open source

Apple announces that Swift of iOS will be open source from this point on. WWDC 2015 is home to this announcement, the honor of announcing goes to Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. This open source bit will be married to the release of iOS 9. This software will be released for developers in a public beta starting in July. This will be a free upgrade as all IOS upgrades are, and "all currently supported devices" will be included. Developers rejoice, change is afoot.

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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 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 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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Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple has begun detailing iOS 9, and first off is a supercharging to Siri that will make the virtual assistant more flexible and contextually-aware. The new Siri will be more intelligent, Apple's Craig Federighi, as well as more proactive, with a revamped UI and the ability to make suggestions from a swipe across on the homescreen. Those suggestions will include contacts and apps - perhaps a recently-installed game that hasn't yet been played with - along with nearby locations.

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WWDC 2015’s pre-event Black Banners dropped early: no secrets here

WWDC 2015’s pre-event Black Banners dropped early: no secrets here

While past years' Apple developer conferences have had black covers over banners before the week's main event, no such covers are necessary this time around. This year isn't about secrets. It's not about big reveals. This year Apple is up front about what it's bringing to the table - assistance and support for developers. Perfectly understandable since WWDC 2015 is a developer conference - a conference which is supposed to be aimed at giving developers a leg up in the software development environment for Apple products.

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Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

After what seemed like a long delay, Pebble Time's smartwatch app is finally available on iOS. Although the app could have been earnestly stuck in the Apple review process, it seems more likely that Apple's hesitance stems from the fact that Pebble is a direct competitor with Apple Watch. Its slick iOS interface could tempt prospective smartwatch buyers to opt for the more reasonable Pebble Time over the high-end Apple Watch, on Apple's on turf.

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