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As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

Apple’s WWDC is over for another year, and as the dust settles on the iOS 9, Apple Music, and OS X El Capitan launch, it’s a chance to reflect on five days of sessions. It’s hard to gauge the tone of a week-long developer event from a fast-paced keynote - even with an Apple Music section which went on too long, and which several developers I spoke to suspected was padded to fill up space originally intended for an Apple TV SDK announcement. If there can be such a thing as an overarching theme, though, it felt like it might be harmonious co-existence.

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Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Developers hack the Apple Watch to allow apps to run on UIKit, the software bones of the smart wearable device. While Apple has provided the developer world with a software kit called "WatchKit", WatchKit itself remote-drives another bit of software called PepperUICore which lives on top of UIKit. Apple's own apps on the Watch, save the Weather app, do not use WatchKit. To show that it is possible - albeit not recommended for those hoping to get in to Apple's official app store - three developers have gotten both UIKit and SceneKit apps running on the Apple Watch.

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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud

How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud

Apple is bolstering HomeKit, bringing more smart home kit under the automation umbrella and adding Apple Watch, Siri, and iCloud integration to boost usability both when at home and away. The new functionality, based on iOS 9, will see HomeKit potentially take on a more serious role thanks to integration with security systems, while improvements to the setup process should make home automation installation less of a headache. However, there’s good news for those with existing gadgets they don’t want to replace.

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Apple’s plugging HomeKit’s biggest shortcoming

Apple’s plugging HomeKit’s biggest shortcoming

Apple’s HomeKit in 2014 was a promising start but lacked depth; it’s only with the arrival of iOS 9 that the smart home platform will begin to seem truly useful rather than a gimmick. What will arguably make the biggest difference to actual users is the new support for Event Triggers and Conditions. That will allow for conditional macros: strings of not only actions, like lights turning on and doors unlocking, but the rules and exceptions that govern them.

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iPad multitasking in iOS 9 is surprisingly simple (but huge, too)

iPad multitasking in iOS 9 is surprisingly simple (but huge, too)

Multitasking for the iPad was an iOS 9 feature that prompted whoops of excitement in the WWDC 2015 keynote, but it was quickly followed by concerns that upgrading existing apps might be a nightmare. Turns out, Apple has been eager to explain during its developer event, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if anything the psychological change required is greater than the coding alterations, something which could have big implications for the much-rumored iPad Pro.

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This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

Your Apple Watch and your iPhone are going to get smarter in how they work together, with Watch OS 2 and iOS 9 streamlining security, privacy, and app data delays. The changes build on Apple Watch’s new native app support: where now the apps themselves run on the iPhone and just tell the wearable what to display, with the arrival of Watch OS 2 both the UI and the backend code will be running on the wrist. Not only will that mean greater independence when you’re away from your iPhone, it also paves the way to a more trusting and efficient relationship when the two gadgets are together.

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Apple iOS 9 goes in-depth on reproductive health

Apple iOS 9 goes in-depth on reproductive health

Apple is taking reproductive health seriously in iOS 9, with a new set of comprehensive HealthKit measures that could be essential for those trying to conceive or those trying not to. With software tracking things like menstrual cycles and intended to predict fertility some of the most popular in the App Store, it’s perhaps no surprise that Apple Health should expand to embrace it. Rather than just a few basic metrics, however, HealthKit is aiming for a real insight.

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Now that the avalanche of info released by Apple during its WWDC keynote yesterday has begun to subside, smaller details about the newly announced iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are beginning to surface. Now that developers have had a few hours to play with the iOS 9 beta, images have surfaced that reveal a dedicated app for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service Apple launched last year. The app offers users direct access to a file manager on their iPhone or iPad.

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Square reveals new Apple Pay reader to launch this fall

Square reveals new Apple Pay reader to launch this fall

Square has announced its partnership with Apple Pay at the WWDC15. The new Square "Contactless + Chip Reader" will be able to take payments from Apple Pay via NFC and credit cards via its EMV chip reader. Although it can scan EMV chips, the new reader is unable to read magnetic card swipes. To combat this, Square announced that it will be shipping traditional magnetic stripe reader with the new Apple Pay/EMV chip reader, ensuring that merchants can accept a variety of payment methods.

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Four things to know about iOS 9 (including who gets it)

Four things to know about iOS 9 (including who gets it)

Apple wasn't short on news during the WWDC 2015 keynote today, but some of the most exciting improvements and changes are around iOS 9. The new operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch isn't expected to hit devices until later this year, but already there are signs of big changes for those using their iPhone in the car, as the control interface of their smart home, and more. Check out the four things you really need to know about iOS 9 after the cut.

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