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WWDC 2015 keynote wrap-up: Apple Music, iOS 9, Apple Watch, OS X El Capitan

WWDC 2015 keynote wrap-up: Apple Music, iOS 9, Apple Watch, OS X El Capitan

Apple has wrapped up its WWDC 2015 Keynote, and there's a lot of information to get caught up on if you missed it. Apple covered the gamut, touching on all things consumer and developer with its OS X and iOS platforms, as well as the Apple Watch, its new Apple Music service, and more. Announced during the keynote was "El Capitan", the next version of OS X, as well as a bunch of details on what to expect from iOS 9. The Apple Watch will be getting native apps, as well, and in the future users across many platforms -- not just iOS -- will be able to enjoy the new Apple Music service -- yes, that even includes Android users.

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Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Apple Music will launch at $9.99 per month, Apple has confirmed today, though new subscribers to its streaming audio system will get a three month trial to whet their appetite. The new music service will cost "the same as an album," Apple's Eddy Cue pointed out on-stage at WWDC 2015 today, when it launches on June 30. Meanwhile, there'll be a family plan for those wanting to share access between up to six people.

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This is what Apple Music looks like

This is what Apple Music looks like

Apple has introduced its anticipated Apple Music service, something it bids as the next evolution in music -- something as important as the introduction of the iPod itself, the company suggests. Even better, and quite unexpected, the service will be coming to Android users, too, with all it has to offer being contained in a single app. The service will make recommendations, show recent releases, provide music videos in high definition, and a whole lot more. This is what Apple Music looks like.

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Android will get Apple Music release too

Android will get Apple Music release too

Apple Music has been announced at WWDC 2015 for not only iPhones, but Android devices as well. This music service was originally assumed to be working for Apple products only - as is the norm for most Apple software - but Apple appears to have flipped the script. With the release of this product, Apple is ready to roll starting on June 30th in over 100 countries - not just on the iPhone, not just on the Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. But on PCs and Android, as well. This service will be launched to all devices simultaneously.

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Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Apple Music will give artists a place to not only share their music but their inspiration and more, with Connect pages that can be followed by listeners. Exactly what each page will include will be left up to the artists themselves, with support for not only clips of streaming audio but video, status updates, photos, and more. Meanwhile, Apple brought music star Drake - wearing a classic Apple jacket with the rainbow logo, indeed - up on-stage to talk about what Connect could do.

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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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Soon you’ll be able to watch videos on your Apple Watch

Soon you’ll be able to watch videos on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch is getting standalone video playback, with the new feature coming in watchOS 2.0. While your wrist might not be the ideal place for a feature film - unless you have great eyesight and a really, really strong arm - Apple is positioning the new functionality as perfect for short-form video. That includes the six-second clips popularized by Vine and similar social video apps, and indeed it was Vine which Apple demonstrated on-stage today.

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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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Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple is adding a new bevy of watch faces to Apple Watch in watchOS 2.0, as well as allowing third-party developers to create their own Complications. The new watchfaces will include a Photo face, allowing wearers to see a photo of their choice when they lift their arm, as well as a Photo Album watchface which will pick a different image from a pre-selected gallery, and show it each time. However, if you'd rather leave Apple to pick the pictures, there's a brand new Time-Lapse face.

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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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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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