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Apple WWDC 2015 begins June 8: Registration open

Apple WWDC 2015 begins June 8: Registration open

Apple has announced the dates for WWDC 2015, its annual developer conference, and an event which this year will likely see coders explore the limits of Apple Watch. Taking place June 8 through June 12, WWDC will once again be held in San Francisco at Moscone West, and kick off with an opening keynote that in previous years has offered previews of new OS X and iOS versions.

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The iPhone 6: here’s what to expect

The iPhone 6: here’s what to expect

Now that the iPhone 6 has been leaked to oblivion, it’s time to round it all up and offer a look at what your next iPhone just might be. From the visual punches to the specs and software, we take a look at all we’ve heard to this point. With Apple’s mysterious event happening in just over a week, let’s consider what will come of their biggest product announcement since the original iPhone.

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Five reasons Apple’s September 9 event will be HUGE

Five reasons Apple’s September 9 event will be HUGE

Now that Apple has made their September 9 event official, the freak-out can begin. We think we know what we’re getting, but Apple is still playing their cards close to their chest. Given the plethora of leaks and rumors surrounding what is in Apple’s pipeline, we can safely assume September 9 — and what comes of it — will be huge. Here’s why.

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iOS 8 split-screen feature lurks in SpringBoard code

iOS 8 split-screen feature lurks in SpringBoard code

One of iOS 8's rumored features obviously didn't make it to the WWDC event. However, if these series of tweets from app developer Steven Troughton-Smith are accurate, the code for the functionality already exists in iOS 8 SpringBoard, which is the other name that the Home Screen is going with.

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iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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Here’s how iOS 8 turns your iPhone into an iPad gamepad

Here’s how iOS 8 turns your iPhone into an iPad gamepad

Apple has detailed how its iOS 8 Controller Forwarding will work, turning an iPhone with a gamepad accessory into a wireless remote for iPad and Mac games. The new feature, which builds on iOS' existing support for third-party gaming controllers, is one of a number of tweaks and improvements to the Game Controller framework, revealed at WWDC 2014 this week.

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AirPlay adding next-song ID and “Play All Tracks” in iOS 8

AirPlay adding next-song ID and “Play All Tracks” in iOS 8

AirPlay's direct connections aren't the only changes Apple has planned for its streaming system in iOS 8, including how much control and insight accessories get into what's playing. The new version of AirPlay will allow streaming speakers and docks to access the media playback queue, for instance, so as to display what's coming up next on the playlist.

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Fleksy for iOS 8 teased, shows off new word prediction feature

Fleksy for iOS 8 teased, shows off new word prediction feature

With the announcement of iOS 8, we were all treated to news that third-party keyboards can be used on our various devices. We know the popular SwiftKey is coming, and now we’ve learned at least one more will make an appearance around the time iOS 8 is official. Fleksy, the simplified keyboard, will also be one you can get for iOS 8.

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Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

There’s more to breaking down the barriers between desktop and mobile than making the UIs on an iPhone and a MacBook look alike, and Apple used its WWDC 2014 opening keynote to hint at how. Continuity came up several times during the presentation, on both the OS X and the iOS sides, explaining how later this year our Macs and iPhones will work together to transfer tasks as you move between them. Yet the potential for Continuity goes far further than just giving you a bigger keyboard to finish your email on.

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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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AirPlay goes offline, possibly gaining p2p connection

AirPlay goes offline, possibly gaining p2p connection

A small but interesting change is coming to AirPlay. Apple’s streaming service is apparently going p2p, wherein we won’t need a connection to actually make the system work for us. Listed prominently on the Apple website, details are still light.

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