Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016: iOS 10, WatchOS 3, MacOS, Siri, and more

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) marked a big milestone for the company, as iOS reached its 10th iteration. Although iOS 10 and Siri were the stars of the show, WatchOS 3, tvOS, and MacOS had some pretty big updates, too.

Apple didn’t show off new devices at WWDC, but that doesn’t make the show any less exciting. The developer conference revealed some key hints about the future of Apple products and presented the company’s vision for its future. Here’s a breakdown of all the major announcements from the show and links to expanded coverage.

A smarter Siri

siri-dev

Siri is about to get a whole lot smarter with iOS 10, thanks to improved natural language recognition technology and access to third-party apps. With iOS 10, you’ll be able to ask Siri to send a message in WeChat, and the virtual assistant will let you take a peek at it to be sure she got it right. Similar actions will work in a variety of apps. For example, iOS users can ask Siri to search for photos in Shutterfly and Pinterest, set workouts through RunKeeper and Runtastic, or book car rides with Lyft, Uber, and Didi.

Siri is also hitting Apple’s QuickType keyboard to offer smarter suggestions as you type. Although Siri is using machine learning based on your info to be smarter, Apple says that all this takes place on the device, so your personal info is never stored or open to anyone.

Read more here

OS X becomes MacOS

macos-sierra-v2

Apple’s operating system for computers has been called OS X for years, but now it’s been renamed to MacOS. The name change makes it fit in with all of Apple’s other OS offerings: iOS, WatchOS, tvOS, and so on. In MacOS Sierra, Siri will make her way to the desktop, too, much like Cortana in Windows 10. Once she’s on your desktop, the virtual assistant will respond to “Hey Siri,” just like your iPhone or iPad. Your Apple Watch can also unlock your MacBook as a trusted device.

Mac OS also has an updated Continuity system of peer-to-peer protocols that will allow your iPhone, your iPad, and your Apple Watch to communicate with your computer. Using the Universal Clipboard, you can paste any text you copied on your iPhone or iPad into a document on your MacBook. You can even access files stored on your desktop on your MacBook or iOS device. Other features include tabs, a systemwide UI element; a smart storage system, which lets iCloud hold some of your older files to clear up space on your Mac; and picture-in-picture video, which lets you move a resizable video window all over your screen,

Read more here

iOS 10, Siri, and a Home app

wwdc-ios10

Apple billed iOS 10 as its biggest ever iOS release. Raise to wake brings the screen to life automatically with interactive notifications on the lock screen. Siri has been opened up to third-party developers, so it works in concert with apps like Uber, WhatsApp, and Pinterest. The keyboard is more intelligent, with Siri’s suggestions weighing in with relevant details and multilanguage support. Photos are now filtered by location, facial recognition, and a number of other details. Photos clusters precious memories together into an album and creates a video of highlights.

The Maps app has been beefed up, Apple Music and the News app have been redesigned, and there’s a new Home app for home automation. There’s also support for voicemail transcription in iOS 10, and a host of improvements to the Messages app including new animations; music, photo, and video sharing; and emoji suggestions.

Read more here

WatchOS 3 speeds up

apple-watch-wwdc-16

WatchOS got a much-needed update at WWDC 2016. The biggest update of all is its new speedy interface, which ensures that apps load seven times faster on the Apple Watch than ever before. There’s also a new Control Center for quick access to battery percentage, airplane mode, and silencing, Hitting the side button now brings up glanceable apps, too. You can scribble to write messages with your fingers instead of dictating them to Siri, change your watch face to Minnie Mouse, share your activity, and more in WatchOS 3

Apple focused a lot on health in WatchOS 3, adding reminders to breathe, wheelchair activity tracking, and a new SOS feature for dangerous situations. When you press and hold down the side button, you enable SOS mode, which sends your location to your emergency contact, shows your medical ID on the screen, and calls 911.

Read more here

Apple Music gets a redesign

apple music

Apple Music now has 15 million users, and it’s getting a major redesign. It has a new font, bright white backgrounds, and a monochromatic look that puts the emphasis on your music. Apple Music’s Now Playing window has a shiny new look in the latest update, offering more intuitive controls, as well as scrolling lyrics right at the bottom of the page. The Music Library tab is much easier to navigate, too, and Apple created a dedicated “downloaded music” section, making it easier than ever to tell exactly which songs are downloaded on your device. Going even further, the Library tab also now breaks down the organization so you can easily find tracks recently downloaded to your phone.

The Connect tab, which connects you with your favorite artists, is now located in the For You section along with a Discovery Mix of music Apple thinks you’ll like. The Radio tab was revamped, so you can follow your favorite shows more easily.

Read more here

tvOS gets SlingTv app and more

wwdc apple tvos

Apple TV boasts 1.,300 channels and more than 6,000 tvOS native apps, and now tvOS is getting even better. Once you sign into your Apple TV, you can access all your streaming accounts — no need to enter the different passwords for each one. Siri searches are improved, and you can ask her to tune into your favorite channel or show. The Apple TV remote app on iPhone also got a much-needed update to allow text entry with the keyboard and support for playing games.

Most importantly, perhaps, Sling TV finally made its way to Apple TV as an app. Sling TV now also offers more channels than ever before. The company announced that 12 channels from Viacom, including Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, and Nick Jr., are coming to both its single-stream service and multistream beta, while content from FXX, Nat Geo WILD, and FS2 is coming to the multistream core service.

Read more here

WWDC 2016 was action-packed this year, and iOS 10 saw a great number of improvements, as did WatchOS 3. All of the new software is available to developers and will reach users’ devices in the fall. A public beta launches in July for those who wish to try the new operating system updates from Apple.

You can find all our WWDC coverage here, view the entire livestream here, and stay tuned for more Apple coverage as we try out iOS 10, Mac OS, and WatchOS 3.

Smart Home

You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Echo devices

Amazon's Alexa can now make video and voice calls with Microsoft's Skype audio and video calling. Alexa-enabled devices can make voice calls. Alexa devices with video can make video calls to computers, mobile devices, and Xboxes.
Deals

The best iPad deals for November 2018

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for November 2018.
Deals

The best Apple Watch deals for November 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Deals

The best iPhone deals for November 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for November 2018.
Deals

The best MacBook deals for November 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Mobile

T-Mobile OnePlus 6T phones get some improvements in update

The new OnePlus 6T continues OnePlus's tradition, coming with flagship power, camera performance, and the gorgeous design you want -- but for under $600. Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6T.
Mobile

Google replaces its classic Search page with Discover on mobile devices

As part of its 20th anniversary, Google unveiled its plans to improve Search, starting with its Google Feed. Now known as Discover, the update brings along a redesign to help you find content that aligns with your interests.
Mobile

Sprint offers holiday buy one, get one free deal for iPhone XR lease

After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally taken the wraps off of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now that the phones are out, you might be wondering how you can get them for yourself.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best wireless earbuds around.
Deals

The best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…
Mobile

How to find a lost phone, whether it's Android, iPhone, or any other kind

Need to know how to find a lost phone? We have a simple guide right here that will help you to locate your lost or stolen phone using both native and third-party apps and services, whether it’s a smartphone or an older model.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Social Media

Time alerts put the brakes on Facebook consumption, are rolling out now

Just how much time do you spend scrolling through the Facebook feed? Facebook will now tell you. The new features also include daily alerts that tell users when they've spent too much time on the social network.