WWDC Keynote Wrap Up

WWDC Keynote Wrap Up

Today marked the kickoff of Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. The event started with Tim Cook’s keynote speech. During the presentation, he talked about the adoption of Apple Pay and the company’s numbers in general. Apple then gave demonstrations of iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan, along with a new music service.

The new desktop OS, dubbed El Capitan, is very similar to Yosemite. It fixes a few annoyances and adds a couple new features, but the overall look and feel is similar. A developer preview is available for WWDC attendees and a public beta will arrive in July. The operating system will be available as a free upgrade before the 2015 holiday shopping season.

Apple also made some updates to iOS. Among them are improvements to Siri, Apple Pay, and Maps. When it arrives this fall, iOS 9 will include a new app called News which works as an online article aggregator. It looks pretty promising. A public beta of iOS 9 will arrive next month alongside the Mac OS X public beta. In a somewhat related announcement, Apple revealed a new framework for Watch apps. They can now run directly on the watch without the need for a paired iOS handset.

Finally, Apple rounded out the keynote with the announcement of a new service known as Apple Music. Needless to say, this is the result of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music last year. The service costs $9.99 per month and works similar to Spotify or Pandora. Subscribers can get the first 3 months free for a limited time. Apple Music will go live later this month. An Android version is due for release this fall.

That’s pretty much the gist of it. All in all, this was a pretty uneventful keynote. There was no new hardware and no real surprises. some of the updates look promising, but overall there wasn’t too much excitement.

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