So, if you weren’t able to catch the live stream of the Keynote that kicked off WWDC, what did you miss?
Well, nothing earth-shattering, but there was a number of welcome updates to iOS, WatchOS, TVOS, and the newly named MacOS (previously OS X).
We’re guessing that the number one expected and celebrated update was opening up Siri to third party developers – Just look what you’re favorite iPhone friend will be able to do now.
Siri is also on your Mac, what.
*Copy and paste functionality across devices
*Window tab support within multiple apps such as Maps, Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and TextEdit
*Picture-in-Picture feature, found in iOS 9.3 will be brought to the Mac so you’ll be able to float video from Safari or iTunes in a window on the desktop while working on something else.
*The Photos app will have a new ‘Memories’ feature, which automatically creates collections of special occasions like birthdays, weddings, and vacations using people, object, and location recognition. Yikes.
*Also in Photos, the ‘People’ feature will automatically group photos into Albums based on who is in them, while ‘Places’ will display photos on a world map so users can see where they were taken.
*In MacOS you’ll get Optimized Storage, which frees up space when a Mac starts getting full by storing infrequently used items in iCloud
*The Messages app gets an update thanks to the updated features in iOS 10
*You’ll also get an updated version of Apple Music in iTunes, similar to the changes seen in the iOS 10 Music app.
*Accessibility of files on the desktop and in the Documents folder on any Mac, iOS device, or even a PC.
MacOS Sierra is available to developers for testing today. A public beta will be launched in July, while the final public release is coming in the fall.
*Messages gets a revamp in iOS 10, with a bunch of new features like text balloon animations, invisible ink, enlarged emoji, and handwritten notes. Also included is a native app for Home automation, redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News,
*A new “rich notifications” system that lets users get more information from various apps without unlocking their iPhone.
* A new feature is a “Raise to Wake” ability that wakes up the iPhone whenever users raise their device to eye level.
*Users on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will get deeper integration of 3D Touch with the new rich notifications.
*Notes will be getting a new collaborative project feature and Live Photos will be able to go through an editing process.
* As in MacOS Sierra, iOs 10 also gets the updated “Memories” tab in the Photos app that will use facial recognition and geo filters to group together family vacations and special memories. The app will also create slideshows.
*Maps gets larger buttons and typefaces, and the ability to scan your calendar and deliver directions proactively. Apple Maps is also now open to third-party extensions, allowing you to make a restaurant reservation via OpenTable within Maps or calling a ride from service like Uber.
*Apple Music and Apple News both get a redesign, apparently making it easier for users to find the content they want.
*iOS 10 features a new Home app that can control all of their HomeKit devices in one place.
*Apart from making Siri open for developers to play with, with iOS 10 you can use Siri to make VoIP calls, send messages through messaging apps like WhatsApp and hail cabs from services like Uber.
*Bedtime Alarm mode in the Clock app is a new feature that encourages users to set a regular sleep schedule and reminders for bedtime.
*Differential Privacy is another new feature. Starting with iOS 10, Apple is using this to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy. In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight® deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.
The developer preview of iOS 10 is available today, and a public beta program will begin in July. Users interested in the public beta can sign up for information at beta.Apple.com. iOS 10 will be available in the fall for free for iPhone 5 and later and all iPad Pro and Air models. The fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini 2 and later will also support iOS 10.
*Swiping up from the bottom of the Apple Watch will bring up an all-new Control Center with toggles for Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, notifications, and more. Swiping left and right willswitch between watch faces.
*Speaking of Watch faces, there’s new ones! Minnie Mouse, Activity, and Numerals.
*In WatchOS there will be new ways to create and respond to iMessages, including a Scribble feature animations, invisible ink, stickers, larger emoji, sketches, taps, and your heartbeat.
*You’ll be able to share your Activity rings with others for competitive motivation, and receive notifications when people finish workouts or earn achievements.
*New features for wheelchair users: The Activity app now supports a trio of wheelchair pushing techniques for varying speeds and terrain. There are also two new wheelchair-specific workouts and a new “Time to Roll” notification.
*Are Apple Watch users super stressed? They must be, because they’ve introduced a new Breathe app, which guides you through a series of deep breaths with relaxing animations and gentle taps. A summary provides you with your heart rate and the length of your breathing session, which can be adjusted by spinning the Digital Crown.
*The SOS feature is very cool. Press and hold the side button and Apple Watch will initiate a call with 911 or local emergency services. It can also send a message with your location to alert your chosen emergency contacts. The feature, which works over Wi-Fi or cellular, includes a medical card with your personal information and any medical conditions.
*Apple Watch now supports Apple Pay within apps.
*Apple Watch can be used with the new Home app for controlling HomeKit accessories
WatchOS 3 is available as a developer beta today. A public beta will be released in July. The free software update will officially launch in the fall.
*New Apps including Sling, Fox Sports Go, Molotov TV, and game-based apps like Minecraft Story Mode and Sketch Party.
*Siri will be able to search through YouTube, and search for movies by topic.
* You’ll be able to direct Siri to tune-in to live channels within apps now. For example, if a user asks Siri to “Watch CBS News” or “Watch ESPN,” Siri will instantly open the live feed within the app, rather than transporting the user to the app’s home screen.
*Siri can also manage a user’s HomeKit devices via Apple TV.
*The new Apple TV and tvOS are compatible with the revamped Remote app, which mirrors the abilities of the Apple TV’s Siri Remote on an iPhone. The app, like previous Remote apps, allows users to control their content, but it also allows users to use Siri to control the Apple TV. Users can also use the app to play games on Apple TV and enter text via the iOS keyboard.
*Newly redesigned Apple Music, and Photos for Apple TV will have the same updates as in iOS 10 and MacOS.
If you want to catch the Keynote, Apple has made the video available for customers here on their website, and on Apple TV.
What did you think of Apple’s Software updates?