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Check Out the Most Important Announcements from Apple WWDC 2015

11th June 2015

This year’s Apple WWDC was highly anticipated with so many rumours about possible new Apple products and updates, so let’s go through what was revealed. Firstly let’s meet Apple’s new operating system X El Capitan which is the tweaking of Apple’s current operating system, improving the overall performance rather than redesigning the whole interface. For example Safari now allows you to pin sites so they'll load instantly from the landing pages, furthermore alongside this safari now allows you to mute audio in tabs without entering specific pages. There’s also improved windows management which means you can automatically split your screen between apps and store multiple desktop layouts in a navigation bar on top.

With the new operating system Spotlight has also seen changes as it now allows you more extensive and integrated search capabilities, meaning you can look up sporting event tickets, weather, and upcoming events using natural language. With regards to other new features, there are new gestures that include swiping to delete an email, something called SplitView which helps you organise OS X, and a Spaces Bar to make it easier to create and manage multiple desktops. As well as this, the Metal graphics technology announced with ios 8 is making its way to OS X. It’ll bring improved detail and game performance as well as improved performance in processor hungry apps.

Obviously the one reveal everyone was waiting for was Apple’s long awaited music streaming service which has been appropriately named Apple Music and will be available in the autumn on iTunes, OS X, Windows, ios and even Android. What Apple Music enables you to do is stream everything that’s available on iTunes, furthermore it even offers many human-curated playlists as well as song and playlist recommendations. There’s also a Connect area where artists can post anything from their latest tracks to video clips of them recording in studio. The music streaming app even offers a 24-hour radio station called Beats 1 that broadcasts worldwide and will automatically switch between them throughout the day for a 24/7 experience. It’s due to launch on 30th June and in terms of price it’ll come with a $9.99 US price tag or £9.99 in the UK, or alternatively you can go for a family sharing plan for $14.99/£14.99.

There was also the announcement of ios 9 which is much like the new OS X in that it’s more of a refinement and enhancing of existing features than the introduction of new ones. For example in ios 9 Siri is more contextually aware and learns your habits to try and make your ios experience a whole lot better. Ios 9 will also improve battery life on your iPhone, for instance now the iPhone 6 will run for an extra hour. If that’s not enough, Apple are including a battery saving mode that can shut down non-essential features and make your iPhone last an extra three hours. Ios 9 also introduces true multitasking for the iPad as it allows you to split screen apps, alongside this there’s a trackpad built into the on-screen keyboard, accessible by putting two fingers on the keyboard and enabling fine control over the cursor.

Finally Apple Pay will be coming to the UK in July with eight banks and a variety of British brands supporting it. Apple Pay will work with nearly 70 percent of all UK credit and debit cards and will also be compatible with the London transportation system.

WWDC told us some intriguing things Apple are planning to do this year and some of the updates do sound amazing but to be honest I can’t wait to find out about the hardware that will be running all of this!!!

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