Welcome to BGR’s live coverage of Apple’s big WWDC 2016 keynote, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest events Apple has hosted in a long time. It’s also shaping up to be the most exciting Apple event in years. No, Apple doesn’t have any plans to unveil a new iPhone, iPad or any other high-profile iOS device. But Apple events in the past have followed weeks of persistent leaks that spoiled every single big announcement Apple has made. But with WWDC 2016, almost so specifics at all have leaked in advance so practically every announcement is going to be a surprise.
So, what are we expecting from the big show today?
You should definitely check out our big WWDC 2016 preview if you haven’t already. For a quick recap, the star of the show is absolutely going to be iOS 10. Apple on Monday will give the world its first glimpse at the future of iPhones and iPads, and we’ll see a host of new features that fans will undoubtedly love. Will iOS 10 solve everyone’s problems and add all of the new features that users are looking for? Of course not, but we’re expecting it to be a major release with a host of exciting new features and refinements.
OS X is also expected to be rebranded as macOS with Apple’s next release, and we’ll get a preview of that as well during Monday’s big WWDC 2016 keynote. If we’re lucky, we might even see how to software looks on some fresh new MacBooks Apple could unveil.
Siri should be a big focus during the keynote as well, and we’re expecting a huge overhaul and Siri for Mac. What’s more, Siri might end up powering a fresh new Amazon Echo competitor like the one Google unveiled earlier this month. We should also see a big Apple Music revamp, a new and (hopefully dramatically) improved version of watchOS, and plenty more.
The WWDC 2016 keynote is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT on Monday, and you’ll find our live blog of today’s big event below — it’ll refresh automatically so you don’t need to worry about reloading the page. And if you’d like to also follow along with all the action on video, you’ll find the WWDC 2016 live stream right here.
watchOS, tvOS, macOS, iOS. That’s the WWDC 2016 keynote everyone!
That was a heck of a keynote — thanks for tuning in guys!
We’ve got plenty more WWDC 2016 coverage coming and you can see it all in our WWDC 2016 hub.
Tim Cook’s final is back on stage for a final recap of the keynote. Will there be a One more thing?
Swift Playground launches to developers right now, and will be included in the iOS 10 beta this july. The app will be available in the App Store this fall, free of charge.
Want to know more about iOS 10? Check out the 13 best new features coming to your iPhone and iPad
Apple getting future developers into the iOS ecosystem young.. smart
This looks like a fun way to get your coding game on.
Minecraft, but with code.
Swift Playground: new app for iPad, which teaches you to code.
Swift: More than 100,000 apps are built using Swift code.
Tim Cook is back on stage to address developers.
iOS 10 public beta arrives in July, launches this fall.
iOS 10 available to developers today.
That was the one more thing?
Differential privacy = crowd-sourced learning without breaching your privacy.
Video time! Uplifting music: check.
Apple is at pains to stress how good its differential privacy is, trying to have the best of both worlds: crowd-sourced data that doesn’t invade your privacy
Remember these too: No user profiling and “differential privacy.”
End-to-end encryption in communication apps, while AI happens on-device.
Apple loves subtly calling out Google with its endless mentions of privacy
Default end-to-end encryption: those fancy new stickers will not be read by the NSA.
Here comes privacy in iOS 10.
Also Safari split view for iOS 10 on iPad, which is FANTASTIC
Live Photos are editable in iOS 10. Neat!
Notes collaboration: trying to be a Google Docs competitor
Looks like Apple is doing its best to be a great replacement for the most popular third-party messaging apps. Stickers, stickers everywhere.
It shows Apple has put a lot of thought and effort into its messaging app.
This is probably the most significant iMessage update yet.
Apps for you watch, apps for your phone, apps for Maps…everyone gets an app!
iMessage Apps: developers can tinker with the new iMessage experience.
Apps for iMessage!
iMessage is also now looking dangerously close to MSN Messenger back in the day
iMessage on Android? Never too late to hope
iOS 10 demo almost done and still 30 mins left to go.. perhaps we’ll see new hardware after all
Awkward moment right there.
Apple Music integration in Messages is pretty awesome
Aaaaannnndddddd….the demo is broken
Digital touch videos and photos will bring multimedia to Messages in a very meaningful way.
“I didn’t know what to say” is no longer an excuse for iMessage users. Bubble effects, digital touch, handwritten notes, full-screen effects, big emoji…I’ve lost track already
Apple is taking its messaging app to a whole new level.
“invisible ink” is like a scratch card for photos and messages in iMessage
Craig is the best Apple entertainer, there’s no question about it
“Emojifyiable words” is a thing
I love Craig.
“Emojification” is a thing that was just said.
More importantly: emoji predictions are now a thing.
Messages now has rich links: you’ll get photo, video or link previews in the app. If you’ve used Facebook messenger recently, this should be familiar
Partnership with Cisco will port all your work calls to your cellphone. It looks pretty awesome, provided there’s a good way to turn it off.
Awesome. Phone app now elevates third party phone calling.
And there’s a feature that can detect phone spam.
Voicemail is automatically translated for you, if you still get voicemail
Oh hey, new Voicemail!
Built in Home controls on the Apple Watch too.
Automatically turning on your hot tub when you get home is a new life goal
Set your favorite accessories and set up scenes, like “Good night,” that will trigger multiple accessories all at once.
Never too many.
Apple Home vs. Google Home. Too many homes?
New Home app coming to your home screen. It has a personalized wallpaper and lets you control all your home’s accessories.
HomeKit will now support even more smart home utilities.
Breaking news notifications so you can be constantly reminded about the terrifying presidential election.
Apple News is also receiving a redesign that looks strikingly similar to the new Apple Music app. Definitely a trend here.
2000 publications in Apple News.
All hail Saint Boz
Honestly, this woman killed it.
Apple exec tries to get auditorium to dance, because this is the tech industry 2016
For comparison, Spotify has about 30 million paid subscribers, but it’s been around a lot longer
All newly designed Apple Music.
If any Apple product needed a ground-up redesign, it was Apple Music.
15 million subscribers for Apple Music
Not having to leave Maps to book an Uber/place a reservation/etc is huge.
Make restaurant reservations in the Maps app, using OpenTable
Like Siri, Maps is opening up to developers.
Maps has a bunch of neat new UI features (including in CarPlay), but it’s facing big competition from Waze
Eddie Cue is out to tell us all about new Maps, which has a lot of Google Now-esque features
Maps is getting way smarter on iOS 10. Might finally be time to transition from Google Maps.
New Photos stuff is coming to macOS and tvOS as well. Part of a general push to bring features across all platforms today.
Memories will also produce a highlight video of a particular trip, which is pretty neat. This is all stuff that Google Photos has done for a while, but bringing it natively to the iPhone means bringing it to a lot of grandparents.
Not sure how well it will deal with things like when I accidentally take 70 burst photos while drunk. Difficult to highlight that.
Craig is now pushing a new “Memories” feature in the Photos app. It produces highlight images, people and the like from a particular trip or photoshoot.
Apple is using AI (not calling it Siri) to sort your photos, doing face recognition locally (rather than in the cloud) to sort photos by people.
You might never have to actually type anything again with Siri in your text messages.
This sounds a lot like Google’s Allo messenger, but it’s system-wide since it’s in the keyboard, not a standalone app
Annnd, now Siri is coming to the keyboard, lending deep-learning AI to your keyboard predictions
Siri finally gets the 3rd party apps it deserves. Uber, messaging apps, everything you probably wanted
New, more in-depth homescreen actions with 3D Touch. Kinda like widgets on Android, but far more information
New widget area for lockscreen, new control center, new audio specific area, 3D widgets from homescreen, lot of action here.
Clear all notifications is sorely overdue
3D Touch to access action menus on lockscreen. Reply to text, accept calendar invite.
Full Messages conversations from the lock screen look great.
New feature: Raise to Wake, which uses the accelerometer to wake up the screen when you pick the phone up.
The iOS UX has been a little too static for a little too long. Nice to see some significant changes in iOS 10.
The biggest iOS release ever
Surprise! iOS 10 is coming
iOS 10 is up
macOS segment completed. Next up? iOS
Public Beta coming in July
Developer preview is out today, public beta in July, full release in the fall
macOS Sierra looks fantastic.
Right now, we’re getting a demo of using Siri to buy movie tickets, and paying with Apple Pay. The future, people.
Looks like Siri can understand and process more complex queries…
Siri officially coming to the Mac
Can’t wait to install macOS asap.
Websites will have a “pay with Apple Pay” option and you authenticate with either your iPhone or Apple Pay.. tons of merchants already signed on
Apple Pay in Safari is coming to OS X.err.. MacOS
Apple is flying through this keynote.. probably lots of good stuff still to come
You can finally auto-unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch.. seamless
People cheering.. but is this really worth getting excited about???
“The name of the world’s most advanced desktop OS is now MacOS”
First up, what’s it going to be called… OS X.. will it stay? Will it go? It’s 15 yrs old at this point
Craig F coming up to talk about OS X.. let the jokes and one-liners begin
(and certainly iOS as well!)
tvOS also getting Dark Mode
New ‘single sign-on’ gets the biggest cheer of the day
wow, tvOS getting a new feature called “single sign-on”.. just sign in once on your AppleTV and you can access all of ur media-oriented apps. No more authenticating on an app-by-app basis
Couple new smarts for Siri on Apple TV: YouTube, searching movies by topics, and the likes. Hopefully just the tip of Siri’s new skills
Siri can search more than 650,000 titles on tvOS…
new Apple TV remote app for the iPhone
Sling coming to Apple TV today. Cord cutters rejoice?
Over 6,000 apps on tvOS.. and Sling is coming to AppleTV today..
Now it’s time to move to tvOS with Eddy Cue leading the charge
Once new Apple Watch hardware comes out, sales.. dare I say.. might skyrocket
watchOS 3 coming in the fall, developer preview today
People say WatchOS 3 is what WatchOS 1 should have been. Fair point, but sometimes these things take time.. Big takeaway is that Apple recognized there was lots of work to be done and took the time to dramatically improve the entire user experience
Apple Pay in apps. That’s pretty huge.
Apple Watch will remind users to breathe.. finally!
Of course, the buzzing email notification two seconds later probably won’t help
“Breathe” feature is probably the first time electronic devices will be used to switch off and decrease stress
The work Apple is doing to bring a better Watch user experience to people in wheelchairs is yet another great example of just how inclusive Apple makes its products. They’ve always been leaders in accessibility
Heart rate might give you away though.
(hyperactive toddlers work equally well just FYI)
Of course, no one would ever cheat exercise competition by attaching the watch to their dog. I’ve definitely never done that.
Jay Blahnik’s voice sounds like he’s a guy who gets up at 430am for a ‘light’ 5-miler
Apple Watch’s new SOS feature works in any country, even if you don’t know the foreign equivalent to 911.. pretty clever
Bye Life Alert.
Says a lot about Apple and should signal to a lot of negative Apple watchers that as big as Apple is, they still get it.
Remember this new gesture: edge-to-edge swipe to change faces.
Really love these watchOS 3 updates. One of the best things is that Apple has taken a new look at the platform and literally changed major parts of the operating system to make it easier and eliminate pain points.
Jonathan is literally tearing up from excitement over watchOS 3…
Switching watch faces is now easier than ever, which is something I never knew I wanted (but I do want it now).
None of these features are mind-blowing, but sorely needed UI updates to make it feel like a fully rounded smartwatch
activity rings as part of the watchface looks pretty damn slick
Finally, Apple Watch UI will be more usable to first-time users.. learning curve initially was too steep
Thank God it’s not a keyboard app. Was worried for a second.
I love that watchOS speed.
watchOS 3 is “7 times faster” for some apps, which was needed
Apple’s starting with watchOS today and Kevin Lynch has taken the stage
(not a chance)
Will Apple finally unveil Apple Watch sales figures?
Four Apple platforms. Who’s excited about macOS?
I was hoping we could go one Apple event without Tim Cook mentioning the company’s “north star”
almost $50 billion dollars paid out to developers.. pretty incredible
130 billion app downloads. Amazing.
130 billion downloads
App Store started 8 years ago with 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone, we now have 2 million apps on App Store.
Updates on WWDC. 27th year. People from over 74 countries. 5,000 total attendees.
Youngest attendee at WWDC is 9 years old
“The Apple community is made up of people from all around the world”. Asks for moment of silence.
He’s taking a minute to talk about the tragedy in Orlando.
Cook is on stage.
Here we go!
Apple is now announcing that the show’s about to begin — here we go!
It’s not One Republic, so 2% probably accurate.
Odds that Tim Cook knows what song is playing on the WWDC livestream? I’d put it at -2%
Shout-out to everyone else opening Safari for the first time this year to watch the livestream
5 minutes until we start. Apple starts on time. Most of the time.
No, I’m kidding. Those pictures are from Twitter.
I’m running frantically from left to right on the upper balcony taking photos. Obviously.
If you didn’t catch it already, make sure you check out BGR’s WWDC 2016 wish list to see what we’re most excited about. What are you looking forward to most?
Definitely at some point, Chris. Probably not today though.
Definitely at some point, Chris. Probably not today though.
And I’m waiting for Apple to make Siri great again.
In the meantime, I’m still hoping for a 5K Thunderbolt display with an integrated GPU, which…isn’t going to happen
New Xbox One S does 4K and more — you can read about it right here
Meanwhile, in a different universe, Microsoft just announced a $299 Xbox.
iOS 10 / X is going to be big. 10 years since iPhone OS 1.0. macOS 10.12 is probably going to be a couple fantastic new features, and solidifying the platform even further. Expecting some nice upgrades to tvOS, and watchOS 3 I believe is going to be a big focus. Then Siri of course, and maybe, maybe those MacBook Pros.
Apple shares are down about 1.25% ahead of today’s big show because… why not
Apple’s flags outside the auditorium are flying at half mast.
Verge thinks they spotted Jony, so, yeah, the Flying B is OK PEOPLE.
Maybe the flying B on his Bentley fell off and his driver had to stop and affix it back on?
All Apple execs are mostly in the building at this point, notably absent is Jony Ive so far.
Yeah, there are literally zero leaks at all.
Crazy and potentially exciting thing about this year’s keynote is that detailed rumors have been basically non-existent.. if there was ever a chance for Tim Cook and co. to impress and wow us, this is it