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.

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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.

Chris Smith

watchOS, tvOS, macOS, iOS. That’s the WWDC 2016 keynote everyone!

Zach Epstein

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.

Chris Smith

Tim Cook’s final is back on stage for a final recap of the keynote. Will there be a One more thing?

Chris Smith

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.

Zach Epstein

Want to know more about iOS 10? Check out the 13 best new features coming to your iPhone and iPad

Yoni Heisler

Apple getting future developers into the iOS ecosystem young.. smart

Chris Smith

This looks like a fun way to get your coding game on. 

Chris Smith

Minecraft, but with code.

Chris Smith

Swift Playground: new app for iPad, which teaches you to code.

Chris Smith

Swift: More than 100,000 apps are built using Swift code.

Chris Smith

Tim Cook is back on stage to address developers.

Chris Smith

iOS 10 public beta arrives in July, launches this fall. 

Chris Smith

iOS 10 available to developers today. 

Chris Smith

That was the one more thing?

Chris Smith

Differential privacy = crowd-sourced learning without breaching your privacy.

Chris Mills

Video time! Uplifting music: check.

Chris Mills

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

Chris Smith

Remember these too: No user profiling and “differential privacy.”

Chris Smith

End-to-end encryption in communication apps, while AI happens on-device. 

Yoni Heisler

Apple loves subtly calling out Google with its endless mentions of privacy

Chris Mills

Default end-to-end encryption: those fancy new stickers will not be read by the NSA.

Chris Smith

Here comes privacy in iOS 10.

Chris Mills

Also Safari split view for iOS 10 on iPad, which is FANTASTIC

Chris Smith

Live Photos are editable in iOS 10. Neat!

Chris Mills

Notes collaboration: trying to be a Google Docs competitor

Jacob Siegal

Looks like Apple is doing its best to be a great replacement for the most popular third-party messaging apps. Stickers, stickers everywhere.

Chris Smith

It shows Apple has put a lot of thought and effort into its messaging app. 

Chris Smith

This is probably the most significant iMessage update yet.

Chris Mills

Apps for you watch, apps for your phone, apps for Maps…everyone gets an app!

Chris Smith

iMessage Apps: developers can tinker with the new iMessage experience.

Chris Mills

Apps for iMessage!

Chris Mills

iMessage is also now looking dangerously close to MSN Messenger back in the day

Chris Mills

iMessage on Android? Never too late to hope

Yoni Heisler

iOS 10 demo almost done and still 30 mins left to go.. perhaps we’ll see new hardware after all

Chris Smith

Awkward moment right there.

Yoni Heisler

Apple Music integration in Messages is pretty awesome

Chris Mills

Aaaaannnndddddd….the demo is broken

Jacob Siegal

Digital touch videos and photos will bring multimedia to Messages in a very meaningful way.

Chris Mills

“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

Chris Smith

Apple is taking its messaging app to a whole new level. 

Chris Mills

“invisible ink” is like a scratch card for photos and messages in iMessage

Chris Smith

Craig is the best Apple entertainer, there’s no question about it

Chris Mills

“Emojifyiable words” is a thing 

Jonathan S. Geller

I love Craig.

Jacob Siegal

“Emojification” is a thing that was just said.

Chris Mills

More importantly: emoji predictions are now a thing. 

Chris Mills

BIGGER EMOJI

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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

Chris Mills

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.

Jonathan S. Geller

Awesome. Phone app now elevates third party phone calling.

Chris Smith

And there’s a feature that can detect phone spam. 

Chris Mills

Voicemail is automatically translated for you, if you still get voicemail

Chris Mills

Oh hey, new Voicemail! 

Jacob Siegal

Built in Home controls on the Apple Watch too.

Chris Mills

Automatically turning on your hot tub when you get home is a new life goal

Jacob Siegal

Set your favorite accessories and set up scenes, like “Good night,” that will trigger multiple accessories all at once.

Jacob Siegal

Never too many.

Chris Smith

Apple Home vs. Google Home. Too many homes?

Jacob Siegal

New Home app coming to your home screen. It has a personalized wallpaper and lets you control all your home’s accessories.

Jacob Siegal

HomeKit will now support even more smart home utilities.

Jacob Siegal

Breaking news notifications so you can be constantly reminded about the terrifying presidential election.

Jacob Siegal

Apple News is also receiving a redesign that looks strikingly similar to the new Apple Music app. Definitely a trend here.

Jacob Siegal

2000 publications in Apple News.

Jonathan S. Geller

All hail Saint Boz

Jonathan S. Geller

Honestly, this woman killed it. 

Jacob Siegal

:(

Chris Mills

Apple exec tries to get auditorium to dance, because this is the tech industry 2016

Chris Mills

For comparison, Spotify has about 30 million paid subscribers, but it’s been around a lot longer

Jonathan S. Geller

All newly designed Apple Music.

Jacob Siegal

If any Apple product needed a ground-up redesign, it was Apple Music.

Chris Mills

15 million subscribers for Apple Music

Jacob Siegal

Not having to leave Maps to book an Uber/place a reservation/etc is huge.

Chris Mills

Make restaurant reservations in the Maps app, using OpenTable

Jacob Siegal

Like Siri, Maps is opening up to developers.

Chris Mills

Maps has a bunch of neat new UI features (including in CarPlay), but it’s facing big competition from Waze

Chris Mills

Eddie Cue is out to tell us all about new Maps, which has a lot of Google Now-esque features

Jacob Siegal

Maps is getting way smarter on iOS 10. Might finally be time to transition from Google Maps.

Chris Mills

New Photos stuff is coming to macOS and tvOS as well. Part of a general push to bring features across all platforms today. 

Chris Mills

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. 

Chris Mills

Not sure how well it will deal with things like when I accidentally take 70 burst photos while drunk. Difficult to highlight that.

Chris Mills

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.

Chris Mills

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. 

Jacob Siegal

You might never have to actually type anything again with Siri in your text messages.

Chris Mills

This sounds a lot like Google’s Allo messenger, but it’s system-wide since it’s in the keyboard, not a standalone app

Chris Mills

Annnd, now Siri is coming to the keyboard, lending deep-learning AI to your keyboard predictions

Chris Mills

Siri finally gets the 3rd party apps it deserves. Uber, messaging apps, everything you probably wanted

Chris Mills

New, more in-depth homescreen actions with 3D Touch. Kinda like widgets on Android, but far more information

Jonathan S. Geller

New widget area for lockscreen, new control center, new audio specific area, 3D widgets from homescreen, lot of action here.

Chris Mills

Clear all notifications is sorely overdue

Jonathan S. Geller

3D Touch to access action menus on lockscreen. Reply to text, accept calendar invite.

Jacob Siegal

Full Messages conversations from the lock screen look great.

Chris Mills

New feature: Raise to Wake, which uses the accelerometer to wake up the screen when you pick the phone up. 

Jacob Siegal

The iOS UX has been a little too static for a little too long. Nice to see some significant changes in iOS 10.

Jonathan S. Geller

The biggest iOS release ever

Chris Mills

Surprise! iOS 10 is coming

Jonathan S. Geller

iOS 10 is up

Yoni Heisler

macOS segment completed. Next up? iOS

Yoni Heisler

Public Beta coming in July

Chris Mills

Developer preview is out today, public beta in July, full release in the fall

Jonathan S. Geller

macOS Sierra looks fantastic. 

Chris Mills

Right now, we’re getting a demo of using Siri to buy movie tickets, and paying with Apple Pay. The future, people.

Yoni Heisler

Looks like Siri can understand and process more complex queries…

Yoni Heisler

Siri officially coming to the Mac

Chris Smith

Can’t wait to install macOS asap. 

Yoni Heisler

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

Yoni Heisler

Apple Pay in Safari is coming to OS X.err.. MacOS

Yoni Heisler

Apple is flying through this keynote.. probably lots of good stuff still to come

Yoni Heisler

You can finally auto-unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch.. seamless

Yoni Heisler

macOS Sierra

Yoni Heisler

People cheering.. but is this really worth getting excited about???

Yoni Heisler

“The name of the world’s most advanced desktop OS is now MacOS”

Yoni Heisler

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

Yoni Heisler

Craig F coming up to talk about OS X.. let the jokes and one-liners begin

Zach Epstein

(and certainly iOS as well!)

Yoni Heisler

tvOS also getting Dark Mode

Chris Mills

New ‘single sign-on’ gets the biggest cheer of the day

Yoni Heisler

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

Chris Mills

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

Yoni Heisler

Siri can search more than 650,000 titles on tvOS… 

Yoni Heisler

new Apple TV remote app for the iPhone

Chris Mills

Sling coming to Apple TV today. Cord cutters rejoice?

Yoni Heisler

Over 6,000 apps on tvOS.. and Sling is coming to AppleTV today.. 

Yoni Heisler

Now it’s time to move to tvOS with Eddy Cue leading the charge

Yoni Heisler

Once new Apple Watch hardware comes out, sales.. dare I say.. might skyrocket

Chris Mills

watchOS 3 coming in the fall, developer preview today

Yoni Heisler

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

Chris Smith

Apple Pay in apps. That’s pretty huge.

Yoni Heisler

Apple Watch will remind users to breathe.. finally!

Chris Mills

Of course, the buzzing email notification two seconds later probably won’t help

Chris Mills

“Breathe” feature is probably the first time electronic devices will be used to switch off and decrease stress

Jonathan S. Geller

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Zach Epstein

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

Chris Smith

Heart rate might give you away though. 

Chris Mills

(hyperactive toddlers work equally well just FYI)

Chris Mills

Of course, no one would ever cheat exercise competition by attaching the watch to their dog. I’ve definitely never done that. 

Yoni Heisler

Jay Blahnik’s voice sounds like he’s a guy who gets up at 430am for a ‘light’ 5-miler

Jonathan S. Geller

Bye Fitbit.

Yoni Heisler

Apple Watch’s new SOS feature works in any country, even if you don’t know the foreign equivalent to 911.. pretty clever

Jonathan S. Geller

Bye Life Alert.

Chris Smith

Read about watchOS 3 right here!

Jonathan S. Geller

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.

Chris Smith

Remember this new gesture: edge-to-edge swipe to change faces.

Jonathan S. Geller

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. 

Zach Epstein

Jonathan is literally tearing up from excitement over watchOS 3…

Chris Smith

Switching watch faces is now easier than ever, which is something I never knew I wanted (but I do want it now).

Chris Mills

None of these features are mind-blowing, but sorely needed UI updates to make it feel like a fully rounded smartwatch

Yoni Heisler

activity rings as part of the watchface looks pretty damn slick

Yoni Heisler

Finally, Apple Watch UI will be more usable to first-time users.. learning curve initially was too steep

Chris Smith

Thank God it’s not a keyboard app. Was worried for a second.

Chris Smith

I love that watchOS speed.

Jonathan S. Geller

Control Center!

Chris Mills

watchOS 3 is “7 times faster” for some apps, which was needed

Jonathan S. Geller

Ahhhhh

Jonathan S. Geller

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Zach Epstein

Apple’s starting with watchOS today and Kevin Lynch has taken the stage

Zach Epstein

(not a chance)

Yoni Heisler

Will Apple finally unveil Apple Watch sales figures? 

Chris Smith

Four Apple platforms. Who’s excited about macOS?

Yoni Heisler

I was hoping we could go one Apple event without Tim Cook mentioning the company’s “north star”

Yoni Heisler

almost $50 billion dollars paid out to developers.. pretty incredible

Chris Smith

130 billion app downloads. Amazing.

Yoni Heisler

130 billion downloads 

Jonathan S. Geller

App Store started 8 years ago with 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone, we now have 2 million apps on App Store.

Jonathan S. Geller

Updates on WWDC. 27th year. People from over 74 countries. 5,000 total attendees.

Yoni Heisler

Youngest attendee at WWDC is 9 years old 

Jonathan S. Geller

“The Apple community is made up of people from all around the world”. Asks for moment of silence.

Jonathan S. Geller

He’s taking a minute to talk about the tragedy in Orlando.

Jonathan S. Geller

Cook is on stage.

Jonathan S. Geller

Here we go!

Zach Epstein

Apple is now announcing that the show’s about to begin — here we go!

Jonathan S. Geller

It’s not One Republic, so 2% probably accurate.

Yoni Heisler

Odds that Tim Cook knows what song is playing on the WWDC livestream? I’d put it at -2%

Chris Mills

Shout-out to everyone else opening Safari for the first time this year to watch the livestream

Jonathan S. Geller

5 minutes until we start. Apple starts on time. Most of the time.

Jonathan S. Geller

No, I’m kidding. Those pictures are from Twitter.

Chris Mills

Let the internet sleuthing begin!

Jonathan S. Geller

I’m running frantically from left to right on the upper balcony taking photos. Obviously.

Jonathan S. Geller

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Zach Epstein

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?

Jonathan S. Geller

Jonathan S. Geller

Definitely at some point, Chris. Probably not today though. 

Jonathan S. Geller

Definitely at some point, Chris. Probably not today though. 

Chris Smith

And I’m waiting for Apple to make Siri great again.

Chris Mills

In the meantime, I’m still hoping for a 5K Thunderbolt display with an integrated GPU, which…isn’t going to happen

Jonathan S. Geller

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF APPLE?

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Zach Epstein

New Xbox One S does 4K and more — you can read about it right here

Chris Smith

Meanwhile, in a different universe, Microsoft just announced a $299 Xbox.

Jonathan S. Geller

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.

Zach Epstein

Apple shares are down about 1.25% ahead of today’s big show because… why not

Jonathan S. Geller

While you’re following along with us, you can also stream Apple’s keynote right here.

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Jonathan S. Geller


Photo via Verge

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Apple’s flags outside the auditorium are flying at half mast.

Jonathan S. Geller

Verge thinks they spotted Jony, so, yeah, the Flying B is OK PEOPLE.

Jonathan S. Geller

Maybe the flying B on his Bentley fell off and his driver had to stop and affix it back on?

Jonathan S. Geller

All Apple execs are mostly in the building at this point, notably absent is Jony Ive so far.

Yoni Heisler

And let us pray that we see no one on stage today wearing this travesty of a jacket  

Jonathan S. Geller

Yeah, there are literally zero leaks at all.

Yoni Heisler

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

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