You can now watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote on YouTube

By Cody Lee on Jun 15, 2015

It’s taken a week, but Apple has finally uploaded this year’s WWDC keynote to YouTube. The replay has been available as an embedded video on Apple’s website, but it required that you be on a device with QuickTime installed to watch it.

So folks who missed Apple’s WWDC keynote last week, or would just like to watch it again, things have just been made much easier. You can now view it within YouTube’s desktop or mobile web app, or via the native mobile YouTube app. Read More

 

Apple posts ‘Backstage’ video shown during WWDC keynote

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2015

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel Thursday night called “Backstage.” Those who watched Monday’s WWDC keynote will recognize the comedy sketch, which aired at the beginning of the live stream before Tim Cook took the stage.

The four and a half minute video stars SNL alum Bill Hader as director David LeGary, who is attempting to produce an over-the-top opening number for WWDC. It features several celebrity cameos, and inside jokes about apps and Silicon Valley. Read More

 

New El Capitan features Apple didn’t talk about during WWDC 2015 keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2015

Monday’s WWDC 2015 keynote talk was a jam-packed day of announcements that included iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS 2, Apple Music, the News app and updates to Apple Pay, so much so that Tim Cook had to immediately cut to the chase and skip his opening round of business updates (“Everything is going fine”, he joked).

There just wasn’t enough time to talk about every little enhancement and nice-to-have so Apple execs focused on big ones that make for great headlines while relegating a bunch of platform updates, that mostly matter to developers anyway, to a single slide.

My colleague Cody already compiled an interesting list of nearly three-dozen features in iOS 9 that Apple didn’t talk about during the keynote. If you’ve found his post compelling, you may be interested in my list of technological improvements in OS X El Capitan that Apple didn’t show on stage. Read More

 

WWDC 2015 keynote posted to iTunes as a downloadable high-definition video podcast

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015

Following promotional footage for Apple Music that the Cupertino company posted to its YouTube channel along with the inspirational ‘App Effect’ video, the entire keynote presentation has now been uploaded to iTunes and made available to everyone in the form of a video podcast.

In case you haven’t had a chance to sit through the whole keynote talk yesterday, you can now download the video to your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and watch it on your own time. Read More

 

Event recap: everything we learned from Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Well, that’s all folks. Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote has come and gone. We now have a good idea of what the future looks like for the company’s Mac OS, iOS and watchOS platforms, as well as what its plans are for the streaming music space.

A lot has happened in the last 12 hours, and we understand that it might have been difficult to keep track of everything. So as usual, we’ve put together this awesome roundup for you, of everything important that happened at today’s event. Read More

 

Apple Music supports offline playback, paid-only Android support due in the fall

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

Reading through your comments about Apple Music, the iPhone maker’s new $10 per month music-streaming service with 24/7 radio and other features, one crucial question seems to preoccupy the collective hearts and minds of those contemplating switching from Spotify: offline playback.

Thankfully, Apple’s confirmed that its new streaming service will indeed permit music lovers to save their playlists and songs for offline playback, just like Spotify does. Read More

 

If your Mac can run Yosemite, it’ll run El Capitan just fine

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

Just like the rumors have predicted, OS X 10.11 El Capitan is short on major headline-grabbing features Apple fans have grown accustomed to.

Instead, the Snow Leopard-style update focuses on speeding up everyday computing with such enhancements as graphics acceleration through Metal, faster apps enabled by Swift 2, battery saving technologies, stronger security and much more.

That means you won’t have to break the bank to buy the latest and greatest hardware from Apple in order to run El Capitan because it will run just fine on most recent Macs, according to the official OS X 10.11 release notes that Ars Technica unearthed today. Read More

 

Watch Apple Music promo footage and inspirational ‘App Effect’ video on YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

During its keynote talk, Apple played a bunch of videos to WWDC attendees to visualize some of the new products and features it announced this morning.

The company still hasn’t uploaded the full keynote video to its official channel on YouTube—though you can stream it from the Apple.com homepage—but now promo footage highlighting the new $10 per month Apple Music service have popped up on YouTube, along with an inspirational video showcasing the App Store success story. Read More

 

New iOS 9 features Apple didn’t mention today

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

During Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, it offered up a preview of iOS 9. It discussed a number of major new features in the upcoming OS update, including a smarter Siri, improved Maps and better battery life.

But as usual, there are a number of new features in iOS 9 that Apple didn’t really talk about today. The slide you see above gives you an idea of what some of those features might be. Read More

 

The new official iOS 9 wallpaper for iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Jun 8, 2015

Earlier today, during Apple’s WWDC 2015 media event, the Cupertino company announced software updates to iOS, OS X, and watchOS. As with previous software updates, Apple always highlights a new title wallpaper for the announcement.

The iOS 9 wallpaper, showed several times during the presentation, pictures the inner curl of a beautifully blue wave. Naturally, we already received requests for the image. Step inside for your reward. Read More

 

The big keyboard refinements in iOS 9

By Timothy Reavis on Jun 8, 2015

During its WWDC presentation today, Apple introduced several new enhancements for its keyboard in iOS on iPhone and iPad. These changes include a redesigned shift key for distinguishing capital letters, lowercase, and caps lock. Additionally, key lettering now switches between upper and lowercase depending on which variation of a letter will be typed, which is another tool Apple is using to more clearly define what letter case mode the shift key is in, and adds ShowCase to the list of jailbreak tweaks Apple has turned into stock features with iOS 9.

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Watch the WWDC 2015 keynote now

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Folks who missed Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, or would just like to watch it again, will be happy to hear that Apple has posted the full video online for your streaming pleasure. Obviously you can read everything you need to know about today’s event right here on iDB, but if you have the time, the video is worth watching. Read More

 

Square previews new contactless card reader with Apple Pay compatibility

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

Square, a mobile payment startup founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, received an important mention during this morning’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote talk.

In going through a laundry list of new Apple Pay features, an Apple executive said even more small businesses will be able to accept Apple Pay using a new contactless card reader by Square which plays nice with Apple Pay.

Soon after the even has wrapped up, Square followed up with additional details about the forthcoming device. Read More

 

How Low Power Mode works in iOS 9

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

One of the more significant new features in iOS 9 Apple mentioned during its keynote today is called “Low Power Mode.” Similar to Power Reserve on the Apple Watch, this feature is designed to extend the battery life of your device.

First it should be noted that because of the under-the-hood improvements in iOS 9, Apple says battery life for the average user will increase by up to one hour. If you need more, Lower Power Mode gives you up to 3 additional hours. Read More

 

iOS 9 includes a standalone iCloud Drive app

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Since Apple’s WWDC keynote ended a few hours ago, we’ve installed the iOS 9 beta and begun digging for new stuff. Apple previewed a handful of the software’s features at the event, but as usual, there are a number of additions and improvements it didn’t talk about.

One of those features is a standalone iCloud Drive app. It’s not immediately apparent, but while launching an app we received a pop-up asking us if we wanted to install it. We were also able to access it via the Settings app iCloud > iCloud Drive > Show on Home Screen. Read More

 

Activation Lock coming to Apple Watch this fall with watchOS 2 software update

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

Activation Lock, Apple’s theft-deterrent feature available on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 7 or later, will be available on the Apple Watch this fall, courtesy of the free watchOS 2 software update announced earlier this morning during the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote talk.

It was previously discovered that the Apple Watch lacks this necessary security feature to dissuade thieves due to the limitations in its software and its dependency on iPhone for network connectivity. Read More

 

Apple reveals new ‘Move to iOS’ app for Android switchers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

To make life easier for people looking to switch to an iPhone and iOS 9 over from an Android device, Apple will be providing a dedicated iPhone and iPad application called ‘Move to iOS’.

Yet to be released in the App Store, Move to iOS was designed to simplify the process of transferring user data securely from an Android phone or tablet to a new iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 developer betas now available for download

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Apple has just seeded the first beta versions of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Registered iOS and Mac developers can log into Developer Center to access the betas, as well as release notes and other info. Apple says iOS 9 will be compatible with the same devices as iOS 8, so devices with A5 chips and newer should work. Read More

 

Apple Music available on June 30 for $9.99/month with 3-month free trial

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Apple rounded up its WWDC 2015 keynote with a ‘one more thing’ announcement for Apple Music. The service will incorporate streaming music, 24/7 radio stations, and a new ‘Connect’ feature that will allow musicians to connect with their fans.

For those excited to try out the service, Apple says that it will be available on June 30th. As run-up reports predicted, it’ll come with a 3-month free trial and cost $9.99 per month after that. There will also be a family plan for multiple users, for $14.99 per month. Read More

 

Apple Music reshapes music biz with streaming, 24/7 global radio, human curation and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

“The next chapter in music,” Apple’s rumored subscription streaming-music service, is now official and it’s more than the rumors would have you believe. Apple CEO Tim Cook brought Jimmy Iovine on stage today in San Francisco to talk what Apple’s been doing in the music space.

Here’s what Apple Music is all about. Read More

 
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