WWDC 2016

watchOS 3 will go live for everyone this fall

Apple has taken the wraps off watchOS 3 this morning during the keynote presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. With features designed to advance the experience for Apple Watch owners, watchOS 3 will release this fall, Apple confirmed today. The major new version of the Apple Watch operating system will be released at no charge as an over-the-air update.

Activity Sharing brings social challenges to Apple Watch

After demonstrating several new Apple Watch features, Apple VP Kevin Lynch invited Director of Fitness and Health technologies Jay Blahnik to come up on stage and talk about some new fitness features. Perhaps most notable is a new feature in the Activity app called Activity Sharing.

As the name suggests, Activity Sharing brings social challenges to the Apple Watch, allowing users to easily send fitness achievements and stats to friends and family, fostering competition. This is something that has helped Fitbit grow and popularity and is a welcome addition to the Watch.

Apple unveils watchOS 3 with Instant Launch, Control Center, Reminders, Scribble input and more

Aside from a number of other software-related announcements, the WWDC 2016 keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco also gave us watchOS 3, the third major installment of the wearable operating system that powers the Apple Watch.

As much as watchOS 2 was about optimizing the experience with support for native apps, its successor focuses on improving that experience further with things like Control Center, a Reminders app, instant launch of applications and more.

Here’s another hint that Siri is coming to the Mac

Siri is rumored to be coming to the Mac and third-party apps with an official Siri software development kit (SDK). In addition to teasing a dark mode in iOS 10, Siri seems to be also trolling Apple fans worldwide with an unusual reference to OS X Finder when asked to “open settings in the window.”

There are no windows in iOS, of course, so one would expect Siri to respond with an “I don’t understand” whereas she in fact says that “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’”, as first spotted by Brian Roemmele.

Siri is trolling us ahead of WWDC keynote with vague hints of dark mode in iOS 10

Go ahead, pull an iPhone out of your pocket right now, press and hold the Home button and tell Siri to please “turn on dark mode”.

Much to your surprise, instead of responding with a “I didn’t quite get that”, “I don’t understand” or some such, she’ll inform you that “I’m not able to change that setting”.

As noted by AppleInsider, the wording is unusual given that iOS currently contains no reference to any kind of dark mode. Is Apple trolling us ahead of the keynote?

Metal detectors reportedly being installed at WWDC amid Orlando mass shooting

As noted by Workflow co-founder and developer Nick Frey, metal detectors are going up at WWDC ahead of today’s keynote, a first for Apple’s annual developers conference.

The last-minute security measure is apparently in response to the horrific terrorist attack which saw fifty people shot to death in a gay club in Orlando. Several Apple executives have acknowledged the tragedy on Twitter.

How to live stream WWDC 2016 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, Windows, and Android

Apple is going to be streaming their WWDC 2016 event live on their website today, and die-hard Apple fans will be tuning into the event from their devices to see what’s new.

Whether you’ve got a Mac or a PC, or are using your mobile device to stream the media, you can watch it live whether you’re at home or on the go. There are, however, some requirements you will have to meet to be able to do so.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to stream the WWDC 2016 event live on your devices today.

Even more great WWDC 2016 wallpapers

On WWDC 2016 eve, many rumors are piling up about tomorrow’s event. We covered a full round up of expectations to get you reading for the big day. Personally, I’m most excited about what a new watchOS could bring to the wrist. My fingers are crossed for a watch face library that can be submitted by independent designers and developers. A little more control over the complications would be great!

As we wait these final hours, take a step inside for one last round of WWDC wallpapers. Everyone has been kind to share them as they are completed, by catching me on Twitter @jim_gresham. If you would like to share walls in the future, just catch me there. But today, step inside for two more sets of WWDC goodness.

Our pre-WWDC roundup is here, now tell us what’s on your wish list

Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple’s annual event for people who write apps for its platforms, kicks off with a keynote presentation on Monday, June 13. iDownloadBlog will be providing you with detailed around-the-clock coverage of everything that Apple will present at WWDC.

WWDC is a software-focused event aimed at developers, which doesn’t exclude possible hardware announcements. Here’s everything we think Apple will announce at WWDC and, please, do feel free to post your own observations and predictions in comments.