Apple's annual WWDC was held in San Francisco's Moscone Center this past Monday (June 8) with CEO Tim Cook unveiling a whole host of new technology including Apple Music, OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

In case you missed the conference or don't follow what Apple do religiously, we've made a roundup of all the announcements made by Apple and what you can expect to see coming to your devices in the next few months:

Apple Music

Apple Music

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  • Apple finally announced its Spotify-rivaling music streaming service (Apple Music) after acquiring Dr Dre's Beats platform last year. 
  • “The next chapter in music. It will change the way you experience music forever,” apparently. 
  • Beats1 introduces a single, global 24-hour radio station, spearheaded by ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. 
  • It won't be exclusive to Apple devices, Android users get to experience the "next chapter", too.
  • Prices start from $9.99 per month for a single membership and $14.99 for a family plan of up top 6 users. We're still waiting on prices for the UK market.
  • Launching on June 30 in 100 countries.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

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  • 1.4x faster than Yosemite (hoorah!)
  • Spotlight search has been updated, making it easier to search and actually provide relevant results. You also get to resize and move the Spotlight search box. 
  • Both Windows and Mac users will notice a certain feature coming to their devices: SplitView. Apple are aiming to make muli-tasking easier by taking notes from Microsoft's successful Windows addition. 
  • Updates to gestures. You can now shake the mouse to enlarge it, making it easier to find and two-finger swiping can delete or keep your messages.
  • You are now able to pin your favourite sites on Safari and quickly mute those awful ones that auto-play music.
  • Already available to developers with a free upgrade for the public in the fall. (Autumn.)

Metal

Metal

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  • API is coming to OS X Desktops.
  • "Metal combines the compute power of OpenCL and the graphics power of OpenGL in a high-performance API that does both."
  • Apparently has up to 40% greater efficiency in rendering.

iOS 9

iOS 9

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  • The new OS is going to be updating a number of core functions on your devices.
  • Apple have emphasised all of your information stays on your iPhone and is anonymous. None of it is linked to your Apple ID. Not even those weird questions you ask to Siri.
  • Speaking of Siri, apparently she's has become 400% more accurate over the past year. Siri is also getting a new UI and is due to get a lot smarter. You can now ask her to "find photos from my London trip last year," if you like.
  • The new News app has been announced. It is a personalised feed that shows what is relevant to you, with the ability to really drill down on the topics you care about.
  • Notes is getting a revamp, allowing you to make checklists, draw and sketch within the app. Handy.
  • Maps is finally getting public transport directions. 10 "global" cities are included in the update. They will also be integrated into Siri.
  • HomeKit is aiming to take smart homes further. You will now be able to access your smart home devices via iCloud, giving you control even when you aren't at home (or in the same country.) 
  • The iPad Air 2 will now be allowed to split the screen into 2 with SplitView, much like El Capitan will allow you to do on Mac. 
  • Standard claims of increased battery life.
  • Developer preview is already live, public beta will be released in July with the full version following in the fall. (Autumn.)

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

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  • WatchOS 2 will arrive in the coming months. 
  • You will be able to choose from a bunch of new watch faces.
  • App developers can now create their own "Complications". Not too keen on the name, but they are widgets that sit on the watch face and display extra information such as sport scores. Think of them as "at a glance" tidbits.
  • Another one for developers. You can now create native apps, separate from iPhone tethering. You'll be independent, free, yeah!
  • Time Travel allows you do use the digital crown to view things that have happened in the past, (messages times etc) and the what is coming in the future.
  • You can now use the watch as an alarm with nightstand mode.
  • A range of updates for health & fitness, siri and communication with your contacts.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

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  • FINALLY coming to the UK with support from 250,000+ locations and retailers including Boots and Nandos. Cheeky. 
  • Passbook is being renamed to "Wallet".
  • A major feature is that you will be able to use Apple Pay to pay for public transport in London. Oyster Cards, no more? (Well, only for those with an iPhone 6 / Plus or Apple Watch.)
  • Due to touch down in July for us Brits.

 

That's it for another year! Nothing too huge like we've seen at past WWDC's, but a lot of updates that were desperately needed to make our devices more functional around our busy every day lives. Thanks, Apple. 

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