Apple WWDC 2016: Apple Music, Siri, Watch Get Overhauls, New Features
June 13, 2016 at 12:37 PM (PT)
In this morning WWDC, APPLE MUSIC was one of the primary topics, with EDDY CUE announcing a refresh for the service before handing over duties to BOZOMA SAINT JOHN, the company's head of global consumer marketing, to explain how the tabs on the bottom of the app have been redesigned for easier use. The service now also includes lyrics and a daily curated playlist in the "For You" tab. The social network-style CONNECT feature appears to be greatly diminished as well.
The streaming service, which launched at last year's WWDC, has signed up 15 million paying subscribers, according to CUE. Unlike SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC does not offer a free, ad-supported tier, but is cutting exclusives with artists such as DRAKE, which distinguishes itself from its chief competitor.
Today's announced redesign is aimed at making APPLE's entire media ecosystem -- including an integration of iTUNES -- easier to use. Users should be getting access to the new version of the app with iOS 10 this fall.
-- APPLE watchOS 3 was introduced, with faster app performance and easier access to aps and information. It can also dial 911 with a single button-press. The workout data can now be shared with friends, and even encourage competition through "smack talk" voice messages.
-- APPLE App Store now has over 2 million apps, and has paid out nearly $50 billion to developers, up from $40 billion this past JANUARY
-- SIRI will now be available on the MAC, with the next iteration of the OS X operating system, renamed macOS SIERRA, which now includes a built-in SIRI module for desktop use. SIRI will also be opened up to outsider developers.
-- SIRI and APPLE MAPS features have been added to CARPLAY, its in-car infotainment portal.
-- Voicemail transcriptions have been added to iOS 10, while iMessages is also undergoing an overhaul, including rich media, emoji and a new way for third-party develpers to build functions into the system. The system lets you embed YOUTUBE links or other web features without leaving iMessage. Another feature allows users to "emogify" words after a message has been typed, highlighting words in orange and allowing them to be transformed into linked emoji on the fly.