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2016

Apple brings coding to the iPad with Swift Playground

Monday June 13, 2016

Introduced as a new way for children to learn how to code, Apple will bring its Swift programming language to iPad with Swift Playground, a touch-friendly way for beginners to grasp the basics.

Apple debuts 'Home' app for HomeKit device control

Monday June 13, 2016

Apple introduced a dedicated "Home" iOS app at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, finally introducing a manual control interface for HomeKit accessories to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

iOS 10 Messages gain rich links, 3X bigger emojis, bubble effects & third-party app integration

Monday June 13, 2016

As the most-used app on iOS, Apple's Messages will receive a major overhaul in the upcoming iOS 10 update, including a number of emoji-related enhancements, dynamic text bubbles, and rich links with images automatically integrated into chats. Third-party developers will also be able to tap into and expand iMessages with their own creations

Apple Maps opens up to developers with extensions, Apple Music gets redesign in iOS 10

Monday June 13, 2016

Apple's Maps and Music services will gain new functionality and and new looks with the upcoming launch of iOS 10, the company announced at WWDC on Monday. In particular, Maps will gain in-app functionality with third-party extensions, while Music has a cleaner design that simplifies playback and discovery.

Apple opens Siri up to developers with third-party SDK

Monday June 13, 2016

Apple on Monday announced a third-party SDK for its Siri virtual assistant, opening up voice control options for developers integration.

Apple's iOS 10 revamps lock & home screen with widgets, adds face & scene recognition to Photos

Monday June 13, 2016

Two of the fundamental components of iOS -- the lock screen and home screen --are getting a fresh look starting with iOS 10, giving users quick access to information and data with minimal interaction needed. In addition, enhancements to Photos will make it easier to find and group pictures and videos.

Apple rebrands OS X as macOS, announces Sierra with Siri, plus focus on Continuity & iCloud

Monday June 13, 2016

Apple has announced it will rebrand its OS X platform as macOS with an update coming later this year, dubbed Sierra, with an emphasis on syncing data and settings through the cloud, and the debut of Siri on the Mac.

New iOS Remote app will offer all abilities from Apple TV Siri Remote

Monday June 13, 2016

Apple during WWDC announced an updated Remote iOS app for the Apple TV, promising to carry over features from the Siri Remote to iPhones and iPads.

SlingTV arrives on Apple TV, Fox Sport Go, Molotov.tv, others coming soon

Monday June 13, 2016

At WWDC 2016 on Monday, Apple SVP of Internet Software Eddy Cue threw a spotlight on a few new tvOS apps including popular streaming services SlingTV, which launched today, and French video app Molotov.tv, among others

Apple TV, iOS will simplify cable provider authentication with single sign-on

Monday June 13, 2016

A number of enhancements are coming to the fourth-generation Apple TV later this year, including the ability to authenticate a cable subscription just one time across a variety of apps.

Apple's watchOS 3 for Apple Watch focuses on speed, instant information

Monday June 13, 2016

User complaints about slowness on Apple Watch have not gone unheard, as Apple is planning major improvements to speed and responsiveness with watchOS 3, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and dynamic new uses for the side button.

Apple now has over 2M apps in App Store, paid nearly $50B to developers

Monday June 13, 2016

At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the App Store recently reached a milestone with more than two million apps in circulation, which have generated nearly $50 billion for developers.

Giveaway: Enter to win a MacBook sleeve, iPhone case, iPad case and Briefcase bag from Pad & Quill

Monday June 13, 2016

Pad & Quill is partnering with AppleInsider this week to kick off WWDC festivities with a fabulous giveaway bundle consisting of The Briefcase bag, iPad case, MacBook sleeve and an iPhone case of the winner's choosing.

AppleInsider is live at WWDC 2016 - get all the breaking news as it happens

Monday June 13, 2016

Apple is set to announce the next-generation versions of iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and AppleInsider is there live in San Francisco with up-to-the-second news and analysis.

India asking for commitment on manufacturing before approving Apple Stores

Monday June 13, 2016

The Indian government is aiming to get a firm commitment from Apple on local manufacturing before authorizing the launch of any Apple Stores in the country, a report said on Monday.

LinkedIn's iOS Developer Community cancels WWDC watch party after Microsoft purchase

Monday June 13, 2016

Just hours before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was scheduled to start, LinkedIn's iOS Developer Community canceled its San Francisco-based watch party, following the news that the social networking service was acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion.

Foxconn chairman tells staff to expect 'feeble' iPhone sales until early 2017 - report

Monday June 13, 2016

The chairman of Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is reportedly telling subordinates that demand for Apple iPhones will stay weak until early next year, despite an anticipated fall launch for new models.

Microsoft buys professional social networking service LinkedIn for $26.2B

Monday June 13, 2016

Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion, bringing more than 433 million members of the social networking site under the Redmond, Wash., company's banner.

Some low hanging fruit for Apple to pick at WWDC 2016

Sunday June 12, 2016

On Monday, Apple will finally reveal an assortment of new technologies and initiatives it's been working on over the past year. Here's a look at some of the ideas Apple likely--or hopefully--has on its agenda.

Siri response raises hopes for 'dark mode' in iOS 10

Sunday June 12, 2016

A curious response from Apple's Siri indicates the virtual assistant will soon support "dark mode" settings, suggesting forthcoming integration with OS X, or a highly anticipated introduction of dark mode functionality on iOS.