WWDC 2016: watchOS 3, macOS Sierra and iOS 10

Apple WWDC 2016

WWDC 2016 is here! As expected, Apple announced the new watchOS 3, macOS Sierra and iOS 10.

watchOS 3

watchOS 3

The new watchOS 3 is now easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3, including replying to a message, starting a Workout or skipping a song. You can now access the new Dock with your recent and favorite apps by pressing the side button. Swiping up from the watch face will bring you the improved Control Center, continue to swipe down for Notification Center and swipe left or right to easily switch out a watch face.

You can receive notifications about your friends’ workout progress in watchOS 3. Activity sharing is now directly connected to the Messages app, so you can communicate, motivate and celebrate with your friends and family with new Smart Replies specially customized for Activity and Workouts.

The new watchOS 3 also comes with the new way of communicating. The new scribble feature allows you to quickly write words on the display and Apple Watch will convert the handwriting to text. The SOS feature notifies your emergency contact by just pressing and holding the side button.

Apple also introduced new watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and the simple and elegant Numerals. Even more apps can launch straight from the watch face including Workout, Music or Messages. You can also now add complications to the Photo, Motion or Timelapse watch faces.

The watchOS 3 will be available this fall as a free update to Apple Watch. Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later.

macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra

For the first time, Siri is now available with brand-new capabilities specifically designed for the desktop. Easily accessible from the Dock, menu bar or keyboard, Siri lets you use your voice to search for information, find files and send messages.

You can now have all the files on your Desktop and in your Documents folder on any Mac, iOS device or even PC automatically with macOS Sierra. The Universal Clipboard lets you easily copy and paste text, images, photos and video between your Mac and your iPhone and iPad.

macOS Sierra takes the popular Tabs feature from Safari and makes it available across Mac apps that support multiple windows, including Maps, Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and TextEdit, and even third-party apps. You can also float video from Safari or iTunes in a window over your desktop as you work, and even resize, drag and pin video to any corner of your screen.

If you enjoy online shopping, Apple Pay is now available as well. To use it, all you need to do is just look for the Apple Pay button at checkout on many of your favorite shopping sites and complete your purchase with Touch ID on your iPhone or by using your Apple Watch. Strong encryption protects all communication between your devices and Apple Pay servers, and Apple Pay does not track your purchases.

Apple also introduced the new Memories feature in Photos, which helps you rediscover favorite and forgotten moments deep in your Photos library by automatically creating curated collections of occasions like a first birthday party, wedding or family vacation.

The developer preview of macOS Sierra is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today. The final version will be available for free from the Mac App Store® this fall.

iOS 10

iOS 10

Lastly, it’s the iOS 10! Apple redesigned the Messages app in iOS 10. It includes powerful animations, such as balloons, confetti or fireworks that can take over an entire screen, invisible ink to send a message only revealed after a friend swipes over it, and for added personalization, handwritten notes. Automatic suggestions make it easy to replace words with emoji, Tapback creates a quick and simple way to respond with just a tap and rich links let you see content inline and play media without ever leaving your conversation.

The Messages app in iOS 10 now opens for developers to create new ways for users to communicate in a thread, including stickers to be peeled and pasted into conversations, the ability to quickly personalize GIFs or edit photos, send payments or schedule dinner or a movie, all from within Messages.

Developers can now build on the intelligence Siri offers and let users interact directly with apps using just their voice. SiriKit helps developers easily design their apps to work with Siri for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments and workouts, or use Siri to control CarPlay apps, access climate controls or adjust radio settings within automakers’ apps.

Apple also redesigned the Maps app in iOS 10. Now open to developers with new extensions, apps like OpenTable can integrate bookings right into Maps, and services like Uber and Lyft can make it easier for users to book a ride, without ever leaving the Maps app.

Like macOS Sierra, the new Memories feature in Photos helps you rediscover favorite and forgotten moments deep in your Photos library by automatically creating curated collections of occasions like a first birthday party, wedding or family vacation.

The Home app delivers a simple and secure way to set up, manage and control your home in one place. Redesigned Apple Music brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience. News app now comes with a new For You, organized into distinct sections that make it easier to find stories, support for breaking news notifications and paid subscriptions.

Apple also improved the overall user experience in iOS 10. Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as you raise your iPhone. Notifications, Today view and Control Center are accessible with just a swipe or a press, and deeper 3D Touch integration with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes interacting with apps even easier.

iOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.