On Monday, June 8, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) held its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. (Source: Apple, June 8, 2015.)
New Operating Systems for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch
Apple updated its operating systems on a number of devices and platforms.
Apple introduced “iOS 9,” its new operating system for “iPhones” and “iPads.” The new system features an upgraded level of intelligence. ‘Siri” has been upgraded; now “she” can set up reminders. Apple also created “Proactive,” a new assistant that can learn the user’s behavior and predict what the user might be interested in doing with their phone. Several apps, including “Maps” and “News,” have been updated as well.
Apple announced the new “OS X El Capitan” for its “Macintosh” computers. The new operating system features a smarter “Spotlight” search, a new way to manage full-screen applications, and many updates to its apps. The upgrade is free and will be available in the fall.
The company also introduced “Watch OS 2.0” for its “Apple Watch.” The new operating system offers three new watch faces—“Photo face,” “Photo Album face,” and “Time-Lapse face.” Communication features have also been updated. Now users can add friends directly through the “Friends” screen. Users can also use third-party fitness apps on the watch.
Apple announced a streaming music service—“Apple Music.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We’ve had a long relationship with music.” Indeed, the company revolutionized digital music with “iTunes” and the “iPod.” Now it’s making another big move; combining music downloads, streaming radio, and a music-streaming service into one app.
The app has a “Connect” feature, allowing artists to share songs, videos, and demos with fans. It also has a 24/7 radio station, and provide recommendations for albums and playlists.
The service will cost $9.99 a month, or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six people.