Apple revealed its new music streaming service today at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco—with Drake there to add star power along with Tim Cook—but other reveals are creating as much or more buzz. From The Verge, The Next Web, and Forbes:
- The new Apple Watch OS, watchOS 2, comes with "Time Travel," which lets you scroll through current and future events like the weather or appointments. When developers design them, "Complications" will enable data of your choice (like sports scores, flight times) to appear on the watch face. Some features, like Maps and transit directions, integrate with:
- iOS9, the new iPhone operating system. It's "less about radical change than making refinements," says the Verge, which points to greater Notes app functionality (drawing, for example) and HealthKit's ability to track more data. Plus the Newsstand is gone, in favor of:
- News, which looks like Facebook instant articles and Flipboard mixed together. You can access articles from various publications or let the app suggest content. Its graphics "adapt based on the news source’s site aesthetics," says The Next Web.
- Apple Pay will launch in Britain this fall, and Square will come out with a reader to support the service. Pinterest buyable pins (explained here by The Next Web) will also be compatible with Apple Pay.
Among other changes: The new desktop OS X 10.11, or El Capitan, comes with tweaks like a place in the navigation bar to store desktop layouts; Siri is said to be smarter, as re/code explains; Apple Maps now comes with transit directions; Apple is building its own high-speed network to compete in cloud services with the likes of Google and Amazon, Bloomberg notes; Homekit can manage more items in your home; and oh yeah, there's the new music service, Connect, which you can read about here. (Read more Apple stories.)