Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is occurring live right now in San Francisco. Go to apple.com now to stream the event in real time. Key announcements so far include updates to watchOS 3, tvOS, Mac OS. And as expected, Siri makes its Mac debut.
Here's a roundup of the essential items:
iOS 10 was unveiled with hundreds of new features. These are the most significant ones:
An all-new lock screen, now with widgets and 3D Touch.
Siri is now open to developers, allowing them to have the voice assistant be built into their apps.
QuickType, in which Siri intelligence is applied to the keyboard, meaning not just text, but locations, contact information and calendar entries can all be suggested
In Photos, Faces and Places are back, with Advanced Photo recognition so that the app can spot faces and also indicate where photos were taken through scene recognition.
Maps gets a new UI and more Proactive features, which include offering suggestions on what you could be doing based on where you are and what time it is
Apple Music is completely redesigned, and it now features larger artwork and song lyrics.
New Phone functionality includes voicemail transcriptions and the ability to see if calls are spam
Messages will have larger emoji and rich clicks, making sharing photos and videos more graphical, and sliding up will reveal the camera app. New "messaging bubble" styles allow for shouting, quiet and a reveal option, where the receiver has to slide over the message to reveal it. Hand written messages and custom wallpaper will also be added.
Developers will get to preview of iOS 10 today, a Beta will release in July, and the rest of us will have to wait for the fall, meaning most likely September, with the launch of the iPhone 7.
The next update to OS X for Macs is dubbed the macOS Sierra. If features an Auto Unlock functionality which automatically unlocks your laptop or desktop if it's in proximity to your iOS device and Apple Watch.
The biggest announcement is full Siri integration, accessible through the Dock for you to do any number of tasks, like pulling up a music playlist, finding the showtime for a movie or finding an image on the web.
macOS Continuity shares Desktop files between devices, including the iPhone.
Universal Clipboard uses Continuity to share documents and data between Macs and iOS devices by simply copying and pasting text.
Apple Pay is now available for the web. You'll be able to securely authenticate your purchases with select merchants by using Touch ID on your iPhone or Apple Watch. Speaking of which ...
The new Apple watchOS 3, featuring much faster app performance thanks to Instant Launch, which enables apps to launch seven times faster than on watchOS 2.
The Apple Watch side button will now bring up a “Dock,” a place-holder for your most-used apps, rather than the customary ring of contacts. There's also a Control Center, which is accessed via a swipe up from the bottom of the display.
"Scribble" allows users to write out a quick message using their finger, and watchOS will change the writing to text with handwriting recognition.
A new SOS feature allows users to quickly communicate with emergency officials by holding down the side button, which brings up the standard shutdown screen along with a new SOS option.
Finally, the updated Fitness app lets users connect with others to share activity and progress.