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The new and updated features included in iOS 10 are plentiful, and Apple users and developers have already begun to voice their opinions of a number of them online. Many testers have come away impressed by new, personalized additions to old apps like Photos, the new raise-to-wake feature, and subtle but useful additions to Maps, which can now remember where you parked your car. Of course, where there are positives, there are negatives as well, so we've gathered up user reactions on a few of the new features of iOS 10 and attempted to bring in variety of opinions on each where possible while gauging overall sentiment from early users. Parked Car Notifications Reaction: Largely Positive A new feature in iOS this year will allow Apple Maps to remember where users park their cars, which should be helpful when parking in large structures and garages. One iOS 10 beta tester noted the feature popping up at their home (which should eventually be prevented once a home address is entered) with a notification on the iPhone's lock screen. Nice touch Apple! Can see this being useful for festivals, shopping and more! Once in the Maps app, a small Parked Car icon appears where you left your car, and a separate sheet can be filled out to add details like a photo of the car's location and even a text note to jot down a description of the area or level of the parking garage you were in. Some users call the new parked car notifications a "catch-up feature," since Android and apps like Waze have offered similar functions for the past few years, but otherwise the reaction is an encouragingly bright one. Memories Reaction: Positive Apple focused significant attention on one new aspect of its Photos app during its WWDC keynote yesterday, and it's a tab called "Memories." With it, Photos will aggregate a user's photos and place them into smart folders, dynamically understanding where every photo was taken and which friends and family members were in each. With this, it should be easier to revisit old memories from trips and vacations, or just small get-togethers, instead of endlessly scrolling through the camera roll for a specific shot. One Reddit user particularly liked the search functionality this enables in Photos, which generated reliably impressive results even for more obscure terms such as "Poodle" and "Graffiti," without requiring the user to tag or describe every single photo.Other successful searches include "Palm tree", "Red wine", "Poodle", "Jacket", "Beer", "DJs", "Fire", "Serpent", "Hardhat", "Nest". Apple are managing some pretty amazing stuff without sacrificing user privacy. This is a feature I assumed I wouldn't be able to get unless I uploaded my photos to Google, which I didn't really want to do. This is now a very interesting development in the AI/Machine Learning space. While the testing has shown some words yielding zero results for terms that should be discovered in a 15,000 photo strong library, search abilities will no doubt improve over time, and overall reactions to Memories are favorable. Siri also works with the feature, although it appears to be "buggy" for now. Press Home to Open Reaction: Mixed One particularly interesting tidbit from iOS 10 that some might not know about is a completely new method required to get into your iPhone. "Slide to Unlock" is gone in Apple's newest operating system, with a dual "Press home to unlock" and "Press home to open" set of cues appearing at different times at the bottom of the lock screen. Swipes are now designated for accessing some richer front-end features of iOS, with a left swipe now taking you to the camera and a right swipe going to widgets. iOS 10 Lock screen prior to fingerprint scan (top) and after a scan (bottom) The new method of unlocking an iPhone is optimized with the new raise-to-wake feature of iOS 10 for the latest A9/M9-based devices, alongside the speed of Touch ID. When raised, the iPhone won't unlock until the user presses the Home button down and Touch ID confirms their fingerprint; without a valid fingerprint, the traditional passcode number pad will pop up. Most beta users appear to be largely in favor of this new unlocking method, describing raise-to-wake as a fluid feature that "senses movement extremely well." Still, some users are not fans of the system. While one Redditor appreciated the potential for the Lock screen change-up, the added requirement of needing to press the Home button to use Touch ID (currently, if the iPhone is awake, Touch ID will work with no Home button press), left them to "completely loathe" the new method.Love the raise to wake. Love the new camera swipe. Widgets are just clunky and not useful for me... Never really used them before, but maybe this will cause some more innovation in the widgets. I absolutely and completely loathe the "press home to unlock" thing. My absolute favorite thing about Touch ID was that I could just lay my finger on my home button and unlock it (if it were already awake). If this were combined with the raise to wake feature. I could effectively eliminate the need for my home button. That would be fantastic. I know it's a beta - and a developer beta at that - and I am just hoping that they will make it optional or improve it somehow. If not, I think I would be content on iOS 9 for a while longer.Apple's new method gives more intuitive access to widgets and the camera while compensating for the previous unlocking method that left some users of Apple's latest notifications missing their notifications after Touch ID registered "too quickly." Font Size Reaction: Mostly Negative A lot of the conversation surrounding iOS 10 in online forums focuses on a noticeable shift in notification font size changes. One Reddit user asked for everyone's opinion on the "massive" text found in notifications and apps like Apple Music. Positive opinions cite bolder and easier to read text, but a larger, negative group fears for information density being traded off for unnecessarily large fonts with no apparent way to opt out of such changes. I understand this a change for the "better" since people with vision problems will have an easier time, but it does come at the price of disgusting people with good eyesight who would rather see more information at once. Hopefully iOS 11 will include a DPI switch like the one Android N is shipping with that will allow people to independently scale UI to make it bigger or smaller, this way everyone is happy. Another Redditor remained concerned over the larger text font, describing a Playlist screen in Apple Music that only shows "4-5 Playlists" at once on their iPhone 6. Multiple users reference an overall feel to the new UI that reminds them of accessibility-enabled features that blow up text for vision-impaired individuals. Similar concerns were raised about the update to Apple News as well. Sleep Analysis Reaction: Negative The introduction of a new "Bedtime" tab in Apple's Clock app also piqued interest when revealed briefly during WWDC this week. Unfortunately, in the hands of a few beta users, Bedtime's "Sleep Analysis" feature has proven less useful than many had hoped. Sleep Analysis graph prior to sleep (left) and after sleep (right) Last night, one Redditor tested out the new addition, hoping that the app might somehow access the iPhone's accelerometer and microphone to detect sleeping habits -- similar to some third-party apps -- but that didn't turn out to be the case. In the morning, the user called Sleep Analysis "totally pointless," explaining that the accompanying graph is essentially a visual guide for anyone who wants to keep track of the manually entered hours of sleeping and waking from the new Bedtime tab.Yeah it's totally pointless. It doesn't detect when you sleep it's just an alarm which you can adjust the parameters in a nicer way. If you want to track sleep length you have to move the first dot every time to the current time when you go to bed. Utterly pointless. Otherwise, changes to the Clock app including a new dark theme throughout the app have been well received. As a few users pointed out, the Bedtime tab is essentially a rebranded way to set a consistent alarm schedule, just with more flexibility for those with varying work schedules. Tidbit Reactions With so many new additions coming to iOS 10, there are many other opinions out there on dozens of other features making their debut in Apple's newest mobile operating system. We'll list a few other popular tidbit reactions below, but be sure to join in on the iOS 10 conversation in the MacRumors forums as well. - Breadcrumb trail no longer replaces signal strength and Wi-Fi icon - Split View on iPad - "Unsubscribe" button in Mail - Font of user initials in MessagesRelated Roundup: iOS 10 Discuss this article in our forums

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While most of the WWDC 2016 keynote was focused on iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and new versions of tvOS and watchOS, Apple also made a number of CarPlay-related announcements during the two-hour presentation. First, the new Apple Maps appearance on iOS 10 and some new features extend to the dashboard. If there is a lot of traffic ahead, for example, CarPlay will now proactively provide you with alternate routes and estimate how much time you saved compared to your original route. Additionally, CarPlay turn-by-turn directions will now be available directly in your instrument cluster in vehicles equipped with a driver-side peripheral screen for a safer driving experience. Another feature that should make CarPlay safer is the Siri SDK. Apple is opening Siri up to developers, enabling third-party apps for VoIP calling and more to work seamlessly with the virtual assistant, and the functionality extends to CarPlay. Siri on CarPlay will support VoIP calls like Skype, which is not yet available in the car CarPlay apps can now be rearranged or hidden on iOS 10 by tapping on Settings > General > CarPlay > Your Vehicle. Simply tap the add or subtract button on the stock or third-party apps that you want to add or remove. Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, Car, and Now Playing cannot be removed. CarPlay apps can now be rearranged or hidden on iOS 10 (Image: 9to5Mac) Just like on iOS 10, Apple Music has received a makeover on CarPlay that makes it easier to browse and discover music. The top menu options have changed from For You, New, Radio, Playlists, My Music, and Now Playing to Library, For You, Browse, Radio, and Now Playing. Curated playlists have also been added. Apple Music has received a makeover on CarPlay (Image: 9to5Mac) CarPlay is also now supported on ultra-wide screens. The new features and improvements will require pairing an iPhone 5 or later on iOS 10. Many automakers in the U.S. and abroad now support CarPlay, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lamborghini, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Škoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo, and others. Aftermarket systems are available from Alpine, JBL, JVC, Kenwood, and Pioneer. Related Roundups: WWDC 2016, CarPlay Tags: Apple Maps, Apple Music Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple this week previewed watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The first beta has been seeded to registered developers, allowing for early adopters to take a closer look at what's new in the update. Many tidbits in the new watchOS have already been discovered that were not given much or any stage time during Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote, including improvements to the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone, new first-party apps and watch faces, minor user interface tweaks, and more. Face Gallery A new Face Gallery section has been added to the companion Watch app on iPhone, allowing users to browse and switch between watch faces, customize the color scheme, and configure complications. X-Large Watch Face Apple has added a new X-Large watch face with one large complication positioned at the center of the screen. Screenshots Toggle Apple Watch screenshots can now be enabled or disabled using the companion Watch app on iPhone. The toggle switch is in the General menu. New Modular Complications Apple Watch Now Appears in Find My iPhone Other Tidbits • More watch faces support complications • New stock apps: Breathe, Home, Find My Friends, Reminders, and Heart Rate • Delete most first-party apps by first deleting the app on iPhone • Tap on the Mickey/Minnie Mouse watch faces and they will read the time in their voices • Enable auto pausing of indoor and outdoor runs • Dismissing a notification now returns you to watch face rather than Notification Center • The new Activity watch face is available in both analog and digital formats • Siri has a slightly tweaked user interface • Activity and Workout apps have been redesigned • Friends view has been removed in favor of the new Dock feature Share your own tidbits in our Apple Watch: All The Little Things discussion thread. watchOS 3 will be available as a free software update for all Apple Watch users this fall.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 2, watchOS 3 Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution) Discuss this article in our forums

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In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an effort to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience. As explained by Apple developer Ricky Mondello in a post on the WebKit blog, when a website offers both Flash and HTML5 content, Safari will always deliver the more modern HTML5 implementation. On a website that requires a plug-in like Adobe Flash to function, users can activate it with a click as can be done in Google's Chrome browser. Most websites that detect that Flash isn't available, but don't have an HTML5 fallback, display a "Flash isn't installed" message with a link to download Flash from Adobe. If a user clicks on one of those links, Safari will inform them that the plug-in is already installed and offer to activate it just one time or every time the website is visited. The default option is to activate it only once. We have similar handling for the other common plug-ins. When a website directly embeds a visible plug-in object, Safari instead presents a placeholder element with a "Click to use" button. When that's clicked, Safari offers the user the options of activating the plug-in just one time or every time the user visits that website. Here too, the default option is to activate the plug-in only once.Safari 10 will also include a command to reload a page with installed plug-ins activated to give users additional options for controlling the content that's displayed, and there are preferences for choosing which plug-ins are visible to which websites in Safari's Security preferences. Apple recommends web developers implement features using technologies built into Safari to avoid forcing users to activate plug-ins. Plug-ins like Adobe Flash and Java have been problematic for Apple, requiring frequent security fixes and forced updates to patch an unending stream of vulnerabilities. Apple has long had a policy of blocking older versions of web plug-ins from functioning and its change in Safari 10 is another push towards fully retiring the older technology.Related Roundup: macOS Sierra Tags: Safari, Adobe Flash Player, Java Discuss this article in our forums

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Despite only showcasing iOS 10's new rich notifications feature on an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during WWDC, Apple has confirmed in beta notes that devices without the pressure sensing technology of the newest iPhone models will also be getting rich notifications. Still, the feature is relegated -- and "optimized" -- for the 6s and 6s Plus in the first iOS 10 beta, with full functionality coming to older-model iPhones in the future. "Support for rich notifications is optimized for 3D Touch, and in iOS 10 beta 1 the feature is available only on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Future betas will provide access to this functionality for users of iPhone models without support for 3D Touch." Rich notifications function as a way for users to pop into apps without needing to navigate through unlocking the iPhone and finding the app on their home screen. On the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a simple 3D Touch can expand a Message with a full keyboard to type out a reply, or show a live broadcast of a sporting event. With no more descriptive information in the Apple beta notes for developers, it's unclear how this feature will work on iPhone models lacking 3D Touch, although some form of long press is likely. Similar iOS 10 tidbits have been emerging from WWDC following yesterday's keynote, including new information on iMessage Apps and the potential removal of Game Center from the public release of iOS 10 this fall.Related Roundup: iOS 10 Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple yesterday announced macOS Sierra, the latest version of its Mac software platform and renamed successor to OS X El Capitan. The first beta was released to developers following yesterday's keynote, providing early adopters with a closer look at what's new. Apple File System Apple File System, or APFS, is a next-generation file system for Apple products based upon the iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS software platforms, ranging from the Apple Watch to a Mac Pro. APFS, which supports nearly all of the features of HFS+, is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals. Apple has posted an Apple File System Guide on its Developer Portal with technical details and other documentation. The file system is available in pre-release beta for Apple developers on macOS Sierra and is scheduled to ship in 2017. RAID Support Apple has reintroduced the ability to create and manage RAID volumes in Disk Utility on macOS Sierra, pleasing a number of Mac users who were left disappointed when the functionality disappeared in OS X El Capitan. "Anywhere" Dropped From Gatekeeper Apple has removed the Gatekeeper option to allow apps to be downloaded from "anywhere" by default in System Preferences > Security & Privacy, resulting in a warning dialog when you attempt to open an app from an unidentified developer. "Mac App Store" and "Mac App Store and identified developers" remain selectable.'Anywhere' option missing? Does OS X 10.12 fully disallow unsigned apps? #Gatekeeper #Sierra pic.twitter.com/yBfrhllaJA— patrick wardle (@patrickwardle) June 14, 2016 Apps from unidentified developers can normally be opened by clicking the "Open Anyway" button in System Preferences > Security & Privacy, but the macOS Sierra release notes indicate that this button does not work in the first beta. A workaround solution is to hold down the Control key, click on an application, and choose "open." Default Text Size in Notes Optimized Storage macOS Sierra has a new optimized storage function that frees disk space on your Mac by automatically storing rarely used files in the cloud and keeping them available on demand. It can also help you find and remove old files you no longer use. During its WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple briefly showed slides that indicate which types of files are stored or deleted. Old files that are backed up to iCloud include ePub books you've read, books in iBooks you've read, old screenshots, iTunes U courses you're not using, full-resolution photos, Mac App Store apps you're not using, old presentations, old PNGs and JPEGs, old RAW files, old text files, old word processing documents, old documents, languages you're not using, played iTunes podcasts, old home videos, fonts you're not using, old Mail attachments, old illustrations, movies in iTunes you've watched, dictionaries you're not using, viewed iTunes TV shows, iTunes songs you don't listen to, old clippings, old spreadsheets, and instructional system videos. Old files that can be found and removed include redundant Mail data, previous OS X installers, Apple Music playback caches, Safari web caches, cached iBooks animations, event logs, cached Map tiles, fault and error logs, iTunes inactive downloads, cached iBooks covers, trash after 30 days, Safari Web Cache, Configurator iOS files, Quick Look thumbnails, iTunes IPSW files, state dump logs, iBooks inactive downloads, archived Safari Reading List, persistent logs, Mac App Store inactive downloads, Xcode caches, old iPhone backups, Configurator inactive downloads, iTunes orphaned database temporary files, and TTL log files. Siri Preferences Read and contribute your own tidbits to the macOS Sierra: All The Little Things discussion thread.Related Roundup: macOS Sierra Tag: Apple File System Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple today unveiled new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS, all of which are jam-packed with new features. iOS in particular was referred to as Apple's biggest iOS update ever, with major improvements to Messages, Apple Music, Siri, and tons of other minor features. It took Apple two hours to go over all of the features in the four operating systems and it was still a lot to take in, so we made a seven minute recap video that features all of the need-to-know highlights. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Stay tuned to MacRumors.com going forward because we're going to be sharing in-depth videos highlighting new features in iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS throughout the coming weeks, and we'll be publishing detailed roundups with everything you need to know about all of Apple's upcoming software updates. All of the four operating systems are currently available to developers only with a release slated for the fall of 2016.Related Roundups: iOS 10, macOS Sierra Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple today announced iOS 10, the next major version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software platform. The update is available in beta for Apple developers starting today, allowing early adopters to update and take a closer look at what's new. A public beta will be available in July, followed by an official launch in the fall. iOS 10 includes a number of changes that Apple neglected to mention in greater detail on stage during its WWDC 2016 keynote, including a new Wake Alarm in the Clock app, individualized read receipts, a new option in the Music app to optimize storage, and many other features outlined below. Remove Stock Apps iOS 10 enables users to remove the following built-in apps from the Home screen on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: • Calendar • Compass • Contacts • FaceTime • Find My Friends • Home • iBooks • iCloud Drive • iTunes Store • Mail • Maps • Music • News • Notes • Podcasts • Reminders • Stocks • Tips • Videos • Voice Memos • Watch app • Weather The apps are now available as standalone downloads on the App Store, meaning that Apple can issue updates for each app independent of iOS updates. If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, removing an app from your Home screen also removes that app from your Apple Watch. Removing apps can unsurprisingly impact related functionalities such as CarPlay and Notification Center widgets. Wake Alarm A new Bedtime tab has been added to the Clock app with a Wake Alarm function that can help you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. When enabled, the recurring wake-up alarm will remind you when it is time to sleep, track how many hours you slept, and provide detailed sleep analysis. Individual Read Receipts Read receipts can be toggled on a per-person or per-conversation basis on iOS 10, rather than be simply turned on or off entirely. New Keyboard Sound New iOS keyboard sound is weeeirdhttps://t.co/c4HxZDZfuQ— Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) June 13, 2016 Other Tidbits • New wallpaper • Game Center has been removed • "Avoid Tolls" toggle in Apple Maps • Control Center now supports 3D Touch • Settings has new 3D Touch shortcut for Cellular Data • Tweaked "back to" icon in Status BarRelated Roundup: iOS 10 Discuss this article in our forums

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As Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote has wrapped up, the company this afternoon posted a full video of the event on its website, letting anyone who happened to miss the event catch up in their own time. Apple is expected to upload the full-length video to iTunes and YouTube later in the day. As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10 and new apps like Swift Playgrounds, which we've listed below. - iOS 10 - Hey Hi Hello - New Beginnings In addition to the videos posted online, you can catch up with all of the WWDC 2016 coverage by checking out our list of keynote highlights below, which encompass all of MacRumors' event coverage shared today. Included are detailed articles on the expansive new features of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS, along with a few more focused tidbit pieces on the robust abilities of apps like Messages and Apple Music as well as new Siri features for macOS. - Live Coverage of Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote: iOS 10, macOS 10.12, and More - Apple Debuts New tvOS Features Including 'Single Sign-On', Enhanced Siri and More - Apple Announces watchOS 3 With Dock, Control Center, New Watch Faces and Apps, And More- - Apple Unveils macOS 'Sierra' With New Continuity Features, App Window Tabs, Apple Watch Login, Siri, and More - Apple Announces iOS 10 With Overhauled Messages App, Rich Notifications, and More - Apple Watch Gains 'SOS' Emergency Call Feature With WatchOS 3 - Apple Announces 'Breathe' Mindfulness App for Apple Watch - Apple Announces New Remote App for tvOS and Apple TV - Apple Pay Coming to the Web With Touch ID Payment Confirmations Via iPhone - Apple Announces Siri for macOS Sierra With Web and File Searches - Apple Opens Siri to Third-Party Developers With iOS 10 - Apple Music Revamp in iOS 10 Introduces Colorful Design and Simpler Interface - Apple Announces Enhanced 'QuickType' Keyboard Functions in iOS 10 - Apple Announces New HomeKit-Enabled 'Home' App in iOS 10 - Apple News Gets Redesign With Simpler Interface, Subscriptions and More - Apple Reveals 'Swift Playgrounds' Educational Coding App for iPad - Apple Unveils Multiple New 'Messages' App Features Coming in iOS 10 - Many Preinstalled iOS Apps Such as 'Stocks' Now Deletable in iOS 10 We'll update this article throughout the day as new stories are posted.Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Discuss this article in our forums

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At today's WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled iOS 10, the latest version of its mobile operating system that will launch in the fall. Apple's list of new features for iOS 10 is extensive, focusing on revamping established apps (like Messages, Photos, and Apple Music), introducing new aspects of the user interface, and doubling down on privacy. One of the more notable updates in iOS 10 centers around Messages. Apple hopes the handful of new Message features in iOS 10 will bring more "personal and expressive" ways to communicate with friends and family, with a roster of new text message abilities including text balloon animations, invisible ink, enlarged emoji, and handwritten notes. “iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation, and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.” On the lock and home screen side of things, Apple debuted a new "rich notifications" system that lets users get more information from various apps without unlocking their iPhone. The update will also introduce a "clear all" feature for Notification Center notifications, and a way to access the iPhone's camera and widgets by sliding right or left, respectively, from the lock screen. All of this will be even easier to glance at thanks to an Apple Watch-like "Raise to Wake" ability that wakes up the iPhone whenever users raise their device to eye level. Those users on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also benefit from deeper integration of 3D Touch with the new rich notifications, which will let interacting with apps be "even easier." The Phone app will now allow for integration of third-party VoIP calls, a caller ID extension for spam alerts, and a new voicemail transcription feature that translates every missed call message into an easy-to-read message. Notes will be getting a new collaborative project feature and Live Photos will be able to go through an editing process in iOS 10. The second phase of iOS 10's new features focus on adding new abilities into Apple's already well-known apps. The first is a new "Memories" tab in the Photos app that will intelligently draw out specific photos -- thanks to facial recognition and geo filters -- to dynamically group together family vacations and special memories. The app will also now create slideshows with the photos and videos users take within each album, without the need for intensive editing software.Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple used its WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday to unveil macOS 'Sierra', the successor to its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system for the Mac, promising window tab support across multiple apps, copy and paste between devices, Siri integration, and more. The announcement of a change in naming convention also means that Apple now has a consistent naming structure across all its software platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Apart from Siri's introduction to the Mac desktop, Apple focused on a handful of new Continuity-themed features exclusive to macOS Sierra, one being the ability to access files on the desktop and in the Documents folder on any Mac, iOS device, or even a PC. Sierra will allow users to access these files on an iPhone and iPad via the iCloud Drive app, through iCloud.com, or using the iCloud for Windows app. And if a user logs into a second Mac, their files will be automatically available on the Desktop and in the Documents folder, exactly where they were saved. Another Continuity feature coming with macOS is 'Universal Clipboard', which enhances the traditional copy and paste functionality by enabling users to automatically copy text, photos, and more from an iPhone or iPad, and instantly paste them on a Mac. In addition, a new security feature in macOS Sierra called 'Auto Unlock' allows Apple Watch wearers to gain access to their locked Mac simply by walking into its vicinity, whereby they become automatically logged into the desktop. Apple is also extending the tabs feature in Safari to all apps that support multiple windows, including Maps, Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and TextEdit, as well as compatible third-party apps. For example, tabs in Maps will mean users can browse multiple locations without losing their place, while tabs in Pages should allow users to copy and paste between Pages in fullscreen mode, or jump between multiple email drafts in Mail. Sierra also brings the Picture-in-Picture feature found in iOS 9.3 to the Mac, making it possible to float video from Safari or iTunes in a window on the desktop while working on something else. Video windows will be resizable, draggable, and able to be pinned to the corner of the screen. Additional features coming with macOS Sierra include: Optimized Storage, which frees up space when a Mac starts getting full by storing infrequently used items in iCloud and reminding users to delete used app installers, duplicate files, and so on; enhanced Messages functionality, bringing the desktop app in line with all the new features exclusive to iOS 10; a new Memories feature in Photos; Apple Pay support on the web; and an updated version of Apple Music in iTunes, which is likely to reflect changes to the iOS 10 Music app. macOS Sierra is available to developers today. A public beta will be launched in July and a public release is coming in the fall.Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple today announced watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The update includes several performance and navigation improvements, new watch faces and apps, several fitness-related features, and more. "Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for a healthy life and with watchOS 3, there's now even more to love," said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. "Favorite apps launch instantly and are simple to access, and the breakthrough new fitness and health features like the Breathe app make it feel like a whole new watch."• Apple Watch users can press the side button to access the new Dock, where they can tap to launch native and third-party apps instantly and have the latest information in the app already updated and ready for viewing. • Swiping up from the bottom brings up an all-new Control Center with toggles for Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, notifications, and more. Meanwhile, you can now simply swipe left and right to easily switch between watch faces. • New ways to create and respond to iMessages, including a Scribble feature that dynamically recognizes which letters are drawn on the Apple Watch's screen and translates the drawings into traditional text messages. You can also send animations, invisible ink, stickers, larger emoji, sketches, taps, and your heartbeat. • New watch faces: Minnie Mouse, Activity, and Numerals. • You can now share your Activity rings with others for competitive motivation, and receive notifications when people finish workouts or earn achievements. • New features for wheelchair users: The Activity app now supports a trio of wheelchair pushing techniques for varying speeds and terrain. There are also two new wheelchair-specific workouts and a new "Time to Roll" notification. Apple also announced a new social network aspect that will be added into watchOS 3's activity rings feature, encouraging users to keep track of their friends' stats and even comment on certain workout milestones. watchOS 3 is available as a free upgrade this fall.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 2, WWDC 2016 Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution) Discuss this article in our forums

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Today at WWDC, Apple announced an updated version of tvOS that includes new functionality and features for Siri, single sign-on and more. Apple also announced that a few new apps will be arriving on tvOS, including Sling, Fox Sports Go, Molotov TV, and a handful of game-based apps like Minecraft Story Mode and Sketch Party. Siri has gained a handful of new abilities, including the ability to search for movies by topic. For instance, a user can now ask Siri to find the latest superhero movies or documentaries about cars. Siri can even partner themes with other pieces of context, like searching for high school comedies from the 80s. Siri will also be able to search through YouTube later this month. Siri can also be directed to tune-in to live channels within apps now. For example, if a user asks Siri to "Watch CBS News" or "Watch ESPN," Siri will instantly open the live feed within the app, rather than transporting the user to the app's home screen. Finally, Siri can also manage a user's HomeKit devices via Apple TV. Fourth-generation Apple TV users will no longer need to individually sign into each of their Pay-TV apps with the new tvOS update. tvOS now supports single sign-on, so when users sign into Apple's new feature, they'll never have to go through the process again. Once a user enters their credentials in one app, tvOS will automatically authenticate every other app that requires authentication. Additionally, when a user is entering their credentials for the first time they'll be presented with a page featuring all the authenticated apps their pay-TV provider offers support for, allowing users to easily discover what other content they can watch. Single Sign-On is available for any network-TV app, though it must be enabled by the developer. The feature will also be available for iOS 10, which the Cupertino company also announced and detailed at today's WWDC keynote. Apple also debuted a new dark mode for Apple TV, making it easier for users with darker rooms. The new Apple TV and tvOS are compatible with the revamped Remote app, which mirrors the abilities of the Apple TV's Siri Remote on an iPhone. The app, like previous Remote apps, allows users to control their content, but it also allows users to use Siri to control the Apple TV. Users can also use the app to play games on Apple TV and enter text via the iOS keyboard. Apple also announced a couple new tvOS APIs for developers, including support for PhotoKit and HomeKit. One of those APIs is ReplayKit, which allows developers to record live broadcasts from their apps. Apple TV apps can also badge their icons on the home screen, notifying users to potential changes within the app. The Apple TV can also support up to four game controllers as well. Many of the new features coming to iOS and macOS have also come to tvOS. The newly redesigned Apple Music, with a simplified and more colorful design, is also available on Apple TV. The revamped Apple Music is easier-to-navigate and read, with bigger fonts and more emphasis on album art. It also includes a new "For You" tabled that has better-curated content. Finally, the new Apple Music also gained support for lyrics. Photos for Apple TV now has gained the new Memories feature debuted with iOS 10, allowing users to easily rediscover moments from their past. Universal apps will also automatically download when downloaded to an iOS device, and when a keyboard appears on the Apple TV, it'll also appear on an iOS device signed in with the same iCloud account.Related Roundups: Apple TV, WWDC 2016 Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral) Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco with the traditional keynote being held for the first time at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the same location Apple used for its "Hey Siri" media event last September. Photo by Walt Mossberg The keynote begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time, and we're expecting to see a number of announcements focused primarily on software updates including iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, as well as new versions of watchOS and tvOS. We may also see some updates to Apple's services such as Apple Pay, iCloud, and perhaps iMessage, but major hardware announcements are not expected. Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via Apple TV. In addition to Apple's video stream, we will be updating this article with live blog coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds. Highlights from the event and separate news stories regarding today's announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with Apple news and rumors. Live Updates - No need to refresh Loading live updates...Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Discuss this article in our forums

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Following rumors that Apple is prepping a "Deep Blue" or "Dark Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such handsets might look like. Hajek's renderings reflect myriad rumors pointing towards only minor changes for the 2016 iPhone. When it comes to size and thickness, the iPhone 7 is expected to be almost identical to the iPhone 6s, with some minor antenna band changes. Apple is likely to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but whether or not the space will be filled with a second speaker is contested. Some rumors suggest dual speakers for stereo audio, but others say the iPhone 7 will continue to sport a single speaker. Another design change rumored for the iPhone 7 includes repositioned antenna bands, with the removal of the bands that span across the back of the device. Inside, the iPhone 7 is expected to have an A10 processor and 2GB RAM. Hajek's iPhone 7 Plus rendering shows the inclusion of a much-rumored dual-lens camera with a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure, as opposed to two separate circular camera openings depicted in some other online renderings. Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to launch in September this year. MacRumors also recently featured some impressive renderings by Hajek of what a next-generation MacBook Pro might look like, complete with rumored OLED touch panel replacing the top row of function keys on the keyboard. Make sure to check out Hajek's website for the full selection of iPhone 7 concept images.Related Roundup: iPhone 7 Tag: Concepts Discuss this article in our forums

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Expectation that Apple is set to announce Siri for the Mac at WWDC 2016 has intensified over the weekend, thanks to an apparently unprompted reference to OS X leaked by none other than the personal assistant on iPhone. Simply asking Siri the question "Open settings in the window" opens the iOS Settings app. But the same question with the word 'Siri' included at the beginning of the sentence evokes the spoken response: "It doesn't look like you have an app named 'Finder'." 'Finder' appears to be a reference to the OS X file manager application, since no such app of that name exists for iOS. The discovery was revealed in a blog post by Brian Roemmele, and suggests that Apple's servers are already being modified behind the scenes to extend Siri's functionality to the Mac. Siri integration for the Mac will presumably be able to answer many of the same queries and perform many of the same tasks it can on iOS devices – opening apps, conducting web searches, controlling HomeKit, sending text messages, reading emails, setting calendar events, and more. Additionally, Apple is also said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit so that developers can make their apps and app content accessible through Siri voice commands, marking a much-awaited extension of the assistant's capabilities. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off tomorrow with a keynote event at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, where Apple is expected to show off the latest version of OS X alongside updated versions of its iOS, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple will offer a live stream of the keynote event through its website and through a dedicated events app on the Apple TV. MacRumors will also provide live coverage, on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account. Meanwhile, you can learn more about what to expect at WWDC 2016 in our comprehensive features and rumors compilation.Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Tag: Siri Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, June 13 with a keynote event at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, where Apple is expected to show off the latest versions of its iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems and perhaps debut new features for services like Apple Pay and iCloud. Ahead of the conference, we've compiled all of the rumors that we've heard about features that could potentially debut at the event to give MacRumors readers an idea of what to expect. iOS 10 Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads has gone largely without design changes since iOS 7, so it's reasonable to assume iOS 10 may feature some design tweaks to update the look of the OS. A dark mode is one possibility that's been circulating based on the look of Apple's WWDC app and site, but there's no evidence suggesting such a feature will be implemented. Image via iHelpBR Information on iOS 10 is limited, but we've heard some tantalizing details about the update. Apple is expected to introduce a Siri SDK, allowing Siri to interact with third-party apps in new ways. Developers will be able to build Siri integration into their apps, allowing Siri to access data and perform tasks within apps. Third-party app access has the potential to greatly expand what Siri is capable of and could put the personal assistant on par with more robust solutions like Google Now. In 2015, rumors indicated Apple was working on an "iCloud Voicemail" service able to allow Siri to answer missed calls and record and transcribe messages for users to read as text at a later time. The service, which could come in iOS 10, is also said to be capable of relaying location information and delivering details on why a user can't answer a phone call. Siri may also be improved with new capabilities Apple has made through acquisitions like VocalIQ. VocalIQ is able to retain the semantic context between conversations and recall user preferences. Apple has made other AI-related purchases over the past year that could have been purchased to improve Siri. Perceptio, for example, is a startup designed to allow for the creation of advanced artificial intelligence systems while limiting the amount of data stored in the cloud, functionality that could allow Apple to bridge the gap between its desire to introduce deeper Siri functionality with its unwavering focus on privacy. iOS 10 is rumored to include a redesigned Music app featuring a more intuitive user interface for Apple Music. It's said to use a "bolder, yet simpler" design that emphasizes black and white backgrounds and text to put more focus on album art. Apple is planning to replace the "New" tab in Apple Music with a "Browse" option that includes better organizational tools for discovering new content, and it will also feature a simplified "For You" section. Connect and Beats 1 will remain unchanged, but Apple may remove the Connect tab from the Apple Music interface. New 3D Touch shortcut previews will be added, sharing features will be emphasized, and there will be more of a focus on song lyrics, making them easier to access within the app. With the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus expected to gain a dual-lens camera, Apple is building Photos improvements into iOS 10. Apple is expected to reintroduce some abilities that were initially found in iPhoto before it was discontinued and while we don't know specifics, iPhoto previously had features like EXIF editing and touch-based brushes for adjusting brightness and other parameters on only specific parts of a photo. A Skitch-like photo editing feature allowing users to draw on and mark up images could also be in the works, mirroring features that are available in the Mail app for marking up PDFs and photos. Metadata keys added to App Store apps in April suggests Apple is potentially working on a much-desired feature to allow users to hide or delete unwanted stock apps. If such a feature is in the works, it could be included in iOS 10. Check out our full iOS 10 roundup for more info. OS X 10.12 OS X didn't get a major update in 2015, but 2016 may more than make up for it. OS X 10.12 is expected to bring Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing the personal assistant to be used on Mac devices like it's used on iOS devices. Siri will be enabled through an icon in the OS X menu bar, the dock, a user-specified keyboard shortcut, or through a hands-free "Hey Siri" command. In May, we shared an image of the full Siri dock icon, featuring a colorful Siri waveform. Siri functionality on the Mac is likely to mirror much of the functionality on iOS, with Siri able to conduct searches, open apps, tweak system settings, answer simple queries, play music from iTunes, and more. Siri may also be able to interface with third-party Mac apps through the rumored Siri SDK. Another key feature of OS X 10.12 may be expanded Continuity features. Apple is working on an auto unlock function that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when in close proximity, alleviating the need to enter a password on a password-protected machine in OS X 10.12. The feature, which uses Bluetooth LE frameworks, will presumably work similarly to the automatic unlocking feature on the Apple Watch, which allows an unlocked iPhone to bypass the passcode restriction on a connected Apple Watch. In this scenario, an iPhones Touch ID button would be used as a verification method for simpler logins. The unlocking function could also potentially be tied to the rumor suggesting Apple Pay integration is coming to web browsers. Users could make purchases online using Safari, confirming the Apple Pay payment through an iPhone's Touch ID when linked to a Mac. Features rumored for iOS 10, such as Photos improvements and Apple Music tweaks, are also expected to be included in OS X 10.12. An updated version of iTunes that includes a redesigned Apple Music experience with a simpler, more intuitive interface is a possibility, and as for Photos, it could gain some features that were removed during the transition from iPhoto to Photos. Beyond rumored features, there has been some speculation that Apple could rename OS X to MacOS to better match with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, but whether or not Apple will actually introduce a change to its long-running Mac naming scheme remains to be seen. Check out our full OS X 10.12 roundup for more info. tvOS 2 and watchOS 3 Apple has said new versions of tvOS and watchOS 3 will be introduced at WWDC, but we have not heard any details on what new versions of these operating systems might include. Drawing from what we expect for iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, the two operating systems could feature Siri improvements and design tweaks to match any design changes coming to iOS 10, but beyond that, we don't have any insight into what to expect. We do know that as of June 1, Apple is requiring new Apple Watch apps submitted to the App Store to be native apps, suggesting Apple has plans for deeper native app capabilities. At the very least, a push towards native apps is encouraging because it will result in Apple Watch apps that are able to open more quickly and work more smoothly in watchOS 3. Services Apple Pay: There are no specific Apple Pay rumors linked to WWDC, but Apple has several new Apple Pay features in the works that would be ideal to debut at the event. Apple is planning to bring Apple Pay to web browsers, allowing Apple Pay users to make Apple Pay purchases in online stores directly through Safari. As with standard transactions, payments would be approved on the iPhone through Touch ID. Using the expanded Continuity features allowing an iPhone to connect to a Mac, Apple Pay payments on Mac notebooks and desktop machines may also be verified through Touch ID. Apple is also working on a person-to-person update for Apple Pay, allowing users to send money to one another much like Square Cash or Venmo. It is not exactly clear how such a feature would work, but there have been "whispers" suggesting Apple may let customers send money to one another through iMessages. iCloud: Following its conflict with the FBI, Apple is likely to introduce new security features in iOS 10 and OS X 10.12. One possibility is encrypted iCloud backups, something Apple has been hesitant to implement in the past because it makes the restoring process more difficult. Rumors have suggested Apple is working on implementing stronger security measures "even it can't hack" to protect iOS devices. These improvements are likely to be introduced through a mix of hardware and software improvements, and it's quite possible we'll see the first of Apple's security enhancements in iOS 10. iMessage: One rumor says Apple is planning to announce iMessage for Android at the event, giving Android users access to one of the iPhone's best features. It's not clear how accurate this information is as it comes from a source without a reliable track record. App Store: Ahead of WWDC, Apple announced some major changes to the App Store, which we may hear more about at the event itself. Apple opened up app subscriptions to encompass all product categories and introduced a new subscription revenue split. After a customer maintains an in-app subscription for one year, developers will receive 85 percent of profits instead of 70 percent. Apple is also adding ads to App Store search results for the first time, and going forward, the App Store's "Featured" section will not display apps that are already installed. Apple is planning to bring back the Categories tab, and a Share sheet option is being added as a 3D Touch Quick action for all apps to make sharing easier. Search will also be improved. Hardware Ahead of WWDC there were rumors and speculation suggesting Apple could introduce products like an updated MacBook Pro or a new Thunderbolt Display, but it's likely neither of these products are going to be ready for a June debut, instead coming later in 2016. Leading up to WWDC, multiple Apple insiders have said the event will focus on software instead of hardware, and so we are not expecting hardware updates at the event. There's a possibility Apple could surprise us with an announcement, but if there are plans for a hardware product debut, those plans have been kept under wraps. Though we're not expecting any Mac announcements at WWDC, one questionable rumor from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple is planning to introduce both new MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro models in the month of June, shipping the notebooks in August. This is somewhat unlikely as Apple just bumped the RAM in the 13-inch MacBook Air up to 8GB in April. Previous rumors also indicate Apple may not be planning to introduce further MacBook Air updates, ending development on the machine in favor of the MacBook. As for the MacBook Pro, past information has said it will ship in 4Q 2016, conflicting with Mac Otakara's rumor of a June debut. Streaming Details and Release Date Apple is will offer a live stream of the keynote event through its website and through a dedicated events app on the Apple TV. MacRumors will also provide live coverage, on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account. Following the conclusion of the keynote, Apple will likely provide iOS 10, OS X 10.12, watchOS 3, and tvOS 2 to developers, giving them time to adapt their apps to take advantage of new features. The operating systems are likely to be released to the public in the fall alongside new hardware.Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple today began decorating the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, which is where the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote will be held on Monday. Crews have started putting up window decorations, and rainbow-colored flags, and as the weekend progresses, we should see additional banners and signage. This year's Worldwide Developers Conference website, app, and media invites have all featured a simple but colorful dark theme, and it's likely signs and banners will adopt the same aesthetic. Image via Instagram Decorations have not yet started going up at the Moscone Center, where the rest of the conference will take place. Apple typically starts decorating Moscone West on Tuesday or Wednesday during the week ahead of WWDC, but an event that took place at the venue through Thursday may delay decorations until later today. A photo posted by thaiboe1 (@thaiboe1) on Jun 10, 2016 at 12:04pm PDT This year's keynote event will feature the debut of iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, along with new versions of watchOS and tvOS. We may hear more details on Apple's App Store changes, and we could see updates to some services, like Apple Pay. For full details on what to expect, make sure to check out our WWDC roundup. Apple will provide a live stream of the WWDC keynote on the Apple TV and on iOS and Mac devices through its website. MacRumors will also provide live coverage of the event for those unable to watch, both on MacRumors.com and through our MacRumors Live Twitter account.Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Discuss this article in our forums

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Multiple rumors have claimed that Intel will supply at least a portion of LTE and Wi-Fi modems for the iPhone 7 series, alongside existing supplier Qualcomm, and a new report offers a closer look at how the orders will be divided between the companies. Bloomberg reports that Intel modems will be reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models, and some other versions of the smartphone sold in other countries, while Qualcomm is said to remain a supplier of modems for Verizon and all Chinese models. The wording suggests that Qualcomm may retain orders in some other regions as well.Choosing Intel’s part for an important role in the product that generates about two-thirds of Apple’s annual revenue may represent a calculated gamble by the company. Bringing in second-source suppliers is a long-established practice by device makers looking to make sure they’re in a better position to negotiate on price. However, analysts such as Stacy Rasgon at Sanford C. Bernstein have said that Qualcomm’s modems remain ahead of Intel’s offerings in performance when measured by how much data they can get from the network into the phone.Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf previously hinted that the chipmaker would be losing modem orders from one of its major customers to one of its leading competitors, although it is reportedly still "retaining a major chunk" of Apple's business rather than being dropped as a supplier entirely. Taiwanese website DigiTimes recently reported that Intel would supply "up to 50 percent" of modems for the iPhone 7 series, while CLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri said that Intel's share of orders would likely fall in range of 30 to 40 percent of production.Related Roundup: iPhone 7 Tags: Intel, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, LTE Discuss this article in our forums

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Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol. Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email sent to UK health and monitoring company Blue Maestro. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London. The standard's adoption of the title "Bluetooth 5" drops reference to both the version and point number, indicating both a significant revision of the protocol and an effort by SIG to simplify its marketing strategy. The new standard is also said to offer significantly wider support for smart home devices and enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, in addition to increased support for location-based connectionless services, such as assistive navigation beacons. It's unclear whether Bluetooth 5 will come to existing devices as a firmware update or require new hardware, but the latter is more likely. Previously, Bluetooth 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 devices were not upgradeable to newer versions of the standard, but Bluetooth 4.0 devices could be upgraded to Bluetooth 4.1 via software patches. In October last year, Apple quietly added Bluetooth 4.2 support to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2, bringing 2.5x faster speeds and up to ten times higher data capacity to the devices. Rumors of impending upgrades to Apple's MacBook range typically make no mention of wireless protocols, while iPhone 7 leaks and speculation are also usually silent on the subject. However, given the increasing likelihood that Apple will remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Bluetooth will become the primary means of connecting headphones for most users unless wired Lightning earbuds are included in the box. Tag: Bluetooth 5 Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, according to a new report from Japanese website Mac Otakara. The new color will stand alongside the already available Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. Mac Otakara says Apple plans to discontinue the "Space Gray" color, which was introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013. The lighter shade replaced the darker slate black used on the iPhone 5. The color has since found its way to other Apple products, like the iPad Air, iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook. The Cupertino company has steadily added color options to its iPhone lineup. In 2011, Apple debuted a white color option alongside the black iPhone 4. The company later renamed the white option Silver with the iPhone 5s, which also saw the debut of the Gold color option. Most recently, Apple added the Rose Gold option with the iPhone 6s. The report also says the iPhone 7 will keep the same LCD glass surface that current iPhone models employ. This corroborates an earlier report saying that no major display upgrades are expected until 2017, when Apple switches to OLED. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 this September, with recent rumors suggesting the new iPhone will have a design similar to that of both the iPhone 6 and 6s and more radical changes coming to the 2017 iPhone. However, the iPhone 7 may not include a 3.5mm headphone jack. Additional features for the iPhone 7 could include a faster A10 chip, waterproofing, adjusted antenna bands, faster LTE and Wi-Fi chips and more.Related Roundup: iPhone 7 Tag: macotakara.jp Discuss this article in our forums

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Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like. Hajek's design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the app that's in use. Hajek imagines music controls when Spotify is open, which morph into a download monitor when using Transmission. Also included in the images is an example of Siri on the Mac, with the colorful Siri waveform depicted on the touch panel. Siri for Mac is rumored to be one of the main features coming in OS X 10.12, set to debut on Monday. Not pictured is a Touch ID button, a feature also expected to be included on or alongside the panel. In addition to an OLED touch panel, Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro, which will come in 13 and 15-inch sizes, is expected to be thinner, incorporating metal injection mold-made hinges, thin speakers at the sides of the machine, and USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support. As has been seen in a leaked chassis image, the OLED panel will be located at the top of the keyboard, where the function keys would normally be positioned. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said the upcoming MacBook Pro will feature "the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple." We don't yet know when the new MacBook Pro will launch, but Kuo has said he expects it to debut in the fourth quarter of 2016. Make sure to check out Hajek's website for the full selection of concept images.Related Roundup: MacBook Pro Tag: Concepts Buyer's Guide: Retina MacBook Pro (Don't Buy) Discuss this article in our forums

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With only three months to go until the launch of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, case makers have already started creating cases for the two devices based on rumored specifications. We were able to get our hands on a set of iPhone 7 cases, so we did a comparison video to see how it measures up to the iPhone 6. Early iPhone cases are always built on specifications gleaned from rumors, supply chain information, and other third-party sources, and oftentimes, they're an accurate representation of what we can expect a next-generation iPhone to look like. Cases aren't always spot on because they're only as precise as the information they've been built on, but these iPhone 7 cases match with almost all of the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 7 so far. As can be seen in the video, the iPhone 7 case fits well on an iPhone 6s, in line with myriad rumors pointing towards only minor changes for the 2016 iPhone. When it comes to size and thickness, the iPhone 7 is going to be almost identical to the iPhone 6s, with some minor antenna band changes. The mute switch, the volume buttons, and the power button on the iPhone 6s fit perfectly into the iPhone 7 case. The iPhone 7 case does not fit the iPhone 6s camera, with a lower, wider, and tapered camera cutout. Schematics of the iPhone 7 have depicted a larger camera, presumably to accommodate an improved sensor, so we will see some design changes in the camera area. Rumors have widely focused on the dual-camera in the iPhone 7 Plus, but we expect the iPhone 7 will also be getting some significant camera improvements. At the bottom of the case, there are cutouts for two speakers and no cutout for the headphone jack. Apple will be removing the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but whether or not the space will be filled with a second speaker is contested. Some rumors suggest dual speakers for stereo audio, but others say the iPhone 7 will continue to sport a single speaker. Other design changes rumored for the iPhone 7 include repositioned antenna bands, with the removal of the bands that span across the back of the device, and the possibility of improved water resistance. Inside, we expect the iPhone 7 to have an A10 processor and 2GB RAM. You probably noticed that the cases in our video are sporting a MacRumors logo. That's because we ordered hundreds of iPhone 7 cases in anticipation of giving them away as part of a new optional membership program that we're launching in the near future. Want one? Sign up for our interest list to be the first to hear about the upcoming membership because we'll be sending them to early subscribers. Don’t worry, all current MacRumors content and coverage will remain free. Membership will offer added incentives and bonuses to our most loyal readers.Related Roundup: iPhone 7 Discuss this article in our forums

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Amid rumors suggesting Apple will remove the headphone jack in upcoming the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the Moto Z and the Z Force, two new smartphones that eschew headphone jacks in favor of an ultra-thin design. Sans headphone jack, Motorola has managed to shrink the Moto Z down to 5.19mm thick, while the Z Force, Motorola's more powerful smartphone, measures in at 6.9mm thick. Instead of a headphone jack, both devices feature a single USB-C port which will require a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter to use with existing headphones with a 3.5mm headphone plug. Smaller smartphone companies like LeEco have previously eliminated headphone jacks in their devices, but Motorola is the first major manufacturer to do so, signaling the first significant industry shift away from the headphone jack. We're also seeing headphone companies like Audeze and Bose fully embracing both wireless headphones and Lightning-connected headphones as technology abandons the 3.5mm jack. Apple plans to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, positioning the Lightning port, rather than a USB-C connector, as an all-in-one solution for both charging and listening to music with wired headphones. With the iPhone 7 and beyond, users will need wireless headphones, headphones with a Lightning connector, or a Lightning-to-3.5mm jack adapter, which have already begun surfacing. The switch to Lightning looks like nothing more than an inconvenience on the surface, but as we outlined in a recent video, there are benefits in the form of a potential boost to audio quality. To make the transition easier for customers, Apple is rumored to be working on Lightning-connected EarPods that could perhaps ship with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as Bluetooth-enabled wire-free earbuds similar to the Bragi Dash. Curiously, while Lenovo removed the headphone jack from the Moto Z and the Z Force to cut down on thickness, rumors have suggested Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be similar in thickness to the iPhone 6s, so it is not clear what Apple will do with the extra space freed up by the removal of the jack. Conflicting information points towards the possibility of a second speaker for stereo sound, but rumors are torn on whether or not an additional speaker will be included. A larger battery could also fill the extra space, or new as-of-yet unknown hardware.Related Roundup: iPhone 7 Discuss this article in our forums

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Ahead of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote next Monday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Siri is now offering up some traditionally witty responses to users that ask about potential announcements. iPhone users can test Siri themselves by asking "what to expect at WWDC?" or similar questions. All of Siri's responses are unsurprisingly vague, including one related to the popular HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Each response includes a link to Apple's WWDC website, which provides a schedule of events and other details about the weeklong developer conference at Moscone West in San Francisco. Siri previously revealed that WWDC 2016 would be held on June 13-17, prior to any official announcement, and offered similar "give us a hint" responses leading up to its September 2015 media event last year. As is usual, Apple is expected to unveil the latest versions of its iOS and OS X operating systems for iPhone and Mac respectively at WWDC 2016. Few details are known about iOS 10, but possible features include a Siri SDK for third-party apps, a redesigned Music app, deeper artificial intelligence, slight user interface enhancements, and more. Apple is also potentially working on a feature to allow users to hide or delete unwanted stock apps that could feasibly debut in iOS 10. A headline feature of the OS X update is expected to be Siri on Mac, allowing the personal assistant to be used on the desktop for the first time. Apple has also briefly referred to the operating system as macOS on multiple occasions, suggesting that the OS X name could be retired after fifteen years. New versions of watchOS for Apple Watch and tvOS for Apple TV could also be unveiled, possibly alongside announcements related to services like the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Multiple reliable sources have indicated that WWDC 2016 could be a no-hardware event, although Apple could still make a few surprise announcements. Leading up to WWDC, Thunderbolt Display stock has been limited at Apple Stores in the U.S. and abroad, naturally stirring speculation about a possible refresh to the five-year-old standalone display. Some have speculated that Apple is working on a 5K display with an external GPU, but the product has been ruled out for WWDC 2016. Despite multiple sources claiming that Apple will not refresh its notebook lineup until much later in the year, a new report said the company still plans to announce new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models at some point in June -- not necessarily at WWDC. The new MacBook Air models would allegedly ship to retailers in August, while no release date was specified for the new MacBook Pro. Apple's next-generation MacBooks will likely be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed. The notebooks are also expected to have faster Skylake processors and metal injection mold-made hinges. The 2016 MacBook Pro in particular is expected to feature a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, AMD's new 400-series Polaris graphics chips, and a new OLED touch bar positioned above the keyboard. Leaked photos of what appears to be the notebook's unibody reveal space for the OLED touch panel and four USB-C ports. Meanwhile, in April, Apple analyst Brian White made a sketchy prediction that a 20% to 40% thinner Apple Watch 2 could be unveiled by June, possibly lining up with a WWDC announcement. However, more reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the Apple Watch 2 will debut in the fall alongside the iPhone 7 with a focus on internal upgrades and possibly cellular connectivity. Apple will be live streaming its WWDC keynote on its website for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, or PCs with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Apple also offers an official WWDC app on the App Store. MacRumors will be providing live coverage prior to, during, and following the keynote on Monday. Learn more about what to expect by reading our WWDC 2016 roundup. Related Roundup: WWDC 2016 Tag: Siri Discuss this article in our forums

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