AWT News Update: June 8, 2015

WWDC 2015 Special Edition... with not enough time to talk about everything even though this is the longest AWT News Update in history!

  • The Platforms State of the Union livestream is going on right now, with a lot more detail about what we heard this morning...
  • iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan will be released this fall. Developer betas are available now.
  • Apple merged the OS X and iOS developer programs and added in watchOS, all available now for a single $99 annual membership
  • Apple Watch will be getting native apps this fall
  • Apple Music launches on June 30, 2015 for $9.99 per month or $14.99 for up to 6 people per household. It includes Beats 1, a music/music culture radio station.
  • Siri gets a chance to help you with your music trivia

The full text version of the podcast is located below!

Text Version

I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 8, 2015.

The big news today was Apple’s WWDC Keynote, which is being followed by the Platforms State of the Union livestream. While the over two hour event this morning covered a lot of ground — in some cases, almost grinding to a halt in the process — there were a lot of things that we’re finding out behind the scenes now.

iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan will both be available this fall, with new multitasking capabilities built into iOS 9 being one of the most exciting features seen. OS X El Capitan is, as the name suggests, similar to OS X Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion in that it is a evolutionary change to a previous OS — in this case, OS X Yosemite.

As you may have noticed on the Apple World Today website, Apple today merged the developer programs for iOS and OS X. Where the two programs formerly required separate $99 annual memberships, now one $99 membership provides access to betas and support for iOS, OS X and the newly named watchOS.

Yes, the Apple Watch will be getting native apps, with the app logic being moved from the iPhone to the actual Watch. What this means is that apps will respond quicker, be able to use data from the built-in sensors on the device, and otherwise make the device a lot more useful than it already is.

One of the big announcements was all about Apple Music, which will be available with iOS 8.4 on June 30, 2015. For $9.99 per month — after a free three month trial — you’ll be able to have access to your music and the Apple Music catalog’s 30 million songs at any time you want. If you want to share that account with up to five other people in your household, it’s just $14.99 per month. Apple has created a number of curated playlists, and Siri can also help by answering questions like “Play me the best songs from 1978”, “Play the best Grateful Dead song, “ or “What was the number one song in February of 2002?”

But with Beats 1, Apple creates the first live radio station dedicated to music that will broadcast live to over 100 countries 24 hours a day. Apple hired three DJs; Zane Lowe who will be in LA, Ebro Darden stationed in New York, and Julie Adenuga in London. New stations will be coming up with genres covering the gamut from indie rock to classical, each expertly curated. There’s also a service called Apple Music Connect that appears to be a rehash of the old Ping service; we’re not sure how useful that’s going to be.

There’s a lot still going on and we’re working hard behind the scenes to bring it all to you, in addition to some commentary on how the new features of both OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 look. So we’re going to keep today’s AWT News Update short and will be back tomorrow with more coverage.