WWDC 2024

Apple's annual developer conference typically showcases updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and more. The company sometimes surprises us with new hardware, too. Apple's WWDC 2024 keynote kicks off on Monday, June 10.

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    Apple could make the iPhone's NFC more useful at WWDC

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    04.22.2019

    Apple has a lot in the cards for WWDC, and that might include improvements for... well, cards. The 9to5Mac team and Steve Troughton-Smith claim to have details of developer-friendly updates that will be unveiled in early June, and NFC support would be in line for a serious upgrade. App developers will finally have the option to read NFC tags based on ISO 7816 (usually ID and access cards), FeliCa (Japan's tap-based system) and MiFare (a popular mass transit format). In other words, you might use your iPhone to enter your office or hop aboard a bus in many cities.

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    Apple may bring Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time to macOS

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    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    04.19.2019

    Details on what Apple may have in store for the next major versions of its operating systems are trickling out ahead of June's Worldwide Developers Conference. The latest leaks are linked to macOS 10.15, to which Apple could add some iOS features, such as Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time, according to 9to5 Mac.

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    iOS 13 may include system-wide dark mode and undo gesture

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    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    04.15.2019

    With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference less than two months away, more details about what iOS 13 might have in store are emerging. It could add a system-wide dark mode, deeper multitasking options, an undo gesture and updates for the likes of Safari and Mail, according to 9to5 Mac.

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    Apple's WWDC keynote is set for June 3rd

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    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    03.14.2019

    Apple has set the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. It takes place June 3rd to 7th at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center, the same venue as the last couple of years. At WWDC, Apple typically gives developers (and everyone else) an early look at upcoming versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. We might also learn a little more about Apple's services (it's likely to announce streaming video and news subscription plans this month) or even get a glimpse at new hardware.

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    Apple's digital wellness features don't go far enough

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    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    06.05.2018

    Apple's digital wellness initiative might be well intended, but it doesn't go far enough to combat screen addiction. Sure, the announcement of grouped notifications to reduce lock-screen clutter (and some anxiety) drew rapturous applause from the developers gathered at WWDC, but Apple could've done so much more, even if it meant looking like it was late to the party.

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    iOS 12 will support Face ID for two people

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.05.2018

    Ever since the iPhone X arrived, Face ID has only ever supported one person -- unlike Touch ID, there was no way to register someone else you trust with your device. That won't be a problem with iOS 12. While Apple didn't discuss the feature during its WWDC keynote, iOS 12 lets you add an "alternative appearance" for Face ID. It's ostensibly meant for people who have problems with Face ID (say, people with glasses that significantly alter their look), but it can be used for a second person. A partner or child could have access to your phone without having to type in a passcode.

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    iOS 12 makes closing apps on your iPhone X a lot simpler

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    Katrina Filippidis
    Katrina Filippidis
    06.05.2018

    WWDC is in full swing and Apple has already announced a number of new updates for both iOS and macOS. On the iPhone, iOS 12 will make notifications easier to ignore and attempt to curtail phone addiction, but it'll also make closing apps on the iPhone X so much simpler.

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    The original Apple Watch won't get watchOS 5's fancy new features

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.04.2018

    Heads-up if you own an original Apple Watch: your wristwear is officially obsolete. Apple has confirmed that watchOS 5 will drop support for the first-generation Watch and will require at least a Series 1 timepiece. Like it or not, you'll have to upgrade to new hardware if you want automatic workouts or Walkie Talkie chats. It's a relatively short support lifespan for an Apple device (iOS hardware tends to receive support around for four to five years), but it's not entirely surprising. If anything, Apple is repeating history.

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    macOS Mojave's dark mode makes late-night computing less painful

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.04.2018

    The leaks were on the ball: macOS Mojave will include a dark mode. While the existing operating system already lets you darken the menu bar and dock, Mojave will extend that to the entire interface, whether it's Finder windows or apps like iTunes. A dynamic desktop can gradually shift your background, too, so you won't have to remember to change the appearance when the sun sets. Apple pitches this feature as helpful for pro media editors looking to minimize distractions, but it's also handy for virtually anyone who uses their Mac late at night.

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    ‘Hey Siri’ is purely optional in watchOS 5

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    Mat Smith
    Mat Smith
    06.04.2018

    Why do you need to say Siri when you've already got your Apple Watch hovering right in front of your face? Soon, you won't have to. WatchOS 5 will drop the need for you to vocally summon Siri, instead, as soon as your raise your device up, it'll start listening to your requests, questions and messaging apps. It'll also stop those awkward Siri requests that seem to raise your phone, watch, iPad and HomePod in one single, horrific instant.

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    Apple watchOS 5 focuses on fitness and Siri

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.04.2018

    The Apple Watch is about to get another big tune-up, and it won't surprise you to hear that the focus is on fitness. Apple has unveiled watchOS 5, and there's a slew of updates for more competitive types. There's now automatic workout detection -- not a new feature on smartwatches, but helpful if you've ever forgotten to tap your watch before starting a run. You'll also have week-long competitions with friends, hiking and yoga workouts, a rolling mile pace and cadence (steps per minute) tracking.

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    iOS 12 will help you fight your phone addiction

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.04.2018

    Apple is making good on its promise to fight iPhone addiction. It's introducing a suite of features in iOS 12 that curb the deluge of notifications and alerts that keep you hooked. To start, it's much smarter about how and when it displays notifications. You'll finally, finally see grouped notifications (no more wading through 10 alerts for the same app), for one thing. Do Not Disturb mode can silence all your notifications, too, so you're not tempted to check updates if you wake up in the middle of the night. You can also quickly manage notifications for an app, including an option to "deliver quietly" so that your device won't ping you every single time.

  • Apple's Shortcuts app lets Siri do everything

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    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    06.04.2018

    It's no secret that Apple's virtual assistant, Siri, doesn't have the best reputation -- especially when you compare it to Google's incredibly smart counterpart. But, the company has been working hard recently to make Siri more useful for those of you with an iOS or Mac device. And today, Apple announced that Siri is getting smarter thanks to a new app called Shortcuts, which will let you build your own commands with any application. With the Tile app, for example, you can say "Hey Siri, I lost my keys," and that will then alert the tiny gadget attached to your keys.

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    Apple’s iOS 12 improves performance, even on your old iPhone

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    Mat Smith
    Mat Smith
    06.04.2018

    As expected from Apple's developer-focused showcase here at WWDC, here's your first glimpse of iOS 12. Previewing what's headed to your iPhone (and iPad) later this year, you might be surprised that it doesn't look all that different. CEO Tim Cook teased that the customer is at the center of everything -- and perhaps nothing illustrates that better than its updated mobile OS. Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, noted that iOS 12 will be supported by all the same devices that iOS 11 ran on -- it's the biggest range of supported devices yet.

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    Live from WWDC 2018!

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    Dana Wollman
    Dana Wollman
    06.04.2018

    Hello there! You must be really excited about Apple's annual developer conference, because you've arrived a little early. The company kicks off WWDC on Monday in typical fashion: with a livestreamed keynote helmed by CEO Tim Cook. As per usual, I'll be among the thousands watching live, bringing you breaking news and bad jokes in liveblog form. Also as per usual, I'll be joined by my colleague, senior editor and resident iDevice reviewer, Chris Velazco. Keep this page bookmarked and come back around or slightly before 10AM Pacific/1PM Eastern on Monday, June 4th. We'll be reporting and commenting on everything Apple has to say about iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, HealthKit, ARKit and who knows what else. Oh, and if you want to keep the livestream open in a second window, you can find that here.

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    Apple Music's web player now streams whole songs

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.03.2018

    To date, playing full songs on Apple Music has meant firing up iTunes or the mobile app. You could listen to samples on the web, but that wasn't much different than playing iTunes Store clips years ago. This appears to be changing, though. Reddit users have discovered that Apple Music's embeddable web player now plays complete songs as long as you sign in to your account. You can even add albums and playlists to your library without having to leave your browser.

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    We're liveblogging Apple's WWDC 2018 event tomorrow at 10AM PT

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    Dana Wollman
    Dana Wollman
    06.03.2018

    Oh, hey! Did you enjoy this short holiday work week? Having a relaxing weekend? Good -- because things are about to get busy. First thing tomorrow, Apple kicks off its annual developer conference, and Engadget will be doing what it always does: reporting live from a packed auditorium. We already have our liveblog page timed up here -- bookmark that and be sure to tune in at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern. As usual, I'll be joined by my colleague, senior editor Chris Velazco (you might know him from all of our iPhone, iPad an Apple Watch reviews). Also as usual, we expect Apple to spend at least a few minutes on each of its major platforms and initiatives: iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, HealthKit and ARKit, among many other things, we're sure. But will this be a hardware year as well? It's always tough to say. Last year's WWDC saw us getting a demo of the HomePod, an iPad Pro and some iMacs immediately after the keynote ended. Other years, we finish the keynote and go eat lunch. What will this year's event bring? Only one way to find out.

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    What to expect at WWDC 2018

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    Chris Velazco
    Chris Velazco
    06.01.2018

    It's officially June now, which means it's time for us to pack our bags, get on a plane to California and take in the second major developer conference of the season: Apple's WWDC. We'll be on the ground at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center next week scrounging up insights from as many presentations and developer sessions as we can crash. But as always, the show's focal point is the Monday keynote, during which Apple lays out its future in software. Be sure to keep your browser locked on our liveblog when the keynote begins on Monday, June 4th at 10AM PT/1PM ET — until then, read on for a primer on all the things we expect to see once the keynote unfolds.

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    Apple’s 2018 WWDC keynote happens June 4th

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    Mallory Locklear
    Mallory Locklear
    03.13.2018

    Apple has announced the dates for its annual developer conference, WWDC. The event is scheduled for June 4th through 8th and like last year, it will take place in San Jose's McEnery Convention Center. We're sure to see previews of upcoming iOS, MacOS, WatchOS and tvOS versions and rumor has it we may even get to see some new hardware like possibly a long-overdue MacBook Air update and a new iPad. Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program members have until March 22nd to register through the WWDC website for a chance to buy tickets.

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    Apple’s AR strength is making it available to everyone

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    Nicole Lee
    Nicole Lee
    06.07.2017

    Apple is finally getting serious about augmented reality. Amid iOS improvements and new hardware announcements at this year's WWDC, Cook & Co. also launched ARKit, the company's first-ever stab at an augmented reality platform. Since ARKit is baked into iOS 11 and there are already so many iPads and iPhones on the market, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi had the audacity to say onstage that this would be "largest AR platform in the world." That's a pretty bold statement for a newcomer to the AR space. But Apple could very well be the company to pull it off.