Live updates: How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) has kicked off, coming to you from the lovely San Jose Convention Center. WWDC is that magical time of year when Apple shows off all its latest software, and maybe there will be some new hardware if we’re lucky.
We’ve included details about how to watch the keynote below, but we will also be updating this page with new developments as Apple announces them. Hit the refresh button to see what’s new after the keynote kicks off. You can also follow us on Twitter (@DigitalTrends), and our editor-in-chief Jeremy Kaplan (@Smashdawg), who’s at WWDC. Check out our full WWDC coverage here.
What time does WWDC start?
WWDC takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on June 4, and it starts at 10 a.m. PT or 1 p.m. ET. For more details about the show’s complete schedule, check out the official WWDC app, which has the event schedule, latest news, access to the livestream sessions, and more.
How to stream on a Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad
While some use browsers other than Safari on a Mac as their default, it’s the only one you can stream the keynote from. Make sure your Mac’s operating system is up to date, running macOS Sierra 10.12 or later. All you’ll need to do to watch the keynote is open up Safari and click on Apple’s livestream link.
For those using Apple TV — the second-generation model or later — you can stream the keynote via AirPlay with the latest version of tvOS. Open the Apple Events app, and you should be good to go. For certain Apple TV devices, the Events app will automatically show up on your screen. With newer models, you may need to download the app or make sure it’s updated to the latest version.
To stream on an iPad or iPhone, make sure your device is running iOS 10 or higher. Download the WWDC app via the App Store. You can also access the livestream through Safari the same way you would on a Mac.
How to stream on a Windows PC
For those who don’t own Apple products to watch the keynote on, there’s still an option for you. As long as you’re on a PC running Windows 10, you can stream the keynote using Microsoft Edge. Simply open the browser on your desktop and click on Apple’s WWDC 2018 livestream link.
Apple also says other platforms may be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox (MSE, H.264, and AAC required).
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- The App Store will turn 10 years old next month. The money developers have made through the App Store is around $100 billion.
- iOS 12 has officially been announced, and it will be coming to all devices that iOS 11 supported. It will focus on performance.
- There’s a new file format for AR made in collaboration with Pixar called USDZ.
- A new app called Measure helps you measure distances, surfaces, and more. Just tap and drag a line on surfaces to get exact measurements.
- ARKit 2 adds improved face-tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection, persistent experiences, and shared experiences. Shared experiences lets two people see the same environment at the same time. A demo with Lego showed two people interacting with a single Lego creation.
- The Apple Photos app is getting a new feature called Search Suggestions. There’s also a For You tab that shows memories, On This Day photos from the past, and more.
- Siri is getting Shortcuts, you can set custom phrases to trigger third-party actions. Siri Suggestions can also suggest things for you to do after learning your habits. If you’re going to a movie, for example, it will suggest to turn on Do Not Disturb. A new Shortcuts app lets you create your own custom shortcuts to enact actions faster.
- Apple News gets a new sidebar on the iPad. The Stocks app gets a small redesign, but Apple News is now built into the Stocks app. The Stocks app is also now available on the iPad.
- The Voice Memo app is now easier to use, and looks a little different. It’s now also available on the iPad. iCloud support also means your recordings are saved on the cloud.
- The iBooks app is now called Apple Books, and it’s getting a redesign. It makes it easier to pick up where you left off. There’s also a new Book Store in the app that makes it easier to purchase books.
- The CarPlay app now supports third-party navigation apps, so you can use Google Maps.
- Do Not Disturb during bedtime doesn’t show all your notifications in the middle of the night. You can expand it in the Control Center, and you can set an ending time.
- Instant tuning to notifications now gives you more control over notifications. There’s also now Grouped Notifications, which means notifications from the same app are bundled together, similar to how Android handles notifications.
- Screen Time lets you manage how much time you spend in apps. App Limits let you set a time limit for apps, and you’ll get an alert telling you when you’ve run out of time. Parents can create Allowances for kids, to give them extra time with certain apps.
- Tongue Detection, that’s right, is coming in iOS 12. Animoji can detect tongues. There are also a handful of new Animojis, like T-rex, ghost, and koala.
- Memoji lets you create your own personalized Animoji in the iMessage app. It still only works with the iPhone X.
- There are new camera effects in iMessage, such as shapes, effects, stickers, and even your own Memojis.
- Facetime is finally getting Group Facetime, so you can video chat with more than one person at a single time. Up to 32 people simultaneously, actually. You can also directly jump to Facetimes from the iMessage app, and there are stickers, effects, Memoji, and Animojis as well.
- You can read everything Apple announced in iOS 12 here.
- Apple announces WatchOS 5, bringing a new workout type for Yoga, Hiking, and Outdoor Run. There’s now automatic workout detection along with End Alerts, and improved Competitions.
- WatchOS 5 includes a Walkie-Talkie app that lets you talk to other Apple Watch owners just like a walkie-talkie.
- The Siri watch face gets sports, maps, and heart rate details. It also will have the Siri Shortcuts that’s available in iOS 12. You can also now see third-party apps on the Siri watch face. You also don’t need to say Hey Siri — just raise your wrist to your face and just ask it a command.
- Interactive notifications in WatchOS 5 also lets you perform some actions in notifications directly.
- You can also see web content in WatchOS 5, like when you want to see the menu for a restaurant.
- Apple Podcasts are now available in WatchOS 5.
- You can add student ID cards into Wallet in WatchOS 5.
- There’s a new band and watch face supporting Pride Month, available today.
- You can read everything Apple announced in WatchOS 5 here.
- Apple TV 4K now gets support for Dolby Atmos. Apple is also working with cable companies to include support.
- Zero Sign-on lets you securely and quickly sign into all your TV services, no sign in required. Charter Spectrum will be the first to support this.
- Apple TV users will have the Apple TV icon directly accessible in the Control Center on their iPhone.
- The next version of macOS is called macOS Mojave, and it includes a dark mode.
- MacOS also has a new feature called Dynamic Desktop. It visually changes from morning, evening to night.
- Stacks in the Desktop let you hide cluttered files into one neat place.
- The Finder app looks a little different. There’s a new view option called Gallery view. It has a big preview for images and video.
- The Apple News app is coming to macOS.
- Voice Memo is also coming to macOS.
- The Stocks and Home app are also coming to macOS.
- Cookies are no longer tracked by default on websites, and it will be more difficult for data companies to track your browsing habits.
- UIKit from iOS will work with macOS. It helps make porting apps from iOS to macOS much easier for developers. It will be available next year.
- And that’s a wrap!
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