SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is shaking up its software.
On Monday, the company is expected to announce a number of new upgrades to its various operating systems.
But CEO Tim Cook started the event in San Francisco with a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Cook called it a “senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate aimed at dividing and destroying.”
“The Apple community is made up from people around the world,” said Cook. “We celebrate our diversity, we know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward.”
iOS 10 announced — won’t be compatible with all iOS 9 devices
Tim Cook referred to iOS 10 as the “mother of all releases,” but the new software will not be available to all devices currently running iOS 9.
iPhone 4s users will not be able to upgrade to iOS 10. Here’s a full list of the devices compatible with iOS 10.
Phone: iPhone 6s & 6s Plus; iPhone 6 & 6 Plus; iPhone SE; iPhone 5s; iPhone 5c; iPhone 5
iPad: iPad Pro 12.9-inch; iPad Pro 9.7-inch; iPad Air 2; iPad Air; iPad 4th generation; iPad 3rd generation; iPad 2; iPad mini 4; iPad mini 3; iPad mini 2; iPad mini
iPod: iPod touch 6th generation; iPod touch 5th generation
Editor’s note: During the event on Monday, Apple revealed a list of compatible devices. The list of devices shown during the event did not include the iPad 2 or the 5th generation iPod. However, the iPad 2 and 5th generation iPod are both included on the iOS preview website (see screenshot below) as compatible devices. For this story, we’re assuming the list on the official iOS website is correct. Apple has not publicly commented on the discrepancy.
Siri comes to the Mac
After five years, Apple is finally bringing its voice assistant Siri to the Mac. It’s the same Siri from iOS, but can also do fun things like find files. To trigger Siri on a Mac, you click on the new Siri icon in the dock.
After 15 years as OS X, Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new name. In the future, it will only answer to macOS, or its latest California-inspired codename, Sierra. The format makes it more consistent with other Apple OSes.
Apple is adding some continuity between its products. You can unlock a Mac just by wearing your Apple watch, skipping a password. If you copy a funny quote on your Mac and want to share it on Snapchat, a new universal clipboard lets you copy and paste between devices. iCloud helps sync files between the devices.
Siri is opening up
The OS getting the most changes is iOS. Apple is overhauling its mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads. iOS 10 will be available as a beta in July and come to regular people’s iPhones and iPads in the Fall.
Apple is finally opening up Siri to developers, a necessary move to keep up with a growing crop of smart assistant competitors.
Messages gets Snapchat-ified
Apple is opening up its Messages app to developers. Messaging apps are a popular place for tech companies right now, with tools like Skype and Facebook Messenger focused on adding features, apps and bots.
Inside Messages, there’s an app drawer where you can see all the new apps. There are apps for things like stickers, sending money, ordering food, and dropping in odd animated gifs. If you’re trying to order lunch from DoorDash, you can collaborate with co-workers and even pay directly in Messages.
Apple is adding a bunch of its own snapchatty features to Messages. Emojis will appear three-times larger, and when you tap the Emoji button it will automatically highlight words that can be replaced with emoji. Invisible Ink lets you built suspense with images that are only revealed after you tap. Doodle on photos or videos, add splashy animated backgrounds like confetti or fireworks, and make your text grow or shrink with little animations depending on your mood.
As presenter Craig Federici said, “Children of tomorrow will have no understanding of the English language.”
Apple Photos wants to be more like Google Photos
Apple’s Photos app is playing catch-up with Google Photos. It is adding face detection, so you can tap on your sister’s face and see all photos of her. It will detect places and objects (Paris, the ocean) so you can search your entire library.
Instead of just looking at photos chronologically, you can see images based on life events. Apple will sort them together into Memories automatically. An auto-editing feature can take all the videos from one memory and slap them together into an edited piece.
Apple Watch works with a new mouse (not that kind)
Apple started off with a preview of the next version of its Apple Watch operating system, watchOS 3. Most importantly, there is finally a Minnie Mouse watch face, joining Mickey who has been there since launch.
It’s also now easier to swipe between faces, for people who don’t want to be judged at work for their love of retro Disney characters.
General improvements include faster response time for apps and a new dock where you can find them all in one place. Swipe up on the watch face to bring up Control Center, similar to iOS. A new tool called Scribble lets you write out messages with your finger on the screen, and it automatically turns it into text.
WatchOS 3 will have a new SOS feature that calls 911 when you press and hold the side button. The new Breathe app will guide you through deep breathing sessions to deal with stress. If you would prefer to not stare at a tiny screen while meditating, you can close your eyes and the watch will use vibrations to guide you.
Apple TV makes logging in less miserable
The most useful new feature coming to the next version of tvOS, the Apple TV operating system, is single sign-on. Now you don’t have to waste time logging onto each of your network apps. Just enter your cable login and password once.
A new partnership with Dish TV brings Sling integration to the Apple TV, for anyone interested in watching live content. There is deeper Siri integration in the TV and the companion remote app. You can now Ask Siri to search YouTube for the latest unboxing or kitten videos.
Never listen to your voicemail again
Years after announcing “Visual Voicemail,” Apple is finally following through on with real visual voicemails. In iOS 10, it will transcribe your voicemails into text so you don’t have to listen to a human talking.
Music gets a makeover
Apple Music was released a year ago to tepid reviews. Apple is giving the subscription streaming service a second go with a simplified new look. You can now see exactly what songs are on your device versus in the cloud, a point of some confusion before. And if you really want to sing along but don’t know the words, there’s a new built-in lyrics tool.