LIVE: Apple’s biggest conference of the year

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SAN JOSE, California – It’s Apple’s biggest conference of the year, and thousands of developers have flocked to see the keynote presentation, in which Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives will reveal Apple’s software roadmap, including MacOS 10.14, WatchOS 5 for the Apple Watch, and tvOS 12 for the Apple TV.

You can watch a live stream of the event here.

Expectations for a big hardware launch are muted. Apple typically launches new iPhones in September, and new versions to its MacBooks or iPads don’t seem to be imminent. Apple could re-introduce AirPower, an accessory it announced last September that hasn’t gone on sale yet.

But Apple often packs a surprise up its sleeve. We’ll be covering the entire event live from San Jose. Follow our live blog below:


11:07 AM: Kevin Lynch from Apple introduces watchOS 5, the latest operating system for the Apple Watch.

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11:04 AM: Federighi wraps up iOS 12, and hands the stage back to Tim Cook. “Next up, we’d like to talk about the Apple Watch,” Cook says. He talks about how the Apple Watch has saved lives.

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11:03 AM: Tim Cook joined the Group FaceTime mid-call just to show how people can drop in and out.

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11:02 AM: If you want someone to be front and center in the Group FaceTime, just tap on their face. Oh, and stickers, filters, and Animoji work, too. This is what you can create.

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11:00 AM: FaceTime is now integrated with Messages so you can go right from a group chat to a group FaceTime, and members can drop in and out at any time.

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10:59 AM: Federighi comes back on stage to talk about FaceTime. Apple introduces Group FaceTime. Now you can FaceTime with up to 32 simultaneous participants!

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10:58 AM: It’s like Snapchat, but inside the Messages app. You can even apply Animoji and Memoji in your videos.

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10:57 AM: Now you can send interesting videos in your Messages, with the ability to add filters, text, stickers, and more.

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10:56 AM: For Memoji, you can choose skin tone, freckles, hairstyles, head shape, eye color, eyebrows, and more.

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10:54 AM: Apple’s Kelsey Peterson gives a live demo for the new version of Messages and Animoji, as well as Memoji.

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10:52 AM: Apple is taking Animoji to new levels: Memoji lets you create your own personalized Animoji. The audience groans. Also, Animojis can now stick out their tongues. Apple is also adding four new Animoji: a ghost, koala, tiger, and T-rex.

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10:51 AM: More on the Screentime app: Parents can also set App Limits on their kids by category or individual app. Maybe you want your kid to always use the Phone app, or educational apps, but maybe you want to limit time in certain apps and websites. It works across both iPhone and iPad, and you can manage it all remotely.

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10:50 AM: Apple has added App Limits for people who need help managing their time, so you can choose to only spend time limits in certain apps. You’ll get notifications to know your time is almost up within an app. You can get a little more time after that if you’d like, but Apple will eventually tell you to turn it off.

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10:48 AM: Apple is adding a new app called Screentime, and it’s all about providing transparency for users. You can get deep insights on how much time you’re spending in apps, and how you’re spending it. You can see how often you’re picking up your phone, and what’s drawing you in. And you can also see which apps are sending you the most notifications.

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10:47 AM: Apple is also updating Notifications. But Apple wants to give people more control over the notifications you receive, so Apple is turning on “Instant Tuning” right from the lock screen, so you can turn off notifications or help notifications bypass the lock screen. Also, Apple is going to add grouped notifications to iOS (!!) so they’re grouped by app, topic, or thread.


10:46 AM: The first part of this disruption piece is a new Do Not Disturb mode for bedtime. You won’t see a big list of notifications at night; when you’re fully awake, you can tap a button for when you’re ready to look at all your notifications.

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10:45 AM: Federighi comes back on stage to talk more about apps “that need more attention than we realize.” He talks about how notifications draw us in for fear of missing out, and it’s a new habit where we don’t realize how distracted we’ve become. So Apple is introducing new features that limit distraction and help you focus on the things that are important to you.


10:44 AM: Apple is updating CarPlay in iOS 12 to support third-party navigation apps, including Google Maps and Waze. “So now you’ll have even more choices when you use CarPlay.”

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10:43 AM: Apple completely updated the design for iBooks, and is giving it a new name: Apple Books. “We’ve dropped the ‘i,'” Susan says.

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10:42 AM: Apple rebuilt the Voice Memos app to be easier to use. And it’s now on the iPad as well for the first time. It also has iCloud support so all your recordings will sync across your devices.

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10:41 AM: Apple has finally updated its Stocks app with news headlines about stocks, but also integration with Apple News. The top stories in Stocks will be business news curated by the Apple News editors. The Stocks app will also be on iPad now.

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10:40 AM: Now “Susan” from Apple is on stage talking about Apple News. The stories are curated by Apple’s team of humans. There’s a new Browse tab.

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10:38 AM: Siri Shortcuts are the results of Apple’s acquisition of Workflow, a popular automation app for iPhone and iPad.

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10:36 AM: You can even make your own Siri Shortcuts. So if you’re going to the beach, you can have Siri look up the weather, check the ETA for a drive to the beach, and more.

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10:35 AM: Federighi talks about Siri becoming more proactive thanks to Shortcuts. Now, if Siri knows you often buy coffee in the morning, it can surface the ability to buy your coffee right on your lock screen.

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10:33 AM: Apple is moving onto Siri. Apple is making Siri more powerful in iOS 12 with a new feature called Shortcuts. You can create phrases, like “I lost my keys,” for instance, and have that automatically connect to your Tile app so it can play an alarm to help you find your device.

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You can more easily share photos with friends in iOS 12. It can detect which friends are in your photos, and offer to send photos to them. And your friends can get similar notifications so everyone can share the full set of photos with each other.

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10:31 AM: There’s a new “For You” tab in Photos in iOS 12. You can see photos you’ve taken that same day in past years, or seeing cool effects applied to some of your old photos.

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10:29 AM: Federighi (thankfully) moves onto Photos in iOS 12. “It starts with search.” Now you’ll get search suggestions that highlight people, places, and even categories of photos like hiking and watersports. You can even search for multiple terms, business names, or broad categories like “museum.” Apple Photos can index over 4 million events, so you can find photos you took at those events.

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10:28 AM: These two fully grown men are playing with these virtual Lego for a tad too long.

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10:25 AM: Now we’re learning how ARKit can open up creative play possibilities for toys like Lego. Martin Sanders, director of innovation at Lego, demonstrates multi-user support in ARKit 2.

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10:23 AM: Federighi goes into detail on ARKit, “the world’s largest AR platform by far.” Federighi introduces ARKit 2, which delivers improved face-tracking, more realistic rendering, and support for 3D object detection and persistence — so you can start a game built around a physical toy, or to let teachers create lessons entirely in AR. It supports multi-user augmented reality, which lets multiple people see a common virtual environment.

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10:22 AM: Apple’s new measure app can automatically detect the size of photos, and other rectangular images.

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10:19 AM: Federighi comes back on stage to talk more about AR in iOS 12. Apple has a new app in iOS 12 called “Measure,” which can measure distance and length using ARKit. You just tap and drag out a line with your finger to create a measurement. You can even extend the measurements in a 3D by tapping and dragging the lines wherever you want.

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10:19 AM: Adobe CEO Parasnis unveils a new iOS application from Adobe to help people create AR experiences quickly, using objects and tools from the Creative Cloud. And it’s WYSIWYG!

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10:18 AM: Federighi invites Adobe CEO Abhay Parasnis to talk about ARKit in iOS 12, and the new file format. “Today, we’re announcing that we’re bringing native support to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.”

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10:17 AM: Federighi talks about AR in iOS 12. Apple worked with Pixar to make a new compact file format that’s optimized for sharing but has great 3D graphics and animations.

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10:14 AM: Federighi continues on performance in iOS 12: “When we detect that you need a burst of performance, like when you’re scrolling or using an app, we ramp up performance to its highest state, and then ramp it down to its lowest state to preserve battery life.”


10:13 AM: Federighi says Apple is focused on making sure its software works great on older devices. On the iPhone 6S, apps launch up to 40% faster in iOS 12, for instance. You can even take photos up to 70% faster.


10:11 AM: Craig Federighi introduces iOS 12, and takes a dig at Android in the process. “We love the way customers race to update to our newest releases. In fact, half of iOS customers updated to iOS 11 in just 7 weeks. When you look at the competition, it’s hard to see them really having a software update model.” (Only 6% of Android users have the latest version of Android.)

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10:11 AM: Cook introduces Craig Federighi to talk about iOS, which “embodies our philosophy of putting the customer at the center of everything we design,” according to Cook.


10:08 AM: Cook talks about Swift, Apple’s programming language, and how hundreds of thousands of apps in the Store now use it. “Just imagine what this new generation of coders will create.”


10:08 AM: Cook: “We’re going to hit another big milestone this week. Payouts to developers will top $100 billion. The App Store is clearly the best place for you to be rewarded for your hard work and creativity.”


10:06 AM: Cook: “Next month, the App Store turns 10! The App Store is the world’s largest app marketplace and we now welcome over 500 million weekly visitors. This is mindblowing.”

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10:06 AM: Cook continues: “And I couldn’t be happier to announce we now have 20 million Apple developers all around the world. That’s more than ever before.”

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10:05 AM: Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage. “Good morning and welcome to WWDC 2018! It’s great to be back in San Jose with everyone. We have developers here from all over the world this morning — from 77 countries, that’s more than ever before.”


10:03 AM: “11 and a half months in hibernation has taken its toll.”

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10:01 AM: The show has begun! Apple is playing an intro video with a David Attenborough-like voice narrating a bunch of developers descending onto WWDC, like the popular nature documentary “Planet Earth.”

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9:57 AM: Apple’s live stream has begun! It’s just a slow-scrolling screen of apps with music in the background. A voiceover says the presentation will begin shortly.

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9:51 AM: Ben Thompson on Twitter makes a very interesting point. ????


9:47 AM: Everyone is taking their seats, listening to music. The auditorium is HUGE. The internet situation is … not great.