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Apple Watch and watchOS 6 Upgrades from Today’s WWDC

Here is a basic rundown of the new features coming this year in watchOS 6.

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Want to Watch the WWDC Keynote? Here’s Where to Go and How To Do It

Are you looking for a place to watch or keep up with Apple’s 2019 WWDC Keynote tomorrow? Thankfully, unlike many years past, Apple now streams all of their big events, so it’s easy. If you are on a Mac or PC, just go to Apple’s Event Page to watch their live stream of the event at 10 AM Pacific. That is 11 AM Mountain, Noon Central and 1 PM Eastern Time.

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WWDC Preview Part 4: Odds and Ends

I covered the iPad, Apple Watch and AR Glasses earlier today. Now let’s cover a few of the more obvious items, as well as a few that are on my wishlist but are unknowns for tomorrow’s event.

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WWDC Preview Part 3: Through the Looking Glasses

Here we go with Part 3 of my WWDC Preview. You can check out Part 1 on the iPad and Part 2 on the Apple Watch here. Now it’s time for something completely different. How about Apple worst kept secret since they started working on a car: AR Glasses.

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WWDC Preview Part 1: All’s Quiet on the iPad Front

In a little less than 24 hours, Tim Cook will take the stage and Apple’s 2019 WWDC Keynote will begin. It’s usually a lengthy event that will reveal the company’s software roadmap for all of its devices and services for the next year. Considering that Apple only has a few public-facing events per year and that WWDC is the only one that touches on all Apple’s entire ecosystem, it is probably the biggest. In fact, with the iPhone having leveled out in growth, WWDC should become the unquestioned king of Apple events going forward.

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Hits and Misses from WWDC- The Misses

Almost a week out from the WWDC Keynote, the reviews of Apple’s new software features and improvements are overwhelmingly positive. Their focus on performance and small details will benefit all users, not just those with the latest devices. Siri got what could turn out to be a huge boost from the new Shortcuts feature, which will be opened up for developers to finally get real access to Apple’s digital assistant. Apple also focused some well-deserved attention on macOS to round out a Keynote full of new goodies.

However, despite all of the welcomed additions, there were several things that people were ether hoping or expecting to see that we didn’t get on Monday. Let’s take a look back and some of the misses from WWDC.

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Hits and Misses from the WWDC Keynote

Yesterday’s WWDC Keynote certainly wasn’t as exciting and feature packed as last year’s, especially thanks to the lack of new hardware announcements. However, it did bring us a pretty solid set of new software features and improvements. There were also some things that were oddly missing in action, but for this segment, I’m going to focus on the positives. Let’s take a quick look back at the Keynote.

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The WWDC Keynote is Just Hours Away. Here’s How to Follow the Action

When

The WWDC Keynote starts at 10 AM Pacific on Monday, June 4th. That translates to 11 AM Mountain, 12 PM Central, and 1 PM Eastern Times.

How to Watch

Streaming via the Web

If you are using a Mac or iOS device, you can livestream the video using Safari. Just go to this address and check it out live. It may also be possible to watch the stream on other platforms using a recent version of Firefox or Chrome. If you are running Windows 10, you can definitely use Microsoft Edge to get your live view.

Streaming via the WWDC app

If you prefer native apps to Safari on your iOS device, just download the free WWDC app in advance of the event, and the livestream will be available for you to stream.

Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV, the livestream of the Keynote will be available via the Events app.

Liveblogs

While live-blogging was necessary to follow Apple events  before we had access to live video, they still remain quite popular. Many tech sites and Apple blogs still do this because there are plenty of Apple users who prefer the sense of community direct interaction you get with the live information and opinion from experts on site.

Here are a few notable liveblogs for your viewing pleasure:

Engadget

Ars Technica

The Verge

Fast Company

CNET

The Mac Observer

AppleInsider

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WWDC Wishlist Part Six- Best of the Rest

The WWDC Keynote is tomorrow, and predictions are everywhere. Although, just like mine, most seem to be nothing more than guesses. Some may be more educated than others, but it feels like there is even less solid information out there this year than last, and that’s saying something. Apple may struggle keeping hardware a secret, but they seem to have the software side down on lockdown.

I’ve covered predictions relating to Siri, the iPad Pro, the Apple Watch, iOS 12, and Services over the last three weeks. Now, as we enter the final stretch toward the big event, here are some of the best of the rest that I hope we will see tomorrow.

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WWDC Wishlist Part Four- iOS 12

We are now one week out from the WWDC Keynote, so the rumors should start to pick up a little in the coming days. As with all of the recent editions of this event, iOS is expected to be the star of the show. However, it’s a little harder to say how far the improvements will reach after Mark Gurman reported earlier this year that the bulk of new features have been pushed off until iOS 13, and that iOS 12 will be more centered on fixing bugs and increasing stability. According to this report, Apple will now focus on the next two years of iOS development at a time, rather than force-marching its engineers to meet constant and sometimes unrealistic one-year features delivery deadlines.

This move is disappointing in a way, because the report made reference to some BIG improvements that may have been on the roadmap for iOS 12 before Craig Federighi stepped in, including redesigned Home Screens for iPhone and the iPad. I’ve been wanting to see this for the last three years, so it was disappointing to see how close we were to finally getting them. However, in the long term, this is probably the right decision, and it should deliver us a consistently better and more stable iOS. So with this news from February fresh in our minds, what can we expect to see next week?

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WWDC Wishlist Part Two- iPad Pro

The WWDC Keynote is only two weeks away, so we should start hearing bits and pieces about what will be covered at the event. However, if last year is a guide, we should also expect some surprises. While there were rumors of a new 10.5″ iPad Pro leading up to WWDC 2017, no one knew about the new iPad-specific features that were coming to iOS 11.

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