We didn’t get iMessage for Android, nor did Apple introduce a revamped MacBook Pro. But there were plenty of big software announcements, including an overhaul to Apple Music.

At WWDC on Monday, the Cupertino company made it all about software—this is a developer conference after all—with new features coming to tvOS, watchOS, macOS, and iOS, the latter of which is receiving the most headlining features. Below is a full recap.

iOS 10

Apple’s iOS is still very much like it’s always been; same look, same UI, same closed-off ecosystem. But Apple is slowly opening it up in ways that improve the experience without compromising the company’s tight grip over the software. Now, Siri is open to third-party developers while iMessage is getting its very own app store, along with several other cool features.

iOS 10 is also adding better Maps, more powerful photos, and a “raise to wake” feature, which Apple said was designed because people often blow past their lock screen by mistake. We’ve seen the feature in a lot of other phones but it’s great to see Apple adopting it at long last.

Meanwhile, Apple Music has been redesigned from the ground up, while widgets will now live on a screen to the left of your home screen; it’s still not as good as putting widgets wherever you like, but Apple is finally introducing a way that makes information glanceable.

watchOS 3

The big update here is something Apple aptly named Instant Launch. Essentially, apps now launch immediately with updated information, which means you no longer have to wait around for apps to launch and load just to get a quick update on the weather or when your Uber will arrive. Everything works in the background, making for a much more pleasant wearable experience.

The Apple Watch will also be a better fitness tool, with features to share your activity, support for more health metrics, a new app designed for meditation, and more. The device is also becoming more friendly for wheelchair users, so now it’ll track wheelchair-specific workouts, push counts instead of step counts, and a feature that will tell you to roll rather than stand.

Overall, the update has been designed to make the Apple Watch easier to use and more useful. There’s even a new SOS mode that will initiate a call with first responders, making the wearable great for emergency situations.


Siri is getting a lot smarter in the new tvOS. Now, she can search even more services and even search for multiple criteria in the same search. If you tell her to show spy movies from the 80s, she’ll show you pertinent results.

Perhaps the best addition, however, is a new single sign-on feature, which lets you quickly gain access to all the apps in your pay TV package. That means you simply authenticate once and you’re good to go.


We knew Siri would come to Mac and that’s exactly what happened. In addition to performing the most basic of tasks, Siri can also locate files for you, acting as the vocal version of Alfred, a cool productivity app that’s been available for Mac forever.

Apple Pay is also coming to the web, while users with the Apple Watch will be able to get instant access to their Mac; no more getting past clunky password-protected lock screens.

Although Apple didn’t introduce any new hardware, the company covered quite a bit of ground on Monday. All new releases are already available in beta, so you should be able to download those now if you’re a developer. For everyone else, the consumer releases will be available this fall.