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Jun 8, 2015, 11:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Apple's annual developer conference kicks off today and lots of news is in store. The company is expected to show off iOS 9, as well as improvements to Mac OS X, and Apple Watch OS. Follow Phone Scoop's liveblog for all the news.

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Jun 8, 2015, 2:23 PM: I think we're done here, folks. We hope you've enjoyed Phone Scoop's liveblog of the WWDC 2015 keynote!

Jun 8, 2015, 2:20 PM: Cook has one last thing. Here we go, a performance! New artist! World wide premiere! Someone I've never heard of.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:19 PM: "A jam-packed morning."

Jun 8, 2015, 2:19 PM: Tim Cook is on stage once again. Probably wrapping up in a few minutes.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:18 PM: and another video.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:17 PM: Launching later this month.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:17 PM: Apple giving families an option to have six accounts for a total of $15 per month.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:16 PM: Available to iOS, Mac OS, Windows and Android. $10 per month. First three months free.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:16 PM: Eddie Cue is wrapping up. APple Music is joined by the iTUnes Music Store, so it seems like they will coexist.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:14 PM: Can do stuff like "Play the top 10 songs in alternative"

Jun 8, 2015, 2:13 PM: Siri can now be used to play spcific songs.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:13 PM: Lets artists who are unsigned share as well. Eddie Cue didn't really say how you'd know how to follow unsigned artists. It sort of looks like a random feed.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:12 PM: Sort of reminds me of Ping, the old Apple music social network.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:11 PM: Connect looks intertesting. Shows artists in their native environment, like studios, tour buses, etc. so they can share what they're up to with fans.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:11 PM: Playing a spot from Beats1, sort of like a commercial. Hard to demo with a 10-second clip.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:09 PM: The service learns over time, but lets you see top songs, top albums, top videos, 10,000s of thousands of videos available all ad free.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:08 PM: The app lets you favorite artists and give them preference over others, as well as allow it suggest play lists.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:07 PM: Users can see the entire playlist or look at album artwork, and look at all their favorite tunes in an easier-to-digest visual.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:05 PM: The Apple Music app has a new mini player and new navigational controls that purportesdly make it easier to use.

Jun 8, 2015, 2:02 PM: Blake is on stage talking about how he thinks the COnnect feature will help improve how artists and fans interact.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:59 PM: Connect - A single place to connect directly with fans - music, videos, photos, etc.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:59 PM: Coming from NYC, LA, and London.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:58 PM: Beats1 is the name of the global radio station.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:58 PM: Apple is talking about the process behind picking DJs to make the service as good as possible.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:54 PM: Connect - a way for artists to connect with fans anywhere.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:54 PM: We at apple are hear to help artists dreams come realized.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:54 PM: 24/7 global radio - three stations around the world.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:53 PM: Iovine says algothrms can't do what people can do when it comes to picking the next track.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:52 PM: Revoluitionary music service curated by leading experts.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:51 PM: All the ways you love music in all your favorite places.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:51 PM: Reznor says it tries to create a com[lete experience for listeners and for artists to people can have sustainable careers.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:50 PM: Black Sabbath represented in the video!

Jun 8, 2015, 1:50 PM: Another video. Started with Trent Reznor.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:49 PM: He says technology needs to solve the problems facing music and treating it more like art.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:48 PM: Iovine is talking about his first experience with iTunes.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:47 PM: Jimmy Iovine is on stage.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:47 PM: Apple Music.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:45 PM: Really loud video right now.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:44 PM: MUSIC

Jun 8, 2015, 1:44 PM: ...one more thing!!!!!!

Jun 8, 2015, 1:44 PM: "Before we close this morning...

Jun 8, 2015, 1:43 PM: Tim Cook is back.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:43 PM: The Apple Watch OS 2 developer beta is available starting today. It will be distributed to consumers in the fall.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:40 PM: Can reply to email in watchOS 2. Can use Siri to reply directly from a notification.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:39 PM: Apple is showing how all the new features work. It all looiks pretty seamless and easy to do.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:39 PM: Time for a demonstration.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:37 PM: HomeKit will run natively on the Watch so people can control their house from their wrist.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:37 PM: Apple is listening to deeloper requests and bringing more features to WatchKit. Can access microphone, HealthKit, video players, and others.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:36 PM: Apple talking about new features for developers. With native apps, all the lopic and UI will be on the Watch so everything will run faster. The developers are really happy about that.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:35 PM: Far more powerful features headed to the APple Watch.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:34 PM: New mass transit directions available via Siri in WatchOS 2.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:33 PM: Enabling Siri to start workouts. FaceTimne audio on the Watch.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:31 PM: Nightstand view with alams coming to Watch OS 2

Jun 8, 2015, 1:31 PM: Flux capacitor sold separately.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:30 PM: New time travel feature will let people move their complications backward and forward so they can see their past and future events and notifications.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:30 PM: Will be available from digitla and analog watch faces.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:29 PM: App developers can make their own "complications."

Jun 8, 2015, 1:28 PM: Apple is making more watch faces available. They show timelapses in big cities based on the time of day.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:28 PM: Apple to make WatchOS more independent from iPhone.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:27 PM: And Cook is thanking the entire developer community.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:24 PM: "It is an amazing time to be a developer, and we're just at the beginning of all this" -- Phil Schiller.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:23 PM: The video is a montage about how powerful smartphones and apps have become to our lives.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:19 PM: Apple showing a video.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:18 PM: Apple has paid developers $30 billion. Most poriftable apps marketplace on the planet.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:17 PM: Cook is waxing poetic about the app store. 100 billion downloads.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:16 PM: TIm Cook is back on stage

Jun 8, 2015, 1:16 PM: iOS 9 to be free for all in the fall, and supports a huge number of devices.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:15 PM: Rolling out the standard libraries for OS X, iOS9, and Linux by the end of the year.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:14 PM: Swift is open souirce, and the developers went absolujtely craazy.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:14 PM: Updates have been squished down in a big way. iOS 8 required 4.5GBN of space on the phone. iOS9 will only need 1.5GB.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:13 PM: Apple is adding two-factor authentication for security.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:12 PM: Carplay supports more screns, more players, and more cars.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:12 PM: Apple is releasing a whole new set of APIs for developers and gaming.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:09 PM: iOS9 adds a low=power mode to help extend battery life for three hours.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:08 PM: Seeing an extra hour of typical use on a full charge on an iPhone.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:08 PM: Apple is turning focus to performance improvements in iOS 9.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:07 PM: Slide-over and and split-view is available on the iPad Air 2.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:07 PM: ANd there are developer APIs to make this all work, and a lot of the tools are already in use.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:07 PM: THere's a new app-switcher for iPad and iPhone.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:06 PM: Supports PIP for video and other content.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:06 PM: The new keyboard works really well, and using the two open apps to drag-and-drop text between two apps.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:05 PM: The iPad supports multitouch in side-by-side apps, which is pretty cool.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:02 PM: iPad gets split-screen multitasking!

Jun 8, 2015, 1:02 PM: For easier selecting of text. Really neat. Alsop a cool way for selecting text on the screen.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:02 PM: Apple will turn the keyboard into a trackpad.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:01 PM: More shortcuts added to the keyboard bar.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:00 PM: Moving on to the iPad and iOS 9 for the tablet.

Jun 8, 2015, 1:00 PM: WIll be available in English-speaking countries first.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:59 PM: News will be available in the fall with iOS 9. Apple says all types of publications will be supported.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:56 PM: Another feature will help people explore new topics, but the app can keep track of a million topics, so users can really drill down to specific interests.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:56 PM: The News app supports embedded video, which is pretty cool.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:55 PM: News will take peoples' interests and find articles on the web.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:53 PM: Looks like a competitor to Google News and Flipboard.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:52 PM: Apple intros a new app called News.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:50 PM: Will show the size and shape of transit stations. That's pretty helpful.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:50 PM: Will provide step-by-step directions. Taken care to get all the details right.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:49 PM: Apple is bringing transit to maps!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:49 PM: Now it is time to talk about Maps!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:48 PM: iCloud will sync Notes across all devices.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:48 PM: From the share sheet, users can add links directly to Notes.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:47 PM: Apple ius addinbg a toolbar to APple Notes for better notetaking. You can now check off items more easily. It also adds better support for the camera and camera roll.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:46 PM: Apple renaming Passbook to Apple Wallet.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:45 PM: Apple Pay is adding sopme new features to APple Pay. It will support store credit cards: Kohls, JCPenny, BJs. Loyalty and reward cards, too. Walgreens, Dunkin Donuts to bring perks to stores, too.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:44 PM: Apple Pay is headed to the UK in July.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:43 PM: 1 million locations accepting Apple Pay next month.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:42 PM: Trade Joes, JCPenny adopting Apple Pay soon.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:41 PM: Now we are talking about Apple Pay. 2500 banks. Discover will join in the fall.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:41 PM: APple says user data will remain anonymous.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:39 PM: Apple execs are really good about making fun of themselves.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:38 PM: Siri works must faster and can really be more helpdful with real-langauge spoken requests.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:38 PM: Craig is taking us through a demo of how all the new search tools work.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:34 PM: Siri is becomning a LOT more like Google Now and Cortana (finally!)

Jun 8, 2015, 12:34 PM: Search resulkts are deep linked to the apps. Back link will take people back to search.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:33 PM: Siri is better at searching. THere is now an API for search in iOS, which the developers in the audience are happy about.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:32 PM: SIri will suss out incoming phone numbers by comparing them to whats in your mailbox.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:32 PM: iPhohne can take invites from email and add them to calendar and automatically provide driving directions.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:31 PM: Siri will bring proactive help and suggestions.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:31 PM: Siri will be better at reminders.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:31 PM: More powerful: Show me photos from Utah Last Summer, anbd Siri can do it.,

Jun 8, 2015, 12:30 PM: Apple says Siri is faster anbd better at handling words.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:30 PM: Starting with SIri.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:30 PM: iOS 0 focuss on intelligance, apps, iPad, and evolution.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:29 PM: Apple digs Android, which has only 12% adoption for Lollipop.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:29 PM: Apple says 83% of iPhone users are on OS8

Jun 8, 2015, 12:28 PM: Time for iOS!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:28 PM: El Capitan available to developers today, public beta in July, full roll out in the fall.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:27 PM: Just saw saomne ridiculous gaming demos.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:23 PM: Adobe is going to adopt Metal to help speed up its apps on Macs.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:21 PM: Looks like Apple is bringing Metal to the Mac. Metal was initially for iOS.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:21 PM: Apple says apps are mnuch faster to open. Improved the underlying code to boost performance.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM: New Notes app, new Mission Control UI, split view, and much more to El Capitan.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:20 PM: Mission control makes it easier to sprt between open apps and run apps side-by-side.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:18 PM: Makes email easier to work with in full screen.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:15 PM: App,e to make it easier for Safari users to find the noisy tab.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:14 PM: Apple is bringing some more gestures to apps like email.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:13 PM: OS 10 El Capitan. FOcusing on experience and performnance.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:12 PM: "Free=botom Friday attire" Ha!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:12 PM: Here comes the new name!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:11 PM: Apple claims Yosenmite has the fastest adoption rate of any operating system.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:11 PM: Starting with OS X.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:10 PM: Chraig Federighi is on stage now.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:10 PM: CooK: Everything is going great!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:09 PM: Tim says they are talking about iOSA 9, OS X, and WatchOS.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:09 PM: tim cook is on stage!

Jun 8, 2015, 12:07 PM: And Tim Cook is on stage.

Jun 8, 2015, 12:06 PM: Hilarious video of star-studded intro performance rehearsal. This is way more Hollywood than Apple usually does. This is beyond an awards show into.

Jun 8, 2015, 11:40 AM: Some happy music is playing. Most people are still standing around looking for seats. The action gets under way at 10AM / 1 PM.

Jun 8, 2015, 11:32 AM: We're in out seats at WWDC and waiting for the keynote to begin. The room is massive and thousands of people are flooding in.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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