Live Blog: 2015 WWDC Keynote

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Below is the AppleVis live blog for the June 8, 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote presentation. Information has been taken directly from the @AppleVis Twitter timeline, as well as from the Twitter timelines of MacRumorsLive / MacRumors, Macworld, and 9to5Mac. All external information is indicated as such with a source name, and all external tweets are in quotes.


  • MacRumorsLive: "Attendees at WWDC are from 70 countries, 805 are first-time attendees. 350 student scholarship winners. 100 sessions planned, 150 labs."
  • The youngest WwDC scholarship winner is a 12-year-old girl from New York.

Mac OS X

  • Craig Federighi: 55% of Macs currently on Yosemite. This is the fastest adoption rate of any PC OS.
  • MacRumorsLive: "The name for the next version OS X is El Capitan, a notable Yosemite landmark."
  • MacRumorsLive: "There are new gestures built into Mail for archiving and deleting -- swipe on the trackpad."
  • MacRumorsLive: "There's a new 'pin sites' feature that lets users save websites."
  • MacRumorsLive: "There's a universal mute feature in Safari, so you can mute a site that's playing music even with a ton of tabs open. handy feature!"
  • MacRumorsLive: "Spotlight is getting more powerful with natural language enhancements and deeper search features. 'Get Mail from Brian about El Cap.'"
  • MacRumorsLive: "Mission Control is getting some improvements in El Capitan."
  • MacRumorsLive: "There's a new Notes app that supports graphical links, text styling, and more."
  • MacRumorsLive: "Now were talking performance in El Cap. '1.4 times acceleration in app launching, 2x improvement in switching apps.'"
  • MacRumorsLive: "50% improvements in rendering improvements, 40% less CPU necessary for graphics. Better battery life, better graphics performance."
  • Macworld: Developers get the beta of OS X: El Capitan today. Public beta in July. Free upgrade for everyone this fall!"
  • Mac Rumors: OS X El Capitan brings major under-the-hood improvements. Apps launch 1.4x faster, and Metal is included for better graphics performance.

iOS 9

  • Siri has over 1 billion requests per week.
  • Siri's error rate down to 5%. Siri 40% faster at responding.
  • Siri has a new UI in iOS 9.
  • "Show me photos from Utah last August" will show you the right photos from your library.
  • Siri knows when you get in the car, can remind you to "grab coffee off the roof".
  • Plug in headphones, the phone will offer up "Now Playing" on the lock screen. Context sensitive.
  • iPhone can take invitations you receive in e-mail and automatically add them to the calendar.
  • iPhone can now look in your e-mail for phone numbers of unknown callers to try and find their names.
  • "Proactivity" also more useful in Search.
  • Proactivity offers up suggestions for contacts, apps, etc. based on time of day you use the device, etc.
  • Siri now has a search API.
  • Use your phone to search, you can now find content behind the apps you have installed.
  • "Back" link provided so you can get right back to search results.
  • MacRumorsLive: "Swiping left on the home screen brings up a much more detailed Spotlight search, which learns your habits over time."
  • MacRumorsLive: "Improved search: new search window offers commonly used apps or contacts, one-tap links to nearby locations like food or breaking news."
  • Any look-ups of data for traffic, etc. are anonymous. Not shared with apps, Apple, or third parties.
  • Discover will bring Apple Pay to its more than 50 million card members in Fall 2015.
  • MacRumorsLive: "Trader Joes, Baskin Robbins, and JC Penney will be supporting Apple Pay later this year.
  • MacRumorsLive: "Discover will support Apple Pay this fall, and Square is launching a new reader with Apple Pay support for small businesses."
  • Apple Pay working with Pinterest. Buyable pins launching next month using Apple Pay, only on iOS.
  • Apple Pay coming to the UK next month. Launching with 8 banks initially.
  • More than 250,000 locations supporting Apple Pay in the UK, more than in the U.S. at initial launch.
  • You'll be able to add store credit and debit cards to Apple Pay in iOS 9.
  • Loyalty and rewards cards also coming to Apple Pay in iOS 9.
  • Passbook is being renamed to Wallet.
  • Notes now has a toolbar with handy formatting options.
  • You can also put photos directly into notes very easily. Drawing with your finger also supported.
  • You can now share links directly into notes via the share sheet in iOS 9.
  • New way to organize notes - by attachments.
  • Apple has invested heavily in maps; 5 billion user requests per week.
  • Craig Federighi: Maps usage on iOS 3.5 times higher than for the next leading maps app.
  • iOS 9 will support public transit maps.
  • Transit provides a map that emphasizes all of the different transit lines in an area.
  • Multimodal (example: bus/train) routing also supported in Transit.
  • Siri is integrated into Transit.
  • MacRumorsLive: "Transit directions in limited cities across the world, including Baltimore, New York, San Francisco."
  • Apple announces News, its news app for iOS 9.
  • articles can come from anywhere, but there is also an Apple News format.
  • You can bookmark articles to read later in News.
  • You can also watch associated photos and videos in News.
  • News constantly refines its articles based on your reading history.
  • MacRumorsLive: "News keeps track of more than a million topics so you can be very specific about your interests."
  • MacRumorsLive: "There are powerful machine learning algorithms to find our which stories belong in which category."
  • MacRumorsLive : "'We'll be rolling out News in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. "We think you're really going to like it.'"

iPad and iOS 9

  • Craig Federighi: "In iOS 9, we're elevating the iPad experience to a whole new level."
  • iPad Quick Type keyboard getting shortcuts for cut, copy, format text.
  • Shortcuts will also work using Bluetooth keyboards on iPad.
  • iPad has a split view in iOS 9--two apps on the screen at once.
  • You can adjust the split (50/50, for example) of the two apps on the screen.
  • MacRumorsLive: "We're seeing a demo of multitasking on the iPad. Double tap on the home button to bring up a new task switcher, full screen app previews."
  • MacRumorsLive: "Finger-swipe from the side of an app brings in a second app, this is called 'SlideOver.'"
  • MacRumorsLive: "Can bring in other applications, calendars, apps. Tap on the divider to get SplitView. Multi-app, multi-touch."
  • The new App Switcher will be available on iPhone as well.
  • Slide Over available for the iPad Air and later, and iPad Mini 2 and later.

Other iOS 9 Tidbits

  • Battery life in real use has been increased by 1 hour of average use on an iPhone in iOS 9.
  • Low-Power Mode to extend battery life for an additional 3 hours on iOS 9.
  • Two-Factor authentication coming to iCloud.
  • iOS 9 over-the-air update will require 1.3 GB as opposed to 4.6 GB for iOS 8.
  • Hydration, UV exposure, more coming to Health Kit in iOS 9.
  • CarPlay will support apps by auto makers to control car settings.
  • In future cars, no need to take phone out of bag or pocket to use CarPlay.
  • Swift 2 has been optimized, "Whole-Module Optimization."
  • Swift will be open-source.
  • iOS 9 Public Beta to be released in July. Available to developers today. Available to everyone in the Fall.
  • Tim Cook: The App Store recently passed 100 billion app downloads.
  • Apple has now paid out $30 billion to devs from the App Store.

Apple Watch and watchOS 2

  • New Watch OS will have native apps on the wrist and other great capabilities: new timepiece functions, communications, fitness, Apple Pay.
    • New Watch faces coming in watchOS 2.
    • App developers will be able to make their own Complications for Apple Watch in watchOS 2.
    • You are able to go forward in time to see events later in the day via Time Travel. Use the Digital Crown.
    • Apple Watch has a nice little bedside alarm clock feature in watchOS 2.
    • You can select different sets of friends for the Communications button on Apple Watch.
    • You'll be able to reply to e-mails in watchOS 2.
    • FaceTime audio will be supported in watchOS 2.
    • watchOS 2 will be able to run fitness apps natively on the Watch.
    • Siri will be able to start workouts in watchOS 2.
    • New achievements in watchOS 2. You can also share them with people via Messages, Facebook, and Twitter.
    • Apple Pay on the Watch will support store cards. Rewards cards will also be available in Wallet.
    • Transit will also be supported in watchOS 2.
    • Siri will be able to get mass transit directions in watchOS 2, also will be able to control HomeKit devices.
    • You can ask Siri to show Glances on the Watch.
    • Native apps will move the logic over to the Watch, resulting in improved responsiveness.
    • Features possible in watchOS 2 native apps: microphone access, audio playback, video playback, HealthKit access.
    • HomeKit is built-in to watchOS 2.
    • Accelerometer access also possible in watchOS 2.
    • App developers can access the Taptik Engine in watchOS 2.
    • Developers will also have access to the Digital Crown for UI manipulation.
    • MacRumorsLive: "Seeing the Mail app. Can reply to messages in Mail using Siri."

Apple Music

  • Apple Music to include the first-ever, worldwide, 24/7 radio station broadcast from 3 cities.
  • Apple Music will include features for up-and-coming artists to share their music.
  • Top charts, playlists, all human-curated and available by genre.
  • Beats One is Apple's worldwide radio station.
  • Beats One will broadcast live, 24/7 from New York, L.A., and London.
  • Connect is a place for artists to connect with fans.
  • Apple Music personalizes based on your tastes. Will ask you for some initial information to help with this.
  • Siri can play music right in Apple Music. Eddy Cue demonstrated playing "Born to Run."
  • Siri can also play the Top 10 songs in a genre--Example: Alternative.
  • Siri can play top songs from a specific time period, e.g. May 1982.
  • Apple Music launching in over 100 countries later this month with iOS 8.4.
  • Available via new versions of iTunes for Windows and Mac, and Android in the Fall.
  • Apple Music will be priced at $9.99 per month with a 3-month trial.
  • There will also be a family plan for $14.99 per month for up to 6 family members. Separate accounts, libraries, recommendations, etc.



Submitted by Michael Hansen on Monday, June 8, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

The keynote should start at 12:00 PM CDT.

Submitted by brandon armstrong on Monday, June 8, 2015

hey all, if we have the wwdc app on our phones, can we also stream it through that?

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Monday, June 8, 2015

I am fairly certain the WWDC app will allow you to watch the stream. Another option is to watch it live with the TWIT app. There will be commentary using the TWIT app but it is usually pretty good.

Greg Wocher

Submitted by charles on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm wondering why one of the sources of information listed in this article is dealing with rumors, or am I misundersanding? I don't want to hear about what is or was rumored. I just want to know what is, not what some people think will be. Thanks.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Charles,

As far as I know every bit of information on this page is genuine. Each and every one were mention or described from the actual keynotes. If you find of any error or rumors that is listed on this page. Please let us know which one you may be referring to would be greatly appreciated.


Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I think the confusion arose because some of the information was sourced by MacRumors.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Though the Mac Rumors name does indeed have the word "Rumors" in it, they do publish a great deal of fact-based Apple information. In fact, the reporting from Mac Rumors is some of the more neutral Apple news coverage around when compared to the sources who flaunt exclusive access left and right.

In terms of the keynote coverage, we chose Mac Rumors because they have a dedicated account specifically for live-tweeting of Apple events and, we assume, they were actually there in person. Their great descriptions of the visual elements of the presentations also helped with this.

Submitted by SoundSchemer on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

From what I can tell, iOS 8.4's build will be somewhere around the 12h4074 region, according to the beta 1 ipsw filename. I'm looking forward to it immensely, but even more excited about iOS 9