Coming to the UK next month, Apple Pay launches with 8 banks initially, but more are expected to follow shortly afterwards. As well as this, popular stores will also be launching at the same time, such as Marks & Spencers, Costa Coffee, Boots and Waitrose.
Apple Pay can also be used to pay for London transport, just like a Contactless credit or debit card, or a top-up Oyster Card. This will definitely become one of the most useful parts of the service for many people.
Local and small businesses will also be able to use Apple Pay due to a new Square reader launching this Autumn.
Maps is getting a significant overhaul, which is great news for those who use it, especialy those who rely on public transportation:
Transit view includes directions for public transportation, such as buses, trains and ferries. It’ll work out the quickest way in and out of a station.
It’ll point you in the direction of the nearest restaurants, bars, shops and activities, as well as showing you which locations accept Apple Pay.
Apple introduced a brand new app at the WWDC; ‘News’. Apple assures us that it is the “best mobile reading experience ever”, and this is what they promise:
- Automatically pulls in news articles from your favourite sites and optimises them.
They’re working with news organisations, to allow them to build native content for News that makes the most of the animations, embedded video and aesthetically pleasing display.
Over a million topics to choose from.
Works well on both the iPad and iPhone.
As well as top publishers getting involved, you can publish content yourself from your own blog or website.
News will be available in the United Kingdom, America and Australia.
A few small Apple Watch functions will be rolled out in the next update. These are:
- New timepieces will be available, including watch faces that utilise your favourite photo, or allow you to have an ever-changing background by using a photo album.
Time lapse faces are also provided for London, Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai.
Time Travel function allows you to travel forwards and backwards in time, to show upcoming or past events, change in time, etc.
When charging, the Apple Watch now has a function to be used as a nightstand alarm clock, complete with a neon digital alarm clock style display. The side buttons then become the snooze and alarm set buttons.
Send a drawing in multiple colours.
The Apple Watch can now reply to emails, and supports Facetime Audio.
Apps can then be controlled through the watch rather than mainly through the phone.
Videos can be viewed on the watch display.
The WWDC 2015 ended on Apple Music, the company's brand new way to enjoy listening to a variety of tunes. Apple Music provides all artists a way of engaging with their audience, and allows all the different ways you can enjoy music in one simple app.
It provides a 24/7 radio, music streaming service and a way to connect with artists. You still have the full use of your iTunes Library, plus access to more music. It’ll recommend playlists, allow you to stream music off of iTunes, even when offline, recommend artists you may like based on your musical taste, and allow you to view behind the scenes access for your favourite bands.
Coming at the end of the month to 100 countries, Apple Music will be available for £10 a month, with an option to pay more to support up to six family members in one go.