Apple Music streams tracks on-demand & features 24/7 live ‘Beats 1’ radio station — Featuring on-demand content, curated playlists, and a new global always-on radio station dubbed Beats One, Apple Music is a subscription service that aims to redefine how people discover and listen to music. Starting on 30th June, music fans around the world will be invited to a 3-month free membership. (Local NZ pricing will be available closer to launch.)
Kiwi in Apple Music — That’s right, the voice of this station will be Zane Lowe.
iOS 9 to brings multitasking to iPad — The iPad is going to get more useful when iOS 9 ships this northern autumn because it introduces multitasking: the ability to work with two apps at the same time. Apple also redesigned the on-screen keyboard to make it easier to type.
Apple’s iOS App Store hits 100B downloads, pays out $30B to developers — In an update to developers at WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company recently exceeded 100 billion downloads at the iOS App Store, and has generated $30 billion for developers.
Apple replaces Passbook with Wallet as Apple Pay expands to UK — Apple Pay was designed to replace your physical wallet, and with iOS 9, Apple is uniting Apple Pay and Passbook under a new umbrella called Wallet.
Apple Maps in iOS 9 adds public transit, local business search — Apple has announced an update to Maps that include access to public transit directions, enhanced location detail, and the ability to discover nearby business and other points of interest. Transit information in Maps will be available in select major cities this spring. These include Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington DC, as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.
Siri becomes even more helpful with proactive assistance — Apple said its Siri digital assistant will soon become far more helpful, proactively — but discreetly — figuring out what you want to do before you do it.