What did we learn from Apple’s annual developer get together? It looks like we are getting a new music streaming service, multitasking for the iPad and other new software stuff.
Apple announced a new music streaming service called Apple Music. The plan is to have a live 24 hour radio station with DJs from New York, LA and London.
Apple music will have a new interface with a mini player on the bottom. You can also watch ad free music videos. In addition to searching its music library, it will also allow you to search and stream music from iTunes.
Apple Music launches later in June with the iOS 8.4 update. The first three months come free and it will cost $15 per month for families of up to six people and $10 per month for individuals.
In terms of iOS 9, there will be a new user interface for Siri. It can suggest apps based on your actions and do video searches across sites. Siri can automatically add links to reminders you set up.
There will be enhancements to a lot of apps. Notes will get a toolbar. In Maps, there is now a public transport map. You will also be able to add store cards, frequent buyer programs and reward cards.
iPad gets a bit of an update with the keyboard. It will now be a trackpad with a two-finger drag. The “QuickType” keyboard will come with shortcuts like cut, copy and paste. The multitasking part I found interesting was the split and picture-in-picture view. The bad news is that not all of these designs is supported on all iPads. Some will be only on the iPad Air and split screen is only on the iPad Air 2.
We should see improvements in animation and scrolling on all iOS devices, and extended battery life on the iPhone. That is good news, so we will have to wait and see.