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Apple bringing Siri to your Mac, opening up Messages

Apple is shaking up its software by opening up more to developers.

On Monday, the company announced a number of new upgrades to its various operating systems that will come to Macs, iPhones, iPads, the Apple TV and Apple Watch later this year.

CEO Tim Cook started the event in San Francisco with a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Cook called it a “senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate aimed at dividing and destroying.”

“The Apple community is made up from people around the world,” said Cook. “We celebrate our diversity, we know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward.”

Siri opens up and comes to the Mac

A big theme for the day was Apple loosening the reigns on its favorite tools (Siri, Messages, Maps) and letting developers add their own integrations.

After five-years, its finally opening up Siri to developers, a necessary move to keep up with a growing crop of smart assistant competitors. That means you can ask Siri to call an Uber, order food, or send a friend money with third-party apps. It is also finally bringing Siri to the Mac. It’s the same Siri from iOS, but can also do fun things like find files and save searches.

Mac OS changes

After 15 years as OS X, Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new name. In the future, it will only answer to macOS, or its latest California-inspired codename, Sierra. The format makes it more consistent with other Apple OS names.

You can unlock a Mac just by wearing your Apple watch, use Apple Pay in a browser, . If you copy a quote on your Mac and want to share it on Snapchat, a new universal clipboard lets you copy and paste between devices.

Messages gets Snapchat-ified

Apple is also opening up its Messages app to developers. Tech companies are investing in messaging apps, with Skype and Facebook Messenger focused on adding features, apps and bots. Apple’s Messages will add apps for things like stickers and sending money. If you’re trying to order lunch from DoorDash, you can collaborate with co-workers and even pay directly in Messages.

Apple is adding a bunch of its own snapchatty features to Messages. Emojis will appear three-times larger, and when you tap the Emoji button it will automatically highlight words that can be replaced with emoji. Doodle on photos or videos, add splashy animated backgrounds like confetti or fireworks, and make your text grow or shrink with little animations depending on your mood.

As presenter Craig Federici said, “Children of tomorrow will have no understanding of the English language.”

Apple Photos wants to be more like Google Photos

Apple’s Photos app is playing catch-up with Google Photos with new automated features. It is adding face detection, so you can tap on your sister’s face and see all photos of her. It will detect places and objects (Paris, the ocean) so you can search your entire library.

Instead of just looking at photos chronologically, you can see images based on life events. Apple will sort them together into Memories automatically. An auto-editing feature can take all the videos from one memory and slap them together into an edited piece.

Apple Watch works with a new mouse (not that kind)

Apple started off with a preview of the next version of its Apple Watch operating system, watchOS 3. Most importantly, there is finally a Minnie Mouse watch face, joining Mickey who has been there since launch. It’s also now easier to swipe between faces, for people who don’t want to be judged at work for their love of retro Disney characters.

curled from www.money.cnn.com


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