The streaming service, which launched last June at Apple’s last WWDC conference, has amassed 15 million paying subscribers. Yet with more than 1 billion active iOS devices in the world, some analysts expected Apple to have a more robust subscriber base at this point. Unlike its key competitor Spotify, Apple Music does not offer a free tier subsidized by advertising. Apple also cuts lucrative deals with artists like Drake for exclusive album releases, something Spotify has shied away from.
Home App for iOS 10:
Apple has announced an app called Home for iOS 10 that’ll be a single destination for controlling smart home products. Home is meant for controlling HomeKit products, which have been rolling out over the past couple years. There are now a few dozen of them available, and people will naturally be looking for one obvious place to control them all. To date, you’ve had to rely on third party apps, which didn’t all have the same feature sets or support all smart devices. This should dramatically simplify things.
Don’t forget read: iOS 10 supported devices list.
Google Photos for iOS 10:
Among the features Federighi demonstrated was facial recognition. The new Photos app will be able to identify the faces of family and friends across your photo library, letting you find them with easy. Federighi said that 11 billion computations per photo. In addition, the app has a new feature called Memories, which bundles photos according to events and places. The app can even automatically make montages set to music. What’s more, Photos on the Mac will get most of these new features as well.
Many of these features exist in Google Photos already. (Android users will immediately see parallels between Memories and Collections, for instance.) However, Apple took the time to reiterate that these features happen locally on devices, meaning no personal data is being sent back to Apple. Photos will be released with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this fall.
Siri 2 for iOS 10:
Apple is opening Siri up to developers, adding messaging support for Slack and WhatsApp and VoIP calling with Spark, Vonage, and Skype. Apple Maps is getting a big update too, allowing users to easily search for roadside services along their route, as well as a cleaner user interface and live traffic.
CarPlay, like Google’s Android Auto, has been adopted pretty widely by automakers since its initial deployment in late 2014 (though there are still major holdouts like Toyota, which is leaning on Ford’s SmartDeviceLink platform for smartphone connectivity). Android Auto just got some major upgrades at Google I/O recently, so it’s not surprising to see Apple follow suit.