Apple updates iPhone & Mac software

Apple announced its latest software for the iPhone and Mac at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The event kicked off with a high-production video skit staring Bill Hader, an elevator filled with fake Tim Cooks, giant angry birds, and Danny Pudi doing an autotuned song about developing. (Turns out it’s pretty to easy to rhyme with Objective C.)

CEO Tim Cook said he was skipping the usual company sales and retail store updates, only saying “Everything’s going great.” That means there’s still no Apple Watch sales numbers.

OS X El Capitan. The next version of OS X, Apple’s desktop operating system, has a name: OS X El Capitan. Following a series of cats, Apple is naming new version of OS X after California landmarks.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, introduced the new Mac OS and showed off its new features. The Spotlight tool search supports natural language searches and includes more web search results, like weather and sports scores. As in Google Chrome before it, you can now can pin tabs in Safari and see what tab is playing unwanted music and mute it.

There’s a split screen view for seeing two apps at once, a la Microsoft’s Windows 8 and a way to quickly save messages in Mail. And under the hood, they new OS X is supposed to be much faster.

OS X El Capitan is available to developers today. A public beta will start in July, and it will be available to everyone in the fall.

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