Apple hosted its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last week with a flurry of product announcements and updates. Here's your weekly reminder of everything the firm got up to over the past seven days.
Apple will bring its contactless payment system to the UK from next month, allowing users to simply place their iPhone near a sales point to make a purchase.
Apple Pay has been expected in the UK for some time, but no fixed date had been set. This was answered at WWDC where the July rollout was promised and the supporting retail outlets announced.
The service has been adopted by "millions" already, according to the firm, and it expects that the same will happen here with strong high street support and the backing of eight UK banks.
Apple has announced new features that will be introduced with iOS 9, including improvements to the Siri voice assistant, multi-tasking on iPads and new Maps software features.
Apple made the announcements during WWDC and said that all Apple devices that can run iOS 8 can move to iOS 9 when it launches later this year.
The move to iOS 9 should be easier for over-the-air updates, as Apple has reduced the space required to 1.3GB, down from over 4GB with the iOS 8 update.
Apple also revealed that it is introducing a new feature for iOS for when devices are running low on battery that it claims can save up to three hours of normal use.
Apple Music was finally unveiled at WWDC, offering a streaming service for $9.99 a month, or $14.99 a month for a family account, and a 24/7 radio station offering content to all iOS device owners. Apple will give all customers a three-month free trial.
The move will no doubt have Spotify worried, especially as Apple has such a huge installed base of customers who will get to try its service for free, and no doubt then continue to pay, cutting off future potential customers for Spotify.
Apple Music will launch with iOS 8.4 which arrives at the end of this month.
Apple has announced that the next version of Mac OS will have the eye-catching moniker El Capitan, and will come with numerous new features that refine, rather than overhaul, the platform.
These range from simple improvements such as being able to find the cursor more easily by shaking the track pad or mouse to increase its size briefly, to being able to locate and stop music playing on web tabs.
Other changes include improvements to the Spotlight search function to provide more data on areas of interest, such as stock prices, sport scores and weather data. App multi-tasking has also been improved with a new ‘split view' function.
The new software will be available in beta from July.
Apple has revealed the second version of its operating system for the Apple Watch, introducing new features that unlock more functionality for developers.
WatchOS 2 was revealed at WWDC and is available as a software development kit (SDK). It has been slated for general release in October.
The SDK gives developers access to application programming interfaces that enable them to create apps that work more closely with the hardware and software features native to the Apple Watch.
Developers of third-party apps can integrate features such as the Watch's Digital Crown or Taptic Engine with their software.
Apple has confirmed that a fleet of cars will be sent out across the UK and Ireland to capture images from roads and create a rival to Google's Street View service.
The company said that locations including London, Dublin and Birmingham will be covered, as well as areas in Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey.
Apple has published a web page confirming the plans, under the heading Apple Maps vehicles, in which it said that the information being collected will be used to "improve Apple Maps", and that updates based on the data will be published in the future.
Apple has also promised that no identifying information will be collected.
Two Apple Store employees have launched legal proceedings against Apple after being subjected to what they claim were demeaning and overzealous bag searches.
Reuters reports on an ongoing case, explaining that "at least" two employees took their complaint direct to Apple chief executive Tim Cook.
Court documents unsealed during the case about work and salary payments show that plaintiffs Amanda Friekin and Dean Pelle complained that searches were frequent and that emergency exits were blocked during the process.
The suit is filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California and participants are hoping for class action status.
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