Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to the stage at his company's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) to unveil iOS 12 – the next major software update for the iPhone.

"We now have over 20 million Apple developers worldwide," Mr Cook said as he opened the keynote.

The company's next mobile operating system also includes features to discourage people from using it, such as 'do not disturb' while asleep. 

The highlight of Apple's conference – the keynote, during which CEO Tim Cook will introduce those upgrades – will begin at 10am local time, or 6pm in the UK. The Independent will be covering all of the event and the fallout live from San Jose, where the event is being hosted.

The next operating system for Mac is called Mojave, by the way, named after the Mojave Desert that stretches east out of California.

We're talking about privacy now – no surprise, considering all the hot water fellow tech giant Facebook has been in recently.

"This year we're adding greater protections about how apps access your information," Federighi says.

One of the widely-rumoured features, dark mode, gets a very big cheer from the audience. 

Essentially, the display is inverted so it appears on a dark background.

New screensavers will also show footage from the International Space Station.

Apple TV will be getting support for Dolby Atmos and the demonstration was pretty incredible live.

As with 4K and GDR content, Dolby Atmos will be available as a free upgrade.

Live demos are always risky, but this one involves an exercise bike.

We're watching a woman named Jules riding a bike on stage, showing us new ways to reach your fitness goals.

You also no longer need to say "Hey Siri" when you want to ask your smartwatch something. You just speak. 

Queue every Apple Watch wearer walking around like they're Dick Tracy.

A new watch-to-watch connection, which works over WiFi or cell signal, turns your Apple Watch into a walkie talkie. Pretty cool, but maybe not groundbreaking. 

Tim Cook mentioned that an Apple Watch helped save someone's life recently. This seems to happen a lot. 

Kevin Pearson, a 52-year-old from Cockermouth in the north of England, recently told The Independent how his smartwatch could have saved his life.

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Kevin Lynch, vice president of technology at Apple, is invited up to tell us about WatchOS 5, designed to keep us "more active" and "more connected."

"Apple Watch is number one in customer satisfaction," the Apple boss says, without saying where this figure actually comes from.

Tim Cook is back to his human form, taking to the stage again to chat about the Apple Watch.

If you're wondering what Tim Cook looks like as a Memoji, while taking part in a group FaceTime... 

Another big cheer as updates to FaceTime means group video chatting on iPhones is here.

Animojis and 'MeMojis' get a big cheer from the crowd.

MeMojis allow you to turn your head into a cartoon head through your phone's camera.

Apple is hopping aboard the mindfulness trend, by introducing new features that will limit the time people spend on their devices. 

Do Not Disturb now comes to Bedtime mode, for example, while a new app will track your usage.

Moving on to Apple News...

A new sidebar will make it easier to navigate, while a redesigned Stocks app will include news – and work on iPads too.

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