Twelve months of Apple rumors are coming to a close thanks to the company’s WWDC 2014 event. Well, at least until the next 12 month cycle starts, that is!
Tom Krazit and I are ready to bring you the keynote play-by-play, live from the floor of San Francisco’s Moscone Center. We’ll see how our predictions fared with the actual software and potential hardware announcements, while providing you all of the information for and commentary on Apple’s announcements. Join us right here by 10am PT on Monday morning!
I think I could drop my support for net neutrality if Comcast promises live-blogging fast lanes.
We’ll have a lot more from this morning to talk about later today, so stick around, and check out the banner above this update for a list of everything we’ve written so far.
For the record: The Surface Pro 3 didn’t explode. ;)
“It’s the privilege of a lifetime for me to work with all these incredible people.” Tim departs, and with that, we’re done.
This is Apple at its best in my opinion: providing an all encompassing hardware and software package for developers to create amazing apps.
Tim asks everyone from Apple to stand up who had something to do with making the day possible, and it’s all the people in the middle of the room who have been cheering wildly the whole time.
Tim is talking up the integrated model: hardware, software, platforms, and services, as Apple’s competitive advantage. “This is something only Apple can do.”
While there was no hardware news today — it is a developer event — I’m still surprised nothing more than Healthbook, i.e.: no hardware to take advantage of it in terms of a wearable.
Cook’s doing the grand wrap-up now, going back over Yosemite and iOS 8.
I’ll have to get my hands on the iOS 8 beta because Apple has filled some of the gaps between it and some other platforms I use. Extensibility is a big one.
It’s going to be available in beta to the developers today, everyone else this fall. It’s going to run on a lot of iOS devices that flashed up on screen very quickly, we’ll get a more comprehensive list later. Tim is back.
Apps written in Swift can be submitted to the App Store along with the release of iOS 8. We’re wrapping up the iOS 8 section.
The 3D feature brought by SceneKit really make a 2D game stand out. I love me some 2D casual games but this looks fantastic.
This could be the most important thing announced today, we’ll have to wait until the developers start learning more about it in the closed sessions later today and this week.
“Swift makes it really easy to try out new things,” Chris says. This is a really simple demo, but the write-and-preview-at-the-same-time gives you instant feedback.
Chris is writing a few lines of code that loads some various images. The playground environment allows you to preview the impact of code while you’re writing it, rather than having to come back to it later.
The “playground” is the development environment. It can run the code you’re typing in a right-hand side window as you type it. “I can build anything with Swift, from a social media application to a 3D game.” He’s going to build a simple game instead.
Smart move to have a transitory step with Swift fitting in with Objective C. Looking forward to seeing what Swift apps and Apple’s hardware bring together.
We’re going to get a demo of Swift and a feature called “Playgrounds.” Chris Latner is going to show it off.
It dramatically reduces the lines of code you need to build a feature, it would seem. It works with Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, and it can run alongside Objective C code, so you don’t necessarily have to throw out all your old code.
Craig claims Swift is much faster than Objective C on several new fronts. It’s “modern” with new hooks and techniques that I don’t think are very prevalent on mobile. This seems to have gotten the biggest reaction from developers so far.
“We have a new programming language, and it is called Swift.”
Objective C is the language used to build iOS apps. “But what would it be like if had Objective C without the baggage of C?” Craig wonders, as developers drool.
Xcode is the next topic.
It’s a 3-D scene render for casual games. Not many details. Now on to XCode.
Update on SpriteKit for casual games from Craig. Support for light sources, field forces, per pixel physics and something called inverse kinematics. New is SceneKit.
Now if we just had a higher resolution iPhone for these things. (Hint, hint!)
This is *really* impressive. Thousands of rendered items on-screen at once.
Demos in a keynote are not necessarily the best judge of these things, of course, but if this technology is legit Apple should continue to dominate mobile gaming. The A7 processor was a huge generational leap for Apple last year, and this year looks like they are starting to push it a little harder.
Tim is showing off a “zen garden” that Epic Games built. The detail is much richer than you’re currently getting on an iPad or iPhone, with falling leaves, moving water, and other hyper-realistic events.
I’ll be curious to see the same game titles on Android phones and check the difference here.
Graphic demos look really good. Console engines on mobile? Awesome.
Craig is demoing a Plants vs. Zombies game that looks a zillion times better than the older version, using a console-level gaming engine that EA didn’t think would ever work on mobile. Mobile games are about to get a lot more badass. Tim Sweeney of Epic Games is coming out to talk about Metal.
OpenGL is a popular graphics technology for games, but Metal has “near to the bare metal” access to the A7 chip, Craig says. This should allow for more faster and dynamic graphics and let developers tap much more deeply into the excellent A7 processor than before.
CloudKit is a nice boost for devs even though the devil’s probably in the details. Wonder what the AWS folks think of this.
Next? 3D graphics. Craig introduces something called “Metal.”
Cloudkit is next. This “takes over the cloud part” with a much easier hook into the cloud for mobile app developers. It’s “free, with limits.” There are storage and bandwidth limits that we’ll have to parse in more detail later.
Sounds like what we heard in the story below though: a certification program with some Siri integration as a bonus.
You’ll basically be able to control your home from an iOS device. That’s all we’re getting on HomeKit, but more details should emerge this week.
“There are a lot of great home automation devices coming on the market,” Craig says, but it’s kind of a mess. For a preview, here’s Stacey’s story from last week: https://gigaom.com/2014/05/29/heres-how-apples-smart-home-program-will-work-2/
That reminds me: I think I left the garage lights on back on the east coast. Back in a sec while I shut them.
Here comes the smart home stuff.
Next up? HomeKit.
There are also a few new camera-related APIs.
“It works by unlocking Keychain items.” The fingerprint data never leaves the A7 process, Craig says, but apps will be able to do some interesting things with this feature.
I sense a change in the winds here: Apple is finally opening things up in iOS to 3rd party developers but in a way that still lets Apple retain some limited control. This is great.
An update to Touch ID: developers have been excited about the potential of this tech, which lets you unlock your iPhone 5s with a fingerprint. Now third-party apps can use Touch ID.
This may be the biggest thing in iOS 8 so far IMO.
Third-party keyboards, however, need to ask for permission to the web.
For those who adopted Android solely for the better sharing and customizable keyboards, I’m curious to see if this brings some folks to the iOS fold.
Big new API: third-party keyboards.
You can also use something like Pinterest to allow users to pin images of that guitar they just won on eBay directly to pinterest.
Think of all this extensibility as the types of extensions you’d see in a browser but applied to native apps. Interesting approach with some elegance.
You can now bid on an item at auction in eBay right from the notifications center. And Safari’s extensions get a quick demo, through a Bing translation extension.
So the widgets look limited to Notification Center. I can understand why; Apple doesn’t want to clutter the home screen.
Craig is demoing third-party photo filters in the photo album. Widgets in notification center can also do more than before: Sportscenter has a better implementation in the notifications center.
So now you can manipulate data in native Apple apps with a third-party extension app. Pretty seamless and keeps you in the native Apple app.
Called it earlier! 3rd party widgets. Let’s see how Apple implemented this.
For example, Bing could offer translation inside Safari by accessing web translation pages, or photo filters right inside Photos. Widgets are also coming to notifications. “I think it feels like time for a demo.”
So now iOS can have Android like sharing (which uses intents). Love, love, love this. It’s long overdue.
We’ve moved onto the security model: iOS apps work in a “sandbox” where they can’t access the rest of the computer without asking permissions first. Apps can now be “extensible,” meaning they can talk to other apps by using iOS as a gatekeeper.
Extensibility for apps to share data securely? Yes, thank you!
Who has API on their bingo card?
There are 4,000 new developer APIs, Craig says. APIs allow developers to hook their apps into core functions of iOS.
Craig is coming back out to discuss the SDK.
Wish we had app trials but hey… that’s just me.
Now onto an SDK update. “This release is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store,” Tim says. That was 2008.
“We are really investing a ton in the App Store.” All of that will be available in the fall.
These are nice upgrades. As good as the iTunes App Store has been for the mobile app economy, it needs these features to keep growth… well… growing!
“We’re also introducing a new beta test service called TestFlight.” Developers can have real-live beta testers to test their apps for free.
After a few network hiccups I’m back. Apple will now offer multiple “app bundles” for developers to price their apps differently. And “app previews” will exist in the App Store.
That was a fun five minutes.
There’s a new Explore tab for categories and sub-categories. Trending searches too.
300 million people visit the app store each week. 75 billion apps downloaded from Apple at this point. Sounds like some new App Store features.
Now it’s on to what the developers will get with iOS 8. 1.2 million apps in the App Store.
Tim is back out.
And Shazam is coming to Siri as was leaked. Handy. Wish more 3rd party apps could use Siri though.
Siri gets a handsfree mode, just say “Hey, Siri”. OK, Google Now… take that!
And there’s the iCloud storage price cuts. 20 GB for $0.99 a month; 200 GB for $3.99 a month.
Google’s AutoAwesome and photo edits have impressed me but this looks like a lot of initially bad photos will be salvaged and look great.
More of the iOS experience on OS X. Looks like Craig is using the iPad photos app on an iMac.
Wither iPhoto, I guess.
“Good news: we are working on a new ground-up photo solution for the Mac designed with the cloud in mind.” It will be shipping early next year, he says, but we’re getting an early demo.
There are similar editing features for iPad, but they are optimized for the larger screen.
The demo is pretty impressive; looking forward to trying this in the real world. It will be nice not to have to make 4 or 5 tweaks since the software is making multiple changes at once for you.
He’s showing off the cloud photo viewer and the search capabilities. One of the photos is a little dark, so he brings up the editing features, including a light meter, which makes the photo much nicer. The system tweaks a bunch of photo characteristics automatically without you having to tweak a number of different things.
There are new editing controls for light and color and cropping. Photo demo time.
C’mon Craig: give me the lower priced iCloud storage I predicted. You can do it!!!
Photos taken on one device can now be made available on any device. Photo search is also improved.
Wonder how Apple managed the licensing for shared purchases. This is big.
Next up? Photos.
Family sharing is actually a nice idea. Set up iPhones on a family network, share calendars, use “find my devices” when kids lose their phones. And iTunes purchases can now require parental permission.
And this will help family members add more iOS devices to the household. Again: super-halo! Did anyone have “super-halo” on the bingo card? I did not.
Next up? Family sharing: “the easy way to share what’s important.”
Apple has a bunch of other hospital partners already too.
Apple has a partnership with the Mayo Clinic on Healthkit. Say their provider is taking a blood pressure reading: if the numbers are outside a certain parameter, a physician can be immediately notified as to provide car more quickly. Craig is reading a canned quote from the CEO of the Mayo Clinic offering its support.
Let’s not forget: Samsung announced a similar platform last week, trying to beat Apple to the punch. But Apple has the developer mindset already, so it’s poised to take a big piece of this pie.
So Apple seems happy to aggregate third-party health data here. Someone had to do it. I have quantified self data on at least a half-dozen services right now; this is appealing.
Healthkit: a single place where apps can help you create a health profile. There’s a “health” app where you can monitor metrics you care about, and you can use third-party apps in there. Privacy is immediately acknowledged, Craig saying you can decide which apps get access to your info.
Now we’re onto health.
Wow, OneDrive and Box can be integrated here, not just iCloud. VERY smart.
There are a lot of enterprise-friendly features that have been added over the years, as the first iPhones were not really popular in the IT department at first. Companies will now be able to order iPhones directly from Apple with your entire enterprise configuration already loaded into the device: your calendars, your apps, etc. This is a great idea.
Side note here: As time passes beyond the Steve Jobs years, Apple is increasingly comfortable with being able to laugh at itself when appropriate. Makes the company a little more human and relatable to me.
“Next up, something you weren’t expecting from me: enterprise.”
iCloud Drive looks sweet. Google should take notice here; Apple is stepping it up when it comes to cloud drives.
And here’s iCloud Drive: this gives you a way to work across iOS apps as well, in addition to working between your iOS device and a Mac.
Joz –> Craig.
Good use of sensors here with “raise to listen”. I think the 3rd party message apps will have to up their game now although there is a “lock in” factor that helps them.
Craig is continuing to cement his legend as the Apple executive with the best hair and the best comedic timing with a video message demo.
Not that there’s a GOOD duckface selfie but that was a really bad one.
Joz does a duckface selfie he really shouldn’t have done.
So Apple is adding more share-able data to iMessage; looks like opt-in though, say to share location. That’s the way it should be and I suspect there won’t be any privacy uproar like we’ve seen from *other* messaging platforms.
Photos appear in the thread in the usual fashion, but they also all get stored in a single place in a thread. Audio or video messages can be sent with a single swipe.
The “do not disturb” button can be used on a per-thread basis, not just the entire phone in general, which is a pretty good idea.
Joz (Greg Joswiak) is out to demo the new messages app.
The new version also has “tap to talk.” You can send voice memos and video texting conversations from the app.
Nice updates to iMessage. Can I get my messages if I swap SIMs a lot? That’s still an issue as we’ve noted of late.
Messages is the most frequently used app on iOS, Craig says, and it has been improved. You can name threads, add or remove people from a conversation, and you can “do not disturb” when that one friend sends you ten messages in two minutes. Looking at you, Cody.
The keyboard learns how you type and can tell if you’re a formal or informal person. And that learning is done on the device, not over the web, which Craig calls out as a privacy feature and the developers acknowledge with a big round of applause.
Word prediction from the iOS keyboard is long overdue; happy to see it! It’s personalized (like Google and SwiftKey). Speaking of predictions: The Android fans will be all over this, I suspect.
In iOS 8, quicktype (not smart type, sorry) can get predicted text suggestions. I think Android keyboards have done this for years.
Onto the keyboard, and “smart type.”
This reminds me of the universal search from webOS in 2009. You all probably don’t really remember. That’s OK. ;)
Spotlight on iOS: Apple has had this search capability in iOS for a while, but you can now search for apps and get Wikipedia info, news, maps, songs (on iTunes and your library) and movies. “In addition to your great Google search suggestions, you can also get a Spotlight suggestion.” Hmm.
Interesting use of multi-screens *in* app, but no multiple apps on the same screen at this point.
Composing has changed: you can swipe drafts down as mentioned before to get into other images in an inbox, and can restore a draft with a tap.
Mail enhancements: We’re looking at an email message, and the reservation time from an OpenTable reservation syncs to your calendar if you want to add it as an event. You can “mark as unread” with a swipe as well as “flag” with a gesture.
That space is there in iOS 7 too; although it’s obviously blank. Still no hint at more pixels on the iPhone.
Really nice use of space in the multi-tasking view; showing recent contacts above the apps.
Craig is showing off the iOS 8 lock screen, and shows a notification for a text message. You can respond to a text message directly from the notification itself, and you can like a Facebook status from the notification. You can also dismiss notifications easily.
The demo doesn’t show any more icons on the home screen or anything; no hint here (yet) of a larger iPhone with higher resolution.
Stop: demo time.
Composing a message is different: if you want to get something else from an inbox while composing a message, you can swipe down to bring up that inbox while still having access to the composition window.
They are really moving fast through iOS! Lots of similarities with Yosemite here. I sense a theme!
Doubletapping will bring up little floating heads to get access to contacts who are sending you notifications. iOS also gets the Safari tab view and Mail improvements from OS X.
I expected / hoped for this: much better notification interaction. Like what you have in that “other” mobile iOS that shall not be named unless disparaged.
“In iOS 8, we’ve refined notification center. But what I really love are our new interactive notifications.” You can reply directly to notifications, you don’t have to leave an app.
Craig is still “tucked” for the record. Nice belt!
It’s a “giant release, and it’s two stories, not one.” There are improvements for both end users and developers. We’re going to start with the end users first, and Craig is going to demo that part.
SHOCKER!!!! iOS 8 FOLLOWS iOS 7!!!!
“Today we’re announcing iOS 8.”
I do like how Apple handles its software update, however.
“Android dominates the mobile malware market.” Tim says. …
Tim says users aren’t getting the latest features in Android as a result. Not quite true but hey, it’s an Apple event. ;)
This is meat for the developers, obviously. Developers don’t like having to support a ton of operating systems, and Apple wants developers to continue to think of iOS first despite Android’s huge market share.
I think this is more marketing ho-ha than anything: to be fair, Google is updating services outside of the Android code and improving the experience. Just saying.
“This is in stark contrast to Android.”
Customer satisfaction ratings were great with iOS 7, Tim says. He claims it’s because the updates are made available to “as many customers as possible,” he says, bringing up the Android updating issues with carriers.
Tim mentions how half of the China iPhone users came from Android.
“Many of these customers were switches from Android,” Tim claims. I didn’t see a source.
Here comes the Android smackdown.
Wow; a 10-fold sales difference in desktop and mobile for Apple. HUGE!
“We’re now sold well over 800 million iOS devices,” Tim says. iPod Touch has passed 100 million units, iPad 200 million, and iPhone 500 million units. And 130 million of iOS buyers in the past year was buying their first Apple device.
Next up? iOS.
There will be a public beta program this summer, which Craig says is a little unusual, but could be interesting. That’s it for the OS X part, and Tim is back.
And free means fast adoption rates. Smart!
We’re wrapping up the new OS X features. It’s amazing how much can change at Apple and how the keynote styles are almost always the same. Yosemite is available to developers today, everyone else will get it in the fall. And it will be free.
No talk about support for HiDPI screens. No retina display iMacs then? (Kevin’s eyes are sad)
Craig welcomes Dre to Apple (as part of the Beats Audio) deal, and hangs up.
I want to be called doctor someday.
His given name, of course, Doctor. Dre being a family name.
Dre picks up right away. “Hey, Doctor, you’re on speaker phone,” Craig says. Doctor?
I bet he’s up.
What I love about this is that you don’t have to think about what device you’re using to complete a task. For many, it will appear to be magic.
We’re calling Dr. Dre. Do we think he’s up?
You can then pick up an iPad, swipe up from the bottom, and the Safari page you were browsing on your Mac is there. Now Craig is getting an incoming call from mom, which goes to voicemail. And we’re also now being able to call right from Safari.
These features are ahead of what Microsoft offers for sure in Windows / Windows Phone. Google has similar bits but they’re not front and center or come through 3rd party apps.
Craig shows how he can start an email on his iPhone and go over to the Mac, and that message is waiting for him. He uploads an awesome picture of Eddy Cue signing karaoke, and sends it off.
And not that readers will care or have sympathy but this is going to make it hell for we who review phones or tablets that don’t run iOS. ;)
Demo time. I bet we’re calling Phil Schiller.
“You never have to miss a call.” You can also make calls from your Mac. You’ll likely have to do a fair amount of set up to sync your contacts across all these devices, but this is a nice idea.
This really links OS X and iOS devices together; talk about a super-duper halo effect. It’s a smart strategy but not everyone wants to use Apple devices for both desktop and mobile.
Next up? SMS. “We all love iMessage, but we have these ‘green bubble’ friends,” he says, referring to Android users, mostly. Those “green bubble” messages used to not sync across devices, but now they do. This also works for phone calls: you can use you Mac as a speaker phone from incoming iPhone calls.
Craig says this makes hotspot setup easier if you have your phone tethered: no need to type in a password, your devices should know each other.
Interesting use of data syncing and explains why Apple’s OS X apps started looking and behaving more like iOS apps last year. Handoff looks very slick.
But there’s something new called Handoff. When on a Mac, your devices know the others are there. So why not just pick up what you are doing when you switch from a Mac to an iPad, or if you’re composing an email on your iPad, you can switch to the Mac and the email is waiting for you.
Hey, I got a prediction right! It was past time for Apple to get AirDrop working between the two platforms.
Airdrop: now Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac. That gets easily the biggest cheer of the morning so far.
Here comes some of that “seamless” work between iOS and OS X.
Craig is back to talk about something called “continuity.”
Hipster bingo players: you can cross off “multithreaded”.
He makes a geek joke to show on the photo: “The rope is multithreaded.” Some polite laughter, mostly groans. “Yeah, yeah, I know” Brian says.
You can draw on the image with the Trackpad, and the software recognizes that you’re drawing something like an arrow on the photo, and refines it for you.
Again, simple sharing that looks iOS-influenced. A good convergence that will help keep people using Apple products: same general UI and UX on mobile and desktop.
Markup, shown off earlier, allows you to edit images without having to leave an email, which is definitely handy.
I’m sensing a theme on this Yosemite release so far when it comes to Apple’s favorite search company.
Clicking in the search field brings up instant access to favorite sites, Brian says. “I could do a regular old Google search,” he says, but Safari now offers a small preview of a Wikipedia article right from spotlight, and if you want to go to the article, you go to the article. Search without Google?
By the way, we should probably thank Mozilla for the omnibox approach introduced years ago; there’s much of that influence here in Safari.
Brian Kroll is out to demo Safari.
Have to say: from a visual standpoint I really like what Apple has done here. Love the new fonts, for example, and less “chrome” is always a good thing in my book.
There’s a “bird’s-eye view” with tabs, and private browsing is “easier than ever.” You can open a separate private window, which, um, I thought it could already do.
Looks like a Google approach to me with Safari. Not that that’s a bad thing. And as Tom mentioned, Craig hasn’t said Google yet. I suspect he won’t so if you have “Google” on your hipster bingo card, you’re pretty much done.
It’s a “smart search” bar: when you type search suggestions, you also get Spotlight suggestions. It’s also better for sharing, Craig says: you can get RSS articles, for example, right in feed. Sharing is also easier, he says.
Safari: Safari has now gone with the single-bar design, dropping the favorites bar on default.
Craig’s showing off a little thing called “Markup” that lets you tweak emails and PDFs.
Smart approach with MailDrop. And yet another end-around on Google (and others) as these attachments bypass the mail servers.
Mail: “We wanted to address a fundamental problem with email.” Don’t you hate it when you try to send attachments that are too large? Enter MailDrop: you can send messages through iCloud instead of mail servers. If you have a Mac, you get a regular iCloud message, if you have something else, you get a secure link to download up to 5GBs.
iCloud now looks like a hard drive in the Finder section. Auto-syncing apps across “all your Macs” and iOS devices. “And what the heck, we’re throwing in Windows too.” No word on capacity upgrades, which is what’s really needed.
Oh, guess not: moving on from iCloud already.
Let’s see an iCloud price cut and maybe some support for developers to put their own apps on iCloud.
With 3rd party integrations in Spotlight, maybe Siri will get more of ‘em too? *crossing fingers*
iCloud Drive: “OOOOOOOHHHH….” goes the crowd. It’s high time Apple makes some improvements to iCloud.
Of course, Craig hasn’t mentioned the G word.
Craig demos how you can search for “Sushi” in the Spotlight bar and great maps information and Yelp reviews. This is Google without Google.com.
If you didn’t use Spotlight much in the past, I think you will with OS X Yosemite. Some impressive integrations with apps here.
“You have not had chili by the campfire until you’ve had it from one of Jony’s aluminum spoons.”
Spotlight demo: “BOOM.” App launching right from the search bar, you can look up people, places, and other stuff. Google Now for Mac OS X?
Have to wonder: with the iOS-look being central to some things so far, does that mean we’ll see some type of widget implementation in iOS 8 later today? My gut says yes.
The notifications screen on the right is nice, it’s like a status bar on the side that you can customize with all kinds of info, from your calendars and contacts to reminders and tasks.
I’m on shot number 5 in the game…. seriously, it’s all about see-through stuff so far.
New drinking game: “translucent.”
Calendar has a couple of new views that look kinda pretty, I guess.
They seem pretty proud of the translucency bits, showing it off on the title bar of Maps, for example.
Craig’s giving us a live demo on a pair of iMacs on the side of the stage.
Wow, the new Spotlight search box is more like an omnibox. Love that change.
Spotlight: new search interface to launch apps or documents right from a search bar. That bar also pulls from the web. Search without Google?
The iOS Today view is now part of OS X Notification Center. Smart.
Notifications have been tweaked with some new views with widgets and Mac App Store apps.
Basically everything has been tweaked with a common design language across icons, apps, and OS features like the Dock.
So far, this is all visual change. Let’s hear about the nuts and bolts!
The calendar looks super clean; again, very iOS like.
There will be “dark mode” if you don’t like the translucent effect. The developers seemed to like dark mode.
“Check out that trash can. That is a gorgeous trash can. You wouldn’t believe how much time we spent crafting a trash can.”
Jokes aside, it looks nice so far.
Translucency: HEY IT’S VISTA!!!
A lot of aspects of the design have been revamped, Craig says. There’s more translucent effects and new designs for icons and menu bars.
Ironic: OS X is named after a mountain-like landmark and the icons are…. flat.
Dock icons look iOS-ish for sure. New font for menu bars and such too.
We’re back to the video for our first official look at OS X Yosemite.
Weed is a real town in far northern California, by the way.
I think they picked Yosemite because the landmark looks great in a screen saver, but that’s just me. I would have voted for Weed, myself.
But of course, they picked a real California landmark, and it’s confirmed: OS X Yosemite is the new OS X release.
Apple used to name its Mac releases after big cats, but last year, Apple switched to California landmarks as the names for new OS releases. OS X Mavericks of course was the first one, but Craig is taking us through the jokey OS X releases: OS X Oxnard, OS X Rancho Cucamonga, and OS X Weed. The developers seem to like OS X Weed.
For those keeping score: Tim = untucked shirt. Craig = tucked.
(That’s Craig Federighi.)
HAIR FORCE ONE.
It certainly helps adoption when you smartly give the upgrade for free. ;) Plus people want the new features (particularly in laptops which get better battery life) in Mavericks.
40 million Macs are running Mavericks. “This is the fastest adoption ever of any PC operating system in history,” he says. “You may wonder how that compares to Windows,” which draws a chuckle. Windows 8 is at 14 percent installed, which gets a mock sympathetic groan from the crowd.
While 80 million Macs is impressive; it says something about the hundreds of millions that use iOS. Food for thought…
Tim says the PC industry declined by 5 percent but the Mac grew by 12 percent. There are 80 million Macs installed and running, he claims. Oh, Tim thinks Mavericks was great. Waiting for him to acknowledge the Mail app.
There will also be a big developer tools release, it seems. We’re going to start with OS X/Mac.
OS X and iOS to work seamlessly with each other? Hmmm….. this could get REALLY interesting.
“This morning we’re gathered to talk about two powerful platforms: OS X and iOS. You’re going to see how they’ve been engineered to work seamlessly together.”
Wow, Apple’s new registration process may have had something to do with that figure. Probably a good thing; you just can’t fit everyone in that wants to attend.
Tim says two-thirds of the attendees are at a developer’s conference for the first time. Not sure if that’s because of how much luck is involved to get a ticket or the expansion of mobile app development far and wide.
“From all of Apple, thank you very much.” It’s the 25th WWDC. The first one was in 1990 with 1,300 developers. Over thousand Apple engineers alone are here for the lab sessions, he says.
Definitely a sense of sincere thanks from Tim. Without the apps, these devices are just pieces of hardware.
“We’re here today and all week to celebrate the developer community and all the apps they’ve created.”
Lots of “real people” in this video that call the apps “amazing”; hey, the technology is like magic.
Tim Cook is out.
This is, of course, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and this is a message for them: keep doing great work.
Hipster bingo: the middle free space is “app”.
Very cool; showing an app that controls a robotic hand that an amputee is wearing to get through his day. Amazing stuff.
There should be a hipster bingo card for this video.
It’s true: the explosion of mobile apps since 2008 is pretty phenomenal. Look at how many different kinds of apps (and different people using them) we’ve seen in a relatively short time.
I tried to use the image uploader. You won’t believe what happened next.
The video is focusing on some amazing apps across all different types of uses. This one is based on building a global database of marine data to study ocean change.
We’ve got a video playing now discussing what a developer “looks like”, meaning, like all of you. Hey, anyone can be a developer! :)
With terrible network access, we’ll just have to be extremely descriptive!
Hey, I could always use Google Glass for photos and you can all go to G+ to see ‘em, right? Nah, we wouldn’t do that to you…
I think we might actually pull this thing off, although I’m scared to use the image uploader again.
Who’s laughing at the SCANDAL now?!? (Tom’s MB Air isn’t getting a great network signal)
That’s what I get for making a joke about the Surface Pro 3 being unable to connect to the internet.
I don’t see any Galaxy devices. ;)
We’ve just been told to silence our mobile devices. Funny, at Samsung’s last event, they asked the crowd to silence their Galaxy devices.
Oh hi, Tim Cook!
So there will (of course) be some OS X demos. I see 2 iMacs on a side table on the stage. No they don’t look like *new* iMacs.
So as expected, Apple hasn’t yet tipped its full hand at WWDC based on these covered banners.
The tunes are pumping loud here. Will we see or hear from Apple’s two newest employees, the boys behind the $3 billion Beats?
So Tim Cook is here too. I’d have a pic to share if the interwebz would cooperate. ;)
That update, for example, took a minute.
The internet here is terrible, btw, so bear with us. We’re thinking fondly about dial-up speeds right now.
And finally got a connection! SCANDAL OVER.
As he mentioned on Twitter, Kevin will attempt to live blog on a Surface Pro 3. He can’t seem to get an internet connection. SCANDAL!
But I’ve spotted Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, new retail chief Angela Ahrendts, and a few other Apple executives milling about at the front of the stage. Moscone West holds several thousand people, and developers lucky enough to get a ticket lined up overnight in hopes of getting a little closer to the stage.
We don’t expect the event to start until 10am, so it will be a while before there’s a lot to update you on.
Hey everybody! Kevin and I are set up inside Moscone West, as the famous stampede of questionably fit tech bloggers took place around 910am.