Live blog: Apple WWDC 2014

wwdc 2014

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!



Tom Krazit 11:59:00 am

Thanks again.

Tom Krazit 11:58:54 am

I think I could drop my support for net neutrality if Comcast promises live-blogging fast lanes.

Tom Krazit 11:58:21 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:58:09 am

For the record: The Surface Pro 3 didn’t explode. ;) 

Tom Krazit 11:57:49 am

“It’s the privilege of a lifetime for me to work with all these incredible people.” Tim departs, and with that, we’re done.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:57:47 am

This is Apple at its best in my opinion: providing an all encompassing hardware and software package for developers to create amazing apps. 

Tom Krazit 11:57:12 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:56:34 am

Tim is talking up the integrated model: hardware, software, platforms, and services, as Apple’s competitive advantage. “This is something only Apple can do.”

Kevin C. Tofel 11:56:06 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:55:11 am

Cook’s doing the grand wrap-up now, going back over Yosemite and iOS 8.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:55:06 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:54:50 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:53:48 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:53:21 am

The 3D feature brought by SceneKit really make a 2D game stand out. I love me some 2D casual games but this looks fantastic.

Tom Krazit 11:52:56 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:51:59 am

Tom Krazit 11:51:58 am

“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.

Tom Krazit 11:50:42 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:49:14 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:48:17 am

Kevin C. Tofel 11:48:16 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:48:11 am

We’re going to get a demo of Swift and a feature called “Playgrounds.” Chris Latner is going to show it off.

Tom Krazit 11:47:38 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:47:03 am

So Google is trying to supplement / rework JavaScript with Dart on the web and Apple is improving native app programming. 

Tom Krazit 11:46:52 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:45:56 am

And here I was just getting comfy with JavaScript and Python. Thanks, Apple!

Tom Krazit 11:45:49 am

“We have a new programming language, and it is called Swift.”

Tom Krazit 11:45:36 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:44:52 am

Xcode is the next topic.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:44:32 am

It’s a 3-D scene render for casual games. Not many details. Now on to XCode.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:44:07 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:43:00 am

Now if we just had a higher resolution iPhone for these things. (Hint, hint!)

Kevin C. Tofel 11:42:39 am

This is *really* impressive. Thousands of rendered items on-screen at once.

Tom Krazit 11:42:19 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:41:14 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:41:00 am

I’ll be curious to see the same game titles on Android phones and check the difference here.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:40:29 am

Graphic demos look really good. Console engines on mobile? Awesome. 

Tom Krazit 11:40:12 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:39:35 am

Tom Krazit 11:39:09 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:38:24 am

CloudKit is a nice boost for devs even though the devil’s probably in the details. Wonder what the AWS folks think of this.

Tom Krazit 11:38:11 am

Next? 3D graphics. Craig introduces something called “Metal.”

Tom Krazit 11:37:49 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:37:03 am

Sounds like what we heard in the story below though: a certification program with some Siri integration as a bonus.

Biz Carson 11:36:51 am

Tom Krazit 11:36:35 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:35:50 am

“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:

Kevin C. Tofel 11:35:48 am

That reminds me: I think I left the garage lights on back on the east coast. Back in a sec while I shut them.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:35:13 am

Here comes the smart home stuff.

Tom Krazit 11:35:06 am

Next up? HomeKit.

Tom Krazit 11:34:55 am

There are also a few new camera-related APIs.

Tom Krazit 11:34:42 am

“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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:34:41 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:34:02 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:33:56 am

Kevin C. Tofel 11:33:21 am

This may be the biggest thing in iOS 8 so far IMO.

Tom Krazit 11:33:19 am

Third-party keyboards, however, need to ask for permission to the web.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:33:07 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:32:53 am

Big new API: third-party keyboards.

Tom Krazit 11:32:42 am

You can also use something like Pinterest to allow users to pin images of that guitar they just won on eBay directly to pinterest.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:32:05 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:32:04 am

Tom Krazit 11:31:36 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:31:08 am

So the widgets look limited to Notification Center. I can understand why; Apple doesn’t want to clutter the home screen.

Tom Krazit 11:30:43 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:30:34 am

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. 

Biz Carson 11:30:11 am

Kevin C. Tofel 11:29:30 am

Called it earlier! 3rd party widgets. Let’s see how Apple implemented this.

Tom Krazit 11:29:17 am

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.”

Kevin C. Tofel 11:28:48 am

So now iOS can have Android like sharing (which uses intents). Love, love, love this. It’s long overdue.

Tom Krazit 11:28:23 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:28:12 am

Extensibility for apps to share data securely? Yes, thank you!

Kevin C. Tofel 11:27:34 am

Who has API on their bingo card?

Tom Krazit 11:27:31 am

There are 4,000 new developer APIs, Craig says. APIs allow developers to hook their apps into core functions of iOS.

Tom Krazit 11:26:54 am

Craig is coming back out to discuss the SDK.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:26:48 am

Wish we had app trials but hey… that’s just me.

Tom Krazit 11:26:36 am

Now onto an SDK update. “This release is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store,” Tim says. That was 2008.

Tom Krazit 11:26:10 am

“We are really investing a ton in the App Store.” All of that will be available in the fall.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:26:08 am

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!

Tom Krazit 11:25:54 am

“We’re also introducing a new beta test service called TestFlight.” Developers can have real-live beta testers to test their apps for free.

Tom Krazit 11:25:18 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:24:19 am

That was a fun five minutes.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:24:16 am

There’s a new Explore tab for categories and sub-categories. Trending searches too. 

Kevin C. Tofel 11:23:49 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:23:16 am

Now it’s on to what the developers will get with iOS 8. 1.2 million apps in the App Store. 

Tom Krazit 11:22:42 am

Tim is back out.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:22:18 am

And Shazam is coming to Siri as was leaked. Handy. Wish more 3rd party apps could use Siri though.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:21:51 am

Siri gets a handsfree mode, just say “Hey, Siri”. OK, Google Now… take that!

Kevin C. Tofel 11:21:14 am

And there’s the iCloud storage price cuts. 20 GB for $0.99 a month; 200 GB for $3.99 a month.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:20:15 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:19:17 am

More of the iOS experience on OS X. Looks like Craig is using the iPad photos app on an iMac.

Tom Krazit 11:19:07 am

Wither iPhoto, I guess.

Tom Krazit 11:18:57 am

“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.

Biz Carson 11:18:49 am

Tom Krazit 11:18:13 am

There are similar editing features for iPad, but they are optimized for the larger screen.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:17:49 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:17:17 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:15:29 am

There are new editing controls for light and color and cropping. Photo demo time.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:15:06 am

C’mon Craig: give me the lower priced iCloud storage I predicted. You can do it!!!

Tom Krazit 11:14:58 am

Photos taken on one device can now be made available on any device. Photo search is also improved.

Biz Carson 11:14:15 am

Kevin C. Tofel 11:14:00 am

Wonder how Apple managed the licensing for shared purchases. This is big. 

Tom Krazit 11:13:56 am

Next up? Photos.

Tom Krazit 11:13:50 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:13:08 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:13:01 am

Ping, anybody?

Tom Krazit 11:12:12 am

Next up? Family sharing: “the easy way to share what’s important.”

Kevin C. Tofel 11:12:09 am

Apple has a bunch of other hospital partners already too. 

Biz Carson 11:11:53 am

Tom Krazit 11:11:42 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:11:34 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:11:10 am

Kevin C. Tofel 11:10:31 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:10:27 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:09:26 am

Now we’re onto health.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:08:54 am

Wow, OneDrive and Box can be integrated here, not just iCloud. VERY smart.

Tom Krazit 11:08:16 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:08:04 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:06:39 am

“Next up, something you weren’t expecting from me: enterprise.”

Kevin C. Tofel 11:06:24 am

iCloud Drive looks sweet. Google should take notice here; Apple is stepping it up when it comes to cloud drives.

Tom Krazit 11:06:04 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:05:36 am

Joz –> Craig.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:05:24 am

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.

Biz Carson 11:05:06 am

Tom Krazit 11:04:58 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:04:11 am

Not that there’s a GOOD duckface selfie but that was a really bad one.

Tom Krazit 11:03:35 am

Joz does a duckface selfie he really shouldn’t have done.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:03:31 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:03:15 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:02:24 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:01:36 am

Joz (Greg Joswiak) is out to demo the new messages app.

Biz Carson 11:01:25 am

Tom Krazit 11:01:17 am

The new version also has “tap to talk.” You can send voice memos and video texting conversations from the app.

Kevin C. Tofel 11:00:42 am

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.

Tom Krazit 11:00:29 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:59:48 am

Tom Krazit 10:59:31 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:59:07 am

Kevin C. Tofel 10:59:07 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:58:31 am

In iOS 8, quicktype (not smart type, sorry) can get predicted text suggestions. I think Android keyboards have done this for years.

Tom Krazit 10:57:41 am

Onto the keyboard, and “smart type.”

Kevin C. Tofel 10:57:29 am

This reminds me of the universal search from webOS in 2009. You all probably don’t really remember. That’s OK. ;)

Tom Krazit 10:57:21 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:56:32 am

Interesting use of multi-screens *in* app, but no multiple apps on the same screen at this point.

Tom Krazit 10:56:06 am

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. 

Biz Carson 10:55:39 am

Tom Krazit 10:55:17 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:54:49 am

That space is there in iOS 7 too; although it’s obviously blank. Still no hint at more pixels on the iPhone.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:54:16 am

Really nice use of space in the multi-tasking view; showing recent contacts above the apps.

Tom Krazit 10:53:53 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:53:44 am

Kevin C. Tofel 10:53:34 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:52:57 am

Stop: demo time.

Tom Krazit 10:52:53 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:52:28 am

They are really moving fast through iOS! Lots of similarities with Yosemite here. I sense a theme! 

Tom Krazit 10:52:16 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:51:39 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:51:11 am

“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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:50:44 am

Craig is still “tucked” for the record. Nice belt!

Tom Krazit 10:50:24 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:50:04 am


Tom Krazit 10:49:46 am

“Today we’re announcing iOS 8.”

Kevin C. Tofel 10:49:36 am

I do like how Apple handles its software update, however. 

Biz Carson 10:49:26 am

Tom Krazit 10:49:18 am

“Android dominates the mobile malware market.” Tim says. …

Kevin C. Tofel 10:49:09 am

Tim says users aren’t getting the latest features in Android as a result. Not quite true but hey, it’s an Apple event. ;)

Tom Krazit 10:48:48 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:48:28 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:48:04 am

“This is in stark contrast to Android.”

Tom Krazit 10:47:50 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:47:28 am

Tim mentions how half of the China iPhone users came from Android.

Tom Krazit 10:46:33 am

“Many of these customers were switches from Android,” Tim claims. I didn’t see a source.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:46:23 am

Here comes the Android smackdown.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:46:12 am

Wow; a 10-fold sales difference in desktop and mobile for Apple. HUGE!

Tom Krazit 10:46:03 am

“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.

Tom Krazit 10:45:04 am

Next up? iOS.

Tom Krazit 10:44:54 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:44:35 am

And free means fast adoption rates. Smart!

Tom Krazit 10:44:21 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:43:55 am

No talk about support for HiDPI screens. No retina display iMacs then? (Kevin’s eyes are sad)

Tom Krazit 10:43:34 am

Craig welcomes Dre to Apple (as part of the Beats Audio) deal, and hangs up.

Biz Carson 10:43:33 am

Kevin C. Tofel 10:43:25 am

I want to be called doctor someday.

Tom Krazit 10:43:12 am

His given name, of course, Doctor. Dre being a family name.

Tom Krazit 10:42:52 am

Dre picks up right away. “Hey, Doctor, you’re on speaker phone,” Craig says. Doctor?

Tom Krazit 10:42:15 am

I bet he’s up.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:42:13 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:42:08 am

We’re calling Dr. Dre. Do we think he’s up?

Tom Krazit 10:41:57 am

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. 

Kevin C. Tofel 10:41:22 am

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. 

Tom Krazit 10:40:33 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:40:13 am

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. ;)

Biz Carson 10:39:50 am

Tom Krazit 10:39:43 am

Demo time. I bet we’re calling Phil Schiller.

Tom Krazit 10:39:34 am

“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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:39:23 am

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. 

Tom Krazit 10:38:53 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:37:52 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:37:44 am

Kevin C. Tofel 10:37:42 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:37:22 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:36:16 am

Hey, I got a prediction right! It was past time for Apple to get AirDrop working between the two platforms.

Tom Krazit 10:36:08 am

Airdrop: now Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac. That gets easily the biggest cheer of the morning so far.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:35:42 am

Here comes some of that “seamless” work between iOS and OS X.

Tom Krazit 10:35:34 am

Craig is back to talk about something called “continuity.”

Kevin C. Tofel 10:35:21 am

Hipster bingo players: you can cross off “multithreaded”.

Tom Krazit 10:35:17 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:34:56 am

Tom Krazit 10:34:12 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:33:34 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:33:27 am

Markup, shown off earlier, allows you to edit images without having to leave an email, which is definitely handy. 

Tom Krazit 10:32:47 am

I’m sensing a theme on this Yosemite release so far when it comes to Apple’s favorite search company.

Tom Krazit 10:32:12 am

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?

Kevin C. Tofel 10:31:56 am

By the way, we should probably thank Mozilla for the omnibox approach introduced years ago; there’s much of that influence here in Safari.

Tom Krazit 10:31:02 am

Brian Kroll is out to demo Safari.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:30:55 am

I see a JavaScript smackdown. Wonder what responses we’ll hear from Google, Mozilla and Microsoft this week?

Tom Krazit 10:30:32 am

Safari is way more energy efficient than Chrome when it comes to browsing, Craig says. He compares its Javascript performance to Firefox, that is now “the fastest of any major browser.” 

Kevin C. Tofel 10:29:42 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:29:24 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:28:42 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:28:40 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:28:08 am

Tom Krazit 10:27:51 am

Safari: Safari has now gone with the single-bar design, dropping the favorites bar on default. 

Tom Krazit 10:27:26 am

Craig’s showing off a little thing called “Markup” that lets you tweak emails and PDFs.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:27:18 am

Smart approach with MailDrop. And yet another end-around on Google (and others) as these attachments bypass the mail servers. 

Tom Krazit 10:26:59 am

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.

Biz Carson 10:26:16 am

Tom Krazit 10:25:47 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:25:41 am

Oh, guess not: moving on from iCloud already.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:25:18 am

Let’s see an iCloud price cut and maybe some support for developers to put their own apps on iCloud.

Tom Krazit 10:24:43 am

iCloud Drive: “OOOOOOOHHHH….” goes the crowd. It’s high time Apple makes some improvements to iCloud.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:24:43 am

With 3rd party integrations in Spotlight, maybe Siri will get more of ’em too? *crossing fingers*

Tom Krazit 10:24:03 am

Of course, Craig hasn’t mentioned the G word.

Tom Krazit 10:23:53 am

Craig demos how you can search for “Sushi” in the Spotlight bar and great maps information and Yelp reviews. This is Google without

Kevin C. Tofel 10:23:03 am

If you didn’t use Spotlight much in the past, I think you will with OS X Yosemite. Some impressive integrations with apps here.

Tom Krazit 10:22:46 am


Tom Krazit 10:22:32 am

“You have not had chili by the campfire until you’ve had it from one of Jony’s aluminum spoons.”

Biz Carson 10:22:06 am

Tom Krazit 10:21:55 am

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?

Kevin C. Tofel 10:21:54 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:21:15 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:20:58 am

I’m on shot number 5 in the game…. seriously, it’s all about see-through stuff so far.

Tom Krazit 10:20:32 am

New drinking game: “translucent.”

Tom Krazit 10:20:13 am

Calendar has a couple of new views that look kinda pretty, I guess.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:20:08 am

They seem pretty proud of the translucency bits, showing it off on the title bar of Maps, for example.

Tom Krazit 10:19:43 am

Craig’s giving us a live demo on a pair of iMacs on the side of the stage.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:19:38 am

Wow, the new Spotlight search box is more like an omnibox. Love that change.

Tom Krazit 10:19:18 am

Spotlight: new search interface to launch apps or documents right from a search bar. That bar also pulls from the web. Search without Google?

Biz Carson 10:19:12 am

Kevin C. Tofel 10:18:33 am

The iOS Today view is now part of OS X Notification Center. Smart.

Tom Krazit 10:18:22 am

Notifications have been tweaked with some new views with widgets and Mac App Store apps.

Biz Carson 10:18:09 am

Tom Krazit 10:17:54 am

Basically everything has been tweaked with a common design language across icons, apps, and OS features like the Dock.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:17:43 am

So far, this is all visual change. Let’s hear about the nuts and bolts!

Kevin C. Tofel 10:17:18 am

The calendar looks super clean; again, very iOS like. 

Tom Krazit 10:16:59 am

There will be “dark mode” if you don’t like the translucent effect. The developers seemed to like dark mode.

Tom Krazit 10:16:31 am

“Check out that trash can. That is a gorgeous trash can. You wouldn’t believe how much time we spent crafting a trash can.”

Kevin C. Tofel 10:16:26 am

Jokes aside, it looks nice so far.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:16:15 am

Translucency: HEY IT’S VISTA!!!

Tom Krazit 10:15:59 am

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. 

Kevin C. Tofel 10:15:24 am

Ironic: OS X is named after a mountain-like landmark and the icons are…. flat.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:14:49 am

Dock icons look iOS-ish for sure. New font for menu bars and such too.

Biz Carson 10:14:41 am

Tom Krazit 10:14:29 am

We’re back to the video for our first official look at OS X Yosemite.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:14:04 am

Preview time!

Tom Krazit 10:14:01 am

Weed is a real town in far northern California, by the way. 

Kevin C. Tofel 10:13:48 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:13:33 am

But of course, they picked a real California landmark, and it’s confirmed: OS X Yosemite is the new OS X release.

Tom Krazit 10:13:08 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:11:49 am

For those keeping score: Tim = untucked shirt. Craig = tucked.

Tom Krazit 10:11:37 am

(That’s Craig Federighi.)

Tom Krazit 10:11:22 am


Kevin C. Tofel 10:11:20 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:11:14 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:10:06 am

While 80 million Macs is impressive; it says something about the hundreds of millions that use iOS. Food for thought…

Tom Krazit 10:09:53 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:09:13 am

There will also be a big developer tools release, it seems. We’re going to start with OS X/Mac.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:09:03 am

OS X and iOS to work seamlessly with each other? Hmmm….. this could get REALLY interesting.

Tom Krazit 10:08:48 am

“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.”

Biz Carson 10:08:15 am

Kevin C. Tofel 10:08:00 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:07:56 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:07:13 am

“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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:06:50 am

Definitely a sense of sincere thanks from Tim. Without the apps, these devices are just pieces of hardware.

Tom Krazit 10:06:11 am

“We’re here today and all week to celebrate the developer community and all the apps they’ve created.”

Kevin C. Tofel 10:05:51 am

Lots of “real people” in this video that call the apps “amazing”; hey, the technology is like magic.

Tom Krazit 10:05:48 am

Tim Cook is out.

Tom Krazit 10:05:37 am

This is, of course, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and this is a message for them: keep doing great work.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:05:07 am

Hipster bingo: the middle free space is “app”.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:04:47 am

Very cool; showing an app that controls a robotic hand that an amputee is wearing to get through his day. Amazing stuff.

Tom Krazit 10:04:14 am

There should be a hipster bingo card for this video.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:03:42 am

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.

Tom Krazit 10:03:29 am

I tried to use the image uploader. You won’t believe what happened next.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:02:42 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 10:01:37 am

We’ve got a video playing now discussing what a developer “looks like”, meaning, like all of you. Hey, anyone can be a developer! :)

Kevin C. Tofel 10:00:49 am

With terrible network access, we’ll just have to be extremely descriptive!

Kevin C. Tofel 9:59:58 am

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…

Tom Krazit 9:59:13 am

I think we might actually pull this thing off, although I’m scared to use the image uploader again.

Kevin C. Tofel 9:58:45 am

Who’s laughing at the SCANDAL now?!? (Tom’s MB Air isn’t getting a great network signal)

Tom Krazit 9:58:01 am

That’s what I get for making a joke about the Surface Pro 3 being unable to connect to the internet.

Kevin C. Tofel 9:56:45 am

I don’t see any Galaxy devices. ;)

Kevin C. Tofel 9:56:25 am

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.

Kevin C. Tofel 9:55:32 am

Oh hi, Tim Cook!

Kevin C. Tofel 9:50:45 am

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.

Biz Carson 9:46:55 am

So as expected, Apple hasn’t yet tipped its full hand at WWDC based on these covered banners.

Kevin C. Tofel 9:46:34 am

The tunes are pumping loud here. Will we see or hear from Apple’s two newest employees, the boys behind the $3 billion Beats?

Kevin C. Tofel 9:45:23 am

So Tim Cook is here too. I’d have a pic to share if the interwebz would cooperate. ;)

Tom Krazit 9:42:11 am

That update, for example, took a minute.

Tom Krazit 9:40:21 am

The internet here is terrible, btw, so bear with us. We’re thinking fondly about dial-up speeds right now.

Kevin C. Tofel 9:33:13 am

And finally got a connection! SCANDAL OVER.

Tom Krazit 9:27:16 am

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!

Tom Krazit 9:25:04 am

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.

Tom Krazit 9:21:53 am

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. 

Tom Krazit 9:20:59 am

Hey everybody! Kevin and I are set up inside Moscone West, as the famous stampede of questionably fit tech bloggers took place around 910am.


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