Apple WWDC Developer Conference is THE media event of the spring for Apple fanboys and girls everywhere. It is usually the place we get our first look at the next versions of iOS and OS X but, more than that, it is the event that reveals Apple’s overall direction for their products. At times there are also some hardware announcements.
And, while this is more geared to developers, the fact that the Apple Store online is currently down indicates that there will be some new hardware revealed. We have been careful not to speculate and quote rumors but serious news sources are now making it clear that we will be seeing iOS 7, a new streaming music service and more when the Keynote address begins at 10am PST.
The event is taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, but Apple is streaming live to Apple TVs and through their website. We’ll share everything as it comes in. Be sure to check the comments, and add your own thoughts.
Ready to go.
Telling everyone to turn off sound on devices…
Began with a bit of video pointing to the fact that more doesn’t mean better or good. But, rather, they want to shoot for focus, simplicity, and enhancement.
Nice jab at the competitors.
WWDC sold out in just over 70 seconds.
Sessions will be posted online so Developers can follow and learn remotely.
He is jumping into the Apple Store update. Over a million people visit Apple Retail a day.
407 stores in 14 countries.
New store in Berlin is in an old theater they restored. The theater is still intact and will be used.
They made a video of the opening and are running it now.
App Store is 5 years old next month.
50 Billion apps now downloaded in less than 5 years.
900,000 apps. 93% of them are downloaded each month.
375,000 designed for iPad.
More accounts with credit cards than any store in the internet.
They have paid developers $10Billion.
That is three times all the other platforms combined.
New company being launched right now.
Cars drive on the track with artificial intelligence.
Oops… needed to do a restart.
iOS devices are not just the controls but the brains of the “intelligence”.
They then told three of the four cars to block the other and they did so… on their own.
Told the car to shoot the others and… it did.
‘A video game in the real world”.
We are bringing video games to life on your living room floor.
Mac:Annual growth rate is 15% vs PC 3%
72 million install base. double what it was 5 years ago.
Mountain Lion announced last year. 28 million copies have shipped.
OS X Update…
“We do not want to be the first company delayed due to a dwindling supply of cats…”
Need new names for the next ten years.
OS X Mavericks.
Finder Tabs: can bring Finder Windows together and let you have different views in a simple place.
Tags: Now you can save a document and add tags to it, and the tags will appear in the Finder list.
Multiple Displays: You can access the dock on all screens, be fullscreen in all displays, you can pan windows on all displays and access the menu bar as well.
AirPlay window will act as a full second display.
OPINE: All of these are nice but they are all refinements that make me think… “About time!!”
Mission Control with Multiple Displays.
Apple TV just got more powerful!
App Nap “sleeps” apps
Reduces CPU utilization up to 72%
Safari brings a new design with a sidebar.
Shared Links- All the links shared by people you follow on Twitter and linked in
Under the hood…
So in OS X Mavericks Safari has some new features and new technology under the hood but will still be familiar to anyone using it.
Demo shows it to be smoother and more responsive than ever.
Secure your information in iCloud and it will be synced across devices.
This is yet another way Apple is locking people into using their platforms and only theirs.
Notifications has also been improved; you can now reply within Notifications on Chat, Email and FaceTime.
iOS push notifications come to your Mac too.
Apps updated in the background.
Facebook Events in your Calendar.
Location, Travel time and weather aware.
New Maps apps.
You can send directions from your Mac right to your iOS device.
SDK lets developers add Mapping functionality to apps.
iBooks coming to the Mac!
(OPINE: My Tutorial iBook will be more useful to my students now!! Woot!)
Great for research…
And for notes.
Emphasizing the further integration with iOS.
Preview available today.
Shipping this fall.
“Ultimate everyday notebook.”
New line of MacBook airs.
All day battery life.
As expected they run Haswell processors.
Old battery life.
New battery life.
13″ gets up to 12 hours of battery life.
802.11 AC WiFi.
New AirPort Base Stations.
Less expensive than ever.
“Can’t innovate anymore, my ASS!!!”- thank you Phil.
Double the CPU performance of previous product.
First Mac that comes with Dual workstation GPUs…
Supports multiple 4K displays.
It is tiny compared to the previous Mac Pro.
Coming later this year.
Designed AND Assembled in the USA.
“How we are deeply integrating iCloud into the next version of iWork”
New iWork coming later this year but they are also releasing iWork for iCloud. It lets you use iWork in the browser.
Let’s you do your work in the browser anywhere and anytime.
You can even drag and drop images from your desktop to Pages in the cloud.
It will automatically convert Microsoft Word documents.
Impressive that Pages, Numbers and Keynote seem to be full copies of the software in the browser with no lag.
Beta developer version available today.
Sold over 600 million devices.
iOS devices see far far more use than other device platforms.
Leads in customer satisfaction by a large margin.
“We provide amazing software updates and make them available to as many users as possible.
Over 90% of iOS users are using iOS 6.0 or up.
More than 1/3 of Android users are using an operating system that was released in 2010.
We know a new iOS will affect millions and millions.
“The biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone.”
New colors, transparency, depth and clarity.
New Home Screen.
As you move the device in your hand it tracks your motion and lets you “see behind the app iCons”.
GameCenter… we completely ran out of green felt…
So far it is all about appearance.
Gesture from the left side of the display. Lets you navigate one handed.
Multiple pages of folders. (NICE)
The one-handed gesture also works in mail.
Notification Center- Includes a new Today View.
Notification Center is available from the Lock Screen as well.
“Installing iOS 7 is like getting an entirely new phone but it is getting a new phones that is familiar.”
Control Center lets you get to settings from any ware by swiping up.
Will now have multitasking for all apps but will maintain battery life.
It isn’t full-time background multitasking but it intelligently updates for you.
Push notifications trigger background activity.
Fullscreen but one tap gets you a search field.
Some very nice features.
New Tabs look and no more 8 tab limit.
Control Center lets you have more control more easily than ever. It is controlled with a swipe up from anywhere on the device.
Access multitasking with a double tap.
Lets you share with friends right near you.
“No need to wander around the room bumping your phone…” DIGGGG.
To access different camera functions you now just swipe.
And a new Photo App gives more structure and ease of use. Images are now organized into “Moments”.
AirDrop photo sharing.
Shared PhotoStreams let everyone on the stream add images. (This will be handy for Judie, Mike, Carly and me.)
You can now share video via iCloud photo sharing.
Siri has a new female voice and you can now choose a male voice.
“Siri’s getting a lot smarter.”
“Turn on Bluetooth.”
“Play my last voicemail.”
Integrated Twitter, Bing web searches and more.
Tapping into the screen on your car nag system.
You can use the screen or you can use Siri to be eyes-free.
Lots of car manufacturers will introduce it in 2014.
The App Store will now update your apps automatically.
You can see all your content with ease in the new Music app.
Built right into the music app.
Includes Featured Stations.
You can also create your own stations.
It keeps track of all the songs you listen to.
So iTunes Radio is all about encouraging you to buy music. It is built in, and it is free. Also on iTunes on Mac and PC and Apple TV. Free with ads. Free with no ads if you use iTunes Match.
FaceTime Audio will be voice only.
iPhone Activation Lock will make it impossible for someone who steals your phone to EVER use it.
iOS 7 is in Beta today for developers.
Final release in the fall.
iPhone 4 and later!!