Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 3, 2016

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Recently departed (but still friend of the site!) Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farhad Show podcast this evening and gave his predictions for WWDC 2016 and beyond. Most of the conversation material was either posted previously on 9to5Mac or elsewhere but there were certainly some new “whispers”… expand full story

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories August 18, 2015

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It’s been many years since Steve Jobs famously told biographer Walter Isaacson that he’d “cracked TV” – an integrated television set with “the simplest user interface you could possibly imagine.” That idea seemingly went nowhere, with plans for a full TV set reportedly abandoned back in 2014.

So far, then, Apple’s offering in the TV space has been a rather modest one: the venerable ‘black puck’ that is the Apple TV box. The company keeps updating it, of course. Movie rentals were a big deal for some, Photostream for others. But for most, the last really dramatic change was the addition of AirPlay. Since then, improvements have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

All that looked set to change next month, with Apple initially expected to launch the next best thing to a full television set: significantly upgraded hardware coupled to a new streaming TV service. The complete package would undoubtedly have proven a winner. But with the streaming service now delayed until sometime next year, will a revamped box alone be enough to significantly boost sales, or will most be holding out until the Internet TV service is launched … ?  expand full story

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 11, 2015

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 8, 2015

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It’s Monday, June 8th and nearly time for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. We’ve already run down what we’re expecting from the conference, ranging from a significant iOS 9 update for iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches with a focus on quality, an upgraded version of OS X with the same core focus, the new Apple Music streaming service along with the new iTunes Radio, and the native software development kit (SDK) for the Apple Watch. We’ll be following the news closely from before the keynote, during the event, and after the event, and we’ll be live updating this post with the latest information out of the WWDC Keynote.

You can find our live updates and analysis below, as we get closer to show time.

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WWDC jackets leave little doubt about Apple’s adoption of San Francisco system font

The jackets Apple is handing out to WWDC attendees appear to leave little doubt about our exclusive report that the company plans to adopt San Francisco as the new system font in iOS and OS X. As one of our readers tweeted, Apple has used San Francisco for the jacket lettering.

There’s also a little in-joke in the jacket labels, Apple using its Swift programming language to indicate the size and country of manufacture.

We reported that Apple plans to replace Helvetica Neue with San Francisco in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. The new font is already used in watchOS.

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Apple is aiming to sign up a massive 100M subscribers for its streaming music service, according to a source cited by the Associated Press (reproduced in the NY Times). This would be more than double the subscriptions for all other streaming music services combined.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says that existing worldwide streaming subscriptions total around 41M across all services. The market leader, Spotify, has around 4.7M subscribers in the USA …  expand full story

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 3, 2015

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We’ve already run down much of what can be expected from iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Apple Music at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, and now it’s time to run down what 9to5Mac’s editors want to see at the conference. You can find our hopes below, and stay tuned for our comprehensive roundup of what to expect at WWDC.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 27, 2015

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve published several articles detailing the future of iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch’s operating system), OS X (the Mac’s operating system), and Watch OS (the software that runs on the Apple Watch). Here’s a list of links to the stories we’ve written thus far about the new operating systems, and we’ll keep updating this page as we publish new and relevant details.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 20, 2015

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Apple is currently planning to use the new system font developed for the Apple Watch to refresh the looks of iPads, iPhones, and Macs running iOS 9 “Monarch” and OS X 10.11 “Gala,” according to sources with knowledge of the preparations. Current plans call for the Apple-designed San Francisco font to replace Helvetica Neue, which came to iOS 7 in 2013 and OS X Yosemite just last year, beginning with a June debut at WWDC…

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 12, 2015

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Apple has pushed out several new content channels across many countries to the Apple TV, as noted by several readers. Here’s the breakdown of the new channels across the world:

  • Viaplay has been added to the Apple TV in Scandinavia (which is comprised of Denmark, Sweden, Norway) and Finland. Viaplay is comprised of local sports content, films, and TV shows.
  • Stan has been added in Australia, and it contains localized TV shows, films, and content for kids.
  • The WWE Wrestling Network has been added to Apple TVs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The network first launched in several countries, including the United States in Canada, for the Apple TV in February.
  • Bandai, a localized, subscription-based digital network, has been added to the Apple TV in Japan.

Last week, Apple rolled out CBS Sports and USA Now channels in the United States. Apple is expected to announce new Apple TV hardware in June at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, complete with an App Store and redesigned Remote.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories April 15, 2015

Apple boosts WWDC scholarship numbers in bid to increase diversity

Apple has told Re/code that it is increasing the number of scholarship places offered at this year’s WWDC from 200 to 350 as part of its work to create greater diversity amongst developers. Those selected get a free ticket to the developer’s conference.

The Cupertino technology giant said it will extend […] scholarships to students age 13 and older and members of organizations working to promote science, technology, engineering and math education for young women, blacks and Latinos. The National Society of Black Engineers, App Camp for Girls and La TechLa are among 20 organizations whose members would be eligible for a scholarship.

The company last year published its first ever diversity report, showing that the company is fairly typical of tech companies today: 70% male, 55% white. CEO Tim Cook said then that he was not satisfied with the numbers, and was doing “meaningful and inspiring” work with women’s and minority groups to bring about change.

Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products

Cook said during last month’s shareholder meeting that he would work on equality “until my toes point up.”

Apple has, however, refused to make its full federal workforce diversity data public, believed to be on the basis that the job classifications are a poor match for actual roles in the tech sector. Microsoft, Twitter and Amazon also refused.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories March 6, 2015

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Hundreds of iOS developers have been working with Apple in secret Cupertino-based sessions on apps for the Apple Watch, and now we’ve learned that this list includes game developers. According to two sources, multiple “mass market, casual” game developers have been in the running to show off light games on stage during Monday’s “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco. While Apple could end up not showcasing games next week, we’re still told that they are championing the idea of light weight gaming on the Apple Watch. As one source said, “the iOS gaming ecosystem will be well represented on the Apple Watch despite [the simplicity] of the Software Development Kit (SDK)…

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories July 22, 2014

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Even though Apple will begin integrating iOS and OS X in new, mutually beneficial ways with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple currently plans to stagger the releases of the two operating systems, according to people briefed on the plans. iOS 8 will launch in September alongside the iPhone 6, and OS X Yosemite will launch approximately a month later, in October, according to the sources…

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories July 17, 2014

Epic Games releases Unreal Engine 4.3 with Metal API support on iOS and much more

Epic Games today announced Unreal Engine 4.3, the latest version of their gaming engine technology, which includes over 500 updates. Included in the latest version of Unreal Engine is support for Apple’s new Metal API for game developers, first introduced last month at WWDC, for code compiled with the Xcode 6 beta. Unreal Engine launched version 4.0 earlier this year introducing its current subscription model for developers as well as Mac support.

As mentioned above, Unreal Engine 4.3 includes over 500 updates including new features for Mac, iOS, Android, and more. Below you can read the change log for iOS and Mac.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 29, 2014

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Apple has begun airing a new TV ad to promote the iPhone 5s that focuses on uses by parents within both “Smart Homes” and in everyday family life. The ad, aptly named “Parenthood,” shows how the iPhone can be used to record home video, find a lost dog, monitor the children, and turn off the lights in the living room. The ad comes ahead of HomeKit Smart Home appliance integration with iOS 8 this fall. Sources have also indicated that Apple is developing its own line of connected hardware for the home. Apple’s previous iPhone ad, part of the same “more powerful than you think series” demonstrated various uses for the iPhone in the health and fitness space. You can watch the latest ad below:

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 11, 2014

How some of your favorite Mac apps could look when OS X Yosemite launches

When OS X 10.10 Yosemite launches this fall, most of Apple’s first-party apps will look completely different. This means that many third-party apps will begin to look out of place. Zinx has compiled some mockups from Dribbble demonstrating how some popular apps could look when they are redesigned for Yosemite. Here’s a gallery of just a few:

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 9, 2014

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Apple has posted the video about OS X Yosemite’s new design from the WWDC keynote. The video gives a look at the system’s new inherent translucency, cleaner layout, redesigned icons, and new buttons. You can watch it below:

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 6, 2014

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Re/code’s John Paczkowski is reporting that Apple is set to announce its new wearable product in October, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans. The site says that the watch will take full advantage of HealthKit and Health, Apple’s fitness and health management app introduced in iOS 8.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 3, 2014

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With so many new iOS and OS X features being introduced in yesterday’s WWDC keynote, the numbers that kicked off the show perhaps didn’t get the attention they otherwise might have done.

While the Wall Street line is that the smartphone market is saturated and iPhone and iPad growth is done, Tim Cook clearly thinks otherwise. Business Insider highlighted Cook’s comment on the migration Apple is seeing from Android phones.

“Over 130 million customers who bought an iOS device in the past 12 months were buying their first Apple device,” said Cook before introducing iOS 8, the new software for the iPhone and iPad. “Many of these customers were switchers from Android. They had bought an Android phone — by mistake. Then had sought a better experience … And a better life. And decided to check out iPhone and iOS.”

He added, “Nearly half of our customers in China in the past six months switch from Android to iPhone. This is incredible.”

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 2, 2014

Apple posts stream & download of WWDC 2014 video

Update: Download is now available on iTunes.

You can now rewatch the WWDC 2014 keynote online at Apple.com. You can also read full coverage of all the announcements here on 9to5Mac.

Apple usually posts downloads of the event, through podcasts in the iTunes Store, shortly afterwards too. We’ll update when these go live.

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Zac Hall | 11:47 Comparing to Python as well with massing performance difference

Zac Hall | 11:46 Federighi comparing Swift speed to Objective-C

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Zac Hall | 11:46 “The language is called Swift and it totally rules.”

Seth Weintraub | 11:46 New Programming language: Swift

Zac Hall | 11:46 New programming language… called Swift

Zac Hall | 11:46 Federighi discussing Objective-C language

Zac Hall | 11:45 Xcode: Federighi says Xcode’s latest version was downloaded 14 million times

Zac Hall | 11:45 SceneKit: new 3D scene render with integrated physics engine

Zac Hall | 11:44 SpriteKit enhancements announced

Zac Hall | 11:44 Federighi discussing SpriteKit and casual gaming on iOS

Zac Hall | 11:44 Zen Garden, game demoed showing Metal, will be available in the App Store for free alongside iOS 8

Zac Hall | 11:43 Epic Games founder and company demoing graphics using Metal 3D APIs

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Seth Weintraub | 11:39 Metal is new 3D reduces Games overhead in 3D. Up to 10x performance

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Seth Weintraub | 11:38 Cloudkit

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Seth Weintraub | 11:36 HomeKitScreenshot 2014-06-02 14.36.24 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.36.34

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Seth Weintraub | 11:35 Camera APIs and PhotoKit

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Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Touch ID:

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Seth Weintraub | 11:33 3rd party keyboards

Seth Weintraub | 11:33 Bing Translate also built in iOS menu item

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Seth Weintraub | 11:31 Widgets demo

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Seth Weintraub | 11:30 3rd Party Widgets that can go in notifications

Seth Weintraub | 11:29 Photo Filters

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Seth Weintraub | 11:28 Extensibility will allow services from other apps.

Seth Weintraub | 11:28 4000 new Developer APIs

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Seth Weintraub | 11:27 SDK is biggest release since launch of the app store

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Seth Weintraub | 11:26 App Previews Videos

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Seth Weintraub | 11:25 App Bundles

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Editors choice category

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Related searches

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Scrolling Results

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 Tim: Making App Store even better:

Explore Tab

Trending Searches

Seth Weintraub | 11:24 1.2 B Apps

300M people visit app store every week

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Seth Weintraub | 11:23 Hey Siri > OK, Google?

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Seth Weintraub | 11:22 Hey Siri,

Seth Weintraub | 11:21 New iCloud Pricing for full photos

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Seth Weintraub | 11:20 Photos for Mac Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.19.36

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 Photos for Mac SHIPPING EARLY NEXT YEAR

Seth Weintraub | 11:18 Using Levels and Color in new PhotoScreenshot 2014-06-02 14.17.44 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.17.05 Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.15.23

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Demoing Photos

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 smart editing controls for light and color. Auto straightening cropping

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Search Location, Time, Albums,

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Can get at all photos in the cloud thru iPhoto

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Share media and Apps with Family. So get all of your wife’s media. Up to 6 family members who share same credit card.

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Seth Weintraub | 11:12 Family Sharing

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Seth Weintraub | 11:10 HealthKit not HealthBook

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Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Passcode protection across apps

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Seth Weintraub | 11:07 Enterprise 98% of Fortune 500 companies.

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Seth Weintraub | 11:07 compatible with 3rd party devices. Screenshot 2014-06-02 14.06.47

Seth Weintraub | 11:06 iCloud Drive on iOS

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 Hair Force One jokes. Don’t get old.

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 These new features look easy enough for just about anyone to use.

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 Greg Joswiak demoing new Messaging features

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Seth Weintraub | 11:00 you can pick up calls on your iPad thru “Continuity”

Seth Weintraub | 11:00 learning is Private and on device. Lots of Languages

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Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Dinner or Movie suggestions

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Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Quicktype=predictive typing suggestions

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 Keyboard and Quicktype

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 still using google search

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Spotlight – you can now search for Apps on App store, points of interest from Wikipedia entries. Songs, movies

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Spotlight on iOS

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 Using quick functionalities in Mail.  Will be slightly harder to not use it now.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Flicking away Phil Schiller’s Notifications.

Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Mobile safari gets a sidebar (assuming in iPad version only? Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.52.34

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 you can now reply to notifications with a pull down.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 pull down notifications

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Craig’s back to talk about iOS 8….

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Seth Weintraub | 10:48 89% of install base was running the latest OS.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 …for iOS 7.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 97% Satisfaction rating from Changewave

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 nearly half of China customers switched from Android to Apple. (China Mobile might have helped a bit here)

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 Android …jokes!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:46 some math…800M! iOS devices

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 iPod Touch 100M

iPad 200M

iPhone 500M

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Tim Cook. iOS time

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 Summer Free Public Beta program

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 Recap….and available today. Everyone else will get it  in the Fall….free

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Seth Weintraub | 10:44 That wasn’t uncomfortable

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Calling Dre

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Demoing Phone calls. I think a big deal

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Jun 2014 18.38.13 Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.39.25

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 Phone calls on Mac via iPhone. This is a big deal if you use a Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 Messages will relay SMSes to/from Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 Instant Hotspot….ooohhh

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Seth Weintraub | 10:37 Swipe up on your iPad and work goes to your Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:37 New “Handoff”

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Applause…..

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Transitions should be natural/seamless

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 “Continuity” – using the right device for the moment.

Seth Weintraub | 10:35 can draw cartoon bubbles

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Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Demoing Recent Recipients. Wonder how configurable this is. Can I have 10? 20?

Also showing some editing in mail

Seth Weintraub | 10:33 Brian Croll demoing tabsScreenshot 2014-06-02 13.33.04

Seth Weintraub | 10:31 Safari has some new video 5 Premium Video standard (sounds like HTML5) that allows longer streaming on batteriesScreenshot 2014-06-02 13.30.52

Seth Weintraub | 10:30 Safari Standards.  HTML Premium Video

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Tab Stacks

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Search now integrated with Spotlight. And sharing

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Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Safari: Looks nice!

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Signatures in Email

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Seth Weintraub | 10:27 Mail Drop. Allows big attachments thru cloud rather than having to do manually. Up to 5GB in size. RIP Yousendit

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Seth Weintraub | 10:26 Mail in Yosemite

Seth Weintraub | 10:25 iCloud Drive

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Seth Weintraub | 10:24 search Wikipedia and news? From Spotlight. Oh, I wonder who Apple will think is News? Surely not Google

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 Spotlight is in the middle of the screen now for better or worse. Can do advanced math

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Seth Weintraub | 10:21 Messages gets a big update

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Seth Weintraub | 10:20 Giving live demo of Yosemite now.

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 Notification center has new today view

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Seth Weintraub | 10:18 NEw Notification center – Today view

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Seth Weintraub | 10:17 New Dark Mode

Seth Weintraub | 10:17 New Typography. Looks like OS 8 a little bit.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Lighter, fresher

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 new UI feels more “Airy”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:14 Video playing

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 “Continuity” is about refining OSX

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 OS X Yosemite

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Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Screenshot 2014-06-02 13.12.20

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Here Comes Craig Fed

Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Compared to Windows

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Seth Weintraub | 10:11 50% of install base is on Mavericks

Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Macs 80 million. While PC industry is shrinking, Macs are growing. 40 Million copies of Mavericks. Most ever.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Dev release is so huge (didn’t call it XCODE?)

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Seth Weintraub | 10:09 Here to talk about 2 platforms great updates

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Seth Weintraub | 10:08 Shoutout to the students. Youngest developer is 13

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Seth Weintraub | 10:07 started with 1 lab. Now “lots”

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 “Thanks Devs”  25th aniversary – 25 years old – started in 1990

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Here’s Tim!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:03 “I can’t live without Grindr I mean Tinder”

Seth Weintraub | 10:03 we’re watching a commercial here. Hopefully some humans coming shortly…

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 New Commercial starts…

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 Music Stops (Coldplay obv

Seth Weintraub | 9:57 Jony, Angela, Riccio and a bunch of other PR Exec Bios folks page that won’t be presenting  Screenshot 2014-06-02 12.57.15

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Seth Weintraub | 9:49 Livestream is going

Seth Weintraub | 9:30 Iovine in the house, Dre notsomuch

Seth Weintraub | 9:21

Here’s your first look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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Seth Weintraub | 8:33 Apple Store still up….what does it all mean? Head South to the comments to discuss.

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Seth Weintraub | 8:15 Don’t forget Apple’s official Live stream of the WWDC keynote (in another window obv.). Starts in 1:45

Mark Gurman | 8:07 We are just under two hours away from the kickoff WWDC keynote, and here’s the latest news: there are cars situated inside Moscone West. This likely indicates that some significant CarPlay announcements are in-store for today. Also, some OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 APIs for developers are already appearing on some open source WebKit files. 

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We’re approximately two hours away from Apple’s major WWDC 2014 keynote address, and we’ll be providing live blogging and analysis of the event as it proceeds. We’re expecting Apple to discuss updates to iOS and OS X 10.10, with the former seeing enhancements across the system and the latter receiving a complete redesign to bring the software in line with the iOS 7 design aesthetic. You can catch our full analysis and live updates from the conference below:

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 28, 2014

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Just a couple of weeks after releasing OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to users, Apple has seeded the first beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 to developers. We first reported that Apple was nearing a release of OS X 10.9.4 in beta to developers. It’s unclear what changes are in store with the new system, but hopefully it fixes the many headaches that Mac Pro users have been facing since 10.9.3’s release earlier this month. No word on when 10.9.4 will go public, but it is interesting that this Mavericks release will be in beta in tandem with OS X 10.10‘s beta release next week at WWDC. Thanks, D!

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 27, 2014

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It’s the 21st Century: weren’t we all supposed to be living in automated homes by now? Where we walk in the door after a long day to have our home playing some soothing music, informing us that it’s run us a bath and that dinner will be ready in 45 minutes? Where a robot has done the cleaning, changed the flowers, accepted a parcel that arrived while we were at work and fed the cat?

That dream seems to be a long time coming. I’m a reasonably techy guy who loves the idea of home automation, yet even I only have three examples in my home (which I’ll mention along the way). Most mass-market consumers haven’t even noticed that the products exist, and the few who have tend to view it all as too complicated or fiddly.

If anyone can change that perception, it’s Apple. Which is why the Financial Times report yesterday that Apple is working on a new approach to home automation that may be unveiled at WWDC next week caught my attention …  expand full story

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 26, 2014

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Slipping shipping times for iMacs on Apple’s site may support a timeline released last month by KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicating that new, lower-cost iMacs could be launched this quarter.

Apple usually quotes 24 hours for delivery of standard-configuration iMacs, but is currently showing 3-5 business days across the range. Increased shipping times are sometimes an indication of lower or sporadic stocks, which tend to precede the launch of new models. With WWDC just one week away, that would be a logical time to announce them …  expand full story

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 21, 2014

Besides a slew of events focused squarely on the technical side of developing and designing applications for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, Apple, this year, will be holding a pair of interesting events over the course of the first week of June at WWDC.

On Wednesday June 4th from 4:30 to 5:30 PM Pacific Time, an event called Women in Technology Get Together will take place. This important event will discuss “the increased participation of women in technology,” the schedule in the updated WWDC app reads. Apple is making a point to further involve women in the conference this year, even announcing that the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will provide scholarships for women to attend WWDC:

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This morning, Apple revealed the schedule for next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference. To start things off, an Apple keynote will be held from 10AM to 12PM on Monday, June 2nd at Moscone West. Apple typically holds keynote addresses to kick off WWDC, but this schedule serves as the first direct confirmation from Apple. The event will likely be led by Apple CEO Tim Cook with assistance from Senior VPs Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue, who have some new software and services announcements, respectively…

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With WWDC less than two weeks away now, Apple has released WWDC 2.0 for iPhone and iPad today on the App Store. The update revamps the user interface to reflect the design changes introduced with iOS 7 at last year’s WWDC conference. The update also includes a new icon to reflect the design changes: from dark purple to bright orange. The update also includes the latest schedule for this year’s conference (or as much as it will reveal) so developers attending the conference will want to download and reference it soon.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories April 7, 2014

Reminder: Less than 4 hours to join the WWDC 2014 ticket lottery (Update: Closed)

If you have even the slightest inclination to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, you probably want to throw your name in the hat for your chance to purchase a ticket before the window closes in less than four hours.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories October 1, 2013

After teasing its first iOS controller that would work with Apple’s new MFi standard for game controllers, today we get what appears to be an official press shot of Logitech’s upcoming gamepad for iPhone that first leaked at WWDC earlier this year (via @evleaks).  We noticed that Logitech left space for the rear camera, which is nice for augmented reality apps and other games that utilize the iPhone’s camera.

Apple will offer 2 types of game controllers through its MFi program and two configurations all with pressure sensitive buttons and consistent layouts. The first type of controller is the form-fitting controller (much like Logitech’s above), which allows your iOS device to be docked right into the controller. The second will be a standalone controller that connects over Bluetooth. Above we’re looking at Apple’s standard layout, but there will also be an Extended layout for MFi controllers that adds dual thumbsticks and an extra set of shoulder buttons.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories August 26, 2013

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It seems that Apple’s beta release of iWork for iCloud has proven popular as some users are being denied access with a message stating that Apple has had an ‘overwhelming response’ to the service …  expand full story

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 10, 2013

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Answering probably the biggest question regarding the Macintosh Operating System, Apple revealed today that the tenth iteration of its OS X system will be dubbed Mavericks.

OS X 10.9 delivers a collection of new features including:

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One prominent analyst expects new Haswell-based iMacs this month or next

We’ve heard nothing of new Haswell iMacs in the pipeline but prominent Apple Analyst Mingchi Kuo from KGI securities thinks they are on the way:

What’s new We forecast iMac shipments to be 650k units in 2Q13, down 63% from 1.75mn units in 1Q13. We expect shipments to pick up in 3Q13 as Apple (US) launches Haswell iMac and peak season arrives. Full-year shipments are set to reach 4.7mn units. Analysis We attribute the shipments decline to the fact that new product shipments have peaked and due to the arrival of the consumer slow season. But we believe iMac shipments troughed in 2Q13. Apple is expected to upgrade iMac processor to Intel’s (US) latest Haswell processor in June or July. Meanwhile, the consumer peak season has arrived. Thus we expect shipments to reach 1.1mn units in 3Q13, up 69% QoQ. Full-year shipments are forecast to be 4.7mn units, up 31% YoY.

Even a July launch, if the analyst is correct, could warrant a mention at today’s WWDC. Apple did announce the current iMacs months ahead of schedule but Tim Cook subsequently told analysts at an earnings call that he regretted the decision citing some variant of the Osborne effect hurting sales.

When Apple first launched the all new, slimmed down iMac lineup leading up to the holidays in October of last year, Tim Cook quickly confirmed that Apple would run into some significant component constraints and delays for the product. The months following launch saw major delays with customers ordering the product having to wait weeks to receive their shipments and some models pushed back as far as December.

Kuo has been accurate enough in the past to warrant mentioning but his weakness has been his timings of releases so let’s keep the expectations low.

We’ll be covering every aspect of today’s WWDC so stay tuned.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 9, 2013

AT&T slips in some bad news ahead of WWDC: Upgrade eligibility moved from 20 to 24 months

Not a bad PR move on AT&T’s part: While everyone is getting hyped for WWDC, Ma Bell throws the same curve ball that Verizon threw at us in April. You must now wait the full 24 months to be eligible for phone upgrades rather than getting in at 20 months as you could have previously.

Today, we’re announcing a 24-month upgrade policy across all of AT&T’s wireless products and services.  This aligns device upgrade eligibility with our standard two-year wireless agreement and it applies to any customer whose agreement expires in March 2014 or later.

The move shouldn’t be a huge deal for iPhone customers who are used to two year cycles who can plan ahead to 2014.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 5, 2013

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Apple appears set to release new versions of its MacBook Air notebook computer at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, according to information provided by a source. Earlier this week, we reported that Apple is planning to release four new Mac models at WWDC, and we narrowed this down to either new MacBook Pro with Retina display models or MacBook Air models.

Today, we have received specific pricing for the aforementioned SKUs, and the price-points correspond to Apple’s current pricing for the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models. We have yet to receive pricing information that points to the imminent availability of new MacBook Pros (as some had hoped), but perhaps the next refresh to Apple’s Pro portables will arrive in the coming months. Supply constraints to the Retina MacBook Pro line seems to imply that…

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories April 26, 2013

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WWDC 2013 sold out in a matter of minutes likely cutting out a few developers who wanted to head to San Francisco for the show. For those who who missed out or who can’t make the trip to San Francisco, Apple will again be offering Tech Talks this Fall in a number of cities. (Apple will also be offering videos of WWDC session videos as they unfold.)

 In 2011, Apple’s Tech Talk hit 9 cities though it is far from certain that Apple will be hitting the same places this time around:

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories October 3, 2012

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Since T-Mobile is being cagey (likely for regulatory reasons) about the locations of its re-farmed, iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network, a group at Airportal.de has filled us in. The 3G/4G locales are submitted by iPhone 3G and newer owners (or non-AWS 4G phone users) who are seeing 3G/4G on T-Mobile. T-Mobile claims its HSPA+ network shows speeds up to 70 percent higher than AT&T’s network.

The map appears to be filling out and goes way beyond T-Mobile’s stated Las Vegas, Seattle, Washington, DC, and New York metro area rollouts. We first discovered T-Mobile’s 1900MHz network at Moscone center in San Francisco ahead of WWDC this year.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 26, 2012

Apple adds Avenir typeface to iOS 6 in Maps

Apple seems to now feature the Avenir typeface in iOS 6.

An interesting Reddit discussion popped up about the discovery of the font in both Maps and Siri, check it out:

Avenir is completely new to iOS, because it does not appear in Apple’s font list for earlier versions of the mobile operating system. According to Fonts.com, designer Adrian Frutiger first released the sans-serif typeface nearly 25 years ago.

What do you think of the typography choice?

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 18, 2012

Facebook just teased more iOS integration in a short post on the company’s Developers page amid buzz that it bought another successful company with an iOS app at its core.

According to the social network, it is working on a “major update” to the Facebook SDK for iOS that will launch soon:

We’re very excited about the Facebook integration in iOS 6 that Apple announced last week at WWDC 2012. We’re working on a major update to the Facebook SDK for iOS that will launch in the coming weeks. It includes significant new features and enhancements that make it easier to add Facebook to your iOS apps, along with support for the Facebook integration in iOS 6. Stay tuned!

There are no details on the update, but TheNextWeb speculated it involves the Open Graph, “allowing iOS developers to easily hook into your Timeline and its News Feed and Ticker products has become a way to send an app’s growth into the stratosphere.” The publication also wondered if the update would help developers launch apps in the App Center more easily.

Integration between Apple and Facebook unveiled last Monday for both iOS 6 and Mountain Lion during the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Update 2, July 03, 2012: It looks like Apple has now pulled the Display Recorder app from the App Store.

The ability to record your iOS display was a functionality previously limited to a Cydia app for jailbroken iPhone users that is called “Display Recorder.” As noted by JBN, Apple has allowed an app of the same name, and with even more screen recording functionality, into the App Store. The App Store version of Display Recorder, released by Bugun Software, allows you to export to YouTube or your Camera Roll, adjust video and audio settings, and settles for recording and merging audio picked up by the built-in microphone.

It appears the app might take a succession of screenshots to compile the video. Apple does not allow third-party screen capturing apps for even screenshots into the App Store (apart from third-party browser apps), because it would mimic the native screenshot functionality in iOS. It is possible Apple will pull the Display Recorder app, but it is still available in at least the U.S. and Canadian App Stores for $1.99. A video of the app in action, courtesy of JBN, is below. We will let you know if Apple decides to pull it.

Update: The developer of the original Cydia Display Recorder app, Ryan Petrich, confirmed in a tweet (above) that he is not affiliated with the new app. He also filed a complaint with Apple.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 12, 2012

Neon Trees to perform at WWDC Bash on Thursday

Apple just revealed to developers via email that pop-rock band Neon Trees will put on a show at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 14:

An amazing week just got better. Neon Trees will perform at Thursday night’s WWDC Bash. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens.

The WWDC Bash is intended to give developers’ coding skills a break. Apple told attendees on its website: “We’ll bring the food, the drinks, and the tunes. Just bring yourself and get ready to rock the night away.”

Andy Hertzfeld: The only thing that’s still high-end about [Mac Pro] is the bloated price

Update: MacRumors received a tip from a reader who claimed Apple’s CEO Tim Cook responded to his email to confirm new Mac Pros are coming next year. We received a tip last year detailing a similar email exchange between a Pro customer and the late chief Steve Jobs. Cook’s response to the reader is below:

Our pro customers are really important to us…don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year.

We were not too shocked when Apple quietly updated its Mac Pro lineup following its WWDC keynote yesterday. We had previously revealed the spec-bumped Mac Pros, but many were skeptical Apple would release such a minor refresh for the product that otherwise had not received an update in two years.

Was it really an upgrade, or did Intel simply run out of the older CPUs? USB 2 and no Thunderbolt seem like a bad joke to high-end Mac Pro users.

Not surprisingly, many are calling out Apple for its decision to not release a major refresh to the Mac Pros. Perhaps most notably is former Apple engineer and current Google employee Andy Hertzfeld. In a Google+ post, Hertzfeld congratulated Apple on its new Retina MacBook, while expressing disappointment in the new Mac Pros:

The next generation MacBook Pro announced today at WWDC looks fantastic. I ordered one immediately and can’t wait to start using it. Unfortunately, the euphoria was negated by my deep disappointment with the meagre, lame update that was silently bequeathed to the Mac Pro today… The specs for the “new” Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump. Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements – it seems like it’s stuck in time in 2010. The only thing that’s still high-end about it is the bloated price… Even though I’m well aware that Apple’s future lies increasingly with mobile iOS-based devices, it still makes no sense to drop the ball on your high end desktop Mac so thoroughly, and to utterly disappoint your most loyal customers like yours truly.

As for complete refreshes for the iMac and Mac Pro lineups, David Pogue for the New York Times claimed an Apple executive confirmed they are in development and likely set for a 2013 release:

Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro. An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 11, 2012

During its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple demoed a new app called “Passbook” with its unveiling of iOS 6. The app allows you to manage boarding passes, movie tickets, store cards, and other passes that have QR codes, barcodes, or visual, scannable codes. Scott Forstall demonstrated how the feature is integrated into the iOS 6 lock screen by allowing cards or tickets to be displayed when—for instance—walking by a movie theatre. The cards are also live, so things such as boarding passes or show tickets will update live with cancellations or show times.

Forstall noted that Apple would make templates available to developers to make it easy for companies to offer their cards and tickets through Passbook. Apple’s press release described the app:

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After giving a demonstration for some of the new features in Mountain Lion today, Apple confirmed during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote that Mountain Lion would ship in July for just $19.99. That price is good for Lion and Snow Leopard users who want to upgrade all their personal Macs. Apple also noted it would be free for all developers attending WWDC. Apple will ship a developer preview today.

Stay tuned to our live blog for the latest updates.

Fox News’ Clayton Morris tweeted today that he got word there will be two new iOS apps revealed today:

We detailed one called Organize.app:

Get Organized… with an all-new app from Apple?

iOS 6 will likely feature everything we’ve reported thus far (above: Siri on iPad, a 3D Apple-based Maps application, and features from OS X Mountain Lion), but there has been one possible feature that we’ve been hearing whispers about, but not full, concrete details like we heard for other features. Apple is working on a new in-house application for iOS called “Organize,” but we’re not sure if Organize will be announced with iOS 6 at WWDC, or if it is a future App Store app from Apple, a future iOS enhancement, or something scrapped all together. The application is said to be a virtual pocket, and the app’s purpose is to be able to replicate a person’s pocket and store things such as coupons, travel information, credit card info and more. We speculate that Apple will be using the neat camera-based scanning software that we reported to be in development for the scanning in of business cards, receipts, and using that to provide virtual items that get used when shopping and travelling. We can’t help but think that this application will eventually tie into the rumored Apple wallet/NFC service at some point in the future.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 10, 2012

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As noted by The Next Web, at least one developer has updated its Mac App Store app to include high-resolution “Retina graphics” for the new lineup of Retina display Macs that we revealed last month (here and here).

The Mac App Store app is Folderwatch. It was updated today with several new features, one of which is “Retina graphics.” We are not ready to speculate that the developers know something we do not, but Apple obviously allowed the update. It is likely we will begin to see Mac Apps updated with high-resolution artwork leading up to Apple’s introduction of Retina Macs at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week.

Some have pointed to the unusually high number of to-be-announced sessions on the WWDC schedule as proof of the introduction of a new app platform, but we noted that many of these sessions could relate to Retina Mac apps.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories June 1, 2012

Update: Tickets are now sold out, but the website noted: “Pending tickets are currently with other customers. They may become available, so check back soon”

Update 2: Looks like they might be looking for a bigger venue – it says now lists ‘rescheduled’

With Apple’s WWDC just around the corner, and many TBA sessions still on the latest schedule, you can at least now get tickets for Twitter’s WWDC Open House set to include “tech talks, food and beer with our iOS and native applications engineering team!” There is only 50 or so tickets still available at the time of this writing for the session that—among others—will include talks on “Patterns for Mobile-Friendly API Design,” and “how the Twitter for iPhone team ships code.”

@TwitterMobile and @TwitterEng invite you to an evening of tech talks, food and beer with our iOS and native applications engineering team! Register as soon as you can as we anticipate hitting our capacity very quickly. If you’re planning to bring a +1, please see below (#questions) so you can get in touch with us to let us know their name and info.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Stories May 30, 2012

Gruber: TBA sessions on WWDC schedule could point to apps for Apple TV

In a post where he admittedly overanalyzed the recently released schedule for WWDC 2012, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber speculated that the high amount of “To Be Announced” sessions could indicate the launch of a new developer platform. His bet? Apps for Apple TV:

To me, this is what a preliminary WWDC conference schedule would look like if Apple were set to announce a new developer platform, like, say, apps for Apple TV. Apps for Apple TV is just a guess — I’ve heard not a single whisper about such a thing from any Cupertino area little birdies. (Cf. the aforementioned Tim Cook quote about Apple doubling down on secrecy.) But it’s one of the few things I can imagine would that would be big, new, and different enough to warrant that much attention at WWDC.

This tidbit follows reports from this morning that claimed Apple is set to introduce a new Apple TV OS and APIs, which could work with the unconfirmed Apple HDTV. We noted this morning that a new Apple TV OS raised questions, especially because Apple introduced a revamped Apple TV UI in March. We will have to wait a couple weeks to find out for sure, but we are expecting to see at least thinner, redesigned MacBook Pros, iOS 6, and Mountain Lion. Some of the TBA sessions could be for Retina Mac apps.

Apple will kick off WWDC with its keynote presentation at 10 a.m. PST on June 11.

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