Apple has just officially announced its annual Worldwide Developers Conference for this year. The conference will take place in San Francisco as usual in early June. WWDC will officially kick off on June 8th and run through June 12th. Developers interested in attending the conference can apply for tickets starting today with applications open through Friday at 10 am PT/1 pm ET.
Like last year, available tickets will be distributed at random to a portion of applicants due to size constraints of the venue, Moscone West, although Apple says select sessions will actually be streamed live while most sessions will be available online after each day. Apple will announce ticket availability after the random selection process on Monday, April 20th, at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET.
Apple’s WWDC opening keynote serves as the unveiling stage for the next versions of iOS and OS X. Apple’s press release for the conference (below) teases the announcement of “the future of iOS and OS X” as we would expect. expand full story
Apple has just released the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes Apple’s upcoming revamped Music app. The seed for developers is available via the Apple Developer Center website.
As we reported earlier this year, iOS 8.4 includes an all new Music application. The new software design is present in this beta, while Apple is expected to announce the streaming service component in June at WWDC.
Here are the release notes from Apple for the new app:
– All-New Design. Music app has a beautiful new design that makes exploring your music collection easier and more fun. Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description. Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists view. Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away.
– Recently Added. Albums and playlists you’ve recently added are now at the top of your library, making it effortless to find something new to play. Simply tap play on the artwork to listen.
– Streamlined iTunes Radio. Discovering music with iTunes Radio is easier than ever. You can now quickly return to your favorite stations in Recently Played. Choose from a selection of hand-curated stations in Featured Stations, or start a new one from your favorite artist or song.
– New MiniPlayer. With the new MiniPlayer, you can see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. To open Now Playing, just tap on the MiniPlayer.
– Improved Now Playing. Now Playing has a stunning new design that showcases your album artwork the way it was meant to be. In addition, you can begin wirelessly streaming your music using AirPlay without leaving Now Playing.
– Up Next. It’s now simple to find out which songs from your library will play next — just tap the Up Next icon in Now Playing. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.
– Global Search. You can now search from anywhere in the Music app — just tap the magnifying glass. Search results are conveniently organized to help you quickly find that perfect song. You can even start an iTunes Radio station right from Search.
iOS 8.4’s Music application includes revamped search, the UpNext and MiniPlayer features from iTunes on the desktop, improved iTunes Radio functionality, a new Recently Added page, and more on top of the new design. On the iPad, there’s a new split-screen interface on the iPad, as seen in the screenshots below. On the iPhone, the landscape interface has been removed entirely. The icon for the app remains the same, however. We have a hands-on gallery of several more screenshots below:
John Paczkowski at Buzzfeed, formerly Recode, has today posted that Apple intends to debut a new Apple TV at WWDC, in the summer. Matching reports from 9to5Mac from the last year, he claims the new device (a revamp of the current hockey-puck Apple TV) will feature Siri and an App Store.
This is one of the reason’s why the new hardware would be shown at WWDC, so that developers can begin application development ahead of the product’s release.
The report claims that the device will feature more onboard storage to store applications and ‘expects’ it to use Apple’s latest A8 chip for better power. 9to5Mac has previously reported the new Apple TV will be a slimmer redesign of the current hockey puck with voice integration and a new remote with more tactile, easier to press buttons.
Apple won’t take the wraps off of its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service at its March 9 “Spring Forward” event, according to music industry sources briefed on the launch timeline. Instead, Apple currently plans to introduce the service, at least in beta form, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June. The WWDC keynote likely takes place on Monday, June 8th, and that’s the event where the debut will occur. The new iTunes music streaming service is based on technology acquired from Beats Music, including curated playlists, cloud-based libraries, and offerings customized to the musical tastes of individual users. The service will be priced as high as $7.99 per month, which is less expensive than current $9.99 pricing for Beats Music, Spotify, and Rdio…
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The Bing Search app has been updated to include the translation feature first demoed at WWDC, as part of the initial unveiling of iOS 8 extensions.
Very simply, downloading the update adds a Bing Translate action to your Activities list in Safari. Enable the action and then visit a website in a foreign language. Pressing the Translate action in the share sheet will machine translate the webpage’s text to the system language, by default. The text content changes inline and happens very quickly.
September 18, 2014
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June 9, 2014
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:
June 4, 2014
Earlier this week we pointed out that several cars were spotted on display in Moscone Center during the morning of Apple’s WWDC keynote. While Apple’s CarPlay technology did not get a mention during the information-dense two hour keynote on Monday, it turns out those cars were used to give CarPlay demoes to press and attendees at the conference.
We already noted Ferrari’s FF model, which has had CarPlay support since the official announcement, and USA Today mentions that a 1965 Ford Mustang was featured as well (with an aftermarket solution offered by Pioneer). However, Apple gave USA Today a CarPlay demo in a Chevy Spark as seen in the video below. Interestingly, Chevrolet is noted as a “committed partner” on Apple’s CarPlay microsite but not included among automakers shipping CarPlay-equipped vehicles in 2014… expand full story
June 3, 2014
Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote was home to plenty of announcements including iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. There was quite a bit of information covered during the two hour presentation, but luckily we didn’t miss a second of the action.
If you don’t feel like sitting through the entire keynote video, we’ve put together a condensed version to give you the rundown on everything that was announced. Find out all that you need to know about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in our keynote recap below…
June 2, 2014
Apple has officially announced iOS 8, the next version of the iPhone and iPad mobile operating system, at its developer conference in San Francisco. The update includes some noticeable user interface and design changes from iOS 7 while maintaining the same design language. Continuity between the Mac and iPhone has already been previewed at length during the OS X Yosemite demo prior to iOS 8’s unveiling. Specific features and press release below: expand full story
Comparing to Python as well with massing performance difference
Federighi comparing Swift speed to Objective-C
“The language is called Swift and it totally rules.”
New Programming language: Swift
New programming language… called Swift
Federighi discussing Objective-C language
Xcode: Federighi says Xcode’s latest version was downloaded 14 million times
SceneKit: new 3D scene render with integrated physics engine
SpriteKit enhancements announced
Federighi discussing SpriteKit and casual gaming on iOS
Zen Garden, game demoed showing Metal, will be available in the App Store for free alongside iOS 8
Epic Games founder and company demoing graphics using Metal 3D APIs
Metal is new 3D reduces Games overhead in 3D. Up to 10x performance
3rd party keyboards
Bing Translate also built in iOS menu item
3rd Party Widgets that can go in notifications
Extensibility will allow services from other apps.
App Previews Videos
Editors choice category
Tim: Making App Store even better:
Hey Siri > OK, Google?
Photos for Mac SHIPPING EARLY NEXT YEAR
smart editing controls for light and color. Auto straightening cropping
Search Location, Time, Albums,
Share media and Apps with Family. So get all of your wife’s media. Up to 6 family members who share same credit card.
HealthKit not HealthBook
Enterprise 98% of Fortune 500 companies.
iCloud Drive on iOS
Hair Force One jokes. Don’t get old.
These new features look easy enough for just about anyone to use.
you can pick up calls on your iPad thru “Continuity”
Quicktype=predictive typing suggestions
Keyboard and Quicktype
still using google search
Spotlight – you can now search for Apps on App store, points of interest from Wikipedia entries. Songs, movies
Spotlight on iOS
Using quick functionalities in Mail. Will be slightly harder to not use it now.
Flicking away Phil Schiller’s Notifications.
you can now reply to notifications with a pull down.
pull down notifications
Craig’s back to talk about iOS 8….
89% of install base was running the latest OS.
…for iOS 7.
97% Satisfaction rating from Changewave
nearly half of China customers switched from Android to Apple. (China Mobile might have helped a bit here)
some math…800M! iOS devices
iPod Touch 100M
Recap….and available today. Everyone else will get it in the Fall….free
That wasn’t uncomfortable
Demoing Phone calls. I think a big deal
Phone calls on Mac via iPhone. This is a big deal if you use a Mac
Messages will relay SMSes to/from Mac
Swipe up on your iPad and work goes to your Mac
Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac
Transitions should be natural/seamless
“Continuity” – using the right device for the moment.
Demoing Recent Recipients. Wonder how configurable this is. Can I have 10? 20?
Also showing some editing in mail
Safari: Looks nice!
Mail Drop. Allows big attachments thru cloud rather than having to do manually. Up to 5GB in size. RIP Yousendit
Mail in Yosemite
search Wikipedia and news? From Spotlight. Oh, I wonder who Apple will think is News? Surely not Google
Giving live demo of Yosemite now.
NEw Notification center – Today view
New Dark Mode
New Typography. Looks like OS 8 a little bit.
new UI feels more “Airy”
“Continuity” is about refining OSX
OS X Yosemite
Here Comes Craig Fed
50% of install base is on Mavericks
Macs 80 million. While PC industry is shrinking, Macs are growing. 40 Million copies of Mavericks. Most ever.
started with 1 lab. Now “lots”
“Thanks Devs” 25th aniversary – 25 years old – started in 1990
“I can’t live without
Grindr I mean Tinder”
we’re watching a commercial here. Hopefully some humans coming shortly…
New Commercial starts…
Music Stops (Coldplay obv
Iovine in the house, Dre notsomuch
Spotted at WWDC: Angela Ahrendts and Jimmy Iovine, but not Dr. Dre
Philip Elmer-DeWitt (@philiped) June 02, 2014
Very few women in line here at #WWDC14 but nice to spot Apple’s Angela Ahrendts walking through the crowd.
Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) June 02, 2014
Apple Store still up….what does it all mean? Head South to the comments to discuss.
Someone forgot to take the AppleStore down…unless Apple got some new 1990’s technology that doesn’t require the store to go down for updates—
Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) June 02, 2014
Apple’s official Live stream of the WWDC keynote (in another window obv.). Starts in 1:45Don’t forget
The latest news from Moscone:
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.We are just under two hours away from the kickoff WWDC keynote, and here’s the latest news:
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:
Apple’s WWDC festivities are officially about to kick off at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) with the company’s keynote presentation, but it appears to already be hinting at car related announcements with several sports cars, classic cars and other vehicles displayed around the Moscone West venue. expand full story