Almost every WWDC, Apple kicks off the main event with a special video — which can sometimes be more motivational and sometimes more entertaining with jokes related to app development. Interestingly, we can now take a look at a scrapped WWDC 2014 intro video that features Larry David as an App Store reviewer.
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WWDC 2014 keynote now available on YouTube
If you haven’t seen it already, you can watch Apple CEO Tim Cook and members of the company’s executive team introduce its next-generation mobile software iOS 8, upcoming Mac OS X release, nicknamed Yosemite, and discuss the future of its development tools, including the introduction of a brand new programming language called Swift.
For continuing coverage on the features and changes not included in the keynote address, be sure to keep an eye on 9to5Mac.
Now that iOS 8 is officially out for developers, it’s time to start digging into the apps and settings to find out what Apple didn’t tell us. Sure there are plenty of new features available in iOS 8, but there are definitely other little (and bigger) ones that didn’t make it to the unveiling.
We’ve been exploring iOS 8 and finding all sorts of features and helpful tips that Apple failed to mention during the keynote, but we feel are important enough to share with you. Check out our top 10 hidden iOS 8 features video below…
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…
WWDC 2014 Stories June 2, 2014
This year’s Apple Design Award winners include Blek, Threes, and PanoPerfect
As usual, Apple announced the winners of this year’s Apple Design Awards this evening during its developer conference. Among the winners were hits like Threes and Bleks, the Day One journal app, and two apps created by student scholarship winners.
You can find the full list of winners below:
Earlier today Apple announced the next version of its iOS software, iOS 8, during the WWDC keynote today. Below you’ll find a gallery of all the new bells and whistles in the latest operating system. If you’ve got some screenshots you’d like to send us, you can send them to email@example.com.
The new software includes features like iOS-to-Mac continuity, quick-reply for first- and third-party apps, a new predictive text keyboard, changes to the Mail app, HealthKit framework and Health app, Family Sharing features, new Photos cloud storage, an updated iCloud pricing scheme, new commands for Siri, App Store changes including beta distribution, a Touch ID API, third-party keyboards, new iCloud management and development features, a home automation framework, and even support for a brand new programming language.
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.
Apple just announced its new Swift programming language at WWDC, and has already published a free guide for developers looking to learn the language.
Swift is a new programming language for creating iOS and OS X apps. Swift builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C compatibility. Swift adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible, and more fun. Swift’s clean slate, backed by the mature and much-loved Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, is an opportunity to reimagine how software development works.This book provides: – A tour of the language. – A detailed guide delving into each language feature. – A formal reference for the language.
You can grab the guide on iBooks right now.
Along with several other new APIs for developers, Apple has announced HomeKit which allows all home automation accessories/devices to work together. The new API will allow home automation developers to centralize all home automation in iOS without needing separate apps to access each device’s specific features. These devices include locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches, and more.
Apple has just announced at WWDC 2014 that as part of its iOS 8 extensions capability, users will be able to install systemwide keyboards, such as the popular Swype system. The keyboards will run in a secure sandbox and not have access to anything except text input, though they can ask for permission to use the network in order to provide more features.
These keyboards can be installed through third-party apps on the updated App Store.
Apple debuted a new Family Sharing feature during its WWDC keynote today. The feature allows family members who use the same credit card to also share a variety of other information, including iTunes purchases, photos and photo streams, location, reminders, calendars, and more.
One incredibly useful feature for parents included with this update is the ability to approve (or disapprove) purchases by minors. When a child in the family sharing account attempts to make a purchase, a notification will be sent to a parent asking them to approve the purchase. Parents will be able to review the item being purchased and decide whether or not to allow the charge.
Looks like the Macs running OS X “Yosemite” for today’s demo are running up on stage uncovered and in public view. A flatted dock, white trash can, red iTunes icon, green FaceTime app, iOS 7-style Safari icon, as well as redesigned Finder, Calendar, Messages, Settings and other icons are visble.
Get a closer look at the icons below:
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:
As promised, Apple has added a WWDC channel to Apple TV for viewing the live stream of the conference’s keynote today. The keynote can also be streamed from Apple’s website using Safari on OS X or iOS or QuickTime 7 on Windows. We’ll be live blogging the keynote and posting major news as it is announced for those who cannot view the live stream so stay tuned for full coverage. As a primer, read our complete roundup of what to expect Apple to announce today.
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Apple revealed today that it will indeed be streaming video of the anticipated opening keynote from WWDC next week, and now banners are beginning to be displayed through Moscone West in San Francisco where Apple’s developer conference will be held. The banners so far reflect the same design used in the WWDC promotional material for this year including the “Write the code. Change the world” slogan used by Apple. Apple has already revealed much of the schedule for its developer conference next week where the next versions of OS X and iOS will be revealed including the keynote announcement set to take place on Monday, June 2nd at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. expand full story
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
WWDC 2014 Stories May 26, 2014
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
WWDC 2014 Stories May 13, 2014
Following the presumed acquisition of Beats, Apple plans to up its music game with support for high-resolution audio files in a revamped Music app in iOS 8, and to offer a higher-quality version of its In-Ear Headphones, reports Japanese blog Macotakara.
The source of the high-res audio rumor appears somewhat circumstantial, linked to a Warner Music post about the forthcoming release of a ‘Super Deluxe’ version of three remastered early Led Zeppelin albums in 96kHz/24-bit form – a resolution the current iOS Music app cannot play. It is, however, consistent with a similar earlier rumor regarding iTunes support for higher-quality audio … expand full story
WWDC 2014 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.