WWDC Stories July 5

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 Stories June 1

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is our Super Bowl. It’s the most important time of the year for Apple fans, journalists, and of course developers. Each year for more than 20 years, Apple has brought its community together and spent a week detailing their next major software innovations.

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WWDC Stories May 30

We’re a week away from Apple previewing iPadOS 15 at WWDC, and we’re all hoping for a substantial software upgrade for the iPad. Not just the low-hanging fruit from iOS 14 that didn’t come to the iPad, but a significant leap forward for pro users on the iPad Pro.

I’ve spent the first week using the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) with my MacBook Air shutdown and set aside, and the versatility of using a portable screen as a tablet, laptop, and desktop has been really great. It’s not that the iPad Pro can’t already get the job done for me. It’s more that the quality of life accomplishing the same tasks just isn’t as high on iPadOS as macOS. Here’s what I’ll be watching for at WWDC 2021 on June 7:

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WWDC Stories March 31

Apple yesterday announced that for the second year running its Worldwide Developers Conference will be a virtual event – and I think this has implications for the future of WWDC.

While the Cupertino company is a great fan of in-person interactions, the online event definitely offers significant benefits …

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WWDC Stories June 28, 2020

Apple’s WWDC 2020 was packed full of new announcements, moving from topic to topic at a swift pace. The announcements included iOS 14, macOS 11 Big Sur, and so much more. Read on as we recap everything Apple announced at WWDC in this week’s special edition of top stories.

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WWDC Stories June 26, 2020

The WWDC20 keynote included the official announcements of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7, the move to custom ARM silicon for Macs, and much more. However, there are a number of things Apple didn’t unveil. Let’s take a look at everything Apple didn’t announce at WWDC.

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Macworld All-Star Band reunites virtually for a pandemic relief performance

The Macworld All-Star Band’s history goes back two decades and this year during the pandemic, the group had a reunion for a virtual performance to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Check out the fun performance below of “Feelin’ Alright.”

WWDC Stories June 25, 2020

Apple has brought some big changes to the refund process for in-app purchases including notifications for developers that are live now with seven different options for how to take action. Other changes to the App Store include Family Sharing now being an option for in-app purchase subscriptions, in-app purchases on Apple Watch, and more.

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Traditionally at WWDC, Apple blogger John Gruber hosts a live edition of the Talk Show podcast, usually featuring one or more Apple executives for an interview on the week’s announcements. Obviously, an in-person wasn’t possible this year. Instead, Apple SVP Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak join John Gruber for a video conversation.

Topics include the transition from Intel CPUs to Apple SoC’s for future Macs, the new macOS Big Sur visual design, SwiftUI, and more.

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WWDC Stories June 22, 2020

Following the Platforms State of the Union address this afternoon at WWDC20 Apple has shared some highlights on its new developer tech and tools to “foster the next generation of apps.” These include Xcode 12, new features in SwiftUI, App Clips and Widgets in iOS and iPadOS 14, improved access to Apple’s platforms like Find My and HomePod, as well as a new App Store Review process that gives developers a way to “challenge” guidelines.

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Miss the iOS 14 event? Replay the WWDC keynote on Apple․com, YouTube, more

Apple’s WWDC keynote just wrapped up and in case you missed it (or want to watch again), this year you can replay the livestream right away on Apple’s website as well as its YouTube channel, Apple Developer app, Podcasts app, and more.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off Monday, June 22 at 10 am PT. With this year being the first-ever totally virtual experience for the event, there are more ways than ever to tune in to the livestream from Apple Park. Follow along for how to watch the WWDC keynote on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and the web. You can also watch with the embedded livestream below.

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WWDC Stories June 19, 2020

Heading into WWDC, Apple isn’t exactly getting off to the best of starts. While outlining my view of Apple’s overall handling of the antitrust charges leveled against it, I mentioned one of the specific issues the company faces: the nature of its relationship with developers.

Developers should feel that Apple is on their side, but even ones who have had their apps featured by Apple are saying that they don’t feel this way. That Apple is, instead, an entity that can at any time and for any reason decide to kill their business.

Twenty-four hours later, things have gotten worse rather than better. First, Microsoft said that Apple and Google have a bigger antitrust case to answer than the Redmond company did some twenty years ago. But the even more damaging development came from Apple itself …

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WWDC Stories June 17, 2020

This year along with the all-virtual WWDC experience, Apple set up a global Swift Student Challenge with some cool swag for the winners. Here’s a look at the fun jacket at pins that 350 student developers are getting.

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WWDC Stories June 16, 2020

Apple has chosen 350 winners for its WWDC20 Swift Student Challenge. The company says the winners span 41 countries and regions and were selected based on their original Swift Playgrounds submission.

Apple is proud to support and nurture the next generation of developers through its annual WWDC student program — and it’s just one of the many ways that WWDC20 is recognizing and celebrating coders and innovators of all ages and backgrounds. For the first time ever, there will be a special collection of curated sessions perfect for budding coders and designers, and daily Swift Playgrounds challenges that anyone can participate in and enjoy.

Apple highlighted three of the winners in a press release and a further three in an App Store feature …

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WWDC Stories June 11, 2020

How to get the WWDC app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

WWDC 2020 is approaching quickly, and with this year’s event being totally virtual due to the pandemic, the WWDC app will be more important than ever. Follow along for how to get the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac

WWDC Stories June 3, 2020

WWDC 2020 is set to start on June 22nd as a virtual event and Apple has said it’s planning to share more about what to expect through its Developer app later this month. However, a Mac version of the app is still missing. Fortunately, the unofficial WWDC app for Mac has been updated and is ready for this year’s digital WWDC with some notable new features.

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WWDC Stories May 5, 2020

Apple has announced that its first-ever virtual WWDC will start on June 22 this year and that it will be free for all developers through its Developer app and Developer website. There’s also a new event this year, a Swift Student Challenge for young developers 13 and older.

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WWDC Stories March 20, 2020

In February, as the coronavirus pandemic spread further and faster it became clear that Apple was likely going to have to cancel its traditional WWDC plans. That did happen with Apple offering a positive spin last week for an all-new “online experience” that more developers than ever could participate in.

However, just a week later with the pandemic growing, Google has fully called off its I/O developer conference that was also pivoting to an online model and scheduled for May as the state of California has moved to a shelter in place order. So the next question is inevitable, is it feasible for Apple to pull off a web-based WWDC even though it’s not until June?

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WWDC Stories March 16, 2020

Prepare for WWDC 2020 with these Apple-inspired wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

On Friday, Apple officially announced that WWDC 2020 will take place in June as a new online experience. To help you can get ready for this year’s event, Matt Birchler has crafted some gorgeous wallpapers for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, inspired by Apple’s artwork.

WWDC Stories March 10, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus within the US has made WWDC cancellation seem increasingly likely. That now looks inevitable, as Santa Clara County has banned all mass gatherings. The event takes place in San Jose, which is within the county – as is Apple’s campus in Cupertino.

At this time, the ban is only for three weeks, but with the situation worsening rather than improving, it’s a safe bet that it will be extended …

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WWDC Stories February 27, 2020

Mobile World Congress was one of the first major international events canceled this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. Now as the virus continues to spread, more tough decisions are being made like Facebook canceling its F8 Developers Conference that was scheduled for May. With June around the corner and Apple’s developer conference attracting attendees from all around the world, will Apple have to cancel WWDC 2020?

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WWDC Stories June 4, 2019

We’ve already rounded up everything Apple announced at WWDC during the keynote presentation – and it was a lot!

I’d normally write one or two comment pieces on the things that most interested me, but there were so many interesting announcements yesterday that a single piece providing my take on all of it seemed the best approach.

Let’s start with what I saw as the headline on the software side …

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WWDC Stories May 31, 2019

Whether you’re heading to WWDC and other coinciding conferences in San Jose this year for the first time or happen to be a veteran, follow along with our roundup of great WWDC and related apps to help you get the most out of your experience and connect with others.

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