Buster Hein (8:32 am PDT, Jun 2nd 2014)
After months of anticipation and countless rumors, Tim Cook and his merry band of Apple fellows are about to take the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone West to reveal the latest offerings coming out of Cupertino. It’s time for the Worldwide Developers Conference.
We’ll be covering the WWDC action here all morning with news and analysis on everything like iOS 8, OS X 10.10, Healthbook and whatever other goodies the mothership has prepared. The keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, so bookmark this page and keep it open for a tidal wave of Apple news and insights.
Tim Cook is back on stage to wrap up the keynote. He’s touting how Apple creates “harmonious” and “seamless” experiences between its devices and software.
Cook asks all Apple employees who worked on today’s stuff to stand in the audience. Cheering abounds.
“It’s the privilege of a lifetime for me to work with all these incredible people.”
And that’s it. Time to download some new software!
iOS 8 will be available to devs today. Everyone else will get it in the fall for all iOS devices
Apple is replacing Objective-C, the programming language it has used for 20 years, with Swift, its new coding language.
“It totally rules,” according to Federighi.
Devs in my Twitter feed are having aneurisms right now. Swift is faster to code in and more modern. It’s about needing to type less, and devs in the audience are loving it.
— Sean Heber (@BigZaphod) June 2, 2014
Swift totally rules #WWDC
— willi wu (@williwu) June 2, 2014
Apple announces a new programming language called Swift. The developers are excited. The reporters are puzzled. #WWDC14
— Daisuke Wakabayashi (@daiwaka) June 2, 2014
Okay serious wtf is going on. #WWDC
— Adam Bell (@b3ll) June 2, 2014
Swift is establishing Apple’s native coding language for years to come.
Metal is the new back-end graphics code that will run in iOS 8 to make all the intensive graphics your games need happen faster, better, and at higher resolution.
Metal dramatically decreases the overhead of gaming graphics apps, providing games a much more lag-free connection right to the A7 chips in the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
EA and Epic have been able to bring their console-level gaming engines directly to iOS without a lot of worry. This is huge stuff for mobile gaming.
Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney got up and demoes the upcoming free Zen Garden, a game that takes advantage of the new Metal graphics layer to great effect.
Home automation will be tied together in iOS 8 with the new HomeKit that adds some rationality to fragmented experience of controlling all your smart devices.
Securely pair your devices to your iPhone so all your devices are controlled at a single point. You can control individual devices, or group devices into scenes for coordinated automation.
Siri is also getting in on the action. You can tell her “I’m going to bed” and your iPhone will automatically shut the garage door, turn down the thermostat, and turn off your lights.
Touch ID now works for authenticating third-party apps, which means you’ll never need to enter a password manually again.
It works by unlocking data stored in your device’s iCloud Keychain. Your fingerprints can’t be accessed by third-party apps. I’m going to be using this a lot.
I never thought we’d see this – Apple is adding third-party keyboards to iOS 8 so you can Swipe to text just like your Android-loving friends.
Third-party keyboards will be sandboxed within apps so they can bring new input modes to every app without added security risks.
Apps are finally going to be able to work together in iOS 8.
Sandboxing in iOS has meant that apps can’t communicate like they can on the Mac. For example, you can’t share documents easily between most third-party apps.
Called Extensibility, Apple now allows apps to insert themselves throughout iOS in a way that offers much more of a customized experience for the user. You can add a webpage to Pinterest right in Safari, share photo filters between third-party apps, and add third-party widgets to Notification Center.
Search sucks in the App Store. iOS 8 wants to make it better.
There are new categories coming to the App Store in a huge update that Tim Cook says is the biggest since its invention.
Search is getting a continuous scrolling list. Related searches should help you pinpoint the apps you’re looking for. App Bundles are also on the way so users can buy multiple apps at a discount.
Developers will also be able to make short videos to give customers a better idea of what their app is all about, and there’s a new TestFlight service that will let some users preview apps in advance.
Siri is getting supercharged in iOS 8. There’s Shazam integration for finding the song that’s playing around you.
Like the Moto X, you don’t need to touch your phone to use voice control anymore. Siri is always listening, and she’s more responsive by showing you what words are being recognized as you say them.
There are also 22 more languages with dictation support.
Photos + iCloud is coming with iOS 8 so you can view the pics you take on your iPhone right from your iPad – it’s kind of like PhotoStream only easier use.
You get 5GB for free but if you wanna jump up to 200GB it’ll run you $3.99 a month, or $1.99 per month for 20GB.
iOS 8 Photos also has search with smart suggestions so you can type in a country you want to view pics from and it will pop up in a menu.
For those that love tinkering with their photos, Apple has added great new editing tools. The new Lightmeter gives you a preview of your exposure on a timeline and gives you a breakdown on your exposure stats. All edits immediately are synced to your Cloud Photos library. Tagging pics as favorites makes finding your edited pics even easier with the tap of a heart.
The Mac isn’t getting left out though. Craig says a redesigned Photos app for Mac is coming out next year too with the same color, lighting and filter controls.
Family Sharing is the answer to big pain that has plagued iOS for years.
Purchases made on the same credit card in the iTunes Store can be downloaded by anyone (up to six people) on your family list. Your location and Photo Stream is also shared with everyone in the family.
One of the coolest additions is that a kid can send a push notification to dad’s phone to ask permission to download an app in the App Store.
HealthKit is Apple’s answer for the wave of wearable fitness devices that sync with your iPhone.
A new Health app compiles all of your favorite fitness stats in one easy to read application – heart rate, blood pressure, weight, activity, calories consumed and more.
Mayo Clinic and a host of other medical companies are onboard with the HealthKit to give patients better care so your doctor can keep tabs on your lazy ass from the comfort of his office and share it with other doctors.
98% of Fortune 500 companies use iOS.
With iOS 8, Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program means that iOS devices can be shipped from Apple with all of your business’s configurations/settings baked in already.
There’s passcode protection for everything, even third-party apps.
Apple is taking on Snapchat, WhatsApp and all the other messaging apps with iOS 8.
Your friends won’t be able to send a barrage of unwanted texts with the iOS 8 update for Messages. Now you can add & remove yourself from group threads or set your Do Not Disturb for individual threads.
Friends can also share a location straight from Messages and you can view images and attachments.
There’s even an sweet new walkie-talkie like feature called Tap To Talk that you can pull up from a the compose screen to send a quite voice note. You can do the same thing with video. Even cooler, you can just raise your iPhone to your head to listen to Voice Memos as well as reply.
You can finally search for apps in the App Store using Spotlight in iOS 8. The iTunes Store displays songs you don’t have, you can see movies in theaters, and more. It’s slowly getting smarter at what it shows you, like Siri.
The keyboard is a lot smarter too. It’s called QuickType. Predicted terms are displayed above the keyboard to help you fill out sentences with language you typically use. So that means a lot of British slang for Leander.
All the learning QuickType does is learned locally on the device to protect your privacy. Blackberry and others have tried stuff like this, but it looks like Apple has gotten it right.
iOS 8 has a lot of new usability features that are focused on keeping the information you want readily available on the screen.
You no longer have to leave an app to reply to text messages thanks to new Interactive Notifications with iOS 8. It also works with Calendar, email, and more. When new notifications pop up on your homescreen you can act on them immediately by swiping to the left.
Safari gets a beautiful new Tab View on the iPad as well as the Sidebar that makes finding your reading list easier.
Splitscreen multitasking hasn’t made an appearance but Apple’s making Mail more productive with a new way to compose email. Swiping a composed message down lets you view your entire mailbox. Dragging all the way across the screen lets you quickly delete messages.
Tim Cook is back on stage to talk iOS numbers.
And boy, is he ripping Android.
Nearly half of Android customers in China switched to the iPhone last year, according to Cook.
“They had bought an Android phone… by mistake,” says Cook. “But then they sought a better experience and a better life. So they decided to check out iOS.”
9 out of 10 iPhone owners are running the latest version of iOS. Not so on Android. Only 9% of Android users run the newest release.
“That’s like ancient history.”
OS X 10.10 Yosemite developer preview is coming out today, but regular users won’t have to wait long to get it. The release date is pegged for this Fall, but if you want to get early access to it you can sign up for the new open beta program. Just be prepared to deal with a ton of bugs before the gold master hits.
Hold up: Dr. Dre is on the phone. Federighi called him to show off how you can call someone using your iPhone from the Mac in Yosemite.
“What time should I show up to work?”
“If you wanna beat Tim, I’d say like 4:30.”
Transitioning between your workhorse Mac and iPhone is going to be easier now that Apple has added new continuity features across iOS and OS X.
AirDrop support between iPhone and Mac has finally been added after getting left out last year so you can send pics and docs between devices.
Another new feature is Hand-off which allows your iOS and Mac devices to tell when they are in proximity of each other so you can switch seamlessly. Just pick up a doc from your iPhone onto your Mac so you can get deeper into your work.
Instant Hotspot is the secret juice behind the feature that will let you connect to your devices even if you’re not in range of a Wifi network.. Go up to your Wifi network settings and BOOM there’s your iPhone to connect to.
iMessages are also getting more continuity between the Mac and iPhone too. Green bubble chats now show up on iMessage for Mac even if your friends are texting from a Windows Phone. You can even use your Mac to pick up phone calls on your iPhone without being near your device.
Safari is getting some much-needed improvements.
The new Spotlight is integrated into the menu bar for enhanced search. Smart search replaces your favorites bar, and it looks great.
The thing I’m most excited about is the new tabs management. Chrome has had this extension that lets you view all your open tabs in one window, and now Safari has this feature baked right in. It’s great for bloggers like me who have 50 million tabs open at once all day.
A private window can be created that doesn’t affect other open tabs, so there’s that. You know, for when you want to research a birthday gift for a loved one… secretly.
Under the hood, Safari is now able to stream video from sites like Netflix without the need for a plugin. This is huge because it means battery life is going to be improved. Federighi says Macs will see up to 2 more hours of battery life when streaming 1080p video from Netflix.
Mail has been a pain in the ass with Mavericks, but Craig says they’re making it actually useable this go around with better syncing between devices along with some sweet new features.
Mail Drop has been added so you can add larger attachments. Rather than sending the attachments with your messages you can send them separately so they don’t bounce back to you. Each attachment can be a gigantic 5GB in size – large enough for your entire iOS backup.
Markup is another new feature added that lets you draw on your email messages and you can add signatures right from your FaceTime camera. No more faxing forms!
Apple just did its own take on Dropbox with iCloud Drive. A new section in Finder displays every file you have stored in iCloud no matter the app.
Everything syncs between iOS and OS X. It will even be available on Windows.
This is big. iCloud has been faceless so far. You’ve only been able to see what you have stored in the cloud for the app you’re in, like Pages or Numbers. Now everything can be seen in one place. Very cool. I’ll probably stop using Dropbox as much.
Yosemite is putting Alfred on the extinction list with a Spotlight revamp.
You can view the search bar right on your desktop and search through documents, mail, messages, calendar, system preferences and more.
OS X is getting a brand new look with Yosemite that’s full of the minimalist UI design that revamped iOS 7.
Icons are flatter. The UI windows have been stripped of their shadows and gradients. And controls and menu bars have been refined. Even the Trash Can has been revamped.
Translucent materials have been brought to the sidebars so “windows take on the personality of your desktop.”
There’s also a new dark mode for the “lovers of dark” out there.
Craig Federighi, or Hair Force One, is onstage talking about OS X names. He’s cracking jokes like a pro, and the audience is eating it up. Definitely the most charismatic Apple exec.
He’s doing this great joke on how Apple sent employees around California in search of the next OS X name. They ‘considered’ OS X Weed.
But surprise, surprise: they’re calling it Yosemite.
Apple now has 80 million Mac users (all time record) with 40 million of them running Mavericks less than a year after its release. It’s been the fastest adoption of a PC operating system ever.
Of course Cook got in a few jabs at Windows 8 and its abysmal adoption rate.
Tim Cook says there is a “mother of all releases” for devs planned after iOS and OS X announcements. It will have its own section of the keynote.
What could that be? Smart home? Something car related?
Tim Cook is onstage thanking developers for all the amazing apps they’ve made. This is the 25th anniversary of WWDC, which Cook calls a “milestone.”
Also, special shoutout to student scholarship winners. The youngest dev in the audience is 13 years old. That’s impressive.
Apple is really nailing it with these recent videos it has been putting out. The video playing now feels a lot like the ‘Your Verse’ campaign that has been playing on TV recently.
Lots of different apps are being showcased, whether they’re used for sailing, baseball, or a kid with a bionic arm. Apple is showcasing the App Store’s influence, and it’s hard to argue that iOS is where the best third-party software is being made.
Also, this goatee:
Holy shit this bionic arm + app combo looks amazing. I would almost chop off a hand just to try it out. Looks like something out of Star Wars.
And here we go. Apple’s starting off with a video on what a developer is and all the apps people love. Typical beautiful Apple ad.
Of course Apple is playing Coldplay. Chris Martin FTW. This pre-show playlist brought to you by Beats Music.
Apple just gave the notice to put phones on silent. We should be starting any minute now. According to Gruber, there should be a lot of surprises still.
Everyone from Apple’s executive team seems to be here today. Lots of CEOS of other tech companies, like Box and Evernote, being spotted in the VIP section as well.
Still no sign of Dr. Dre.
20 minutes till this thing kicks off.
Apple SVP Craig Federighi sports a new black t-shirt, tucked in look. Goodbye untucked, candy colored shirts. pic.twitter.com/PLFDHRlFNq
— Chris O'Brien (@obrien) June 2, 2014
Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software who is commonly known as Hair Force One, is rocking the tucked in black t-shirt look.
Media and developers have finally been let into the auditorium. 40 minutes until showtime.
The media bullpen is bustling as Apple gets ready to open the doors and let people into the auditorium. The new retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, has been spotted, so maybe we’ll get to see her speak today.
There’s a gorgeous Ferrari staring devs down on the 2nd floor of Moscone West. Looks like today’s keynote will have something to do with CarPlay.
(photo via Chris Obrien )
We’re 1.5 hours away from the action, and the line at Moscone West has been growing since last night. Strap in and get ready for some Apple goodness coming your way.