The impending fall release of OS X Yosemite has been on the minds of most developers since WWDC, but Apple is continuing to make improvements to OS X 10.9 Mavericks with the release of the first OS X 10.9.5 beta that’s slim on new features, but big on bug fixes.
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Swift, a completely new programming language for the App Age, was one of the biggest announcements that come out of WWDC and now it’s also got its own blog.
Apple launched a new blog dedicated to the development of Swift on its developer site this morning to educate coders on the new language that has replaced Objective-C to build iOS and Mac apps. The blog will give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development of Swift from the very engineers who created it. News and hints will also spill over the blogs’ pages to help devs become more productive with the Swift language.
Here’s the first post:
Apple sure is looking friendlier these days.
This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference was geekier, more welcoming and less locked-down than any in recent history. Apple also bid farewell to Katie Cotton — the much-feared queen of PR, whose frosty relations with journalists made her only slightly less terrifying than an angry Steve Jobs — with a call for a “friendlier, more approachable” public relations face to warm up the company’s relationship with the press.
These recent moves represent a major change in the way Apple does business, even as the company sits atop a $150 billion war chest amassed thanks to innovative products, ruthless leadership and heavy-handed policies that fostered a culture of secrecy and utter domination. But in a world where it’s drummed into our heads that nice guys finish last, does Apple’s approach risk killing the company with kindness?
CEO Tim Cook certainly doesn’t seem to think so.
Devs on the street
SAN FRANCISCO -- While Apple watchers tuned into last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote for a look at where the company might be headed, coders at the annual convention were getting a look at the current state of the art when it comes to the company's software.
Cult of Mac asked developers from around the world who were in town for WWDC (or its indie sibling, AltConf) what they thought about changes coming in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. We also asked them about their favorite apps as well as their views on Swift, the new programming language Apple introduced at WWDC. Get their takes in the gallery above.
Aaron Hillegass, Atlanta
What he does: Co-founder of Big Nerd Ranch and author of books on Objective-C, iOS and Cocoa.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: "They aren't terribly exciting releases. I think this WWDC is more about making things better for developers."
On Swift: "I am a huge fan of Objective-C, but it's great to see some of the conventions codified into a language and enforced by a compiler."
Favorite app: OmniGraffle. "It is a flawless tool for creating great diagrams."
A.B. Vijay Kumar, Bangalore, India
What he does: Developer for IBM India who works on enterprise apps for automobile industry clients.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Most excited about Continuity, which will offer "seamless integration between devices," and the awesome SDKs for HealthKit, CloudKit, Swift, Xcode enhancements, Playgrounds, 3-D view hierarchy interface builder, Camera and Touch ID.
On Swift: "Loved it -- much easier than Objective-C."
Favorite app: Flipboard and Monument Valley -- "a very peaceful game" that is completely different.
Hilmar B. Olafsson, Reykjavík, Iceland
What he does: Developer for mobile games company Plain Vanilla. Worked on QuizUp.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: OS X's new Spotlight search; in iOS 8, "a lot of stuff looks promising, especially from a developer standpoint: Swift Playgrounds, TestFlight integration, etc."
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app: Foursquare, Facebook Messenger, Uber, RunKeeper.
Nick Dalton, Evergreen, Colorado
What he does: App entrepreneur, developer and mentor. Worked on apps for Chipotle, Zinio.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Most interesting part? Handover and Extensions. Also interested in all of Apple's new frameworks for developers. "We won't see the results of this for many months or years," he said.
On Swift: "Always good for the brain cells to learn a new language."
Favorite app: Odyssey Translator, which helps you learn foreign languages. "It gives you a feel for the language and guides you to learn it."
Michael Petruzzo, Los Angeles
What he does: iOS developer and co-founder of Slight. He's worked on Slight, Grandview and Launchwrite (for Mac).
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Yosemite is "absolutely beautiful on a Retina display." When it comes to iOS 8, he's "extremely pleased that group chats in iMessage are being more considered."
On Swift: "I wasn't planning on learning another language this year but I'm stoked. Apple is going full-court-press on the platform."
Favorite app: Tinder. "They cracked social discovery. It validates a new behavior."
Dave Verwer, Manchester, England
What he does: iPhone and iPad developer and trainer who publishes IOS Dev Weekly.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Extensibility and sharing changes are "quote long-awaited!"
On Swift: Apple's new programming language lowers the barrier to entry for new iOS developers. "Building a platform for the next 10 years!"
Favorite app: Echofon – a "simple and reliable Twitter client."
Michael DiStefano, Portland, Oregon
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: CloudKit "lowers barrier to entry to server-backed app" and touch ID for third-party apps. "If I never have to login again I'd be super-happy."
On Swift: "Brings us all (sort of) back to the same level" and offers an "opportunity to develop new conventions with [an] understanding of mobile that wasn't available when Objective-C was created."
Favorite app: "Active diary" app Moves – "simple interface to very useful and 'delightful' app."
Andrew Stone, Albuquerque, New Mexico
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Best new feature? Swift! "I hate emailing myself."
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app: Words With Friends – "a game that requires the brain!"
Patrick O'Neill, Huntington Beach, California
What he does: CEO of Olloclip, maker of macro and telephoto lenses for iPhone and iPad.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Manual control of camera, which lets iPhoneographers set things like exposure, shutter speed and focus, is "going to give the user a lot more fine control over how their pictures look."
Favorite app: Instagram – "so easy to use."
Kru Majithiya, Melbourne, Australia
What he does: Developer at Gridstone. Worked on Vulhunter, an iOS app that checks for security vulnerabilities.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: The new Playgrounds functionality in Swift will make it much easier to test programming logic. "Build, run, build, run – that process will take you hours," he said, but Playgrounds will cut that time.
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app: Flipboard is a "great place to get all the news."
Ivan Ablamskyi, Kiev, Ukraine
What he does: Founder and CEO of Coppertino, maker of Mac music player Vox.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Handoff is a "cool feature to sync between iOS and Mac."
On Swift: Not excited -- it's "just another language."
Favorite app: HyperDock, a Mac utility that expands functionality of OS X's Dock.
What’s your take on iOS 8, Swift and OS X Yosemite?
Got your own favorite features in Apple’s latest releases? Let us know in the comments below.
Photos: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
One of the biggest announcements coming out of Cupertino today is the creation of a completely new programming language called Swift – a programming language for the App Age.
Apple is wasting no time getting developers educated on the new tools available to them by making the Swift Programming Language guide book immediately available on iTunes.
Guess who's coming to San Francisco's Moscone Center
The Apple logo begins to take shape on the side of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Orange Staff Polo
You had to be on the WWDC Staff to get one of these orange beauties back in 2005. Its 100% cotton and is a bit worn with the Apple logo and WWDC 2005 embroidered on the front but you'll finally get some real respect when you roll up to the Genius Bar wearing this.
Coffee breaks are a great time to make small talk with new developers at WWDC and this mug could be your perfect fanboy talking point. Dating back to the darker days of WWDC 1990, this collectible mug will get you noticed by all the caffeine fiends roaming Moscone West.
This is San Francisco, a place where exercising and sipping fancy vegetable juices is one of the trendiest (and cheapest) things you can do. If coffee's not your thing then grab an Odwalla or Naked Juice, just make sure its got a dash of apple.
Forget the expensive lunch spots next door and brown bag it with these cheap Apple iLunch bags. You'll be able to catch up on your coding, save money and get a few laughs from fellow devs at the same time.
Tote your 17-inch MacBook Pro from coding sessions to hands-on labs with this collectable WWDC messenger bag. Apple handed these black Incase bags out in 2009 but this one is still wrapped in the original packaging so you'll look as fresh as iOS 8.
WWDC 2010 hoodie
This black jacket from WWDC 2010 doesn't come cheap but it's in great condition for being pre-owned. The front screams WWDC-fanboy while the back features a large stitched "10" so people think you're either a World Cup striker or coding-vet.
Vintage WWDC Pins
Collecting these pins was no easy task in 2006 when Apple had partygoers at the WWDC Bash wander through the campus quad to track them down. Most were too inebriated to even attempt the journey but you can lavish WWDC attendees with wild tales of how your earned yours by sneaking into the Design Lab to earn "The Joy of X" badge.
Your golden ticket
So you weren't one of the lucky golden ticket winners? Well if you're absolutely desperate for a ticket - and ready to part with some Gs - at least one enterprising developer is scalping his extra ticket on Craigslist. Other tickets were spotted on eBay last year but Apple quickly killed those, but if you're in the market for a new job and know Objective-C like Jony Ive knows chamfered edges, Five9 is offering a ticket to their next Senior iOS Developer.
Apple is busy putting the finishing touches on WWDC before the invasion of 5,000 developers destroy the corridors of Moscone West, but even if you didn’t get a ticket to the hottest developer event in the world, you can still enjoy WWDC like you’re actually there by sporting some of this gear from the comfort of your couch.
Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple gang are coming straight out of Cupertino on June 2nd to kick off WWDC with the first keynote of the year. iOS 8, OS X 10.10, a home automation platform, new iMacs and possibly even an 8GB iPhone 5s are rumored to make an appearance.
We’ll be covering the action on our liveblog starting at 10AM PDT, Monday June 2nd and won’t let up until WWDC finishes on June 6th, but to get yourself ready for the assault, here are eight things you should buy to get your WWDC on.
WWDC 2014 is nearly here.
The finishing touches are being put on Moscone West before the invasion of Apple developers hit. Here's what to do when you're not busy coding.Image: KeilO
Tour SF on an iPhone-controlled scooter
Segway tours are so last year now that Scoot has come out with iPhone-locked scooters. Not only is a scooter the best way to see San Francisco's landmarks, the tiny two-wheelers are more environmentally friendly than those huge double-decker tour buses. Just remember to book your reservation in advance because spots fill up quickly.
Location: 756 Natoma St., San Francisco
Image: Scoot Networks
Visit the Mothership
Ditch the San Francisco fog for a few hours and head down the Peninsula to Apple’s headquarters in sunny Cupertino, California. Sneaking past security at the main entrance can be tricky if you’re dying to get a bite at Caffè Macs, but the Company Store is open to the public and it’s the only place in the world that sells Apple T-shirts, hats and other odd accessories.
Location: 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino
Image: Ryan B
Stump the Experts
Think you know absolutely everything there is to know about Apple hardware and software? Test your knowledge against Apple’s panel of experts at Stump the Experts, the weird WWDC quiz show where Apple employees (both current and former) take on your questions and award you with T-shirts and other swag if you manage to sneak a clever question past them.
Location: Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. in the Presidio Room
Image: Sebastian Müller
Grab some VC-funded coffee
All that coding and partying means your java intake will hit all new highs during WWDC week, so why not duck into the trendiest coffee chain in San Francisco for a breather? Blue Bottle has some of the tastiest brew around and is VC-funded by the same dudes you'd love to have buy your app. Plus, there's an outpost within walking distance of Moscone Center. Be prepared to wait, though, as lines at this tiny shop can take 15 minutes or longer.
Location: 66 Mint Plaza, San Francisco
Image: Niall Kennedy
Hobnob with Apple employees
After keynotes at Moscone Center, you can often bump into off-duty Apple employees mingling at the W Hotel bar just across the street. Devs tell us The Chieftain bar is another popular watering hole during WWDC festivities. Keep a look out for unattended iPhone prototypes.
Location: W Hotel, 181 Third St., San Francisco
Image: The W San Francisco
Envision the future
Apple isn't expected to complete construction of its new spaceship campus until 2016. But if you want a peek at what the future holds, you can see the spot 13,000 Apple employees will call home with a quick drive-by tour of the former Hewlett-Packard grounds.
Location: 19091 Pruneridge Ave., Cupertino, California
Image: Ron Cervi
Meet a Jedi
WWDC sessions will turn even the most feeble coders into app-making powerhouses, but this year Apple is relying on the power of the Force by bringing in David Filoni -- director of Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels -- to talk about his journey from fan to becoming one of the key creatives at Lucasfilm.
Location: Moscone West's Presidio Room, Friday, 12:45 p.m.
Party at the Bash
WWDC's culminating event is not to be missed, as Apple locks down Yerba Buena Gardens with its own concert full of food, drinks and thousands of devs looking to make connections. Ok Go, Neon Trees, and Vampire Weekend have been among the list of previous performers.
Location:750 Howard St, San Francisco
Image: Stefan Haubold
See where it all started
Back when Apple was just Steve and Woz, the first 50 Apple 1s were assembled in the spare bedroom of this unassuming ranch house owned by Steve's parents. The operation expanded to the garage in 1975 before finding its first real office space. The iconic house is just a 10-minute drive from Apple HQ.
Location: 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, California
Coding marathons, packed parties and more fanboys than should be legally permissible in one building await developers when Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco next week, and while the conference is serious business for most devs, who says you can’t have a little bit of fun too?
WWDC rips into high gear with a keynote on June 2nd followed by days of coding sessions, high-profile speakers, hands-on labs and tons of get togethers for developers of all sizes and backgrounds.
Sneaking in time to tour San Francisco is nearly impossible thanks to the stuffed scheduled at WWDC and nearby AltConf, but whether you’re coming to WWDC as a first timer or a seasoned vet, here are nine things every Apple fan must do at least once while visiting the Bay Area.
Apple is releasing new Mavericks betas like clockwork with the last three coming one week apart from each other. Developers can now download the latest Mavericks update, OS X 10.9.3 beta 3 from the Mac Dev Center or via Software Update.
The first OS X 10.9.3 beta added support for a full range of Retina scaling modes for 4k monitors. The other have mostly focused on bug fixes with the latest seed note asking devs to focus on graphics drivers, audio, Safari, and contacts & calendar sync over USB in iTunes.
An iTunes 11.1.6 beta was also released this afternoon to devs that restores the ability to sync contacts and calendars to USB after Apple removed the option in favor of an iCloud-only approach.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Game Developers Conference is an odd beast, less a trade show and more a topical conference that caters to the folks actually making the games you while away the hours with on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, plus that console under your TV.
Cult of Mac will be on the scene when a gaming tribe of 23,000 comes to town — that’s about the population of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. — and here’s what you can expect.
The last beta added support for a full range of Retina scaling modes for 4K monitors, but release notes for the second beta are light on details of new features – if there are any at all. However, it does ask developers to focus on graphics drivers and audio.
OS X 10.9.3 build 13D17 is available for devs in the Mac Dev Center or via the Mac App Store.