For developers, WWDC going online-only ticks all the boxes

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Most developers are just fine with WWDC 2020 being online-only.
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Apple’s decision to cancel the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, and move to an online-only format was not only a good idea but a no-brainer, according to an international survey of more than 2,200 independent software programmers.

Apple confirms WWDC 2020 will go ahead in June with ‘all-new online format’

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WWDC 2020 will go ahead, but as an online-only event.
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Apple on Friday confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference will go ahead in June with “an all-new online format” and not take place at a conference center as has happened since the first WWDC in 1987.

The high-tech giant said the approach was essential amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that it was determined to deliver a full program with an online keynote and developer sessions. Apple has also confirmed it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organizations to offset revenue loss as a result of WWDC going online-only.

WWDC on or off? Santa Clara County bans mass gatherings, piling on pressure

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COVID-19 could force Apple to cancel WWDC.
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The chances of Apple having to cancel — or drastically change the format of — its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) have ramped up significantly, with Santa Clara County banning all mass gatherings.

Both Apple’s Cupertino campus and the WWDC venue in San Jose fall within those county limits. The ban, announced Monday night, is currently planned to last for only three weeks. However if the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus continues it’s highly possible that gets extended.

Why I’m not holding my breath for Apple’s rumored gaming Mac [Opinion]

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Can Apple reinvent the Mac as a gaming powerhouse?
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Apple is reportedly working on a new “gaming-focused” Mac that it will unveil at WWDC, a sketchy new rumor claims.

This machine would cost up to $5,000 and be a Mac rival to gaming PCs. It would take aim at the fast growing “e-sports” market, which Apple has not previously catered to. Could such a machine turn Apple into a gaming powerhouse? Anything’s possible, I guess. But I’ll only believe it when I see it.

WWDC app is now called the ‘Apple Developer’ app

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WWDC app is now called the 'Apple Developer' app
It's the app developers have dreamed of.
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To showcase the increasing utility of its WWDC app, Apple changed the app’s name to something that sounds relevant all year long. The app formerly known as the WWDC app is now know as the Apple Developer app.

While Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference takes place for just one week in June, the WWDC app increasingly included “in-depth information” from Apple experts throughout the year. And the new name is just the beginning — Apple plans to make the app even more useful for developers.

You can now search transcripts of every 2019 WWDC dev session

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It's a crash course in all things developer.
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WWDC may be best known to casual Apple fans for its keynote speech, but it’s a whole educational week for devs.

While the best way to experience the Developer’s Conference is to attend live, not everyone is able to. With that in mind, Apple has just made videos of all its 2019 instructional sessions available. And they’re fully searchable.

iPhone getting a built-in doggy detector and kitty catcher

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Apple’s Vision Framework is a sophisticated machine-learning method to identify Fluffy.
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Coming to iPhone and Mac is a tool that examines images looking for cats and dogs. But the goal isn’t an app that allows people to walk around with an iPhone identifying the species of random critters. As fun as that might be, Apple is using machine learning to provide developers a powerful tool for identifying object of any type in images.

iOS 13 brings multi-cam capture to latest iPhones and iPads

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You’ll be able to record with front- and rear-facing cameras for the first time.
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iOS 13 and iPadOS will give recent iPhone and iPad users the ability to capture images and videos with their front- and rear-facing cameras simultaneously.

Apple says it is also possible to take advantage of multiple microphones to “shape” the sound that is captured. It encourages developers to leverage the new capabilities to bring picture-in-picture and spacial audio to their apps.

You can now watch the WWDC 2019 keynote all over again

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Missing Tim already?
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WWDC 2019 bug Apple has published its full WWDC 2019 keynote video for those who didn’t get a chance to watch the epic event live — and those who want to watch it all over again.

The video includes previews of everything Apple announced Monday, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, iPadOS, watchOS 6 and more. It also lets you relive the new Mac Pro’s spectacular unveiling.