Are you excited for WWDC 2017? [Friday Night Fights]

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Will Apple produce anything spectacular?
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Apple’s first major event of 2017 is right around the corner. WWDC will deliver our first previews of the next big upgrades to its software platforms, with the possibility of new hardware thrown in for good measure.

Friday Night Fights bugBut with three months left to wait for the iPhone 8, will the event really be all that exciting? Will Apple’s improvements to iOS and macOS be all that significant? And is anyone actually looking forward to a 10.5-inch iPad Pro?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we discuss whether WWDC 2017 will be worth watching.

WWDC excitement sets in as banners go up in San Jose

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Are you hyped for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference?
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Banners and other WWDC paraphernalia are going up at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center, ahead of next week’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Images posted online so far show a large banner at the front of the venue, decorations covering one side of the building, and smaller banners hung from nearby light posts. The images show variations on the artwork reportedly created by Los Angeles artist, graphic designer, and movie title sequence creator Geoff McFettridge.

WWDC over the years: How it became a tech juggernaut

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WWDC has been home to some seismic announcements over the years.
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Get drawing tips as we cover WWDC with sketchnotes

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Andy McNally/ Cult of Mac

“Sketchnotes” are an increasingly popular form of visual note-taking. By combining text and images, sketchnotes are not only beautiful, but often easier to recall than text alone. The technique is an effective way of capturing notes and ideas in the classroom, meetings and conferences.

All next week, illustrator and senior UX/UI designer Andy McNally will be sketchnoting Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for us, starting with the big keynote on Monday.

Andy has been covering Apple’s events as sketchnotes for some time. We ran some of his sketchnotes from last year’s event, which proved very popular. He’s back again this year, and is planning to publish sketchnotes from a variety of sessions at the conference.

Before he gets started, Andy shared some tips and techniques for getting started on sketchnoting yourself. Let’s take a look:

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote will be live streamed

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Don't miss out on WWDC 2017!
Don't miss out on WWDC 2017!
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Didn’t get one of the rare tickets to Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to watch most of the action from your couch at home.

Apple confirmed today that it’s big keynote on June 5 will be available to view via live streaming. Fans can tune in by watching the event on Apple TV, or through Safari on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. You can even watch from a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.