updated 06:30 pm EDT, Tue June 11, 2013
Speech mentions 4K-compatible update for FCP X in progress
Apple has released a downloadable version of yesterday's WWDC keynote, headed by CEO Tim Cook and featuring many other Apple executives, as a standard-definition and HD (separate 720p and 1080p editions) podcast. The presentation, which featured a bit more humor than was recently seen following the death of former CEO Steve Jobs, also mentioned in passing a forthcoming update of Final Cut Pro X designed to work with next-gen 4K displays.
The free podcasts are available through the iTunes Store, where users can choose to grab individual keynotes and presentations or subscribe to an automatic feed of them. The streaming version of the WWDC keynote was available live to Mac, Apple TV and iOS users, requiring the Safari browser (version 4.0.2 or later) for the former group during the actual presentation. A streaming repeat of the keynote was available almost immediately afterwards, but the downloadable version only went live earlier on Tuesday. The current stream has altered its requirements to allow Windows machines with QuickTime 7 or later installed to view the broadcast.
The presentation -- which introduced refreshed MacBook Airs, gave a breathtaking "sneak preview" of the forthcoming new Mac Pro, and showcased the substantial design changes coming in iOS 7 and further feature integration in OS X Mavericks (10.9) -- certainly had the feel of the company getting back on form, perhaps expressing at times even a little pride at what presumably was a long wait to make the major announcements in the face of criticism from impatient pundits (many of whom are still waiting for their pet products to be announced). Presenters took a few shots at rivals, including Android and Windows, even while occasionally highlighting a Google or Microsoft service.
Also mentioned during a discussion of the Mac Pro's exceptional video output capability -- thanks to two workstation-class AMD graphics cards, it can run up to three full 4K displays simultaneously -- was that Final Cut Pro X would be updated to handle the functionality. It seems to be a safe bet (though it was not explicitly mentioned) that Apple will eventually produce a 4K-level Thunderbolt Display of its own.
While OS X Mavericks appears to be more of a further refinement of the direction taken since Snow Leopard, the changes in naming and direction do indeed feel, as Sir Jonathan Ive put it, like "a new beginning" in many ways. OS X has reached a sort of plateau that can be built on for the changes to come in the next decade, while iOS 7 enjoys a fuller design overhaul, increased mobile utility and further integration with the Mac. Notably, Craig Federighi's demos of the two systems showcased that both OSes borrow ideas from each other, and work together better -- not, as many had postulated, a merging of the two.