Sold-out conference will cost winners $1,600, Apple increases diversity scholarships
On Friday, lucky recipients started receiving emails that they had been selected at random in a ticket lottery to register for the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, which will start on June 8. The ticket lottery was required due to the incredible growth of Apple's iOS and OS X developer programs, which have nearly-instantly sold out over the last few years, and the company's desire to continue the conference at Moscone West, which allows for a total of 5,350 attendees, not counting press or the 1,000 Apple engineers who will be on hand.
Will be able to run selected iOS apps, offer storage, HomeKit support, more
Citing unnamed "sources familiar with the company's plans," a new report claims that Apple's long-awaited Apple TV revamp is finally about to appear, with the company allegedly planning to show off the new device at the Worldwide Developer's Conference this June. According to the report, the set-top box would see an increase of storage, its own dedicated App Store and SDK, a revised interface, and more.
Event firmly entrenched at Moscone
Just two months after hosting WWDC 2014, Apple appears to have already set dates for next year's conference. At San Francisco's Moscone Center -- where the company's Worldwide Developer Conference is traditionally held -- the official event calendar lists a generic "corporate event" as running from June 8–12. WWDC is usually held in early June, and Apple has had the same placeholder in several years past. Other Moscone bookings for June 2015 have specific names.
New API described as 'fairly easy'
PayPal is already considering implementing TouchID support in its iOS app, according to a source in the company. The person tells BusinessInsider that on Wednesday, a group of PayPal developers attended a WWDC session on the technology, which with iOS 8 is being opened up to third-party apps for the first time. PayPal's senior director of global initiatives, Anuj Nyar, has confirmed the event.
After-market CarPlay solution also shown in customized 1965 Ford Mustang
While most of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference focuses on forthcoming software, there is also some hardware to be found at WWDC -- three vehicles parked inside the conference hall feature sneak previews of Apple's CarPlay iOS technology incorporated into forthcoming vehicle models from Chevy and Ferrari. In addition, an after-market CarPlay solution kit from Pioneer was featured in a customized 1965 Ford Mustang. Apple gave USA Today a demo of the Chevy Spark EV implementation.
English rock band Bastille to play tomorrow's WWDC Bash
Apple has revealed that its annual party thrown in conjunction with WWDC, Bash, will feature a performance from English rock band Bastille. Held at the Yuerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Apple is additionally giving invited developers promotional codes for two free Bastille downloads on the iTunes Store. Bastille is best known for their current hit, "Pompeii."
Event showed company still capable of surprises
A great deal of conversation between the MacNN and Electronista staff happens behind the scenes, especially when something like keynotes are ongoing. This week's software-centric Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference is no exception. Along with a recommended previous editorial from our colleague Sanjiv, writers Mike and Jordan, along with editor Charles, tackle some of the thornier issues that Tim Cook addressed and unveiled to the world in the WWDC keynote, broadcast on Monday.
WWDC keynote now available for streaming
Even though Apple's WWDC keynote concluded only a few hours ago, a video of the entire presentation has already been made available. The keynote covered a number of topics for Apple, including the introduction of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and a brand new 'Swift' programming language.
Language works with C, Objective-C, developers can see changes on the fly with Xcode
To a loud roar of applause, Apple announced that it has developed a new coding language for iOS and OS X during the WWDC keynote. The language, called Swift, will allow for a simplified coding process that will continue to play with C and Objective-C languages in the same applications. Swift will also allow developers to make real-time changes in their programs, seeing the changes they make in the code show up in an active build with Xcode.
Will consolidate management, editing and cloud storage in cross-platform app
At today's WWDC keynote, Apple announced a significant consolidation of its Photos management app for iOS, and talked briefly about how it will eventually replace iPhoto with a new Photos app for Mac sometime next year. Photos, which is now primarily a management app with very limited editing capability, appears to be taking on iPhoto's features in an overhauled UI format on both platforms.
Mavericks installed on 51 percent of Mac desktops, 40M copies installed
The number of developers registered with Apple has increased 47 percent since last year to 9 million, according to one of a number of statistics brought up in the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address. The conference itself has grown in the 25 years it has run for, with over 1,000 Apple engineers in attendance, and the youngest developer in the audience is 13 years old.
TestFlight beta testing app incorporated as part of App Store changes
Apple revealed a number of changes to the App Store at the WWDC keynote, with a few major additions aimed at developers and publishers. Apps can now be grouped into bundles, allowing for apps under the same brand or genre to be sold together at a discount, while TestFlight, a separate app until Apple bought out developer Burstly that has now been incorporated into the App store, will allow developers to pass their apps to potential users for beta testing at no charge to either party.
HomeKit allows automation to integrate into iOS devices, tie in with Siri
Information on the rumored home automation SDK coming from Apple has now been confirmed during WWDC. HomeKit will allow developers to pair their devices with Apple smartphones, allowing for new reaches in home automation control through iOS. An additional layer of software does not appear to be needed, but HomeKit will operate on a single protocol.
Expansions in messaging, device enrollment program, further integration of iCloud
During Apple's WWDC presentation, Craig Federighi unveiled new improvements in the upcoming iOS 8, giving enterprise clients more tools and reasons to stick to Apple hardware. Numbers from the presentation put the iPhone and iPad in the hands of 98 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500. New features will include expanded messaging options, device support and iCloud expansion.
iOS users limited to Safari
Apple will be live streaming today's WWDC keynote, which begins at 10AM Pacific time. A special channel has been silently added to the Apple TV, and desktop viewers will be able to watch via Safari on OS X, or a Windows browser with the QuickTime 7 plugin. The only mobile viewing option is the iOS edition of Safari. iOS, OS X, and Windows viewers alike must go to a special event page; Apple TV users may have to reboot their device via the Settings menu to force the WWDC channel to appear.
Banners on upper Moscone Center floors hidden from view
Apple may still have a number of secret items up its sleeve, photos of covered-up WWDC banners suggest. Located in the upper floors of the Moscone Center, the hidden banners strongly suggest that Tim Cook will be revealing more than an update to OS X and iOS 8 at the keynote being delivered later today.
Trademark filings, WWDC banner point to California location
A new banner being hung up at the Worldwide Developer Conference hall in San Francisco, along with some trademark filings in Trinidad and Tobago have hinted that the next version of OS X, numbered as 10.10, will likely be named "Yosemite." Apple has also trademarked a number of other names (presumably for future versions) like Sequoia, Mojave, Sonoma and Ventura -- continuing the theme adopted in 10.9.
Leaves little hint at firmware's contents
Apple has begun putting up iOS 8 banners at Moscone West in San Francisco, the location of next week's Worldwide Developers Conference. A photo of one banner (below) was posted to Twitter by BusinessInsider's Jay Yarow. The content is cryptic however, showing only a slim "8" against an ocean backdrop.
Tech still 'a work in progress'
Apple is working on simultaneous, split-screen multitasking for the iPad in iOS 8, but the feature won't be ready to show at next Monday's WWDC keynote, according to a Twitter post by the New York Times' Brian Chen. The technology is instead described as "a work in progress." It should let iPad owners run two apps side-by-side.
Price may be rising on WWDC speculation rather than split
As anticipation builds ahead of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for possible new product announcements, Apple's stock has been concurrently rising ahead of a seven-to-one stock split, fuelling investor interest. On Tuesday, AAPL rose to a 52-week high, closing at $625.71 -- a rise of $11.58 from Monday's close.
Conference will open June 2 with live-streamed keynote
Preparations are underway for the week-long Worldwide Developers Conference, being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Apple's keynote is scheduled for 10AM PT on June 2, and will be streamed live. Workers are now putting up banners and other decorations for the conference, which is expected to showcase Apple's forthcoming iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 along with other "exciting announcements."
New platform for controlling appliances may make iPhone, Apple TV a centerpiece
Confirming anticipated news, Apple has affirmed that the keynote address -- expected to preview iOS 8, OS X 10.10 and potentially some new announcements -- will be held on Monday, June 2 at 10AM PT (1PM ET) as expected. A new report from Britain's Financial Times suggests that the company may be on the verge of releasing a new standard for creating a "smart home" system with iOS devices at the core.
Apple updates official app, reveals WWDC schedule
Apple has updated its official WWDC app for iOS, consequentially revealing the schedule for its 2014 conference. The event will kick off with an Apple keynote at 10AM Pacific time on June 2, and is due to last two hours. That was the expected time for the presentation, but it has only now been confirmed.
Any changes likely to be introduced at WWDC
Apple is planning to build support for higher-definition audio into iOS 8, claims Japanese site Macotakara. At the moment, iOS can't handle 24-bit audio files and hence sampling frequencies beyond 48kHz. While 16-bit files are fine for most listeners, that means that iOS can't load the lossless formats some people prefer.
Iovine could assume control of music strategy, licensing
Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre could be announced as joining Apple leadership at this year's Worldwide Developers' Conference in June, sources tell Billboard. Apple is reportedly buying Beats for $3.2 billion, but hasn't confirmed a deal yet, much less elaborated on plans. One of the Billboard sources says that Iovine will likely watch over Apple's general music strategy, and handle relationships with labels and publishers. Iovine is a well-known producer, and has had to deal with rights owners in order to set up Beats Music.
OS X 10.10, iOS 8 to be core focus
Apple will not show the iWatch at June's WWDC, nor will it premiere a fourth-generation Apple TV there, sources allege. The company is even expected to skip previewing an anticipated Apple TV software update. Instead Apple will reportedly concentrate on OS X 10.10 and iOS 8, much like it did Mavericks and iOS 7 last year.
Some iOS 8 features could be pushed into iOS 8.1
Several sources have offered a glimpse into the current status of several Apple projects. At this year's WWDC, for instance, the people say OS X 10.10 will play a more prominent role than iOS 8, as it should feature a major redesign and Apple wants developers to latch in. The company is even said to be allocating iOS interface labor to OS X teams in order to get the framework of v10.10's design done for WWDC.
Second lottery for chance to attend June 2-6 conference in San Francisco
Following the lapse of the deadline for Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery winners to pay for their entry, Apple has begun emailing other developers with a chance to purchase unclaimed tickets. The emails are likely also determined by lottery, though the company hasn't said. Reserved slots from the original lottery were held until April 14 at 5pm Pacific time, and it is thought that most of the lottery winners accepted the invitation to attend, which costs $1,600.
Random picks seen as preferable to instant sellouts
This year, those wishing to attend Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference don't just need to have $1,600 burning a hole in their pockets; they also need lady luck on their side. Due to last year's instant sellout of the conference, Apple has decided to move to a lottery system to help ensure that people from across different time zones have a chance of attending. Those selected in the lottery are being notified by email, and will have until April 14 to buy their ticket.
'State of the Union,' Design Awards to be live-streamed
Apple has officially announced that the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 2nd at Moscone West in San Francisco, and run through the 6th. Registrations are due to open up on Monday, April 7th, at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern). Entrants will be randomly selected, and notified if they got in by 5PM Pacific the same day. The company is also planning to offer 200 student scholarships granting people free tickets; the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its partners will help promote those scholarships to female developers.
Posting breaks NDA
Session videos from June's WWDC 2013 have been posted to an unofficial YouTube channel, reports note. Their unofficial nature has been confirmed by Apple, which issued a statement to iMore. The YouTube copies violate a non-disclosure agreement limiting their content to registered Apple developers.
Apple uploads WWDC keynote to YouTube
A week and a half after its WWDC keynote, Apple has uploaded the entire presentation to YouTube. At nearly two hours long, the keynote acted as the grand unveiling of iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, and a totally redesigned Mac Pro. At around the 17 minute mark Craig Federighi takes the stage and begins to preview some of the new features in the upcoming OS X update. This includes Finder tabs, improved support for multiple displays, and new Maps and iBooks apps. This is then followed by Phil Schiller's sneak preview of the Mac Pro at 48 minutes and Tim Cook's introduction of iOS 7 roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes in.
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.
First solid glimpse at new iOS
Apple has posted several videos on its website in the wake of today's WWDC keynote. These include the keynote itself, designer Jonathan Ive's introduction to iOS 7, and the "Designed by Apple" corporate branding ad narrated by Ben Affleck. The keynote video is roughly two hours long.
Black cannister shape, 12-core configuration, Thunderbolt 2, more
[Updated with real-world photo of the Mac Pro] Apple on Monday gave developers and the public a "sneak preview" of the next Mac Pro coming later this year -- a radical new "cannister" form factor in black that is 1/8th (by volume) the size of the previous model. It features a 12-core configuration based on all-new (E5) Intel Xeon processors, dual AMD-provided FirePro workstation graphics, new PCIe flash storage, new faster RAM, PCI Express gen 3 support, the ability to use up to three 4K-quality displays, and external outputs dominated by Thunderbolt 2.
Dev release available today, shipping to public in fall
At today's WWDC keynote, Apple today announced OS X Mavericks, the next version of its Mac operating system. The software makes a number of incremental feature improvements, such as adding tags and tabs to Finder; users can copy items between tabs by dragging them around. A feature called iCloud Keychain can sync logins, credit card numbers, and Wi-Fi networks; for many notifications people can now reply directly, including email and FaceTime messages. Other notification enhancements include a new Safari type, background app updates, and the ability to see a full set of missed notifications at the lockscreen.
Over 6M registered developers, 1 million Apple store visitors per day
Apple CEO Tim Cook has started the keynote address at the currently-running 24th Worldwide Developer Conference by relaying some key statistics to the on-location and online audience. This year, there are 100 sessions, 120 labs, and 1,000 Apple engineers in attendance, but he warns those present "they're here to help, but don't ask them about future roadmaps."
Developer conference announcements
Apple is set to kick off its 2013 WWDC gathering with a day-one keynote scheduled for 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern. The company promises to show the next versions of iOS and OS X, though rumors point to several possible surprises. Check out or live page for images and updates from the event.
All but confirms hardware updates
The online Apple store has been temporarily shuttered ahead of today's WWDC 2013 keynote. Apple normally only closes the store midday when it's preparing to launch major new products. As such, the move may all but confirm expectations that updated Macs will be announced during the keynote.
Reports cover previous iMusic rumors, record company revenue split
There has been more speculation for what Apple will present at its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote address later today. Recent reports have allegedly confirmed previous rumors of iOS 7 design changes and the iRadio streaming music service, subjects that people already standing in line to attend the event are likely to learn about.
Live WWDC keynote stream for Apple TV confirmed, web stream expected
Apple will be allowing owners of its Apple TV the ability to watch the keynote at the Worldwide Developer Conference later today, as well as through its Apple Events page. The stream will be available to view through the Apple Events channel later today, which has been rebranded with the purple WWDC logo specially for the keynote, and it also provides access to previously-recorded keynotes and events.
Began late Sunday evening for much-anticipated keynote, workshops
A lineup is already well underway for the eagerly-awaited start of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference and in particular the keynote address, scheduled for 10AM Monday. Though consumers and others not attending the event will be looking for possible news on new Apple products and software, developers are most likely to be focused on the previews of iOS 7 and OS X 10.9, and what if any adjustments they will need to make in their own programs to either compensate for under-the-hood changes or to take advantage of new features incorporated into the two updated platforms.
Apple taking less effort to conceal plans
(Updated with OS X banner) Apple is already displaying a banner for iOS 7 in Moscone West in San Francisco, the venue for next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, photos indicate. The banner features a thin "7" in the rainbow colors of the WWDC 2013 logo. Behind the number is an image of a white, perforated surface.
Only one major holdout remaining?
Sony has signed a deal to supply music for Apple's upcoming streaming music service, usually nicknamed iRadio, a source allegedly familiar with the talks says. The agreement should mean that Apple has the three biggest record labels on board, including also Warner and Universal. Still missing is Sony/ATV, a joint venture that handles publishing.
Build number leads to speculation of July release for next OS version
A Webkit bug report filed in Apple's own Radar system on May 8 has revealed an internal build number for the OS X 10.9 upgrade, also informing developers and others that Apple appears to be quite far along on testing the forthcoming major release. The filing, reported by AppleInsider, posts a presumed OS X 10.9 build numbered 13A451 -- the "13" referring to 10.9 (Mountain Lion's current build is 12E55), the "A" meaning a ".0" release, and the last digits indicating a build number. In this case, it suggests that Apple is very thoroughly testing the forthcoming release.
Could hint at shape of final tablet
A US accessory maker, Hard Candy Cases, has announced a pair of "iPad 5" cases, even though Apple has yet to debut the tablet. Hard Candy says it expects the device to be revealed during Apple's WWDC keynote on June 10th, and is taking a "gamble" that its cases -- the ShockDrop and the Squish -- reflect the hardware's final design. The accessories can be preordered for $35 and $50, respectively.
Apple making connections with bigger advertisers
Apple is indeed planning to launch a streaming music service at WWDC next week, and carry audio ads on it, according to new sources. One of the people tells Reuters that Apple has contacted some of its bigger advertisers, but hasn't started selling the service extensively. The sources also back reports that the service - often nicknamed iRadio -- will resemble Pandora in its revenue scheme, and feature both audio and banner ads, sold through iAd.
New tagline, 'where a whole new world is developing' revealed
As the Moscone Center prepares for the capacity crowd to arrive for Apple's sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference next week, an early clue to the tone and tenor of the convention often comes in the form of the logo and banners put up in preparation for the event. This year, as compared to some previous years, fewer hints have been revealed with this year's decorations so far, but the conference is still a number of days away. A few photos (seen below) have appeared showing off the initial banners, with the conference tagline revealed: "Where a whole new world is developing."
Global MacBook inventories at low levels
Two new reports may suggest that Apple is planning to update MacBooks at WWDC, which begins June 10th. 9to5Mac says it has been given product SKUs for four new MacBook models, which appear to represent high- and low-end configurations of two different sizes of the same notebook. It's unclear whether that means the MacBook Air or the Retina MacBook Pro, both of which have similar tiers.
New session videos to be posted daily
Apple has launched an official iOS app for WWDC 2013, which begins June 10th. The title is a free download for iPhones and iPads, and is the first WWDC app to incorporate daily session video updates, which as promised should allow registered developers to keep up with sessions even when they can't attend in person. The app is also Apple's first for WWDC to incorporate Passbook support, which should make it easier to register at Moscone West.