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Briefly: WWDC keynote on YouTube, Apple Pay adds more banks

06/16, 2:00pm

Apple posts entire WWDC keynote on YouTube channel following iTunes debut

Following its debut on Apple's website and through its iTunes podcasts, Apple has now posted its full WWDC keynote presentation to its YouTube channel for the benefit of subscribers and others who may not have access to the podcast version. The event covers the introduction of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, forthcoming improvements to Maps and Siri, a new News app, and the June 30 debut of a revamped Apple Music service.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 19: Succumb to the Beats surrender

06/15, 10:30pm

Not just the betas, but what's going on behind them, plus Oculus Rift VR

WWDC has come and gone for another year, and with it a plethora of new announcements and betas. Despite our fairly abysmal "wild guess" record, we did come up 90 percent right on our list of things we "knew" would happen (Tim Cook skipped his usual run-through of how great Apple is doing just to spite us). This time, we look at what actually happened at WWDC, in the larger tech industry, Apple Music, and what it all might mean.

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First Look: iOS 9 beta delivers significant changes, tweaks, hints

06/10, 5:40pm

Improvements to HealthKit, potential new FaceTime cameras, much more

Despite non-disclosure agreements signed by developers at WWDC, pirates and leakers are starting to make and reveal discoveries found in the first beta for iOS 9, which is expected to launch this fall to accompany the next round of iPhone and iPad hardware. Among the changes and improvements revealed in the code for the beta are hints of new higher-resolution FaceTime (front-facing) cameras, cellular-only Handoff, and notable women's health additions to HealthKit and the Health app.

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Apple announces Design Award winners at WWDC

06/09, 4:29pm

Awarded apps span range of categories, from productivity to games

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the winners of the 2015 Apple Design Awards, given to outstanding apps made by OS X and iOS developers. In addition, two student awards were given out to apps from across the 350 student developers who won a WWDC scholarship to attend this year. Well-known names like Fantastical 2 alongside recent entries like Metamorphabet in the annual list of winners.

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Analysis: WWDC 2015 keynote presentation

06/09, 2:29am

MacNN staff break it down into chunks, see if they can put it back together again

As we typically do after major Apple events, MacNN has gathered some of its senior staff to consider the implications, long-term effects, and potential fallout of the announcements and decisions made by Apple via what it brought to the table. The Worldwide Developers Conference keynote is a signpost for the direction of the next year or so, and was unusually full and meaty. Here's what we thought of today's presentation.

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Apple brings more intelligence, new apps, iPad updates with iOS 9

06/08, 1:50pm

Siri becomes more proactive, anticipates user behavior

Apple has previewed features users will be able to expect in the next iteration of iOS. Confirmed as iOS 9, the mobile operating system will have improvements in four core areas: Intelligence, Apps, iPad, and Foundation, with new additions including improvements to Siri, search, multitasking, more apps, Apple Pay, and other areas.

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Apple announces OS X 10.11, 'El Capitan'; public beta next month

06/08, 1:37pm

Update will focus on experience, performance gains

As part of the announcements made during the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple has unveiled both the name and focus of the next OS X version, 10.11, now known as "El Capitan." As previously reported, the focus with the next update, scheduled for release this fall, will focus on improvements to the user experience as well as honing performance from the current 10.10, Yosemite. Although improvements are the focus, a few new features are also included.

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Cook hints that minorities, more women to take stage at WWDC

06/08, 12:52pm

Retail chief, Environmental VP Jackson likely to appear; Cook seeks more diversity

Apple keynotes are generally dominated by men, and specifically white men who make up the majority of the Silicon Valley tech industry -- but that's about to change. Questioned on Sunday in an interview about the lack of women on stage at events such as today's Worldwide Developer keynote, Cook said critics may want to tune in to this morning's presentation. "You'll see a change tomorrow," he said.

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Sony CEO: Apple Music service 'happening tomorrow'

06/07, 2:25pm

Doug Morris confirms Apple streaming music debut at WWDC in Cannes interview

As with the expected announcement of Apple Pay expansion into other countries, another likely reveal during tomorrow's keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference has been said to be a revamping and re-branding of Apple's various streaming music services. Today at the Cannes Music Industry festival, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris was interviewed on stage, and when the subject of Apple's streaming music service came up, Morris responded, "it's happening tomorrow."

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Apple updates Apple Events channel, adds NatGeo to Apple TV

06/02, 2:57pm

Apple Events re-added for live stream of the WWDC keynote June 8

Apple on Tuesday re-activated its Apple Events channel for Apple TV owners ahead of the just-confirmed live stream of the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, scheduled for 10AM PT on Monday, June 8. In addition, the company added a new channels from National Geographic, combining content from both the NatGeo channel as well as the NatGeo Wild channel that includes full shows, documentaries, and more.

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Briefly: WWDC scholarships, Xcode 6.3.2 GM, USB-C hub now funded

05/08, 5:10pm

Apple sends out notifications to winning WWDC scholarship applicants

Just a month before the conference starts, Apple has begun sending out emails to 350 winners of a contest for Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) scholarship admissions. Student developers and members of STEM, a group dedicated to offering minorities increased opportunities in areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, were able to enter to win free admission to the conference. This year's student scholarships were increased to 350 from the previous 200.

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Apple now notifying winners of 2015 WWDC ticket lottery

04/17, 7:11pm

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.

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Revamped Apple TV to arrive around WWDC, report claims

03/20, 11:56am

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.

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Moscone Center dates pin WWDC 2015 between June 8 and 12

08/06, 4:36pm

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.

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PayPal 'kicking the tires' regarding TouchID support

06/05, 4:20pm

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.

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Chevy, Ferrari sneak-preview CarPlay implementations at WWDC

06/04, 10:02pm

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.

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Briefly: Bastille to play WWDC, retractable headphone iPhone case

06/04, 8:42pm

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."

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Editorial: More analysis of Apple's WWDC announcements

06/04, 6:37pm

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.

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Apple posts full WWDC keynote video

06/02, 4:24pm

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.

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New programming language 'Swift' for iOS, OS X announced during WWDC

06/02, 4:18pm

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.

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Photos to see future overhaul, replace iPhoto on OS X, iOS

06/02, 4:00pm

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.

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Apple WWDC statistics claim over 800M iOS devices sold

06/02, 3:30pm

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.

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Future App Store updates include app bundles, beta testing

06/02, 3:13pm

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.

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Apple confirms home automation with HomeKit for developers

06/02, 2:59pm

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.

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Apple makes improvements to iOS 8 for enterprise activities, security

06/02, 2:34pm

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.

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WWDC 2014 to be live-streamed on Apple TV, Safari, QuickTime

06/02, 9:31am

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.

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Covered Moscone Center banners suggest more to be revealed at WWDC

06/02, 5:22am

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.

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Next OS X version to be named 'Yosemite?'

05/31, 2:47am

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.

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Apple confirms iOS 8 presence at WWDC with Moscone banners

05/30, 2:58pm

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.

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No split-screen iPad multitasking to be demoed at WWDC 2014

05/30, 1:20pm

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.

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AAPL hits new 52-week high mark ahead of 7:1 stock split

05/27, 10:20pm

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.

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Crews begin prepping Moscone Center for WWDC

05/27, 7:17pm

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."

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WWDC Keynote set for June 2, may bring home automation platform

05/26, 7:15pm

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.

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WWDC keynote to be held at 10AM on June 2; may include new hardware

05/21, 10:48am

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.

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Higher-quality audio coming to iOS 8, Apple accessories, report says

05/13, 9:50am

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.

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Beats' Iovine, Dr. Dre could join Apple ranks at WWDC 2014

05/12, 3:34pm

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.

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No plans to show iWatch or new Apple TV at WWDC, sources claim

05/02, 2:31pm

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.

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Sources reveal progress on OS X 10.10, iOS 8, fourth-gen Apple TV

05/01, 11:26am

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.

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Apple now offering unclaimed WWDC tickets to developers

04/18, 9:02pm

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.

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Apple notifies winners, losers of WWDC 2014 ticket lottery

04/08, 3:01am

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.

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WWDC 2014 to be held June 2nd, tickets go on sale next Monday

04/03, 9:20am

'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.

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WWDC 2013 videos posted on unofficial YouTube channel

07/15, 12:51pm

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.

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Briefly: WWDC keynote posted to YouTube, Lytro outs iOS app

06/20, 11:37am

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.

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WWDC keynote now available for download through iTunes

06/11, 6:30pm

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.

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Apple posts videos for WWDC 2013 keynote, iOS 7, Designed by Apple ad

06/10, 4:50pm

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.

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New Mac Pro sneak-previewed at WWDC, coming later this year [U]

06/10, 3:22pm

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.

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OS X Mavericks adds iBooks, Maps apps, makes technical improvements

06/10, 2:23pm

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.

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Apple WWDC statistics claim developers paid $10Bn from App Store

06/10, 1:48pm

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."

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Live: Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote

06/10, 12:38pm

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.

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Online Apple store goes down ahead of WWDC 2013

06/10, 10:41am

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.

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