WWDC footage on iTunes U
Months after the actual conference, which occurred in early June of this year, Apple has posted iTunes U videos for a variety of the WWDC 2008 development sessions. The clips are only available to Premiere members of Apple's Developer Connection program, but include some 57 iPhone videos, 92 Mac clips, and 56 IT-related pieces. iPhone topics cover areas such as networking, game development and the Interface Builder, while Mac topics include the likes of Cocoa tips, Aperture plug-ins and the creation of media apps.
Apple SproutCore debut
Apple Design Awards
Apple has announced the winners of its 2008 Design Awards, meant to encourage development for its different product lines. Highlights include Vara Software's ScreenFlow screencasting software, which won both the Best OS X Application and Best OS X Graphics and Media Application awards; Aspyr's port of Guitar Hero III, which won for Best OS X Game; and Omni Group's OmniFocus, which won for Best iPhone Productivity App. Pangea's Enigmo, used to demonstrate iPhone 2.0 apps, took home Best iPhone Game.
Snow Leopard Server
Continuing announcements at its WWDC 08 conference, Apple has exposed some details of Snow Leopard Server, a complement to the client-level operating system also in development. As with its sibling, Server will focus on making all aspects of the OS mutlicore-ready through Grand Central, with the option of tapping into GPU power via OpenCL. Because Server will operate on a 64-bit kernel, it should in theory support up to 16TB of RAM.
Piper on iPhone 3G
The price cut for the iPhone 3G was deeper than expected, says analyst group Piper Jaffray. Moving the base price to $199, it is fact said to be 50 percent greater than predicted by The Street, a factor which Piper believes will contribute to high CY08 shipments of 12.9 million units. Also significant is that iPhone availability will expand from the present six countries to 22 by July 11th, and as many as 70 countries within the "next several months," according to Apple.
iPhone push notification
Speaking at the WWDC keynote, Apple's senior VP of iPhone software -- Scott Forstall -- today claimed that the company was addressing a major concern of developers, background processes. Forstall noted that using true background processes would be "wrong," as it often hurts battery life, as well as the performance of foreground applications, which must split CPU cycles. Forstall cited the example of Windows Mobile's task manager, calling it clunky to use.
Third-party iPhone apps
As a part of its WWDC keynote, Apple today brought a number of companies on-stage to demonstrate some of the first third-party applications designed to run natively on the iPhone. Leading the presentation was Sega, which presented a more complete version of Super Monkey Ball, its 3D action game controlled via the accelerometer. The final version will have over 100 levels with four playable characters, and should be available at the launch of the App Store for $10.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard
During his keynote speech for the 2008 WWDC conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today confirmed the existence of "Snow Leopard," the next version of Mac OS X. No details have so far been announced publicly, but Jobs explains that developers will get a sneak preview of the OS after lunch at the conference. Snow Leopard has been rumored to be mainly a refinement of existing Leopard features, focusing on speed, stability and security. Other changes, however, are rumored to include the elimination of PowerPC support, resulting in more streamlined code. The OS may also be wrapped entirely in Cocoa, rather than Carbon.
Apple Store goes offline
Apple's online store has been temporarily taken down for updating, a splash page reads. The maintenance comes in advance of today's WWDC keynote by CEO Steve Jobs, scheduled for 10AM Pacific time. Apple is then widely expected to announce a new 3G iPhone, and possibly other new hardware, including a rumored touch tablet that would measure between 4 and 7 inches. The upgraded iPhone is expected to ship later this month.
Aus Mystery Apple Boxes
Australian resellers are receiving packages from Apple they aren't allowed to open until after Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacTalk says. A photo of one of the alleged packages indicates that the box is under a non-disclosure agreement and that resellers are barred from opening the box until June 10th, or the same day as the Apple event after accounting for differences in time zones. An example box is relatively small and is unlikely to contain any typical computers based on early observations.
WWDC 08: Early photos
Days ahead of Apple's developer conference, the company has begun decorating the Moscone West convention center with familiar Apple logos and WWDC badging. The annual developer conference is expected to bring the next iPhone 2.0 platform along with a secong-generation "3G" iPhone and perhaps the showing of the next-generation Mac OS X operating system, allegedly code-named "Snow Leopard." (While details of the keynote are still vague, MacNN is hoping to find a few developers willing to help provide live coverage, which takes place on Monday.)
Piper on WWDC trading
People looking to make a short-term profit on Apple stock may want to consider buying before a company event, and selling the week after, a new Piper Jaffray analysis suggests. The group says it has researched the trading history for the past 14 major events, and determined that Apple stock tends to climb 0.4 percent between the day before an event and a week after it; if the former duration is extended to a week before, the growth becomes 4.2 percent. During the events themselves, Apple stocks slide an average of 0.7 percent.
Piper on WWDC predictions
The 3G iPhone will be the focus of the WWDC keynote on June 9th, but it will not dominate completely, say analysts with Piper Jaffray. The new phone is expected to be the highlight of a speech by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but predictions also say he will spend a portion of time reintroducing the App Store, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware, which should contain a number of features that have yet to be announced. Some developer accounts have pointed to GPS functions, Safari YouTube support, and contact search.
WWDC passes sell out
Despite having had to extend early registration late last month, Apple now states that it is officially sold out of WWDC passes. Developers still interested in the conference are being asked to wait for the immediate aftermath, at which point Apple will upload the videos of events to iTunes. Some clips should become available with a free developer account; others, however, will require a paid membership.
Jobs keynote at WWDC08
Apple has confirmed that CEO Steve Jobs, along with a "team of Apple executives," will deliver the keynote at this year's WWDC conference. The event is scheduled for 10AM Pacific time on June 9th, and will take place in the West wing of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Although details of the keynote have not been made official, Apple notes that it will focus on Mac OS X Leopard, and "OS X iPhone," as it is now branding the iPhone's firmware.
Apple extends WWDC reg.
Apple has announced that it is extending its early registration program for people attending this year's WWDC conference. The offer is now valid until May 9th, and may be extremely important to developers from smaller houses, as Apple notes that registering in time may cut $300 off the price of a ticket. WWDC is scheduled from June 9th to the 13th in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and includes a heavy focus on iPhone development alongside traditional Mac concerns; it is widely anticipated that Apple will officially announce a 3G iPhone at the event.
Citi: 3G iPhone June 9th?
Apple's long-anticipated 3G iPhone will be announced on June 9th, analysts at Citi have declared. Richard Gardner and Yeechang Lee say they believe Apple CEO Steve Jobs will reveal the product as a part of his keynote for WWDC, scheduled for June 9th to the 13th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A number of analysts have suggested that the new iPhone will be released in June or July, particularly as shortages of the 2.5G model are said to be evidence of deliberate inventory draining. This view has been bolstered European price cuts on the 8GB capacity, which have been timed to end in June.
WWDC award plans
Apple has laid out some of the Design Awards that will be given out at this June's WWDC conference. For the first time, two iPhone categories have been created: the "iPhone Developer Showcase" will highlight programs in ongoing development with the beta SDK, while "Best iPhone Web Application" will focus on the only commercially-sanctioned iPhone applications at the moment, those built for Safari. Winners in these categories will receive two 15-inch MacBook Pros, two 30-inch Cinema Displays, an 8GB iPhone and a 16GB iPod touch, plus developer bonuses such as an ADC Premier Membership.
WWDC 08 sessions, labs
Apple has revealed the list of sessions and labs for its WWDC 08 conference, scheduled for June 9th to the 13th in San Francisco. Over 60 events are planned, and people can now register for the conference at a standard cost of $1,295, or $1,694 with an ADC Select membership. Sessions are divided into iPhone, Mac and IT categories: some iPhone programs include "3D Graphics for iPhone using OpenGL ES," "Introduction to the iPhone Development Tools," and "Utilizing Offline Data in Safari."