WWDC 2014

  • Gillmor Gang: The Other Shoe

    Gillmor Gang: The Other Shoe

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Benedict Evans, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — finally have a full picture of the two major mobile platforms. Google I/O certainly lived up to expectations as a checkoff of the major food groups: wearables, carables, set top boxables, and so on.
    Android L and iOS8 conspire to reflect the convergence around the notification bus… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Sauce

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Sauce

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor. The setup: a delicious Apple muscle-flexing that to some somehow escaped the gravity of the Post Jobs era into orbit. We barely got to all the delights in the candy store — even upstarts with plenty to lose like the Box guy sat in the front row with a grin on his face at the sheer fun of Apple’s… Read More

  • Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

    Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

    At its WWDC conference this week, Apple unveiled a scaffolding of sorts that allows developers to control smart home devices like light switches, thermostats, garage doors and more. This is called HomeKit, and it promises to be flexible and powerful — but its success will lie in hardware adoption. Read More

  • Apple Delivers Location-Based App Suggestions On Your Lock Screen In iOS 8

    Apple Delivers Location-Based App Suggestions On Your Lock Screen In iOS 8

    Apple has a new feature in iOS 8 that will surface app suggestions on the bottom left screen of your locked iPhone depending on your location, according to developers posting to the MacRumors forums. These include apps already installed on a user’s device, but also suggestions from the App Store that haven’t yet been purchased or downloaded, too. The suggestions show up in the… Read More

  • Apple Wants The Link Between Your Devices To Be You, Not A Shared Wi-Fi Network

    Apple Wants The Link Between Your Devices To Be You, Not A Shared Wi-Fi Network

    Apple has made some changes to its core inter-device sharing protocols in iOS 8, including AirPlay and AirDrop. AirDrop, the simple file sharing mechanism introduced in OS X Lion and iOS 7, now works between Macs and iOS devices; and AirPlay, the video and audio streaming protocol that plays back music and movies from iPhone, Macs, etc. on Apple TV and approved accessories, will apparently… Read More

  • The Metal Framework Gives iOS A Lead In Gaming For The Foreseeable Future

    The Metal Framework Gives iOS A Lead In Gaming For The Foreseeable Future

    Among the many announcements made during the two-hour keynote at WWDC yesterday, three were targeted specifically at game developers: SceneKit, new functions in SpriteKit, and Metal, a new framework that opens the door for vastly better performance in higher-end games on iOS, and does it in a way that Google simply can’t respond to because of the way Android works. Read More

  • Watch The TechCrunch Recap Of Apple’s WWDC 2014 Announcements

    Watch The TechCrunch Recap Of Apple’s WWDC 2014 Announcements

    Apple’s keynote for WWDC 2014 happened Monday morning, and there was a lot to digest, both for attendees and those watching at home. Apple didn’t announce any new gadgets at this year’s event, but it did upend the world of iOS and make huge changes to OS X on the desktop, which will translate to big shifts both for developers and end users. Myself and new TechCrunch writers… Read More

  • The Coolest iOS 8 Features Apple Didn’t Talk About Today

    The Coolest iOS 8 Features Apple Didn’t Talk About Today

    Apple gave us a lot to digest at today’s WWDC event, including big announcements about iOS 8, Mac OS X Yosemite, and a new programming language called Swift. But even with two hours to present, Apple still couldn’t fit everything in. The company mentions dozens of new features to be released when iOS 8 hits this fall. Read More

  • Hands On With Apple’s CarPlay In The Ferrari FF

    Hands On With Apple’s CarPlay In The Ferrari FF

    Something I will never have is a Ferrari FF, a four-seater supercar that costs more than my life and all my worldly possessions combined are worth. But the car is notable not just for its beautiful matte paint job, super high price tag and precision engineering – it’ll also be among the first cars to ship with Apple’s CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment system built-in. I got… Read More

  • iOS 7 Changed iOS, But iOS 8 Changes Computing

    iOS 7 Changed iOS, But iOS 8 Changes Computing

    Apple showed off a lot of new stuff today, so much so that it’s actually hard to process. But from a macro perspective, one thing is clear: iOS 8 actually represents much more of a shift than did iOS 7 last year, despite the fact that the visual changes in iOS 7 threw users and Apple-watchers for a loop. Read More