Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, with a keynote address this morning. It looks like the show for 2014 will focus heavily on new software, including (confirmed by banners spotted on the show floor) iOS 8 and the next version of OS X.
Through leaks and rumors, we’ve heard lots about a potential health tracking platform addition for iOS, as well as big improvements to Maps and more, but we’ll have all the announcements live below as they happen, so save this tab and come back to it starting just before 10 AM PT (1 PM ET) for live updates.
In case you missed it, here’s all of our WWDC coverage. There was a lot of news!
Thanks for tuning in to our liveblog, hopefully we provided you with a bit of commentary and context around the event. Until next time.
A big, big WWDC for developers.
And Tim Cook signs off. That’s it, that’s all.
Cook re-states that Apple engineers its platform, devices and more together, claims that Apple is the only company that can do this. Cook now asks everyone from Apple that is in attendance to stand up and take credit for ‘making today possible’.
“You’ve seen how our devices, operating systems and users work together…” – Tim Cook.
iOS 8 is available in beta today.
Apple has created a completely new programming language, in secret, that millions of developers will likely convert to.
Apple is demonstrating how Swift, and the new Xcode, allows developers to make changes to their apps on the fly.
Apple calls out Chris Lattner, the founder of the LLVM, to demonstrate Swift.
Your Twitter may not be full of developers, but mine is, and they are going ape over Swift.
The room is electric on introduction of the Swift language, which Federighi says is faster, clearer and more computationally effective than Objective-C.
Apple just introduced a new programming language called Swift. This is enormous news.
Whoa, Apple is about to make an enormous change to Xcode.
Oh yes, Apple TV
Console-level gaming on iOS means all devices that use A-series processors. There’s something else besides iPhone and iPad that has one…can’t think of it….
So far, we’ve seen structural changes at the lowest levels of iOS, from 3D graphics to inter-app communication to sharing between iOS and Mac. There’s also been major changes to iCloud. These are probably the biggest shifts in thinking about iOS since the App Store.
Once developers start using this API, they’ll be able to push much more detailed environments.
What this means for you: More detailed games, running at higher framerates on existing iOS hardware.
Now we’re getting some demos of ‘console-level’ titles on iOS.
This will allow game developers more direct access to the CPU and GPU, rather than relying on a third-party solution in between.
Apple is introducing a new 3D API called Metal, which takes the places of OpenGL, allowing games to get ’10x’ faster draw rates.
CloudKit is a new iCloud developer framework, an ‘effectively free’ cloud storage system for developers that lets them more easily build apps with a web or cloud component. This has been a huge pain point for developers, forcing many of them to turn to third-party solutions like Microsoft Azure.
This framework lets developers easily build in support for smart home items. It’s not an app, but a background tool that should make integrating this stuff easier.
Apple introduces Homekit, a framework that lets smart home devices connect to your iOS device.
That’s great for photo apps, who have had to build their own tools until now.
More developer love, Apple is giving them the ability to use more editing controls like white-balance and non-destructive editing.
TouchID isolates fingerprint data, and does not allow third-party apps or the system to see that info, it handles the authentication itself.
Third-party apps can now use TouchID as well.
Apple is now announcing expansions to its TouchID fingerprint recognition system.
Wow, Apple will now allow system keyboard replacements. Keyboards can ask for more functionality on a per-keyboard basis. Apple demonstrates this with Swype onstage.
The ability to share functionality from app-to-app is huge, and highly anticipated by developers.
A note: the annoying, useless, ‘Missed’ tab is gone from the Notification Center.
Federighi is demonstrating how other apps will inject their UI into system apps like Photos. You choose an action and it inserts a sheet of interface that lets you use those app’s functions while you’re in another app.
Third party developers can now define widgets, which will appear in Notification Center.
So you can share directly from Safari to Pinterest, or Bing translations. You can use photo apps to give Photos their filters too.
Extensions will live inside an application’s ‘safe zone’ (the sandbox), but will enable them to ‘project’ their interface into other apps.
Federighi is back up now, and is talking about extensibility, offering system services to other apps, allowing them to communicate back and forth.
And boom, Apple launches its purchased company TestFlight as its own app beta testing service TestFlight. And it’s free.
And video screenshots are coming to the iOS App Store.
“I do read your emails.” – Tim Cook
Trending apps, continuos scrolling, editor’s choice, app bundles to sell several apps together and more.
Apple is re-vamping the App Store’s search functions bigtime, which has been an enormous complaint from developers and users.
Now Tim Cook is back on stage, talking about developer tools. So this is Tim’s version of Ballmer’s ‘developers, developers, developers’ chant.
Apple is going to make a boatload off of iCloud subscriptions because ‘all photos, backed up ‘ is a strong sales pitch.
Apple hasn’t made iCloud free, 20GB are now $0.99c a month and 200GB for $3.99 and an un-priced 1TB plan. Not free, but better than before.
Note that this is ‘Photos.app’, not iPhoto. So we’ll have the same app on iOS and the Mac. Keeping with the theme of constancy between platforms.
Probably worth it.
Apparently Apple had too many teams dedicated to figuring out how to sync text messages to your Mac to get this one done.
Federighi is previewing a new version of Photos on the Mac that integrates with iCloud completely. But this won’t come until early next year.
No word on videos.
This is the important takeaway: Every photo you shoot is now in iCloud, regardless of how much space you have on your device.
There are also details about what exactly the editing is doing to your photos, with much, much more granularity. Does this obsolete iPhoto for iOS? Basically Photos.app is the new iPhoto.
Photo searching is also improved with location, time and album results. You can now edit for lighting and color in a non-destructive way as well. There is a new interface for editing your shots.
And iCloud will store ‘more than your device can physically store’. Apple just fulfilled my wishlist from late last month. https://techcrunch.com/2014/05/24/the-roi-of-icloud-photo-storage/
Photos and iCloud are now better integrated. Every photo you shoot is now on all of your devices.
Up to six family members that share the same credit card now get to share all of the media that you buy. If a family member tries to make a purchase, it will ask you for permission.
Family sharing has been announced, which allows you to share photos with families, as well as books, movies and more as long as your devices are designated as family members.
This is interesting, because the issue with wearable devices like health monitors has not been the data, but the interpretation of the data. So giving it context will be nice. There was not a lot of data around this shared, so it looks like this is still in the oven.
The Health app and Healthkit framework are a way to integrate and compile all of the hundreds of health-related apps and metrics into one composite view of your body’s health.
Apple introduces integration with the Mayo Clinic that lets them connect with the Health app (with permission) to monitor a patients vitals.
Health, an app that lets you monitor all of your metrics in one place.
And now we’re on Healthkit, a ‘single place that applications can contribute to a composite picture’
Federighi is now showing that iCloud Drive can now be accessed on iOS as well. There is an unsaid thing happening here in that Apple is exposing a ‘file system’ to iOS users for the first time ever. This has been antithetical to the way that Apple has been handling iOS users’ access to files thus far.
iMessage photos and messages auto-expiring shows an awareness of the desire to not have shared stuff last forever. Important.
I have to admit, I didn’t expect Apple to Snapshat on Snapchat.
So, time-limited iMessages that will ‘self destruct’.
This is interesting, it wasn’t highlighted in a big way, but voice and video messages can now be set to expire, just like Snapchat.
And Joswiak is out demoing iMessage with a duckface selfie. Then we get a Craig Federighi hair skit.
Building out Messages with location sharing, shooting a quick video or recording a quick voice message goes a long way to building that out. Of course, the biggest drawback of iOS is that it is NOT cross-platform like almost all of the third-party messaging apps are.
That’s a crib, essentially, from messaging apps like Whatsapp and Line.
Tap to talk has also been added to iOS, as well as ‘tap to shoot video’.
Messages gets some huge improvements like naming a thread, adding and removing people and putting individual threads on Do Not Disturb. You can also get a nice gallery view of all of the images in a thread.
It will also learn how you talk with certain people and give you suggestions based on those conversations. Like ‘epic’ or ‘awesome’ for more casual conversations. Federighi is also careful to note that all of these calculations are done locally on the device, not on Apple’s servers — addressing the obvious privacy problems.
But there’s additional personalization at play here, if someone asks you a question like ‘dinner or a movie’ it will pre-fill ‘dinner’ or ‘a movie’.
There are now predictive typing suggestions above the keyboard, just like Android.
Now we’re talking about an improvement to the iOS keyboard.
So Apple’s efforts to step in ahead of Google is carrying over to iOS as well.
Spotlight suggestions comes to iOS as well, integrating App Store, point of interest, song search and movie results all right in the search list.
Federighi uses a meme image that combines his hair with Jony’s head. Good sauce.
You can like things on Facebook with an actionable notification. Actionable notifications are big, and part of a big ongoing trend I’ve talked about that are making apps more ‘invisible’. You get benefits without ever having to launch them.
Notification Center is shown off, allowing you to, for instance, accept meeting invitations.
You can now minimize an email message to get access to your inbox, which brought a lot of applause from the audience.
I mean texted.
The multitasking screen will also now show you the last people that you sexted.
You can now swipe across on lock screen notifications to take actions. This puts about 90% of jailbreak tweaks out of business.
Probably the number one iMessage request has been filled, quick respond by pulling down on an iMessage notification.
The one-liners are strong with this one.
Federighi, who now controls both iOS and OS X development, comes back on stage and says “I missed you guys”
And here we go, iOS 8 is on the table.
Ha, Cook quotes a journalist who says that malware is turning Android into a ‘toxic hellstew’.
“Android…dominates the mobile malware market.”
Cook says a big percentage of customers are using a version of Android from “four years ago”. He whispers the last part.
Cook says that free software updates, available to as many people as possible, contribute to the satisfaction rate. He says that 89% of people are using the latest major version of iOS.
Everybody drink, Cook said ‘customer sat’!
“They bought an Android phone, by mistake,” says Cook. “Then they wanted a better experience, and a better life.” Jokes!
iPhone 500M units sold
iPod touch 100M units
iPad 200M units
130 million people bought their first Apple device in the last 12 months.
Now we’re on to iOS.
This summer, Apple will offer a public beta of OS X Yosemite for the first time ever.
An OS X preview is available for developers today, OS X Yosemite arrives in the fall for free from everyone else.
The Dre bit is a big crowd pleaser.
Dre asks what time he has to show up at work, Craig says that in order to beat Tim he’d have to show up at 4:30.
The crowd cheers to welcome Dre.
Federighi calls Dre, “Dr.”
“Hey how you doin, this is Dre.”
And Dr. Dre makes his first appearance. Craig is calling Dre live on stage now.
No one likes someone who hangs up on their mom. Apple is doomed.
Federighi cancels a call from his mom and the audience says ‘aww’.
This is brand synergy at work, folks.
And an image of Eddy Cue, wearing Beats headphones, doing Karaoke.
Third-party apps have enabled using the Mac for phone calls before, but now it’s built right into OS X.
So Apple is pulling all of the features from iMessages and Phone.app on iOS into the Mac.
You can even dial a call out from your Mac.
You can also now use your Mac to take phone calls coming from your iOS device, and you can use your Mac as a speakerphone.
iOS and the Mac now automatically display regular SMS messages and iMessages.
“Green bubble friends…they have inferior devices…but we don’t want to hold it against them” – Federighi on Android text messages.
Wireless hotspot connections are now easier, allowing Macs to auto-enable hotspot internet connections to your iOS device.
So, you’re writing an email on iOS and you switch to your Mac, you can click on an icon and continue writing there. This is how Apple leverages its halo.
Handoff is a new feature that lets you jump back and forth from iOS to the Mac and continue working on a document, email message or more on both platforms.
Lots of cheers in the audience. To my understanding, OS X’s version of AirDrop had to be rebuilt to support this, which took some doing.
Now Craig is back and we’re getting pitched on a new Continuity platform. iOS and the Mac are now fully AirDrop compatible.
“I hope this rope is multi-threaded!”
[Insert programmer joke]
Basically, you’ve got Skitch inside Mail.app now, which is probably making Skitch swea….oh, nm they got acquired.
And it’s demo time again, which is showing off some interesting stuff Mail for marking up images.
So far, Apple is dropping bombs on Box (with Aaron Levie in the front row), Dropbox, Google and Firefox.
Longer bars better in this case, shorter in others, I suppose.
Apple’s now talking about energy efficiency. There is a sideways chart, and Safari’s bar is blue and longer than Chrome or Firefox. Which, I would guess, is a good thing.
There are some improvements for Private Browsing which carries your private tabs over to a private window.
I mean Private Browsing, sorry.
Now we’re on to Porn Mode.
In an additional attempt at jumping the gun on Google, your Spotlight integrated search results will now show when you type a query into the universal search bar in Safari.
Your favorites now pop down from a new, streamlined version of Safari.
Mail Drop is encrypted iCloud attachments up to 5GB. Apple is going full tilt on iCloud expansion and support throughout the system.
iCloud Drive, cloud storage for Windows, iOS, OS X and Web for all of your files, with a traditional folder interface.
Now we’re talking about iCloud Drive, a new file storage system for iCloud. Essentially this is a Dropbox-like folder that links iCloud, iOS and OS X together, showing you all of your files.
He’s got showtimes of movies, streaming items from the iTunes Store and more in a search for ‘Godzilla’ in the new Spotlight.
Now Federighi is showing off Apple’s expanded new Spotlight support.
And yes, he pronounced it exactly the way I spelled it.
Craig is now on to his OS X demo, joking about Jony Ive’s ‘custom crafted aluminium’ camping spoons with ‘chamfered edges’.
This is an important and interesting development, keep your eyes out there.
What I mean by that is that Apple steps in when users request info and give them local and online results that lead them right to what they want. Essentially removing a reason to open the browser and go to Google by using the exact sources.
Google disintermediates sources at the search bar, Apple one-ups them by doing it at the OS level.
Pretty slick new interface for Spotlight that combines both offline and online info. This is really a strike right at Google, which does much of this in its search results.
Wow, nice search bar Craig, that looks nothing like Google.
This is definitely a focused, cosmetic refresh that brings OS X in line with iOS in terms of design language and interactivity.
There’s also a new ‘dark mode’ theme in OS X, which is a welcome addition for people live blogging WWDC keynotes in dark rooms. My eyes hurt.
“Take a look at that trash can,” says Federighi.
Federighi uses the phrase ‘sense of place’ when talking about the transparency, which is part of the continuity they’re looking for between the two OS’s.
There’s a lot of transparency, bright colors and simple lines here, echoing iOS. However, there’s still a lot of shading and depth here, especially in the settings icon. This is not the super-flat feel of iOS 7.
And now we have an OS X video being shown, which displays how the design is being changed to more closely line up with the icons of iOS. We’re seeing all of the new design elements in closeup.
I’m still pining for an OS X Fresno mention, but no. Apple ignores the little guy.
That was a fairly nice visual comedy bit from Federighi, accompanied by an Indiana Jones-style map.
And we have OS X Yosemite, as widely expected.
Craig is now making some jokes too, OS X Oxnard, OS X Rancho Cucamonga and OS X Weed as potential OS X names.
Craig Federighi is now out to talk about OS X.
Cook is really showing off a relaxed, personable feel on stage today, with some jokes. He’s really come a long way.
Cook throws some shade at Windows 8, which compares with only 14%.
He says that’s the fastest adoption of any PC OS in history at 51% adoption now.
Cook is talking about OS X. Mavericks has had 40 million copies installed — likely helped by its $0 price.
Cook says OS X and iOS will be getting play, but also touts a ‘huge’ release for developers that has its own dedicated section of the presentation. New developer tools are on the way and that draws big cheers.
Cook says that 9 million developers were added this year, the most they’ve ever registered in a year.
“Our youngest developer here is 13” says Cook. “They’re going to be building apps for a very long time.”
Cook quoted a number of attendees here for the very first time, which is essentially a nod to the random lottery Apple put in place this year instead of first come first served for tickets.
Apple has over 1,000 engineers in its labs this year for developers to complain to about iCloud.
Cook is speaking directly to developers now, noting that this is the 25th year of the conference. He references WWDC that year, debuting System 7, with one lab.
Tim is un-tucked and relaxed. I’m glad Phil shared my link to http://untuckit.com/ with him.
And Apple CEO Tim Cook is on stage.
Essentially, Apple is pitching developers as the new rockstars.
Now we’re being shown a prosthetic robot hand being used with the help of an iPhone app. Real tangible benefits being pitched alongside time-waster apps on the bus. Nice range of stuff being shown off here.
Of note: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is also in the VIP section. Maybe they’ll win another ADA this year.
Now we’re on to Apple pie and baseball — batters analyzing swings off of iPads.
Apple keeps it self-aware with a Tinder joke.
But really, this is a nicely shot promo of an oceanographic exploration mapping water borne debris.
The video continues with people talking about how apps, essentially, are saving the world. No word on Weed Farm or Toilet Time
This continues a recent trend for Apple of fan-service for developers, catering to their audience.
But wait! Bait and switch, developers are cool now, says Apple! It’s magic.
And we’ve kicked off with a video from Apple that’s talking about how nerdy developers are.
Here we go, lights are down and the music is fading.
“Gwyneth reads mean gifs.”
I think Gwyneth Paltrow might be presenting at this year’s WWDC. She’s here to talk to us about iMessage bullying of celebrities.
They’re now playing Coldplay, it’s time to leave.
I’m seeing a new Preview, a new iTunes icon, new App Store icon and a Settings icon that matches iOS. There’s also new Contacts, calendar, notes etc. Basically everything’s been refreshed, including the dock itself.
Basically it’s 20 minutes to the show and I already have an ulcer.
There are no wired internet connections at the show this year, which is great because it means that our liveblog could go down at any time. Exciting!
The VIP section is typically a hangout for guests of Apple, ex-Apple vets and high-profile ecosystem folks. Ben Silbermann is there, Aaron Levie and Dave Morin of Path.
Hey there folks, we’re in and sitting down and it’s about a half hour to gametime. The VIP section is crawling with Apple folks, including Tim Cook, CEO.
Two black banners hiding who knows what here in the press waiting area.
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