With this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) currently underway, the excitement amongst Apple fanatics couldn’t be higher. The event commenced at 10am PT (1pm ET) with an opening keynote presentation – we’re currently LIVE with complete coverage!
While there’s certainly no shortage of rumors regarding what will be unveiled, Apple has previously confirmed that two of the main topics for discussion will be OS X Mountain Lion (scheduled for release this summer) and the next major installment to their mobile operating system: iOS 6.
The opening keynote presentation has concluded – I guess there isn’t “one more thing…” this time around!
“Thank you very much for coming and for joining us”!
“To do the very best work of their lives. To great great products that empower people to do great things. To make a difference in so many lives around the world. The products we make, combined with the apps you make, can fundamentally change the world”
“Only Apple could make such amazing hardware, software and services. We are so proud of these products because they are perfect examples of what Apple does best. And, ultimately, it’s why people choose to come and work at Apple — and with Apple”
Time takes the stage again
Will support the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 2nd-generation iPad, 3rd-generation iPad and the 4th-generarion iPod Touch
iOS 6 will be available to the public this fall
New “lost” mode for iOS devices that will be able to receive notifications to help the user find their device
New signatures for personal and work email accounts
Achievements for Game Center
Working on “Made for iPhone” hearing aids
Moving away from Maps, Scott is demonstrating a few additional features
3D translucent buildings can appear for guided directions
Siri will also be able to provide voice guidance!
There will also be a 3D “flyover” view of various cities.
“And of course we’ve integrated it with Siri, so you can just ask Siri to take you somewhere, and you’re on your way”
Maps directions will work from the lockscreen!
3D presentation of the Maps app with realtime traffic!
FINALLY, the Maps app will have turn-by-turn directions!
“In iOS 6, we have built an entire new mapping solution from the ground up, and it is beautiful” A simple presentation reveals that red bars highlight traffic, construction, accidents, etc.
“In iOS 6, we have built an entire new mapping solution from the ground up, and it is beautiful”
Finally, a new Maps app!
Now for Guided Access: “We’re really proud of how the accessibility community has been adopting iOS devices”.
As for Airlines, only United is onboard so far – hopefully there will be more to come!
When close to a store with a card stored, a notification will pop up on the lockscreen
There’s even support a Starbucks card!
United Airlines will allow for boarding passes on Passbook
Users will be able to store various tickets and cards in Passbook
“Passbook takes all of these passes and combines them together in one place, and integrates it right into the OS, and they are beautiful”
There’s a new app called Passbook. ”Passbook is the simplest way to get all of your passes in one place.”
Pull-to-refresh for mail. Sounds like Twitter!
Messages are highlighted on screen and will be an easy way to sort mail from important senders.
New feature for Mail: VIP
Upon sending an album, the recipient will get a notification and can comment on the photos.
Users will be able to share photo albums via iCloud
“It’s really simple: just choose the photos you’d like to share, choose the friends with whom you’d like to share them, and that’s it. You’re done”.
“It is the best way to get all of your photos to all of your devices… and now with iOS 6 we’re adding shared photo streams”
We’re not on to Photo Stream
Demonstrating iCloud tabs so you can get to your desktop tabs on your iOS devices
Next up, Safari: offline Read List for devices!
Face Time over cellular!
On to Face Time, ”FaceTime is the best way to have a video conference with someone, but there is one catch: it only works over WiFi.”
You’ll also be able to screen calls and allow certain people through!
New buttons and options for phone calls. Also, new reminders that will work when you leave a location to remind you to make your calls.
There’s a new control for incoming calls
Time for the iPhone app: ”You’ve probably been in a meeting before where you can’t answer it right now, and you wish you could easily text them back a message or be reminded later…”
Facebook for OS X too
You can now like apps and see which apps your friends like.
There will be a Facebook API for developers
Just like Twitter integration for iOS 5, iOS 6 will receive deep Facebook integration!
Siri will be exclusive to the new third-generation iPad and the iPhone 4S!
Siri for the new iPad!
“Hands-free allows you to keep your hands on the steering wheel while you’re using your phone. We want to integrate Siri even better in the car.”
“Play Temple Run,” and just like that, the app is launched
Here’s the big one… Siri will be able to launch apps!
Siri will have COMPLETE movie suggestions. Users will be able to find showtimes, get ratings and even watch trailers.
Apple has now formed a partnership with Yelp! you’ll be bale to open the app from inside Siri and even book a table!
Siri will finally have improved restaurant suggestions and reviews!
She’ll even answer questions related to the hight of Basketball players!
Back to Siri, improved responses!
Next, we have a new Maps icon on the screen.
First big feature… SIGNIFICANT updates to Siri!
“Siri’s only been out for eight months and already does so much for you.”
“It has more than 200 new features, starting with some significant advancements to Siri.”
“I’m very happy to announce iOS 6.”
“Every single year since the original iPhone we come out with a new OS… and this year is no exception.”
Game Center: 130 million account with 5 billion scores and 67 of the top 100 games on the App Store have some form of integration.
Since iOS 5, Twitter has seen a three times growth increase among iOS users.
140 million iMessage uses with over 150 BILLION messages sent and a BILLION new messages each day!
365 MILLION iOS devices sold through March – 80% of those customers are on iOS 5!
Scott Forstall takes the stage to give an update of iOS
Shipping in July
Developers will get an almost-finished build to play with.
1 purchase will upgrade all your Macs. If you buy a new one today, you’ll get a free upgrade.
That .99 upgrade will go all the way back to Snow Leopard!
Mountain Lion WILL NOT ship with the new Laptops. It’ll be a .99 upgrade via the App Center
Mountain Lion to be released next month!
New input methods, dictionaries, new fonts and support for Chinese social networks.
Quick features China: “We have some wonderful features we think are going to make it even more popular there”.
Going over the other 200+ features in OS X Mountain Lion
Multiplayer racing demonstation
They’re over AirPlay and signing in to Game Center
AirPlay mirroring from Mac to Apple TV.
Multiplayer will be supported from Mac-to-Mac as well as cross-platform gaming!
Now we’re on to GameCenter.
Audio AirPlay for Macs!
It won’t spin up your fans, “goes easy on your battery” and is compatible with 2nd Gen Airs and the new MacBook Pro.
Macs now update and sync even when offline.
“We all love using our Macs, but wouldn’t it be great if when we weren’t using them they were still working for us?”
A new feature “Power Nap”…?
Twitter DMs and mentions will also show up in Notification Center
Notification Center is now up with a response to a message he sent earlier.
Improved Twitter integration.
There’s multi-touch zooming and if you zoom all the way, it’ll switch to a new tab view!
New, improved and faster scrolling system for Safari.
Tabs from OS X are stored in iCloud now and can be synced across devices.
Apparently, it’s the “tastes [web browser] on the planet”
Now it’s time for Safari!
Just dictation, no Siri yet!
“You can talk into Facebook if you want, and even third-party applications, like Microsoft Word.” Laughs!
“Next up: dictation. We’re bringing dictation to the Mac.”
Promise RAID drive running over Thunderbolt. There’s a FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt adapters. There’s a glass trackpad, backlit keyboard, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD, dual microphones with beam forming for a “new generation” of voice apps. And, stereo speakers.
On the right is SD, HDMI and USB 3.0. On the left, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt, USB 3 and a headphone jack.
768GB of internal flash storage! “That’s three quarters of a terabyte.”
There’s been a ”breakthrough work in asymmetric batteries” to make this work.Up to 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7s. And yes, up to 16GB of RAM! Kepler GT 650M graphics.
“Now, applications do have to be updated to take advantage of this Retina display.”
Aperture has been updated as well. “If you love working with photos, not only has the UI been updated, but you’re now looking at four times the resolution.”
“Reading your mail is like reading fine print. Surfing the web can be like experiencing magazine-like quality.”
15.4-inch display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800.
“Yes, it is a retina display.”
And there it is! “The next-generation MacBook Pro is the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made… There’s never been a notebook that is this gorgeous.”
“So we’ve been asking the team to think about: what would make a next-generation MacBook pro.”
8GB of 1600MHz memory and, again, 60% faster integrated graphics.
Again, Ivy Bridge chips, up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7′s. Turbo boost to 3.7GHz.The 15-inch does indeed have Kepler GeForce GT 650M, up to 1GB of memory. That, too, is 60% faster than the old 15-inch model’s discrete.
Time for USB 3.0
We now have the option of 512GB of flash storage!
It looks like the Air will receive Ivy Bridge processors with up to 2GHz dual-core i7 and up to 8GB of RAM!
“Good morning everyone, I hope you’re having fun. I am. Today, we get to talk to you about the MacBook lineup. It is by far the best in the industry. The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro each stand out in their respective area.”
Phil Schiller takes the stage.
Tim Cook is promising updates to iOS and OS X
“It’s a great reminder of what it’s all about, and why we do what what we do.”
Big applause as the video comes to a close and Tim Cook comes back on stage.
Now the video is back to India.
Apps have the biggest impact on humanity right now. It feels fantastic that people can find so much happiness for apps.”
The developer again. “The obvious choice was to develop for iOS.”
We’re listening to a girl with a speak impediment who uses the iPad to communicate and interact with her family: “I didn’t even think about choosing another platform. With my app they can have information about their position”
“Apple makes it so easy for designers like us, for engineers like us to stretch our imagination.”
The developers are chatting. “All these existing spaces existed before us, but we’ve given them a place to come together.”
Now they’re talking about Airbnb. “We don’t think about it as a business, we think about it as making new friends.”
“With the processing power we can push the boundaries of what can be done with the technology.”
Now we’re talking to the developers again. “We originally started off as a medical stock image company, but when the iPad came out… we were also change to do beautiful learning.”
The developer in the video is discussing an app that helps blind people to explore the world: “I didn’t even think about choosing another platform. With my app they can have information about their position”.
“It’s great! People write me from around the world and tell me ‘You have changed my life”.
Here we go, it’s time for a video!
There are such heartwarming stories out there of what the combination of our incredible devices and your amazing apps have made in peoples lives.”
“Nothing makes us happier than seeing hundreds of thousands of developers around the world using our hardware and our software to create and share their latest and greatest ideas.”
“For Apple, and I suspect many of you, our goal has always been to do great work, and in doing so, make a difference in other peoples’ lives.”
Over 5 billion has been paid to developers! “It’s becoming an economy in and of itself”.
650,000 total apps on the App Store, 225,000 of which are iPad-specific: “This compares to just a few hundred for our competition”!
“I’m very pleased to announce a new milestone for the app store. Customers have now downlated an astounding 30 billion apps!”
“I’d like to get started this morning by giving you just a few updates on the App Store… the most vibrant app ecosystem on the planet”.
Over 1000 Apple engineers. “We closed Apple for the week!”
Attendees from over 60 countries and 112 sessions with 125 labs planned for the week.
“We have a great week planned for you, and some really cool stuff to show you this morning. This is our 23rd WWDC. Yes, it’s older than many of you are”.
Tim Cook takes the stage.
“Now I want to say something straight from the CPU. iPad, can you slow it down a bit?”
“Hello and welcome to WWDC. I’m Siri, your virtual assistant and today I was asked to warm up the crowd, which should be easy since the high will be 75 degrees”.
People begin cheering, here we go!