WWDC 14 – A Live Blog After All!

For those of you who refuse to install Safari on your system, or can’t watch the WWDC live stream, here’s a live blog of what’s happening.

Less than five minutes to go, and predictably Coldplay is playing in the background at the Centre.  The Centre is packed, of course, and hundreds of press people are gathered.

THIS BLOG DOES NOT AUTO REFRESH.  YOU’LL HAVE TO REFRESH EVERY MINUTE OR SO TO KEEP UP TO DATE.

HERE WE GO!

  • An advert about developers to open;
  • Lots of Brits featured in this film;
  • The film’s been running for five minutes.  Guess they don’t have much to say today …
  • Here’s Tim
  • 25th Anniversary of WWDC: 1300 developers 25 years ago.  1000 Engineers in today, 100 sessions, 120 labs, 69 country attendees;
  • Youngest developer in audience, 13 years old.  9 million registered Apple developers, 47% increase in the last year.
  • OSX and iOS featured today;
  • Huge Dev release today; more later …
  • OSX and the Mac.  Mac industry growth 12% – 80 million Mac Install Base.
  • Mavericks installed 40m copies since October.
  • 51% Mavericks user adoption; fastest in the PC industry;
  • Windows 8 14% adoption;
  • Craig F is up to talk about OSX;
  • New OS is called YOSEMITE;
  • New interface, new Apps and something new called CONTINUITY;
  • iTunes logo is now red;
  • Clarity and utility, toolbars refined;
  • New dock icons;
  • Dark Mode on desktop if you find dock and icons too colourful!
  • Notification Centre: new Today View; extend the content to use widgets;
  • Spotlight: new interface – big field in the middle of the display;
  • Spotlight now searches for stuff on the net;
  • iCloud Drive?  Pah
  • Mail: New UI.  Made the basics better.
  • Mail Drop.  via iCloud direct to other Macs.  No bounceback for mails up to 5GB in size.
  • Markup.  Doodle stuff on emails.  Even works with PDFs, ie: for signing stuff.
  • Safari.  More space for content.  Favorites bar not needed.
  • New Tab View in Safari.  Stacks for each site in tabs.
  • HTML5 Premium Video in Safari.  ie: Netflix without plugins.  2 hours better battery life on MacBook Pro with this new Safari for watching video.
  • New bloke called Brian showing off Safari.
  • Scroll through tabs in Safari.
  • Continuity.  Airdrop works between iOS and the Mac.
  • Handoff.  iOS devices aware of what you’re doing on the Mac. Pick up working on your iPad from your Mac by new icon in bottom left hand side of home screen.
  • Instant Hotspot.  Works between Mac and iPhone.
  • SMS.  Phone able to act as relay to send messages between devices.
  • Phone calls able to be picked up on your Mac.  And answered with the built in speaker.  Wow.
  • Call a number from a webpage on your Mac.  Nice.
  • Craig F is a really funny guy.  Refused a call from his Mom!
  • Craig phoned Dr Dre from his Mac.
  • Dev copy today, released in Autumn, free again.  Public Beta in the Summer.
  • apple.com/osx/preview
  • Tim back.
  • iOS.  800 million devices sold.  100M iPod Touches.  200M iPads.  500M iPhones.  130M new users in the last 12 months.
  • 97% iOS7 Satisfaction.
  • 89% iOS7 install base.
  • Android – only 9% of customers on latest KitKat software.
  • Android counts for 99% of mobile malware.
  • iOS8.
  • A giant release.  Two storeys, not one.  Great user features.  Incredible developer features.
  • Craig back.
  • Design: enhancements for iPhone and iPad.  Notification centre improvements.  Pull down on notification to reply.
  • Double tap to access frequently contacted people.
  • Tabview to iPad in Safari, and sidebar as in Yosemite.
  • Mail.  Mark by swiping.  Delete by gesture.
  • Access more than one mail at a time by swiping down on the mail you’re working on.
  • Picture of Jony Ive with Craig’s hair!  Funny.
  • Spotlight.  Search for apps, Wikipedia entries, news, restaurants, songs etc.
  • QuickType.  Supports predictive typing suggestions.  Suggests what words to include in your message.
  • 14 languages supported.
  • All continuity features on iPad and iPhone.
  • Messages.  Group messaging etc.
  • Share location on Messages.
  • iCloud Drive.  Work across applications.
  • Health?  Er …
  • HealthKit.  Health apps send data to one place, where you can monitor all your metrics from apps, including third party apps like Nike etc.
  • Family Sharing.  Share photos on family photostream, calendars, reminders, find my friends.  Share apps, movies, books, music between family members across devices.
  • Kids need permission to purchase games etc.  You get a message asking if its OK.
  • Photos.  Working with iCloud.  Any photo you take now gets shared over all devices.
  • Photo search with suggestions.
  • New photo smart editing controls.  Auto straightening and cropping.
  • New ground-up photo solution for Mac.  Sneak peak now.
  • iCloud plans coming.  $3.99 a month for 200GB storage.  Cheap.
  • “Hey, Siri”.  Open Siri without touching the phone!
  • Tim is back.
  • iOS8 for Devs.  1.2M apps in the App Store.  300M app store visitors every week.  75B apps downloaded to date.
  • Make App Store better.  New features.  Explore tab – find the app you’re looking for more.
  • Trending searches.  Scrolling results.  Related searches.  Editor’s choice improved.
  • App Bundles available – users buy multiple apps from particular devs at discounted price.
  • App previews – devs make short videos to showcase their apps.
  • TestFlight – Beta Testing Service.  All free.
  • SDK.  Biggest release since the launch of the App Store.
  • Craig back.
  • 4000 new APIs in the SDK.  Extensibility allows Devs to create services for other Apps.
  • Third party apps now define widgets to go in Notification Centre.
  • eBay widget – bid on stuff direct from Notification Centre.
  • System wide third party keyboards installed on iOS.
  • Touch ID API.  83% of users now use Touch ID.
  • Camera APIs for manual control for exposure, focus etc.
  • HomeKit.  Control home automation processes.  Lights, webcams, door locks, thermostats etc.  HomeKit common network protocol.  Only your iOS device controls your hardware in your home.
  • HomeKit also has Siri integration.
  • Metal.  3D graphics.  Reduces OpenGL.  10x faster draw call rates.  Designed for A7 chip.
  • Demoing new 3D graphics on an iPad.  Impressive.
  • SpriteKit.  Building casual games on App Store.
  • SceneKit.  3D Scene renderer.  Casual games.  Physics engine.
  • 14 million users of XCode.
  • A new programming language from Apple.  Doing away with C.  Swift.  “Totally rules”.  Fast, modern, safe, interactive.  Crowd love it.
  • Demo of Swift.
  • Beta of iOS8 today.  Available to everyone else in the Autumn.  Works on iPhone 4S upwards.
  • Tim back.
  • Tim thanking all Apple staff for their efforts.
  • That’s it.
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WWDC 2013: Apple Live Blog

UPDATES WILL APPEAR HERE – keep hittin’ that refresh!

  • Apple’s online stores are down worldwide;
  • Press let in to the auditorium;
  • Not sure what to expect really.  iOS7, new OSX, iRadio, new Macs, iToaster, Flying Car …
  • Just over half an hour to go.
  • New iMacs in June or July? – analyst
  • iPhone 6 won’t be seen ’til next year – analyst
  • You can stream the keynote live with a Mac running Safari or an iOS device.  But why would you?
  • Oh, please God, don’t let them start with an abysmal Siri intro like last year.
  • Yahoo! CEOs at the Keynote.  Rumours that Flickr will be integrated into iOS7.
  • Al Gore’s there, too, but that’s only for the free handouts, probably.  Same as Woz.
  • The music’s started.  It’s quite horrible.  Fifteen minutes more of this torture …
  • Thousands of folks crammed into the auditorium
  • Third party software keyboards in iOS7?
  • Laurene Powell Jobs is in attendance.

  • Song playing is ‘Submarines’ by The Lumineers.
  • They’re now playing ‘Unbelievers’ by Vampire Weekend.
  • Two minute warning …
  • Music’s stopped.  Here we go!
  • Tim’s doing updates: 1m daily visits to Apple stores; 407 stores in 14 countries; another boring video of a store opening in Berlin …
  • App Store is 5 years old next month; 50B apps downloaded now; 900,000 iOS apps; 375,000 apps for iPad; 575M Store Accounts;
  • Anki showing off their AI and robitic developments
  • Remote-controlled cars on a mat, controlled by iOS device
  • Tim’s thanking all the devs for their incredible apps.
  • Mac install base – 72 million
  • 28M copies of Mountain Lion shipped – best selling release
  • Craig Federighi (whatever his name is) is up talking OSX
  • OS 10.9 will be called OS X MAVERICKS (what the actual …)
  • Finder tabs in 10.9
  • Tagging to the Mac – give a file a tag when you save it – tag them wherever they are, even in the Cloud
  • Multiple Displays in 10.9 – menus across multiple displays, dock too
  • Pan Spaces on independent displays
  • Craig is demoing the above stuff
  • Advanced Tech in Mavericks – loads of new stuff – app nap, compressed memory, OpenGL 4
  • Craig is talking about battery life
  • 72% less CPU activity in Mavericks
  • Safari – better in Mavericks – sidebar, browse from bookmarks, continual scroll in reading list, shared links from Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Craig demoing new Safari
  • App Nap is great – drops CPU power to windows not at the front of the screen.  Nice
  • Safari Top Sites updated
  • Bookmarks and folders on a sidebar
  • iCloud Keychain – help you to remember your website logins, credit card numbers, wifi networks, account information etc.
  • Notifications – reply within the notification without opening the app
  • Apps update in the back ground so you don’t have to do it yourself
  • Calendar – Facebook events in calendar; location, travel time and weather within calendar
  • Maps – Maps App in OSX
  • Send Map from Mac to iPhone direct from within app
  • iBooks coming to the Mac
  • Full access of 1.8M Books in iBook Store – iOS library available on your Mac
  • Craig demoing Maps on Mac
  • Craig demoing Calendar
  • OS Mavericks – Dev Preview Today – Final Release This Autumn
  • Phil Schiller’s up
  • MacBook Air – entirely new line – now with all-day battery life
  • 4th Gen Core – Haswell ULT – 40% faster graphics – smarter low power states
  • 11″ – 9 hours battery life – 13″ – 12 hours battery life
  • 10 hours iTunes movie playback – 45% faster flash – 802.11ac wifi networking
  • 3x performance on Wifi.
  • New Airport Base Stations – 4″ square – new Airport Extreme & Time Capsule – all 802.11ac – simultaneous dual band
  • 128GB $999 – 11″ – new MacBook Airs start shipping today
  • Ooh, a sneak peak – NEW MAC PRO!!!
  • My God, it’s a gloss black cylinder!!
  • Wozniak isn’t clapping.
  • Intel Xeon – 12 cores, PCIE3, 1866 DDR3, PCIe Flash Storage, external expansion, Thunderbolt 2, 20Gbps
  • Dual Workstation GPUs, three 4k displays running off onboard GPUs
  • Half the size of previous Mac Pro
  • Mac Pro later this year.  Assembled in the USA.
  • Tim’s Back
  • iCloud – 300M iCloud accounts;
  • iWork with iCloud integration – iWork for iCloud
  • New versions of iWork for Mac and iOS coming later this year
  • What did they say this guy’s name was – Roger Rozzer?
  • MS Word documents can be edited in Pages for iCloud
  • Works on Chrome browser in Windows too, and IE
  • Public beta available today
  • Tim’s back – iOS
  • 600M iOS devices sold;
  • iOS has 60% mobile webshare
  • 97% overall iOS satisfaction
  • 93% Installed Base of iOS6
  • iOS7 – amazing new features and new interface
  • Video playing
  • Wow.  It looks totally different
  • Typeface and icons all changed – new palette of colours
  • Translucency
  • Weather app looks gorgeous
  • OH MY GOD!  Almost 3D-type wallpapers – based on movement
  • WOW!
  • They’re all up, cheering
  • Craig’s back with iOS7
  • This’ll be good.
  • Animated lock screen
  • Animated wallpapers
  • You can see behind the icons to look at the wallpaper
  • “Your friends never looked more attractive!”
  • Demoing weather app – nice
  • Pinch weather to get overview
  • Calendar – swipe from day to day, landscape see whole week at a glance
  • Messages – nice scrolling
  • Swipe from left of display to go back
  • Mail app looks lovely – gesture from left side of screen, slide message across to trash
  • Notification centre available from lock screen
  • iOS7 – 10 new features
  • Control Centre – basic controls available from anywhere
  • Multitasking for all apps in iOS7
  • iOS7 looks at your most frequently used apps and does opportunistic updates; updates to network conditions; intelligent scheduling
  • Double click and swipe between your open applications on screen
  • Safari – Full screen look, smart search field by tapping at top, one tap access to favourites, new interface for tabs, parental controls, iCloud keychain integration
  • Navigate back and forth with browser history by swiping back and forth pages
  • This Craig Funghi bloke (?) has more charisma than Forstall.
  • AirDrop in iOS7 – share stuff with people around you – can send stuff to multiple people
  • Camera – 4 camera in one – swipe from video to still to pano to square cropped cameras – live photo filters built in
  • New Photos app – photos organised into ‘moments’
  • Tap and scrub and find pictures you’re looking for within a ‘moment’
  • Sharing pictures to AirDrop, Facebook, Twitter, iCloud
  • Shared Photo Streams
  • Videos supported in iCloud photo sharing
  • Eddie Cue’s up
  • Siri – new interface – soundwave across the bottom as you speak
  • New voice for Siri – more natural
  • Siri getting smarter – can control more of your device – increase brightness – turn on bluetooth etc
  • Can answer a lot more questions – Twitter integration, Wikipedia integration, Bing search inside Siri
  • iOS in the Car – complete in-car integration with iOS and Siri – lots of car companies integrating it into their cars in 2014
  • App Store – search based on age range; Apps near me (apps based on location)
  • App Store now updates your apps automatically!!
  • Music app – looks better
  • iTunes Radio – built into music app
  • Demoing
  • See songs that are trending on Twitter (oh Jesus)
  • Create your own stations
  • Eddy’s playing some Zeppelin!!
  • iTunes Radio built into Apple TV and iTunes on the Mac and PC
  • Starts in the US.  No idea about the rest of us
  • Phone, Facetime and Message blocking – “for people who won’t just let go!”
  • Activation Lock – if a thief tries to turn off ‘find my iPhone’ or even wipes it, it will be useless because they don’t know your iCloud login details
  • 1500 new APIs in the SDK
  • WOOOOOO!  Beta today!   GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!!
  • iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later and more.
  • Tim summing up
  • Our goal at Apple is to make great products that customers love.
  • That’s it.

More to come later.  Off to get my BETA!!!!!

WWDC is HERE! *Updated*

I have the flu.  But it’s not going to stop me doing a full day’s work then bringing you live-ish coverage of WWDC from 6pm BST today.

Already today I’ve spotted a few fake Apple webpage screens showing a horrible, black, cuboid Mac Pro.

Hope you’ll bookmark this page and pop back just before 6pm BST to see the build-up of this eagerly anticipated Apple Keynote.

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WWDC 2013: Six Days and Counting

WWDC kicks off next Monday.  I’ll be presenting my usual live-ish blog from just before 6pm BST.

Apple will probably show off parts of iOS7 and the new OSX.  New Macs and possibly an iRadio service could be announced too.

The tagline on the WWDC banners reads, “Where a whole new world is developing”.

WWDC 2013 Dates Announced

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Apple on Wednesday announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which the company says will run from June 10 to June 14 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 25th at 6pm BST.  Apple have promised to show off new versions of iOS and OSX.

APPLE – New Tech Revealed at WWDC

Right then.

And one more thing …

Apple have very quietly rolled out a new iPad ‘Smart Case’.  Six bright colours, and they’re £39 each.  You can have them engraved too.

Oh, New Maps’ Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation only available on iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and upwards.  CRAP!

WWDC LIVE BLOG

WWDC 2012 starts here.  I’ll be bringing the latest updates from now on.  Please keep refreshing for the latest info:
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  • 9to5Mac are already speculating on what’s new today: three new configuration Mac Pros, new design MacBook Pros, updated Airport Express, rebranded USB MacBook SuperDrive, and most curious of all is a newly designed MagSafe Connector, together with adaptors between old and new.  Oh, and a Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adaptor, too;
  • Pet Shop Boys have just released a new video to ‘Invisible’, and announced their new LP is called ‘Elysium’.  Here’s a LINK to the video;
  • MacWorld UK have posted some rumours about iPhone 5: tactile touch display; LiquidMetal casing; new Broadcom wireless chip and better battery life; front-facing HD camera;
  • 2.14pm – Apple Store is down;
  • MacRumors have just posted the LINK to the full Tim Cook D10 interview;
  • Hearing that the MacBook may make a comeback in a thinner Air-like form factor, with the MacBook Pro largely unchanged in the aesthetics department;
  • TechDigest’s take on the possible new MacBook Pro specs – LINK;
No surprise that the sun’s out in California!
  • There’s a report that a future Apple Television would have built-in motion detection, and the remote would be similar to an iPad;
  • WWDC attendees are being encouraged to wear black turtlenecks in memory of Steve Jobs;
  • Excellent Blog reporting possible specs of all the new Macs today – LINK;
  • The queue for Starbucks at Moscone is huge, apparently;
  • Type the word APPLE into the Twitter search box and the first couple of returned links are for Sony and Samsung mobile phones;
  • CNET say that iOS6 won’t support the original iPad or third gen iPod Touch;
The queue …

  • Apple sold three million of the new iPads within three days of its release;
  • THIS website will make a noise in the background when the Apple Store comes back online;
  • If you could give a rat’s ass about the football, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain starts for England against France;
  • Apple has removed Dropbox apps from the App Store;
  • Craig Federighi just walked into Moscone with his suit in hand.  Mountain Lion announcement ahoy!
  • Apple shares currently up 1.06% ahead of WWDC;
  • Just over 80 minutes to go …
  • Goalkeeping Coach Ray Clements snapped his achilles tendon ahead of the England v France game.  Ouch!
  • France v England kicking off in the next five minutes.  Just over an hour to go ’til WWDC kicks off.
  • England 1, France 0 – Lescott (30);
CNETs image of the Moscone Stage
  • Nasri equalises for France.  Now 1-1 against England;
  • 20 minutes ’til WWDC;
  • Why doesn’t Apple live stream these events?
  • Half time: England 1 France 1
  • Media all dash into the hall to get the best seats and trample everyone else;
  • Everyone’s being told to get ready inside the auditorium;
  • Get ready – keep refreshing, people!
  • Jacqui at ARS says the room is VERY full;
  • Lights down, applause, Siri Video intro playing;
  • Siri is telling jokes.  GET ON WITH IT!
  • Siri making fun of Android code names;
  • Siri: “I’m excited about the new Samsung. Not the phone: the refrigerator”
  • Here’s Tim!
  • 23rd WWDC for Apple;
  • “WWDC is older than a lot of you!”
  • Attendees from over 60 countries;
  • A few updates on the App Store – 225,000 apps for iPad only – 600,000 apps in total;
  • New milestone on the App Store – $5B to developers ;

  • Showing a video about Apple working in various countries;
  • iPad apps being highlighted;
  • Talking about iPad helping kids with speech and language;
  • Tim’s back – “This is why all of us do what we do” – an old Steve quote;
  • “today we’re announcing exciting new changes in our notebook lineup”
  • New releases of OSX and iOS;
  • Schiller is up;
  • MacBook Air – Ivy Bridge, 2Ghz i7 up ro 3.2GHz, 8GB RAM;
  • Up to 512GB Flash Storage;
  • Up to 500MBps read speed, USB 3.0,
  • FaceTime HD Camera, 720p, USB port each side;
  • 1366 x 768 display – $999 and $1099;
  • Ships today;
  • MacBook Pro – Up to 3.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 60% faster graphics; GeForce GT 650M;
  • USB 3 and USB 2, discreet graphics, 13″ and 15″;
  • Up to 1GB video memory;
  • $1799 and $2199
  • Ships today too;
  • MBP doesn’t look cosmetically different;
  • What’s next?
  • NEW THIN FORM FACTOR MACBOOK PRO, DIFFERENT SHAPE TO AIR – AMAZING NEW SCREEN
  • RADICALLY THIN
  • 0.71 inches THIN
  • Quarter inch thinner than existing MBP;
  • 4.46 pounds
  • RETINA DISPLAY
  • 15.4″, 2080 pixels.  WOW!
  • 220 pixels per inch
  • Ships with Lion
  • Lion updated to work with the new screen;
  • Most of the apps updated to work with new screen: mail, safari, iPhoto, iMovie;
  • Final Cut Pro X updated as well;
  • Photoshop updated;
  • AutoCAD being updated for the retina display;
  • Inside dominated by battery – up to 2.7GHz quad core – up to 16GB RAM;
  • Up to 768GB Flash Storage;
  • 7 hours battery, 30 days of standby;
  • USB3, 2 x thunderbolt ports, smaller magsafe connector;
  • Thunderbolt adaptors;
  • 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0;
  • FaceTime HD camera, stereo speakers, dual mics;

  • Watching a video of the new MBP now;
  • NO 802.11ac or built-in ethernet.  Ouch!
  • Thermal system is very nearly imperceptible to the user;
  • England v France still 1-1 with 5 minutes to go;
  • Phil’s back;
  • 2.3GHz quad-core i7, 8GB ram, GeForce GT 650M, 256GB flash storage, 7 hours battery life, $2199
  • Ships today;
  • 17″ MacBook Pro dead?
  • OSX, Craig’s up;
  • 66 Million Mac users;
  • 26 million copies of Lion sold to date in 9 months;
  • Windows 7 took 27 months to achieve that number;
  • Mountain Lion;
  • 200 new features;
  • 8 new features detailed now: iCloud – 125M users;
  • iCloud support built into Mountain Lion;
  • when you sign in with your Apple ID, Apple apps are updated with all your data from iCloud;
  • integration for document based apps, documents in the cloud
  • Works seamlessly across your iOS devices;
  • New Glass Dock;
  • Demoing Reminders app;
  • Messages: Can send texts via iMessage to people’s “legacy chat services” (SMS) or people’s Apple IDs, phone numbers, etc.
  • England 1 France 1 – FULL TIME
  • Notification Centre: they’ve nicked Growl, basically;
  • Dictation: Everywhere you can type on your Mac, you can now dictate;
  • Sharing: share button on toolbar with sharing options;
  • New Safari: faster javascript of any browser; unified smart search field (think Chrome);
  • Safari now has “iCloud Tabs” which shows you all the pages you have open across your other devices – iOS, Macs etc;
  • Gestures to navigate your tabs;
  • if you want to open a tab from another computer, click your iCloud tabs button and see what you have open on your iPhone, other computer
  • Demoing stuff now ….
  • I’m more interested in iOS6 than Mountain Lion, if I’m honest …
  • New: ‘Power Nap’ – keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps;
  • Fetches emails and keeps track of calendars;
  • if you plug in your Mac for the night, it’ll back itself up to your Time Capsule, download App Store and system software updates automatically
  • AirPlay Mirroring;
  • Can mirror content up to 1080p from your Mac;
  • Game Centre: from iOS to the Mac;
  • Keeps track of games on both platforms, OSX and iOS;
  • Supports turn-based and head to head games;
  • I think The Stig from Top Gear is playing an AirPlay game on stage:

  • 1700 new APIs for devs;
  • Mountain Lion $19.99 NEXT MONTH from the Mac App Store;
  • Buy a new Mac today?  Mountain Lion will be free for you;
  • iOS6 – here’s Forstall;
  • 365M iOS devices sold to March;
  • 80% Apple customers running iOS5;
  • 47% of pictures on Twitter are from iOS devices;
  • 200 new iOS features
  • Advancements to Siri
  • iOS6 Demo …
  • Siri now knows stuff like sport results; “what was the score of the last Arsenal game?”
  • Can ask about player stats and standings (if you’re American);
  • Can ask which player is taller, A or B;
  • Can look up sport schedules;
  • Restaurants, brings them up by location and sorts them in rating order;
  • Siri at the Movies: “What film is playing at the Odeon?”
  • Siri brings up the movies that are playing with artwork, lets you tap and look at ratings, reviews on Rotten Tomatoes: let’s you watch the trailer;
  • Can ask questions about actors or directors;
  • Launch apps with Siri – “Play Temple Run” opens Temple Run;
  • Can tweet, listen to notifications, get movie facts, ask about movies
  • Feature: “Eyes Free” – Siri integration with the car: working with car manufacturers to use a button on the steering wheel to bring up Siri; we don’t light up the screen of the iPhone, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road; BMW, GM, Jaguar, Mercedes, Honda; taking Siri international;
  • Adding Spanish, Mexican, French English for Canadians;
  • Korean, Mandarin;
  • Local search now all round the world (Was US only before);
  • SIRI COMING TO THE NEW iPAD
  • Facebook: Integrating into iOS6 like Twitter;
  • Post to Facebook from most apps;
  • Facebook integrates with Siri;
  • if your friends are sharing a phone number or email from Facebook, those will appear in your contact list on your iPhone;
  • Phone app enhancements: say you’re in a meeting and you can’t answer a call right then, with iOS 6, there’s a new control on the right hand side of the incoming call; two buttons: reply with a message, or be reminded to call the person back later; if you choose reply with a message, just tap an auto generated message if you want (like “I’ll call you back later”); or if you want to call them back later, you can set a time or geofence (1 hour, or when I leave the office);
  • ‘Do Not Disturb’ – tell your phone not to bother you with notifications, choose numbers that can ONLY call you;
  • FaceTime: FACETIME OVER 3G;
  • Unifying phone number and Apple ID; if someone calls your with a FaceTime message, you can reply on your Mac or iPad;
  • Photo Stream: sharing photo streams in iOS6; choose your pics, send them to friends, they get a notification;
  • Mail: VIPs; lets you mark messages from people you really want to hear from;
  • You can get lock screen notifications from VIPs;
  • VIP mailbox and flagged mailbox;
  • New: Passbook: keep all your passes in one place;
  • Location based: get to the cinema, and you ticket pops up on the screen;
  • Can includes lots of stuff in Passbook and keep it altogether;
  • When you delete something, there’s an animation of a paper shredder!
  • Walk into Starbucks, your card comes up automatically;
  • Cards are all live, so if your gate changes, your boarding pass comes up on the screen with the updated notification – neat;
  • Accessibility: keeping kids out of things you don’t want them to access;
  • Disable home button so that kids can’t ‘wander’ round the phone, and stick to the given app;
  • Ooh, MAPS!
  • NEW MAPPING SYSTEM FROM THE GROUND UP
  • Local search: invested in 100 million businesses to make great local search;
  • Traffic view: shows locals traffic, congestion etc;
  • Anonymous and real-time data to keep info fresh;
  • Quick route button;
  • Fastest route based on traffic; ETA;
  • Works from lock screen – you can even ask Siri!
  • ask Siri questions along the way: “where can I get petrol?”
  • Ask Siri “are we there yet?” and you’ll get a time estimate
  • Flyover: 3D flyover maps (lots of murmuring)
  • Zoom in for 3D, zoom back out for 2D
  • Satellite view in 3D
  • (Prolonged applause – must be good!)
  • They take the 3D renderings and overlay them on the Flyover photos;
  • Change the angles in Flyover (people blown away apparently);

  • Adaptive cinematic camera angles;
  • That’s 10 of 200 news features;
  • Lost Mode: if you’ve lost or misplaced your iPhone or iPad, you can send a phone number directly to that phone; like your home phone number or your spouse’s phone number; if someone finds it they can tap and call you back;
  • Loads of new APIs for devs;
  • Beta to devs TODAY
  • iOS6 COMING IN THE AUTUMN;
  • iPhone 3GS and later;
  • Tim’s back;
  • “What do you think?”  Devs cheer!

THAT’S IT!  WE’RE DONE!  Uber thanks to Jacqui Cheng for the above text.  Other sites were going down left, right and centre, but Jacqui stuck in there and covered it all perfectly.  Thank you.  x

Thanks for joining.  I’ll be back in a bit with lovely photos of all that new gear.  See you soon.

WWDC 2012

Just a reminder that WWDC 2012 happens this coming Monday at 6pm BST.  I’ll give you live-as-remotely-possible updates on the day.  Please remember to bookmark this site, and around 6pm on Monday, refresh your browsers like hell as I reckon there’s gonna be a lot of stuff to talk about!

And of course, we can never forget last year …