Apple doesn't pre-announced their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), but they do have to schedule the traditional Moscone West venue and any and all other logistics involved in hosting 6000 of its closest developer and designer friends. That leaves a week-long gap in Moscone's schedule, and that leads to people speculating any such gap in June might be for WWDC. Such is the case for the week of June 8, 2015.
There were lots of new things that were announced for iOS 8, but Apple didn't have time to introduce everything on stage at WWDC. We'll group these features, many of which didn't get a proper mention, in this "one more thing" post and round them up, with some notable ones including FaceTime call waiting, WiFi calling, Shazam with Siri.
Apple introduced HomeKit at WWDC to allow your iPhone and iPad to control your connected home. The current state of connected homes today is that each component requires a separate app and not everything is integrated to make it simple and easy. With HomeKit, Apple is hoping to change that as it is partnering with leading vendors of home automation equipment including Schlage, Honeywell, Kwikset, iDevices, and others.
As part of its raft of new APIs for developers, Apple today introduced new APIs for its fingerprint-based Touch ID system at WWDC. And the big news is that third-party apps will finally be able to use Touch ID authentication in iOS 8.
WWDC 2014 is scheduled for June 2 through June 6, and developer registration is being handled on a random basis. Last year, when WWDC tickets were sold out in a few minutes, many developers were left in a lurch, leading to Apple inviting select developers to attend despite their not being able to get a ticket in time. This time around Apple is inviting developers to apply for tickets now through April 7th, and will then randomly issue tickets to those that have applied. The process is similar to that of Google I/O this year, which has seen tickets for previous developer confabs snapped up in minutes and this year switched to a random selection model.
To accommodate newly introduced MacBook Airs that ship with 802.11ac "Gigabit WiFi" capabilities and Apple's forthcoming redesigned Mac Pro, Apple also introduced a new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule at WWDC this week. This is the first update to the AirPort Extreme in several years and the first complete redesign since Apple moved from the UFO shape of the original to the Mac mini-like beveled rectangle, so it's worth taking a closer look at what makes the new products worthwhile.
We're finally here! Well, almost anyway. WWDC 2013 gets underway in just a few hours, so if you're looking for a great time killer then why not look back on last years WWDC presentation. As previously, there was no new iPhone hardware, but we did get iOS 6 complete with Apple Maps, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and the launch of the new Retina Display MacBook Pro.
We're less than 24 hours out now from this years highly anticipated WWDC keynote, and we're continuing our look back on past events today with the 2011 presentation from Moscone West. Continuing the tradition of the previous 3 years, 2011 saw a new iPhone, the 4S, the unveiling of iOS 5 with Siri, and OS X 10.7 Lion.