updated 02:06 am EDT, Wed June 4, 2014
Resolutions available up to 1080p for Yosemite, iOS 8 intro
Following the "instant replay" of Monday's Worldwide Developers' keynote on the Apple website, the company has now made the presentation available in high resolution through its Apple Keynotes podcasts, and has posted a copy at up to 720p resolution on YouTube. The 1080p and 720p versions of the keynote are available through iTunes, though with a runtime of two hours and 10 minutes the file at 1080p resolution takes up more than 6GB of space. Subscribers to the HD podcast receive the event automatically.
Craig Federighi demonstrates Yosemite
The presentation included a steady stream of new announcements, including OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), iOS 8, a new programming language called Swift, Apple's first forays into home integration and a renewed focus on health integration, among other announcements. Enthusiasts who rely on pre-event rumors to set expectations were likely disappointed by the complete lack of hardware announcements, neither refreshed products nor any new product categories. Even Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats was only referred to offhandedly through a phone call with Dr. Dre rather than as an onstage announcement.
Investors seemed to be of two minds on the keynote: the lack of new hardware (and particularly any information on the next iPhone or all-new products) disappointed some analysts, causing a drop in the stock on Monday, but what was unveiled by the company seemed to play well with investors, seeing the upgrades as Apple both polishing its current success and adding features specifically designed to answer and surpass Android more aggressively than before. AAPL closed up nearly $9 on Tuesday, more than recovering from the mild drop following the announcements.
The keynote was noteworthy for its strong emphasis on developer interests over pandering to consumers, even though the event was webcast. SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi even joked at one point that "the folks at home will have no idea what any of this means," and made a number of obscure (to the public) developer references throughout. The keynote also featured quite a bit more humor than has been seen recently, with Cook taking open shots at Android and even Windows, referring to both as "inferior devices" and Federighi making jokes about his volumous hair.
Also featured on Apple's YouTube channel is the short film that kicked off the event, entitled "Apps We Can't Live Without," which interviewed various people about the programs that they considered most essential. The film continued Apple's frequent theme of showcasing its own products through the highlighting of its own and third-party apps, this time with more of an emphasis on recognizing the developers that have made the App Store and the platform so successful.