Ambitious update said to make over look, add features to mobile OS
Following on the heels of rumors that Apple reassigned engineers from other projects (including the next OS X release, 10.9) in order to help ensure completion, a new report from unnamed sources has said that iOS 7, the forthcoming major update to the company's mobile platform, will ship on time despite pressures. Anonymous informers told AllThingsD that while the extra help was needed, the update "will ship on time" and debut as scheduled at this year's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC).
Presents alternative to sold-out gathering
A free, unofficial developer event, AltWWDC, has been announced as running parallel to Apple's 2013 developer conference. Like WWDC, AltWWDC will be active June 10th through the 14th in San Francisco. The gathering is being hosted at the SF State Downtown Campus, only a block away from WWDC's venue, Moscone West.
Numerous tweets confirm Apple contact, conference sold out in minutes
Various tweets and blog posts from developers who tried -- and failed -- to snap up Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) tickets in the scant two minutes they were available from Apple this morning indicate that the company is contacting some of those turned away to offer some tickets to the event. The "second chance" calls are unlikely to be made to all developers, and so the company has already announced that videos of all the sessions will be made available to registered developers as the conference progresses.
Sales beat 2012 record
(Updated with corrected timing) Apple has already sold out of passes to attend WWDC 2013 in San Francisco, according to the company's website. AppleInsider notes that sales were ended just two minutes after they opened at 10AM Pacific time. The pace beats last year's record, when passes were gone in roughly two hours.
150 applicants will be awarded admission to the conference
Apple has opened up applications for its annual scholarships for student developers to attend the 2013 World Wide Developers Conference scheduled for June 10 through June 14. The annual program is giving 150 students admission to the conference on a merit basis, the same number as last year.
Should eliminate traditional weeks-long wait
This year, developers should be able to access videos for WWDC while the event is still underway, language on Apple's website suggests. The company writes that it will be posting videos for all of its sessions "during the conference" for registered Apple developers. How developers will be able to access the clips isn't mentioned.
Will feature new versions of OS X, iOS
Apple has formally announced the details of its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run from June 10 through the 14 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets will go on sale April 25 at 10AM Pacific time, and Apple is promising over 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers. As usual, the conference will focus on helping developers creating, deploying, and integrating OS X and iOS-based projects, and networking between fellow developers.
Session videos available to developers only
While over 5,000 developers were able to attend this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, many thousands more were unable to attend, either due to logistics, expense or the fact that tickets sold out in under two hours and were gone before coders on the East Coast had even awoken. In addition to the keynote which has been posted on Apple's site, iTunes and YouTube, the company has now released the session videos.
Online orders to arrive early next week
Apple is now shipping the new Retina models of the MacBook Pro. Notifications are being emailed to customers who ordered the computer from the online Apple store on the day of the WWDC announcement. Expected delivery dates are generally set for early next week.
Paper, Deus Ex: Human Revolution among winners
Apple has announced the winners of the 2012 Apple Design Awards. The event is held every year at WWDC, and recognizes special standouts in iOS and/or Mac apps. In the iPhone category this year's winners were Jetpack Joyride, National Parks by National Geographic, and long-time chart-topper Where's My Water. The iPad winners were the much-hyped drawing app Paper by FiftyThree, along with Bobo Explores Light and DM1 -- The Drum Machine.
Actor and Director from iconic series to speak about storytelling
Two Star Trek icons and an animator will be talking during the Lunchtime Sessions at WWDC this week. LeVar Burton, J.J. Abrams, and William Joyce will be speaking at the conference, with subjects centering on how technology is impacting storytelling and views on changing the content creation process, along with demonstrations on how these are happening.
Standard Mac Pro may see 2.4GHz 12-core processor
(Updated with Retina MacBook Pro specs) Specifications have been leaked for Apple's new Mac Pros and MacBook Pros, expected to be announced later today at WWDC 2012, according to 9to5Mac. The Mac Pro is anticipated to come in two regular stock configurations, and one server setup. The base configuration includes a 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and ATI Radeon 5770 graphics. A higher-end option includes the same hard disk and graphics, but switches to a 2.4GHz 12-core processor and 12GB of RAM. The server is closer to the base configuration, but uses 8GB of RAM and two 1TB hard drives, while losing the Radeon graphics.
WWDC preparations continue for next week's expo
Further preparations for Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) are underway at Moscone West in San Francisco. A banner confirming iOS 6 and the associated iconography was spotted in the entry foyer. Apple has only announced that it would discuss the "future of iOS" at the event, though a significant update was assumed. The banner displays the previously-rumored silver theme that is believed to serve as a replacement for the blue scheme of current applications.
Third-party app plans expected to debut at WWDC
Apple is planning to announce an SDK for the Apple TV at next week's WWDC in San Francisco, a Boy Genius Report source claims. No other details have been shared, but the change would allow third-party developers to create apps for the Apple TV. While third parties do have a currently presence on the Apple TV, these are a result of negotiated deals.
Says location and timing of testing is 'just coincidental'
By a 'coincidence' according to the company, T-Mobile will be upgrading network coverage inside the Moscone Center in San Francisco to test a 1900MHz HSPA+ "4G" network during the time that Apple's WWDC convention will be there, thus making it possible for unlocked iPhones and other smartphones to utilize the service. While T-Mobile does not officially carry the iPhone, it has been aggressive in seeking iPhone customers, and sells microSIMs and plans tailored to iPhone users.
Event may also bring assortment of new accessories
Apple is planning to update "at least four out of their five" Mac lines at WWDC, according to sources for 9to5Mac. New systems should at least include two reconfigured 15-inch MacBook Pros, although what will happen with the 13- and 17-inch MacBook Pros is unknown. It's also believed that both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs will be updated, as well as the iMac line. Less sure is what the fourth Mac to be updated will be, but it's speculated that it will be the Mac mini rather than the Mac Pro, since the Pro has been neglected for about two years.
Two talks at Twitter HQ, food, beer with dev teams
Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) starts up next week, and Twitter briefly had tickets available for an open house. The conference is described by Twitter's announcement as “tech talks, food and beer with our iOS and native applications engineering team!” The Twitter meet-and-greet is scheduled for the first day of WWDC on June 11 between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM. At the time of this writing, no tickets are available, but more may become available between now and the conference.
Some staff said to be asked to work late on June 5
Apple is reportedly preparing some of its retail staff to work late shifts ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Unnamed sources have also told AppleInsider company representatives arrived unannounced at some retail locations, using access codes and keys to gain entry to the local server rooms. The Cupertino staffers allegedly brought a mysterious "black box" and briefly locked themselves in the server rooms without further explanation.
May introduce new 'control out' API for third-party devices
Apple will demonstrate a new version of the Apple TV set-top firmware at next month's WWDC, a Boy Genius Report source claims. The update will allegedly be more feature-complete, and even serve as the interface for Apple's upcoming stand-alone TV set. What exactly the new firmware might introduce is uncertain though, except perhaps support for a new "control out" API.
Keynote will likely contain iOS 6, Mountain Lion announcements
Apple has announced that the keynote for WWDC 2012 will take place 10AM Pacific time on the beginning day of the conference, June 11th. No other information has been revealed about the presentation, including even who will speak. It's generally expected, however, that it will be led by CEO Tim Cook, and offer more details about OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6. The company could potentially debut Macs equipped with Retina displays.
Apps must be in App Store by May 1
Among the other announcements related to the 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has also opened nominations for the annual Apple Design Awards for Mac and iOS applications. In addition to apps that are nominated by developers themselves, Apple may opt to nominate an app itself if the company believes the app upholds the best examples of design, technology and innovation. Developers do not have to be present in order to win.
Beats 2011 sales
Apple has already sold out of tickets for WWDC 2012, checks show. Even though each ticket was priced at $1,599, access closed roughly two hours after it began earlier today. The event is scheduled for June 11th through the 15th in San Francisco.
Scholarship earns students free ticket
As a part of its WWDC 2012 announcement, Apple has also revealed details of a scholarship program for the event. Roughly 150 students selected by Apple will be able to go to the event for free, skipping the $1,599 ticket price. Candidates must apply by May 2nd however, and fulfill a number of different criteria.
Promises 'future of iOS and OS X'
Apple today announced details of the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run from June 11th through the 15th in San Francisco, and take place at one of Apple's favorite venues, Moscone West. The company is promising to share "the future of iOS and OS X," as well as 100 technical sessions, and an Apple Design Awards event promoting both Mac and iOS apps.
Rumors talk iPad 3 and iPhone 5 scheduling
Two tentative rumors on Thursday claimed to be outlining Apple's schedule for its 2012 iPad and iPhone updates. One claimed that Apple would have an actual third-generation iPad unveiling in March and ship that same month, but that it wouldn't be the only event in the near future. A "strange" event would arrive in February, Macotakara heard, but what that was wouldn't be clear.
Google IO delay hints at big Android plans
Google said this morning that it was delaying its high-profile I/O conference by two months in return for more time. Originally slated to start April 24 and last for two days, it's now due to start on June 27 and will have a third extra day. An "unexpected opportunity" let it move to the later but longer schedule, Google said.
Windows 8-focused Build conference now sold out
Microsoft's Windows 8 developer conference known as Build and planned for mid-September is now sold out, the website reveals. The four-day event also includes a pre-conference day and was first announced on June 1, taking about two months to sell out. In comparison, Apple's similar-focused WWDC 2011 event sold out in just hours.
'Corporate meeting' pencilled on the likely dates
One of the first things Steve Jobs said when he took the stage at this year's WWDC keynote was to apologize for the quick sell-out of WWDC tickets, leaving many who wanted to attend unable to get in. However, history seems set to repeat itself -- as it appears Apple has booked the Moscone Center again for the 2012 WWDC, and indeed may have booked the center annually for early June through 2015, MacRumors noted.
Survey accuracy limited by size, history
An unusually large number of the developers at last week's WWDC in San Francisco may have been Android supporters, according to a survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Of 45 developers, 47 percent indicated that they were currently coding for Android alongside iOS. While everyone polled was developing for iOS, only 36 percent said they were coding for no other platforms. Android's popularity was followed by BlackBerry at 36 percent, Windows Phone at 13 percent, webOS at 7 percent and Symbian at 4 percent.
Registrations cover minor interface elements
Apple has registered 50 new domain names in the aftermath of its WWDC keynote, according to DotWeekly. All of them are related to products revealed this week, including iCloud, iOS 5 and OS X Lion. Like some other high-profile companies, Apple casts a wide net when registering domains in order to prevent rivals and scam artists from drawing page views.
Developer seeds now online-only
As a part of WWDC, Apple has handed out 2011's Apple Design Awards. Developers are selected for design, innovation and technical achievements, and this year competed in four overall categories: Student, iPhone, Mac and iPad. Winners in the Student category include Tapity for Grades 2, Vargatron for Pennant, and Alphonso Labs for Pulse News Reader. iPhone awards are going to Chillingo for Cut the Rope, Shotzoom for Golfscape GPS Rangefinder, and Chair for Infinity Blade.
Downloadable copy not yet available through iTunes
[Update: A downloadable version of the keynote is now available via iTunes] Apple has posted a streaming video of the keynote presentation delivered yesterday morning at the Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco. The keynote, which features CEO Steve Jobs as well as other members of the Apple executive team, runs just under two hours and features noticeably improved streaming video quality, perhaps a reflection of Apple's upgraded server centers.
Price targets as high as $510 follow Apple Keynote
Apple's WWDC Keynote, announcing iCloud, iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, has sparked positive reaction from numerous Apple-focused financial analysts, with raised target prices between $460 and $510 per share. The analysts predicted increased sales of the iPad 2, acceptance of Apple's iCloud and iTunes Match service and the popularity of iOS 5 on refreshed hardware in the fall as part of the reason for their enthusiasm for Apple going into the remainder of the year.
Requires registered device with paid dev account
Apple's Dev Center has posted the preview and beta releases talked about at this morning's WWDC keynote, including the fourth preview of Lion and new beta seeds for iOS 5 development as well as a beta for iCloud integration in apps. Of note is the fact that the iOS 5 beta is being simultaneously released for GSM and CDMA devices, marking the first time the two systems have been in sync.
Mac App Store already main venue for software
During the course of today's WWDC 2011 keynote, Apple executives elaborated on a number of business milestones the company has achieved. The Mac App Store, for instance, is now claimed to be main channel for buying computer software, ahead of Best Buy, Walmart and Office Depot. The ranking does not reflect the actual popularity of Mac software versus Windows titles, the latter of which are often bought directly from publishers and developers, or through services like Steam.
Content automatically pushed and uploaded
Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage today at WWDC to formally introduce the much-anticipated iCloud service. The executive suggests the system will "demote the PC and Mac" by moving the "digital hub, the center of your digital life," into the cloud. As expected, iCloud aims to improve and streamline sync capabilities across Apple's range of connected devices.
Developer SDK seed out now, final in fall
Apple today previewed iOS 5, the next version of its firmware for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The firmware represents a major overhaul, for instance completely changing the notification system to more closely resemble a mix of Android and webOS. Notifications are no longer temporary, but viewable in a Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the screen. The notifications themselves are no longer pop-up bubbles, but text that briefly swivels down while users are busy in another app.
Release adds over 250 new features
(Updated with Lion Server details) Apple at WWDC has formally unveiled Mac OS X Lion, which includes a number of new features that were not leaked in early reports. Among the new capabilities is AirDrop, a wireless peer-to-peer sharing system, and a migration utility for users who are switching from Windows machines. As expected, the major update also brings full-screen applications, the Mission Control UI, and expanded support for multi-touch gestures.
Event could hold surprises
WWDC attendees have been lined up in front of San Francisco's Moscone Center since Sunday night, photos and video show. The attraction is not WWDC itself so much as Apple's keynote, which is scheduled for 10AM Pacific time today, or 1PM Eastern. CEO Steve Jobs will be hosting, giving developers and the public their first look at iOS 5, as well as iCloud, the company's new set of cloud services.
Apple may have two launches June 7 and 14
Two clues Sunday morning have hinted that Apple may have two product or feature launches in the aftermath of WWDC. The company is expected by a source to have a major "visual update" on June 7 that would include both the usual changes as well as a window change, usually a clue as to a major new campaign. Speculation from 9to5 is that it may represent the start of the back to school sale, although it could also be new AirPort and Time Capsule routers.
iCloud may cost 150m total as Google Music looms
Apple may be paying significant up-front costs for its recently completed iCloud deal based on possible leaks Friday. Each label is reportedly being paid between $25 million to $50 million to sign on depending the amount of music listeners used on the web. The total mentioned to the New York Post would hover between $100 million to $150 million.
Universal title makes reservations, schedules
Apple has released an official iOS app for next week's WWDC gathering in San Francisco. Intended strictly for people attending the conference, the app lets users reserve lab space, view event times and create a personalized schedule. Floor maps are provided for Moscone West, and a news section covers major bulletins.
iCloud logo sighted on WWDC ahead of venue
A small clue as to Apple's iCloud plans at WWDC surfaced Thursday after Twitter's creative director Doug Bowman sighted one of the banners. A peek inside Moscone West showed an icon with a MobileMe-like cloud but a brushed metal, iOS-style icon reinforcing the likely very strong mobile focus. The banner appeared to be deliberately short on details and simply mentioned something about "WWDC 2011" above the mention of iCloud itself.
Could be used to market iCloud, Lion
Apple Stores are currently in the middle of receiving "visual merchandising" packages, according to people at the locations. The term refers to the visual marketing material Apple clerks place in windows, on tables and on walls. A label on one package reads "ATTN: Visual Manager," with "Contents: TFA Window Elements" below.
Company pushed Google to conceal NC facility?
Crews have already begun putting up WWDC decorations at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, photos show. A team began applying company logos to the building's exterior yesterday, in keeping with normal Apple plans. Moscone staff are also likely raising banners and setting up other material inside, but these were not immediately visible. WWDC 2011 is only set to begin on Monday, June 6th, leading off with a Steve Jobs keynote.
Financial outlets cite Jobs' health, not iCloud
Apple stock is doing unusually well in the aftermath of this morning's WWDC keynote announcement. As of 2:53PM Eastern time shares are up $7.75, putting their price at $345.16. The company rarely sees such large gains in a single day, and in recent months Apple's stock price has remained relatively consistent, usually between $335 and $345.
Firm makes unusual pre-announcement
Apple has announced that CEO Steve Jobs and several other executives will be hosting the WWDC 2011 keynote on June 6th at 10AM Pacific time. In an unusual turn, however, the company has openly admitted that it will be showing iOS 5, as well as iCloud, the company's "upcoming cloud services offering." The company normally prefers to surprise the public and the media with new products.
WWDC media drive explained as iOS 5 overhaul
Apple's big media push for WWDC may be due to the sheer scope of the changes in iOS, a possible scoop uncovered. The OS would nave a "completely revamped" notification system, addressing one of the longstanding complaints of the OS since it arrived. Widgets would also finally join the platform for the first time, TechCrunch said, and give users quick-glance information much like their Android and Symbian peers.
Would extend bonuses beyond iPods for first time
Apple is planning to announce its annual Back to School promotion at WWDC, which begins June 6th, a new report claims. Deals are in general expected to be consistent with past years, revolving around discounted Macs with the bonus of a free iPod touch or up to $229 towards any other iPod. Apple may also, however, be willing to offer up to $200 off the cost of an iPad, the source says.
Apple UK iPhone team pushing for WWDC visits
Apple may be hoping to draw more attention to WWDC than first thought after a source claimed on Wednesday that extra plans were underway. The company's iPhone PR group in the UK was reportedly asking local press at major outlets to fly to San Francisco for the developer conference. No direct confirmation was given to Electricpig as to the motivation.