Apple 'hostile' at WWDC?
Apple showed "hostility" towards attendees at a key session of last week's Worldwide Developers Conference, claims Marco Arment. The lead developer behind Tumblr and Instapaper, Arment observes that the session on publishing to the App Store ended 45 minutes early, despite having only offered "lightweight" examples. More seriously the company is accused of skipping the standard Q&A, which lets WWDC attendees interact with both presenters and Apple engineers.
2009 Design Award winners
As a part of the ongoing Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has announced the winners of its 2009 Design Awards. The Best Mac OS X Student Project award has gone to Pieter Omvlee's Fontcase, which manages fonts in an iPhoto-like interface. The first of four Leopard Developer Showcase awards belongs to Marketcircle's Billings, described by Apple as having a simplified interface that exposes elements only when necessary.
Analysts on WWDC keynote
Major financial analysts have taken a generally positive view of Apple's WWDC keynote. Kaufman's Shaw Wu observes that it was unexpected for Steve Jobs to make no appearance whatsoever, despite being on medical leave until the end of the month. The CEO has typically made every major Apple announcement since returning in the late '90s; WWDC 2009 may signify that "the management transition is complete," according to Wu, meaning that Jobs' philosophy has been burned into his fellow executives. Kaufman has correspondingly raised its price target for Apple stock from $160 to $176.
QuickTime video of keynote
Apple Monday evening posted to its website a QuickTime video stream of its WWDC 2009 keynote address which brought a new, updated 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks, the faster iPhone 3G S and, a new iPhone OS 3.0, which was made available to developers on Monday for testing and is due on June 17th. Apple executives -- without their leader CEO Steve Jobs -- delivered a near 2-hour presentation to announce more affordable 17-inch MacBook Pros as well as updated, faster 15-inch MacBook Pros with new SD media card slots, faster processors and higher quality displays. Apple also replaced its entry-level MacBook Pros with new "Pro"-level notebooks -- at lower price points -- that feature a 13-inch, higher quality screen, a much-needed FireWire 800 port, an SD Card slot, longer battery life via the built-in battery technology of its larger 17-inch sibling, and standard back-lit keyboards. Apple also not only reduced the price of its MacBook Air offerings, but also included faster Intel chips.
iPhone 3.0 announced
Apple has formally unveiled its iPhone 3.0 firmware at this year's WWDC keynote. The software includes 100 new features, including cut, copy and paste functions, as well as the ability to type in landscape mode. MMS messaging has also been integrated, allowing longer text and WAP delivery of content such as images, audio and video. MMS service will be available in 29 countries, with AT&T support coming later this summer.
Apple intros iPhone 3GS
Presenting at the 2009 WWDC keynote, Apple has announced the iPhone 3GS. Said to use the same exterior design as the 3G, the interior is nevertheless described as "entirely new," able to load apps two to three times faster, and render websites as much as three times faster. OpenGL ES 2.0 rendering is present for games, and the phone's HSDPA reception is now rated at 7.2Mbps instead of 3.6Mbps.
Safari 4 official release
MacBooks at WWDC
In an unusual turn for WWDC, Apple has announced a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. While similar to the existing unibody model, the notebook now has a sealed battery with seven hours of runtime, capable of lasting five years, or 1,000 recharge cycles. The display is said to produce more vivid colors, but the ExpressCard slot is being replaced with the SD format, due to the proliferation of digital cameras. Configuration options run up to a 3GHz Core 2 Duo with 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
Snow Leopard introduced
Apple on Monday at the WWDC event launched the latest revision of its operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The software offers a number of refinements and improvements over 10.5 including faster speed, more efficient use of system resources, and 64-bit optimizations. Support for Exchange has been added, while installation is claimed to be 45-percent faster. The OS footprint has been cut in half, now taking up 6GB of storage due to file compression.
WWDC '09 keynote at 10AM
Apple's 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin at 10AM Pacific time on Monday, or 1PM Eastern. Leading events will be a keynote hosted by Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, filling in for CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs has been on a medical leave since January, and is only scheduled to resume normal work later this month. Some speculation has held that he could make a cameo appearance at the keynote.
Sources back cheap iPhone
Apple is indeed preparing to announce a cheaper version of the iPhone, possibly at Monday's WWDC keynote, according to sources quoted by the Financial Times. The informants are described only as "familiar with the initiative," but may serve to validate the opinions of analysts, who have predicted the tactic as a means of spreading the iPhone beyond a wealthier demographic. Even those already in a position to buy an iPhone may be holding off, given worries caused by recession.
Jobs on track for return
Steve Jobs should be set to return to full CEO duties with Apple later this month, sources say. The executive has been on medical leave since January, as a result of an unspecified "hormonal imbalance" that led to severe weight loss. Some investors have expressed concern that Jobs might never return, in part because he is a survivor of pancreatic cancer; a recurrence of the disease has been considered a possibility.
Piper on WWDC doubts
The high expectations for next week's WWDC gathering in San Francisco may result in disappointment for a lot of onlookers, argues Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Although no longer talking about a postponed iPhone announcement, Munster notes that even if new hardware is announced at WWDC, it may be unlikely to ship until mid-July, much like the iPhone 3G in 2008. Other commentators have also called for a $99 iPhone, but it is thought that a more realistic low end could be $149.
WWDC 2009 banners
With less than a week to go before the 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference, staff at the Moscone West conference center have begun putting up various promotional banners in order to greet visitors. The centerpiece is a display spanning much of the Moscone lobby, bearing 2009's slogan: "One year later. Light-years ahead." The phrase is a reference to third-party iPhone apps, which during WWDC will occupy a central place in presentations.
Piper on Jobs, iPhone
Apple may not expose any new iPhones at this year's WWDC keynote, claims Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Although an announcement of new hardware is anticipated by most analysts and the media, Munster argues that wording in Apple's keynote press release may have been deliberately geared to alter expectations. The company may instead focus on Mac OS X Snow Leopard at WWDC, despite the operating system's distance from release.
Schiller to keynote WWDC
Apple's senior VP of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, will host the keynote speech at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, an announcement reveals. The speech is set to begin Monday, June 8th at 10AM PT in the Moscone Center, where Schiller will be joined by other, as-yet-unnamed Apple executives. The bulk of WWDC events -- namely labs and sessions -- are scheduled to begin the next day.
2009 iPhone Supplier Leak
The companies responsible for manufacturing parts in the next major iPhone release have potentially been named by industry contacts of DigiTimes that also predict ship dates and numbers. The Taiwan-area site reinforces its previous claim that OmniVision is making a 3.2-megapixel sensor for the Apple handset's camera and now says that Largan Precision is making the rest of the imaging unit. Infineon is continuing to provide the cellular baseband (likely upgraded to 7.2Mbps 3G) as well as the GPS chipset.
WWDC09 sessions list
Apple has revealed a complete list of the labs and sessions to be held at this year's WWDC in San Francisco. As at past conferences, the events are being divided into Mac, iPhone and IT tracks, with Apple engineers guiding developers on various subjects related to Mac OS X, the iPhone OS and Mac OS X Server. Notable in the Mac track are topics themed around Snow Leopard, such as "Introduction to OpenCL" and "NSImage in Snow Leopard."
WWDC 2009 dates out
Apple has officially announced the dates for its 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduling the event for June 8th to the 12th. It will as usual take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and concentrate primarily on technical sessions dedicated to various aspects of Mac and iPhone development. Visitors should also have access to lab help, and a variety of special events. Passes to the conference are now on sale for $1,295, but following April 24th, will increase in price to $1,595.
Possible WWDC '09 dates
A potential timeframe for the 2009 Worldwide Developers' Conference has been identified, reports say. The conference is typically held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and investigation reveals that a "corporate meeting" has been scheduled for June 6th to the 12th. Most events at the Center are scheduled under identifiable names months in advance, but Apple is said to be known for pretending to anonymity.