Items tagged with WWDC

With the final item in the deluge of Apple posts, the company debuted iOS 6 and many of its over 200 new features. Predictably, Siri got plenty of attention in this OS update. She is now available in the iPad as well as the iPhone, and she speaks English, French, German, and Japanese, with new support for Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese. More than that, however, Siri’s been “learning” a lot since she was born 8 months ago; if the demo at WWDC is to be believed, she’s learned a lot about sports, films, places to eat, and how to launch apps. It’s essentially Google searching without any typing and with specific and uncluttered results, plus of course... Read more...
Apple will be making plenty of announcements at its impending Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and thanks to 9to5mac, we know for sure that at least one of the new products unveiled at the show will be iOS 6. The site’s been collecting shots of the WWDC banners as workers have been putting them up, and one touts iOS 6 as “The world’s most advanced mobile operating system”. Image credit: 9to5Mac The successor to iOS 5 will no doubt sport lots of tasty new features--what, exactly, remains to be seen, but as usual, rumors abound. Possible new features include better Facebook integration, a homegrown maps app to replace Google Maps, the ability to silence notifications,... Read more...
With WWDC just days away, the rumors revolving around Apple are at a fever pitch. From new Retina Display-equipped hardware to details about iOS 6, Apple has the technology world's eye yet again. And given that it really is a developer conference at heart, it shouldn't come as any surprise to hear rumors about new dev-related announcements to come. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to let loose a "new way for mobile app developers to track who uses their software." Currently, the UDID model effectively does this already, but that began to be phased out last year. Reportedly, the new tool would attempt to "balance developers' appetite for targeting data with consumers' unease... Read more...
With Apple rolling in a monumental quarter for Q2 2012, everyone seems to be asking the same question: "what's next?" Somehow, Apple managed to double their Q2 profits in 2011 from $3b (in 2010) to $6b, and now, they just about doubled them again in 2012. How on Earth will they keep things heading to the sky in Q3? WWDC will likely reveal a lot. The company's annual developers conference is bigger than ever this year, with both OS X and iOS in pivotal stages. Falling just a few weeks before Google I/O (unlike last year, where Google's gala went first), the Worldwide Developers Conference will hit San Francisco starting on June 11th at San Francisco’s Moscone West. It's a five-day event,... Read more...
Well, this isn't too surprising. Just days after Apple introduced their iCloud service suite at WWDC 2011, iCloud Communications has voiced a serious complaint. In the form of a lawsuit. iCloud Communications is an Arizona-based company involved in computer communications, and of course, the company's claiming that Apple didn't seek out the proper licensing rights before using the iCloud name. Those who have followed Apple's ways may remember that Cisco (yes, the networking giant) had some serious issues with Apple using iPhone way back when, as Cisco actually had a product by that same name well before Apple's famed phone. The suit here was filed in the US District Court of AZ, and they're claiming... Read more...
It looks like Apple may be moving toward the possibility of automatic OTA updates of apps in iOS 5. Currently such updates have to be manually initiated, either via the App Store iOS app or by syncing with iTunes. A MacRumors reader tipped the site to the fact that when asking iTunes to check an end users' app library for updates, the following line had been added to the My App Updates results page (since pulled): Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync. That's not a feature of iOS 4.3, so it is likely one for iOS 5.0. Android can optionally update apps on an Android device (unless a manual update is required... Read more...
Rumors are flying left and right about what tomorrow's WWDC keynote will reveal, but one thing is for sure: iCloud will be a major announcement. Google Music may have beaten Apple to the punch, but according to the latest reports over at The Los Angeles Times, Apple will have one thing that Google doesn't. That would be the support of major record labels. Apple's market power has skyrocketed over the years, and labels are now in a position that leaves them little option but to side with a company like this. Otherwise, piracy continues and people still refuse to pay for music; with iCloud, it's possible that people will pay for a monthly subscription, giving labels at least something in return.... Read more...
Apple has managed to sign the final of the big 4 music labels, Universal Music Group, to a deal over its iCloud service, according to sources speaking to C|Net. This, along with further reports that Apple has signed a number of large music publishers, points to Apple being able to launch its iCloud service very soon. Apple has already announced that it will discuss iCloud at WWDC 2011 in San Francisco on Monday, June 6. Although Apple only revealed the name, and no details about the service, it's been known for some time that a cloud-based music service was in the works from the Cupertino, CA-based company. Revenue from iCloud will be split as follows, according to the report: labels will get... Read more...
Is WWDC 2011 really going to be about software? Maybe! Apple's yearly developers meeting has become the launchpad for great new hardware in years past. In fact, the iPhone refresh has come at WWDC the past couple of years. But it looks like this year's event may actually be about software, not hardware. According to a new release (shown in full below), Apple will take the chance to unveil Lion, the eighth major release of OS X, as well as iOS 5, the next version of the mobile OS that powers iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers, and while the company's clearly not giving away any secrets, this does lend credence to the thought... Read more...
WWDC 2011 sold out in hours. That said, you might expect to see some eBay scalping, and you'd be right. At the time of this writing, there are 9 auctions for WWDC tickets on eBay. To be clear, the official price for a single ticket was $1,500. One auction has a bid of $1,100, with a BuyItNow price of $3,900. Ah, but there's free shipping. Another is at $1,725, with a BIN price of $4,599, but once again with free shipping. Among the others which have bids are ones with bids of $2,125; $3,000; and $3,250. Before anyone assumes that Apple will step in to halt these auctions, it doesn't appear that will be the case. A number of auctions have completed, including this one for $3,550. We haven't looked... Read more...
Well, that was quick. Apple's WWDC, which has been the launching pad for the newest iPhone the past few years in a row, was both announced today and sold out today. As the company has become increasingly important in the technology world, the Worldwide Developers Conference has become a hot bed for product launches, software overhauls and masses of people joining in the fun. This year's WWDC will be held at Moscone West in San Francisco from June 6 through 10, and the five-day conference will "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented... Read more...
Well, it's June 7, and that means WWDC has started in California. And that also means that the rumors were true: a new iPhone has entered the world. Steve Jobs got on stage today to kick the event off in style, and while he took a few minutes to talk market share numbers (obviously looking at areas where the iPhone OS has sold more than Android), the real news arrived shortly. The next generation iPhone is real, and the images that were leaked weeks back were also spot-on. The name, however, is curious: It's the iPhone 4. Just iPhone 4. Not 4G, not HD, just 4. That's pretty plain, we must confess, but we guess it will suffice. The new iPhone 4 is said to be the slimmest smartphone on the planet,... Read more...
Naysayers, time to eat your hat. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is ready to return to the helm of the Cupertino, CA based technology company, as scheduled, by the end of June. In mid-January of this year, Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence, giving few details but setting a timeframe to return of the end of June. Jobs had previously suffered a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2004, but in January it was said that he was suffering from a nutritional problem related to a hormone imbalance. He had earlier exhibited rather dramatic weight loss. According to a person familiar with the matter, Steve Jobs nearly starved to death: "He was one real sick guy. Fundamentally... Read more...
We've said before that introducing the Palm Pre after WWDC would be bad for Palm, as by then the hype over the new iPhone and iPhone OS 3.0 will make excitement over the Pre announcement, ahem, rather subdued. It now appears that rumors of a mid-May launch of the Palm Pre may be false, but there is now another date given, leaked at SprintGuys, of June 7th. Before you say, "but that's a Sunday," yeah, it is, but Sprint has never been shy about using Sunday for launch dates. Here's what was said in the post: For those asking about the Pre, there are 2 release windows, one is around 6/7/09 - the other I cannot say much on.June 7th is one day before WWDC. The question is, would a 24 hour window give... Read more...
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