On the opening day of WWDC, John Gruber hosted a live version of his The Talk Show podcast, where he was joined by special guests Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and Apple SVP Software Engineering Craig Federighi. While the audio and video versions of the podcast aren’t available online just yet, the trio talked about many topics in the just-announced iOS 10, including Messages improvements, Siri’s SDK, and even why the Mac App Store appeared to be the red-headed stepchild.
We’re doing something a little different this morning by covering all the iOS news out of WWDC. There’s a whole bunch of it, and instead of spreading it out over a couple of days, I figure it might be a better idea to get it all done and dusted — at least until people uncover other stuff hidden in the betas.
A complete overview of iOS 10 from MacStories is indeed fairly complete, giving us a full picture of the changes coming to Apple’s mobile and tablet software platform. They tell us about most of the major changes to iOS cornerstones such as the user experience, Phone, messages, keyboard, and other pillars of the iOS experience. It’s a great summary of the changes coming to iOS 10.
John Gruber’s brief thoughts and observations regarding yesterday’s announcements at WWDC tell us about the much better venue for the keynote, as well as how Apple advanced each of the four platforms. The changes to Messages will have far-reaching effects beyond making everyday conversations more exciting, and Swift Playgrounds will be the foundation for a whole new generation of developers.
For the first time in a long time, we knew nothing — or at least, very little — about what Apple were going to announce on stage at WWDC. Of course, we knew we’d be seeing updates to all of Apple’s major software platforms, but the new features and improvements were complete unknowns. Those expecting hardware announcements were left disappointed, but otherwise, there was plenty for Apple to cover.
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the 27th Worldwide Developer Conference, welcoming the attendees from 74 countries as part of over 13 million registered developers. Of the 5000-plus attendees, 72% of those are first-time attendees, and what’s more, 120 are under 18. The App Store now has over 2 million apps, with 150 billion downloads, and Apple has paid over $50 billion directly to developers.
A rumour roundup tells us about all the stuff that we expect to see at WWDC. With the keynote kicking off at 3 AM tomorrow morning for Australians, new versions of iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS and watchOS are all on the cards, bringing with them a plethora of new features and refinements. MacRumors also talks about potential improvements to some Apple services, including iCloud and Apple Music, but the question of new hardware hangs over the entire event. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Subscriptions on the App Store are great and all, except when they aren’t. As explained by John Gruber, uncertainty around what kinds of apps will be approved for subscriptions appears to be casting doubt on whether the move is an overall positive change for the App Store. Apple’s written statements on its website say that only content and services will be eligible for subscription pricing, meaning that your pro-level app with hundreds of development hours on the clock might not be.
Brace yourselves, App Store changes are coming. The Verge talked to Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller about the changes, which break down into three main changes. App review times have been sped up to the point where 50% of submitted apps are reviewed within 24 hours, with 90% reviewed within 48 hours. Apple will also be introducing search ads as previously rumoured. Apple will also be introducing a subscription model for apps that means a better cut for developers if they can get and keep customers for longer than a year.
Apple’s Chinese manufacturing partners have already begun shipping metal injection-moulded hinges for a 13-inch MacBook, which will ultimately result in an even thinner design. MacRumors reports the parts are destined for a future 13-inch MacBook Pro, which may just coincide with a MacBook Pro update that features an OLED function key row.
Coach’s upcoming bands for the Apple Watch will be released on June 12. The bands will come in three styles, each in three different colour schemes for a total of nine more bands, and they’re the most visually unique Apple Watch Bands I’ve seen because they come with charms and other accessories that stick out from the main watch band.