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.
In what was the longest keynote to date, Apple showed us a number of firsts. Apple’s Vice President of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, was the first woman to take to the Keynote stage, and for the most part, we got what we wanted in terms of small improvements across the board in OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS. A few of the bigger changes are below.
The keynote from this year’s WWDC has just wrapped, and Viticci is right when he says this isn’t just Apple skating to where the puck is, this is Apple creating an entirely new ball game. Apple kicked things off by saying it was an even with three main focuses — OS X, iOS, and developers — and then they went on to deliver one of the biggest Apple events in recent history. Let’s dance.
OS X Yosemite
Apple’s first cab off the rank was OS X, and just like the rumours predicted, the new OS X has a fresh coat of paint, along with improvements to apps across the board. After a few quick quips about the name, OS X Yosemite was announced with a brand new look, one that brings the translucency of iOS and brings it to the desktop. The entire OS now looks fresher, typography has been tightened up, and yes, the icons are now flat (check out that new Finder icon!). But it’s still, more or less, the OS X you know and love — oh, except for that dark mode.