WWDC Secrets Paul Thurrott Hopes You Miss

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Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 02:47
Category: WWDC

Microsoft apologist Paul Thurrott is doing his very best to scribble up a negative spin on Apple’s WWDC Leopard announcements. Poor Paul! After five years of Longhorn waiting and regular Vista disappointments, his very best attempts at poo-pooing Leopard sound a lot like sour grapes.
In the previous article, Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can), I described why Thurrott is so bitter about Leopard: Apple has been shipping so much innovation while Microsoft struggles to deliver any! Here’s a look at the real secrets behind Leopard that Thurrott doesn’t want you to notice.
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The first thing Thurrott missed was the big D in WWDC. Perhaps if Steve Jobs had jumped around the stage in a sweaty fat suit, and repeated the word over and over, it would have sunk in better.
Thurrott wasn’t the only one stymied by the meaning of WWDC’s acronym. There were a number of other consumer electronics enthusiasts who paid for a full WWDC tuition just to be entertained by Jobs’ keynote; they too felt disenfranchised by all the tech talk.
Where’s the iPod Phone, the new movie rental store, the Red Box, WINE, or Windows Virtualization, or the Linux kernel, the news of about a Microkernel removal, the Intel-Only release of Leopard, and the closure of the open Darwin project? Above all else, where are the minor speed bump announcements that have never, ever been announced at WWDC?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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WWDC 2006 Keynote Address Stream

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 22:20
Category: WWDC

PosterWatch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote preview of Mac OS X “Leopard” from San Francisco’s Moscone West. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4. Voiceover users click here to listen to keynote address.

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WWDC: Mac Pro, Intel Xserve, Leopard

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Date: Monday, August 7th, 2006, 13:00
Category: WWDC

At Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today CEO Steve Jobs announced two new pieces of hardware:
Mac Pro
- Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors
- 4MB shared L2 cache per processor
- 1.33GHz dual independent frontside buses
- 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC)
- NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory
- 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive
- 16x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- US$2,499
- Press release
- Product page
- Apple store page
Xserve
- Two 64-bit 2.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
- 1.33GHz frontside bus and 4MB shared L2 cache per processor
- 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM)
- 80GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- Built-in ATI Radeon X1300 graphics with 64MB RAM
- Mac OS X Server 10.4 Unlimited-Client Edition
- Starting at US$2,999
- Available in October
- Press release
- Product page
- Apple store page

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Leopard Predictions for WWDC 2006

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2006, 08:00
Category: WWDC

indextop20050412.pngWhat will Apple announce at WWDC06? There will no doubt be some surprises, but here are some well known inevitabilities, some reasonable possibilities for new apps, new UI, and new hardware, and a few commonly repeated ideas that – sorry – have no chance!
Known Inevitabilities
First and most obviously, Apple will finish features previewed or suggested in Tiger. Here’s a list of things that are known:
Quartz 2D Extreme will provide hardware accelerated 2D drawing, speeding the display of everything on the screen. Apple already delivered 3D acceleration, but had only finished Quartz 2D, the basic replacement to Classic Mac QuickDraw, in Tiger. By offloading more drawing functions to the graphics card, performance increases overall.
Resolution independence enables users to set a resolution multiplier to make windows and icons appear larger or smaller at the same resolution. This feature allows use of higher resolution screens with denser pixels, without making the interface items too small.
Apple included initial elements of Resolution independence in Tiger, but didn’t expose the technology for users. The Quartz Debug app included in Tiger’s Developer Tools includes a preview for testing purposes.
This is different than simply bumping up the size of text or window controls; it requires support from developers, because much of the custom UI in an app is based on bitmap graphics, not vectors. Resolution independence would be easier to pull off if Apple also announces an increased use of vectors to draw icons and interface elements. Think: Vectorized NIBs.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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