WWDC Keynote Summary Posted

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 14:13
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Ok, here’s the full summary of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.
Among the high points were 10 of over 300 new features to be seen in Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), iPhone development information and brand new vows of support and development from gaming industry titans such as id Games and Electronic Arts.
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WWDC Keynote Stream Notes:
Full house, people claim to be sitting on the floor.
Apple stock up 0.39% before keynote.
Apple Store still up.
At 1 PM, the Apple Store went down.
First commercial: Mac vs. PC commercial.
AppleInsider is reporting a Disneyland-esque line six people wide and wrapping through the Moscone Center.
Jobs reports over 950,000 Apple Developer Connections accounts. “Couldn’t be happier”.
159 sessions, 94 hands-on labs, 1,200 Apple devs on site.
Compares to a year ago. Cites success in transitioning from PowerPC to Intel. “Everybody did an awesome job.” Completed the transition in less than a year.
Jobs thanks Intel themselves. Thunderous applause. Hands out a specialized award to Intel’s employees. Applause resumes.
News about games:
Electronic Arts is coming back to the Mac. Brings up Bing Gordon, EA’s CEO, who cites EA’s use of the Mac. More titles will run on Mac OS X under the Intel architecture.
Command and Conquer 3
Battlefield 2142
Need for Speed Carbon
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
All titles will be released simultaneously this July
They run a demo of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.
Madden 2008 and Tiger Woods 2008 will also come to the Mac.
John Carmack, owner and Chief Technological Officer of id games brought on stage.
Carmack begins describing their next generation technologies. Demonstrates an incredibly detailed world covered in 20 gigabytes of unique textures – incredible level of new flexibility to design a game’s world with. More to be demoed at E3.
Steve Jobs comes back on stage.
Tiger – Currently has 22 million active users and is the most successful release in OS X history with 67% of users using Mac OS X 10.4, 23% using panther and another 10% using older versions of OS X.
Leopard notes:
New desktop.
Under Leopard, development will be easier.
Apple currently has Leopard slated to ship in October, but Tiger was finished ahead of schedule.
Leopard will see 300 new features – 10 of which will be shown today.
New transparent look to the menu bar and Dock – the Dock itself is narrower. The Dock sports a new 3D look.
The revised desktop can be cleaned up into “stacks”
The prominent window in Leopard is more prominent, visually catching.
Folders in the Dock now expand to show contents.
Brushed metal interface seems to be gone. Leopard to sport a more consistent look overall.
Stacks will fan out from the Dock or pop up in a grid. A default “Downloads” stack will remain in the Dock. The newest stack stays in the front.
Steve opens Safari, which now shows reflections of Dock icons when a window goes behind the Dock. Demonstrates how QuickTime videos can be presented from a stack.
Plays an iPhone commercial from a stack – states “I assume you’ve seen that.”
The Stack can serve as an application launcher.
Revised pop-up window allows you to just click to download a file.
The side bar for Leopard allows for easier searching via Spotlight to browse shared computers – even computers that aren’t on the same network.
New view button in the Finder for Cover Flow.
The revised side bar features a built-in search function and allows “Smart Searches” to be customized by the user.
.Mac now knows your Mac’s IP address – allows for additional functionality.
Cover Flow can now cycle through the pages of a PDF or slides in a Keynote presentation.
Cover Flow can now play video content as well as browse another Mac over a network.
.Mac features a new “Start” tab to help in network navigation.
Dialog box just emerged – World of Warcraft crashed.
Spotlight demonstrated as running over a network.
Quick Look:
This program allows the user to instantly preview files without having to open applications and works for all major file types. Plug-in modules can be created by developers.
Quick Look can also operate in full screen mode. Jobs demonstrates a full screen preview of “Ratatouille” via Quick Look.
64 Bit:
“Leopard is 64 bit, top to bottom.”
Leopard is the first mainstream operating system to go fully 64-bit. Will handle both 64 and 32-bit apps.
Jobs presents a shootout between 32 and 64 bit applications by loading a four gigabyte photo. The 32 bit application can’t keep all of this in its memory and the 64 bit application wins handily. Every Mac being shipped is 64-bit capable
Cocoa is now 65 bit as well.
The 64 bit application took 28 seconds to open the photo. The 32 bit application took 81 seconds to open the photo.
Core Animation:
Easy to use and code for. The program can search through videos and pulls them out from the background.
Boot Camp:
Boot Camp will now be built into Leopard. Windows XP and Vista will be run at native speeds and serve as a complement to Parallels and VMWare. Jobs cites no more burning to install drivers.
Spaces:
Same as before, demo shows a mouse moving between spaces, the selected app taking the full screen. Updated version shows more Core Animation eye candy. Audio for an app emerges only when that app is active. Applications can be rearranged within Spaces via drag and drop.
Dashboard:
Over 3,000 widgets have been written and the feature’s been a success.
Apple has now written a Movie Times widget. Users can search through times, watch previews and buy tickets via Fandango.
Web Clip:
Safari can now be used to make widgets from web sites. Users can use a “scissors” icon to cut out sections of a web site, then craft these sections into a widget (basically things you want to see consistently updated). Steve uses upcoming and currently playing movies, rottentomatoes.com, the Dilbert comic of the day, the top 10 Google trends and the National Geographic Photo of the Day.
Web clip borders can be customized and data updates automatically.
iChat:
Apple is now working to involve Photo Booth with iChat.
The new version of iChat sports the new AAC-Low Delay codec, tabbed chats, Photo Booth effects, iChat Theater and backdrops.
Steve Jobs opens an iChat session with Phil Schiller. Schiller shares an iPhoto slideshow with Steve via iChat.
Video can now be dragged onto an iChat window to share it.
Anything compatible with Quick Look is now compatible with iChat Theater.
User’s image and background can now be adjusted live through Photo Booth effects. During the demo, Schiller can be placed at Yosemite falls, Mount Rushmore, in a school of fish, etc.
Time Machine:
The program allows users to set easily set up backups to a hard drive, network server or wireless connection.
Jobs cites that almost no one backs up automatically.
An AirPort Base Station can be plugged in to back up multiple computers. An entire household of computers might be able to back up wirelessly.
Time Machine can search back in time for lost files and users can preview with Quick Look, then restore individual files or the entire Mac.
WWDC attendees being handed copies of the current Leopard build today.
$129 for standard version. Jobs kids about there being a more expensive “Premium” version…audience kind of hangs for a second. The “Premium” version retails for $129 Rooms explodes with applause and laughter. ‘
Leopard shipping in October. Basic version, $129. Premium version, $129. Business version, $129, Enterprise version $129. Ultimate version, $129.
Safari 3.0 is now running on Leopard, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
The Apple Store is still down.
Safari 3.0 will feature both Google and Yahoo search built in.
A free Safari 3.0 beta has been released at the Safari web site. The beta requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
One More Thing:
The iPhone will hit in 18 days. June 29th at 6 PM.
Where developers are concerned, Apple has been coming up with a way for developers to to write applications for it yet remain secure.
The iPhone will feature a full Safari engine based on web 2.0 and AJAX applications.
Jobs brings up Scott Forstall, the VP of Apple’s iPhone Software division.
All applications will run within Safari.
Forstall brings up a custom application – a corporate address book database that uses LDAP.
Performs a search for various names. The application looks uniform to the built-in iPhone applications. Demonstrates the ability to direct-dial and e-mail from a web-based directory app.
Forstall has some difficulty typing with the iPhone’s on-screen keyboard.
The Apple Store web site has just come back online. No products have been added or modified, but a redesign of this and Apple’s overall web site has taken place.

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