Posts tagged: WWDC 2017

What will Monday bring at WWDC?

WWDC kicks off on Monday with the Keynote speech at 10 A.M. PT, and new information has come through the Apple vine to suggest that not only will the excellent Swift Playgrounds iPad app get some nice upgrades, but also we’ll get a glimpse at the Siri Speaker.

 

In a slightly surprising non-mysterious move, today Apple actually announced that Swift Playgrounds, (aimed at making learning how to code fun), will soon be able to program and control robots, drones, musical instruments, and other toys when the latest version of the app is released at WWDC.

 

Swift Playgrounds version 1.5 is set to be released on June 5, and will support several popular Bluetooth-enabled devices, including LEGO’s MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robot, Sphero’s SPRK+ robotic ball and BB-8 droid, UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Dash by Wonder Workshop, Parrot drones, and other toys.

 

YAY KIDS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE KIND OF JUST LIKE KIDS! From the Sauce, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering:

 

“More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way, now they can instantly see the code they create and directly control their favorite robots, drones and instruments through Swift Playgrounds. It’s an incredibly exciting and powerful way to learn.”

 

Yes sir it is! Swift Playgrounds is a free download on the App Store for all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, and iPad mini 2 or newer.

 

Now this next WWDC news is a little more run-of-the-mill mysterious. It’s said that Apple’s much talked about Siri Speaker will definitely be unveiled next week during the Keynote, that it’s already in production, and that it will be shipping a little later in the year, perhaps as late as the Fall.

 

Apple will also be debuting iOS 11, new WatchOX & TVOS, and MacOS 10.13, and well as possibly new 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and new Macs.

 

You should be able to watch WWDC on Apple’s website, or on your Apple TV.*

 

 

 

 

*Streaming requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

New iPad News

The rumored upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are apparently already deep into production, ahead of a reported announcement during the keynote address at WWDC this June.

 

Sneaky leaks have come out in the last couple of days, which talk about a device that has smaller bezels, four speakers, a new microphone slot located at the top rear of the case, a Lightning port, camera with vertically-aligned flash, side volume rockers, and a Smart Connector.

 

The most talked about feature is the bezels, which mean squeezing in a 10.5-inch display into the same form factor as the 9.7-inch iPad.

 

Alongside software updates (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS), the upcoming WWDC is said to have smallish MacBook announcements as well as possibly a reveal of a Siri Speaker.

 

WWDC begins with the Keynote address on Monday, June 5th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA, and you should be able to watch it on the Apple website, through the iOS Apps, and on your Apple TV.

 

WWDC press invites go out

Press invitations went out today for Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, (WWDC)! The keynote event will be on June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

 

 

During the Keynote, it’s likely we’ll see the reveal of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the possibility of some surprises, perhaps including a standalone Siri smart speaker.

 

If Apple keeps in line with previous years, you will be able to watch the Keynote on Apple.com or through your Apple TV.

 

 

WWDC in San Jose this year!

Apple’s annual 28th Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off June 5th, and this year it’ll be held at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center. Last year it was held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and between 1998 – 2002 it was held in San Jose at the convention center, after which it moved in between the San Francisco Moscone Center and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

 

Now, the conference is exciting for all kinds of reasons – bucket loads (about 5000 buckets worth) of developers getting access to over 1000 Apple engineers, learning about their platform tech and how to work together to create even better tech based in these platforms – but of course, for most of the population, the most exciting thing is the Keynote speech.

 

Cue fancy music!

 

Every year, Tim Cook and his posse of cool beans execs go on stage with exciting and (for the most part) mysterious new products and amazingly well produced videos showcasing them. This year, we’re looking at the reveal of the mucho, mucho anticipated iPhone 8.

 

Well, maybe.

 

As always, Apple doesn’t create and tell until it’s ready to do the telling. But we’re going to go with maybe the iPhone 8? Apple has’t revealed an iPhone at WWDC since 2010, so there’s that to take into consideration. The iPhone 8 is the 10th anniversary update of the iPhone, and people are pretty excited about it.  Rumors are swirling around wireless charging, 3D face recognition instead of touch ID, no more home button, an edge to edge OLED screen, and a fantastic new line of sight teleportation feature.

 

That last one might be us being optimistic…

 

We should definitely see the reveal of the latest versions of Apple’s software platforms, which this year is likely to include iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4.

 

Tickets will be offered by random selection for $1,599. Ticket lottery registration opens Monday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Those that plan on registering must be a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program as of February 16 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

 

The conference will be live-streamed through the Apple Developer website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) and on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.