WWDC 2016 Analysis

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

June 22nd at 4:40 PM

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

Apple’s WWDC 2016 was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Packed full of non-stop updates to all four major platforms, Jonathan and Zach give first thoughts on some of the new software out of Cupertino, what Android does that could be better than Apple’s approach to the OS, and of course, some talk on Tesla’s future.

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The full episode is embedded below, or you can download it on iTunes. More →

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WWDC History

Apple’s 10 most important WWDC announcements of all-time

June 13th at 10:08 AM

Apple’s 10 most important WWDC announcements of all-time

Later this afternoon, the collective eyes of the tech world will be glued in to Apple’s WWDC event. And with good reason, WWDC not only provides us with a look at where the future of Apple’s software is headed, it can sometimes give us an idea as to where the entire software industry is headed.

Over a period spanning more than two decades, WWDC has routinely been the arena where Apple delivered its most important and groundbreaking announcements. More recently, though, Apple began sectioning off hardware announcements into stand-alone events, thereby leaving WWDC as a mostly software-oriented event.

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iOS 10 New Features

6 things Apple needs to get right with iOS 10

June 8th at 11:21 AM

6 things Apple needs to get right with iOS 10

WWDC, the conference where Apple lays out its software plans for the upcoming year, is always a big event. But this year feels especially momentous: Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are all going big on AI, from smart home speakers to chatbots. Chromebooks have overtaken Mac sales, and iPhone sales are slowly falling.

Frankly, it’s time for Apple to make some big changes to stay competitive, and iOS, the most widely distributed piece of Apple software, is the most important place to make them. Here’s a few things we’re hoping to see next week

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WWDC Rumors

A brief look at what Apple may announce at WWDC this year

April 21st at 1:53 PM

A brief look at what Apple may announce at WWDC this year

Ahead of WWDC 2016, Apple thus far has managed to do a decent job of keeping product leaks to a minimum. Sure, we know that Apple this coming June will showcase iOS 10 and a new version of OS X, but specific details regarding what types of features we can expect to see remain unusually sparse.

Nonetheless, 9to5Mac recently put together an interesting recap running down some software, services and hardware possibilities that we might want to keep an eye out for come June. While iOS 10 will undoubtedly be the focal point of Apple’s WWDC keynote, we would imagine that Apple will have a few surprises in store for us. After all, when Apple introduced Swift two years ago, it literally caught everyone off-guard.

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Apple Pay WWDC

Apple Pay updated in a major way; More banks, retailers, and a rewards program

June 8th at 1:48 PM

Apple Pay updated in a major way; More banks, retailers, and a rewards program

Apple today announced a number of updates regarding Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment platform.

For starters, Apple Pay will soon be coming to Discover, bringing the service to 50 million card members. Further, the number of stores slated to accept Apple Pay is also expanding, with Trader Joes, Baskin Robbins, and El Pollo Loco being just a few of the new additions.

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WWDC Announcments

A look back at WWDC product announcements through the years

June 3rd at 10:15 PM

A look back at WWDC product announcements through the years

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, otherwise known as WWDC, has become something of a can’t-miss event in the tech world over the past few years. But if we go back in time to the pre-iPhone era, WWDC was a bit more subdued, a bit more developer oriented, and dare I say, a bit more boring.

Indeed, if you weren’t an avid Apple enthusiast, odds are that WWDC wasn’t even on your radar back in the early 2000s. Back then, WWDC wasn’t anything close to the public spectacle it has since become. So while it’s a safe bet that Apple’s WWDC announcements next week will own the tech news cycle for a few days, such a scenario would have been wholly unheard of back in, say, 2003.

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WWDC 2014 Rumors Apple TV iWatch

Get ready for a boring WWDC: No iWatch or new Apple TV will be unveiled this June

May 2nd at 1:45 PM

Get ready for a boring WWDC: No iWatch or new Apple TV will be unveiled this June

Even though Apple CEO Tim Cook promised to release multiple products throughout 2014, so far it looks as though Apple is once again pushing all the exciting stuff into the fall. Unnamed sources tell Re/code that Apple won’t unveil either its first wearable computer or its refreshed version of Apple TV at WWDC 2014 this year. While we really weren’t expecting the iWatch to launch until the fall when Apple released the iPhone 6, there had been some hope that Apple would at least take the wraps off its new version of Apple TV before the fall after earlier reports indicated that Apple would unveil the new set-top box in the spring. More →

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Wall Street unimpressed with Apple’s product announcements

June 11th at 6:15 PM

Wall Street unimpressed with Apple’s product announcements

Apple Stock Drops AFter WWDC Keynote

It seems that investors were expecting something splashier than iOS 6 and the next-generation MacBook Pro. Although most major stock indices were down sharply today as markets reacted negatively to the proposed bailout of the Spanish banking system, it’s notable that Apple’s stock began to fall almost immediately after the company finished up its WWDC keynote address in San Francisco Monday. Apple’s shares, which closed at just above $580 on Friday, started the day trading at around $587 and peaked in the $588 range around noon before steadily dropping throughout the early afternoon. The stock then dropped quickly after Apple wrapped up its keynote, going from $579.67 at 3:00 p.m. to $573.84 at 3:30 p.m. before closing the day at $571.17, down 1.58% from the previous day’s close. CNBC analyst Bob Pisani, for one, said that many traders thought that Apple’s WWDC presentation was fairly underwhelming and “a relative non-event.” More →

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Apple’s new iOS Maps service features turn-by-turn navigation, 3D maps, Siri integration

June 11th at 2:42 PM

Apple’s new iOS Maps service features turn-by-turn navigation, 3D maps, Siri integration

Apple iOS 6 Maps Features

Apple’s new iOS Maps service features turn-by-turn navigation, 3D maps and Siri integration among many other features. The most impressive-looking Maps feature debuted by Apple on Monday at WWDC was Flyover, which displays highly-detailed 3D models of famous cities around the world that can be accessed on the application. The new Maps also features Siri integration to deliver voice-enabled location-based information for drivers, turn-by-turn navigation to direct drivers to their location and a real-time traffic service that provides like incident reports using anonymous location data from iOS users to keep information up to date. The new version of Maps will be featured in iOS 6, the operating system that will power the next-generation iPhone and iPad. More →

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Facebook integration coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in iOS 6

June 11th at 2:24 PM

Facebook integration coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in iOS 6

iOS 6 Facebook Integration

At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday, Apple announced Facebook integration would be coming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in iOS 6. Users will be able to login to the social networking service from their device’s settings — similar to Twitter — and share updates from apps such as photos and locations from Maps. The service will also be featured in the App Store, allowing users to “Like” apps, TV shows and movies. Facebook, along with Twitter, will be fully integrated into the Notification Center, giving users the ability to quickly tweet or update their status, and will be integrated into the iPhone’s contact list. The Cupertino-based company also announced that the same integration will be coming to Macs.

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iOS 6 announced for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at WWDC 2012

June 11th at 2:10 PM

iOS 6 announced for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch at WWDC 2012

Apple iOS 6 Features

Just moments ago, VP of iOS Scott Forstall introduced us to iOS 6, the latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple has sold 365 million iOS devices so far, and more than 80 are running iOS 5 right now. The company has delivered more than 1.5 trillion push notifications to iOS devices so far as well, and 140 iMessage users have sent more than 150 billion messages to date.

For more WWDC 2012 coverage, be sure to check out our WWDC page. More →

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New OS X Mountain Lion details announced: Notification Center, Dictation, new apps and more

June 11th at 1:50 PM

New OS X Mountain Lion details announced: Notification Center, Dictation, new apps and more

Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Release Date

During the company’s highly anticipated WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple unveiled new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, so of course, the company provided new details regarding OS X Mountain Lion as well. While OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion includes more than 200 new features, Apple focused on just a few key items when discussing OS X on Monday: More →

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