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LiveBlogging WWDC 2007

June 11, 2007

Please, consider adding the gwhiz blog to your RSS feed reading. Thanks!WHAT!? No John Mayer to play out the keynote?ONE LAST THING… iPHONE. Developers? Now have an innovative solution… Via Safari browser you can write AJAX apps running like desktop apps. Instant distribution. No SDK necessary. Live June 29. Author to Safari for look and feel of the phone. DEMO of “The Apple Directory”. LDAP powered. One man-month to dev. THAT all looks like it’s running off of the TEAMS Leopard Server… Hmmm…ONE MORE THING… SAFARI. At 5% and growing. 18M Safari users. IE at 78%, FireFox at 15%. OOOOHHHH Safari for Windows! Makes sense: They did it with iTunes. Doing it for Safari. Leopard. XP and Vista. Benchmarks look good. Rearrangeable tabs. Tearoff tabs. Fastest browser on Windows. Distributing by way of http://www.apple.com/safari/October. $129 (for Premium edition, Ultimate version AND Business version) :)Only developers at WWDC gets a beta copy of Leopard!? I hope that doesn’t mean what it sounded like!…10) TIME MACHINE. Autobackup. Just does it. Getting something back easy and not onerous at all. Restore one file or a whole Mac. Intuitive tools to go back in file’s lifetime. Find it. Restore it.9) iCHAT. Video conferencing is HARD. Photobooth has sexed up iChat. Tabs. DEMO. Phil again… iChat Theater’s nice, shares real time transition, effects with other parties. Show video too. If it works with QuickLook… works with iChat. Backdrops are like greenscreen and keying.8) DASHBOARD. Since Tiger. Widgets at 3,000 or so. Movie Times will be Apple’s newest widget with Preview, Fandango tie in. (Probably teeing up an iPhone thing). Webclips via Safari DEMO. Makes Dashboard widgets directly from Safari.7) SPACES. Easily segment apps into seperate screen views. Move apps between views. View all available spaces quickly. Looks nicely done… audio plays only though active space for instance although audio might be active on another hidden space.6) BOOT CAMP. Built in. XP and Vista at native speeds. Easy to install drivers (on CD/DVD).5) CORE ANIMATION. Simple to implement. High yield, low effort. Remember the AppleTV intro… done with Core Animation. VERY sexy stuff.4) FULL 64-BIT GOODNESS. Through Cocoa. Totally mainstream. First ones there. Apple will only have ONE os and it WILL run both 64 and 32-bit apps. Handled differently. Still works fine though. 64-bit goes straight to memory. 32 to disk. 64 LOTS faster (x5). DEMO on large pic 32k/32k pixels (zooming, filters, etc). VERY fluid.3) QUICKLOOK. Peek inside any file on your Mac. Plugin architecture available. In coverflow just press spacebar. DEMO: Boom, Boom, BOOM! 🙂 Can do in full-screen too.2) NEW FINER (YEAH! x2) Cleaned up. More powerful. Spotlight searches YOUR mac. Finder searches other Macs. Coverflow in Finder (fourth ‘view’ button). New sidebar remininiscent of iTunes. .Mac integration updates IP’s etc. Smart search… smarter (“today, “yesterday”, etc). Shares are much more like iTunes shares. ENCRYPTED! Browse home computer from anywhere. Smart icons (finally) hint at document contents. DEMO. New tabs in .Mac prefs pane… Sharing between Work and Home.Stacks are kinda cool for file and folder cleanup. Newest doc on top of fan of stuff. Use it as launcher. Special download stack for Safari.1) New Desktop – (YEAH!) Transparent menu bar, new dock + angled edges, STACKS?, consistency, brushed metal is DEAD. Active window prominence. High res/resolution-independent. DEMO.Tiger’s new FEATURES22 million mac users. 67% Tiger. 23% Panther. 10% other.Id Games… New stuff ID Tech 5. Virutal worlds looking stuff. Quake video running in realtime. Dev’d in last 10 days.Electronic Arts is coming back to Mac. Big! Gaming migration back to Mac in general. C&C3, Battlefield 2142, N4S Carbon, Harry Potter + Phoenix (all in July) Simultaneous release schedules. Apologizes for the trash talk. Impressive demo of Harry P. Madden and Tiger Woods in August.Paul Otellini gets a stainless steel award of some kind… Knife set!? Paul O, “Apple partnership is best of my career.”((Apple Store is DOWN))Last year was “Intel”. Lots of Universal apps now. Intel busted their tail making this a successful transistion. Extraordinary. Intel CEO onstage.Real Steve… 159 sessions this week. 94 hands on labs. 1 engineer per four attendees.PC guy’s fake Steve on video. Closing apple down. Vista, Zune outgunning Apple. Tossing it in. Lots of fun.”Welcome” over P.A. Here we go!Are those brushed metal iMacs on the podium!?9:45 and all are seated. Muzac playing.From MacRumorsLiveWhat could it be? Hmm…t-minus 30 mins. Smoke em if you got em. The MASSIVE keynote line’s moving.

Leopard’s Crucial Role? Fooey!

February 15, 2007

Piper Jaffray keeps saying Vista’s going to put the crunch on Apple to step up and deliver in the OS space.

To that I say, “DUH! Do ya think?” Seriously folks… They must have spent their whole Christmas break thinking up that one.

Vista’s a fine move forward for Windows and brings some serious stuff to the PC and the inevitable patches and upgrades are going to further build on top of what Microsoft has released (and, yes, I spent my Christmas break thinking THAT one up). Things that don’t yet work like, oh, iTunes and EVDO drivers… WILL, eventually. Apple’s hoped for announcement of the release date is going to probably be accompanied by a demo of where things stand in their development cycle. I can’t see an announcement of that sort (if any is to come at all) without a show and tell. But, to think it’s the be all end all, pivot point of the success of the platform. No way Jose. Not buying that bit.

So, what DON’T we know?

  • We don’t know what the secrets are yet
  • We don’t know the ship date
  • We don’t know if FTFF has been addressed
  • We don’t know if ZFS is going to be fully supported
  • We don’t know if iChat will have VoIP
  • We don’t know terms of who will qualify for no-charge upgrades
  • We don’t know if Alex (the Voice Over voice) is going to work on Server
  • We don’t know if Mail.app will have multi-part mime mail.
  • We don’t know if torrent support will reside in the OS
  • We don’t know what shape “Illuminous” will take. If any.
  • yada, yada, yada

There’s a LOT we don’t know. What we DO know is when Leopard does eventually arrive (boxed or torrented) that it’s just the starting point. Cupertino’s going to have to build on top of, what I’m seeing so far, to be a sweet upgrade. It’s by no means a Vista killer. It’s just one more step in a long march in the road called OS Bloat.

Leopard’s Evolution To Date…

December 14, 2006

This post will be edited until Apple’s official release. Ground Rules: I am under NDA with Apple as a developer and will only point to that which is posted elsewhere and comment on THAT. However, I’d highly recommend becoming an ADC Select developer. You’ll get in on all the early goodness, get discounts that easily pay for the membership AND you’ll save a good deal of time roaming about trying to make sense of the latest gossip 🙂

That said, please bookmark this page. It’s going to morph into the best single spot you’ll find regarding Leopard’s GUI as time rolls on.

LINKS

ILLUMINOUS – As of 12/10 I hadn’t heard boo about “Illuminous”. Apparently MacShrine and MacGazette are reporting their respective angles on a supposed new GUI of Leopard and have either dubbed it Illuminous themselves or are privvy to some code name we’ve not really heard of yet. I’ve downloaded both of the developer seeds and will not give credence to either of these reports that an Illuminous GUI appears in the build. However, Macshrine’s subsequent posting might be of interest.

SIGHTINGS

  • MacRumors Leopard page are appear to be sporting pics from previous builds. There might be more coming (or not).
  • Less of a sighting and more of a yearning… There was nothing of note regarding Leopard at the MWSF07 show. Instead, the iPhone and iTV dominated stage center. And, despite my “Tuesday” release predictions… there was no new Developer seed during MWSF. Odd.

EMERGING “FEATURES”?
Mr. Jobs’ keynote tipped us off that we weren’t going to see all the neat new bells and whistles at WWDC06. There were a lot! But, we were left with the sense, “There’s definitely more you’re not seeing…” I’m endorsing/expressing/implying ZERO warranty of the tidbits below. Yes, there are a LOT of speculations out there. Yes, I’m editorializing by cherry picking and not posting them all. Still… I make no claim to the validity.

Leopard’s New Skin

December 10, 2006

EDIT (Tuesday; December 12, 2006 5:01 PM US Cental Time): Client Build 9A321 and Server Developer Preview Build 9A318b just went up at Developer.Apple.com and I’ve slurped them down. If you like this post you’ll love my “Leopard’s Evolution” entry… an ongoing post of the daily divulging and sightings of Leopard’s purported feature-set.

Apparently the newest build of Leopard (released Tuesday) is going to sport some nifty new GUI (this from MacShrine). It’s also the first time I’ve seen anyone also stating they think Apple’s on a second-Tuesday release schedule… Which means January ought to be interesting (MacWorld SF).

Looks like Sync Manager has replaced iSync (good!), BootCamp is included (sans instructions), Spotlight’s sporting new meta search goodness, and my favorite early info — Safari has improved RSS and inline vod/podcasting conveniences.

The GUI I’ve been seeing in both the most recent previous releases of client and server are not all that different than the mix-mux of brushed metal and aqua we’ve been seeing in 10.4.x and all the purported 10.5 screen shots on the various Mac news outlets. My NDA with Apple (nothing more than an ADC Select developer) prevents me from divulging details. Suffice it to say I think Apple’s likely to pull the rug out from under us and reveal a slick new bunch of skin soon. (Shiny black would be nice dontcha think?)

I’m hoping for a simultaneous updating of Server too as I still can’t get Teams to do it’s thing at 100% capability. I got my Christmas wish… it’s downloading as I type.

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