WWDC 2007 keynote summary

via the MacRumors feed:Electronic Arts (EA) are returning to the Mac, coming in July are:Command and Conquer 3Battlefield 2142Need For Speed CarbonHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (an immersive 3D Hogwarts environment :)Madden 08 and Tiger Woods 08 are also coming.id games have a game with 20GB of textures (I’m guessing it ships on Blu-Ray :)22 million active OS X users, 67% using Tiger 10.4 (23% Panther, 10% older than that)Now moving beyond Leopard (which ships in October :)21 Months between Tiger and Leopard. 300 new features, of which 10 are:Narrower Dock with new transparent lookStacks! (as have been thought about since System 7 days?)Prominent active window (ooh, are we going back to a document based metaphor, ala Lisa OS or OpenDoc? :)No more brushed metal!Leopard will have a consistent look…Dock icons reflect on windows behind them :)Sidebar lets you search other macs and Server with spotlight, browse shared computers”Back to my Mac” share even when not on same LAN, via .Mac knowing your machines’ IP numbers.#2 Cover flow for

  • the Finder (including browsing remote machines)
  • PDFs (Woohoo!)
  • Keynote
  • Videos (whilst playing? 🙂
  • Excel spreadsheets!

.Mac “Start” tab (borrowed from Windows?) lets you find your other Macs. Click the “Shared” button to search on other Macs.#3 Quick LookPDF viewing without a viewer.Full screen movie preview#4 64 bit#5 Core Animation#6 Boot Camp built-in#7 SpacesAudio is local to the currently viewed space#8 DashboardMovie Times widget for finding times, viewing previews and buying tickets via Fandango.Web clippings as seen at WWDC 2006.Borders and shading can be customisedWidgets are live, you can switch between tabs#9 iChatAs seen at WWDC 2006Photobooth featuresAAC-Low Delay codecTabbed chatsPhoto booth effectsiChat theatrebackdropsPhil!Share iPhoto slideshow in iChatShare video in iChat by dragging it inFlip through Excel spreadsheet!#10 Time MachineBack up automatically, even multiple computers to networked drives (ie attached to an Airport base station)Safari 3 for Windows!iPhone goes live June 29th at 6pm. Develop for it with Web 2.0 + AJAX.iPhone apps are running within SafariSteve demos corporate addressbook with LDAPLink to Google MapsThe End

Safari 3 for Leopard, and Windows XP/Vista

Steve Jobs has announced during the WWDC 2007 keynote that Safari 3 will run on Leopard, and Windows XP/Vista. Faster than IE or Firefox (with iBench HTML test).Includes Google and Yahoo! search. Draggable tabs (including off into their own windows).500,000 downloads of Firefox a day. 1,000,000 downloads of iTunes a day. Over 500 million downloads of iTunes to Windows machines.Beta available from http://www.apple.com/safari

WWDC 2007 coverage

Ars Technica have photos from the independent developers’ party. Wow, random people I ran into at parties last year are actually known entities :)MacSlash reports that there’s a new keynote Bingo form available for download. Or you could repurpose this drinking game from the Macworld SF Keynote.

My WWDC feedback

Suggestions on how to make WWDC better:

  • Wait until after the Keynote to provide the pocket programme guides so there aren’t huge ‘To be announced’ sections that make the programme guides useless.
  • Hot food was ok, but need better food in the cold lunchboxes.
  • Get the Company Store to run a booth at WWDC rather than trying to get everyone through the store during the Campus Bash.
  • Need more concrete info on what will be in the next OS release, developer seed needs to be closer to the release GM. Developers don’t want to develop for immature technologies that may change or get axed before final release.
  • Have a wind-down event on the last day.
  • Management of Apple staff and speakers was annoying to them and other attendees, ie having to enter venues last, having to get their food separately etc.
  • Management of venue seating and queuing was a bit over the top and could have been toned down.
  • What exactly is the point of the NDA? Is Apple worried about someone stealing its ideas? Surely if you wanted to steal Apple’s ideas you could just pay to attend WWDC yourself. It’s not like the Microsoft development team aren’t there.