Tickets for WWDC is on sale. June 11-15 at Moscone Center San Francisco


Apple has announced the June 11-15 date for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Moscone Center San Francisco. Conference passes are on sale now for $1599 and is restricted to members of Apple’s developer programs.

Tickets are expected to be sold out quickly and Apple is expected to focus on the coming release of iOS 6 and Mountain Lion for the more than 100 technical sessions in WWDC 2012.

Mountain Lion is the next release of OS X and is expected to be released in late summer. Apple has released Mountain Lion preview for its developers. iOS 6 is expected to be released together with the next iPhone and developers will get a glimpse of iOS 6 details for the first time in WWDC 2012. 

Apple’s announcement

WWDC website

Updated: Tickets have sold out in less than 2 hours. For comparison, WWDC tickets were selling out in eight days for WWDC 2010 and under 12 hours last year.

WWDC 2011 Keynote Summary

Apple has just concluded its WWDC 2011 keynote, with Steve Jobs heading the pack of Apple top brass presenting and demoing Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud. Here are the easy-to-digest summary of the event:

Mac OS X Lion

  • There are now over 54 million Mac users around the world. Year-over-year, PC growth has shrunk 1% while the Mac has grown 28%.
  • Mac OS X Lion has over 250 new features.
  • Multi-Touch Gestures: multi-touch gestures is fully baked into Mac OS X Lion and Mac notebooks.
  • Full screen application: it is now easier for developers to create full screen apps. A number of Apple app will have full-screen mode such as Safari, iMovie, iCal, iPhoto, Preview etc.
  • Mission Control: unify Expose and Spaces experience. Spaces can be create and destroy on the fly.
  • Mac App Store is now ahead of Best Buy, Walmart and Office Depot for buying Mac apps.
  • Mac App Store is build into Lion and will include In-app purchase and push notifications.
  • Mac App Store will include delta upgrade to make app updates faster.
  • Launchpad: launching app in iOS style. And you can create folder similar to iOS.
  • Resume: Lion will brings the app right back to where you left off. It works system wide.
  • Auto Save: Lion will automatically save the document for you without you having to do anything. Only the delta changes are saved. The control is at a drop down menu of the document title on the menu bar. You can create snapshots and duplicate document as well from the same menu.
  • Versions: Automatically save versions of your document as you’re working.
  • AirDrop: it is peer-to-peer sharing to replace using a USB thumb drive for file sharing. Auto discovery with no setup required. There is new option in FInder to see people using AirDrop around you.
  • Mail: a completely new version of Mail in Lion. Favorites bar, new search suggestions, new conversation view.
  • Lion Server add-on: server apps you can buy to run on top of Lion.
  • Safari Reading List: read-later feature build into Safari.
  • New Windows Migration tool.
  • There are over 3,000 new API in Mac OS X Lion.
  • Mac OS X Lion will only be available in the Mac App Store. No more disc. It’s a 4GB download with no reboots. You can use it on all your authorized Macs. Upgrade is $29.99. Available in July.

iOS 5

  • There are over 1,500 new APIs. 200 new user features. 10 key features.
  • Notification Center: access by swiping down from the top. Notifications no more interrupting. If you are playing game or using an app, notification appear on top and goes away after a moment. Missed notifications also appear on the lock screen.
  • Newsstand: integrates all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Appear on home screen as newsstand. New issues are automatically downloaded in the background and available offline.
  • Twitter: integrated Twitter. Configure Twitter account via Settings. Contacts integration. Many build-in apps such as Camera and Photos integrate with Twitter, Tweet articles from Safari, locations from Maps.
  • Safari: Safari Reader for clean reading similar to Safari on Mac. Email web content, not just the link. Reading List for read later. Tabbed browsing.
  • Reminders: store list of todos and setup location for reminders. Integrate with Calendar.
  • Camera: camera icon on lock screen. Tap to launch camera app. Can use volume-up button to take picture. AE/AF Lock. Pinch to zoom. Edit photo: crop, rotate, reduce red-eye.
  • Mail: Rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses, flag messages, search entire message, S/MIME support.
  • Build-in dictionary for all iOS app.
  • iPad split keyboard: You can split the keyboard into half by swiping the keyboard up.
  • PC Free. No more cable and PC needed to start using iOS devices. Software updates are OTA (Over The Air). You can create and delete calendars and mailboxes from within iOS.
  • Game Center: Achievement points. Friend discovery. Friends of friends. Game discovery. Turn-based games.
  • iMessage: new messaging service between all iOS users, regardless of device. Supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and even group messaging. Works over WiFi or 3G.
  • AirPlay mirroring. Mirror entire iPad to your TV wirelessly.
  • iOS devices can sync with iTunes on your Mac/PC wireless over WiFi.
  • New multi-tasking gestures to flick between apps.
  • Others: Emoji, new iPad music app, hourly weather forecasts, personal dictionary, typing shortcuts.
  • Developers get a beta today. iOS 5 to be available this fall. Supports iPhone 3GS and above, iPad and iPad 2, and third and fourth generation of iPod touch.


  • iCLoud stores your content, and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. Integrated with your apps, so everything happens automatically.
  • MobileMe Contacts, Calendar and Mail rewrites from ground up for iCloud.
  • Calendar Sharing is new.
  • Get an account and all new messages pushed to all your devices. No ads.
  • iCloud will be free.
  • App Store will be integrated with iCloud. Can see all purchases on all your devices. New download from cloud button on App Store app.
  • iBookstore will be integrated with iCloud.
  • Automatic daily backups to iCloud over WiFi: purchased music, apps, books, photos, videos, device settings, app data.
  • Documents in the Cloud: Pages, Numbers and Keynote will integrated with iCloud.
  • There will be iCloud Storage APIs for developers to tie in their own apps. Full documents or just key value pairs data. Available for Mac, iOS and PC.
  • Photo Stream:  any photos taken on any devices are pushed to the cloud and then sent to the other devices automatically. Within Photos app as a separate album. Available on PC and AppleTV as well. Photo Stream will hold 1,000 photos for 30 days.
  • iTunes in the Cloud: anything you purchased can be downloaded to any of your devices (up to 10) at no additional charges. Music is 256kbps AAC. Automatic download new purchases. New Purchased tab in iTunes app.
  • Each user get 5GB storage free. This 5GB excludes Photo Stream, purchased music, apps and books.
  • iCloud will ship together with iOS 5 this fall. It will be available for iOS 4.3 as well.
  • iCloud is available today in iOS 4.3 beta for developers.
  • iTunes Match: for songs you ripped and you want it in iCloud. Software will scan your iTunes and match it up with songs in iTunes store. Take minutes. There is no upload.
  • iTunes Match costs $24.99 per year. Anything that is matched is upgraded to 256kbps AAC without DRM. Songs that can’t match will be uploaded.

Steve Jobs to present WWDC keynote Monday June 6 on Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud

Apple has issued a press release announcing that Steve Jobs will be presenting the keynote come this Monday June 6 at WWDC. Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud (the follow-up to MobileMe) will be detailed. All three products are rumored to debut on WWDC and Apple silenced the rumor mill in one clean stroke. This is a rare move by Apple PR to announce yet unreleased products, especially iCloud. If your MobileMe account has just expired, it’s best to wait for any iCloud announcement next week. Many are hopeful that some part of iCloud will be offered free.

Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

Apple Press Release

WWDC 2011 promises preview of future of iOS and Mac OS X


Apple announced the detail for its annual event for developers. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011 will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco from June 6 – 10.

The tagline for WWDC 2011 is “Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X”. This is unlike last year’s event where the focus was solely on iOS. Apple is expected to unveil more detail to its developers for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5, in order for developers to get their apps ready for the launch.

Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion on February 24. Mac OS X Lion is scheduled to release in the summer. Apple is likely to unveil a feature complete Mac OS X Lion during WWDC.

For the past major releases of iOS, Apple typically held its developer preview during March/April and release it right after WWDC together with the launch of a new iPhone. This year will be a break of this release pattern. iPhone 5 is now expected to release in June without a new major iOS release. iOS 5 is rumored to be cloud based and contains major changes, and is predicted to release during fall.

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

WWDC conference ticket is on sale now for the price of $1,599. Judging from past years’ trends, the event will be sold out pretty quickly. Visit the Apple WWDC site below to buy the conference ticket.

Update: The event is sold out in less than 12 hours. For last year, it took 8 days.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011

Microsoft’s 7 Minutes

According to [an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research](, Microsoft has been given a 7 minutes of Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote on June 7, to talk about Visual Studio 2010. This is rumor at best at the moment, and there is a possibility that we might get to see two Steves (Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer) on the same stage. Will we finally be able to develop native iPhone, iPad and Mac app using Visual Studio 2010 on Windows? Here’s our thoughts and speculations.

It makes no business sense for Apple to allow compiling native apps using Visual Studio 2010 on Windows as Apple is foremost a hardware business. Right now, if you want to develop for iPhone, iPad and Mac, you have to buy a Mac with Apple’s Xcode development environment. There is less incentive to buy a Mac if you can create Apple apps using Windows PC. Apple might not see the developer community as having a significant number, but they are an influencing lot that helps make the iPhone and Mac what there are today.

There are lots of technical hurdles to allow full and smooth development experience of iPhone/Mac apps on Windows, this is always the case for non-native development work. What we will see is probably Visual Studio for Mac, an interactive development environment that ties tightly with the Xcode environment. This could be the same app that Microsoft Mac Business Unit (MacBU) has been using to develop their Office for Mac suites. The [reorganization this week in Microsoft]( by putting MacBU under their Microsoft Business Unit could be a precursor. The question is will developers finally get to develop apps using language other than Objective-C?

Besides Visual Studio for Mac, the other unthinkable announcement is the support of Microsoft .Net and Silverlight on the Mac and iPhone/iPad. This is highly unlikely for the next iPhone OS as iPhone OS 4.0 is into its late stage of beta cycle. .Net and Silverlight for Mac? We do not think Steve will give us this shock as the coming WWDC is a more iPhone/iPad focus conference. Lets June 7 be not a hell freezes over day.

Outside of developers tool, there are other collaboration possibilities between Apple and Microsoft. How about Bing search on iPhone/iPad? It is trivial for iPhone/iPad to add support for Bing, as currently you can use Google or Yahoo search on Safari for iPhone/iPad. How about build-in integration with Microsoft Messenger? One of the main feature of 4th generation hardware is the front-facing camera. Which leads to the obvious iChat app on the new iPhone. Apple might surprise us by integrating Messenger with iChat. This will be welcome news for lots of business users who rely on MSN Messenger. And don’t forget Microsoft owns game studios. A Halo for iPhone and iPad will be greatly welcomed.

Whatever is going to happen in the 7 minutes, we will know come June 7. That is less than 2 weeks away.

**Update:** Microsoft has [confirmed via a tweet]( that Steve Ballmer will not be at WWDC. Which suggests that the announcement will not be an earth-shattering one.

What’s In Steve Jobs WWDC Keynote?

Apple issued a press release announcing that Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote for the WWDC conference on Monday Jun 7 10am pacific. Here’s our predictions how Steve [will not disappoint us](

* iPhone 4th generation. Off course. A4 processor, longer running battery, front and back camera, video chat, flash, higher resolution screen etc. But there may be surprises that we yet to know about the new hardware. Maybe a build-in RFID reader? We all hope for new low pricing.

* Schedule and pricing for iPhone 4th generation. And the release date for iPhone OS 4.0 for folks who don’t plan to upgrade.

* For software, besides the known iBooks coming to iPhone, we might get Pages, Works and Numbers. Will Apple priced it US$0.99 each?

* There will be games demo, we will know which big game developers is on Apple’s new GameCentre network.

* New carriers for iPhone in the USA. [Find out why](

* New iTunes off course as it needs to support the new iPhone OS 4.0. Maybe Apple will announce its cloud based iTunes service. Or maybe finally wireless sync your iTunes content?

* Some announcement on MobileMe [such as making it free]( We hope Apple will surprise us with some announcement on their plan regrading cloud based services.

Full press release below.

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“You won’t be disappointed”

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That’s Steve Jobs’ reply to an email by Bryan Webster to “I hope you have good WWDC announcements to blow them out the water?”. Them refers to Google off course with its slew of big announcements at Google IO conference.

So what surprises will we get since the world already knows alot about the next-generation iPhone and next iPhone OS version? cloud-based iTunes? free MobileMe? multiple carriers for iPhone?

Via [EdibleApple](