WWDC 21 has come and gone with no new MacBook Pros. So much for the major news outlets and big-name analysts who made book on their debut.
Wall Street took it well; the stock price hardly moved during the nearly 2 hour show.
Otherwise, as predicted, the faithful were treated with new versions of all five operating systems with added features I’m not going to try to summarize.
Phil Schiller testified in the Epic trial that Apple can spend $50 million putting on a WWDC. I’ve been to WWDCs that could easily have cost $50 million. This was not one of them.
For those who missed it, here’s the YouTube:
Below: My notes, all times eastern.
2:44 Back to Tim. “What a big day.” All OS releases available in beta today, public beta next month. Sounds like a wrap up without any new hardware. And that’s a wrap.
2:42 Xcode Cloud. For automated tests. Test Flight for working with tester teams. TestFlight comes to Mac too.
2:39 App Store Ann. Safe and trusted place. 600 million weekly visitors. $230 billion to developers. Easy ways to do A and B tests on your apps.
In-App events. Front and center on the App Store. Curated by “our experts” human or AI not specified.
2:37 Ted on Swift. Big new feature: Concurrency.
2:34 Susan Prescott. APIs. Swift features. App Store features. This is a quick preview for developers, not for citizens like me. Like Object Capture. Fast 3D object creation. Majorty of top 1000 apps built on Swift.
2:34 New developer features.
2:33 End Mac OS Monterey. Summary.
2:31 Tab bar on iPhone on the bottom. Extensions. Share code in ways I don’t understand.
2:29 Beth Safari tab design. I’m going to have forgotten all this by next fall when it’s available.
2:20 Craig MacOS Monterey. All the stuff you heard about on iPad, now on Mac. Plus… Continuity. Universal Control. Mouse on both iPad and Mac? Drag and drop between devices.
AirPlay to Mac. ShortCuts to the Mac. Safari. [Call the editor: He just mentioned a MacBook Pro with M1. An unreleased product!]
2:15 The Home. Yah (his name). Watching TV together. Homepod Mini as speaker. (Not the big HomePod?) Matter new standard. See who’s at your door on your watch.
2:14 Kevin summary, back to Craig.
2:11 Kevin. Photo face is the most popular So they add features to that. Shandra Photos app improvements. More Memories!
2:08 Kevin watchOS 8 Breath app. Reflect. Gentle, trippy animation. Mindfulness. Sleep respitory rate.
Julz: Workouts. Tai Chi. Pilates. A new star workout woman. Artist spotlight music.
2:03. Lab results come with detailed descriptions in Health App. Trends: Long term changes.
Securely share data with your doctor. (I assumed it was already doing that.) 6 partners so far. Family sharing as well. Would have been good for my aging parents in the last years.
2:01 Fall risk. Walking Steadiness. Built on data from 100,000 participants (!).
1:57 Sumbul … Health. Doctors confusing patients. Story of going to Cupertino to develop this new Apple Watch app and clinical trials. Saved a lot of lives. Made me cry just a little.
1:53 iCloud+ Mike with updates. Recovery contact list if you forget your password.
Digital legacy. Add people who can get access to your devices after you die.
Private Relay. Browse Safari untrackably.
HIde my email. Set up face email addresses on the fly. Who is the market for this?
1:50 Katie and Eric. Mail privacy protection. Hides ip address. Safari also hides ip address. App privacy report will highlight apps that track you most aggressively. Fun!
Siri: New voices. blah. On-device speech recognition. So no unwanted audio recording. f
1:49 Privacy. A lot of Craig today! Privacy labels and ATT.
1:47 Swift playgrounds. Learn to code tool now used for building apps. Submit to App Store. Good luck with that.
1:46 Translate comes to iPad. Autotranslate. Good for negotiating with a taxi driver.
1:44 Notes. Shared notes. Tags. Tag browser. Quicknote. Integrated to Apple’s apps. Yelp is in the demo. Other third parties?
1:42 Shuban (?) Multitasking, spit view, etc. I will use none of this.
1:38 Craig iPadOS 15. Widgets. “This is a huge deal” hmm. App library. Multitasking.
1:35 Gagan on AirPods. Conversation boost. Not calling them hearing aids without FDA approval. Improved find my. Much needed, Notification when you leave without. Only Apple. Spacial audio. Somehow I’ve yet to hear this.
1:30 Apple Maps from Meg. 8-10 countries. More details in selected cities to catch up to Google Maps. Very San Fran centric demo. Transit improvements long overdue, IMO. AR tour de force in city navigation. Don’t hold your breath in Western Mass.
1:29 Weather app updates. “gorgeous animated backgrounds” sounds like make work.
1:26 Jennifer on Wallet. Car keys? When for my Prius? Hotel keys at Hyatt this fall. 25 partners so far. This fall scan Drivers License in some states.
1:24 Chelsea on Memories. Is this a solution to a nonexistent need?
1:23 Spotlight search of photos looks useful. I can think of many times when it would have saved tons of time.
1:21 Live text from camera. Neat. Is this Apple catching up to Google. I plead ignorance.
1:16 Back to Craig. Focus. Treatments for info overload. Notification summary. To catch up, ordered by priority. This is Apple trying to clean up a mess it created. Focus and intelligence. What’s not to love?
1:14 Mindy on what’s new in Messages. Shared With You section in News, Apple TV, Music, Photos, etc.
1:05 Over to Craig Federighi… iOS 15. Features coming…
Stay connected: Video calling improvements on FaceTime, which was clobbered by Zoom last year. Spacial audio to make conversation sound more natural and comfortable.
Voice isolation. Prioritize your voice. Demo looked good.
Wide spectrum. Pick up everything.
Gridview (like Zoom) also fuzzy background (ditto)
Facetime link: Browser version for Android and Microsoft
Share music, video, screen. Is this original with Apple? Not easy to make this work, I imagine. A couple big name partners. Disney, Hulu, HBO
1:04 What Apple is doing to broaden developer diversity. This is good work.
1:03 Tim Cook and an audience of emojis. Standard welcome.
1:00 PM Developer soundbites. Spitballing openings. Pretty funny. Here’s to the crazy ideas. Nice.
12:55 Welcome to the first post-Epic Apple developers conference. Millions of developers will be tuning in, according to the Wall Street Journal. What a day to measure developer satisfaction! A good pollster would have a field day.