Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco

Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosting the creative talent behind the world’s most innovative apps, from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

“With four innovative operating systems and a new, intuitive programming language powering over 1 billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem (developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/). Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.

WWDC 2016 activities include: over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 150 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS technologies in their apps; access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design; the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS developers from around the world — last year, 80 percent of developers attended for their first time, and in total, more than 70 countries were represented; a series of get-togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities; engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with trailblazers and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and the Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad®, Apple Watch®, Apple TV® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design. Worldwide Developers Conference sessions will be streamed live throughout the week via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/live/) and through the WWDC app, giving developers around the world access to the week’s news and events.

Apple To Preview iOS 8 at WWDC

Apple’s WWDC conference begins today and Apple will preview iOS 8 during the Keynote presentation. iOS 8 will be available for developers for beta testing immediately after the keynote and will become available to the general public in September.

Little information is known about iOS 8 but here is what we can expect:

Maps

Apple purchased a number of mapping companies last year and their technologies are expected to be included into Maps. How these improvements will improve maps in South Africa is yet to be seen.

Siri

Every year Apple improves Siri but this year developers are hoping to get an SDK for Siri that will allow them to integrate Siri into their Apps. Rumours also suggest that Siri could get proactive assistance, such as telling you the weather every day instead of waiting for you to ask.

HealthBook

The biggest announcement it expected to be the HealthBook App. Since the inclusion of the M7 chip in the iPhone 5s the iPhone has had the ability to track you motion more accurately. Many Apps now track all sorts of health related activities from running, sleeping to how you eat. The HealthBook app could capture steps taken, heart rate, hydration, nutrition, blood-sugar level and other factors. Each one of these would exist as a “card” within the app.

ll this is expected to be in preparation for the iWatch.

Apple Begins Decorating Moscone Centre for WWDC

Apple has begun installing banners at Moscone Centre in San Fransisco ahead of it’s WWDC conference which will start on Monday 2 June 2014.

WWDC 14, Write the code. Change the World
WWDC 14, Write the code. Change the World

More banners will surface as the week progresses which might hint at what Apple plans to talk about during the Keynote however banners advertising specific details will be covered until after the keynote.