Registration for this year’s WWDC is less than an hour away. Despite knowing what to expect I am still excited, surprised and thrilled to all the excitement and attention this event attracts. You only need to look around you and there are like-minded geeks everywhere. On my flight to San Francisco yesterday, I was surprised to see three guys, sitting next to each other, with their MacBooks on coding away together and debating technical solutions. While I spent a few hours, with an ex-colleague, debating and discussing design ideas.
Fellow attendees are all over San Francisco. I hooked up with a number of guys from Twitter last night for some drinks. We all walked past Moscone West, and we all took pictures of the venue. Show me another IT company or event that attracts such a passionate response. Yes there’s Google I/O and TechEd, but nothing like WWDC.
Here’s some pictures of Moscone West from last night. See you after registration!
The pilgrimage begins. In just over an hour, I will be on my way to San Francisco for this year’s WWDC. The last few days have been very exciting in the world of Apple rumours. Some true and some not. But most interestingly is Apple’s slip up on displaying information about ‘automatic download’ over-the-air updates in iOS 5. Of course it will all be revealed in less than 48 hours. I am slightly disappointed as I expected Apple to release 10.6.8 on Friday in preparation for Monday’s Keynote. Of course that is a disappointment as we are all expecting Steve to make Lion available on Monday. That might actually not be the case though :-(.
One final thought, as I am getting ready to board my flight. Apple has now surpassed RIM in US Smartphone usage. I can only expect that Monday’s preview of iOS 5 will make Apple’s competitors push their bar even higher. Apple chose to abandon their usual April preview of iOS, like they have done in the past. I can only assume that what they will be releasing is a much bigger upgrade than 3.0 to 4.0 was.
Everything seems to be going like clockwork. Apple just released the WWDC 2011 App. It’s available on iTunes this year. But you will need an Apple ID that is associated with a WWDC Ticket to view any content. I am afraid I can’t disclose anything in the App or any of the scheduled sessions. But I can say this, Apple did listen to feedback from last year and added some nice touches that will make everyone’s life at the conference much easier!
Also banners have started appearing around the Moscone West centre and the main ones seem to focus on:
Lion + 5 + iCloud = WWDC
Well Day -5 was certainly very interesting and full of surprises from Apple. First of all Apple confirmed that Steve Jobs will be the Keynote speaker. Although the PR story goes on to state that Steve won’t be doing all the work this year, and that “a team of Apple executives” will help him along. Well we can only guess who these guys are, usual crowd. The one question that will be on everyone’s mind is, why isn’t Steve doing the Keynote by himself? Is he just filling in the gaps between the VPs of all the different technologies presented? Is he still too ill to actually host a two-hour keynote by himself? Let’s hope not.
So Apple officially let the cat out yesterday. iCloud. So iCloud is actually going to happen. But what is it? What will it do? Did Apple invest billions of dollars in a new North Carolina data centre so that we can all just store our music and videos there? I don’t think so. I can’t possibly see Steve going on stage on Monday in Moscone West and saying “guess what? here’s Apple’s DropBox!”. No that is not Apple. Apple innovates rather than throw something together quickly. Also we are forgetting the most important aspect here. This is after all a Developers conference and not an iTunes/iPod Media Event. iCloud will have to do more than just storage and will have to have some relevance to developers.
On a final thought, yesterday Lodsys did actually file law suits against some high profile developers that use In-App purchasing in their Apps. Personally I think it very lame of Lodsys to go after these guys, when there is a very clear licensing agreement between Apple and Lodsys. This will certainly be a breaker for Lodsys. Apple is more than certainly going to back the devs up, and Lodsys will pay and will pay well!
There are already images of Moscone West getting decorated with the usual Apple logo, but as I am not in San Francisco for another 3 days, here’s one picture from last year’s event.