Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference - June 2014

Boston Globe associate business editor Bennie DiNardo, BetaBoston editor Michael Morisy, technology writer Hiawatha Bray, and senior product manager Damon Kiesow will live-blog Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starting at 1 p.m. today. Follow the stream below for updates and commentary.
  • In today's Globe: Apple is unlikely to introduce new devices this week, the things that most excite customers and investors these days. But it is expected to dive deeper into two new areas: connected health and the so-called smart home. >> Full story
  • Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the Globe's live blog of Apple's keynote address at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco.
  • For the last several years, Apple has used this conference to unveil updates on its various operating systems -- OS X for the Mac, iOS for iPhones and iPads. Last year, it revealed Jony Ives' redesign of the look and feel of iOS -- his first crack at it after assuming control of the OS from former Apple exec Scott Forstall.
  • This year, look for Apple to adopt many of the flatter design of its iOS onto the operating system for the Mac platform, to help make it easier for users to navigate among devices.
  • The announcements everyone is waiting for -- Apple's re-imagining of the television landscape, wearable devices such as an iWatch -- are unlikely, though Apple execs keep promising cool new stuff. Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president, was the latest, saying Apple has "the best product pipeline I've seen in 25 years" at a conference last week.
  • With little to go on, Apple watchers have been reduced to speculating on what name Apple will give this year's update of its Mac operating system. Last year, it switched from big cats -- Jaguar, Lion, Mountain Lion -- to iconic places in its home state of California, with "Mavericks" a surfing spot in Northern California for big-wave seekers. The MacRumors blog said Friday it discovered a bunch of trademarks Apple has filed that could be OS X names, including OS X Sequoia, OSX Mojave, OS X Sonoma, and OS X Ventura. Plus, it spotted banners featuring Yosemite at the convention center.
  • Apple's streaming video is now live from the Moscone Center.
  • The New York Times reported today that Apple's announcements today will include its long-rumored health app to help track heart rate, sleeping activity, and footsteps taken throughout the day. The Times also said Apple will dive deeper into the Internet of things, allowing more ways for washing machines, refrigerators, lighting, and other home appliances to be controlled from an iPhone, much as the Nest thermostat works now.
  • The Wall Street Journal says Apple will be talking about its iBeacon technology that helps people make purchases and get updates based on their specific location -- inside a store, for example, or at a Major League ballpark.
  • The presentation has begin with a video of people talking about the apps they use -- Candy Crush, Tinder, Instagram, Words with Friends.
  • Tim Cook just walked onstage following the video.
  • Attendees from 69 countries are attending the conference.
  • If you haven't followed one of these before, the first half hour or so is usually taken up with Apple touting its performance over the previous year.
  • Cook says they'll be talking about iOS and OS X.
  • Plus what he calls "the mother of all releases" for developers.
  • We're all tingling here.
  • Cook says 80 million Macs now in use around the world.
  • 40 million copies of Mavericks are installed, Cook says -- more than half of all Macs are using the latest operating system.
  • This part of the talk is geared at getting developers excited for developing on the latest Apple software.
  • Cook claims that the latest Windows OS, Windows 8, is in use by just 14 percent of its installed base.
  • Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering and the person in charge of the OS X operating system, now on the stage.
  • Says they examined many names for the new OS -- Oxnard, Rancho Cucamonga -- and Weed.
  • Yosemite it is.
  • Weed would've been an interesting choice.
  • Seems he carefully dodged around saying OS X ten.
  • What he's decided to feature first is the new trash can in the dock.
  • Looks like white plastic, not the old wire mesh trash can.
  • "We spent a lot of time on the trash can" says Federighi
  • There's a new "dark mode" on the OS so that the window around apps is black, not gray.
  • The Mac "notification center" now looks a lot like the one on iPhone and iPad.
  • More textures on the chopping block. Non-glassy skeuomorphism continues on its way out.
  • Searching in Spotlight now launches a search bar in the middle of the computer, not up in the top right hand corner.
  • You guys just love putting down skeuomorphism, don't you?
  • I hope I never have to type that word again.
  • Apple makes its Search Tool much better … w/ internet search … #WWDC14
  • Notification Center for Mac now seems to be widget-based -- kind of like the old Dashboard.
  • Tough to pass judgement without using it, but this talk of widgets and web search within Spotlight begins to feel like feature bloat.
  • Apple's never been able to give up on this widget idea. It keeps surfacing in different forms.
  • +1. Mac OS X's evolution lately reminds of of Windows Vista.
  • Demoing a revamped Spotlight, all in a central pane.
  • Metric conversions means I don't have to use Google for that anymore. If I can figure out how to use this new Notification Center.
  • It seems to bring in some of the intelligence of a Google Now-esque search tool ... but Siri's not chiming in.
  • So, looks like the Spotlight strategy is aimed at diminishing the visibility of individual apps in favor of OS-level interactions.
  • iCloud Drive, Craig says.
  • Sounds a lot like Google Drive.
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