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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.
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 4:35:45 PM
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 4:40:30 PM
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 4:41:48 PM
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 4:44:30 PM
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 4:50:16 PM
  • Apple's streaming video is now live from the Moscone Center.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 4:53:05 PM
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:22:15 PM
  • Tough to pass judgement without using it, but this talk of widgets and web search within Spotlight begins to feel like feature bloat.
    damon.kiesow 6/2/2014 5:22:53 PM
  • Apple's never been able to give up on this widget idea. It keeps surfacing in different forms.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:23:21 PM
  • +1. Mac OS X's evolution lately reminds of of Windows Vista.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:23:53 PM
  • Demoing a revamped Spotlight, all in a central pane.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:24:34 PM
  • 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.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:24:36 PM
  • It seems to bring in some of the intelligence of a Google Now-esque search tool ... but Siri's not chiming in.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:25:04 PM
  • So, looks like the Spotlight strategy is aimed at diminishing the visibility of individual apps in favor of OS-level interactions.
    damon.kiesow 6/2/2014 5:25:07 PM
  • iCloud Drive, Craig says.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:25:18 PM
  • Sounds a lot like Google Drive.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:25:40 PM
  • All files can be synchronized, he says, "across all your Macs" -- meaning devices too?
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:26:09 PM
  • Yes, he says. And accessible from Windows.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:26:20 PM
  • Mail -- concentrated on the basics. Speed, quickness, sending large attachments.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:26:52 PM
  • New technology called "Mail Drop."
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:27:04 PM
  • Can be sent separately from the message, but at the same time. Attachments up to 5 gigabytes in size.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:27:32 PM
  • iCloud Drive seems like a Dropbox-style upgrade. Devil is in the details, but it seems to be integrated throughout. Now demoing how it's being used, via MailDrive, to send 5 gig mail attachments.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:27:36 PM
  • Very Dropbox-y.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:27:50 PM
  • Another new Mail feature called "Markup."
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:28:04 PM
  • Mail Drop is not a bad idea. Cuts out the step of uploading to DropBox and copy/pasting the link.
    damon.kiesow 6/2/2014 5:28:08 PM
  • You can circle items, or add signatures.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:28:19 PM
  • Next up, Safari updates.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:28:40 PM
  • NatGeo gets a shout out in the Safari demo.
    damon.kiesow 6/2/2014 5:28:56 PM
  • Clicking on search bar brings up your favorites, and suggestions for search.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:28:59 PM
  • Interesting: Google drops RSS from Chrome, Apple upgrades it in Safari.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:29:41 PM
  • Sharing in the browser made easier -- suggestions for people you share a lot with come up when sharing.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:29:54 PM
  • Not convinced that RSS power users want the feeds showing up in Safari.
    damon.kiesow 6/2/2014 5:29:56 PM
  • So far, just a lot of interesting but minor software tweaks. Par from the course--Apple usually saves important announcements till the end.
    Hiawatha Bray 6/2/2014 5:30:12 PM
  • Hmmm...that was interesting. Two hours longer Netflix streaming because of Safari.
    Hiawatha Bray 6/2/2014 5:30:57 PM
  • Touting the energy efficiency of Safari, says you can get two hours additional viewing time of streaming video of Safari compared to other browsers.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:31:11 PM
  • Hiawatha, can your choice of browser really make that much of a difference in streaming video?
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:31:39 PM
  • Never tested it before
    Hiawatha Bray 6/2/2014 5:32:16 PM
  • Maybe I should.
    Hiawatha Bray 6/2/2014 5:32:19 PM
  • Heh. They just dropped Google’s name: “You can do just a regular old Google search.” And then show how to avoid one with their new features.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:33:17 PM
  • New "tab view" button gives birds' eye view of all tabs that are open.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:33:21 PM
  • So far, the best feature they've is the improvements to Mail to be able to send larger files using the new Mail Drop feature.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:34:38 PM
  • More reliable synching of Mail would be a big improvement.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:34:56 PM
  • Being able to edit and all comments on photos via "Markup" is also a nice trick. If it's not too complicated.
    Bennie DiNardo 6/2/2014 5:35:25 PM
  • Agreed. Huge attachments: Great. Fussy speech balloon tool: Useful for setting up a more touch-y Mac OS X down the road.
    michael.morisy 6/2/2014 5:36:01 PM
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