Here's the original article we wrote last year to cover the new products - iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, along with a range of new developer tools - launched at Apple's WWDC 2014 event. On the first page of this article we discuss what we expect to see at WWDC 2015.
Apple's WWDC 2014 (Worldwide Developers Conference) kicked off with a keynote on 2 June 2014, during which the company unveiled iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, as well as new tools for developers that are going to completely change the way apps work on iOS.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage during the event, joined by the likes of Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and other Apple executives who each showed off what Apple has been busy working on behind the scenes.
There were no hardware announcements at WWDC this year, which came as a bit of a surprise, but the software announcements certainly made up for the absence of physical products.
Apple unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite (another name that follows the new Californian theme for Apple's Mac operating system), which takes some design inspiration from the iOS 7 redesign, including translucency and more minimalist icons.
In a change of strategy for Apple, the company has announced that the OS X Yosemite beta will be available to the first one million non-developers that register for the OS X Beta Program, who'll be able to download and use the pre-release version of the software for free, and provide feedback to the company.
This is the first time since 2000 that the company has let large numbers of outsiders get an early look at an upcoming Mac operating system.
Apple went on to show off the new operating system for its iPad and iPhone devices, which is called iOS 8 – no surprise there.
New features in iOS 8 include a Health app, as well as lots of improvements to the Notification Centre, Safari, Messages, Camera and more. There's also a new iCloud Drive feature, as well as Family-Sharing for those of us with iOS-loving children. There's lots more information about iOS 8 here. Plus, read all the latest information about iOS 8 in our massive iOS 8 preview.
Bringing the two operating systems closer together is Apple's new 'Continuity' features, which we talk about more here.
For developers, Apple is offering some extremely exciting new tools that'll mean apps are able to do lots more than they previously could. The new SDK (Software Developer Kit) for iOS 8 gives developers access to lots of Apple's apps, so their own third-party apps can communicate with the default apps like never before. Plus, features such as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be able to work with third-party apps, as will the iPhone's camera.
WWDC 2014 in numbers
As with any Apple keynote, CEO Tim Cook shared lots of numbers at WWDC 2014, designed to demonstrate Apple's continued might in the mobile and PC markets. So, for example, Cook boasted that iOS 7, which debuted at WWDC 2013, is now installed on 89 per cent of all iOS devices in existence; by contrast, he pointed out that just 9 per cent of Android devices are running the latest version of the Android operating system. Cook said that iOS 7 has earned a 97 per cent overall satisfaction rating from its users.
"We've now sold well over 800 million iOS devices," Cook said during the event. The iPad has passed 200 million units, the iPhone 500 million units and the iPod touch 100 million units.
According to Apple, more than 130 million customers who bought an iOS device in the past 12 months were buying their first Apple device. "Many of these customers were switchers from Android," Cook pointed out.
iOS devices are prominent in the enterprise, too, Cook highlighted, noting that 98 per cent of the Fortune 500 companies now use iOS. "And we're going to get the last two," Cook added confidently.
Plus, with more than 1.2 million apps in the App Store – which 300 million people are visiting each week – more than 75 billion apps have been downloaded in total.
Apple also talked a bit about the Mac's numbers during the keynote. Cook pointed out that, while overall sales in the PC market declined by 5 per cent in last year, Mac sales grew by 12 per cent. The Mac now has an installed base of 80 million units, and over 50 per cent of Mac users are on the latest version of the Mac OS. By contract, Cook pointed out, Windows 8 is on just 14 per cent of PCs, despite being available for a year longer.
When talking about the numbers for WWDC itself, Cook said that there were 5,000 engineers at WWDC from 69 countries, and 70 per cent of those were there for the first time. The youngest developer at the conference was just 13 years old, and in the past year, registered Apple developers have doubled to 9 million.
Here's a complete recap of the live feed from WWDC (if you are on an iPhone rotate you phone to landscape for a better view of the live feed below). See: How to watch Apple's WWDC 2014 video
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