Monday, June 7, 2010

Apple WWDC 2010 - 7 Jun: Live Blog reports

FULL keynote video:
Whole keynote condensed into 4 minutes and 47 seconds :

10:01AM - The lights are going down, here we go! Steve’s up, huge applause.
10:01AM - Standing O — “It’s great to be here. Thank you.” Screams — we love you Steve!

10:02AM - “We have got a great conference for you guys this week. … we sold out in 8 days. We apologize to those folks who wanted to be here, we didn’t have room. This was the biggest place we could get.”

10:03AM - Steve’s reviewing the conference agenda, basically. Over 1k Apple engineers on hand, blah blah. A few updates, “I’d like to start with the iPad. An incredible success.”

10:04AM - “It’s changing the way we’re experiencing the web. Things like email, photos, maps, you name it — it’s a whole new way to interact with the internet, with apps, with our content and media, and it’s going over really well. And it IS magical. I know it, because I got this email…” Guy apparently got a girl interested in him with his iPad.

10:04AM - “We’ve sold over 2m iPads. That’s one every three seconds. iPad is now in ten countries.”

10:06AM - “We’re going to be in 19 countries by the end of July — we thank everyone for their patience, we’re making iPads as fast as we can. There are now 8.5k native iPad apps in the App Store… they’ve been downloaded 35 million times. That’s about 17 apps per iPad. That’s a GREAT number.”

10:08AM - “Let me show you some of these great apps…” Pulse, Gowalla, eBay, webMD, Iron Man, the list goes on. Showing off Elements… email: “I earned more on the sales of Elements for iPad the first day than on the past 5 years of Google ads on” Heh. Steve: “This is what we LOVE to hear from you guys.”

10:09AM - “I’d like to tell you about one of our apps we’re updating today: iBooks. … I’ve got a few stats for you. In the first 65 days, users have downloaded over 5m books, that’s about 2.5 books per iPad, which is terrific.”

10:09AM - “And five of the six biggest publishers in the US tell us that the share of iBooks is up to about 22% — in about 8 weeks! We’re really thrilled with that. So, we’ve got some enhancements.”

10:10AM - “As you know, you can create highlights, you can also make notes. Now you can make notes. In addition, we’ve added a control to just tap and bookmark a page — under ToC you’ll see all the notes, highlights, and bookmarks.”

10:10AM - “We’ve added another big enhancement — the ability to view and read PDFs. So we’ve built that in.” Big applause. “You can now view PDFs. We’ve put a little selector at the top — books and PDFs. You get a whole new bookshelf just for PDFs, they just look gorgeous.”

10:11AM - “So that is my update for the iPad.”  “Next, I’d like to talk about the App Store, something near and dear to all of us. Now, I want to make something really clear.”

10:12AM - “We support two platforms at Apple. Two. The first is HTML5, a fully-open, uncontrolled platform that is forged and defined by standards bodies. We fully support HTML5. Apple’s browsers are in the lead in terms of supporting the full HTML5 standard, and we are behind this 100%. It is fully open.”

10:13AM - “The second platform we support is the App Store. It’s a curated platform with 225,000 apps. It’s a vibrant community — there’s nowhere else you can find this many apps.”
10:13AM - “We get about 15k apps submitted every week. They come in up to 30 different languages. Guess what: 95% of the apps submitted are approved within 7 days. What about the 5% that aren’t? Why don’t we approve them? Let me give you the three top reasons.”

10:14AM - “The number one reason: it doesn’t function as advertised. It doesn’t do what the developer says it does, so we tell the developer to change the app or the description. The second reason: the developer uses private APIs. … If we upgrade the OS and the app breaks, we won’t have a happy customer.”

10:15AM - “And the third most frequent reason: they crash. If you were in our shoes, you’d be rejecting apps for the exact same reasons. I just wanted to give you the facts — sometimes when you read some of these articles, you may think other stuff is going on.”

10:15AM - “Now, I’d like to highlight one of these: eBay.” 10m downloads, $600m in volume in year 1, $1.5b in volume in 2010. Steve: “Wow. Should we all be this successful.”

10:16AM - “I’d like to show you three new apps.” Netflix! Reed Hastings is on stage. Reed: “Two months ago we launched Netflix on the iPad. It’s been one of the top 10 most downloaded apps in the App Store…”

10:17AM - “There is one feature request we’ve consistently gotten… and I’m happy to announce Netflix for the iPhone coming this summer for free.” Woops, Steve slipped and mentioned Netflix for iPhone right before Reed got on stage.
10:18AM - Demoing the app. Uses adaptive video playback — seamless switching between networks. Reed: “Thank you everyone, Netflix for iPhone coming this summer!” Applause. Steve: “Next up: Zynga.”

10:19AM - Pincus is up: “Thank you Steve and Apple, we’re honored and excited. Today we’re introducing farming for the iPhone. Farmville is our most popular game, and we’re excited to be bringing it to the most popular mobile gaming platform in the world.”

10:20AM - “Every day more than more than 35m people play our games.” Demo time! Oh hey, it’s not Flash.
10:21AM - “Say goodbye to withering crops, we now have push notifications!” Pincus: “I’d just like to say, if you don’t regularly farm… well, you should.” Har.
10:24AM - Guitar Hero time!
10:24AM - By the way, if you’re not already a gdgt user you should go sign up and join the discussion!
10:25AM - Showing swiping strum mechanics, looks crazy. I’m not feeling dextrous enough.

10:27AM - Guitar Hero now in App Store for $2.99 “Go download it!” Steve’s back. “He was playing that lead in real time, that was really cool! Three great entertainment apps… I’ve got a few great pieces of information to share with you.”

10:27AM - “Just last week, we crossed five BILLION downloads.” Big applause. “This next thing is my favorite thing is my favorite stat of the whole show. As you know, 70% of revenue goes to the developer. How much have we paid you to date? Just a few days ago we crossed a BILLION dollars.” Big, big applause.

10:28AM - “It is one of the greatest things we get to do. And that’s what makes the App Store the most vibrant app community on the planet. 5b downloads and a healthy ecosystem, and we’re thrilled with it. Now, I’d like to talk about the iPhone.” Some cheering.

10:28AM - “There have been a lot of stats floating around — market research, market share studies, some are ok and some are questionable. I’d like to give you two pieces of data to help you make your own judgments.”

10:29AM - “The first is a report that just came out from Nielson: what is the marketshare in the US? RIM is #1 with 35%. iPhone is #2 with 28%, WinMo #3 with 19%, Android 9%. Nielson says iPhone is over 3x that of Android.”

10:30AM - US mobile browser usage in the US — 58.2% of US mobile browser usage. “That’s almost 2.5x that of #2, Android. This may help you put things in perspective. So, back to iPhone.”

10:30AM - “In 2007, iPhone reinvented what we think of as a phone. It’s hard to remember what it was like before iPhone!” Heh. “There were a few apps, but there was no free market for apps, there was no App Store. We started to change all that in 2007. In 2008, we added 3G networking and the App Store.”

10:31AM - “In 2009 the iPhone 3GS was twice as fast. For 2010 we’re going to take the biggest leap since the original iPhone.” Huge applause.

10:31AM - “We’re introducing iPhone 4.”
10:31AM - “Now, this is really hot. There are well over 100 new features, but I’m going to cover 8 new features of the iPhone 4. The first: an all new design.”

10:32AM - “Now, stop me if you’ve already seen this.” Huge laughter and cheering.

10:32AM - “This is one of the most beautiful designs you’ve ever seen. This is beyond a doubt one of the most precise and beautiful things we’ve ever made. Glass and steel… its closest kin is like an old Leica camera. And it’s really thin.”
10:33AM - “This is the new iPhone 4.” Huge applause.

 10:33AM - “It is just 9.3mm thick, that is 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS. A quarter thinner in something you didn’t think could get any thinner! In fact, it is the thinnest smartphone on the planet.”

10:34AM - “We have a front-facing camera, microSIM, camera + LED flash, headset, and a second mic for noise cancellation. Now, because there have been a few photos around, people have asked, what’s this?” The edge of the phone. “What are these lines? These don’t seem like Apple.”

10:35AM - “Well, it turns out, there’s not just one of them, there’s three of them. And they are part of the structure of the phone — the stainless steel band is the structure of the phone. These is some brilliant engineering — we use that stainless steel band as part of the antenna system.”

10:36AM - “It’s got integrated antennas right in the structure of the phone — it’s never been done before and it’s really cool engineering.” Big applause. “Stainless steel for strength. Glass on the front AND back. Integrated antennas, and extraordinary build quality.”

10:36AM - “There’s not another consumer product like this. This is our all new design for the iPhone 4. That’s the first point.”

  10:36AM - “Second: this is a biggie. Something we call the retina display. What’s that?” Chuckles. “In any display, there are pixels — here’s four of them. We start off by dramatically increasing the pixel density, 4x in the same amount of space.”

 10:37AM - “Why’s that important? We get far more precision… and we play tricks like adding some gray pixels to help fuzz it for the eye. When you zoom out, you get REALLY crisp images. It has 326 pixels per inch. There has never been a display like this on a phone.”

10:38AM - “People haven’t even dreamt of a display like this. It turns out there’s a limit around 300px per inch that the human eye can’t differentiate between the pixels — text looks like you’ve seen it in a fine printed book, unlike you’ve ever seen on an electronic display before. It’s extraordinary.”

10:39AM - “Let me give you an example of the ordinary display on the left and a Retina Display on the right.” Hard to tell from back here. “Once you use a Retina Display, you can’t go back.”

10:40AM - Demo time: iPhone 3GS “with our widely-praised display on it” vs. the iPhone 4. “Look at that difference. We had to get special projectors for this because most can’t display all the dots we put in the Retina Display!”
10:41AM - Interestingly, they haven’t scaled any of the interface elements and targets — it looks the same, just sharper.

10:44AM -  showing photos now. “It kinda comes down to what do you want to be looking at all day long? … I’ll try one more time here. Well, I’m sorry guys, I just don’t know what’s going on. Scott, you got any suggestions?” Someone shouts “Verizon!”

10:44AM - Demo over. Steve is clearly not too stoked.

10:45AM - “3.5-inches, but 4x more pixels than the iPhone 3GS. 326px per inch. 800:1 contrast ratio, 4x that of iPhone 3GS. IPS — provides much more accurate color and much higher resolution. You can’t make an OLED display with this resolution, we think it’s quite superior.”

10:46AM - “Again, the Retina Display has 78% of the pixels on an iPad right in the palm of your hand. iPhone OS 4 makes it so your apps automatically run on the Retina Display — but they look even better, because we render your text and controls in the higher resolution. Your apps look even better without doing any work!”

10:47AM - “But if you do a little work and put in higher resolution artwork, they’ll look stunning — so we suggest you do that. … We think this is going to set the standard for displays for years to come. It may be the most important single component of the hardware, and we’ve got something here now that’s like the best window on the planet. So that’s the Retina Display.”

10:47AM - “Third: the iPhone 4 is powered by the A4. It’s designed by our own team, and it’s wonderful to have on the iPhone.”

10:48AM - “Let’s take the back off: the first thing you’ll notice is the iPhone is packed to the gills. We went to micro SIM because it’s smaller — we need the space. The biggest component in the phone is the battery — we could make it a little bit bigger.”

10:48AM - “Now, because we’ve made the battery bigger and the A4 is so good with power management, we’ve improved the battery life! 7 hours 3G tlak, 6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours WiFi browsing, 10 hours music, 40 hours of music, and 300 hours of standby.”

10:49AM - “Our environmental report card is strong. Arsenic, BFR, mercury, and PVC free… we’re doing great there.” Review: “A4, 32GB, quad band HSDPA / HSUPA, dual mics, 802.11n” and the rest…

10:49AM - So wait, quad band? T-Mobile? We’ll see!

10:50AM - “We’ve got another cool piece of hardware: we’re adding a three-axis gyroscope.” A few people in the audience just completely lost it.

10:50AM - “We’ve tied the gyro, accelerometer, and GPS for 6-axis motion sensing. It’s perfect for gaming — and one of the reasons it’s perfect is because it’s built into every iPhone 4, so you know it’s there.”

10:51AM - Demo time! “Since this demo doesn’t require the network…” “we should be ok.”

10:52AM - Showing a Janga-like game and did a quick bit of real-space rotation with the gyro. Big applause. This is pretty impressive.

10:53AM - “The gyro joins the four other sensors… these phones are getting more and more intelligent about the world around them. So that’s four. Number five. This is a great one. A whole new camera system built into iPhone 4.”

10:54AM - “Everybody loves to talk about the things that are tangible when it comes to photography, like megapixels. But we tend to ask the question: how do we make better pictures?”

10:54AM - “Megapixels are nice, but what cellphone cameras are really about is capturing photons and low-light photography. So we’ve gone from a 3 to a 5 megapixel sensor with a backside illuminated sensor.”

10:55AM - “It’s a way of getting more light to the sensor… also, when most people increase the megapixels, they make the pixel sensors smaller. We’ve kept them the same size so they capture more photons. We’ve got a 5x digital zome, tap to focus, and LED flash.”

10:56AM - “The pictures are marvelous.” Showing photos: “These were taken right off the iPhone 4, shows you what kind of quality we can get.”

10:56AM - “But that’s not all: the camera records HD video.
10:57AM - “It records a full 720p at 30fps — it’s REAL HD. Tap to focus video, built-in video editing, one-click sharing, and the LED flash will stay on to illuminate scenes for video. Record and edit HD video right on your phone. It’s pretty remarkable. But we’re going even further than that…”

10:57AM - “We’ve written an application ourselves.” iMovie for iPhone!

10:58AM - Demo time! Randy Ubillos, Apple’s chief architect of video apps. “This is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever worked on. Record HD video and edit with beautiful transitions and titles, all on the device you carry with you every day.”

11:01AM - Showing edits, transitions, bringing in music from iTunes. Geolocation information can be imported to titles. This is all looking pretty amazing. There’s nothing out today that is remotely comparable to this in terms of mobile video editing.

11:03AM - Showing final HD video that was recorded, edited, and rendered on the phone. Pretty unreal.

11:04AM - Demo over! Steve’s back. “Isn’t that awesome? iMovie for iPhone. You can buy this right on your phone for $4.99 right on your phone. If we approve it.”

11:05AM - “Before I begin, our guys are running around backstage trying to figure out what’s up. Why? There are 570 WiFi base stations in the room… would you like to see the demos? All you bloggers need to turn off your base stations, put your notebooks down.”

11:06AM - People are jeering… “come on guys.” Oooookay. “Are we done? So, number six: iPhone OS4. The most advanced mobile OS in the world.”
11:06AM - “We’re renaming it! We’re taking away the phone! iOS4.”

11:08AM - “And we’re going even further and giving it some metal.” Heh. “It’s our most ambitious release to date — over 1500 developer APIs. Over 100 new user features, the biggest being multitasking. Some people were saying you weren’t first with multitasking — the same was true with cut/copy/paste. But we took some time to figure out how to do it right.

11:09AM - “I’d like to demo just a few things today.” Demo time! Showing multitasking – Pandora, now switching to Mail. “We’ll see if we really did turn off all those WiFi devices.” Page loads, huge applause. “Thank you!”

11:11AM - The engineering team at gdgt HQ just made a good point: the “iOS” name is already taken by Cisco. (It’s what runs most of the internet, as a matter of fact.) Then again, Cisco owned the “iPhone” name, too, as you might recall.

11:12AM - Showing the meta media controls in the multitasking tray, unified inbox with threading, folders, and lots of other new stuff. “So, iOS4: Multitasking, folders, Retina Display integration, unified inbox and threading in Mail, lots of enhancements in camera and photos, deeper enterprise support, and tons of new features everywhere.”

11:13AM - “I wanted to hit for a moment on the enterprise integration — our customers are thrilled. Better data protection, wireless app distribution, multiple Exchange accounts… another thing we’re adding on the consumer side, today we have Google and Yahoo search.”

11:14AM - “We’re adding a third option, which is Bing! Google will stay the default, but now you have another choice, if you like. Each one takes a unique approach to how they search and format results. You decide.”

11:14AM - “Microsoft has done a really nice job on this, it’s an HTML5 presentation, it’s great. So, iOS4: we’re going to put a golden master candidate in developers’ hands today. Our final candidate will be in your hands today, and it will be out soon.”
11:15AM - “Now, there’s another major milestone we’re about to hit: this month we will sell the 100 millionth iOS device.” Applause. “That’s iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads, 100 million. There is definitely a market for your applications.”

11:15AM - “So no one even comes close to this. That is iOS4. Number seven: iBooks. We are bringing it to the iPhone.”
11:16AM - “The same controls, the same highlighting, the same bookmarking, the same PDF reading. If you get a PDF in Mail, tap on that and you’ll go right to iBooks. And, of course, the iBook Store right on your iPhone. We’ll have it on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This gets interesting.”

11:17AM - “What can we do with all these products together? Well, the first is you can download and purchase a book to any of these products, and it’ll be wirelessly downloaded right to the device. Now, you can download the same book to all your devices at no extra charge.”

11:18AM - “You only have to buy it once. And, iBooks will automatically and wirelessly — and for no charge — sync your place, notes, and bookmarks across all your devices.” Big applause. Sorry Kindle!

11:18AM - Demo time!
11:19AM - “Partly just because I want you to see how beautiful this looks on our amazing Retina Display.” Showing selections, highlighting with colors, notes, bookmarks. This is all pretty true to the iPad version.
11:21AM - “Pretty cool, huh?” Applause. “So that is iBooks. As you know, it has the iBookstore, which joins the App Store and iTunes Store as the third store on the iPhone. We have over 150 million credit cards on file ready to purchase your apps. We think we’re number one on the web.”

11:22AM - “Number eight: iAds. Why are we doing iAds? For one simple reason: to help our devs earn money so they can continue to create free and low-cost apps for users.” So Steve DOES acknowledge the deflationary nature of the App Store.

11:22AM - “As you know, we’re trying to combine the emotion of video with the interactivity of the web. … iAds keep you in your app.” If you saw our iPhone OS 4 keynote coverage, a lot of this is just recap.

11:24AM - “Apple hosts and sells the ads, so all you have to do is tell us where you want them and make the money.” Chuckles. “We’ve only been selling ads for 8 weeks, and I’d like to just show you about some of the brands that will be advertising with us during the second half of the year…”

11:25AM - “Nissan, Citi, Unilever, AT&T, Chanel, GE, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Geico — they want you guys to have insurance! — Sears, JCPenny, Target, Best Buy, DirecTV, TBS network, and Disney. Those are some of the brands, and we couldn’t be happier. We’re so excited.”

11:26AM - “I wanted to pull an ad, Nissan is working on one for their fully electric car… they were hesitant to show it, but I really wanted to show you, so I convinced them.”

11:27AM - Showing the interactive Nissan Leaf iAd. Steve registered on the ad with his sjobs email address
11:30AM - Steve’s talking display ad numbers. They’re looking at $60m of ad dollars in the second half of the year — “We think it’s going to be 48% of the entire US mobile display ad market. We think we’re off to a pretty great start!”
11:31AM - “I think it’s a lot more than people thought it was. What do you think?” Applause. “Well, we’re really pleased with it. But there is one more thing…”

11:32AM - FaceTime — video calling.

11:33AM - “In 2007 when we launched the iPhone, I got to make the first public call on the iPhone…” Jony’s face shows up on the screen. “Hey Jony! This never freezes up, so you haven’t turned off all the WiFi — let’s get it off please!”

11:34AM - “Hey Jony how you doing?”
“I’m doing okay — except for these guys who aren’t turning their WiFi off. You know, this is amazing… I grew up with the Jetsons and Star Trek communicators. I grew up dreaming about this stuff…

11:34AM - Jony: “I did, too — I used to love the optimistic view of the future. And it’s real now, isn’t it?”
“It’s real now. Especially when people turn off their WiFi.”
11:35AM - Big applause. Guess that FaceTime calling wasn’t over the cellular network!
11:36AM - “We call this FaceTime — video calling. It’s… it’s great. It’s iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 anywhere there is WiFi, and there is no setup required.”
11:37AM - “You can switch from the front or rear camera automatically. It’s WiFi-only in 2010, we’re working with the cellular providers to get things ready.”

11:40AM - “This is one of those moments that reminds us why we do what we do. FaceTime: iPhone 4 to iPhone 4, anywhere there’s WiFi, zero setup, front or rear camera, amazing video and audio quality. It’s based on a lot of standards, and we’re going to take it all the way… we’re going to make FaceTime an open industry standard.”

11:40AM - “Price and availability! iPhone 4 comes in two colors, black and white — price is $199 in the US for the 16GB model, and 299 for the 32GB model.”

11:41AM - “I’m thrilled to announce AT&T is going to make an incredibly generous upgrade offer. If your contract expires any time in 2010, you are immediately eligible for a new iPhone 4 at the same 199 or 299 prices if you top up your contract 2 years.”

11:42AM - “So you can get up to 6 months early eligibility to upgrade. We’re thrilled about that. What’s our lineup look like? Yesterday it was the 3G for 99, and the 3GS for 199.”

11:42AM - iPhone 3G is gone, 3GS now 99, on sale June 24th.

11:42AM - “Pre-order start a week from tomorrow. We’ll be shipping in five countries, US, France, Germany, UK, Japan — in July, we’ll be doing 18 more countries.”
11:43AM - “In August we’ll add 24 more, and in September we’ll add 44 more — we’ll be shipping in 88 countries. This will be our fastest rollout ever.”

11:44AM - “A real nice dock.” $29. “Just like the iPad, we took a crack at doing a case ourselves, we call it a bunker.” Colors, $29.

11:44AM - “We will be offering iOS4 upgrades for the 3GS, 3G — but again, not all features will be supported in the 3G — and iPod touch… upgrades for all these products will be free on June 21st.”

11:45AM - “We’ve finally found a way to get these upgrades for free to our iPod touch customers, and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve put together a video to summarize all the features of the iPhone 4, and I’d like to run that now…” Video time

11:50AM - Still reviewing iOS4 features, now talking A4 and the 40% increased call time.

11:52AM - “I put up this slide earlier this year, and to me it represents what Apple is all about. It’s not just a technology company, even though we have and invent some of the highest tech in this industry. It’s more than that. It’s the marriage of that and humanity.”
11:52AM - “It’s the hardware and software working together. It’s not just a great new camera, it’s the built-in editing software and iMovie. It’s not just a front-facing camera, it’s a front-facing camera and 18 months worth of work to create software you’ll never even notice when you want to make a video call.”

11:53AM - “I am so proud of the team that created this product. It’s really extraordinary. Before we end today, I’d like to say thanks to the teams who’ve worked their tails off to create the iPhone 4. Mark Papermaster, can you please stand up?” Big applause in the room.

11:54AM - “Jony Ive and the design team… the A4 team… Scott Forstall and our remarkable iOS software team… all of this wouldn’t make any difference if we couldn’t build a ton of them. Tim in our operations team…”

11:54AM - “All the rest of the Apple family that supports us in a thousand ways, I’m really proud of all you guys. Awesome job.” Applause.

11:55AM - “Thank you very much for coming. This is our new baby, I hope you love it as much as we do!”

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