ACM 257: WWDC 2014 Roundup

5:29 PM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · & · WWDC

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Apple hosted its annual keynote presentation at Worldwide Developer Conference this week, so Jeff and Bryan have plenty to talk about. They took a look at what they like from iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, how Apple is marginalizing Google branding in searches, the move towards smart home control, health and fitness tracking, and more.

Apple Eases Up on iOS, OS X Beta Secrecy

4:42 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · WWDC

Apple is taking a less restrictive stance on secrecy surrounding the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite by letting developers talk more openly about the operating systems instead of clamping down with a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that stops them from saying anything at all. The change doesn't mean developers can talk openly about everything they're experiencing in the beta operating systems, but it will let them discuss features Apple has already highlighted at its Worldwide Developer Conference without fear of repercussion.

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Apple wasn't stopping developers from talking about keynote announcements from previous WWDC events, so it made sense to change the agreement wording to match the company's intent. Good move, Apple.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-03

1:47 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · WWDC

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It's day two at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference and Dave Hamilton took time out of his busy on-location schedule to join Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin to share his take on Monday's announcements. They also discuss Apple's apparent move to control more of our search experience and how that may impact Google.

Apple Design Award Winners 2014: Sky Guide, Monument Valley

10:54 AM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · WWDC

Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicked off on Monday with plenty of excitement about iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and wrapped up later in the day with the unveiling of its Apple Design Award winners. This year's winning apps included Sky View: View Stars Night or Day, Monument Valley, and more.

Analyst: WWDC Announcements Should’ve Included Hardware

8:03 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · WWDC

Apple's two hour keynote event to kick off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference Monday morning was filled with details about OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and developer tools, but it didn't include any new hardware announcements, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um says that was a disappointment.

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No new hardware at WWDC isn't a cause for disappointment. Had Apple failed to show any level of innovation during the keynote would've been more of a concern, and there was plenty to be pleased with from HealthKit to app extensibility in iOS 8, to improved file sharing and syncing, and more. The hardware will come, and it'll get its own media event.

So Long, iPhone 4: Apple Drops Support in iOS 8

6:50 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · WWDC

The iPhone 4 joined the ranks of the original iPhone, iPhone 3 and iPhone 3GS on Monday as another device Apple is leaving behind. When iOS 8 ships this fall, it won't include support the older iPhone model, which means you'll need at least an iPhone 4S to try out the new features Apple announced earlier today.

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Apple maintains backwards compatibility for older hardware longer than many other companies do, but it isn't surprising to see the iPhone 4 dropped from the supported device list for iOS 8. Running iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was frustrating, and several features weren't supported at all. iOS 8 would've been an exercise in pain on the iPhone 4.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-02

6:09 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · WWDC

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Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference with a two hour keynote event showing off OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about some of their favorite announcements and take a look at some of what they think will follow now that we know HealthKit and HomeKit are official products.

Apple’s Stock Steady Considering Lack of Product Announcements

5:29 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · WWDC

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Shares of Apple's stock held remarkably steady on Monday considering the lack of new hardware announcements or other new products during the company's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. The stock lost some 0.69 percent in strong volume to close at US$628.65, down $4.35, on strong volume of 13.2 million shares trading hands.    

WWDC14: Why No New Hardware Was Announced

4:58 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · WWDC

There was plenty of expectation that Apple would inject some hardware excitement into the WWDC keynote, but it didn't happen. Apple has introduced hardware in the past at this event, but in this year's event, Apple had bigger fish to fry.