There is nothing like a WWDC keynote, a two hour glimpse into the psyche of Apple, to provide a solid picture of what the company is up to. Observers may or may not like the personality of Tim Cook or the current product line, but last week's keynote illustrates how the efforts of thousands of Apple engineers have come to fruition. Again. That's always been a theme of the WWDC keynote, and it obliterated the Apple hysteria.
There is no better way to understand Apple than to spend a week at WWDC. The developer meets Apple engineers, occasionally some executives, and the breadth and scope of the company's initiatives come together in all the various sessions taken as a whole.
There was a time when key influencers, mid-level executives and government officials could just sign up and spend a week at WWDC and take the measure of the company. That's not possible nowadays with space so limited and Apple using essentially a lottery to determine who gets to attend. That's a shame.
As a partial offset to that, Apple streamed the WWDC keynote live. There's still much to dissect from that presentation.
While keen observers have dug into that keynote to analyze Apple, many other curious may have been a little bit overwhelmed and or confused by what they say and heard. That's why I wrote "How to Interpret What You Saw in the WWDC Keynote."
The good news is that this single keynote did a lot to inject a lot of technical level-headedness into the discussion about Apple. Instead of whining about various personalities, perceived failures to deliver products or other hysterics, we have a huge amount of material to dig into now. The repercussions of what Apple is working on provide a keen sense of technical foundation and lead to sober analysis of the implications. That's a very good thing indeed. And in a few months when there is great temptation for lamentations to begin anew, we'll have new hardware.
This week's technical news debris is a first attempt to pull together the early analysis that emerged. Let's dig in.
Next: the tech news debris for the week of June 2.