Six Clicks: The best of WWDC 2014

Six Clicks: The best of WWDC 2014

Summary: Here is a tour of the highlights of the WWDC 2014 keynote, and what these highlights mean to both Apple and the wider industry.


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  • Introduction

    WWDC is the time when 5,000 developers descend on Moscone West in San Francisco, California for the yearly opportunity to mingle with the brightest and best of Apple's engineers to learn how to make better apps for iDevices and Macs, and to get a head start on developing for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

    However, for the rest of us, it is the keynote speech that is the interesting part. This is the bit where Apple executives such as CEO Tim Cook and SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi give us an overview of how Apple has been doing over the recent months and what's coming on the software front over the coming months.

    Here is a tour of the highlights of the keynote, and what these highlights mean to both Apple and the wider industry.

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  • Apple revels in Mavericks adoption rates

    Early on during the keynote, Apple CEO Cook was keep to point out that the latest incarnation of OSX – 10.9 Mavericks – has, since its release in October 2013, grabbed a 51 percent adoption rate among Mac users, while Windows 8, which Microsoft released a year earlier, is still only at 14 percent.

    While there are clear differences between the OS X and Windows ecosystems that explain these differences, having more than half of all Macs running the latest operating system does allow developers the opportunity to target the new features that the platform offers.

    The speed with which Mavericks was adopted by users, combined with the fact that Yosemite is capable of running on all hardware that can run Mavericks, it is likely that Yosemite will see equally aggressive adoption. 

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, iOS, Operating Systems

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  • So...

    Tim Cook announced between 40 and 50 million people have upgraded to Mavericks and over 170 million have upgraded to Windows 8.n.

    Oh, wait, that doesn't sound half as impressive.
    • Yes and no

      On raw numbers, Windows dwarfs OS X. The percentage of the user base thing is more interesting, because as AKH rightly points out, if you as a developer are more than sure that the majority of users of a platform are using the latest version of the OS, you can code to that market, using the newer, more efficient and powerful technologies.

      Of course, the big problem with Apple's analysis is that while the numbers are very likely correct, they don't give the whole backstory.

      You don't see anywhere as near as many Macs in enterprise environments for example. A ute chunk of enterprise companies have only just finished upgrading to 7 from XP, or are still in the process. Their next purchase will likely be Windows 9 (or whatever it gets called).

      What I would like is to see like-for-like adoption rates. Home users, creative companies etc. Give me the ability to compare on the same basis and then we'll see. I would expect that in some areas, such as students, that Apple has very high levels of representation, but maybe in other sectors (cost conscious ages, or gamers for example) cheaper or more powerful options on the Windows side would be represented far more.
      • I agree

        with you, although as a developer you can still target sales at 170 million plus or 40-50 million...

        That said, the Mac is probably used in fewer verticals than Windows.
  • No Hybrids for OSX

    People have been jawing at Apple for not offering a touch based desktop OS (ala Win8). I'm so glad Apple shut those people up. It's safe to say, OSX users will be able to keep their keyboards, mice, and trackpads, and won't have to worry about buying a touch screen for their monitor or dealing with an interface designed exclusively for touch.
    • Biggest Winners At WWDC....

      The biggest winners at this year's WWDC are actually Windows users. Now that Apple has spilled the beans with features like handoff, and being able to field calls from your smart phone, you know Microsoft engineers are hard at work on it. It means that 2 years from now, after Microsoft irons out all the bugs, you'll be able to do the exact same things with your Windows Phone and Surface tablets since all Microsoft does is copy Apple. It will be great to be a Windows user.
  • There's very little new from Apple

    Almost all of their "new" technology is already in use on my 1+ year old BlackBerry.
    • they still make those?

      yeah we really wish we had actual keyboard keys and a trackball.