Some brief highlights of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) underway in San Francisco.
Electronic Arts games coming to the Mac in July:
- Command & Conquor 3
- Battlefield 2142
- Need For Speed Carbon
- Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
- Madden '08 (coming soon)
- Tiger Woods '08 (coming soon)
New game coming from John Carmack's id Software (creator of Doom, Quake and Castle Wolfenstein). Name TBA.
21 Months between Tiger & Leopard.
There are 300 new features in Leopard - today we'll be seeing 10:
1. New Desktop
New menu bar
New Dock - folders fan out from dock
Stacks - remedy for messy desktops, stack in dock
Consistent window look
Prominent active window
2. New Finder
Search other Macs and servers
Back to my Mac
CoverFlow - works just like it does in iTunes
3. Quick Look
Instantly preview most types of files by hitting space bar
Live file previews
Text, images, movies, PDF, Word Excel
Leopard is 64-bit top to bottom
64-bit goes mainstream
One version of Leopard runs 32 and 64-bit apps side-by-side
5. Core Animation
6. Boot Camp
Run XP and Vista at native speeds
No more burning CDs to install drivers
Complements Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion
Over 3,000 widgets
New widget: Movie Times
Use Safari tomake Widgets from Web pages
Better quality audio (AAC Low-Delay codec)
Share Keynote with transitions and effects
Share movies, or any application compatible with Quick Looks
10. Time Machine
Backup to local hard drive of server, even wireless
Search back in time
Preview with Quick Look
Selective restore of entire Mac
Just 10 of over 300 features...
Basic version - US$129
Premium version - US$129
Most people are going to buy the ultimate version. (much applause)
"One more thing..."
18 million Safari users
Safari marketshare 4.9%
Explorer has 78%
Safari 3 will run on Windows XP and Vista
Fastest browser on Windows
Twice as fast as IE 7
1.6 times faster thans Firefox 2
Google and Yahoo search
New tab features - drag them around, drag tabs off to own Window
Safari Windows public beta being released today
"I do have something else... One last thing."
Full Safari engine is in iPhone
You can write amazing Web 2.0/AJAX applications for Safari that will work on iPhone
Scott Forstall - VP iPhone demoing iPhone corporate application
Address book database using LDAP from inside Safari on iPhone
Developers getting a copy of Leopard today.
Keynote presentation over.