Apple WWDC news and analysis
This week was dominated by Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference and news of iPhone 2.0…
Dan Langendorf kicked off with an excellent blow-by-blow account of Steve Jobs’ keynote speech including the much rumored iPhone 2.0 with support for 3G data speeds, GPS, enterprise features, and third-party apps.
In a follow up post, Steve O’Hear writes: “During Steve Jobs’ keynote yesterday, one thing really stuck in my mind. Finally, Apple is taking the enterprise market seriously.” The new iPhone supports Microsoft Exchange and Office, adds security measures such as ‘remote wipe’, and will enable a way for native iPhone apps to be distributed outside of the consumer-facing iPhone AppStore, so that, for example, bespoke company software can be written and then distributed via a company’s Intranet to authorized iPhones only. The result is that “Apple is sucking up to enterprise like never before”, says Steve.
During the keynote we were shown a new iPhone app from MLB.com that not only offers real time scores and statistics but also video highlights, which amazingly are available moments after a play.
We’ve sifted through the first day of post-keynote jubilation to provide you with new software announcements, transitioning from iPhone 1.0 to 2.0 and moving from .Mac to MobileMe, the change in the iPhone business model, and the disappointments voiced by some now that the WWDC hangover is clearing.
As with everything else iPhone, there’s been a great deal of speculation following the Worldwide Developers Conference regarding the App Store, where Apple intends to sell and distribute third-party applications. There’s been talk of the grand opening being in July and at the end of June. Details continue to trickle out about how the store will operate. And “overnight” polls indicate the App Store will mean hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, perhaps even a billion, for Apple by the end of 2009.
Other digital lifestyle coverage:
- Video: Mozilla demos Firefox Mobile concept
- From an RC beer cooler to an ESPN remote, digital lifestyle gifts for Dad on Father’s Day
- A collection of day-after links for iPhone 2.0
- Disney to stream movies online – for free
- Last.fm now streaming on Squeezebox
That’s a wrap! Enjoy what’s left of the weekend.