I've also found that I learned a LOT more about new operating system features when I was attending the conference vs picking and choosing the videos to watch from home.
It's also a great way to network and meet up with old friends. I've had a lot of fun the couple times I went to WWDC. I would be sad to see it go, but it wouldn't be the end of the world.
(And they have made the experience a lot nicer over the past few years!)
There, fixed it for you.
Seriously though, unless you are a game dev or make your own models, note that Apple has a China problem —maybe go DART and Flutter (on VSC) while it gets adjudicated.
I’ve never been interested enough to try and get a wwdc ticket, but the content and interaction w Apple employees on a range of topics including UX has been something I’ve wanted.
It's funny how long this has taken for many areas even outside developers.
We see Nintendo with their Nintendo Direct where previously everything was in person press focused, and yet it's SO late in the game for these type things to start as far as the internet is concerned. It seems as the ability to reach out like that was largely limited to just pushing out trailers for ages when clearly it could be done differently.
But back to developers, sometimes it feels like in the technology world there's almost a "conference people" and everyone else who doesn't go to conferences with somewhat different ideas and information.
* Most total viewers (live+in person)
* Most number of sessions
* Most new features announced
* Most operating systems updated
I get tons of mileage out of WWDC session videos to this day. Oftentimes poorly documented framework apis are only ever explained in any level of detail in the WWDC videos and examples from whatever particular year it was introduced in.
Apple should offer some kind of great, moderated way to ask questions by text, audio and video. Then the educator(s) producers can play it back for everyone to hear or even see the person. Then the educators respond.
This is very common on on commercial radio where calls are edited and queued up async from the “live” show.
What would be amazing is if the workflow allowed the person being responded to to offer additional live follow on questions or interactivity once they have been “selected.”
This could be great, if someone built the right tools for it.
Sounds like there's going to be some sort of interactive lab, I wonder what format it will be.
There were a lot of speculations with iPhone 11 about Apple’s new U1 chip and what it planned to do with UWB technology. The Apple “tile” was never released. Then there is the new lidar in iPad.
I’m curious if we’ll see some new AR update that combines all these into an integrated experience.
If there was a time to go big on AR or VR, this lockdown times would be the best time, at least to grab the imaginations of millions locked down in homes.
My guesses from the software side:
- A new game framework, or a massive overhaul to SceneKit. It hasn't seen much love lately, and RealityComposer has a really nice API, but is only for AR. Something new is needed or SceneKit is dead IMO.
- SwiftUI will probably see a massive amount of changes. For new controls I think we'll see a collection view and color picker. Hopefully a lot more - it's nice but has a lot of rough edges/hacks currently.
This would be a good step into making the iPad an actual productivity device.
Curious to see if they contribute upstream.
But I could also see Apple providing hardware by the day or month in a data center. They would have to reintroduce the X server for that, though.
Rather than go full X Server, a little tweak to the Mac Pro would make it fit in a 6u rack slot on its side. It's millimeters too wide for that, and the cover is wrong. I wonder if a different skin could do it...
There's a rack mount option for the Mac Pro.
Isn't that for their internal systems? This is how most companies use K8s anyway.
On the flip side I thought this was all a complete joke and a goofy rumor and would never happen until the last month where I saw a good portion of my twitter peers (k8s architects) talking about going to Apple, but as you said it could be for internal systems.
I mean, honestly, I still think it's a pie in the sky rumor but maybe a little birdie will chirp.
> for free for all developers.
I'm leaning towards it being free of charge but we'll see.
That goes for everything on the Apple Developer Videos site, which goes back to WWDC 2014: https://developer.apple.com/videos/all-videos/