Rumors were circulating before Monday’s WWDC keynote that Apple would release an update and an SDK for it’s popular Apple TV. The rumors said Apple was going to give third-party developers access to its SDK, thereby allowing them to develop for Apple’s hockey puck-sized wonder. Didn’t happen. Was there a good reason for it?
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TomTom sent out a press release yesterday, saying Apple had licensed part of it mapping solutions and data for use in the new Maps app in iOS6. However, during the keynote presentation, there was also mention of “crowd sourced data” being used. Where was that coming from? It could be coming from Waze, the company with the same named navigation app currently in the App Store.
Apple has been involved in drawn out legal battles against its rivals in a global smartphone patent war for almost three years. Recent setbacks in two key U.S. court cases are showing why long, drawn-out legal battles are bad for Apple.
Daring Fireball’s John Gruber offers three “takeaways” from Apple’s WWDC keynote address on Monday. Apple CAN walk and chew gun at the same time, the new Retina display MacBook Pro is awesome (duh!), and Google should’ve allied with Apple in the mobile market instead of trying to compete.
Apple says that iOS 6, the upcoming version of its operating system for the iPhone and iPad, is “compatible” with devices as old as the iPhone 3GS. At the bottom of Apple’s iOS 6 info page, however, is a disclaimer: “Not all features are available on all devices.”
Apple has updated Java for both OS X Lion, and Mac OS X 10.6. Both updates are to “deliver improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_33.”
Apple has released Airport Utility 6.1 on Monday to add support for their just updated Airport Express.The new version also adds support for managing IPv6 settings.
Professional level users who rely on Apple’s Mac Pro lineup were not a little disappointed when the list of WWDC announcements didn’t include their beloved tower of power. But an email from Tim Cook has given them a ray of hope that Apple is working on “something really great” to address the professional market.
At the WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled a new mapping app for iOS 6 which will replace the Map app that used Google data. Shortly after the presentation, digital maps provider TomTom confirmed it had signed an agreement with Apple to provide maps and other data.
The man who is known as the “Father of Siri” has a message for those users who think Siri isn’t all she’s cracked up to be, She may not be perfect, but she’s working just fine!
Have apps like Apple’s iMessage made carriers revisit how they charge their customers for voice, text, and data plans? Verizon seems to have heard the bell toll, as they have announced a new plan that allows customers to get rid of tiered voice minutes and text plans, and also lets them share data allotments among multiple devices.
Apple began actively promoting their new Chinese-language features in both OS X Mountain Lion, and iOS 6 on Monday. The new features should help increase sales in the nation with the largest population in the world.
iPhone 4 users are in for a disappointment this fall when they upgrade their devices to iOS 6. They won’t be able to use the turn-by-turn directions, or Flyover in the new Maps application. Those features will be limited to the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and third-generation iPad.
With all the huge announcements today by Apple at their Worldwide Developers Conference, understandably some announcements were a little underwhelming, but still important in their own right. Apple has released new Thunderbolt accessories and a MagSafe adapter for their line of Mac computers.
Apple has posted a video of the opening keynote of the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference on its website. Since Apple did not broadcast the keynote live, this will be an excellent opportunity to view the exciting announcements from this morning’s keynote.
Apple showed OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion off this morning at the WWDC Keynote, showing off what’s in store? Oh, and all this goodness will be available for only $19.99 to users of both Lion and Snow Leopard in July!