The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) takes place June 2-6 in San Francisco, with over 1,000 Apple engineers and 5,000 developers gathering to hear what the company from Cupertino has in store for them. Apple has promised that "life will be different as a result," so if you're a developer with an interest in Apple, this is one event you're going to want to tune in to.
This isn't just about hobnobbing and exchanging business cards, either. Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010, as well as Apple's Facetime and iMovie apps. At WWDC 2011, both iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion made their first appearances. The 2012 event brought iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion, and last year's event showcased iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, as well as the radically redesigned Mac Pro desktop.
ITProPortal will be following all the action live, so stick with us for all the updates, photos and analysis you need.
- 03 June
By the way, in case you didn't already know, iOS 8 will be compatible with all iPhones from the 4S up, the fifth generation of the iPod touch and the iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, Air, mini and mini with Retina.
Still feel that way?
Over 80 per cent of you told us that you were impressed by Apple's show.
Now that we've had a few hours to settle, what do we really think about last night's announcements?
Morning avid readers!
- 02 June
Anyway, good readers, we're going to knock off for the night. Thanks a lot for tuning in, and be sure to join up with us again in the morning, where's we'll be dissecting all of the fallout from WWDC 2014.
But hey, most of the developers over in San Francisco seemed really happy by what they witnessed.
We're a bit disappointed with the lack of an iBeacons announcement, to be honest.
From everything that's been revealed tonight, what's excited you the most? Let us know via our comments box below or Twitter.
According to our poll below, more of you are impressed by iOS 8 than Yosemite. Disagree? Step forward and have your say too!
Are you all impressed by what you saw?
There we have it folks. Another WWDC has rolled on by.
Cook has had the final say.
"Thank you very much!"
He's laying it on thick.
Cue the biggest round of applause so far.
Cook wants to congratulate everyone who made everything today possible.
"This is something only Apple can do"
Tim Cook's back again, possibly for the final time today.
Nothing about iBeacons so far...
Everyone will get access to it in autumn.
iOS 8 is available to developers in beta today!
"I think you guys a going to absolutely love it!"
2D and 3D.
In short, you can build games really easily on iOS 8.
Having a lot of fun with balloons and a blimp now.
Putty in Apple's hands.
With every bit of code entered, the crowd oooohs.
Just writing a simple, casual 2D game on-stage now.
I have a feeling the developers are going to love this one.
"It's fun and interactive to write Swift code"
Swift is completely native and quite difficult to explain.
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"We have a new programming language. It's called Swift and it totally rules."
A shout-out to casual gamers too.
We've got some pretty pictures on the big screen.
The founder of Epic Games is on-stage.
4,000 draw call per frame.
Depth of field effects are meant to be staggering
It's designed especially to get the most from the A7 chip.
There's something new called Metal. Sounds imposing.
We're talking graphics now.
There are limits.
"CloudKit is free... essentially..."
The iPhone-connected home has landed.
Locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches...
The Internet of Things party has just started!
Talking about HomeKit now. Here we go...
Third-party apps can now use it too.
"People love using TouchID"
TouchID's up next.
Bad time to talk about eBay, really.
You can now bid for stuff on eBay through the Notifications panel.
Widgets in the Notifications area!?
Extensions from certain apps can now interact with other apps, securely. Apparently.
Craig's back again!
Not much whooping anymore.
SDK, that is.
"This is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store"
Everything will be available in the autumn
TestFlight is a way fro developers to get users to test their apps and receive feedback easily.
Video app previews are now possible
Users can now buy multiple apps at a discounted price
There are now 1.2 million apps in the App Store.
It's time to make the developers happy.
"There's a lot more"
Siri also recognises songs playing around you. What's that Shazam?
You no longer have to touch your phone in the car to use Siri.
iCloud offers up to 1TB of storage. Decent.
Cute dog on-screen now. He knows how to work the audience.
Craig's now editing the same picture on both iPhone and iPad. Show off.
It's actually quite a nifty, simple editing tool.
Photos also have a new Smart Editing toolkit.
Every photo you take will be available across all of your devices, through iCloud.
Parents having control over in-app payments is a big deal; no wonder so many members of the audience are beaming. Just a few weeks ago Google was hounded by irate parents over allowing kids to rack up huge bills without asking permission.
All have to be using a shared credit card, but children have to ask for permission before buying anything.
You can now share any of your digital purchases with up to six members of your family.
Family Sharing now. Pretty self-explanatory.
Kind of cool but frightening too.
Wow, the phone can even warn doctors about your health if it severely deteriorates.
HealthKit is an area where you can monitor all areas of your health. No more fragmented apps holding different info.
This area is seriously hot right now.
Swiftly on to health stuff.
The iPad can now easily and automatically configure itself to your enterprise's needs.
This could be big news. Apple is extremely serious about business.
Apple is hungry for the other two per cent.
98 per cent of Fortune 500 companies now apparently use iOS.
That was quick. Moving onto the enterprise now.
Now iCloud Drive.
The camera just zoomed in on a particularly unenthusiastic part of the audience.
There's a few jokes now. Craig's just sent in a very weird video clip...
You can easily send audio files and selfies to recipients. A bit of duck face on stage. Oooh la la.
We all hate those ridiculously loud group conversations sometimes, don't we?
The Do Not Disturb button has got a few people salivating.
Demo time again.
Group messaging seems to have been influenced by something that rhymes with Botzapp...
You can receive texts and phone calls on your iPad with iOS 8.
Loads of languages, which is good.
"It learns how you type"
SwiftKey can't be too impressed by this.
iOS 8 has predictive text now.
QuickType now on the menu.
You can search for news, restaurants, apps that you may or may not already have.
Spotlight's back in the limelight.
"We're all gonna love doing Mail, this way."
We've got swipe-to-delete functionality in Mail. Again, pretty handy.
Lots of Apple love for Bastille tonight. Not a fan.
Safari on the iPad looking very similar to Safari on the desktop.
It even works from the lock screen. We love a bit of streamlining.
You can reply to messages directly from the Notifications bar.
Largely the same design as iOS 7.
Craig's back to talk about end-user features.
It packs "incredible" developer features.
iOS 8 is here!
He's really happy with the uptake of the latest versions of iOS.
We have to say though, Miles Bulloch back in our UK office is loving the idea of chatting to people through his Mac. Early adopter right here.
- "Android dominates the mobile malware landscape"
Cook's playing the security card.
As usual, Android fragmentation is under the microscope.
Classic. Android-bashing now.
Apparently 97 per cent satisfaction amongst customers for iOS 7.
Cook's back and is bragging as usual.
It's iOS time now...
Even non-developers can gain access to Yosemite this year, in order to improve it.
Everyone else is getting this autumn and it'll be free!
Yosemite is available to developers from today.
Don't forget customisable widgets, by the way.
Craig's welcoming him to Apple.
"Hey, how you doing, it's the Dre"
Craig's about to ring Dr Dre...
The world's least mobile phone?
You can now ring people from your Mac too!
When you receive a phone call, you can now receive it through your Mac!
You can now use your phone as a hotspot without even touching it.
You can now easily continue work you've been doing on your Mac from your iPad and vice versa.
Oooooh, now AirDrop works between iOS and the Mac.
You could have a lot of fun with that feature. Inbox Zero would become completely impossible.
You can actually edit images in Mail, using Markup. Pretty cool.
You can now scroll through tabs just like scrolling down a page. I know Paul Cooper would love this.
No nonsense here. Croll just wants to play with Safari.
It's Brian Croll time now.
Craig seems fairly pleased with this.
Multi-tab browsing efficiency appears to be Safari's ultimate strength.
It's got a cool new Tab view feature too. Reminds me a little of Opera.
The Safari search bar now comes up with a list of favourites. It's even got Spotlight functionality too.
Even Safari's changed.
That's via email, remember.
Mail Drop now lets you attach files up to 5GB now. Yowzer!
Mail time now.
Wow - they're throwing in Windows too!
Store any of your files in this for them to be synchronised across all of your Apple devices.
Next iCloud Drive.
Surprised that's taken so long to be honest.
Cue a few whoops.
It even lets you search for documents, conversions (think miles to kilometres), places, restaurants and movie times.
Spotlight time. You can look for apps, people, events and reminders really quickly with this feature.
Notifications centre time. Nice drang and drop functionality. The crowd seems happy with that one.
Calendar has a new look - it's clean, beautiful and pretty informative.
He's using Apple Maps. Brave man.
It's demo time.
Search bar appears right in the middle of the screen.
It's now a lot easier to find apps quickly.
Craig's just called it "the best ever" version of Apple's desktop OS. Obviously.
They've introduced a "dark mode" especially for pros who don't want to be distracted by bright colours.
Even the "trash can" looks really pretty.
Stolen straight from Windows..?
"The windows take on the personality of your desktop"
A big focus on clarity and functionality.
It's certainly pretty.
Turns out that the today's earlier leak looks accurate. Check out the earlier report here.
Talking about design first.
News interface, enhanced apps and continuity.
As expected, it will be officially called OS X Yosemite.
It will, sadly, not be called OS X Weed.
The team has had trouble finding a new name for the OS.
It's another year and time for another name, says Craig.
Craig Federighi on stage now.
Some Microsoft-bashing already...
40 million copies of Mavericks have been installed since its release.
Mac grew by 12 per cent over the last year.
First the Mac though.
It's for developers.
Huge announcement coming up...
"We're here to talk about OS X and iOS 8"
Apple has 9 million developers now.
The youngest developer in attendance is just 13!
Attendees from 69 countries... 70 per cent are first-timers.
"WWDC is a huge conference for Apple and for developers"
"This is a milestone year for the conference."
Cook thanks the world.
"Welcome to San Francisco!"
End of video. Massive applause. Tim Cook walks on stage.
"Developers are doing extraordinary things..."
In general, apps can improve people's lives.
That's right, developers can also make baseball players better, apparently.
Straight into Tinder and Candy Crush now...
And yes, they can also do nice things.
Yes, developers can be geeky.
We've kicked off with a video clip of people slating developers.
Yep, that's right. Apple is live streaming the opening keynote. Here's how to watch it.
Don't worry people, that page will be updated shortly...
By the way, as our little ticker above tells you, there's only half-an-hour left until kick-off!
Finally, we also have reason to believe that iOS 8 will bring split-screen multi-tasking to the iPad - absolutely great news for the entire mobile workforce, I'm sure you'll agree.
The Games Centre app will probably be kicked into touch too.
Don't be surprised if the notifications panel gets a makeover either. The Missed and All areas could be merged, with Apple looking to make things as clean as possible.
This could be particularly useful to pretty much all Apple users.
We also believe that iOS 8 will feature a load of new apps based on iCloud that will create a very high level of convergence with - you guessed it - OS X.
"At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers," said CEO Tim Cook after a series of highly-publicised gaffes. "With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
"While we're improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app."
Anyone remember how bad the original Apple Maps was when it launched? Maybe this will jog your memory...
Firstly, we have reason to believe that Apple Maps will undergo a dramatic overhaul. The much-ridiculed app is likely to be supplemented by HopStop, Embark, BroadMap and Locationary - several companies whose services Apple gained access to not that long ago.
As you can imagine, the rumours surrounding Apple's incoming mobile operating system have flooded in thick and fast over the past couple of months.
Think that's all there is to look forward to tonight? You're wrong. We haven't even discussed what Apple has in store for iOS 8 yet...
"Later this year, we've got the best product pipeline that I've seen in my 25 years at Apple," he said a few days ago. Typical self-promotion or something to pay actual attention to? Either way, we'll have plenty to say.
WWDC usually provides some of the biggest tech talking points of the year, but Apple executive Eddy Cue reckons this could be the best edition yet.
Check out the full scoop here.
It's blurry but oh-so-authentic-looking.
By the way, we've just got our hands on a freshly-leaked snapshot of OS X 10.10. Wanna see?
Could iBeacons and Apple's vision of an iPhone-connected home make us lazier than ever?
While they tell us about the importance of health, movement and exercise, they promote devices and systems that allow us to complete simple daily tasks from the safety of the sofa. Mixed messages much?
Does anybody else find it amusing that, in their attempts to conquer all fronts, tech companies are simultaneously chasing the fitness and IoT markets?
Whatever the case, one of the requirements for a job working on iWatch development appears to be a decent level of medical knowledge. Apple has snapped up at least six high-profile biomedical experts in recent times - let's just hope that any devices they come up with can be understood by normal people...
As appears to be the norm with any smartwatch, Apple's is expected to place a heavy emphasis on fitness features. Some even expect Tim Cook and co to build a full-blown health platform to go with the product.
The fabled iWatch would also guarantee Apple sackloads of swag. The fact that one of the concepts below carries a May 2010 date tell you the whole story. The world has waited years for this particular product - are we going to see something real tonight?
If it manages to catch on, you can be sure that Apple will make an incredible amount of money from the technology.
Our poll tells us that you're not particularly impressed, either.
From what we've gathered, it seems that iBeacons want to make real life as digital as possible. As much as we're fans of streamlining dull activities, we're not sure we like the prospect of being bombarded with ads, purely because we've entered the range of a certain shop or product.
The technology works by emitting a low-power Bluetooth signal to smartphones within about 500 feet. These transmitters are called Beacons, and apps on the iPhone respond to those signals.
However, it's potentially even more useful for retailers, who will be able to beam vouchers to customers' smartphones when they are in a certain location.
Fairly useful for drivers looking for a parking spot or hungry customers looking for the shortest queues. It can also apparently allow diners to pay their restaurant bill and leave, without the involvement of members of staff.
Word has it that Apple will be revealing exciting new plans for its iBeacon technology at WWDC. Never heard of it? It's like outdoors GPS, but indoors, with a few extra surprises thrown in on top.
So many concepts, so little actual news...
For what feels like the millionth time, a few punters think that tonight's the night for watch-loving Apple fans.
It wouldn't be an Apple event without optimistic whisperings of an imminent iWatch/iPhone launch.
It might be a sly move but who can blame it?
What's more, it looks like Apple is happy to gain the upper hand through good, old-fashioned badmouthing. The company is expected to play the privacy card to get one over Google, enticing customers by claiming that it doesn't make a living from collecting users' data.
Decent functionality is - obviously - also a priority. From what we've gathered so far, the system looks likely to enable users to play around with lights, security systems, heating and fridges - all remotely of course.
Apple seems to want to make its system as smooth and easy to use as possible.
Apple's entry into the IoT arena is surely one of the last things Google and Samsung want to see. The fruit-themed company has apparently been busy over the last few months making sure that various smart home device manufacturers' products are compatible with its own mobile platform.
The South Korean firm's range of Smart Home appliances allow users to control fridges and other such Internet-enabled household items via their smartphones. Google, meanwhile, made a big song and dance when it picked up thermostat company Nest Labs for a mind-boggling $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) at the start of the year.
However, it's difficult to argue that either company has set the world alight. Google Glass is now on general sale in the US, but much of the world still thinks it's creepy, while Samsung's Gear smartwatches have been incredibly disappointing so far.
Wearasble technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) are two relatively fresh areas that are really blowing up right now, and Google and Samsung seem to have taken it upon themselves to set the pace.
The other huge story heading into WWDC 2014 is the alleged push for an iPhone-controlled smart home.
For anybody interested, Syrah is a type of grape mainly used to produce red wine. So will Apple's latest OS X build taste like nectar and ambrosia or a particularly abrasive vinegar?
We'll stop there.
It makes sense, but still sounds a bit weird. As the song goes, "My mind is telling me no, but my body, my body's telling me yes."
Oh yeah, because Apple wants to tie the mobile and desktop operating systems closer together than ever, expect Syrah to boast a very similar look to the latest version of iOS.
By drastic, we really do mean drastic. Think iOS 6 and iOS 7.
Apparently much of the keynote will focus on the next version of OS X, codenamed Syrah. If the speculation turns out to be true, the computer software is set to undergo a drastic transformation...
According to the rumour mill, this year's event will place a greater emphasis on the desktop and home, rather than iOS.
The big day has arrived. WWDC 2014 kicks off today and we'll be covering the opening keynote live.
- 30 May
The WWDC Keynote is going to kick off at 10am Pacific Time, which means 17:00 GMT. Join us then for all the updates!
What has Apple got in store for us this year? New OS X? A new iOS? Connected homes? This could be a big one...