Each and every year, Apple stays true to their mission statement to lead the way in mobile and workstation technologies by hosting the WWDC. WWDC stands for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, we’re seeing some awesome new releases that Apple has been promising for awhile now. In this article, we’re going to be taking a closer look at the technologies covered at the conference, and what’s actually happening on the floor. Let’s get started.
Apple OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” – Beta Testing And Official Release
The Apple development team is always hard at work to improve the functionality and overall abilities of their OS X operating system. There have been many Apple OS editions before Yosemite, but none can really compare to this new release. Apple takes customer feedback seriously, and although they haven’t been allowing any beta testing on their products in the last 14 years, this year finally changed all that.
Very soon, as in within a few weeks, the official public beta testing phase for Apple OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” will begin. It’s limited to the first million signups on a first come, first serve basis, but this will give Apple enough feedback to see where any bugs or glitches in the system are. Apple will finally have the feedback they need to ensure the “Yosemite” OS is rock-solid under all conditions, especially when it comes to business productivity and business application performance.
The official release date for the final version of Apple OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is scheduled for “sometime in Fall”, according to Apple representatives. Keep an eye out for the official release date, which has yet to be announced.
Apple iPhone iOS 8 – Developer Beta Testing And Official Release
The Apple iPhone has been the #1 choice for business professionals for years now. Why? Because the iPhone is the best performing and most popular smartphone out there. It’s the very best of everything and winds up paying for itself in terms of business productivity improvements. According to events at the WWDC 2014, the iPhone iOS 8 is already available to developers who want to test out the new features and functionality. Armed with a beta copy of iOS 8, developers can begin to make plans to create applications that will further the lives of business professionals everywhere.
However, in order to qualify for the beta test, according to the WWDC event, you must:
Already be a member of the Apple iOS Developer Program – Membership fee costs $99
Have a compatible iPhone – iPod touch (5th generation), iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4, iPad 3), iPad Mini, or Ipad 2.
Backup your important data to the iCloud or iTunes before installing the beta
The official release date for iOS 8 is just a few short months away, making “Yosemite” and iOS 8 a 1-2 punch for the Fall of 2014.
Brand New “Swift” Programming Language For iOS 8 And OS X
Application developers can rejoice at the release of this brand new programming language. If you’re attending the WWDC yourself, or even if you’re not, you can download a free copy of the 500 page Swift E-Manual. Swift has been called a “very fun programming language to work with”, and developers are now underway developing applications written in Swift. Apps written in Swift can be in development for either OS X or iOS 8. It’s all up to you!
What Else Has Happened At The Conference?
While the WWDC 2014 still has 1 day left until it’s over, most of the good stuff has already been announced. The above three announcements are the heavy hitters, but there’s also a few other notable mentions. The keynote speech given by Tim Cook was amazing, and you could literally feel the excitement in the air as the speech was being given. Also, there’s a mass of new application like HealthKit and others that revolutionize the way we live our lives and work to improve our quality of life.