Live Coverage of WWDC 2013 Keynote

You can always watch Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote live, but why do that when you can just read our coverage of all Mac gaming relevant information here, live as it happens, with some wry, observational humour thrown in for good measure.

19:03 UTC

Ok so somehow I missed all the important stuff!


18:59 UTC

Well the feed completely crashed. So I’ll have to scour the web for anything I might have missed.


18:57 UTC

True multitasking on iOS 7. Just like on OS 10.1 (maybe).


18:56 UTC

Control Center lets you change various things easily. Would make a great feature on OS X.

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18:52 UTC

Games Center completely redesigned visually, but not functionally by the look of it. Don’t expect any improvements to the Mac version then.

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18:46 UTC

“Your friends never looked so attractive”

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18:45 UTC

The game center icon has changed dramatically.

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18:43 UTC

(I’m aware we don’t cover iOS on this site, so I’ll keep this to a minimum).


18:43 UTC

Demo of iOS 7 “the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone”.


18:42 UTC

The moment when a developer professed his love to Tim Cook.

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18:40 UTC

Standing ovation.


18:39 UTC

“Defining an important new direction”.


18:38 UTC

“Completely new, instantly familiar.”

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18:37 UTC

Looks amazing.


18:37 UTC

Very cool pseudo-3D effect (like a lenticular) when you move the screen.

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Wonder how much of this look will make its way to OS X.


18:34 UTC
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18:33 UTC

Looks really nice though. Johnny Ive gets a payrise this year.

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18:33 UTC
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18:30 UTC

A logo gets some serious applause.

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18:28 UTC
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18:27 UTC

“73% very satisfied”


18:27 UTC

“97% iOS satisfaction”. Weird statistic.


18:26 UTC

iPhone users spend more money.

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18:25 UTC

“iPhone users use their phone more than Android users”. Which is a weird statistic to counter Android’s current popularity, but whatever.

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18:23 UTC

600 million iOS devices sold.

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18:22 UTC

iOS now :(


18:22 UTC

iCloud beta available to developers.


18:21 UTC

We want hardware!


18:20 UTC

He’s actually demoing Windows (8). I wonder what Steve Jobs would make of this.

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18:19 UTC

Oh god I’m watching a presentation about someone making a presentation, and people are clapping. “It’s all in a web browser!” But so is this video! This is like the Twilight Zone.


18:17 UTC

the iWork website is actually down at the moment. So anyone who was hoping to use it to host a meeting at this moment in time is pretty screwed. Kind of like if Steam went offline for a bit during E3.


18:15 UTC

Spreadsheets and charts. Probably not what you were looking forward to seeing on a gaming website.

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18:14 UTC

I honestly couldn’t care less about this. But people in the audience are cheering and whooping with joy, so what do I know.


18:13 UTC

Yep according to Macrumors, web-based iWork


18:12 UTC

I think this a new web-based “Pages”. I have no idea.


18:11 UTC

For all this talk about everything being really smooth and responsive, the live stream is dropping and skipping an awful lot.


18:08 UTC
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18:06 UTC

Interesting thing about the new UI is that things like dropdown boxes seem to be hidden until you mouse over them.


18:04 UTC

Calendar: again with the “super smooth scrolling”.


18:04 UTC

You can send Maps from your Mac to your iPhone. No word on whether you can send them to an Android.


18:00 UTC

More demos.

Maps is in 3D (probably not everywhere).

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17:59 UTC

iBooks for Mac.

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17:58 UTC

New Maps App. Same flat look. Developer SDK. Lots of nifty features.

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17:57 UTC
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New Calendar (I’m told it looks “like Lotus Notes, but modern”. Skeuomorphisms are gone.

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17:56 UTC

Automatic update of Apps.

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17:55 UTC

Notifications on login screen.

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17:54 UTC

Push notifications on Mac, without Safari.


17:53 UTC

There are actions you can take directly from the notifications. I think Apple just beat Growl.

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17:52 UTC

New notification features. Also note the flat look again.

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17:50 UTC

Passwords aren’t enough! Give Apple all your credit card and bank details too!

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17:49 UTC
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17:49 UTC

Nice icon though.


17:48 UTC

Give all your passwords to Apple!


17:48 UTC

iCloud Keychain.

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17:47 UTC

What about the hardware?


17:46 UTC

Scrolling again. “Awesome”. Not my quote.


17:44 UTC

Power usage varies depending upon what’s visible on screen, rather than what’s running.


17:40 UTC

“Epic scrolling”


17:40 UTC

Safari demo.


17:39 UTC

Faster Javascript, less memory usage.

Of course, they all say that.


17:37 UTC
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New Safari.

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17:35 UTC

“More responsive”

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OpenGL 4!


17:31 UTC

Focus on battery life in Mavericks.

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17:31 UTC

Wow the video feed is really struggling.


17:30 UTC

Apple TV can be used as a display.

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17:29 UTC

I dunno. It’s a very weird feature to feel excited about. Don’t think we’ll hear about anything interesting in OS X now.

Multiple display looks good though. But then I have multiple displays. Not many people do.

But you can use HDMI as a display.

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17:27 UTC

Demo of Finder tabs and tagging.

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17:24 UTC

Multiple displays. Gets a big cheer.

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17:24 UTC

Note the flatter logo.

Finder tabs.

Tagging.

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17:23 UTC

“California themed naming”

Will be called OS X Mavericks.

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17:21 UTC

OS X now.

“Run out of cats”

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17:20 UTC

28 million Mountain Lion users

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Now the Mac!

72 million Macs.

“Growth is greater than the PC” (Windows).

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17:18 UTC

Yep. Now the audience is cheering themselves.


17:18 UTC

Ok that’s over. People are cheering. People at these things cheer at anything.


17:17 UTC

“With the iPhone or iPod touch”


17:17 UTC

“A video game in the real world”. Hmf.


17:16 UTC

I think whatever point was being made got lost in an embarrassing technical hiccup.

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17:13 UTC

He looks really excited.


17:12 UTC

Introducing a company called “anki”.

Something to do with AI.


17:11 UTC

App Store stats:

  • 5 years old
  • 50 billion downloads
  • 900k Apps
  • 93% of apps are downloaded each month
  • 375k iPad apps
  • 575 million user accounts
  • billion paid out to developers (half in the last year). I suppose that means Apple has earned billion.

17:09 UTC

I dunno. I think this is a weird part of Apple culture I don’t get.

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17:08 UTC

Video about new Apple store #yawn


17:07 UTC

Some guff about stores and geniuses. Aww look at them.

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17:06 UTC

6 million developers. I think that means every Mac user is now a developer.


17:05 UTC

Mr. Cook is up on stage.

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17:03 UTC

Lovely video about design


17:02 UTC

There’s cheering.


17:01 UTC
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17:00 UTC

If they stick to tradition, it will be sales figures for the first 20 minutes or so. The most interesting announcement will be in 40 minutes time.


16:57 UTC

Live feed is only working in Safari. Because that’s the only web browser, am I right?


15:51 UTC

As many sites have noted, we really don’t know what to expect this time. Apple hasn’t done a Keynote for around 8 months, and scarce few details have leaked out. What rumours have surfaced all seem to contradict each other.

We’ve made our own predictions, of course, which you can read about here.

To recap:

  • iConsole – Extremely unlikely
  • Mac Pro 6,1 – Very likely
  • iGamepad – Likely
  • Convergence of iOS and Mac OS – Very unlikely
  • Announcement of new games/better game support – Unlikely
  • Announcement of new/better graphics support – Likely

But who knows?

Tim Cook, that’s who.


15:20 UTC

Kick-off starts in just under 2 hours.


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