by Mark Ollig
Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook smiled and waved in response to applause, while taking the stage during the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week at the Moscone West building in San Francisco.
Apple’s highly-anticipated keynote address was given before an audience of 5,000 software developers and others, who were lucky enough to get tickets.
The 26th WWDC had attendees from 70 countries, with 80 percent attending for the first time.
Apple reported 100 billion software applications (apps) have been downloaded by users for its Apple computing devices.
How many apps do you have installed on your smart device?
The average is 119.
There are more than 195,000 educational apps currently available in the Apple App Store.
Another statistic from Apple revealed nearly 850 apps are being downloaded every second to iPhones and iPads.
Apple says they have paid more than $30 billion for the apps purchased from the software program developers writing the computer code.
The young (and older) folks, who learn how to code proficiently, enjoy the satisfaction of seeing their apps working in mobile devices and on the Web – plus, they earn money by selling them.
During this year’s WWDC, Apple officially announced its entrance into the highly-competitive live-streaming music industry.
A new Apple Music app will soon be your access to “Beats 1.”
Beats 1 is a live, 24 hours a day, seven days-a-week, online radio station operated by Apple.
Apple announced Beats 1 will have studios in New York, Los Angeles, and London, and will be broadcast to more than 100 countries.
Popular BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe, will be leaving the BBC, and become the disc jockey (DJ) doing the broadcasting over Beats 1 in Los Angeles.
Ebro Darden will be the DJ in New York, and Julie Adenuga will be stationed in the Beats 1 London studio.
Beats 1 is going up against popular online stations such as Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and Spotify.
Apple Music will include personalized playlists, and offer millions of songs to its users.
Beats 1 will offer exclusive interviews, guest hosts, and stay current in the world of music.
Using Siri (Apple’s intelligent voice assistant), an Apple Music user will be able to issue voice commands, such as “Play me the best songs from 1994.”
Cook described Beats 1 as “the next chapter in music.”
Apple’s new online music-streaming service will launch June 30, with a three-month free membership.
After the three-month membership expires, the service will be priced at $9.99 for an individual monthly subscription, and $14.99 for an account with six users.
It is estimated by 2018, digital online music streaming will have become a $1.8 billion industry.
Visit Apple’s Beats 1 website at http://tinyurl.com/beatsone.
Craig Fedeerighi, Apple’s senior vice-president of software engineering, presented the new operating system (OS) version for the Mac computer, OS X v10.11.
OS X v10.11 is code-named El Capitan, and will replace the current OS X v10.10 codenamed Yosemite.
As many of you know, El Capitan is also the name of the famous mountain in Yosemite National Park, CA.
The El Capitan user interface (UI) enhances management of full-screen apps.
A new feature, called Mission Control, will cleanly display all open windows. Onscreen finger gestures are used to interact within them.
Working with software programs inside split-screens was also demonstrated by Fedeerighi.
Apple’s dedicated webpage for El Capitan is: http://www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview.
Look for El Capitan to become available for downloading this fall from the Mac App Store.
The Apple Watch also had an OS upgrade to “WatchOS 2.”
This version will make it easier for developers to create new software apps, and access more of the watch’s hardware, using the WatchKit SDK (software development kit).
One demo showed an Apple Watch user using Siri for voice-replying to an incoming text message seen on the watch’s display face.
The new Apple Watch OS 2.0 will not be out until autumn.
Look for more goodies for the Apple Watch to be announced then, which, coincidentally, is just in time for the holiday shoppers.
Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 9, will be available this fall.
Apple demonstrated how this new operating system will allow a user to work simultaneously inside two apps at the same time, via finger swipe commands on an iPad screen.
The Apple iPad full-screen “app preview” was demonstrated during the keynote using the “Slideout” feature.
This allows a user to multitask within apps using swipe commands, via split-view screens.
Apple also announced a new version of it’s Swift high-level programming language, which is used for building apps for their iOS and OS X platforms.
Their latest release, Swift 2, is now open source; meaning, its source code is freely available for app developer’s redistribution and modification.
A free Swift programming language iBook is available from Apple’s iTunes store. It can be downloaded onto your Apple iOS or OS X device at http://tinyurl.com/kewe7bg.
Swift 2 code information and software tools can be found at https://developer.apple.com/swift/resources.
Resources needed for creating apps and accessories for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch can be found in this handy Apple resource page https://developer.apple.com/resources.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook at the start of WWDC 2015source: (screen shot from live Apple broadcast)