Do you want to learn how to use all the new iOS and OS X features before you upgrade the firmware on your iPhone, iPad or Mac so you have some idea what is going on after the upgrade?
Are you the “goto-guy / girl” for all things Apple in your circle of family and friends and getting a bit tired fielding questions and complaints after they upgrade their firmware?
If you answered yes to either of these questions I have a great suggestions for you: Watch Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote presentation and encourage your fellow Apple users to do the same.
The latest Apple WWDC 2014 kicked of just a few days ago on June 2nd and the keynote covers many exciting new features of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite 5-6 months before they are to be released later this year. You can stream the video from the Apple website or find the video using the podcasts app on any iOS device or Mac or even find a lower quality version on YouTube if you are really desperate.
It’s not just for developers! The WWDC keynote that takes place early in the summer every year includes a complete overview and demonstrations of the biggest changes and feature additions to Apple’s operating systems. These demonstrations are very well produced, scripted and easy to understand with surprisingly little technical jargon until closer to the end of the presentation.
The keynotes are also made to be somewhat fun and entertaining. For example, this year’s keynote incorporates many jokes and pokes fun at Craig Federighi’s hair and Johnny Ive’s love affair with “chamfered edges.”
This video jokingly describes the marketing process Apple used to come up with the name “Yosemite” for the latest version of OS X to be released later in 2014:
Tips for Watching Apple’s WWDC Keynote
I have been watching these presentations since 2008 after I purchased an iPhone 3G (my first Apple product). In that time I have learned a few things in that can make the experience more enjoyable. Here are some tips:
1. You don’t have to watch the keynote 5-6 months before the release of the firmware.
It will always be available somewhere online for free so you can watch it much closer to the actual release date or even after you upgrade your OS so the info is fresh in your mind. Sometimes I watch them closer to Apple’s other “special event” keynote presentations where the company reveals their latest hardware.
2. Watch the keynote streamed from apple.com on an Apple product preferably iPhone or iPad
It seems like every time I try to watch one of Apple’s keynotes I make the mistake of trying to watch it on my Windows PC from the Apple website (for the highest quality). Don’t do this. It seems like most browsers on my PC hang and never even start playing the video. Even Safari for Windows stutters badly when the video does start. I haven’t actually tried to watch the keynote on my Mac yet, because I have found that my iPad works flawlessly. So, I usually find myself streaming the keynote to our Apple TV 2 connected to our 70” big screen TV with surround sound which makes it feel like I am really there with the developers with one major difference; I can throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave or grab a soda whenever I want.
3. The iOS portion of the presentation starts near the middle
The WWDC keynote is typically about 2 hours long. While many people have iPhones, iPods and iPads much fewer people own a Mac. Apple puts the OS X portion of the presentation at the beginning and I believe they hope to increase sales of the Mac by doing this. If you don’t own a Mac and are only interested in iOS features skip to the middle of the presentation.
One last word of advice that may help you convince others to watch the WWDC. The next time someone asks you a question or you see them struggling with the latest Apple OS, do you best to answer their question or otherwise help them. Then, show them your favorite new feature and tell them you learned it by watching the WWDC keynote and encourage them to do the same.
Finally, if you don’t have an Apple product or are really desperate to get some work done at your PC while watching or listening to the WWDC, Apple does post a lower quality version on YouTube the day after the event. I have embedded it for you here in case you really just want to watch it right NOW: