Written by Peter Almeyda
Apple’s 2010 World Wide Developer Conference sold out in 8 days. Back then, this was a very fast sell out time for the company. Apple had a very successful year having announce the iPhone 4 which came with a brand new square-isn design, as well as some new imported features like Face Time. They also gave a sneak peek at OS 4 which was then renamed iOS 4 which had many new features like Multitasking, Wallpapers and more. Despite there being technical problems where Steve Jobs attempted to make multiple Face Time calls to impress the developers and even telling them to shut off their devices connected to the Wifi network, the phone had ground breaking sales as it released the following month in July of 2010.
Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is right around the corner as this Monday (June 8), the company is expected to introduce new things such as iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and maybe even a new music service, since they acquired ‘Beats’ music about a year ago.
While we wait for Monday, we thought it might be fun to take a look at Apple's previous years at WWDC and give you a brief description of what they announced from 2010-2014.
WWDC 2011 was a great year for Apple as they concentrated mainly on releasing new software. In 2011, the company announced not two, but three major software products. Apple announced iOS 5 which claimed to have over 200 new features. Some of them being more interactive notifications as they showed off what is now called ‘Notification Center’. iOS 5 also came with a brand new way of communicating with friends called iMessage where you can instantly text your friends as long as they had either an iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Apple also announced OS X Lion and iCloud on their 2011 WWDC Keynote.
Apple announced WWDC 2012 during mid April and was scheduled for early June as usual. Apple continued to announce software as they gave out the developer previews for iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. However software was not the only thing that Apple announced that year, they also announced new MacBook Pro’s with Retina Displays and a new thinner design. 2012 was a great year for Apple as they later on released iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 which had a taller display.
Apple’s WWDC 2013 was a very big one. The company announced iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. iOS 7 took the spotlight as it introduced not only a majority amount of new features, but a whole new design to the interface too. iOS 7 came with a whole new flat looking design with bright and enhanced colors. The whole flat looking design applied to the whole interface including apps like Messages, Phone and the rest of Apple’s default apps.
WWDC 2014 is Apple’s latest developer conference. Last year at WWDC, Apple announced iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and Swift (for Xcode developers). iOS 8 was mostly about adding new features to the operating system. iOS 8 came new ways to faster interact with your notifications as well as new and better functionalities.
OS X Yosemite had a brand new look and feel inspired by Apple’s iOS 7 flat design. The dock as well as settings panel came with the blur that we have all seen on iOS 7 and 8. Another new feature for Yosemite was the redesigned notification center.
This year, Apple’s WWDC will be on Monday June 8. We can expect them to announce iOS 9 as well as a new OS X 10.11. The company might also introduce a new music streaming service like Spotify and they might also announce a new Apple TV which has not gotten a refreshed line up since March of 2012.
Peter Almeyda AKA @Blueshooter