This past Monday (August 7) at 10AM PT saw the commencement of the 2006 Apple World Wide Developers Conference. This is the place where OS X developers gather to hear about new development tools, additions to OS X that they might want to take advantage of and to generally share ideas and feedback with the Apple Development team. The conference begins with a keynote address from Apple CEO/Founder Steve Jobs. In the past, Jobs has been known to sneak in a new consumer product during the keynote. No such luck this time around. Anyhow, here are some of the highlights of the event.
Mac Pro – The main highlight this year was the announcement of the Mac Pro (the revision of Apple’s high-end desktop computer, the Apple G5). The “Pro” consumer line had been the only remaining product line not to have switched from the IBM G5 processor to an Intel processor. This announcement solved that problem — as now every desktop and laptop are running on Intel processors. Steve Jobs took advantage of the opportunity to highlight the fact that Apple had migrated their entire line of machines in only seven months.
OS X Leopard – Posters all around the conference poked fun at Vista. There were banners that read, “Mac OS X Leopard – Introducing Vista 2.0″. At the keynote, Jobs went through the timeline of OS X releases since 2000. He then invited Senior VP of Engineering Bertrand Serlet onstage to take a few shots as Vista. Bertrand talked about the similarities between Vista and Leopard and got some huge laughs from the partisan crowd. Bertrand’s English was sometimes tough to understand, but I thought his presentation was rather amusing. (To check this out, (with QuickTime installed) go here and forward to the 24:00 minute mark and watch for about 5 minutes.)
Also of note was the fact that Steve Jobs mentioned that the Dev team would only be showing ten new features of Leopard. Saying that he didn’t want to get the “photocopiers in Redmond started too early”, Jobs said that the team was going to keep some additional features “top secret” until a date much closer to the release. (Jobs indicated that the team was aiming for a Spring 2007 release). Continue reading ‘Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference Brings New OS X Updates, new Mac Pro (but not much else)’