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San Francisco - Live Coverage of Steve Jobs Keynote

1:00PM EDT, August 7th, 2006



[2:28 PM] Steve is wrapping things up.

That's it.


[2:27 PM] Xcode 3 is being unveiled to developers later. Developers are also being given a preview release of Leopard.

Leopard will ship next Spring, which is later than previously thought.


[2:26 PM] iCal is moving to CalDAV format.


[2:24 PM] Parental controls will be enhanced in Leopard, but we were given no details.


[2:23 PM] Phil demoed a cheesy effect called Backdrop. It allows iSight to set a background (i.e. the person steps out of the image, the background is set), which then can be used as a virtual green screen. You can then replace the backdrop with an image of your choice, including video.

It's a gee-whiz technology, but there are likely a few people who will have fun pretending to be in Times Square or somesuch when chatting with their friends.


[2:19 PM] Showing a video through iChat video, too, specifically the Windows virus commercial.


[2:19 PM] We're seeing new effects on iChat video conferencing, some of the same effects in Photobooth. Phil is also demoing the ability to show a slide show through iChat video, including transitions and effects. That could be big for some businesses.


[2:14 PM] Turning a Webcam into a Widget, too.

Note that this allows people to create their own live Web pages taken out of context. For instance, viewing a cartoon without seeing the ads being displayed, or viewing TMO's headlines without allowing our ads to show.

This, from a company obsessed with protecting its own IP.


[2:11 PM] 2500 Widgets available for Dashboard today.

There's a new developer tool called Dashcode. It's a development environment for making Widgets. It includes Templates (generic Widgets that can be modified and edited to meet your needs).

Includes a graphical tool for developing and outputting HTML and CSS. Has a Parts Library (a "rich" library, according to Scott), and a full Javascript debugger.


[2:11 PM] Scott is showing us how to make a Widget for a comic strip from a Web page. Drag, drop, Widget. Pretty cool, though I see copyright issues in his example.

I am not an IP attorney. Actually, I am not an attorney of any sort.

In any event, he made a live widget for an eBay auction that allowed him to drag and drop a section from an eBay auctiion, and click himself a Widget.


[2:06 PM] Another note...(I had to say it): Notes and to Dos make Mail into something closer to an organizer. That's pretty interesting. To re-explain Notes, you can start a new message, click the Notes button, and it becomes a Note for yourself, stored in your Notes folder.


[2:05 PM] Mail looks great, if you're interested in HTML e-mail.

It's all easy to use and manipulate, and is very user-friendly. Shocking.

Still, it's HTML. HTML e-mail.

In any event, it's nice to see Apple focus on Mail again.


[2:05 PM] Mail looks great, if you're interested in HTML e-mail.

It's all easy to use and manipulate, and is very user-friendly. Shocking.

Still, it's HTML. HTML e-mail.

In any event, it's nice to see Apple focus on Mail again.


[2:03 PM] You can also make to Do Lists for yourself, including incoming mail. Now that rocks.

Aha, To Dos will be a system-wide service in Leopard. That's great.


[2:03 PM] Apple is adding Stationery and Notes to Mail.

Stationery is simply great looking standard-HTML e-mails, meaning your friends and family will soon bombard you with HTML e-mail. Yay.

Or not.

It's cool looking, but I see hassles and bandwidth usage ahead.

Now we se're seeing Notes. This will include a Notes mailbox, and the ability to send ourselves Notes.


[1:58 PM] #8 is Mail. Steve called it a "Big One."


[1:55 PM] #7 on the list is Universal Access.

VoiceOver advances, support for Braile, Close Captioning in QuickTime, "Faster & Better navigation," are all being added to Leopard.

We're getting a closer look at VoiceOver, which is text reading from the OS.

First we heard the original voice reading we've had in Mac OS X from the beginning. Then Vista's current beta, which was somewhat better.

Next, of course, we heard Leopard's, which sounds almost completely natural. It's amazingly close to natural sounding voices. Steve also sped up the reading speed, where quality remained high (he said that's not the norm with other technologies).


[1:55 PM] CoreAnimation is #6 on this list o' things. This will be a core layer in Mac OS X similar to CoreAudio and the other Core elements of OS X that handles animation and 3D animation.

The demo we're seeing shows album art being built live, flowing in the background as a screen saver. It rotates in 3D, has fly around features, and other very cool looking effect, all done with some 2000 lines of code using CoreAnimation hooks. Very cool.


[1:50 PM] Yes, that is what Spaces is. Virtual desktops/work spaces that allow you to easily navigate (very, very quickly) between sets of apps or projects you may be working on. You can evn thumbnail all the work spaces that are open (only showing 4 at a time).

This would be ideal for folks wanting to keep private projects from prying eyes.

Spaces seems to be very, very solid, and will be a great addition to the Mac platform.


[1:50 PM] Spotlight in Leopard will be able to search other machines on a network. If you have permission to see a file, you can search it remotely. This includes servers, of course, which will be great for Mac networks in the corporate space. Apple is also adding advanced search features into Spotlight.

Oh, and they're adding in launchbar abilities currently found in at least one shareware utility to Spotlight.


[1:48 PM] Spaces appears to be a work space/virtual desktop concept.


[1:47 PM] The next new thing: Spaces (#4 on the list of New Things).


[1:47 PM] Steve is back on stage talking about Boot Camp. Says it has been downloaded a half-million times. Will be included on Leopard, better than the beta.

Quickly moved on to Front Row, which will be built into Leopard, along with Photo Booth.


[1:45 PM] Oops, we had a crash of iPhoto on stage. After restarting iPhoto, he used Time Machine to restore some lost photos.

Did I mention how revolutionary this is?


[1:40 PM] Scott says that you can reach back in time to when you had a file.

Scott is not as good as Steve or Phil at presenting, but he's likely going to get much better. That's just a bit of color commentary.

So, now we're seeing Time Machine. With a folder open, he opened the Time Machine, which changed the interface to a space-warp looking image with every iteration of that folder stretching out behind the current one. He was able to fly through them until he got to the version of the folder he wanted.

He then found the file he was missing, clicked a "restore" button, and tada...Missing file found.

That is insane. The closest thing I have seen to this is Jeff Raskin's desktop replacement paradigm, but it's really not quite like that at all. This is definitely revolutionary, and that's not hyperbole.


[1:39 PM] Called it a "whole new way of backing up" your files.


[1:38 PM] Indeed, it's a back up technology. Scott says that everything on your Mac, OS & files, will be backed up, even if your hard drive dies. He has not explained how this is possible, yet.


[1:37 PM] Survey said that 26% of customers are backing up their data, though this includes partial and sporadic backups.


[1:36 PM] We are moving on to "Time Machine," which seems to be some new platform from Apple. He's showing us photos, and talking about how precious they are. Ahhhh....This is going to be some sort of loss-prevention technology.


[1:34 PM] Scott Forstall is on stage, an Apple exec.

(Note that Steve said there were "top secret" features in Leopard that the company isn't announcing yet in order to not give a heads up to the competition.)

Scott said that 64-bit support will be built-in from "top to bottom" for both Carbon and Cocoa.


[1:31 PM] Bertrand mentioned Apple's "Redmond, start your photocopiers" challenge to Microsoft at last year's WWDC, quipping that it was a joke, but that Microsoft took them seriously. He showed several Vista features that were entirely similar to Mac OS X features. The audience of developers loves it.


[1:29 PM] Steve said that Microsoft spends $5 billion a year on research, and yet they only seem to be able copy Google and Apple. "I guess it goes to show that money isn't everything," he said.


[1:28 PM] Steve showed the 5 major releases of OS X Apple has released during the last 5 years. Then showed what Microsoft shipped during the same time. The punch line, of course, is that Microsoft hasn't shipped anything (not mentioned was a Service Pack or two for Windows XP).

Bertrand Serlet is on stage talking about how cool Mac OS X is. He is focusing on a comparison to the as yet un-shipped Vista.


[1:27 PM] Steve is claiming "0 hiccups" on the transition to Intel in terms of the OS transition. He referred to 86 million lines of code, and thanked all the developers.


[1:26 PM] Steve Jobs is back on stage. Moving to OS X. Seems like we're headed to Leopard.


[1:26 PM] "Tiger has been Apple's most successful software product ever," said Steve.


[1:24 PM] Starts at $2,999. Apple says it's some $300 cheaper than a similar Dell rackmount server.


[1:22 PM] Phil says it's 5x faster than the G5 Xserve. Redundant power supplies.


[1:22 PM] Transition to Intel is complete when it comes to the Mac product line, which includes the Xserve. We are, of course, moving on to Xserve.

Phil Schiller showing us a data center called the xTech Aquarium. A very cool looking installtion.

New Xserves: Quad 2.66 GHz units.


[1:19 PM] The hard drives are snapped into place without tools. Very nice. Very nice indeed. Note that the outside of the enclosure remains similar to the G5s.

2 x 2.66 GHz processors, at $2,499. 1 GB of RAM, 250 GB drive, 256MB NVIDIA 7300GT graphics card.

Says is $950 cheaper than a similar model from Dell.


[1:19 PM] Up to 2TB of internal storage. Apple is also offering two significantly better graphics cards. This is a dynamite system.

Ships today!


[1:16 PM] The new Mac Pro will have two Woodcrest Xeon processors, making it a quad processor unit. Dual 1.33 GHz front side busses. 4 channel 256-bit, 667 MHz memory bus. the performance per watt ratio is higher, and Phil said that each Mac Pro can hold up to 4 hard drives due to not having as much cooling in the unit.

There are two USB ports, 1 FireWire 800 and 1 FireWire 400 port on the front of the unit.


[1:14 PM] Looking at new pro desktops, or at least the new Woodcrest processors from Intel. 64 bit, "faster than the Velocity Engine" G5 processors, according to Phil Schiller. Showing very fast numbers, and Phil is claiming 2x performance.


[1:13 PM] Following that was a look at retail, and other small things like this year's WWDC having 4200 developers from 48 countries.


[1:11 PM] Steve began the keynote with a commercial message from the "PC" character urging Mac developers to take a year off. The audience loved it, of course, and it was a nice pep rally kind of message.


[12:38 PM] Technology permitting, we will begin posting here as soon as the keynote starts, presumably within about 30 minutes. Stay tuned!