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Live Coverage of the WWDC Keynote Address by Phil Schiller on June 8th 2009

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[4:11 PM] Stephen: Our complete photo gallery of the event is up. Thanks for tuning in today! 
[3:18 PM] TMO Observers: @londontaximan: @MacObserverLive u did a great job.
Many thanks, I RT lots of ur post's today.x  
[3:08 PM] Dave: The events over, and the last batch of pics from Bob LeVitus are now up on the right! Thanks for watching and playing along with us today! 
[3:04 PM] Bryan: Phil is thanking everyone at Apple for all their hard work. The thanking the developers on hand. 
[3:02 PM] Dave: Seems Apple learned a valuable timing lesson. iPhone OS 3.0 releases June 17, then iPhone 3GS (in USA) on June 19 -- smart not to do them both on the same day, eh? 
[3:01 PM] Dave: $99 for an 8GB iPhone 3G (for clarity, that's the *current* iPhone) - pricing starts today. 
[3:00 PM] Dave: And now... a "more affordable" iPhone... 
[2:59 PM] Dave: Here comes pricing: $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB! 
[2:59 PM] Dave: New battery doesn't increase 3G talk (or presumably data) time on iPhone 3GS 
[2:58 PM] Bryan: iPhone 3GS will be priced at $199 for a 16GB. $299 for 32GB. These are U.S. prices for new customers. AT&T will likely be pretty persnickety for upgrades.

Ah, iPhone 3G will remain on the market at $99. This should make the analysts happy. Pretty smart, IMO. Great way to reach deeper into the market.

Oh, and the $99 price goes starts today. iPhone 3GS will ship June 19th in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, the U.K and the U.S. 
[2:57 PM] Bryan: Battery last longer. 9 hours surfing, 5 hours of 3G talk time...I didn't catch the others. 
[2:55 PM] Dave: Compass allows maps to "orient to heading" where it spins the map to show your heading aimed toward the front of the phone. 
[2:55 PM] Dave: Voice control (for phone, iPod) and Compass in iPhone 3GS 
[2:54 PM] Dave: 30fps VGA with Audio. Auto focus, auto white balance, auto exposure. iPhone allows scrubbing and editing of video within the device (similar to QuickTime X mentioned prior). Can share to Video, MMS, MobileMe, YouTube. 
[2:54 PM] Dave: Form factor of iPhone 3GS hasn't been discussed (yet?), but it looks very similar (if not exactly the same) as current 3G. 
[2:53 PM] Bryan: iPhone 3Gs will do hardware encryption. One benefit of this is that the remote wipe feature is effectively instantaneous. 
[2:52 PM] Bryan: Developers can tap into the voice control APIs, to.

There's also a built-in compass, as rumored. This inexplicably got some of the developers all excited. Hikers and other outdoorsy folks will likely be stoked.

Built in support for Nike+. 
[2:52 PM] Bryan: Voice control for your phone. Welcome to 2000!

Hold down your home button for a second, and you see a wave form of what the mic is picking up (i.e. your voice). The commands you can voice scroll by to let you know your options. You can voice dial people, play music, and other stuff.

OK, my smart ass "welcome to 2000" comment isn't fair, because Apple has done some really cool things with voice control. "Play more songs likes this," for instance, for Genius playlist help. 
[2:51 PM] Dave: iPhone 3GS Camera captures video! 
[2:50 PM] Dave: iPhone 3GS has new camera: 3 megapixel, auto-focus camera. Also has "tap to focus" where you tap the object on the screen around which you want the camera to auto-focus, white-balance, etc. Also has auto-macro of something as close as 10cm away. 
[2:49 PM] Bryan: As expected, it will capture video. This is accessed from a button in the camera. 
[2:49 PM] Dave: iPhone 3GS is ready for 7.2 Mbps HSDPA. 
[2:48 PM] Bryan: It has white balance, tap to focus, autofocus, Tap to focus allows you to change what in an image is being focused on, Very cool. Handles different lighting situations better, too. Will also do automacro photos (i.e. closeups that are actually in focus)
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[2:47 PM] Dave: iPhone 3GS (with the "S" for speed) - Loading apps and websites anywhere from 2-3x faster than iPhone 3G (and yes, that's both phones running the iPhone OS 3.0). 
[2:46 PM] Bryan: It has a new camera...Flickr has 3X the picture uplaoding from iPhone than other smart phones. It's a 3 megapixel camera. 
[2:45 PM] Bryan: Phil says iPhone 3GS is faster with a faster processor. Load apps faster, view an attachment faster, load the NY Times, launch messages...all are faster, according to Phil

Phil said that thigns are an average of twice as fast as the iPhone 3G. 
[2:45 PM] TMO Observers: @spidermann: @MacObserverLive Jobs needs to pull a Townshend and smash a guitar through an amp on stage.  
[2:44 PM] Bryan: Phil is back on stage talking about iPhone 3G. This feels like a "Oh, and here's our next phone" moment. 
[2:44 PM] Dave: iPhone OS 3.0 will be available worldwide on June 17. GM Seed available to iPhone developers today.

Upgrades to 3.0 for iPod touch are $9.95 regardless of software version currently on it. 

[2:41 PM] Bryan: For the record, Phil's presentation is, once again, excellent.

He's showing us a graph of competing apps. 50K apps for iPhone, 4,900 for Android (that's a big improvement), 1,090ish for Symbian, and then some stragglers.

Ah, iPhone 3Gs! 
[2:41 PM] Bryan: Scott is wrapping up the iPhone 3.0 presentation. It's free to iPhone users. It will cost $9.95 to iPod touch users. It will ship July 17th. GM Seed for developers available today. Developers are being asked to set age-appropriate levels for their apps. 
[2:41 PM] Dave: Lots of demo flubs happening today. Good thing Steve Jobs isn't on stage (maybe he'd be throwing malfunctioning guitar amps and balloons at people in the front row? :-) 
[2:37 PM] Dave: ...and yet more pics from Mr. LeVitus! 
[2:37 PM] Dave: Zip car app allows you to locate Zip car location, select the car you want, reserve it, and pay for it right there. Then, once on location, you can use the iPhone app to beep the horn (to find the car) and then unlock the car so you can get in and go! 
[2:34 PM] Bryan: Lights are coming up, and just in time because my battery is just about dead!

That's it, folks. Thanks for tuning in, and look for extended coverage all week on WWDC news at The Mac Observer. 
[2:34 PM] Bryan: Phil played us a new iPhone 3GS commercial. Now he's wrapping up. 
[2:34 PM] Bryan: One can share videos just like photos. Upload directly to MobileMe, e-mail, etc. 
[2:34 PM] Bryan: Next up is Line 6 and Planet Waves. Marcus Ryle, who I think works for Line 6. He's showing us an App that will us to control a guitar amp directly from your iPhone. He has a couple of musicians with him onstage. One of them will use Planet Waves' Rig Remote app.

Line 6 makes tube and solid state amps that include built-in models. So basically,Rig Remote taps into guitar models on a Line 6 amp.

Ah, they're having some technical difficulties, too. Can you imagine the pressure in doing one of these events? At least Steve (most likely) isn't here to get tense, though I bet he's watching from home.

In any event, it's a nifty idea for an app, though I wonder at its practical use. 
[2:34 PM] Bryan: ZipCar executive is on stage now showing us a Zip Car app on the iPhone. Zip Car is a city-based car rental business for renting cars for short periods of time. With his app, he's able to see all the local Zip Cars that are available, how much it costs, where it is, the car's name, etc. He's able to reserve it (this requires a Zip Car account or membership).

Good lord, you can find your Zip car when you're close to it by tapping on a horn in the iPhone app! It will beep, and then he can unlock the damned thing from his phone, too! That's just silly cool! 
[2:28 PM] Bryan: We're seeing Star Defense, a tower-defense game. There will be free expansions, as well as paid exppansions. The woman doing the demo seems to be really into the game, and the audience is greeting her presentation warmly. This game is available today, BTW. Go buy it, but if you do, please use our affiliate link! 
[2:27 PM] Bryan: Neil young from ngmoco, an iPhone game developer, is on stage. No, it's not that Neil Young! Don't be silly. 
[2:26 PM] Dave: The Tom Tom Car Kit -- suction holder with a Dock connector. This allows charging, but also has a microphone and speaker.

That'll position the iPhone perfectly for watching movies while I drive. Oh, wait. 

[2:24 PM] Dave: Important point: Tom Tom is using their OWN map data, not Google's. 
[2:23 PM] Dave: Next up: Tom Tom -- the crowd "oohs and aahs" at the mere mention of the name, despite Forstall saying, "I said we were allowing turn-by-turn directions, didn't I?" 
[2:20 PM] Bryan: Next up is TomTom. A TomTom exdec is on stage showing us how to use the iPhone effectively as a TomTom GPS device. In other words, you can buy just the TomTom software, and install it on your iPhone, instead of buying a separate device. They'll also have a TomTom car kit, which is a holder for the iPhone that is moutnable, has a dock, and will charge your iPhone, too. You can use this in both landscape and portrait mode. Oh, it also has hands-free calling and it will play music through your stereo.

TomTom is coming this summer. He didn't tell us how much. 
[2:15 PM] Bryan: Ah, it's Asphalt 5...the racing game, that is. The game looks amazing. The 3D rendering is just awesome. It will play head to head against other players, you can download new tracks and cars ($.99 per pack), etc.

Next up is AirStrip Technologies...Dr. Cameron Powell is coming up on stage. 
[2:14 PM] Bryan: Josh Koppel from Scroll Motion is on stage now. He's shwoing us in-app book store purchases. So the company curently sells books as individual apps (there's 500 right now). They're adding 50 magazines. You'll be able to shop for these titles through a single app, rather tan looking for them through the App Store as a whole.

Users can grab a qupte from text and e-mail it without leaving the app. Text books will be coming, too. The name of the app, coming soon, is Iceberg Reader. 
[2:14 PM] Bryan: This is medical application stuff. He's showing us how a doctor or someone else who needs to know, receives an alert about his patient. The Doc can then plug directly into real-time waveform data (heart beat, temperature, and such). These waveforms are scrollable, too, so a Doc can look at the last X amount of data to see what might have happened earlier.

This amazing app is not yet cleared by the FDA, but they're expecting it Soon™.

Next up is ScrollMotion. 
[2:14 PM] Dave: Gameloft demo'ing 3D game "Asphalt 5." 
[2:14 PM] Bryan: Mark Hickey from Gameloft is onstage now showing us a racing game. 
[2:13 PM] Dave: Push notifications will be in iPhone OS 3.0 (hey -- this is like deja vu, right? :-) 
[2:12 PM] Dave: Cocoa Touch control now exists to embed the Google Maps service (including Satellite and Hybrid and full access to the data) inside your apps. 
[2:11 PM] Bryan: Developers will be able to access external hardware. this includes Dock connectors, Bluetooh, and others.

Apple is including a Gool map embedding API so developers can easily add this feature to their apps. Developers will be able to develop turn by turn apps, too.

Next, Push Notification. Developers can Push three things, text alerts, custom alert tones, and numbers on an app's badge (Scott's example was a score alert from ESPN that included a text pop-up and an alert. 
[2:10 PM] Dave: ...and up goes another batch of Bob LeVitus' photos on the right! 
[2:09 PM] Bryan: Moving on to in-game purchases. Developer picks the price. Same terms for developers as before. Free apps must remain free -- Apple is trying to make sure users don't get suckered in with a free app that isn't really free.

We'll also have peer-to-peer support over Bluetooth. No paring needed, and gamers can just go at it. 
[2:07 PM] Dave: Find My iPhone available to MobileMe customers running iPhone OS 3.0. You just log in to MobileMe and up comes a Google Map showing you where your phone is. Then you can send your phone an alert message and sound (that plays whether or not you left it in silent mode!). 
[2:06 PM] Bryan: The crowd LOVED Find My iPhone. Lots of sheering and applause. 
[2:06 PM] Bryan: Find My iPhone is for MobileMe customers. You can log into MobileMe from any browser and you will be shown on a map where the frak your phone is! How cool is that? You can also choose to have your iPhone make a pinging alert sound, even if it's in silent mode! that's too cool.

Even more importantly, you can remotely wipe your iPhone shold it be truly lost! Very, very cool! 
[2:03 PM] Bryan: One can switch between languages. Scott pointed out that, "this is one of the advantages of our soft keyboard," which is quite true. Be that as it may, iPhone 3.0 will support 30 languages, each with a landscape keyboard.

iPhone 3.0 will have a "Find My iPhone" feature for finding your lost phone. Scott played us a scene from 30 Rock to demonstrate the situation. 
[2:03 PM] Bryan: iPhone 3.0 will also include HTML 5 support. Scott said Apple has been tracking this newish standard, and is ready to go. 
[2:03 PM] Dave: iPhone 3.0 includes username/password autofill. W00t! Also uses contact info on your phone to quickly fill out web forms. 
[2:02 PM] Dave: Tethering works wired over USB or wireless using Bluetooth (why in the heck can't they share over the WiFi circuit like the MiFi does?)

22 Carriers worldwide supporting tethering. Note that AT&T was NOT included in the picture showing all the carriers' logos. 

[2:01 PM] Bryan: iPhone 3.0 will run Javascript 3x faster than iPhone OS 2.2.3. Support for HTTP streaming audio and video is being added.

Ah, nice! iPhone 3.0 will have auto-fill for user names and passwords, as well as contact information for Web forms. w00t! 
[2:01 PM] Dave: Tethering means sharing your iPhone's EDGE or 3G Internet connection with your computer. 
[2:00 PM] Bryan: The Parental controls will control movie ratings, but also age-appropriate apps. This will hopefully lead to a solution for such stupid things as South Park's app being denied. 
[2:00 PM] Dave: Next up: Tethering. 
[2:00 PM] Dave: iPhone 3.0 allows for iPhone-based move rental and purchases from the iPhone.

iTunes U now supported directly from the iPhone. 

[1:59 PM] TMO Observers: @Ericto144: Snow Leopard price: $29. (via @MacObserverLive) what?? Really? U r joking!!  
[1:59 PM] Dave: Forstall also showing Spotlight on iPhone as a way to launch apps instead of having to visually search. 
[1:58 PM] Bryan: Spotlight. System-wide searching.

iTunes - tent and purchase movies from your phone. Same for videos, audio books, and music which has been there for a while). iTunes U will also be accessible from the phone. Parental controls are being added, too. 
[1:58 PM] Dave: Many boos to the comment that MMS would be available (only) in America later this summer. 
[1:56 PM] Dave: Now showing the cut/copy/paste/undo (which works across all Apps) that we've seen before. Still makes me salivate, though, so I thought we should all share in that experience together. 
[1:55 PM] Bryan: Cut, Copy, Paste will be available across apps, built into the text-oriented APIs.

Also, we get MMS (i.e. welcome to 2001). Most of Apple's carriers around the world will support MMS at launch. AT&T will be ready "later this summer," This cuased laughter and grumbling both from the developers. Nice work, AT&T. 
[1:54 PM] Bryan: Video's still going. It's concluding with iPhone users around the world (many languages) showing us their fav apps. 
[1:54 PM] Dave: I just used AirRadar to grab a 5GHz channel of the WWDC WiFi instead of the (auto-selected due to signal strength) 2.4GHz channel. MUCH faster and smoother. AirRadar FTW! 
[1:53 PM] Dave: Take a look on the right here for a new batch of pictures from Bob LeVitus! http://tmo.to/u5 
[1:51 PM] Bryan: The video is looking at a game developer (it was his dream to make games, the iPhone made it possible), a medical app developer, and someone who made a Major League Baseball app. 
[1:49 PM] Dave: Forstall: "We've been working hard to grow a user base for all of your apps. [...] We have already sold more than 40 Million iPhones and iPod touches." 
[1:48 PM] Bryan: The iPHone will now tether!!! Except, of course, AT&T. That's freakin's ridiculous. The audience laughed at the obvious omission, and Scott put his head down and moved on. 
[1:48 PM] Dave: More than 50,000 Apps available in the App Store. 
[1:48 PM] Dave: And now, Scott Forstall is up to talk about the iPhone. This looks like the parade of GQ-ready Apple Veeps. 
[1:47 PM] Dave: Snow Leopard to be released in September, "Final" (Bertrand's word) developer preview available today. 
[1:47 PM] Bryan: The $29 price is for Leopard users. Standalone users will pay the usual $129. A family pack for Leopard owners will pay $49. 
[1:47 PM] Dave: Snow Leopard (Upgrade) Family Pack $49. 
[1:46 PM] Dave: Snow Leopard - $129.

Upgrading from Leopard? Just $29. 

[1:46 PM] Bob: Snow Leopard price: $29. 
[1:46 PM] Dave: Snow Leopard will be available for ALL Intel Macintoshes, past and present. 
[1:45 PM] Bob: Talking about Exchange support now... So that means it's nap time for me. In the immortal words of the Governator, "I'll be back." 
[1:44 PM] Bryan: Scott is back on stage moving on to iPhone 3.0. This is likely to be a lot of rehash from the presentation earlier this year, but what the heck...we're here. 
[1:44 PM] Bryan: Scott seems to be moving on to developer testimonials. Yep, he's showing us a video of developer interviews. 
[1:42 PM] Bryan: Exhange support is huge for Apple in terms of the Enterprise space, but it makes my eyes glaze over. Dave Hamilton will likely have much more to say about it. 
[1:42 PM] Dave: Exchange support -- fill in email address, username, and password once -- then Mail, iCal, and Address Book all see the Exchange Server. 
[1:40 PM] Dave: OpenCL leverages graphics processor to do scientific computation. 
[1:39 PM] Bryan: Now we're talking about how to use the GPU for more than graphics. Apple is introducing OpenCL, The C stands for Computing (as opposed to OpenGL, for Graphics). Hardware abstraction, open standard, extra bitchin... 
[1:39 PM] Dave: Grand Central Dispatch allow apps to use multiple processors much more efficiently than current threads model. Glad to see this stuff getting public play. 
[1:38 PM] Bryan: Exchange support will be free, built into Mac OS X, and requires the latest version of Exchange Server from Microsoft. Bertrand quipped that it was ironic it was free in Mac OS X, while Windows Vista requires a paid upgrade.

Snow Leopard will be priced at $29. Seriously. That's not a typo. 
[1:38 PM] Bryan: Now we're moving on Exchange support, which will be built into Mail, iCal, and Address Book. They will apparently plug into an Exchange server seamlessly. 
[1:36 PM] Dave: Bertrand is explaining 32-bit 4GB application limit with 16 Billiion GB limit inside of 64-bit mode. Also, math is "2x faster" inside 64-bit mode. Snow Leopard is the final step to getting all the "major system applications" to 64-bit mode. 
[1:34 PM] Dave: Bertrand's back out on stage. 
[1:34 PM] Dave: Trim and share video, scrub, and edit from inside Quicktime X Player inside of Snow Leopard (or, as Bob LeVitus says, "iMovie Express!") 
[1:33 PM] Bryan: You know, Snow Leopard has been heretoore billed as being mostly backend improvements, but they just showed us a bunch of end-user changes. They're not earthshattering, but they are very cool, and I think they keep Mac OS X ahead of the competition. 
[1:33 PM] Bryan: Showed some QuickTime 10 quick editing and sharing features. 
[1:30 PM] Dave: Dock Exposé; in Snow Leopard - click and hold on an application in the Dock and it shows only (and all of) those windows assoicated with that Application. Very handy if you have multiple applications open with lots of windows in each -- nice to narrow down to that one app. 
[1:30 PM] Bob: Expose in Dock: click and hold to see all windows from an application. Quick Look works in Exposé. Drag & drop works in Expose. That's pretty cool. 
[1:30 PM] TMO Observers: @crassbstard: Geek time...apple wwdc on twitter via @macobserverlive.  
[1:29 PM] Bob: Dock: Stacks handle large content better. Subfolders work the way they should have in Leopard. 
[1:29 PM] Dave: Can magnify Finder thumbnails, and all previews in Finder are live: can step through PDFs and even play movies right inside a thumbnail. 
[1:28 PM] Bryan: Wayne Grant from PAssco is on stage showing us an education-science app called Spark. It's a physics app that can be used to model physics. Scott Forestall is back on stage in a scientist's getup. Oh no, the blowing up the balloon demonstration isn't working! That sucks. Wayne is handling it with a aplomb...It seems that what was supposed to happen is that a snsor was connected to the iPhone and as the balloon was blown up, it would be shown on the graph. Would have been great to see it work. 
[1:28 PM] Bryan: Scott Forstall is talking iPone and the App Store. There are now more than 50,000 Apps in the App Store. The SDK has been downloaded one million times (I think he said).

40 million iPhones sold. 
[1:28 PM] Bryan: He is saying that these 64-bit improvements will be system-wide and available to developers.

For instance, Mail will use more threads when it's busy, but give them back when it is not busy working. That's a great step forward for Apple. 
[1:28 PM] Bryan: He's demonstrating Safari 4's speed in Snow Leopard, and it is indeed fast. You can also use a Coverflow view to search through your history. That's super slick. You can even do a search in this view, and it will limit your coverflow view to those pages with your search term. 
[1:28 PM] Bryan: Thumbnail view allows one to thumb through the contents of a folder. Moviles will play in this view, too. He's now showing us Exposé in the Dock. He's choosing from between three Mail windows without the clutter of your desktop. CHoose the window you want, and it comes to the front. He was able to use it to pick an image to add as an attachment without actually switching apps. 
[1:28 PM] Dave: Craig Federighi, VP Mac OS Engineering is on stage now to talk about Snow Leopard features, starting with Dock and Finder. 
[1:26 PM] Bob: Safari 4 in Snow Leopard: Crash resistance (in Snow Leopard only) Plug in crashes don't kill whole application. Reload page and you're good to go. 
[1:25 PM] Dave: In Snow Leopard - plugin crashes do NOT crash the entire browser, they are contained to that plugin. To refresh, just reload that page and the plugin will be reinitiated! 
[1:25 PM] Dave: Safari 4 is 7.8x Faster on a JavaScript test than Internet Explorer 8. Also passed Acid3 at 100% whereas IE8 passes only 21%. 
[1:24 PM] Bryan: Bertrand is now going to demonstrate Snow Leopard. He's brining Craig Federighi, VP, Mac OS Engineering of Apple, to do so. 
[1:24 PM] Bryan: #1 cause of crashes in Mac OS X are browser plugins. In Snow Leopard, if a plugin crashed, it will bring down the page effected, but leave the rest of Safari up. That's pretty damned slick.

Said it is 50% faster running Java in 64-bit.

Snow Leopard will have QuickTime 10, a new version of QuickTime. Moern foundation, hardware acceleration... 
[1:24 PM] Dave: Safari 4 ships today for Leopard (10.5), Tiger (10.4), and WIndows (Vista and XP) 
[1:23 PM] Dave: When selecting text, Preview now uses a "little bit of [artificial intelligence]" to select text in a single column instead of across the page. 
[1:22 PM] Dave: Bertrand talking about how Snow Leopard allows you to recover 6GB of Hard Disk space over Leopard Mac OS X 10.5 due, in part, to File System Compression 
[1:22 PM] Bob: Finder UI unchanged. Rewritten in Cocoa to be faster and better.
Dock has Expose now built in.
Installation now up to 45% faster. Uses less disk space. 
[1:20 PM] Bryan: Bertrand is back on stage talking more about Snow Leopard. He's going over why one might want 64-bit processing. The amount of memory, speed...and a third one I seem to have missed, unless he didn't mention it. In any event, he said that all the Mac OS X Apps from Appel are now 64-bit, or will be in Snow Leopard.

He's now talking about multicore systems, one of the primary features Steve Jobs told us Apple would improve in Snow Leopard. 
[1:20 PM] Bryan: Bertrand claims Safari 4 is faster and scores with a 100% on the Acid3 standards test. He said IE scores a 21. 
[1:20 PM] Bryan: Apple has added an AI (of sorts) into copy-pasting so that if you, for instance, copying text in a multi-column document, it will select just the one column.

Chinese characters can be entered by drawing them on the trackpad.

Safari 4 goes live today for Leopard, Tiger, and Windows. 
[1:20 PM] Bryan: Bertrand is now talking about The Finder, which has been rewritten in Cocoa. The developers on hand cheered. Apple is also making some changes to The Dock, including building in Expose into The Dock itself. Click and hold on an ap, and you're get an Exposé-like display of its Windows.
Snow Leopard is supposedly 45% faster, and it will use have the disk space, though storage is SO cheap that's a hard sell as a must-have feature. 
[1:20 PM] Bob: Leopard challenge: Build a better Leopard.

1 Lots of refinements

2 Powerful new technologies

3 Exchange support. 

[1:19 PM] Dave: Bertrand is talking about how Windows 7 is the "same old technology" as the rest of Windows (DLLs, Registry, Viruses, and more fun!) 
[1:17 PM] Dave: Transition... "Great Hardware Deserves Great Software" ... and up comes Bertrand Serlet 
[1:17 PM] Dave: Schiller says this is "the world's greenest lineup of notebooks." 
[1:16 PM] Bryan: Phil is touting Apple's notebooks as the "World's greenest line of notebook computers."
He's now inviting Bertrand Serlet onstage. He's smaking Microsoft and Windows 7 around. This would include poking at the need for users to do disk defragmentation, user controls, and other things. He's building a contrast with Apple, where the company is trying to build on the success of Leopard with SNow Leopard. 
[1:16 PM] Dave: ...and a pricing update to the MacBook Air

$1499 - 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB 9400M

$1799 - 2.13 Ghz Core 2 Duo 

[1:15 PM] Bryan: Made it...finally. Note to self: Make sure your alarm says "AM" if you're setting it for an early departure. 
[1:15 PM] Dave: 13" MacBook Pro Pricing

$1199 - 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3, 9400M Graphics, 160GB Hard Drive

$1499 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 9400M Graphics, 250GB Hard Drive

Available today! 

[1:15 PM] Bob: 13-inch MacBook PRO! Starts at $1199. 7 hours battery life just as thin & light. New vivid screen 60% greater gamut. SD card slot. Up to 8GB RAM + up to 500GB hard disk. Backlit keyboard. FireWire 800. Available today. 
[1:14 PM] Dave: New 13" MacBook Pro now!

Pricing starts at $1199

Up to 7 hours of battery life with Lithium Polymer Battery, with the same new "high vivid color" display, as well as the SD Card slot (a challenge to Apple's engineering team).

Up to 8GB of Memory, 500GB HD, 256MB SSD. Built-in LED Backlit keyboard

And... FireWire 800! 

[1:12 PM] Dave: New 17-inch MacBook Pro configuration - $2499 - 2.8GHz 4GB DDR3 500GB HD 9400M + 9600M GT 
[1:12 PM] Bob: Fastest ever up to 3.06GHz up to 8GB RAM up to 500GB drive. Starting $1699. All new configs shipping today. 
[1:11 PM] Dave: $1699 - 2.53 GHz 4GB DDR3 250GB 9400M Graphics,
$1999 - 2.66 GHz 4GB DDR3 320GB 9400M + 9600M GT
$2299 - 2.8 GHz 4GB DDR3 500GB 9400M + 9600M GT 
[1:10 PM] Dave: New MacBook Pro:

Processor Up to 3.06GHz Dual Core with 6MB Level 2 Cache

Up to 8 GB Memory.

Up to 500GB Hard Disk Drive - OR - up to 256GB SSD

Price starts at US$1699. 

[1:09 PM] Dave: New MacBook Pro has a new screen with a 60% greater color gamut.

In place of the Express Card slot (used by a "single digit %age of customers") it has an SD Card slot. 

[1:09 PM] Bob: New 15inch M B P 7 hour battery lasts years and years. Just as thin & light. Nicest display ever 60% greater color gamut. With SD card slot. 
[1:08 PM] Dave: New 15" MacBook Pro ncludes the Lithium Polymer Battery "up to" 7 hours battery life

Most notebook batteries start with 300 charges before they start to lose their full charge capacity. New batteries can take 1,000 charges before capacity starts to diminish. 

[1:07 PM] Dave: Phil talking about the Precision Aluminum Unibody Enclosure and how it's now being used across the notebook product line.

We have a brand new 15-inch MacBook Pro! 

[1:05 PM] Dave: "Phil and Friends" will includea Bertrand Serlet and Scott Forstall, but Phil is starting off and will be talking about the Mac 
[1:05 PM] Dave: Phil is showing graph with 75 million "OS X Users" using combination Mac and iPhone platforms. 
[1:03 PM] Dave: Commercial with John "PC" Hodgman on the screens welcoming the developers to the conference... with less and less enthusiasm on each subsequent take. Nicely done.

And now Phil Schiller has taken the stage. Time for the Phil and Friends show to begin! 

[1:02 PM] Bob: Justin Long: What PC's trying to say: Have a great conference. 
[1:02 PM] Bob: Lights are down.... John Hodgson (I'm a PC) on screen. Funny. 
[1:01 PM] Dave: Lights going down! 
[12:58 PM] Dave: So far the (Verizon-based) MiFi seems to be working. We're seated and just waiting for the festivities to begin. 
[12:56 PM] Stephen: I've increased the time between auto-refreshes. Please manually refresh this one time to get faster updates and enjoy the coverage! 
[12:54 PM] TMO Observers: @keithellis: @MacObserverLive please give me a new iPhone, my original one needs updating.  
[12:48 PM] Bob: This is a test. 
[12:37 PM] Dave: We're inside getting seated and ready to go! 
[12:33 PM] Stephen: Reposting for Dave: The media and VIP lounge is hopping, everyone's ready to go, and yet we all still wait. 
[12:23 PM] TMO Observers: @sajid_v: Excitement building ... for the #WWDC ... Following @tuaw_wwdc and @MacObserverLive  
[11:45 AM] TMO Observers: @twobear: WWDC-Schillernote begins at six. Not excited in the least, that would be silly. @macobserverlive for realtime updates. Quite excited.  
[11:11 AM] Dave: Almost time to head into the press holding pen! 
[10:58 AM] Dave: They're starting to move the queues into the building where they'll no doubt wrap around and wind through the halls before being let upstairs. 
[10:13 AM] Dave: At 7am the keynote line wraps around two corners already. Inside, registration is 15 people deep all the way across. 
[9:22 PM] Dave: Just testing from 35,000 feet while en route to San Francisco this evening! 
[12:35 AM] Stephen: Hi Again! I just wanted to let you know we'll also be posting live WWDC updates at @MacObserverLive as well for those of you who won't be near a web browser. 
[3:32 PM] Stephen: You're a little early, but don't fret!
We will be providing live coverage of the WWDC Keynote Address by Phil Schiller.
It's scheduled to start at 10 AM PDT (1 PM EDT, 17:00 UTC).
Check what time it starts in your time zone here.
When the time comes, TMO will be there... and you'll be here, reading everything we know.