WWDC 2019 will usher in a whole new era for Apple

“We’re about a week away from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the second-biggest date on Apple’s calendar after the annual introduction of new iPhones in the fall,” Jason Snell writes for Tom’s Guide. “This year’s event promises to be the most consequential one in more than a decade.”

“At WWDC, which kicks off this year on June 3, Apple is poised to announce a radical redefinition of what it means to use a Mac, opening the floodgates to Mac apps that were born on iOS,” Snell writes. “Old Mac apps will remain intact (for now), but make no mistake: this is the beginning of a shift from iOS and macOS as two separate platforms to Apple’s creation of a single, unified development platform for all of Apple’s devices.”

“There are lots of questions that probably won’t be addressed until 2020 at the earliest, like the possibility of a unified App Store across these platforms. (In the short term, it’s expected that iOS apps brought to the Mac will need to be purchased again in the Mac App Store),” Snell writes. “That’s the first big transition. Waiting in the wings is the second one, and it’s less clear when it will arrive: The Mac’s transition away from Intel to Apple-designed ARM processors. My gut feeling is that Apple doesn’t need to start two major transitions for the Mac simultaneously, which is why it’s more likely that the ARM transition will happen at next year’s WWDC than this year’s.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: We expect to see the quality of “Marzipan” apps is poised to drastically improve.

Think code convergence (more so than today) with UI modifications per device. A unified underlying codebase for Intel, Apple A-series, and, in Apple’s labs, likely other chips, too (just in case). This would allow for a single App Store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users that features a mix of apps: Some that are touch-only, some that are Mac-only, and some that are universal (can run on both traditional notebooks and desktops as well as on multi-touch computers like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – pretty please, Apple – Apple TV). Don’t be surprised to see Apple A-series-powered Macs, either.

MacDailyNews Take, January 9, 2014

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

— Bob Dylan

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8 Comments

  1. Cook does not understand Bob Dylan. He understands meaningless lyrics from Lady Gaga.

    Imagine if Bob had opened the Spaceship event and really respected Steve.

    1. Got to say the idea that Cook understands Gaga better than Dylan is a weird Concept to me. Getting down with the kids is hardly his thing as much as he might wish it were perhaps while Dylan is far too arty for him too. Whatever his musical tastes I can imagine they are exceptionally middle of the road and uncontroversial. I mean could you see him handling the acoustic v electronic war Dylan was embroiled in. Rabbit in the headlights, or would be if he was capable of seeing the headlights.

  2. Steve is gone. No use talking about him like he’s a disappointed retired manager biting his tongue in the wings.

    The new guard is not doing an insanely great job. They’ve had lots of time and do not seem to be headed in that direction. So vote with your shares to change the guard or divest or settle. The choice is yours.

  3. MDN on your “Do you plan on upgrading your iPhone this year?” poll “Unsure, Maybe & Probably” mean virtually the same thing 3X in a row. Why no simple “No”? That’s how I’d vote.

    ARM is definitely next years thing at WWDC which makes me nervous heavily investing in an Intel based Mac Pro this year. Will Apple keep supporting Intel and ARM chips for Macs for the next 5-6 years? ARM chips will also be dropping the ability to run Windows which will effect some.

  4. Pages turned into a crap baby program with the iPad/desktop converged version 5. We’re now on version 8. Still rubbish, according to most reviews.

    If this drastic dumbing down is what is necessary to converge the operating systems, no thanks.

  5. Microsoft Word with Ribbons is a mess always has been like Microsoft Windows, most people are forced to use it. Excel is the only program worth using despite the fact that Ribbons is the worse widely used UI out there. Revit and Word tie for the worse Ribbon UI available on major programs.

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