Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Those important products which released in WWDC after Jobs back to Apple


The Worldwide Developvers Conference, WWDC, is just finished. Maybe this is the most beautiful WWDC in past years, we can see highlights in both Hardware and Software. And this is the 30th WWDC since the first one in 1983. Maybe the only pity is that we didn't see the iPhone 5, but be sane, we all know it's impossible to get iPhone in this WWDC, aren't we?

Apple has experienced so many setbacks in the past 30 years, and the turning point in Jobs' back.
So let's look back to those important products which released in WWDC since Jobs back to Apple in 1997.

1998, Mac OS X is first mentioned by Jobs

WWDC in 1998 is Jobs' first show since he back to Apple, he had been being absent for 13 years. And since this year, WWDC is beginning with Keynote, which aims at releasing Apple's new product. Jobs' keynote is called "Stevenotes" for his distinct personality. 

WWDC in 1998 just introduced a Mac OS system called "Carbon", (in fact, it's not a system, it's just for making it more convenient to let developers to transport apps from old Mac OS to new OS X.) Jobs spent half of the time to introduce this system's new features to persuit app developers come back to Apple.

  • 1999, released a new system called "Darvin" (OS 8.6), replaced QuickDraw 3D with OpenGL. And he demostrated Mac OS X Developer Preview Version, which nearly has no difference with the official version which released 2 years later.
  • 2000, released Mac OS X Developer Preview Version 4.

2001, Mac OS X Server

WWDC in 2001 is not the official release event for Mac OS X V10.0 (Cheetah), but Apple released Mac OS X Server in WWDC 2001.

Mac OS X has updated to 10.8, and it is named by big cats since 2001, they are Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion.

  • 2002, released OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), Jobs ran a virtual funeral for Mac OS 9, then the entire Mac product line began to use OS X system.
  • 2003, released iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, previewed OS X 10.3 (Panther). Released Mac G5.
  • 2004, released OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 23' and 30' Cinema HD monitor, iTunes 4.9 (packed Podcast).


2005, Welcome to Intel

Josb claimed that Apple abandoned PowerPC and began to use Intel's X86 in WWDC 2005, which shocked all of the developers.
Apple supports Intel X86, which has made it possible to install Windows system on Mac.

2006, Released OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

The most important event in WWDC 2006 is to preview the sixth version for Mac OS X, which has added more than 300 new features: supporting 64 bit CPU, Time Machine, Boot Camp, Photo Booth, Space, Spotlight, Mail, Dashboard, iChat, etc.
And Apple released Mac Pro to replace Power Mac G5. Mac Pro had got two 2.66 GHz Intel Xeon dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 250 GB harddisk.

  • 2007, Apple claimed Safari supports third party app, which foreshadowed App Store in the second year (and Apple said they have no plan for iPhone SDK to cover App Store). In general, WWDC 2007 is a bit flat, (Mac World 2007 released iPhone, grabbing the entire world's eyes), and Apple pushed OS X Leopard's releasing time a little later, and released Safari for Windows.


2008, released App Store

WWDC 2008's App Store had changed many developer's life, and Apple also released iPhone 3G, iOS 2.0, Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard); and remodel ".Mac" to "MobileMe", this is the first step of Apple Cloud Platform, it connected phone, Mac, PC.

The after coming 3 years we are very familiar with:
  • 2009, released iOS 3.0, 13' MacBook Pro, update 15', 17' MBP product line. As Jobs was in hospital at that time, SVP Phil Schiller hosted Keynote in WWDC 2009.
  • 2010, released iPhone 4, changed iPhone OS to iOS, released iMovie and Facetime for iOS.
  • 2011, released Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and iOS 5.0, and iCloud.

WWDC 2012

There are too many famous blogs have wrote articles about yesterday's event, I think there is no need for me to write a review again. (Indeed I don't think I can write a more wonderful review than Engadget, The Verge, etc.)

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