Another video incoming that's going to highlight how apps are changing people's lives. [9to5Mac]
And Apple has paid out more than $5 billion to developers. Or, in more familiar terms, about 5 Instagrams.
30 billion downloads to date, with checks for over 5 billion dollars being paid out to devs. [9to5Mac]
30 Billion app store downloads. That is pretty staggering. [Gdgt]
Customers "love the buying experience," which is sort of a funny way to hype up a room full of devs. THEY LOVE GIVING YOU MONEY.
They have over 650,000 apps in the store, with 225,000 specifically made for iPad. [GDGT]
Image courtesy GDGTdgt
We're kicking off with App Store updates. Are you guys using the App Store to purchase software?
There are over 400 million accounts on the App Store, says Cook. [Engadget]
Siri is telling tons of jokes. So far I think this is my favorite: “Hey, anyone been working with Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean? Who’s making up these names, Ben and Jerry?” [Gdgt]
And here comes Tim Cook to riotous applause! [GDGT]
Digs so far at Samsung, developers, and its own lack of emotions. [The Verge]
Siri unloading zingers at a furious pace, with Garage Band providing the drumkicks. [Engadget]
Siri is welcoming people to WWDC, telling jokes (hopefully better than in the Malkovich ad). [Engadget]
Lights are dimming, here we go [Gdgt]
And just in time, too, looks like the event is just about to start.
Hey we just solved a MYSTERY.
I thought I wouldn't care about deep Facebook integration, but it really does give Windows Phone a nice boost.
I also would like to see more granular controls on Notifications. And although I personally don't care, given how many older relatives of mine have asked about it, I bet Facebook integration will be a hit.
That would be huge Joe. I'm sick of carrying a case with a built in battery around with my phone everywhere
Not to jump in uninvited, but I am really hoping something can be done to address the battery life bullshit iOS5 brought.
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10 minutes until the event kicks off. Mat, talk a little more about what you'd like to see in iOS 6 specifically? If you can type through all the bacon grease.
That is a handsome man at the top of the page
But honestly, there's enough stuff rumored to more than fill the 90 minutes on iOS 6 alone, much less all that hardware.
In no particular order: an Apple HDTV, iPhone 5, a grown man crying.
I'd also like to talk about what we're NOT expecting to see today.
Also, Mat incorrectly identified the band as Two Dollar Cinema Club. It is in fact Two Door Cinema Club, which can only mean two door iTunes movie rentals.
Just to be clear, Mat Honan is not an accredited physician.
You should pee now.
Two dollar iTunes movie rentals, Phil Schiller has shin splits. Done.
The music playing at WWDC, which sometimes telegraphs what will be announced, is by The Shins and Two Dollar Cinema Club. I got nothin' to read into that. [The Verge]
(I hereby define "crazy" as being "anything that causes Walt Mossberg's beard to spontaneously combust").