WWDC today: El Capitan, Swift, Metal for Mac, San Francisco, diversity


This years WWDC developer jacket is set in the new Apple San Francisco font which will hopefully be the new OS font.
This years WWDC developer jacket is set in the new Apple San Francisco font which will hopefully be the new OS font.

Apple reveals OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’, promising better speed and other upgrades — Apple has brought Yosemite to the mountain: El Capitan, which is the name of OS X 10.11 as well as a peak in Yosemite National Park. Revealed today at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, El Capitan is intended to reach a higher point by fixing irritations and adding big efficiency gains.

Apple introduces Metal for Mac, promises huge leap in graphics performance — At WWDC, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced Metal for Mac, which combines the power of OpenCL and graphics crunching capability of OpenGL into a unified API that reduces draw rendering times by 50%. Metal is a core-level graphics technology that allows developers nearly untethered access to system GPU hardware for highly efficient processing, and kit was first introduced in iOS 8.

Apple to open source Swift later this year with support for iOS, OS X, and Linux — Apple has announced this morning it will make its popular new Swift programming language open source, releasing the language and toolchains for iOS, OS X, and Linux. Swift was announced at last year’s WWDC.

WWDC attendees greeted with jackets featuring Apple Watch San Francisco font, Swift code — Attendees registering for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference are being given a familiar jacket but this year the text is set in the company’s new internally created San Francisco font, along with a clever reference to Apple’s recently-released Swift language.

More diversity — Apple CEO Tim Cook says the lack of diversity in the tech market is everyone’s fault, and he’s working to change that. Cook hinted that we’ll Diversity during this morning’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation will include more women. [About time!]

New hardware — Not so far …