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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 …

 

13-inch MacBook Pro review, Skylake CPUs, Regent Street Apple Store, San Francisco


Apple may be about to change its Mac and iOS display font to its own San Francisco, which is used on Apple Watch
Apple may be about to change its Mac and iOS display font to its own San Francisco, which is used on Apple Watch

Macworld’s review of the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro — The 13-inch MacBook Air changes are relatively minor, but its standing in Apple’s lineup is what changed the most. While the MacBook Air is still an ultra portable laptop, there’s a newfound emphasis on its value – the four recently-refreshed models make up the affordable end of Apple’s laptop lineup.

Intel may be prepping next-gen Skylake chips for August debut, may curtail Broadwell sales — Chip giant Intel is reportedly targeting August of this year for the initial rollout of its next-generation Skylake microarchitecture, a timeline that likely means Apple’s high-end Macs will skip the oft-delayed Broadwell line.

Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major renovations for more light, street visibility — Apple is planning a major renovation of its flagship Regent Street store in London, one which will radically impact the interior and exterior appearance of the building.

Do you need to care if Apple changes its system font? — 9to5Mac has reported that Apple may switch out the system font used in OS X and iOS from Helvetica Neue to San Francisco, the font it developed in-house for the Apple Watch. And that has half the Apple community bellowing denunciations that this is a stupid idea, and half yelling that OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 (when the switch is rumoured to happen) can’t come soon enough. [Can’t wait – I really dislike boring, personality-free, grossly-overused Helvetica.]
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