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WWDC 2012

WWDC. I wait all year for this. It’s on my bucket list of events I want to attend. As someone joked on Twitter, it’s the event where Apple-lovers find out what they’re getting for Christmas. This also might have been the most important WWDC since Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone. New hardware, new software and an amazing completely redesigned Macbook Pro easily filled the two hours on stage - Jony Ive could wax romantic about the new Macbook Pro to me all day.

As an iOS developer, and someone who actually needs to get some sleep tonight, I am only going to write about some thoughts I have about iOS 6 after watching the keynote and installing the beta on my iPhone. I’d love to talk about everything, but time is short, and the new Macbook Pro video does way more justice than I ever could without using one of those downright ridiculous new things.

As soon as the Apple Keynote ended today, I pointed my browser to the developer website to download the beta of iOS 6. Although the page was down to begin with, no doubt some preparation for the traffic that was coming, I was able to download and install the latest and greatest software from Cupertino without a problem. In fact, it actually went way more smoothly than last year with iOS 5.

Because this is pre-release software, I’m not allowed to go spilling the guts of everything that’s new. However, the basic rule of thumb is if they talked about it in the keynote, which is now public, I’m fine to speak on it. So, here’s my thoughts:

Your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.

Apple is slowing eliminating our need for plastic cards, paper boarding passes and even coupons - all without any new, NFC chip or dongle you attach to the device. Incredible.

Apple is continuing to push the market forward with iOS 6. I can’t speak to Siri, still rocking the iPhone 4, but the latest version of iOS seems to be off to a good start. As with past betas, there will be a few new things they didn’t tell us today that make their way into the final release, but as of now it’s pretty darn good. Apple is, at heart, a software company, and it shows. They had the best operating system for a mobile device before, and it’s just got even better with this latest update.

Monday, 11 June 2012