WWDC14’s Most Exciting News

Just finished watching Apple’s WWDC14 live stream keynote on my Apple TV, along with a million other people. Here’s what stands out to me initially.

New photos solution in the cloud, and related app enhancements

The Apple photo ecosystem we have all been waiting for might be arriving. The photo library is more or less completely served with the all-new “cloud photos.” This means local storage of photos is going away—not entirely, but Apple has started phasing local video and photo storage away. I can only imagine how significant this will be…

I think in the entire talk I heard not one mention of Photo Streams or iPhoto. That’s… saying a lot.

Mac OS X gets a fresh face

I still don’t know how I feel about all the design changes to the system, but I like them overall. When you dramatically alter this much of anything, there are going to be a few mistakes. However, OS X has the benefit of adopting design from iOS after its’ been tested on iOS. I think Yosemite, the new version, is clearly a major triumph for modern design.

The design changes streamline the interface without changing much of the functionality. Actually, nothing appears to have gone away (like features have in past releases of iWork’s suite) but rather, Apple added features. And Notification Center is greatly improved.

On a related note, was it just me, or did they not mention the verion number of Yosemite? I only noticed they referred to Mavericks, Mac OS, OS X… but not whether Yosemite is called 10.10.

The biggest deal of all: dev tools reimagined

Craig Federighi said, “We wondered what Objective C would be like if we took away all of the baggage that comes with C. Well, we didn’t only wonder: we made a new language that does just that!” (Not exact quote.) There was great applause when he unveiled the new language Apple calls Swift.

They only scratched the surface with Swift, but based on the long list of features, it is shocking what all Apple is updating at a single time. It answers a multitude of shortcomings in their old previous dev tools. I believe that this is the kind dev revolution that’s like pouring gasoline on an already huge fire. Developers are now have lots to sink their teeth into!

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.