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WWDC10: The Center of the App Universe

Written on June 15, 2010

This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference created quite a buzz in the tech world.  The WWDC keynote address has always been the traditional venue for the introduction of new iPhone devices, and there’s always a guessing game about what other surprises the company might have in store.  This year’s title indicated that software development would be the primary topic.  Apple’s focus is on iPhone OS-based devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.  So here are the highlights:

iBooks for iPad

  • Can view and read PDFs
  • Can make notes and bookmarks

App Store

  • Netflix coming this summer for iPhone/iPod Touch this summer for free
  • Zynga brings Farmville to iPhone OS, with Push notifications, by the end of June
  • Activision’s Guitar Hero, today for $2.99.

iPhone 4

  • Stainless steel, glass front and back, and integrated antennas
  • “Retina display” has 4x pixels, 326 pixels per inch for 960×640 resolution, 800×1 contrast ratio, IPS technology
  • A4 chip
  • Gyroscope
  • 5 megapixel sensor with a backside illuminated sensor with LED flash and 5x digital zoom, records HD video with 720p for 30 FPS.
  • iMovie for iPhone for $4.99
  • $199 for 16gig, $299 for 32gig, with both black and white
  • 3G is gone, 3GS is now $99
  • Preorders on June 15th, sells on June 24th
  • $29 dock, official case in multiple colors

iPhone OS 4 is now iOS 4

  • Bing is added to search options
  • iBooks comes to iPhone and iPod Touch
  • iAds start July 1st, iOS 4 June 21st

One More Thing- FaceTime

  • Steve Jobs called Jonny Ive with video call, freezing due to failing WiFi
  • Uses WiFi, iPhone 4 to iPhone 4
  • Can change camera to show other viewpoints
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