WWDC has come and gone. While the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite announcements were great, and will change how we use Apple devices along side each other, the really big announcements were for once truly for developers. This included Swift (a new programming language), tools in Xcode (visual debugging, async testing, performance testing, etc.), beta distribution (TestFlight!), and so much more. I’m still only half way through the WWDC sessions I want to watch. It’s going to take some time to digest everything. There’s so much new stuff; it’s truly mind-boggling. I’m sure all developers on Apple’s platforms are very happy with this WWDC.
Most of all, this WWDC has shown us a new Apple. It’s one that has finally been able to emerge from Jobs’s shadow, and with more confidence and openness than ever. The keynote was bursting with confidence, and Craig Federighi is at the forefront of that. Apple even took Craig’s hair and poked fun at it during the keynote. Apple’s traditionally been very secretive. In previous years, WWDC videos and pre-release documentation were always under NDAs. This is the first time anyone can read up on and learn about all the new things. There are also more collaboration and openness between workgroups within Apple. Otherwise, features like Handoff between iOS and OS X wouldn’t have been possible. Overall, I’m looking forward to using all the new tools and exploring all the new APIs, but most of all, I’m excited to see where Apple will take us in the next 3-5 years.
P.S. Given the advent of Swift, it’s probably time to change my placeholder logo that’s referencing Objective-C.