The first two days of the WWDC 2012 are over and the experience is quite unique so far. Let's get started.
In this post
- Day 1: Great Keynote & Food & stuff.
- Day 2: Sessions are great, meeting people is even better.
Day 1: The Keynote
Monday we got up really early to make it into the big Keynote, which opens the conference. And we made it! The line was all around Moscone West and we already thought we had to get into the overflow rooms, but we were under the last 50 people to get in the big conference room to see the presentation live on stage.
I wont talk about the details, as most of the stuff is already discussed pretty much everywhere. If you have no clue what's going on, consider watching the official stream from Apple. The new Retina MacBook Pro is a quite interesting device and the display is gorgeous, but I wish they would have made the same design available for the non-retina models as well.
The upcoming updates to OS X and iOS sound interesting and some of the features are really useful, as far as I can tell from the betas, which of course are under NDA, so I won't go into the details there either.
After the Keynote (and another presentation) we went in the city to grab some lunch. I was able to convince my colleagues to visit the Osha, a thai restaurant in the Financial District which is somewhat close to the convention center, and I ate there before last time and the food was as good as I remembered it to be.
Stuffed and happy we rolled back to the conference to see the Apple Design Awards. I really hope that I make an app that gets at least nominated for that price. The winners deserve all their praise, but I'm kinda puzzled that Deus Ex 3 was nominated alongside a lot of indie applications. Maybe Apple should seperate games and applications in some way.
Day 2: The first sessions
Today the sessions under NDA started with some amazing new features which will make coding for iOS even better than ever before. We really can't wait to use those in our applications. I met @ConnorCimowsky (who currently is an intern at Apple) and we talked about random stuff while grabbing some free lunch. I really look forward meeting more people from my Twitter timeline the next few days.
More sessions after lunch, one of them about workflows in Xcode, which was really interesting and showed that there is much more in that application we use all day than you know about.
Since it was already quite late and we wanted to grab a bite before we go to the famous "Stump the experts" panel, I lead the team to a small place called Louies Bar & Grill, where we had some tasty and kinda "American Style" food.
After the Stump Daniel and I went to the Push.io party, but it wasn't quite to my taste, so I went home to finally write this post.
Now it's time for some more wireframes and design for our upcoming application, as all of us are really excited about the new stuff we learned.