Tuesday, May 21, 2019

WWDC 2019 Preview

Becky Hansmeyer:

WWDC is now just two weeks away, so I thought I’d share what I’m hoping for in the way of developer tools/APIs.

Nick Heer:

For old time’s sake, I wanted to put together one of those part-retrospective part-speculative pieces where I point out some of the new things I’d like to see this year. Maybe some of these things will be introduced, and that would be cool; I wouldn’t bet on too much of this list, though. These are just a few things that have been swirling in my head.

Damien Petrilli:

My WWDC 2019 wishlist:

- fix the documentation


Update (2019-05-23): Jason Snell:

Here’s what I’m hoping to see in iOS 13 when Apple unveils it on Monday, June 3.

Update (2019-05-24): Jordan Morgan:

At this point it’s all conjecture, so let’s ready up with the fifth annual Swiftjective-C WWDC Pregame Quiz!

Update (2019-05-27): Steve Troughton-Smith:

It seems crazy that in 2019 you are still unable to track raw keyboard events on iOS – there is no way, barring using a private API, for an app to allow you to hold down physical keys as input (like WASD keys for a game), or as modifier keys (like holding Shift while resizing something in an app like Photoshop to maintain aspect ratio).


MFi might be gone with the USB-C iPad Pros, but developers need public APIs to write user mode drivers for anything you wish to plug in to your iPad. I want to be able to plug in my various EyeTV tuners and have the EyeTV app happily init them like it does on the Mac.


What I really want to see is a textual interface to Shortcuts that lets you do all the same things without having to navigate and fiddle with a UI filled with actions, so that the class of advanced user who prefers writing scripts can do the things they need.


We’ve come a long way from the fear that enabling third-party apps on iPhone will bring down the cell networks; trying to actively build the future on iOS today is like having your hands tied behind your back. iOS has for too long relied on the fact that the Mac exists as a fallback to perform all the tasks that Apple isn’t ready to rethink for its modern platforms, but that doesn’t mean these problems aren’t relevant or worth solving.

Tyler Hall:

With WWDC fast approaching, it’s the time of year when everyone posts their hopes and dreams and predictions for Apple’s upcoming software release. There’s tons of great ideas out there, and I certainly have my own feature requests both as a developer and as a consumer, but I just want to write today about one that is especially irksome during this (US) holiday weekend.

Marketing push notifications.

Previously: Push Notifications to Send Promotions.

Jason Snell:

My gut feeling is that Apple doesn’t need to start two major transitions for the Mac simultaneously, which is why it’s more likely that the ARM transition will happen at next year’s WWDC than this year’s.

See also: Rene Ritchie.

Update (2019-05-28): Stuart Breckenridge:

Below is my work in progress list of features I’d like to see.

Update (2019-05-30): Ryan Jones:

My latest iOS 13 wishlist.

Under the Radar:

What we hope to see at WWDC 2019 in Apple’s APIs and developer tools.

Dave DeLong:

There are very few things I want from #WWDC this year, but #1 on my list is:

I want to save an NSUserActivity as an icon on my homescreen.

Then I get an icon to open a specific Numbers doc, or call a person, or have multiple icons for a single app in multiple folders

Update (2019-05-31): WWDC by Sundell:

This website is for everyone who wants to closely follow WWDC, but from anywhere in the world. Starting right now, this site will be updated daily with articles, videos, podcasts, and interviews, covering all things WWDC — from recommendations on what session videos to watch, to in-depth looks at new APIs, to interviews with people from all over the Apple developer community.

Jeff Nadeau:

conference wishlist:

• faster horses

Update (2019-06-03): Daniel Eran Dilger:

Leading up to its 30th Annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Apple is channeling its unique hardware savvy to create a future that is powerful, premium, accessible to everyone, and private to yourself. And it’s doing it alone, competing largely against much cheaper copies of its own work that are supported by surveillance advertising. Here’s why that matters.


Something very high, if not on top, of my wish list for #WWDC19 is a better handling of os_log in crash reports.

Andy Lee:

I’ve been a little out of the Cocoa game lately, so my WWDC wishes are not super-fancy:

- improvements to the docs (content/navigation/layout/tooling)
- better Markdown support (I’m thinking Xcode could be a neat notes app)
- don’t render my Cocoa knowledge immediately obsolete

John Sundell:

These are my six biggest Swift-related dreams for this year’s WWDC. They’re not predictions, and they’re not based on any sort of insider information — they’re simply six things that I’d personally love to see introduced when the event begins tomorrow. This, is a Swift developer’s WWDC dreams.

The Talk Show:

Special guest Rene Ritchie returns to the show for a look at what we expect — and hope — to see from Apple at WWDC next week.

See also: Accidental Tech Podcast.

Colin Devroe:

This WWDC, which starts today, seems to be the most important one since the App Store debuted. I wonder if Apple feels it as well or is it just the entire community wondering whether or not they will be using Macs in a decade? Today could tell us that.

Rene Ritchie:

Apple’s WWDC 2019 event is just around the corner and that means there’ll not only be a lot to cover but a lot of people covering it. Here’s who you need to follow.

Six Colors:

Good morning everyone, we’re alive and awake in San Jose, CA, ready for the kickoff of WWDC later this morning. The event starts in just under three hours at 10am local time, that’s 1p ET, 1900 UTC. Jason and Dan will be in attendance. Join us here for analysis + quick headlines!

Manton Reece:

Added a new link at the top of Discover on Micro.blog to point to WWDC-related posts. It’ll be updated throughout the day, and help make sure the main Discover section isn’t overwhelmed with WWDC posts.

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I also took some time to write up a few thoughts regarding this year's WWDC (as I do each year). Lots of questions going into this one. http://cdevroe.com/2019/05/02/wwdc-2019-qs/

if there's no new Mac Pro, i think my time with Apple is coming to an end. and i've only used apple my whole life.

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