WWDC ’09 Departure and Rumors



The rush is on to get things prepared for Apple’s WWDC this week. I’ve been bombarded with after-season crew gatherings this week leaving me little time to prepare for this week. Somehow I still pulled it off. Those three years are behind me now and it’s onto the next big thing: getting back to where I left off in 2005.

My news feed for the week is ready. Sorry. I told some of you that it would be ready Friday and it wasn’t. Those of you savy enough can add my RSS feed to your mailbox. I was able to pull in anything I write up on Facebook and Twitter to the page so you can read everything in one spot. You can also follow me directly by adding @bgrams to your Twitter account. Links to these two are above.

Of course, just like last year, I will have a live feed here on the blog of the Phil Schiller Keynote. Also, I will have a week-in-review in the features section (link on the left). Here’s a preview of the Bay Area Rapid Transit app I’m working on for iPhone. Most of you saw it in some shape or form over the past few months. It pulls in BARTs live train schedule and simulates what everyone sees at the station. I trust that all of you won’t ruin the surprise! 😉 It’s now in a friendly state, enough for someone to use, but there’s some work that still needs to be done. I am scheduling lab time with the Apple engineers this week to see if they have any suggestions.

Right now it’s available on a one-on-one basis. I have to plug your phone into my mac to install it and it will only run for 30 days. I’m hoping that it will hit the Apple AppStore by the end of the summer. Four screenshots are attached. Yes! I made an icon for it finally.

I leave with a friend, Chasen LeHara, who also received the scholarship, in the morning. Then we’re meeting up with Vernon Thommerant, a LAMP application stack dveloper I ran into last year.

Here are a collection of news and rumors in the last days leading up to WWDC:

Moscone West Covered in Apps!

Sure enough, Apple did their decorating well. As pictured above, Moscone West is covered in apps all around the building.

MacOSX Snow Leopard (build 10A380)
We’ve heard that Build 10A380 is likely to be the Snow Leopard build given to developers on Monday (that’s me!). The last build provided to developers was 10A354.

T-Mobile is in Trouble!
Reports that the Dutch T-Mobile System lists 5 new iPhone models labeled as “iPhone 2009”. These include: 16GB and 32GB models in black and white as well as one with no size given.

No leaking!

MacTalk.com.au was issued a cease and desist for their Vodafone End-of-Life’s iPhone story. Gear Live believes that the new iphone will be called “iPhone Video” and availability will be limited at first.

WWDC kicks off with a keynote speech by Phil Schiller on Monday, June 8th, 2009, at 10:00AM.