I have been anticipating writing an article of final predictions for what we will see at WWDC for a few weeks now. However, as sit here on the eve of Christmas for Apple fans, I find little point in doing so. Not only has every tech site and every Apple blog weighed in on this topic at this point, but pretty much every national medial outlet, as well. What’s the point in one more drop in a very full bucket?
Rather than go the path well travelled, I’m going to take a different look at WWDC and get into more of the “how” than the “what”. Allow me to explain myself. One of the recurring themes I see, especially in several of the articles from larger medial outlets, is a negative slant towards Apple’s current position. Despite their incredible stock performance and profitability, the emergence of new sources of revenue in wearables and services, and the coming release of a sure-fire hit in the next iPhone, the “what’s wrong with Apple” storyline is as reliable as the taxman coming to collect lately.
The day after an Apple Keynote is one for quiet reflection on and consolidation of the giddy announcements of the previous eve. The excitement of the moment, when you know that you are one of many many people focused inside the Reality Distortion Field, has gone. The energy pumping through your body while you process and relish new features, has faded. Left are the cold specs, pics on Apple’s webpages, the Keynote as podcast to enjoy, leisurely this time and lots to collectively digest in the blogosphere.
While watching the Keynote for a second time with my hubby tonight, I couldn’t help but admire Apple’s not so subtle message this time around. Last year, they took a bold mighty risk in launching the iPad, to much derision of the rest of the tech world (remember the sanitary napkins jokes anyone?) 15 million iPads sold later (and no, not just sell-in) the rest of the gang have launched, or are about to start shipping, their candidates, hoping to get a slice of the now potentially gigantic Tablet Economy pie. Continue reading
The iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – have all received a major update to coincide with the release of iOS 4.2. There are big new features for each individual app, as well as support for AirPrint and iOS 4.2 multitasking for all of them.
Here are the new features for each of the three apps:
– Enhanced presenter display shows the current slide, the next slide, or your notes when connected to an external display.
– Ability to import existing and add new presenter notes to slides.
– Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including slide range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
– Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
The iWork suite of apps for the iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – got a major update last night.
The biggest new additions are the ability to export in Office file formats – .ppt for Keynote, .xls for Numbers, and .doc for Pages – and support for MobileMe iDisk. So you can now export documents from these iWork apps in formats that should be friendly for anyone using MS Office, and you can copy your documents to iDisk if you have a MobileMe account.
If you still didn’t get a chance to watch Steve Jobs’ keynote for WWDC 2010, or you just don’t have an hour and a half available to take it all in, the customary ‘Super Condensed’ version has now come out – so you can get the highlights and the gist of it in under 5 minutes.
I love these shortened versions of the Apple event keynote presentations.
Just in case you hadn’t already heard, the official Apple video of Steve Jobs’ WWDC 2010 keynote address is out now at the Apple site. If you didn’t get enough news yesterday on the keynote and the new iPhone 4 announcement, or you just want to see how Steve coped when there were ‘network issues’ and his demos were failing, then you don’t need to wait any longer.
Check out the video at Apple’s page here:
Apple’s suite of iWork apps for the iPad – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – got updated last night, to Version 1.1.
All of them have added support for 8 languages – including French, German, Japanese, and Spanish – along with a number of enhancements and bug fixes that vary for each of the apps.
I’ve only got Pages installed so far and don’t use it often enough to really notice the changes, but you can see the full list of what’s new and improved in each app HERE. Nice to see Apple providing a fairly rapid update for these apps.
The "iWork" apps are already on track to potentially generate more than $40 million in annual sales, according to our analysis of App Store sales so far.
And in the first month, they’ve probably already passed $3 million in sales, likely making Apple the most successful iPad developer, by revenue, so far.
That’s a slice from this recent report at Business Insider. I’m sure I shouldn’t be surprised at these numbers, but I am. Apparently all three of the Apple iWork apps – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – have been in the Top 10 for paid apps ever since the iPad was launched and Pages has been at Number 1 for ‘much of the time’.
I absolutely agree with Business Insider’s conclusion that this ‘shows there is a real appetite for serious apps on the iPad‘. I feel like I can work quite well on the iPad – the only big thing missing is a decent blogging app (for my needs).
I’m very glad to see that ‘serious’ apps can thrive in the iPad App Store – and look forward to seeing some third party developer success stories in this area.