Cook: We've had great reception from the tech community. Also health and fitness and people who know a lot about fashion and style, even more than I do.
Lots of laughs for that quip
Cook: This month, the Apple Watch is on the cover of Vogue China. We are really proud of this
Cook: As we showed you last month, we have been working with selective third party developers on Apple Watch. Like BMW, American Airlines, Starwood
Cook: I'm pleased to tell you today we have developed WatchKit where many other developers can join this party. We're rolling out WatchKit next month
Cook: We can't wait to see what amazing experiences they come up with. Apple Watch will be shipping early next year, and every day I look forward to that day.
And this is why we all saw a sneak preview of the Apple Watch long before it would go on sale. Devs need time and tools, a la WatchKit, to build a catalog of apps and experiences.
Cook: That's a quick update around iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. They join an incredible product lineup, one I would call our strongest product lineup ever.
Product lineup shot includes watch, phone, ipad, MacBook Pro, and iMac.
No MAcBook Air, no Mac Mini, no Mac Pro, etc.
Cook: Each of these products are not only the individually best in their category but they've been designed to work seamlessly together. That's made possible by iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Today we've got some terrific updates on them.
We now have Craig Federighi up.
He's senior vice president of software engineering overseeing both iOS and Mac OS X.
Federighi is seen as a rising star at Apple, and he oversees both iOS and Mac OS X software. He took on the role in late 2012 after Cook fired iOS head Scott Forstall following Apple’s Maps fiasco. Federighi dominated WWDC this year, spending more time on stage than everyone else, combined. He always wears a bright blue shoe and once jokingly referred to himself -- in a nod to his silver hair -- as “Hair Force One.”
Federighi: In just under 4 weeks, 48% of iOS users are on iOS 8
Federighi: The situation with other mobile platforms is somewhat different. When you look at Android, vast majority running operating system that's more than 2 years old. After 313 days, KitKat is only on 25% of Android devices
Interestingly, if you look at people not updating to iOS 8, they have had the same problem on
legacy devices that I did.
Federighi: iOS 8 is a major feature release with something for all of our customers. New QuickType keyboard. Family sharing that makes it easy to share calendars, to dos, photos and even purchases.
Which is, when iOS 8 was released, my first several attempts to download it over about three days all failed or timed out, after which one may forget about it, at least for a while.
Federighi: What really sets iOS apart is the incredible technologies it puts in the hands of our developers. Let's take a look. Start with Extensions.
Federighi: Now with iOS 8 when you swipe down from the top of your phone, you access not just the system's built-in widgets but these third party widgets as well
Federighi:Just a single tap from anywhere in the system, you can post to Evernote.
Federighi: We've added support to third party actions. And access to your documents. Not just in iCloud but Dropbox, Box and any other box you happen to put your files.
Federighi: We also have support for third-party keyboards.
OS 8 marks the second major release of Apple’s mobile operating system under the guidance of head designer Jony Ive and new software head Craig Federighi.
Easier access to cloud files points to Apple realizing we're moving to cloud-based world perhaps more quickly than many expected. (I know I have.)
Federighi: Next up HealthKit
Federighi: Then you have apps like ShareCares, ask MDs.
It didn't take long for some iOS users to start reporting problems. Conversations on Apple's support forums and other online source pointed to Wi-Fi connectivity glitches, the usual battery drain issue and slow performance in Safari, among other problems. A bug in the operating system also prevented developers from launching HealthKit apps in the App Store.
The iOS 8.0.1 update, released Sept. 24 and then swiftly recalled, aimed to fix issues that have plagued Apple's mobile OS since it hit the market Sept. 17.
And, for third-party keyboards -- the ability to use Swype was the main reason I switched back to an iPhone this year, after a couple of years on Android. Although, Swype still feels buggy and less accurate on iOS.
But many users immediately reported problems after downloading the update, including their iPhones no longer connecting to a cellular network. iPhone owners also reported issues with Touch ID after downloading the update, with some noting that the feature -- which allows people to unlock their phones using their fingerprints -- was no longer working.
Federighi is still giving a list of apps taking advantage of new iOS 8 features