By Graham K. Rogers
I have attended the keynote presentations at Apple's WWDC on three occasions in the past, but the developer sessions were closed to those of us on press tickets. It was possible to overhear excited developers chatting in the street at lunchtime, but information gleaned in this way was only snippets: impossible to get the whole picture.
Apple does however, release some information for developers who are unable to attend via its WWDC app that was recently updated. The app contains a mix of videos from this and previous years: Special Events, and Frameworks.
Some of the videos show presenters, such as Andreas Wendker who introduces a session in the afternoon of the keynote presentation for developers. Craig Federighi who outlined OS X and iOS 8 in his appearance in the Keynote presentation (available here and in iTunes as a podcast) can also be seen in earlier presentations linked in the app.
There are also videos which are highly technical and appear as slide presentations with voice commentary. These were made live at some of the Frameworks sessions, so will be of more interest to those developers unable to attend the conference.
This is an app aimed at developers. Watching the keynote presentation again, this year (with no hardware) the conference had its focus fixed on the developer community. The app makes some of the sessions more widely available.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.