And now that your humble correspondent has migrated to an Apple product, he can presumably watch the live stream. Picky, Apple. Picky.
If the rumors are correct and we really get a home automation system today, it will be interesting to see just how comprehensive it is. With Nest and the like, there are already options out there. But Apple in the past has been masterful at pulling together available products, putting them all together in one smoothly polished product and selling it to a public that didn't know they wanted it in the first place.
And ... WWDC opens with a video riffing on stereotypes about developers (which is really who this week is all about). Pivots quickly to "developers are awesome and changing the world."
10:05 a.m. PT -- first use of the word "magic" at an Apple event.
And here's Apple CEO Tim Cook to kick things off. "This is a milestone year for this conference." It's the 25th anniversary. Over 1,000 Apple engineers are there for this year's conference to talk with developers.
Starting off with the Mac and OS X operating system. Last fiscal year, Mac sales were up 12%, Cook says.
Over 40 million copies of OS X Mavericks, the newest version, have been installed. (Side note: "Mavericks" has nothing to do with "Top Gun." This makes me sad.)
Craig Federighi, vice president for software, on to talk about new version of OS X. A new name is on the way, folks. No return to big cats.
It's OS X Yosemite. Staying with the "cool places in California" theme.
"Check out that trash can. That is a gorgeous trash can." -- Craig Federighi saying the most Apple thing ever in regard to an icon on OS X Yosemite.
New streamlined look for apps, revamped Notification Center, typing into browser bar gives access to apps, Web, maps and other various results in OS X Yosemite.
This might be the iCloud refresh. Lots of folks think Google Drive and other tools have made it irrelevant to many folks so far.
Federighi says apps you store are available across all of your Apple devices ... "and, what the heck? We're throwing in Windows too."
New tech called Mail Drop lets you have email attachments sent directly to iCloud drive and encrypted. Attachments up to 5GB
And we're on to Safari. A few interesting tweaks to iCloud, but definitely not the overhaul some users would have liked.
Apple has mastered the art of saving the really good stuff until last at these events, making people like Yours Truly write about stuff that would never get mentioned otherwise. Fighting the urge during a Safari presentation now.
Continuity ... looks like a new feature built on AirDrop, which will now work between iOS and the Mac. There's also what they're calling Handoff. When they're close together, your iPad will give you an icon that lets you swipe up and immediately pick up working on what you were doing on your Mac.
This "proximity awareness" lets you Mac see your phone and set up a hotspot, putting you on the same network. You don't even have to touch your iPhone.
Federighi addresses the fix for problems with iPhones receiving (or not receiving) texts from non-Apple smartphones. As would be expected, it is presented as a feature.
Integration also lets you push phone calls from your iPhone to your Mac, and respond from there.
Federighi is now calling new employee Dr. Dre from his Mac.
"Hey, Doctor. You're on speaker phone via my Mac ... ." Because, you know, this call is a total surprise.
I sort of like that Dr. Dre sounded a little annoyed having to take the call. When you're "the first billionaire in hip-hop" you've got stuff going on, man.
OS X Yosemite will be available in the fall and will be free as an upgrade.
You can also sign up on Apple's website to be part of a beta test of Yosemite this summer.
Cook is back to talk about iOS. Apple has sold more than 800 million iOS devices, he says.
He's picking on Android. Notes less than one out of 10 users are on Kit Kat, Google's most recent version, versus almost 90% using iOS 7. He's trying to convince developers it's a waste of time to develop new apps for Android.