Apple announced its 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference on Wednesday, to be held at San Francisco’s Moscone West from June 11 to 15. The company often uses the conference to announce key products, and if years past are any guide, there’s a possibility this summer will bring us more exciting news from tech’s most valuable company.
We thought it appropriate to look back at some of the game-changing product announcements Apple has revealed at WWDCs past. See below for items of note.View As Slideshow »
At WWDC '03, Apple announced its first bundled suite of creative and media management software, iLife. It included iMovie, iTunes, iDVD and iWeb.
In 2004, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced larger sizes for monitor displays, then debuting a 23-inch and 30-inch model.
Jobs announced in 2005 that all Macs would start rolling out with Intel processors. This opened the door for the first Macbook Pros, released a few months later. Apple's Leopard was the last OS X iteration to support Power PC processors.
Following the success of the Macbook Pro line, Apple announced a powerful tower known as the Mac Pro at 2006's WWDC. It sports multiple processors and the ability to do some heavy computer lifting.
While the iPhone was announced a year earlier, it didn't really live up to its full potential until the App Store was released in 2008. The store was launched the same day as the new phone operating system, and the same day the iPhone 3G went on sale, leading to problems for Apple's servers.
In 2009, Jobs announced the Macbook Pro's 13-inch model, to replace the plastic-bodied Macbooks they had been manufacturing in the past.
2010's WWDC was a huge year for Apple, as they announced the iPhone 4, which changed both the hardware and software designs of the iPhone. That year, they also announced FaceTime video chat software for both the phone and the Mac OS, as well as iMovie for iPhone.