Interestingly, even though it's not live yet, I've had clerks at stores like Whole Foods bring it up with me, unsolicited.
Cook: An entirely new way to pay for things in stores and apps. Built right into Passbook. Everything you need is built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It's easy, it's secure, and yes, it's a private way to pay for things. We think it's going to be profound.
Cook: All three major networks supporting us and all of the nation's top banks.
Cook: Just since last month, have signed another 500 banks. They will be rolling out support later this year and early next year.
Cook: We have many of the largest retailers in the country supporting us. Since announcing last month, even more before the end of the year.
People have been trying to push "digital wallets" for so long, there's almost a kind of digital wallet fatigue, for hearing news about the subject.
Cook: Works online in apps. It's pretty simple. Find those pair of Beats headphones you want and boom, you've bought them. I've been wanting these a long time and Jimmy won't get me a pair
(he's referring to Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Beats brought on with the $3B Beats acquisition that closed in August)
But at the same time, I recently spoke to several, ahem, younger people (in the 20s and early 30s), who all swear by Venmo in particular.
Cook: We are beginning on Monday
So Apple Pay out in a few days
Cook: The journey begins and we can't wait.
Cook: Also last month we announced an entirely new category. Apple Watch. It's the most personalized device we've ever created.
Cook: It's just as much about personal expression as it is about functionality.
While something like Venmo may be a must-have for early adopters and young people, Apple Pay may be the digital wallet for everyone else. (Maybe.)
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.