Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016 opening keynote event in San Francisco, California on Monday, June 13. Following is the full transcript of the whole event.
Tim Cook – CEO, Apple Inc.
Kevin Lynch – VP Technology
Stacey Lysik – Director of Apple Watch Software
Jay Blahnik – Apple’s Director of Fitness and Health
Eddy Cue – SVP, Internet Software and Services
Craig Federighi – SVP, Software Engineering, Apple Inc.
Bozoma Saint John – Apple Music’s Head of Global Consumer Marketing
Bethany Bongiorno – Director of iOS software program
Imran Chaudhri – Director of the design team
Cheryl Thomas – Apple VP of Software Engineering
Tim Cook – CEO, Apple Inc.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Before we start with the keynote, we’d like to take a moment to talk about the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Orlando, Florida. We offer our deepest sympathies to everyone whose lives were touched by this violence. It was senseless, unconscionable act of terrorism and hate, aimed at dividing and destroying. The Apple community is made up of people from all around the world, from all different backgrounds, and all different points of view, we celebrate our diversity. We know that it makes us stronger and moves everyone forward. Please rise and join us in a moment of silence to honor the victims and the people who love them.
Thank you, thank you.
Hello and welcome to WWDC 2016. It’s great to be here at the legendary Bill Graham auditorium in beautiful San Francisco. We have a really big and jam-packed morning planned for you and we couldn’t be more excited. Let me give you some details on the conference this year.
This is our 27th Worldwide Developers Conference. The developer community has never been more vibrant. We now have 13 million registered developers with 2 million added in the last year alone. The conference this year sold out over 5000 attendees and millions more watching on the live stream. This is truly a worldwide conference. We have people here from over 74 countries.
We’re excited that we’re attracting so many new developers. Over 70% of the attendees at the conference this year are attending the conference for the very first time, and we’re investing in the next generation of developers. We’ve awarded 350 scholarships this year. These guys are incredible. If you see them, make sure that you congratulate them.
We have over 100 attendees at the conference this year that are under 18 years of age. The youngest – the youngest is only 9. Wow! I met her yesterday and she is going to make one heck of a great developer.
Now, this week is about helping you get the most out of our platforms. So we have over 100 engineering-led sessions and over 150 hands-on labs with over 1000 Apple engineers on site here to help you through the week.
The App Store started eight years ago with only 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone. We now have 2 million apps on the App Store. Your 2 million apps have been downloaded 130 billion times. And as you know, the App Store is the best business opportunity for developers. We’re about to pass $50 billion paid directly to developers. This is absolutely amazing. And of course, successful developers translates to us having the best apps on our platform for users and this is what really matters.
Now we have a busy morning planned but I’d like to take a moment to talk about why we do what we do at Apple. Our North Star has always been about improving people’s lives by creating great products that change the world. And we’ve been doing this for a long time. But today for the very first time we’re going to talk to you about four Apple platforms. Each of these platforms is category-defining and world-changing.
The Macintosh changed personal computing. Today it’s the most innovative and loved personal computer on the planet.
iPhone changed phones forever. It’s the best smartphone experience and the gold standard by which everything else is measured.