June 16, 2013
Tim Cook will never be a showman in the mold of Steve Jobs. However, the Apple CEO did prove this week that he, like his predecessor, isn’t afraid to take chances to move technology forward. During Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple once again rewrote the book on mobile design. While they were at it, they gave us a glimpse at the future of desktop computing too. Here are just a few of the headlines making news during a very busy week that was.
iOS 7Ever since Cook fired former iOS chief Scott Forstall last fall, we knew that big changes were coming to iOS. Jony Ive and Craig Federighi didn’t disappoint. Love it, or hate it, iOS 7 represents a new era for Apple’s mobile product. Whether it be its actual design, or significant list of new features, iOS 7 is the most important version since the first was launched in 2007. Not convinced? Take a look at just a few of our iOS 7 stories from the past week:
- AppAdvice's WWDC 2013 Link Roundup - Find All Of Our Event Coverage Here
- Check Out iOS 7's All New Control Center In This Hands-On Preview Video
- The AppAdvice iOS 7 Quick Pick Features Some Of The Little Changes Coming Soon
- Apple's' iTunes Radio Service Has A Long Way To Go
- Comparing iTunes Radio To Pandora, Spotify And Other Streaming Music Services
- So, How Impressed Were You With The WWDC 2013 Keynote?
- Redesigned Photos App In iOS 7 Zooms Into View In This Hands-On Video
- Tune In To Apple's New iTunes Radio Service With This Hands-On Preview Video
- WWDC 2013: Announcing The Winners Of The Apple Design Awards
OS X MavericksIt was Jobs that once said that we were living in the post-PC era. That may be true, but that doesn't mean that Macs and PCs are dead. In fact, with OS X Mavericks, Apple has proven that there is still much work that can be done to improve computing on the desktop and laptop. OS X Mavericks continues Apple's push to make OS X more like iOS. However, while the addition of Maps, iBooks, and the system-wide iCloud Keychain to OS X are significant, the biggest changes are for so-called power users. Whether it be the major improvements for multiple displays, or introduction of Timer Coalescing, App Nap, and Compressed Memory, OS X Mavericks includes plenty of new tools that will make computing life better for hardcore users. And this says nothing about the Mac Pro -- the first new product of the Cook era.
Mac ProApple has always been good about releasing iOS device updates. So too, for its line of iMacs and MacBooks. However, the Mac Pro hasn't been shown much love since at least 2009. This long wait, however, seems to have been worth it. The 2013 Mac Pro sports a brand-new appearance, and is packed full of new features. These include a 12-core Intel Xeon processor, 1,833 MHZ memory, and flash memory storage. In addition, when it is released later this year, the unit will be the first Mac that comes with standard, dual GPUs. It will also support multiple streams for the new 4K displays. The Mac Pro will also be the first new Mac assembled in the United States in a generation.
What WWDC MissedThe WWDC keynote was exciting, but it didn't include everything. For example, there were no new iOS devices announced. Plus, besides the newly released MacBook Air, there were no new MacBooks or iMacs. We also heard nothing about the Apple TV. For a complete rundown of some of the misses, go here.
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- Google Reportedly Set To Acquire Mapping Rival Waze For $1.3 Billion by Aldrin Calimlim discusses Google's most recent purchase.