June 8, 2014
For much of the past week, AppAdvice has covered Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California. That wasn't the only tech news during the week that was.
The Big Three Stories of the Week1. After WWDC, a mea culpa Tim Cook has been Apple’s CEO for nearly three years. It was only after watching this week’s WWDC keynote, however, that I felt that he was truly in charge of the company he obviously loves. For nearly two hours, Cook and other Apple executives didn’t just announce iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Rather, they presented an exciting, detailed roadmap to where the company was headed. In a word, the presentation was amazing. Just last month, I had argued that forces on the ground had forced Apple into retreat. Folks, I was wrong. After Monday’s keynote, I can’t wait to see what Apple has planned for later this year. For a review of our WWDC coverage, click here. 2. The iWatch
Apple didn't mention new hardware on Monday, but we all know it's coming. Besides the "iPhone 6" and next-generation iPad, Apple's "iWatch" is almost certainly going to make an appearance this fall.This week, that likelihood became even more clear. Soon after the WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled its latest ad, “Strength.” In it, Apple highlights several wearable devices and other accessories that already work with the iPhone 5s. This shows the company is already a major player in wearable devices -- and expects to be an even bigger one very soon. http://youtu.be/xTjejvnBJfU We also heard through numerous sources that the iWatch is set to launch in either September or October. On Thursday, Canter Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said the iWatch would launch in September simultaneously with the iPhone 6. A day later, Nikkei and Re/Code said Apple's wearable device would arrive in October. Nikkei said the device will use a curved OLED screen and will collect a large amount of health-related data like sleep activity, glucose levels, and blood oxygen levels. Re/Code explained that Apple's plans for the iWatch could change over the summer, but that October is currently the “target” date. 3. Samsung and Amazon are making their own moves Apple's competitors aren't waiting around to see what Cupertino's hardware plans are for this year. This week, Barnes & Noble announced a new partnership with Samsung to produce co-branded tablets. The partnership “combines leading Samsung tablet technology with the award-winning NOOK reading experience.” In early August, the companies are expected to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. The 7-inch device will be displayed alongside NOOK eReaders at Barnes & Noble’s 700 bookstores across the United States and online at BN.com. Samsung is also expected to announce its new Galaxy Tab S lineup on June 12 at an event in New York City. The company is likely to release an 8.4-inch and a 10.5-inch S Tab. Meanwhile, Amazon is set to announce its first smartphone at an event on June 18 in Seattle, Washington. The company is so excited about this event, they are offering invitations to the general public through their website.
This week’s awesome app updatesBattleheart Legacy was our Game of the Week, while Editorial for iPhone celebrated being named AppAdvice’s App of the Week. But what were the best updated apps this week? The first is GoPro App, the companion app for the popular brand of extreme action cameras. With the latest update, GoPro App has been redesigned for iOS 7. While it retains its dark color scheme and navigation structure, the app now features flat and simple UI elements all around. We were also impressed with the latest update for Microsoft's Xbox One SmartGlass app. The update redesigns the Home section to make it “more engaging.” It also lets you see all of your TV and app channels in the OneGuide and control your cable or satellite box and TV with a new universal remote control feature.
For further consideration
- A Look At Some Of The Design Changes In Apple's OS X Yosemite
- Yes, You Scan: Apple Adds Credit Card Scanning Feature To Safari In iOS 8
- Dish Network's Plans For Web Television Won't Change Anything
- Pebble Firmware Update Brings Menu Reordering And Music Volume Control
- Sprint Agrees To Purchase T-Mobile USA For $32 Billion
Viral video of the weekThis week's WWDC keynote address is now available to stream through YouTube. If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for? http://youtu.be/w87fOAG8fjk
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