WWDC 2013 wrap-up: Apple reveals iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, MacBook Airs

Macworld Australia Staff
11 June, 2013
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Head down to the bottom of the page to get a comprehensive list of all the Apple news, analysis, opinions, speed tests and much, much more from WWDC 2013.


Apple has unveiled OS X Mavericks, iOS 7 and a new range of MacBook Airs, and given a sneak-peek at the next-generation Mac Pro at its Worldwide Developers conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

CEO Tim Cook began the keynote highlighting the recent 50 billion iOS App Store download milestone, that saw Ohio’s Brandon Ashmore collecting the US$10,000 gift card in May.

Cook also boasted of the success of Apple’s ecosystem for developers, with over 900,000 iOS apps – 93 percent of which are downloaded every month – and 375,000 iPad apps earning developers over US$10 billion.

 

OS X Mavericks

Apple’s first announcement was OS X 10 Mavericks, the latest Mac operating system, which brings a number of updates to the Finder, Safari and Notifications.

Arriving a year after OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple believes the new OS X will reduce CPU usage and improve responsiveness.

Apple users will be able to ‘tag’ files in Finder, improving the ability to search for files and folders. The ‘tag’ feature will also work in iCloud and be accessible in the Finder sidebar.

Screens and displays have also received a much-awaited update. Mac users will be able to control multiple screens individually as multiple full-screen apps can run at the same time, full-screen apps can be dragged between screens and the dock can be moved via screens or available on all screens. The dock can also be dragged onto an Apple TV.

The internet browser, Safari, will receive a new look in OS X Mavericks, with Apple revealing a series of under-the-hood improvements. The latest version features a better process per tab architecture, power savings and background tab optimisation.

Also unveiled was iCloud Keychain, which can remember website logins, credit card information, even Wi-Fi logins, synced across all your systems, securely and encrypted.

Users will be able to reply to Mail and messages directly through Notifications. iOS device users can sign up to receive those push notifications on their Macs as well.

For more on OS X Mavericks:
Help: FAQ: everything you need to know about OS X Mavericks

News: Apple previews OS X ‘Mavericks’
News: iBooks to come to the Mac
News: Safari gets energy-efficient update in Mavericks

 

New MacBook Air

Apple’s new MacBook Air, based on fourth-generation Core processor, Haswell ULT, is designed for power savings according to the Cupertino-based company.

The slim notebooks feature energy-efficient CPUs, 40 percent faster graphic performance and extended battery life. The 11in MacBook Air will boast a nine-hour battery life, while the bigger 13in version will last 12 hours.

The MacBooks, available now, also feature 802.11ac wireless networking and faster flash memory.

For more on the MacBook Air:
Features: Lab tested: Haswell MacBook Air benefits from faster graphics, flash storage

News: New MacBook Airs get better battery life & graphics performance
News: Apple’s Mac move could spur PCIe flash flurry in notebooks, desktops
News: Intel’s new Haswell chips may be hot, but not in a good way
News: 
New MacBook Air still stymies repairs, upgrades

 

Mac Pro

Apple’s long-awaited Mac Pro update, which will “arrive later this year” according to Apple, is packed with up to 12 cores, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 6 FireWire 2 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 4K displays.

The next-generation Mac Pro will double the CPU performance of the current generation, and the computer’s storage, based on PCIe Flash, is 2.5-times faster than any Flash ever built, or 10 times faster than any hard drive.

The new Mac Pro “is a Mac unlike any we have ever made”, according to the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller. ”This is without doubt the future of the Pro desktop.”

For more on the Mac Pro:
News: The wait is nearly over: Apple unveils new Mac Pro

Features: The new Mac Pro: what you need to know
Help: Will your creative software run on the Mac Pro 2013?

 

iOS 7

Beginning the announcement with a critical breakdown of Android, its customer satisfaction and the number of Android users still using old versions, Apple CEO Tim Cook to the stage to announce Apple’s latest mobile operating system and the first designed by Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, Jony Ive.

Designed by Ive and Craig Federighi, Apple‘s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, iOS 7 features a stark, translucent UI change from iOS 6.

The new mobile operating system has received an animation boost, with weather condition animations appearing in the background of the Weather app.

The calendar app has been redesigned, photos are able to be viewed in full-screen and Notification Center is accessible in the lock screen.

Users will also be able to multitask in iOS 7, which, according to Federighi, will enable users to double-click and swipe between running applications.

Safari will also receive a new look in iOS 7, with a smart search field and one-tap access to all of your favourites. The internet browser will also feature parental controls, integration with iCloud keychain and a new tab interface.

 

AirDrop has made its way from OS X to iOS, with iOS devices now able to share files and images with over a Wi-Fi connection. AirDrop provides a securely encrypted, peer to peer Wi-Fi connection. It is supported on the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod touch.

A new Photos app provides live filters, ‘moments’ organisation – which organises your pictures based on time and location – and improved iCloud photo sharing.

The Music app has been redesigned for iOS 7, integrating the much-rumoured iTunes radio. iTunes Radio provides 100s of station based on alternative, country, classic rock for users to find new music. iTunes Radio, only available in the US at first, is ad-free for iTunes Match users.

Check out the following links for more WWDC news and details on the features above.

iOS 7
Help: FAQ: everything you need to know about iOS 7
Blogs: 27 new iOS 7 features Apple didn’t talk about
News: Apple unveils iOS 7
Blogs: iOS 7: how its latest features stack up to Android
Blogs: Siri in iOS 7: Apple still playing catch up with Google, but moving aggressively
News: Siri gets smarter in iOS 7, ditches Google for search
Blogs: What Apple’s new AirDrop data sharing says about NFC
News: Apple’s law enforcement critics ‘appreciative’ of new activation lock

OS X Mavericks
Help: FAQ: everything you need to know about OS X Mavericks
News: Apple previews OS X ‘Mavericks’
News: iBooks to come to the Mac
News: Safari gets energy-efficient update in Mavericks

MacBook Air
Features: Lab tested: Haswell MacBook Air benefits from faster graphics, flash storage
News: New MacBook Airs get better battery life & graphics performance
News: Apple’s Mac move could spur PCIe flash flurry in notebooks, desktops
News: Intel’s new Haswell chips may be hot, but not in a good way
News: New MacBook Air still stymies repairs, upgrades

Mac Pro
News: The wait is nearly over: Apple unveils new Mac Pro
Features: The new Mac Pro: what you need to know
Help: Will your creative software run on the Mac Pro 2013?

Apple
Blogs: iOS 7, Mavericks and more: developers react to WWDC announcements
Blogs: Apple’s events move on, and so does the company
Blogs: Meet the new Apple, same as the old Apple
News: The Apple Design Award winners
News: Apple’s big-screen TV was a no-show at WWDC, but analysts say it’s coming soon
News: Anki’s AI cars show off App Store strength

iWork
News: Apple sees chance to compete with Office on the web
News: iWork for iCloud highlights productivity suite update

iTunes Radio
News: Apple gets into the stream of things with iTunes Radio

 

 

 

 

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