If you guys haven’t already realized, the Worldwide Developers Conference of 2013 (WWDC-2013) is underway in the United States, and if you were among the unlucky few (thousand) not to get a ticket in the 72 seconds it took for the conference to sell out, you can now watch the entire Keynote Address right on the Apple Website.
I would have loved to have put an embedded version of the video for you guys to watch but it is yet to be made available, but you can get to it by clicking on the logo below. Just be sure to head back here to find out what Apple announced…
I am not going to go in to every single detail of each of the new products Apple announced, it would be best to watch the Keynote Presentation.
With an all new interface, designed from the ground up. I for one was impressed with what they have come up with – I have to say I am a fan of the interface that Steve Jobs introduced, I quite like the stitching found in the Calendar App so I was going into this thinking I will not upgrade even if it is made available to us iPhone 4 users (and it is – you just won’t get the AirDrop feature).
Just a Few of the Key New Features
- Control Center – I have to say this has been waited on for a long time, you can now finally swipe to a screen where the key features you need to access at a moments notice, like Airplane Mode, Bluetooth and Brightness Controls. It is even available on the Lock Screen.
- Notification Center – A much improved Notification Center with all the key information you need, and in a very clean interface. It too is available on the Lock Screen which is something some of us have wanted for a long time too.
- Multitasking – The Multitasking function has been completely redesigned and is beautiful and will make it much easier to see what you are switching to.
- Camera – the Camera has been completely redesigned and now includes live filters (not many but a few – probably can get rid of the multitude of camera apps installed on our devices). Not sure I agree with separating out the Camera from the area in which the photos are stored… Sure the Photos App looks great and can’t wait to use it but its just another app on our screens that you can’t get rid of.
- Weather – One of the key apps I use a lot is the Weather App, and the redesign of this app is amazing (I really liked the locations they picked for the Keynote). It is clean, well informative and the animations are just beautiful.
- Find My iPhone – This app has been completely redesigned and now has a, what I call a ‘De-Activation’ mode really – it means that if your phone is stolen, you can in essence deactivate your phone and even if the thief wipes the phone it can’t be used because they don’t know your Apple ID Details to re-activate the phone.
iOS 7 is going to be available in the Fall and going to be compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPod Touch, iPad 2, iPad Retina Display and iPad Mini.
OS X Mavericks
I will say it here and now, and know that many of my readers are not going to agree with me on this… I really don’t like the new logo for OS X it is too plain and font is not nice.
Despite my misgivings about the choice in logo for the new Operating System and their choice to change from naming their operating systems of big cats to place names… I am looking forward to getting this system installed on my MacBook Air where I can take advantage of the Power-Saving and Battery Efficiency features of the new Operating System.
Some of the Key New Features
- iBooks – They have brought the features of iBooks over from iPad and iPhone. They have done away with the bookshelves, claiming to have ran out of wood and wanting to save the environment. Personally I only see the use of iBooks on your Mac for the purpose of viewing Textbooks, I do not like reading volumes of text, especially books and magazines on a computer screen.
- Maps – Following Microsoft’s choice to integrate Windows 8 with their mapping solution, Apple has chosen to add their maps to the Mac (only hope it works better than when they introduced it). One feature I do like is the ability to manage your Directions on your Mac first and then port them over to your iPhone ready for going out and about. This feature has been available with Google Maps and I have used it a couple of times, but at least it is integrated into the operating system.
- Calendar – It’s a calendar (sorry to be so blunt) but it is a calendar at the end of the day, it looks clean and easy to read.
- Finder Tabs – I have been using a solution called TotalFinder for a number of months now and it works great and would prefer to continue to use that software, although it is great to finally see this feature added to the operating system.
- Advanced Technologies
- Time Coalescing – Grouping low-level operations together creating tiny periods of idle time that allow the CPU to enter a low-power state more often, reducing activity to up to 72% and giving your battery a break.
- App Nap – (A really silly name) but… OS X Mavericks can now tell when an app is behind the other windows and if the app isn’t currently doing something for you – playing music, downloading a file or checking email – App Nap conserves your battery by slowing down the app. Reducing CPU usage by up to 23%.
- Compressed Memory – By compressing inactive memory, it allows for valuable memory to be freed up for those important tasks.
OS X Mavericks is scheduled for release in the Fall of this year.
The final thing I am going to cover is the New Mac Pro. We got a sneak peek at the completely redesigned Mac Pro, and it is absolutely gorgeous (and no-doubt expensive when it is released later this year).
Unfortunately the Apple website does not give away the full specifications of this machine, but Phil Schiller gave us some of the new features:
- A new Intel Xeon Processor with up to 12-Cores, PCI Express Generation 3.
- ECC DDR3 1866MHz Memory, Four Channel Controller and 60 GBps Bandwidth.
- PCIe Flash Controller, 1.25 GBps Read and 1.0 GBps Write (All expansion is external)
- Thunderbolt 2 – 20GBps Throughput, up to 6 Devices per Port, Backward Compatible. You get 6-Ports on the Back of the Computer for expansion.
- Dual FirePro Graphics from AMD – 4096 Stream Processors, 384-bit Memory Bus, 528 GBps Total Bandwidth, delivering over 7-Teraflops of Graphics Performance on Open-GL.
- Support for up to 3 x 4k Displays.
- It even includes a feature, where if you spin the computer round to access the back ports, it will light up to show you the ports more easily.
I have to say I am really impressed with how much they have managed to include in this new Mac Pro and how small it is compared to the original. I want one, but there is now way I will be able to afford one…
That is it for now, be sure to watch the Keynote and then let me know what you think of the new products.