[Apple] WWDC ’13 Brings OS X Mavericks, iOS 7 & New Hardware

June 11, 2013  |  Apple, New Products, Techie

Now that the Apple World Wide Developer’s Convention is over we can recap all the new good stuff that was announced by Tim Cook and his team of brilliant designers.  Since I’m on vacation this post will be entirely condensed post with bullet points and more so I guess you will thank me for it in the end.

Apple WWDC13

I. OS X Mavericks:

OSX MavericksApple has decided to ditch the cat naming system and go with a California themed naming system.  This year they decided to go with the number one popular surf-spot north of Half Moon Bay in California called the “Mavericks”.  Registered developers will be able to preview “Mavericks” today whereas the final public release will be slated for this fall season.

Some of its new features include:

  1. Finder Tabs: Allowing the multiple Finder windows to be grouped in tabs, full-screen capability, etc. 
  2. Tagging: You can now tag your documents which allows you to categorize them easier and find them faster.
  3. Multiple Displays: They fixed the problem we all experienced by allowing your multiple displays to act as independent displays which can have full-screen apps working while not disrupting the main screen.
  4. Safari: Quick revamp redesign that includes a sidebar with direct bookmark and Reading List access and memory usage has been improved greatly.
  5. iCloud Keychain: Cross-device sync of your passwords, giving you suggestions and making everything easier for those who have to record their passwords externally.
  6. Notifications: An overhaul that includes the ability to respond to them in the Notification center, and after waking from sleep, notification alerts will appear on lock-screen just like your iPhone.
  7. Maps: Will be available on the Mac and you can map out your trips and send the information to your phone.
  8. iBooks: Will also be available on Mac just like other competitor apps.

II. iOS 7:

Apple has unveiled the new iOS 7 operating system for all iOS devices, it features a complete redesign with elements that give it a flatter look.  “It’s the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone” said Tim Cook.  One of its major updates is the new color scheme, along with its translucency to “create a sense of depth and vitality.”  Yes, there are certain aspects of the OS that remind you of other Operating Systems such as Windows Phone, Android, and Blackberry however Apple adds its own twist to it and makes it more familiar and easier to use. Jony Ive and Craig Federighi were behind this new design and I believe they did a brilliant job.  A developer edition is available right now for iPhone whereas iPad will receive its beta in the upcoming weeks and a full public release will be this fall.

Some of the new features announced include:

  1. Notification Center: An entirely different look which can be accessed from any screen, including the Lock Screen with a downwards swipe.  Synchronized between devices if you dismiss a notification on your Mac it is dismissed all over.
  2. Control Center: A slide upwards gives you access to the most used preferences such as Wi-Fi, Airplane-Mode, Do Not Disturb, adjust brightness, and more.
  3. Multi-tasking: Double-tapping the home button will bring up screen previews of the apps running instead of just icons and the iOS is smart enough to utilize your most used apps and keep them up to date.
  4. Safari: has also received a major improvement in which it now functions in a full screen and has a smart search field, parental controls and iCloud keychain integration also exist.
  5. AirDrop: Remember how you used to send your favorite photos over Bluetooth on your old Nokia devices well now you can do the same with AirDrop and you can share photos, videos, contacts, and more between your friends and family by beaming them up.
  6. Camera: Also received an upgrade in which there are four built-in cameras right now: camera, video, square, and pano.  Not to mention the filters that can be used within the camera app and right before taking the shot.  Since iOS knows when and where all photos are taken it now classifies them in folders called “Moments” which basically allows you to search your camera roll so easily now!
  7. Siri: New voice, new interface and smarter options in which it can do so much more such as turn up the brightness, turn off bluetooth, etc.
  8. iOS in the Car: Vehicles that are equiped with iOS in the Car can connect to the iPhone 5 and interact with it.
  9. App Store: Newer easier way to search the app store by finding nearby apps or apps by a certain age group.  The App Store will finally be able to update apps automatically and therefore doing away with all the manual updates.
  10. Music: The Music app has a new look and feel so does the Videos app in which you can actually see all the items you purchased and are saved in the cloud on your device not to mention the availability of iTunes Radio which is a free ad-supported way of discovering new music.
  11. Activation Lock: The latest way to deter theft, this feature basically makes it sure that your phone or iOS device will require an Apple ID and password to access and turn off the Find My iPhone or to wipe the device.  So basically if your phone is stolen and the thief tries to wipe it, the phone is bricked and won’t reactivate because it needs your iCloud login.

III. MacBook Air with Haswell:

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Among the announcements at WWDC was the upgrade to the MacBook Air line, no they didn’t receive any Retina displays but they did receive a Haswell processor upgrade which allows them to perform insanely well while perserving battery power.  Since the MacBook Air’s have become one of the most popular laptops in the Mac line-up Apple decided to improve on its battery life.  The new 11″ MacBook Air will now have nine hours of battery life while the 13″ inch will have 12 hours of battery life.

In addition to the processors the new laptops will have 802.11ac compatibility, with support for Gigabit Wifi which offers you three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks.

Available today, prices start at $999 for 11″ model with 128 GB and $1099 for the 13″ model with 128 GB.

IV. Mac Pro (Preview):

2013_mac_proOne of the most neglected products in the Mac line-up has been the Mac Pro, it’s last update was seen almost 2 years ago if not longer and thus we were treated to a sneak preview of the new beast.

The next generation Mac Pro is architected around an ingenious unified thermal core that allows the desktop to efficiently share its entire thermal capacity across all the processors. The result is a pro desktop with breakthrough performance packed into a design that is one-eighth the volume of the current Mac Pro. Next generation Intel Xeon E5 processors with up to 12 core configurations deliver double the floating point performance. With two AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, the all-new Mac Pro is up to 2.5 times faster than the current Mac Pro and delivers up to an amazing 7 teraflops of compute power. The new Mac Pro also features PCIe-based flash storage that is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives and includes the latest four-channel ECC DDR3 memory running at 1866 MHz to deliver up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth. With all that power, the new Mac Pro lets you seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.

New generation Intel Xeon processors, ECC memory, and new PCIe flash storage will debut in the new Mac Pro. External expansion will be available via six Thunderbolt 2 ports and graphics will be handled by dual workstation AMD FirePro GPUs with support for up to three 4K displays. The size has also shrunk whereas the new Mac Pro is approximately 1/8th of the size.

One more thing, the Mac Pro will be assembled in the United States thus being the first Mac Designed by Apple, Assembled in the USA. Available later on this year.

With that, my recap is over and I believe I went over board this time but oh well.  Thanks for sticking around.

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1 Comment

  1. I was honestly expecting more! The Mac Pro looks like a coke cylinder! lol

    But honestly nothing made me jump!

    iOS7 announced everything that Android does! lol