Last night, June 2nd was the opening keynote of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Convention (WWDC) 2014 Edition, this convention being the company’s 25th held special surprises for developers as well as the end user consumer. Tim Cook took the stage to introduce us to the new Operating System (OS X) Yosemite which was so close to being called OSX Weed :P as well as the iOS 8 both of which will be coming to everyone this Fall and will be available as a free upgrade.
So you’re probably interested in what each update contained, well I will summarize it to the bone (hopefully) and this should be easy for you guys to follow along. Although Tim Cook was the main keynote speaker when it came to announcing the new software products, Craig Federighi was the man of the hour who took to explaining what each OS had in terms of “What’s New” and made us laugh hilariously along the way.
The day I met Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) was a very very special day! Thanks to an invitation by Zain Telecom, I was invited on November 18th to attend a private conference for Zain Staff & Bloggers presented by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers. In this conference we were given another glimpse into the beginnings of Apple and how they started a small business in a garage and it grew to be one of the most successful businesses in this day and age.
Funny thing though, I was in New York 2 days before the conference and heading back home (the only reason I’ve cut both of my trips to New York short this year was because of the Zain Events really hehe :P) and on my way back I was flying Kuwait Airways. The moment I stepped on the plane, who do I see right there sitting in First Class, the very first seat?
Steve Wozniak himself!
I was star-struck to say the least and wanted to say Hello, I’m a huge fan but felt a bit shy especially since it’s going to be a long flight and I felt I would be disturbing him and interrupting his personal time. Hence, I just stayed quiet, found my seat and spent the rest of the flight wondering if I should go up there and say hello, when I finally decided I would I thought I’d see him when we landed at the baggage check-in but something happened and he was whisked away quickly before I got a chance to see him really. But it was one hell of an experience.
So it’s official this weekend Apple will see the roll out of the iPhone 5s and 5c in the Gulf region starting with the below countries.
Friday, November 1st:
- Saudi Arabia
Friday, November 15th:
Both Zain has started taking Pre-Orders and Viva will be taking them soon on their respective websites so if you’re looking to get any of the new devices at a much cheaper price than the current grey market prices be sure to check them out.
The last bit of news from yesterday’s special Apple Event was the fact that Mavericks was being released Tuesday night as a FREE UPGRADE available to everyone who has a Mac. Mavericks OS was unveiled last summer during the World Wide Developer’s conference which promised performance and improved battery life upgrades.
But wait, that’s not all thats going to be updated and for free. Apple has upgraded their iLife and iWork applications for both the Mac and iOS devices and has allowed them to be downloaded for free with every purchase of a Mac or iOS device. This basically blows everyone else out of the waters. The applications each got a brand new redesign as well as a few new features.
I guess everyone is saying, Microsoft, who?
On top of the announcement of the newest iPads and iPad mini’s, Apple took the liberty to upgrade their current Retina MacBook Pro line-up and killing the 15-inch MacBook Pro (the one with the CD Drive) as well as announcing that the Mac Pro will be launching this December.
That was one heck of an announcement and for those of you wanting to purchase a new unit you can now purchase the following without having to worry about an updated device coming out now:
- iMacs [Updated last month]
- MacBook Air [Updated in June]
- MacBook Pro with Retina Display [Updated Yesterday]
- Mac Pro [Updated Yesterday]
The only device to yet see an update is the Mac mini but I am thinking it will get it’s time in the spotlight very soon, although it won’t have a dedicated event just a quiet update. So let’s discuss the updates.