WWDC 2013 Keynote Recap and Review (plus Google+ Hangout Review!)

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WWDC FeaturedApple revealed some new hardware and software at WWDC 2013, and it truly is unbelievable.    

At the 24th annual World Wide Developer’s Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook and the Apple Executive Team rolled out some much-needed updates to some major products. (No, no new iPhone, iPad, or iWatch…)

To get our insight, plus that of developer Joshua Pressnell, check out our Google+ Hangout about the WWDC Keynote here:

iOS 7 Images

Here’s basically EVERYTHING you need to know about the WWDC Keynote, starting with iOS 7!

iOS 7

  • Completely redesigned interface (See image above!) 
  • New Lockscreen
  • New translucency and Parallax allows you to see layers of info
  • Weather app has interactive displays
  • Calendar has new minimalist UI
  • Multiple page support in Folders
  • Notification Center now available on Lock Screen
  • FaceTime audio calls
  • Notification syncing
  • Phone and Message blocking
  • Activation lock disables phone if stolen
  • iPhone beta available to developers today
  • Coming this fall – Beta out to developers today!

Control Center

  • Swipe up from bottom of device to access toggles quickly
  • Turn on Airplane Mode, adjust brightness, AirDrop, etc.

Multitasking

  • New interface shows app cards
  • Multi-tasking for all apps with great battery life
  • Puts apps into scheduled background cycles
  • Adapts to network conditions

Safari

  • New full-screen look
  • Pull down from top brings up smart search field
  • iCloud Keychain support

Camera

  • Redesigned UI
  • New filters
  • Accessible from Control Center

New Photos App –

  • Collect photos into ‘Moments’ based on location, date, or people.
  • Look across photo collection by pinch-to-zooming through Photostream
  • Share photos via AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, etc.
  • See comments from people you’ve shared the picture with directly in image

AirDrop

  • Share images with friends
  • System-wide support with apps with share-sheets
  • Works on iPhone 5, iPad 4, 5th Gen iPod Touch

Siri

  • New interface with wave animation
  • All new female and male voices (that don’t sound so robotic)
  • Can now control more of your device such as adjusting brigthness
  • Wikipedia and Bing search results integrated directly into Siri

iOS in the Car

  • Get iOS on your car’s dashboard screen
  • Get directions, play music, have iMessages dictated to you and more, eyes free.
  • Supported by more than 12 car manufacturers in 2014

App Store

  • Search for apps by age range
  • Find apps based on current location
  • Apps are updated automatically

iTunes Radio

  • Built directly into iOS Music app.
  • Featured Stations stream music based on its theme.
  • Share stations with friends, or create your own based on favorite artists
  • Preview and purchase songs directly in the app.
  • Support on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple TV
  • Free for all users
  • Completely ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Launches in the U.S.

Here’s a great image gallery of iOS 7 in action! WOW!
OS X Mavericks – Apple’s newest OS update

  • OS X names will now be California-themed (for what it’s worth) 
  • New Finder Tabs
  • Tags for files – keep track of files by adding a tag in OS X
  • Multiple Displays – much more powerful. Menus and dock appears on both displays.
  • OpenGL 4 support
  • Time Coalescing – helps improve your CPU efficiency by up to 72%
  • 1.5x faster at waking a system from standby
  • Accelerated Scrolling optimized for Retina displays
  • AppNap – lets you pause apps to prevent battery drain
  • Developer preview available today
  • Releases Fall 2013 – Beta out to developers today

Safari

  • New Sidebar with reading list, bookmarks and shared links
  • Big performance improvements
  • 1.44x faster in SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than Chrome and Firefox
  • Improved CPU energy uses

iCloud Keychain

  • Remembers your website logins, credit card numbers, etc.
  • Can suggest to auto-fill your forms for you with private info

Notifications

  • Reply to iMessages, Email, FaceTime calls right from desktop
  • Get push notifications from iOS apps on your Mac
  • Tells you what you missed on your lock-screen
  • Apps update in the background

Maps for OS X

  • Street Maps
  • 3D Flyover
  • Info cards
  • Turn-by-turn directions
  • Send directions to your iPhone 

iBooks for Mac

  • Access to 1.8 million books in iBookestore
  • Read books from your desktop or iOS
  • Interactive books just like in iOS

iWork for iCloud

  • Create iWork docs from a web browser
  • Works on OS X or Windows
  • New iWork releases coming to Mac and iOS later this year

Along with new software/firmware, Apple unveiled some great new hardware today!

The NEW MacBook Air – (sporting the tagline: All the power you want. All day long.)

  • All-day battery life , thanks to Haswell processor
  • 2X GPU execution units with 40% faster graphics
  • 11-inch MBA will have 9 hours of battery life
  • 13-inch MBA now has 12 hours of battery life
  • 45% faster SSD storage
  • Faster WiFi 802.11ac card
  • 11-inch starts at $999 with 128GB storage
  • Ships today (06/10/13)

 

A much-needed update to the Mac Pro

  • New unified thermal-core body
  • Intel Xeon with up to 12-core
  • Fastest ECC memory
  • PCIe Storage that’s 10x faster than any previous Mac Pro drive
  • Thunderbolt 2 support. 20GBps throughput
  • Dual workstation GPUs
  • 4k display support
  • 1/8th the size of old Mac Pro
  • Made in the USA – this is HUGE!
  • Coming later this year

AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule

  • New design
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Room for harddrive storage to beam files

 

Thanks to Cult of Mac for assembling this great list!

 

 

 

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