WWDC 2013 Highlights

WWDC 2013 Highlights

Louie’s express look at Apple’s WWDC 2013!

Apple’s WWDC clashes with the gaming industry’s E3 made it a tough choice on which event to participate in. To continue the tradition of me covering everything Apple, it was obvious that I would be the one to do the write up of the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco! Whether you love or hate them, Apple has set the bar in the computer and mobile device industry with their line of iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks and the competition always watches closely on where Apple goes next. This year’s highly anticipated WWDC had high expectations and Apple has pretty much delivered for the most part along with a few surprises here and there. Here’s a quick round up of WWDC 2013…

The New Mac Pro

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It’s been years since Apple has done a refresh let along a REDESIGN of their top end tower which has set the standard for professional desktops. The aggressive looking aluminum casing receives a total facelift into a  much smaller cylindrical chassis with even more powerful hardware which Apple designed to last for at least another 10 years. The 2013 Mac Pro is powered by a 12-core, 256-bit Intel Xeon E5 processor with 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM capable of 60GB/s data transmission and with dual AND FirePro GPUs which will support 4k displays. The Mac Pro also uses PCIe-based flash storage so everything will load almost instantly and you will have 4 USB 3.0 ports along with a whooping 6 Lightning 2.0 ports. No price has been revealed yet but there is no doubt that this will cost a pretty penny.

OSX Sea Lion Mavericks

I thought this was hysterical and thankfully it was just a joke. OSX Mavericks is the next generation operating system for Apple’s desktop and notebooks which offers a lot of exciting new features. Here’s a quick recap of some of what Apple’s next generation operating system has to offer…

  • You will now be able to read your iBooks right on your Mac.
  • Maps will now be a dedicated app that will be integrated with other Mac apps such as Mail, Contacts and Calendar
  • Calendar gets a facelift along with the addition of maps, calculated travel time and weather forecasts.. kind of like Google Now
  • Performance enhancements in Safari with a redesigned top sites and web discovery.
  • Your passwords will be stored in the cloud with iCloud Keychain
  • There’s no longer a primary or secondary display, the Multiple Displays feature has its own menu bar, and the Dock is available on whichever screen you’re working on, like having to computers in one!
  • Notifications gets a redesign to work much more efficiently
  • You will now finally be able to Finder Tabs which lets you consolidate multiple Finder windows into one!
  • You will now be able to Tag your files making them easier to find

Haswell Chipset MacBook Air

The MacBook Air 11 and 13-inch models get a refresh with the new Intel Haswell chipset. Not sure what the performance increase is but the battery life is significantly better. The 11-inch MacBook Air now lasts up to 9 hours and the 13-inch will run up to 12 hours. Pricing has also been reduced by $100 so you can pick up a new Air for as low as $999!

iOS 7

 

iOS7 has been redesigned with the rumored “flat interface” which takes cues from WebOS, Windows Mobile Phone, and even Android. There’s actually a lot to cover here and I will have a separate Hands On look on Apple’s new mobile operating system but here’s a quick rundown on what’s featured in iOS7!

  • Photos are more organized in Gallery which lets you group your photos by COllections, Moments, and Years
  • The Control Center lets you quickly access your Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb controls along with apps such as flashlight, timer, calculator and camera like Android has for done for several years!
  • Notification Center has been updated where you can organize by Today, All, and Missed
  • Multitasking is now organized by cards which is reminiscent of WebOS on the Palm which lets you scroll through and swipe up to quit the app
  • iOS7 now brings AirDrop to the iPhone 5 where you can share files with friends nearby via WiFi
  • Safari has been redesigned and is… snappier
  • iTunes Radio is now available which directly competes with streaming services such as Pandora, Slacker, etc and is integrated right into the Music app

Again, there is a whole lot more to cover so stay tuned!

Louie had his early beginnings writing for The Next Level and GotNext and has gone freelance frequently appearing on Notebook Review, Technology Guide, CNET, Laptop Magazine and Brighthand. He has reviewed various products ranging from videogames, PC Software, laptops, smartphones, and other mobile devices. Louie is here now to present the latest and greatest in Tech!