Mac OS X Yosemite Under the Magnifying Glass

Apple revealed a sneak peek into Mac OS X Yosemite earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Apple updated its desktop OS to match iOS 7's design language. The new OS X now embodies a brighter and flatter styling, coupled with icon updates, font changes, and translucent materials. Here's a quick look at the visual design… » 6/10/14 10:00am 6/10/14 10:00am

Designers Explain Why Apple's New OS X Typeface Is a Strange Choice

It was one of the more subtle changes showcased during yesterday's WWDC keynote: Apple finally ditched its OS typeface Lucida Grande to use Helvetica Neue across the board. Now, at least the OS and iOS systems match. But is Helvetica—which is basically unreadable at small sizes—really a better choice? » 6/03/14 2:40pm 6/03/14 2:40pm

Here's How Microsoft Imagined the Smart Home of the Future In 1999

Early rumors may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after today's WWDC, we know that's not the case. And it's unclear what developers are going to do with Apple's HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you'll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in… » 6/02/14 6:01pm 6/02/14 6:01pm

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Everything Apple Announced Today

Today's keynote marked day one of Apple's giant developer love fest, and while we didn't actually get any new hardware, Tim Cook and co. tossed a whole mess of long-awaited goodies to their legion of loyal followers. So in case you didn't happen to spend the afternoon glued to your screen, these are the best and… » 6/02/14 5:08pm 6/02/14 5:08pm

The Future of Apple Design Is Hidden Inside OS X Yosemite

Today at WWDC, Apple gave OS X a design overhaul that's just as huge as its namesake. Yosemite is bright, sharp, and flat as hell. But while OS X now looks more like iOS, iOS and OS X are also more alike than ever. Apple is finally—finally—establishing a consistent design language across its platforms. » 6/02/14 4:27pm 6/02/14 4:27pm

iOS 8 Finally Lets You Install Any Damn Keyboard You Want

Many prayers were answered on Monday, when Apple announced that iOS 8 would support third party keyboards. That means you folks complaining that Swype doesn't work on iPhone, don't need to complain anymore. This, in addition to the new native keyboard functionality means that typing on iOS device just got a lot better. » 6/02/14 2:36pm 6/02/14 2:36pm

Apple's HomeKit Is an iPhone-Powered Universe of Gadgets

Instead of jumping head first into the smart home market by allowing iOS users to (finally) control all of their connected appliances and devices from a single app, Apple has instead decided to tip-toe through the connected home's front door with a new API feature called HomeKit that ensures everything can be securely… » 6/02/14 2:35pm 6/02/14 2:35pm