Today's keynote marked day one of Apple's giant developer love fest, and while we pretty much knew what was coming, Tim Cook and co. still managed to toss a few surprises at 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 brightest developments to come out of today's onslaught of all things Apple.
The new iOS 7 is here. Jony Ive's first iOS—minimalist, elegant, devoid of the infantile artifice that infected its latest incarnations. It's pretty impressive. And here's all you need to know about it. The interface has been completely revamped. Everything—from the typefaces to the built-in applications to the color schemes to the icons. There's nothing left from the old iOS. This is one of the cornerstones of iOS 7, according to Ive himself.
Today, after plenty of self-deprecating jokes about virtual cows, Apple unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the mobile software by Jony Ive. After months of speculation and weeks of rumor-mongering, we finally have our answer: the future of iOS is, actually, is rife with dimensionality and texture. Which is a good thing.
While iOS 7 was expected to be the star of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) this year, it wasn't the only operating system getting a significant update. Supposedly codenamed "Cabernet" at headquarters, OS X Mavericks was unveiled on Monday with little fanfare. The specific improvements, however, are designed to improve performance across Apple platforms. So upgrading to OS X Mavericks won't just make life on your Mac easier. It'll make life easier.
As expected and widely reported ahead of today's keynote, Apple introduced a completely revamped iOS at WWDC. Not only did they ditch the skeuomorphic design scheme in favor of something a little more colorful and fun, the company added a handful of neat new features—some old, some new. But as with any major update to the mobile OS, there are a handful of features that won't be coming to older generation iOS devices. (Hint: It's because Apple wants you to upgrade.)
While all the hullabaloo at WWDC is focused on what iOS and OSXlook like, we should be more concerned with whether or not they actually work. The late Steve Jobs did say over a decade ago that Apple focuses on not just the aesthetics of its products but also how they actually work: "It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." So you've got to wonder if Apple has finally fixed iCloud.
Today's golden children may be iOS 7 and all things software, but that doesn't mean the actual machines running that software are being tossed to the wayside. Confirming recent rumors and stock shortages, we are officially seeing Apple's super skinny MacBook Air get a much deserved refresh.
Today during the WWDC keynote, we got our first look at what Apple is thinking in terms of the future of Mac Pros. Everyone who said the Mac Pro is dead can just shut up. Here comes a new freaking generation of high-performance computing from Apple, and we couldn't be more excited.
After boundless speculation over the last year, Apple has finally announced its online streaming and music discovery service. This is how millions of people will listen to music from now on. What we're looking at here is a Pandora-like radio service that's built directly into the standard iTunes app across all of Apple's platforms including, iOS 7, OS X, and Apple TV. It's free with advertisements, or you can get it for ad-free if you're an iTunes Match subscriber.
You shouldn't text and drive, but iOS in the car is aiming to make phone usage on the go a little less deadly. Powered by Siri—with updates including integration for settings, and (Bing-powered) web searches as well as 3rd party apps like Twitter, and Wikipedia—iOS in the car is about as close to an Apple vehicle as you're going to get.