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WWDC 2013: Apple Debuts iOS 7, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Macbook Air, New Mac Pro And More
Last year, Apple was focused on the launch of iOS 6, Mountain Lion OS X, and new updates to its Mac line up. The Cupertino based tech giant also dominated the spotlight with the unveil of products like a new iPad, Apple TV, new Mac operating system, and various other software for both iOS and OS X.
Consequently, this year Apple has come up with a new version of its swift mobile operating system iOS 7 and OS X 10.9, a revolutionary new Mac Pro and an update to MacBook Air line up.
Yesterday, the 24th WWDC keynote, which was attended by tech enthusiasts from 66 different countries, started off with a recount of Apple numbers, including the fifth birthday of the App Store, 50 billion downloaded apps, 375,000 iPad-only apps, with 93 percent of them downloaded each month.
The major announcements were regarding the latest iOS 7 with the revamped design and exclusive features and multiple apps, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Macbook Airs that comes with the all day long battery life and Mac Pro with New unified thermal-core body. Talking about the other aspects of the first day of WWDC and information regarding the Apple company, the annual event brought the numbers of apps and features and apps of the new iOS and OS X 10.9 Mavericks into highlight.
The keynote also involved a lot of numbers with regards to the company's stats as always but the techworld however is more interested in the devices, apps and softwares. WWDC 2013 seems to have satisfied the people in the first day itself as most of the expected announcements that had been rumored from a month back has now been turned into a reality by the Internationally acclaimed Cupertino based company Apple.
Here is a round up of WWDC 2103
Jony Ive's first iOS has been announced with the completely revamped interface. Everything from the typefaces to the built-in applications to the color schemes to the icons have taken a change in a drastic manner. There's nothing left from the old iOS in this latest iOS 7. This is one of the cornerstones of iOS 7, according to Ive himself.
Apple packed in so many badly needed updates and improvements, it's hard to decide which one to check out first. The latest iOS features a new lockscreen and a new translucency and parallax allows the users to see layers of information. Now Apple users will be able to see a weather app which has interactive displays. It features a new calendar which has new minimalist UI. It comes with 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. This is coming shortly coming around this fall.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks
At WWDC, Apple plans to announce the tenth major release of the Mac OS X operating system since its inception in 2001. OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed "Cabernet," will likely take more functionality from iOS and include fresh new features that are exclusive to OS X. As of our initial report, we understand that internal OS X 10.9 builds retain the infamous leather-bordered, skeuomorphic Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, and Notes apps. The OS X 10.9 Mavericks names will now be California-themed.
It features a new finder tabs and can keep track of files by adding a tag in OS X. the OS has a multiple displays where menus and dock appears on both the displays. It is supported by openGL 4. The OS X will now enable the system to wake up 1.5x faster from standby mode. AppNap is one feature that will let the users to pause apps to prevent battery drain. Other features include Safari, iCloud Keychain, Maps, iBooks, iWork, and more.
Apple's latest MacBook Air comes in two variants. The 13-inch MacBook Air will now give a battery life of 12 hours instead of the 7 hours earlier while the 11-inch MacBook Air would last for 9 hours instead of the 5 hours in the previous generation.
The new machines is powered by the fourth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The processors codenamed Haswell were recently unveiled at Computex. With Intel HD Graphics 5000 onboard Apple claims that the new MacBook Airs would offer up to 40 percent faster graphics performance.
The MacBook Air now comes with support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, that supports speeds up to 1.3Gbps, three times the speeds of 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Where the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models previously came with 64GB standard, it now offers 128GB of flash storage. Both the variants now come in the option of a 128GB and a 256GB model. The latter is configurable to up to 512GB. The devices come with 4GB RAM that is upgradable to up to 8GB. Adding to the larger storage capacity, Apple claims that the new flash storage of the devices provides speeds up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation and nine times faster than traditional hard drives.
The new Air also comes with a FaceTime HD camera with 720p video resolution, dual microphones, a Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports.
Pricing remains unchanged, with the 11-inch MacBook Air priced at Rs. 67,900 for the base model and Rs. 81,900 for the 256GB version. The bigger 13-inch MacBook Air will be for sale at Rs. 74,900 for the base model and Rs. 88,900 for the 256GB one.
New Mac Pro
The all new Mac Pro is built around a unified thermal core, allowing it to share its thermal capacity more efficiently with all processors. It's got super-fast ECC memory and 60 GB per second of bandwidth, which is twice as much as the previous model. It's also 2.5 times faster than the previous Mac Pro. Finally, it's the first Mac to come standard with dual workstation GPUs, giving it a faster, more powerful graphical performance. The new features include an Intel Xeon E5 processor that supports up to 12-cores, PCIe flash storage, USB 3.0 ports and six Thunderbolt 2 ports with 20 Gbps speed. Thunderbolt 2 is backward compatible and boasts speeds that are 25 times faster than FireWire 800. It also comes with four USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI out.
According to Phil Schiller it's for users who want only the "fastest, most expensive Mac in existence." It also sports a striking new cylindrical design and a remarkable power boost, and yet is just one-eighth the size of the current Mac Pro.
The Mac Pro update is long overdue, as Apple received major backlash for scaling back on pro features in products like Final Cut Pro X back in 2011. Other features include New design, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Room for harddrive storage to beam files and more.
There's no word on pricing or availability, but it's probably best to go ahead and start saving up now. This thing isn't going to come cheap.
Other Features and Applications
The iOS 7 features applications like, Safari with iCloud Keychain support, Camera with new photos App and a redesigned UI. There is a AirDrop with which users can share images with friends and the app works on iPhone 5, iPad 4, 5th Gen iPod Touch. It also features Siri with new interface with wave animation which can now control more of the device such as adjusting brigthness. Others include iOS in the Car, App Store and iTunes Radio.