iOS 7, iTunes Radio Announced at Apple's 2013 WWD Conference
At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Tim Cook, Philip Schiller and other Apple representatives gave viewers a live look on OSX Mavericks, new MacBook Airs, the next generation Mac Pro, iWork for ICloud, iOS 7 and the exciting new iTunes Radio.
Tim Cook kicked off the keynote by introducing changes to OS X Mavericks, which has new support for multiple monitors, an iCloud Keychain for managing passwords, the ability to reply to iMessages without having to go into an app, a redesigned calendar, as well as Maps and iBooks.
Schiller discussed the new MacBook Pro, which will be one-eighth the volume of the previous generation and will have extended battery life, a fourth generation core processor and faster wifi. The future of the pro desktop, everythig will be built around a unified thermal core, and the new Mac Pro will have double the CP performance of previous generations. It will be twice as fast and will have twice the graphics performance of previous generations. “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass,” said Schiller.
iCloud will have a new scale and will be able to be seamlessly integrated with old and new apple products, as well as the next version of iWork. Apple’s iWork president Roger Rosner demonstrated the new iCloud by editing a 3D Keynote presentation all in a browser window.
Craig Federighi talked in-depth about the innovative new iOS 7, the “biggest change to iOS since the iPhone.” The new iOS 7 emphasizes clean, natural design, and the crowd loved it. The system will provide a new experience of depth and vitality with an unobtrusive interface. Even changing your phone’s wallpaper will alter the way the iphone looks and feels. As you move your iPhone, iOS 7 tracks motion and “carries across the system’s liveliness,” said Federighi.
iOS 7 allows users to multitask between all third party apps. It will provide a Control Center that can be accessed anywhere, even on the lock screen, as well as an AirDrop that will allow users to easily share spreadsheets, photos or other items with people by simply tapping their name. A final release of iOS 7 will be out this fall.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, introduced the exciting new iTunes Radio. “It is the best music player we have ever done,” Cue said. iTunes Radio allows users to customize each station and view the full list of songs on each by clicking on history. It is free with ads, although iTunes Match users can get iTunes Radio ad-free.
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