This year's WWDC brought some interesting changes to a number of Apple products ranging from the total visual redesign of iOS 7 on the software side to the new Mac Pro on the hardware side.
Along iOS 7 Apple also introduced it's desktop counter part OS X
Sea Lion Mavericks.
Skeuomorphism is all but gone from both systems and what once was one of the hallmarks of Apple became the subject of jokes.
This year's WWDC brought some interesting changes to a number of Apple products ranging from the total visual redesign of iOS 7 on the software side to the new Mac Pro on the hardware side. Along iOS 7 Apple also introduced it's desktop counter part OS X
Sea Lion Mavericks. Skeuomorphism is all but gone from both systems and what once was one of the hallmarks of Apple became the subject of jokes.
The MacBook Air lineup has also been updated with two models sporting Intel's new Haswell processors along with other improvements. There was no sign of the anticipated iWatch or Apple TV so those rumors will have to stay rumors for now.
The complete redesign of iOS 7 shocked many viewers by it's departure from the previous versions. The visual theme is novel yet familiar, sharing many elements with other mobile systems such as Windows and Android. The bold, contrasting colors are replaced by softer, flatter tints. The icons are also much simpler and almost childish.
On the technological side of things one of the most noticeable additions is the Control Center. Summoned by swiping your finger up from the bottom, it gives you access to a number of important settings and functions. From any screen it gives you access to Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, flashlight, rotation lock, brightness, music, AirDrop and AirPlay. AirDrop, another newcomer to iOS, allows the user to share files over Wi-Fi with other iOS devices.
Another addition is the iTunes Radio streaming service. It is built into the music app and offers functionality similar to other streaming music services. Rounding out these addition are welcome and needed improvements to multitasking and the Notification Center along with other numerous quality of life changes.
OS X Mavericks
The new naming philosophy leaves big cats behind in favor of California, the cradle of the company. With that departure come big design changes as well, the much-mocked skeuomorphic themes are replaced by softer and simpler designs, akin to iOS 7. Navigation and usability of the system has been significantly improved with the addition of finder tabs and tags, iOS style notifications, iCloud Keychain and improved multiple-display functionality. iWork will also be coming to iCloud soon to make Pages, Numbers and Keynote all available from your browser.
And speaking of browsers, Safari will be seeing some significant changes improving it's functionality and more importantly it's performance as well as power efficiency. Overall nothing seems too major, but all these tweaks and additions are bound to make the system much more convenient to use.
The Mac Pro also fell victim to Dramatic Redesign monster rampaging through Apple. It's remarkable performance characteristics are at least twice better in all aspects than it's predecessor's while being about eight time smaller. All made possible by the innovative structure and cooling system. While the claimed performance will have to be user tested at launch, the new look has already caused many remarks around the office and across the internet.
While spared from total visual redesign, unlike other Apple products, the Air still underwent numerous internal changes. Sporting the fancy new Intel Haswell processors it promises to be both more powerful and more efficient. The 9-inch model should now get 9 hours of battery, while the 13-inch should get 12. Meaning that you should be able to use them for a full work-day without the need to charge. And on top of that Apple says that we can see a 40 percent boost in graphics speed.
WWDC 2013 brought with it many things ranging from the myriad of quality of life improvements to the bold visual redesigns. There is a move to further integrate OS X and iOS and another move away from old traditions like skeuomorphism or the cat-naming theme.
However the future of Apple development still remains mysterious. There were no news about Apples hallmark i devices like the iPhone or iPad. Nor was there any word about the rumored iWatch. Nevertheless after WWDC 2013 one thing is quite clear - Apple has shown us that it is not afraid of change. Of abandoning something old and embracing something new. The new Mac Pro is only the tip of the iceberg and only time will show what remains beneath.
Here's Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote in 10 minutes. A video made by The Verge, in case you missed it: