Apple Event Recap June 2013

On Monday, June 11, 2013 Apple had an event where they announced numerous new products. The highlight of the event was iOS 7. In this blog post I will recap what was announced and share my thoughts.

iOS 7

iOS 7 brings with it the most signifcant changes to the user interface since the introduction of the very first iOS. To create it, we brought together a broad range of expertise from design to engineering. With what we’ve been able to achieve together, we see iOS 7 as defining an important new direction and in many ways a beginning.
— Jonathan Ive, Apple Senior VP of Design

iOS 7 is a signficant change to the software that runs our iPhones and iPads. Apple has not only changed the look and feel, but also redesigned the way many things work to make the experience of using our devices even better!

Some of the changes include:

  • All new Control Center
  • Multi-tasking for all apps
  • AirDrop (device to device sharing)
  • Automatic updates for apps
  • Activation Lock
  • Improvements to Siri
  • Redesigned apps (Mail, Calendar, Photos, Safari, and more)
  • Redesigned look and feel of most aspects of the software

iOS 7 will be compatible with:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPHone 5
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini

iOS 7 will be availble this fall for free.

It has been a few years since I have been this excited about something that Apple has announced. I think iOS 7 will significantly improve the way we use our devices and will lay a foundation for the next few years of advancements!

Learn more about iOS 7 on Apple's website.

OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks (10.9) will be availble this fall.

Some of the changes include:

  • New apps (iBooks & Maps)
  • Significant improvements to apps (Safari, Mail, Calendar)
  • Advanced Technologies
  • Tags (for organizing your files)
  • Improved Notifications
  • iCloud Keychain

Apple has ran out of cat names so they will now name OS X after places that they love in California. Mavericks is a beach known for some awesome surfing. Mavericks appears to be a great update for all Mac users. I am especially excited about the Advanced Technologies. It sounds like Apple has come up with some neat ways of increasing the speed and battery life our Macs.

Learn more about OS X Mavericks on Apple's website.

iTunes Radio

This fall when iOS 7 is released, you will be able to use iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is like Pandora, but built right into the Music app on your iPhone or iPad. You will be able to play music from a wide variety of pre-built stations or you can create your own station based on a particular artist or song that you like.

iTunes Radio will be free but supported by ads or ad free if you are pay for iTunes Match.

Learn more about iTunes Radio on Apple's website.

MacBook Airs

Apple announced updates to the MacBook Air line. The most sigficant difference is the battery life. The 11-inch MacBook Air improves to 9 hours (from 5) and the 13-inch MacBook Air improves to 12 hours (from 7).

Other notable impovements include:

  • Better graphics performance
  • Dual microphones
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi support
  • Faster all-flash storage
  • Increased storage

I will be purchasing a new 11-inch MacBook Air this week to take advantage of the massive increase in battery life. Britta will take over my 2012 MacBook Air and we are selling the 2010 MacBook Pro.

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