iOS 7 features, OS X Mavericks, new MacBook Air announced by Apple via WWDC 2013

By on Jun 11, 2013 in Software, Technology, United States Comments

Apple announced this Monday, June 10, 2013, its new MacBook Air devices, the OS X Mavericks, and iOS 7 and its features, which amazed the attendees. However, there were new iPhone or iPad announced this time, contrary to earlier rumors.

As featured at this Monday afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook started the event by saying that the company has already paid $10 billion to developers. He added that there are now 407 Apple stores in 14 countries, and a new store was opened in Berlin, and that 50 billion apps have already been downloaded.

Craig Federighi, head of software engineering, discussed about the updates on the Safari Web browser, which includes a sidebar within the app that will allow users to access to all of their bookmarks. A new feature called “shared links” was introduced, where users can view all of the links shared by people they are following on Twitter and LinkedIn. Facebook is not included, though.

There is also this iCloud Keychain in Safari, which will help users remember their Web site logins, passwords, and credit card numbers as well. It also has an automatic-suggestion feature for a new password for Web sites.

Later, Phil Schiller, Apple‘s SVP for marketing, announced the new line of MacBook Air devices: an 11-inch MacBook Air with 128 GB that promises 9 hours of battery life and will cost $999, and a 13-inch MacBook Air that has 11 hours of battery life and will start at $1,100. Shipping of these devices is set to start within that day.

The new OS X Mavericks offers fresh features, including tabbed Finder window, new Tag support that is useful for powerful search. Also included is the ability of users to get the menus across multiple displays, and will be available from the Mac App Store.

Finally, Apple announced the much-awaited iOS 7, which will be available for free for iPhone 4 and later, and iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall. It was introduced as completely redesigned software with an entirely new user interface.

Among its features include Control Center, which allows users to swipe up with their thumb on the bottom of the screen. Here, users will able to view the phone’s settings, which include adjustment of brightness, access controls for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and to apps such as Clock, Flashlight, Calculator and Camera.

The iOS 7 also has Notification Center, improved Multitasking, and AirDrop, which is an entirely new way to share content fast and easy. The new Camera app includes a square camera option, while the redesigned Photos app introduces Moments. FaceTime audio and Message blocking are also included.

Nonetheless, the most applauded iOS 7 feature is the Activation Lock, which disables phone even when a thief turns it off. This requires users their Apple IDs and passwords before someone can do anything with it. This is to avoid people stealing the phone.

Meanwhile, Siri now has a male voice and new female voices, and includes Twitter search integration and Wikipedia integration. It also offers Bing web search within the app and can change device settings and play back voicemail.

iOS7 in action
iOS7 in action

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