New iOS 7 Revealed at Apple WWDC 2013
At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Apple revealed new products and Software upgrades that are set to be released this fall. Speaking at the keynote session at the 24th annual WWDC 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new iOS 7 software, OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) operating platform, a new MacBook Air and MacPro, music-streaming iTunes Radio and Airport hardware.
The most anticipated of these new features is the new iOS 7, which will go head-to-head against Android and the Microsoft 8.1 operating systems for smartphones and tablets. According to LATimes, Tim Cook said it is “the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced in 2007”. Apple’s Head of Design, Jony Ive, described the new iOS design as inspired by the “profound and enduring beauty in simplicity”. Features of the new interface include the Control Center, which allows for viewing settings after swiping at the bottom of the screen; a new Safari browser; and AirDrop, which allows for sharing content amongst friends through encrypted Wi-Fi. There is also a new camera app with easier access to the iCloud; a new Siri interface with both gender voices; a new iTunes including the iTunes Radio platform; and Activation Lock, which automatically makes the phone inoperable when a thief tries to turn off program that locates missing iPhone.
Also announced was a new OS X 10.9 for the Macs that is going to be named Mavericks. Apple decided to name their new operating system after landmarks in California. The new operating system is expected to save battery life on the Macs. The OS X Mavericks also comes with a new Safari browser and Maps application that can send content to the iOS. Apple has upgraded the MacBook Air notebooks with Intel’s Haswell processors. The MacBooks will also benefit from improved battery life. The MacPro will feature a unified thermal core and six Thunderbolt 2 ports.