During its first major event of 2013, Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference to show off sweeping changes to the design of its flagship mobile software, iOS. iOS 7, which will be released this fall, is “the biggest change to iOS since the original iPhone,” CEO Tim Cook said while introducing the new software alongside several Apple executives.
Cook and crew also used the event to show off new Mac concepts, including a battery-friendly revamp for the MacBook Air and a futuristic cylinder-type design for the Mac Pro, its last remaining professional desktop product. Our coverage from Monday’s event follows below, and we’ll update this post as more stories emerge from what appeared to be a pivotal event in the history of iOS.
- Live blog: Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote
- With next-gen Intel chip, new Apple MacBook Air provides all-day battery life – Intel’s Haswell chip has a new home today: You can find it in the latest MacBook Air laptops from Apple, now available. Apple promises 9 and 12 hours of battery life on the two models.
- Soon you’ll be able to read iBooks on your Mac – Apple debuted iBooks for Mac at WWDC in San Francisco Monday. The desktop app will be available as part of the launch of OSX Mavericks this fall and will allow purchasing as well as reading.
- Apple shows off major design overhaul for iOS 7 – Apple announced changes on Monday to iOS 7 at the company’s WWDC conference in San Francisco. The company has revamped and refreshed the overall design and feel of the operating system.
- Apple launches iTunes Radio streaming music service to compete with Pandora – Apple is launching its own music subscription service dubbed iTunes Radio to compete with Pandora. The service will be free and ad-supported, with an ad-free toer for iTunes Match subscribers.
- Much iOS 7 design inspiration came from others but Apple elegantly puts it all together – Watching the iOS 7 debut I couldn’t help but notice design cues from Android, HTC, Microsoft and even Palm. In some ways these have caught up to Apple in terms of design, but Apple is best at putting the pieces together.
- iWork in iCloud: How it may affect my syncing strategy – Between Office 365 and Google Docs, Apple really needed a way for Mac users to edit documents online using Apple’s own programs. Which is why it announced iWork for the cloud.
- The GigaOM Show Special: Apple’s all new iOS 7 and more from WWDC – Look! Up on the WWDC stage! It’s an Apple keynote — and we round up everything Cook and Co. had to say on this special edition podcast.
- After years of neglect, Apple will finally upgrade core apps with iOS 7 – Besides overhauling the look and feel of iOS 7, some of the core iOS apps Apple offers on the iPhone got major updates. And some new features will seem strikingly familiar to some third-party app makers.