Tim Cook will never be a showman in the mold of Steve Jobs. However, the Apple CEO did prove this week that he, like his predecessor, isn’t afraid to take chances to move technology forward.
During Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple once again rewrote the book on mobile design. While they were at it, they gave us a glimpse at the future of desktop computing too. Here are just a few of the headlines making news during a very busy week that was.
Ever since Cook fired former iOS chief Scott Forstall last fall, we knew that big changes were coming to iOS. Jony Ive and Craig Federighi didn’t disappoint.
Love it, or hate it, but iOS 7 represents a new era for Apple’s mobile product. Whether it be its actual design, or significant list of new features, iOS 7 is the most important version since the first launched in 2007.
Not convinced? Take a look at just a few of our iOS 7 stories from the past week:
It was Jobs that once said that we were living in the post-PC era. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean that Macs and PCs are dead. In fact, with OS X Mavericks, Apple has proven that there is still much work that can be done to improve computing on the desktop and laptop.
OS X Mavericks continues Apple’s push to make OS X more like iOS. However, while the addition of Maps, iBooks, and the system-wide iCloud Keychain to OS X are significant, the biggest changes are for so-called power users.
Whether it be the major improvements for multiple displays, or introduction of Timer Coalescing, App Nap, and Compressed Memory, OS X Mavericks includes plenty of new tools that will make computing life better for hardcore users. And this says nothing about the Mac Pro — the first new product of the Cook era.
Apple has always been good about releasing iOS device updates. So too, for its line of iMacs and MacBooks. However, the Mac Pro hasn’t been shown much love since at least 2009.
This long wait, however, seems to have been worth it.
The 2013 Mac Pro sports a brand-new appearance, and is packed full of new features. These include a 12-core Intel Xeon processor, 1,833 MHZ memory, and flash memory storage.
In addition, when it is released later this year, the unit will be the first Mac that comes with standard, dual GPUs. It will also support multiple streams for the new 4K displays. The Mac Pro will also be the first new Mac assembled in the United States in a generation.
What WWDC Missed
The WWDC keynote was exciting, but it didn’t include everything. For example, there were no new iOS devices announced. Plus, besides the newly released MacBook Air, there were no new MacBooks or iMacs. We also heard nothing about the Apple TV.
For a complete rundown of some of the misses, go here.