Apple held the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday as scheduled and had a bundle of announcements for its products, including upcoming changes to iOS.
The iOS will be getting a facelift. Much of the skeuomorphic design appearing on Apple’s iOS for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, while it has its defenders, has been ditched by Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President for Industrial Design.
Apple also unveiled a new Macbook Air (on sale now) while announcing what’s coming with the Macbook Pro. The Macbook Air, for one, is now equipped with the new Haswell chip which Apple claims will give the 13-inch version of the Air up to 12 hours of battery life. The 11-inch Macbook Air should now have up to 9 hours of battery life. The Haswell chips are Intel’s new fourth-generation Core i5 and i7 processors on the new Macbook Air.
Apple’s iOS added a number of features, including Airdrop file sharing, Control Center, iTunes Radio, and updated versions of Notification Center, Camera, Photos, Safari, and Siri. Apple’s iOS should be available in September at the earliest to owners of supported devices.
Also coming is the much rumored service for iTunes Radio, which should bring Pandora-like personalized music streaming for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and the Apple TV.
The successor to OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s successful OS for laptops and desktops has also been announced. Apple will be the dropping the naming of its OS after big cats (right, where do you go after Lion anyway?) and has come to call its next OS “OS X Mavericks” (with an S at the end).
OS X Mavericks will be adding iBooks, Maps, and iCloud Keychain to Apple’s desktops and laptops. Improvements have also been announced improvements to Notification Center and Finder (now with tabs) and better support for multiple displays. Apple also adds improvements to how you can organize and find your files with Tags.
So, are you happy with the announcements? Are you looking forward to the next version of iOS or do you think it’s all rubbish?