WWDC 2013: Announcement recap (Mavericks, iOS 7, iTunes Radio, and new Macs)

WWDC 2013: Announcement recap (Mavericks, iOS 7, iTunes Radio, and new Macs)

Summary: Apple used its Worldwide Developer Conference to announce OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, iTunes Radio, and new MacBook Air, Mac Pro and AirPort hardware.

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Apple used its keynote session at WWDC 2013 to announce a slew of new software and hardware. Here's what you need to know about today's announcements:

OS X Mavericks - Jason O'Grady

OS X Mavericks

Apple ran out of cat names so it switched naming conventions to California landmarks for its major operating system releases and OS X "Mavericks" is the first. The newest version of the Mac desktop operating system is due in the fall and focuses on better battery life and responsiveness. It boasts over 200 new features including a tabbed Finder, Tags and much improved multiple-monitor support. As expected, Mavericks is decidedly flatter in design as evidenced by the updated Calendar app which has ditched the leather and paper metaphor for a more simple and clean design. 

Notable features: Calendar is now location, travel time, weather aware and adds local weather and travel time directly to calendar events. Safari is much faster and comes with some handy sidebar improvements to Bookmarks, Reading Lists and Shared Links. A new dedicated Maps application features bookmarks, real-time traffic and one-click send to iOS. A surprising omission is full Siri support. You can read about the new features on the OS X Mavericks preview page and in the press release.

iOS 7 - Jason O'Grady

iOS 7

The most anticipated software announcement was iOS 7, the next major release of the OS that powers the iPhone and iPad. New features include Control Center, iTunes Radio, AirDrop and major updates to Notification Center, Multitasking, Siri, Camera, Photos and Safari. Like Mavericks, iOS got the flat treatment, but even more dramatically. The entire OS has a more subdued and subtle look and feel and all of the Apple icons are simpler and cleaner. 

Notable features: Control Center provides a slide up tray with quick access to AirPort, Bluetooth, brightness, music, AirDrop, AirPlay and a welcome built-in flashlight. Notifications, Multitasking and the Camera app are greatly improved, but the show stealer is iTunes Radio, which is free ad-supported Internet radio. The kicker is that iRadio is ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers (which costs $25 per year) -- a nice surprise. You can read about the new features on the iOS 7 preview page and in the press release.

MacBook Air 2013 - Jason O'Grady

MacBook Air

On the hardware front, Apple used WWDC to announce refreshed MacBook Air notebooks based on Intel's latest Haswell processors, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and PCIe-based flash storage that is up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation (approaching 800 Mbps in early benchmarks). The best feature in the new MBAs is all-day battery life. The new 13-inch MacBook Air gets up to 12 hours of battery life and the 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 9 hours of battery life. The 11-inch models featuring double the storage and 13-inch models starting at a new lower price of $1,099. You can read about the new features on the MacBook Air product page and in the press release.

The new Mac Pro - Jason O'Grady

Mac Pro

Billed as a "sneak peek into the future of the Pro desktop" the new Mac Pro is just one-eighth of the volume of the previous Mac Pro (9.9 inches tall, 6.6 inches in diameter). The new Apple tower (or should I say cylinder?) features a new unified thermal core, with three logic boards mounted on a triangular-shaped heat sink with a fan at the top. Hardware-wise the new Mac Pro features a new-generation Intel Xeon E5 chipset with up to 12 cores of processing power, 2.5x faster dual workstation AMD FirePro GPUs (4096 stream processors, 384-bit memory buses, 528 GBps total bandwidth) and 2.5x faster flash storage (PCIe controller, 1.25 GBps reads, 1.0 GBps writes).

It also features 2x faster ECC memory (1866MHz DDR3, four-channel controller, 60 GBps bandwidth) and 4K video support (multiple streams, supported on every port, three simultaneous displays). The new Mac Pro comes with a ton of ports on the backplane, including six Thunderbolt 2 ports being driven by three controllers (20 Gbps throughput, 6 devices per port, backwards compatible), four USB 3 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet, and a HDMI 1.4 port.

Apple said that the next-generation Mac Pro is coming "later this year" and that it's designed and assembled in the United States. You can read about the new features on the Mac Pro product page and in the press release.

And there was more too. Stay tuned for more updates and analysis this week on The Apple Core. 

What was your favorite WWDC announcement?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Software, Software Development

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  • My 1½ year old HTC has all these "breakthroughs" lol!

    Is accessing the notifications menu really that difficult on ios6? And where is the "Swype" feature on the keyboard? Were people really paying for a flashlight application? My free flashlight changes colors, looks like a flickering candle for concerts (ha, so much safer), and includes sirens and emergency flashing strobe lights. This is on an OLD phone! Where is the YouTube application? My old phone's weather application puts ios7 to shame! The animations even include optional sound effects!
    1bmwdrvr1
    • Controlled media says we must pay attention to Apple's moronic annoucement

      Seriously, does anyone care what crapple says or does anymore, other than the Ashkenazi controlled media which insists that we need to see another iCrap headline of course.
      InsanelyLame
      • Yes . . .

        Except for the insanely lame people.

        Seriously, all companies have periodic product announcements and it is the media's job to report announcements to their customers.

        You obviously don't like Apple and that is your right. That said, why would you follow the link? Don't be stupid.
        Gr8Music
      • Am I the only one noticing this?

        InsanelyLame, I am struck by your use of the word "Ashkenazi" in what seems to be a derogatory manner.

        Are you aware that Ashkenazi refers to Jews from eastern Europe, a large number of whom were annihilated in the second world war? I do realize that many people commenting in these columns are young, think that war is ancient history, and don't know much about it. However, as I have seen you use this term multiple times in multiple posts, I have to assume you do know what it means.

        If you are using it the way I interpret you to be using it, then you should be reported to ZDNet for inappropriate anti-semitic language. Not looking for anti-semites under the bed, but find your constant use of this term offensive, including to the memory of my assassinated grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
        techwriter@...
        • Agreed!

          He probably doesn't know what the word really means, but it does sound offensive and completely out of place.
          Eleutherios
        • I wasn't aware

          of the "Ashkenazi" reference, so thanks for the information. To me the spelling is Ashkenazy, (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and he is Russian.

          Jason has brought out the trolls in full force hasn't he? :-)
          Laraine Anne Barker
          • Going too far off course

            The spelling is Ashkenazi. You can re-spell anything you like, but that is unrelated to Ashkenazi. Your man is unrelated to any conspiracy theory about the press ("media") being controlled by a Russian symphony conductor, so we are drifting WAY off course.
            666zd666
      • Your screen name is apt

        And I find it ironic that you claim not to care what Apple says - and use the oh-so-clever original "crapple" name to boot and yet you comment on an article that deals with a company you don't care about. So yes, you are indeed InsanelyLame.
        NonFanboy
  • My 1½ year old HTC has all these "breakthroughs" lol!

    Is accessing the notifications menu really that difficult on ios6? And where is the "Swype" feature on the keyboard? Were people really paying for a flashlight application? My free flashlight changes colors, looks like a flickering candle for concerts (ha, so much safer), and includes sirens and emergency flashing strobe lights. This is on an OLD phone! Where is the YouTube application? My old phone's weather application puts ios7 to shame! The animations even include optional sound effects!
    1bmwdrvr1
  • My 1½ year old HTC has all these "breakthroughs" lol!

    Is accessing the notifications menu really that difficult on ios6? And where is the "Swype" feature on the keyboard? Were people really paying for a flashlight application? My free flashlight changes colors, looks like a flickering candle for concerts (ha, so much safer), and includes sirens and emergency flashing strobe lights. This is on an OLD phone! Where is the YouTube application? My old phone's weather application puts ios7 to shame! The animations even include optional sound effects!
    1bmwdrvr1
    • You know

      That repeating your post does not make it any more true - despite what the religious iHater trolls have to say.
      NonFanboy
  • Another year of "ho hum"

    Think the title about covers it.

    Next.
    rhonin
  • WWDC

    iOS 7 is defnitely catching up with Android features. Apple needs to add killer features into it's phone to be market leader again

    While it's true there's no major game changing product from Apple. It's nice to see the 9 to 12 hours Macbook Air wth Haswell processor.

    The new MacPro also look like fantastic engineering feat. Loads of power under it's hood. And Apple really need to make this affordable for the pro market
    ThinkFairer8
  • Android vs iOS

    oke my own experience i bought myself an samsung note 2 and sorry to say for me android is CRAP i have to have an anti virus and so much other stuff yeah oke its an more open OS compared to Apple......but more then that? its basically the same with Windows and Mac OS X. Some people like windows more some people like Apple more. But thing is for sure Apple has the better service. I tried to sell my Samsung Note 2 in germany which I have bought in Singapore and tada I could not sell it because it does not support German language, so nobody in germany wanted to buy it. I could have switched it to german but then I would have had to flash the whole phone and taking the risk that it could get totaly whipped. So for me Android is crappy system cuse you cannot even change oparating languages if you buy it in different parts of the world!!! And it was also not possible to install additional languages. So thats what think about Android CRAP!!!
    Biggy Smallz
    • You should write for zdnet

      You have the required grammar, punctuation and levels of logic required. Apply now, who knows, you might get a regular column.

      I do find your findings odd though, my samsung devices have always had multiple languages, the current one 3 for german. It's under deutsch if you were wondering.
      Little Old Man
    • uh?

      What does what you write mean in English?
      Eleutherios
    • My experience with Android

      Is not a positive one at all for the most part. I used a Samsung Galaxy S that randomly froze, rebooted, and was slow - and I was not able to upgrade it past Gingerbread even with cyanogenmod much less any sort of official ROM. The hardware was cheap - I simply do not understand how people go so crazy over Samsung products... I felt like I was going to break the thing every time I used it.

      I went from that to an HTC Thunderbolt and that worked well for a while but it too was buggy and slow. And it took HTC over a year to get ICS on it. I bought a used iPhone 4 off of eBay and it's a much better device than either the Galaxy S or the TBolt. HTC makes some decent kit but the iPhone IMHO is much sturdier. It's faster, I can run the latest version of iOS on it - stock BTW, no jailbreak or root needed, and it's easier to use which makes me that much more productive. Sure it has it's faults - it's not perfect - but it works for me much better than Android did.
      NonFanboy