OS X Yosemite & iOS 8 @ WWDC

Apple’s annual WWDC is always feature packed.  This year’s emphasis was on software (as with last year) and we saw major upgrades to both iOS and OS X.

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Apple showed off iOS 8, the next generation of iOS at the conference which sports loads of new features such as a health app, user profiles, a better photos app, updated messages app, and more.  Spotlight has been completely redesigned and iCloud now comes with iCloud Drive, a competitor to others such as DropBox and Google Drive.

OS X Yosemite also saw its debut with a completely redesigned interface similar to that of iOS 7.

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As with last year’s iOS 7, the radical new design of Yosemite takes some time to get used to.  It’s certainly a stark new overhaul and might be a but of adjustment to long-time mac users (look at Finder)!  Every element of Yosemite has been redesigned with the new look and it’s quite impressive.  The new feel conveys a sense of depth and content. Notification center on the mac has also been redesigned and completely revamped.

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We’ll have more on each individual feature of iOS and OS X in the coming days.   Stay tuned!

 

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Earth Day, OS X Beta, and More

It’s been a busy (earth) day for Apple.  

The company today celebrated Earth Day with banners promoting its efforts to help save the environment.  Apple touts its eco-friendly footprint with the tagline”there are some ideas we want every company to copy.”  The phrase is clearly a jab at Samsung, Apple’s greatest rival and a known copycat.Image

The company also extended it’s iPhone buy back program to iPads as well, allowing customers to sell back old iPads to Apple.  Apple updated it’s logo for Earth Day with a green leaf and reports indicate that Apple Stores around the world have done so as well.

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In a surprising turn of events, Apple will now allow non-developers to receive free OS X betas.  Previously, only registered developers had access to pre-release OS X software.  This leads us to wonder if Apple will offer OS X 10.10 (expected to be revealed at WWDC in June) to the public as a pre-release.  

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Lastly, the company released iOS 7.1.1 with bug fixes and Touch ID improvements.  Apple also updated it’s App Store rules and updated the store with minor enhancements in iOS 7.1.1.

Wow, busy day!

Apple News Roundup

As a blizzard pounds the east coast and CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is live in Las Vegas, there’s not too much going on inside the world of Apple lately.

Apple did, however, release the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers today.  The third beta brings some minor UI enhancements, but they certainly are nice ones.  The iPhone app’s dialer has been redesigned and the screen (when accepting calls) has also been given a fresh new design.  Even the power off slider is redesigned (let’s hope Apple keeps these around when it releases iOS 7.1).  

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Just mere minutes ago we were told that Apple has released an online store via Tmall.   Apple’s Tmall site will feature Red Friday, a sales event later this week for Asian countries.  Apple currently operates a Chinese online store.  This new store is a new addition to the company’s Asian offerings.

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There’s a lot of new toys at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.  At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Apple’s main competitor, Samsung, unveiled it’s “Smart Life” suite of products.  Although Apple is not officially present at the conference, there are many signs of its presence.  A new iPort allows the iPad Air to be charged wirelessly, Morphie has all new cases, and Otterbox too.  We’ll bring you more coverage of CES later in the week.

Wow, glad that’s over. 😀

 

 

 

Developer Betas Expiring

Developers who have not updated from the beta versions of iOS have discovered that the software has expired and requires “activation.”

Developers can resolve this problem by restoring their iDevice with a fresh install of the latest version of iOS, 7.0.02, from the iOS Developer Center. Developers will need iTunes 11.1.