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.
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.
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.
We’ll have more on each individual feature of iOS and OS X in the coming days. Stay tuned!
In a surprising turn of events, the Cupertino giant is said to be finalizing talks with popular headphone maker Beats Music. The deal, if it closes, is said to be at $3.2 Billion.
Beats music, which has grown in popularity since it’s 2008 luanch, debuted a streaming service (via iOS app) in the past weeks.
Apple, a company not known to make large acquisitions (its largest being that of PrimeSense for $350 Million), is said to be finishing the agreement between the two companies. Under the direction of legendary CEO Steve Jobs, Apple was shy to make acquisitions; Jobs declared acquisitions as a “failure to innovate.” Clearly, CEO Tim Cook doesn’t feel that way. Asked about the possibility of a major acquisition at a stockholders meeting, Cook responded saying Apple would make the move if it was right. It’s quite clear that behind those closed doors, a culture change is gradually occurring at the Cupertino company.
Beats Music founder somewhat confirmed this yesterday. We’ll have more details as we discover 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.
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.
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.
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!
In the spirit of the selfie, Google today pays tribute to the selfie, the word of the year in 2013. Gmail’s mew feature allows users to upload selfies of themselves and have a celebrity pose next to them! Cool?
In the past week, Apple discontinued the legacy iPad 2, which had for over two years been a “cheaper” alternative to the full priced $499 iPad Air.
Yesterday, 9to5Mac reported that some users running iOS 7.1 saw “related searches” when users searched the app store.
In other news, social tycoon Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that his company would purchase virtual-reality maker Occulus for approximately $2 Billion. This news comes just a few weeks after the company announced a $21 Billion acquisition of the popular smartphone app WhatsApp. The question, remains – how much money does Facebook really have?
Apple officially released iOS 7.1 this week. Why should you update? Well, to top it off, iOS 7.1 is a HUGE improvements for performance. Users of older devices (i.e. the iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad Mini 1). Along with significant performance improvements, 7.1 packs new design tweaks, CarPlay, better Touch ID for the iPhone 5s, and many minor tweaks. Overall, it’s an excellent upgrade and well worth the time. Get it today from the settings app!
Check out DetroitBORG’s awesome video above for a complete description of iOS 7.1.
Update:Facebook and WhatsApp both released statements confirming this.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced that his company would purchase the popular messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp reportedly has over 500 million users and nearly all of the Spanish population on its service. Previously, WhatsApp declined acquisitions.
Zuckerberg claims that this acquisition will lead towards another “billion” users. Facebook alone has over 1 Billion active users while it’s Instagram subdivision sports over 100 Million users.
This latest deal comes less than a week after Viber, the popular social network and texting app, was acquired by a Chinese company for $900 Million. Facebook is also placed bids for Snapchat, the popular disappearing messaging app, for a reported $3 billion. Snapchat, however, declined. In May 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram $1 billion. Google acquired the social mapping network Waze for $1 Billion in 2013. Additionally, Yahoo! Purchased Tumblr in 2013 for $1.1 Billion. That’s a lot of social networks purchased!!