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!

 

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 offering Devs WWDC Tickets

Following Apple’s random selection of WWDC tickets last week, Apple is reportedly reaching out to devs who lost out on the ticket selection. Developers who previously won tickets but did not claim them have lost the opportunity to purchase a conference ticket; unclaimed invitations has been recycled to those who did not receive tickets.

WWDC tickets cost $1599. The conference begins June 2; expected to debut is iOS 8 and OS X 10.10.

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Breaking: Apple Announces WWDC 2014

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Apple today announced that it will hold its annual World-Wide Developer’s Conference from June 2-6. Apple’s conference, held specifically for developers, is the primary venue where the company shows off it’s latest software. Last year, Apple announced iOS 7, Mavericks, and the Mac Pro.

Tickets for this year’s WWDC will be distributed in a different method. In previous years, the conference sold out rapidly (only 72 seconds last year). Apple is using random selection this year to increase the opportunity for developers. Google’s annual I/O conference is also following a similar fashion.
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This year, Apple touts design more than ever, with a colorful new banner (see above). The company emphasizes design, games, and new features such as iBeacons.

Tickets are available right now for registration – developers can enter for a chance to get a ticket which will be randomly selected on April 7.

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Apple Teases Black Friday Deals

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Apple has begun to tease its Black Friday deals in an email sent to customers today.  The event will be offered online and in Apple retail stores this Friday.  Apple rarely, if ever, offers discounts on any of its products with the exception of Black Friday.

Prices have yet to be announced, but they’re likely to be the same as last year: $100-200 off Macs (depending on the model), about $50 off an iPad, etc.  We will bring you updated prices when we learn more.

Is it a good time to buy an Apple product?  You decide!  Let us know in the poll below.