Some people really have a hard time dealing with change. It seems whenever a popular software platform releases a new version, the interwebs are flooded with people whining about how much better everything was before (we’re looking at you, people on Facebook). Usually, when the next update comes around, these are the same people complaining about the changes again, and the irony there speaks for itself. With the recent release of iOS 7, the biggest change to iOS since its inception, Apple certainly opened itself up to those who love to complain about anything new or different, and the criticisms had to be expected. But was Cupertino prepared for one hater to lawyer up?
While most of the focus of yesterday’s attention was on free iLife and iWork apps, Apple also quietly rolled out a big update to Aperture, while a third-party image editor likewise received a juicy new update.
And so we move on to the main event. Tim Cook took the stage again to talk about the iPad, calling it "our most advanced technology in a revolutionary and magical device." Phil Schiller took the stage again to announce what "we think we have the biggest step yet in delivering the vision." It's called the iPad Air, not the iPad 5, and it's thinner and lighter (much, mind you, as we've heard from the leaks that have surfaced over the last couple of months).
On the heels of announcing updates to the iLife apps across both Mac and iOS platforms, Apple's Eddy Cue moved to to discuss the future of iWork, including the addition of collaboration for iWork in the Cloud.
Apple kicked off its October 22 media event with a artsy video that served to set the tone for the event, revealing its design values. The video was previously shown at June's developer conference, and in some ways it seemed like a swipe at critics who claim that Apple's taking too long to innovate in some fields. Apple CEO Tim Cook also included some words about the recent launches of the iPhone 5s and 5c and iTunes Radio, as well as some words about the App Store.
Following its aborted first launch attempt several weeks ago, the artist formerly known as Research in Motion has returned with its BlackBerry Messenger app for iPhone and Android -- although you'll still have to wait to actually use it.
So it turns out—maybe, possibly—that Apple's "We still have a lot to cover" slogan for tomorrow's event might have a double meaning after all. Cult of Mac reports that blogger (and former Apple employee) Jamie Ryan suggests that tomorrow's event could see the release of a "keyboard" cover such as we see with the Microsoft Surface.
Looks like all those exciting rumors about a new Apple TV appearing after tomorrow's event might be a dud, after all. That doesn't mean that an update isn't on the way, but in the words of former TechCrunch writer M.G. Siegler, we might have to wait a while for a signficant upgrade.
Apple's taken some heavy strides in an attempt to make Siri more appealing to iOS users, but it seems that the majority of users favor simple typing over voice commands. How much is a majority? As Cnet reports, research from a firm called Intelligent Voice suggests that as many as 85 percent of iOS users haven't even used Siri yet.
We don't claim to know for sure what Apple will unveil at its media event in San Francisco tomorrow, but judging from update text and icons on the company's iLife and iWork for iOS web pages, those skeuomorphic icons will soon be a thing of the past.