So, it seems as though Tim Cook was serious when he declared Apple was doubling down on secrecy. For the first time in years, we were actually surprised by the bulk of a WWDC keynote, from the audacious Mac Pro to the transcendent iOS 7.
To the surprise of approximately no one, however, was the lack of new hardware to run the shiny new operating system. Any iOS release--particularly one with so many radical changes--is going to need a fair amount of beta time before it's unleashed on the public, and there was absolutely no way Apple was going to announce a new iPhone for an old operating system.
So, autumn it is. But if you're hoping for a redesigned iPhone 6, I have some bad news for you: This year's iPhone won't look any different than last year's.
If you've been wanting to know what the so-called iPhone 5S looks like but don't have the patience to wait for someone to lose it in a bar, we've (maybe) got some good news for you. This morning a leaked image of the new iPhone's supposed logic board started circulating throughout the Internet after it appeared on Japanese blog Macotakara, and now MacRumors claims to have photos of the display itself. The kinda-sorta bad news? There's not much visible difference, although that was expected.
It was a big week for WWDC news and we've got a few stories from that, but we figured there might have been a story here and there that slipped under the radar during the iOS 7 unveiling. So here's a few bites at the Apple news that slipped through your fingers. But worry not, we've recapped a few stories from one of Apple's biggest annual events.
As more and more people get their hands on iOS 7, we're slowly learning that it's even more feature-packed than we originally suspected. The latest find, as discovered by iDownloadBlog, reveals that we'll be able to zoom in and out of videos we're recording via the iPhone by using the familiar pinch motion.
Remember those questionable iOS 7 icons designed by Apple's marketing and communications teams that we talking about on Wednesday? Apparently Apple wasn't kidding when they said we'd likely be seeing changes to them in the near future; indeed, as 9to5 Mac reports, they were making changes to them on the official iOS 7 website as recently as this morning, when some of the new icons were temporarily traded out for newer ones.
Mac gamers aren't quite the mythical breed that they used to be, and it looks as though Apple itself is finally starting to catch onto that development. As AppleInsider reports, Apple held a 45-minute-long meeting at WWDC focusing on supporting licensed third-party gaming controllers for iOS 7, outlining the promise of the new APIs and even presenting some prototypes.
Jony Ive's flatter, simpler design for iOS 7 largely received a warm welcome among critics at WWDC (despite numerous ribbings that it looked a little too close to the interface for the Windows Phone), but many expressed concerns that something about the icons looked a little ... off. Turns out there's a reason for that. According to Ive himself, as reported by The Next Web, Apple's usual team of designers only tweaked the icons; Apple's marketing and communications teams were responsible for the actual designs.