Well, Apple's future is getting close to becoming clear as the date for WWDC 2014 has finally been let loose. Looks like some tech journalists are going to be revamping any early summer vacation plans. Meanwhile, it feels like it's been so long since Microsoft had a hit that this week's news of how well Office for iPad did can't help but be a shot in the arm. Plus games, leaks, updates and new stuff all in this week's hottest news.
It’s the week of updates and shutdowns, of explosions and insomnia. In short, it’s another week of the biggest news stories from the writer of Mac|Life, getting you up to date with everything you ever might have missed that you shouldn’t have. So without further ado….
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.
Owners of Microsoft Windows systems are quite familiar with the dreaded "blue screen of death" (BSOD) on their PCs, but have you ever seen it on a smartphone? The swanky new iPhone 5s may be resurrecting that old menace.
Unless you've been living in a cave somewhere, you're probably aware that Apple will release iOS 7 sometime today -- but you can already get a sneak peek at what it will be like to use by visiting iCloud.com.
Sorry, developers and those who were randomly invited early to the party: Apple's iWork for iCloud beta is no longer an exclusive club, as Cupertino has lifted the velvet ropes and made it available to anyone with an Apple ID.
Back during WWDC, Apple announced that its beloved productivity suite, iWork, would be hosted on the web, thus allowing the Cupertino giant to compete with Google Drive. But now it appears that Apple might be taking that competition far more seriously than anticipated. Based on a welcome screen in the iOS 7 beta that was uncovered by German site ifun (as reported by MacRumors), Apple might be bringing both iWork and ILife to the masses for free on iOS.
Like last year, Apple started this year's WWDC keynote with a clever video. But this time it wasn't a cheap shot at Android or a silly swipe at Samsung. It was a peek into Apple's design philosophy, a beautifully crafted response to anyone who has been questioning its commitment to innovation:
"If everyone is busy making everything, how can anyone perfect anything? We start to confuse convenience with joy, abundance with choice. Designing something requires focus. The first thing we ask is, what do we want people to feel? Delight. Surprise. Love. Connection. Then we begin to craft around our intention. It takes time ... there are a thousand no's for every yes. We simplify. We perfect. We start over. Until every thing we touch enhances each life it touches. Only then do we sign our work: Designed by Apple in California."
It was barely a minute, but it stuck with me throughout the two hours of pomp and circumstance that followed. Apple hasn't been dragging its heels or taking its eye off the ball. On the contrary, it's more focused than it's ever been.