It's a very special WWDC 2014 version of this week's wrap-up of all the news that was hot in Apple land. Two great new operating systems that work great together were unveiled and there were a host of announced and unannounced features to share. So without further ado let's dive right in.
If you've been holding out for an iMac with Retina display, you might not have to wait much longer. Only a week ago we learned that code hidden in a recent beta for OS X Mavericks suggested that new models were on the way, and now Macbidouille has found code in the Yosemite developer preview suggesting that the new units will support Retina resolutions.
iOS 8 may have gotten most of the attention at Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the fun stuff isn’t limited to iPhones and iPads. Yosemite will bring the biggest update to OS X in years, combining desktop-level power with the elegance of iOS to create a stunning environment that will make even old Macs feel new again. Here are the features we’re looking forward to the most.
Following the presentation covering Mac OS X Yosemite, Craig Federighi jumped into his discussion of iCloud Drive and Mail.app. Federighi described iCloud Drive as a "hard drive in the cloud." It works similarly to Google Drive or Dropbox, based on his description, but now "with iCloud Drive all of those docs are accessible from within the Finder" and the files sync across all your Macs (and, as Federighi quipped, "What the heck, we're throwing in Windows too").
The final banners are going up at San Francisco's Moscone West for WWDC 2014, and they might give us a hint of what we can expect during the keynote address on Monday. One in particular spied by The Verge features El Capitan, the famed granite monolith in California's Yosemite Valley, leading to speculation that the next version of Mac OS X could be called "Yosemite."
Keyboard shortcuts are the lifeblood of many productive Mac users. Not only can they cut down on the time needed to complete a task, but they're also just plain cool. Here are 10 of the coolest, including several that most people haven't heard of.
WWDC is right around the corner, and so far the lion's share of the speculation as to what we'll see has focused on things like the iWatch, the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, and the similarly rumored home-automation system. But it's also likely that we'll see some updates to the iMac as well, judging by codes referring to new models buried in the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta.
The long wait for Mac OS X 10.9.3 ended this morning when Apple released it to general users after close to two months of developer testing. Along with several minor improvements, the update enhances 4K display support for the new Mac Pro and the 15-inch MacBook with Retina display. Also included in the update is a significant improvement to iTunes's podcast interface.
For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as The Loop reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.