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 time once again for Mac and iOS developers to play the lottery — or in this case, see if they'll be able to fork out a bundle for tickets to this year's Apple developer conference, which kicks off on June 2.
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.
The prettification of iOS wasn't the only thing that Apple introduced at WWDC--there was, after all, the good news about the wonderful PCIe memory and the beautiful and powerful new Mac Pro--but apparently investors aren't impressed. Apple stock has witnessed a minimal but steady decline since Monday's announcements, and today shares sit at $432 down from Monday's optimistic high of $441.
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.
Today's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech was packed with new reveals, not the least of which was the sleek new Mac Pro. What we know about its specs so far is impressive, but perhaps more striking is that it's able to fit pro-level computing into a shiny, cylindrical case 1/8 the size of the bulkier 2012 version. Apple had a few models on display at the show (unplugged and encased in translucent cylinders, sadly), giving us the chance to take a few shots for you to check out.
Move over, Pandora--Apple's moving in. Apple announced its long-anticipated iTunes Radio for streaming music this morning (previously known as "iRadio" when mentioned along with its associated rumors), and you'll be able to find it in iOS 7's version of the Music app.
With iOS 7, design is back. Jony Ive's revision of iOS 7 is so much more sleek and attractive than many had anticipated, and it comes with several new features that distinguish it from the iOS we've known and largely loved over the years.
Apple has announced the new Mac Pro, and it's a beauty--apparently both above the hood and below it. After hearing the awed response from the crowd after he unveiled the new, sleek design, Phil Schiller joked, “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!”
Craig Federighi's preview of Mac OS X's native apps like iCal allows us to see our first look at Ive's "flatter, simpler" design that we've been hearing so much about. He also pointed out some significant changes to Notifications.