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.
We're guessing the folks at iFixit would love to get their spudgers into that swanky new Mac Pro Apple unveiled at WWDC 2013 on Monday, but until that time, we'll have to make do with the latest MacBook Air instead.
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.
We came, we saw and for the most part, OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 appear to be a big hit with Apple fans. Pro users who have been waiting literally years for a new Mac Pro were also generally pleased with Cupertino's sneak peek of the new hardware, and we crossed off most of the items on our own personal wish list. Now we have to endure a long, hot summer before we can get our hands on all these goodies, but first let's recap some of the other stories from Monday you might have missed.
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.
With more than 300 million iCloud users, Apple is perfectly poised to expand upon the services it can offer, demonstrating a cloud-based version of iWork that will be available as a developer preview starting today.