Apple Announces OS X 10.9, iOS 7, New Mac Pro, iTunes Radio (MacMost Now 876)

Apple Announces OS X 10.9, iOS 7, New Mac Pro, iTunes Radio (MacMost Now 876)


Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s
episode let’s take a look at all the announcements today from the Apple Worldwide Developers
Conference. This morning Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talked to
six thousand Apple developers in San Francisco and he told them about the new version of
Mac OS X 10, iOS 7, and some new hardware. So let’s start off talking about new hardware. Available today are new versions of the MacBook
Air with new faster processors. These extend battery life significantly. We’re talking
about nine and twelve hour battery life for the 11″ and 13″ versions of the MacBook Air. Also we’ve got new Airport Extreme and Time
Capsule base stations. These are completely different form factor. A lot smaller and they
work with the latest 80211 AC standard. But perhaps what got developers most excited
was an announcement of a new Mac Pro machine. This is going to feature a completely new
design and some fantastic specs with new processor, graphic chips, and Thunderbolt 2. This isn’t
out today but it is promised for later this year and this is going to be the machine that
Apple will manufacture in the United States. Apple announced the next version of Mac OS
X 10.9 and they are going to get away from the cat names and for the next ten years they
are going to go with place names in California starting with a famous surf spot called Mavericks.
It looks like Mavericks is indeed going to be a new flatter design getting rid of some
of those physical elements like the look of Calendar and Notes and going with a very flat
design. There is going to be some new features like
in the Finder for instance there will be Finder tabs. In a window there will be tagging. There
will be better use of multiple monitors with things like Mission Control and Spaces working
in each individual monitor rather than across all of them at once. Also two major new apps have been announced.
One is one that a lot of people have hoped for which is iBooks for Mac. So you will be
able to access all the iBooks you have bought for the iPad and iPhone on your Mac and read
them there. It looks like you will have full functionality with iBooks textbooks as well. The other app is a Maps app which makes sense
since there is a Maps app for iOS there is going to be one for the Mac and there will
be some compatibility between them. You will be able to view directions on your Mac and
then send it to your iPhone for instance. What is really exciting about Maps on the
Mac isn’t the app itself so much as the STK. This means that third party developers can
incorporate Maps technology into their third party apps very easily. They already do this
for the iPhone, they have been doing this for a long time but the ability to do that
on the Mac will mean some really interesting apps coming out that use the Maps. So when are we going to see Mavericks. Well,
for developers it’s coming out today and for the general public we will see it later this
Fall. So pretty quick. It used to be that we would get these things announced and it
would be more than a year before everybody gets a new operating system. Now they are
just promising it in months. To go along with a flatter look for Mavericks
we also have a much flatter and completely redesigned look for iOS 7.
iOS 7 is going to have a whole bunch of new features as well. You can see here what some
of the screens now look like. They are very different than how they looked previously.
They have kind of evolved over time but this is a big leap in another direction. So one big new feature of iOS 7 is going to
be something called Control Center which we sort of had before but it was just a strip
at the bottom that you had to kind of swipe through to access different controls. Now
there are going to be more controls and they are going to be available there in this one
screen that you can call up at anytime. Another big new feature is going to be AirDrop
for iOS. This has been rumored and it basically means that you can send files, usually photos,
from one iOS device to another in basically the same room. But the cool thing is you don’t
have to be on the same network at all. So you can be in a room with several friends.
Nobody is even on a WiFi network and you will be able to see them and send them a photo
just because they are near you because the phones will communicate directly with each
other instead of with a WiFi base station or a cellular network. Siri has some new functionality including
new voices that sound a lot more humanlike and also integration with services like Twitter
and Wikipedia. Also it looks interesting there is going to be some integration with Bing
which is going to be talked about a lot in blogs I am sure as Apple moves further away
from Goggle. Apple is also working on some more car integration
with lots of manufacturers signing on to not only have the iPhone sync with the car, you
will be able to use things like Siri through it, but actually have information from the
iPhone screen show up on the car’s screen as well. There are tons of other features that were
mentioned. Some quickly flashed on the screen and lots we will be hearing about in the coming
months. Three that I want to mention really quickly. One is FaceTime audio calling. So you will
be able to actually use FaceTime just for audio and you can kind of cutout your cell
phone carrier completely and not use your minutes to talk to other iPhone users. Another is the ability to block numbers for
phone messages and FaceTime. Something iPhone users have wanted for a long time. To be able
to block somebody. The third is anti-theft ability to stop somebody
from stealing your phone, wiping it, and then reactivating it as a new phone. Supposedly
they will need your password in order to do that even if they wiped the phone. That should
make it very difficult for thieves to justify stealing an iPhone because they shouldn’t
be able to use it for anything after that. So as with Mac OS X, iOS 7 is going to be
available today for developers and then it will be available in the Fall for everybody. Another big thing that crosses over both the
Mac and iOS side is the announcement of iTunes Radio. So iTunes Radio looks to be a direct
competitor to Pandora which is basically streaming radio based on something you give it, like
a song name or an artist name, and it just plays songs that are like that. You can thumbs
up and thumbs down the songs. So pretty much just like Pandora. It is going to be tied
into iTunes so you can purchase songs that you like. Also it looks like it is going to
be tied into iTunes Match where people who aren’t iTunes Match subscribers get the service
free but with ads, and if you have an iTunes Match subscription then the ads go away. So
kind of similar to Pandora’s system. The interesting thing is that it is going
to work in iTunes on Mac and PC and then it will work in iOS as well and even work on
Apple TV. So it is going to work across all those devices which will be kind of nice. So that sums up today’s announcements. Keep
in mind this is the developers conference. That is why these announcements are centered
on things that developers need to know. For instance Mac OS X and iOS which are available
for developers now so they can test it with their apps but also develop new apps using
those new features so when they come out for the general public later in the year there
are apps that already take advantage of all this stuff. That’s why the focus is on development rather
than on launching lots of new hardware products. Hope you found this useful. Until next time
this is Gary with MacMost Now.

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