Apple Introduces iTunes Radio, iOS 7, New MacBook Air

Apple held its 2013 World Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Francisco Moscone West conference center June 10, unveiling the latest operating systems, iOS 7 for i-devices and OS X Mavericks for Macs, as well as a new version of its MacBook Air and a sneak peek at the next MacBook Pro. Let’s get some details of the updates.

iOS 7 Upgrade

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iOS 7 is the “most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.” Cook said.

In iOS 7, an active home screen features a new, 3D-like experience when you move the phone around and a semi-translucent keyboard. Swiping up from the bottom of the device brings up the Control Center, which allows users to manage several controls such as turning Wi-Fi on and off, opening apps, changing the screen’s brightness and using Flashlight — potentially killing off existing third-party flashlight apps.

This fall iOS 7 will be available on the iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, iPad Mini and the fifth-generation of iPod Touch. Developers can start playing with a beta version of the new operating system today.

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iTunes Radio: Answer to Pandora, Spotify

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The most notable added features of iTunes is iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music users listen to on iTunes, is Apple’s answer to Internet radio giants such as Pandora and Spotify.

Similar to other online music-streaming products, iTunes Radio has over 200 stations and allows users to create stations based on artists or songs, but Apple’s version also offers stations based on what others users are talking about, including a Trending on Twitter station and an Artists on Tour station.

The feature is built into iOS 7, and will be available on supporting iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad devices, as well as iTunes on Mac and PC and Apple TV.

MacBook Air: Improved Battery Life

The new MacBook Air laptops improved battery life to a large extent. The new 13-inch model—starting at a new lower price of $1,099—can get up to 12 hours of battery life, or up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback. The new 11-inch version can get 9 hours, or 8 hours of iTunes playback.

They look a lot like the current models but are 45 percent faster, featuring fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, 802.11ac WiFi and entirely flash storage.

More dramatically, the Mac Pro was reimagined, inside and out. At a glance, it could be a shiny, thick, black vase. The new Mac Pro is 9.9 inches tall, takes up one-eighth the volume of its predecessor but is 2.5 times as fast, and is made in the United States. It’s the first to come with dual workstation CPUs and connect to multiple 4K (or ultra-high-definition) displays.

Up till now, Apple didn’t mention the price and exact release time of the new laptop, which could be “later this year”.

 

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