WWDC 2013: Apple prepares to unveil the future of iOS, OS X, and more

“While Apple has already announced that it’ll be showing off the next versions of OS X and iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, there’s still more attention than usual on the company’s annual developer-focused event,” Nathan Ingraham writes for The Verge.

“The announcement of iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 and the software’s subsequent launch were rather disappointing affairs — the new features didn’t drive Apple’s mobile OS forward in any significant way, and lots of old flaws still persisted,” Ingraham writes. “In particular, the new Maps app was a near disaster, and one that eventually helped seal former iOS senior VP Scott Forstall’s fate. Indeed, Forstall’s departure has helped anticipation for iOS 7 reach a fever pitch — famed designer Jony Ive stepped in to lead the product’s visual design, and rumor has it that iOS will receive its first major visual refresh since it launched six years ago.”

Ingraham writes, “That’s hardly all that’s on tap, though. Apple has promised yearly OS X updates, so we’ll see what’s next for the company’s desktop OS — and there may be new hardware coming along with it.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. What I want to know is the meaning of the posters’ tagline: where a whole new world is developing…

    iWatch Preview with a simulator for developers?

    iTV opening up for developers?

    Just Siri and biometric sensors for developers (iOS pedometer, others)?

    Just ‘developing world’ iPhone opening up new avenues for developers?

    What, about OSX, could be a whole new world for devs?

    1. “Where a whole new world is developing” speaks to the shift from local in structure to the cloud as well as the shift from desktop systems to mobile, and finally but no less significant the shift from a Windows / Intel dominated world to a BYOD world of platform choice. Obviously there are all new people developing and ushering in this new world, and Apple wants to be their technology provider of choice.

      Plus, I don’t think you choose a device anymore, not by itself. You choose an ecosystem.

      On top of all this, my media consumption has changed dramatically. I never turn on the television anymore. I watch such content on this iPad Mini I’m using right now, I read books on it, listen to music on it, read magazines on it, do a very surprising amount of real work on it, and so on.

      It’s an exciting time.

      1. Well, I don’t know about additional cores… 🙂 I’m think along the lines of a module with four additional drive bays, for users you need to RAID. A module with additional PCIe slots, for users who need them for specialty card. Third-parties can produce additional modules, such optical drive, legacy ports, audio processing, etc… Get as many of each type as needed.

        Start with the “base” module, which is the “Mac Pro.” It has the primary flash-based storage and everything else needed to be fully functional for 80% of customers. The other “functional” modules connect using Thunderbolt (that new even faster version).

        1. Are you sure? I have a TI 99/4A in my attic. Last time I checked (about two years ago), it still worked. But the RF modulator’s a little flaky. Let me know if you change your mind. I can throw in the Parsec cartridge.

    1. I don’t think this will happen. The way to get apps on the HDTV screen is “through” (not “on”) the Apple TV, by running the apps on the iOS device, your iPhone or iPad or iPod touch, and using a future version of AirPlay to play them on the Apple TV’s HDTV screen. This will be more than the “mirroring” or “streaming” that we can already do today…

      Developers can choose to support this new “AirPlay mode” in their iOS apps, which becomes available to users when an Apple TV is identified on the local network. When the user selects AirPlay mode, a portion of the app’s code is sent to the Apple TV, to run ON the Apple TV. This eliminates the bottleneck of the network speed and/or iOS device performance degrading the user experience. The Apple TV is running the portion of the app that directly controls the HDTV screen, and iPhone/iPad screen becomes the “remote control.” Therefore, even an older iOS device (with A4 or later) and a slower network works fine.

      There is no need to create a whole new “app store” infrastructure just for Apple TV. Developers don’t need to support a new separate platform. The audience is not just Apple TV users, but ALL iOS device users, who will want to get an Apple TV to use the new AirPlay mode in their apps. There is no need for Apple TV to have its own storage (beyond what is used for its operation), because the iOS device stores the app and related files. And there is no need to create new user interface devices to remote control the Apple TV, because the iOS device running the app acts as the remote control.

  2. Please just don’t mess up OSX any further. Downhill since Snow Leopard. Please no changes just for the sake of change. Good change is good change, bad change is bad change.
    Macuser since 1988 and my production costs just get higher with each upgrade. Don’t have time time make a list, heavy users in media production know what I am talking about while the entertainment content consumers think things are just dandy.

    1. I have to agree. What we need as Pro users is a little less iOS. Fix the SMB connection issues that were introduced in Lion and Mountain Lion, fix Mail so it can send out Rich Emails without plug-ins to mention just a couple of annoyances.

  3. Better at oeast be a preview of the Mac Pro and it had better not be a closed box featuring ThunderDUD.

    I can hear the apologists/fanbois even now:
    “Oh, but it’s t h i n n e r and you can connect so many things with ThunderDUD (and have overpriced proprietary cables all over the damned place). Nobody needs anything other than a shiny screen iMac with a mobile processor and low grade graphics and sound cards. I have no problem updating my FaceBook page with my MacBook Air with Vampire Video.”

  4. It doesn’t matter what they offer. Even if they had glittery electronic unicorns shitting magic iPhone and Apple TV apps, everyone would still be disappointed and Apple will be doomed.

    Most of you are just salivating to spew your angry vitriol when you don’t get your bigger / smaller, heavier / lighter, brighter / darker, jedi created iDevices. Why do you people bother to even speculate?

    Just tune in and get on with your lives.


  5. The maps app disaster was more a media circus than an actual disaster. Only in the boonies were there really problems. Of course it could have been better but more over it was blown way out of proportion as usual with any Apple product.

  6. “the new features didn’t drive Apple’s mobile OS forward in any significant way, and lots of old flaws still persisted”

    Must be the most stupid and uninformed comment ever.

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